Tatiana posted a link to her twitpics at the end of the recap…
Got to the venue at around 4pm, went straight to the barricades hoping they would come out and say hi to us before the show. After waiting for about an hour and a half in the hot sun, we had no such luck.
After me and my friend got a bite to eat, at around 6:30-ish we ran into Jim Cantiello from MTVnews.com! He’s the one who blogs Idol when the show is on. He was the sweetest, I was so excited to meet him!
We finally made our way into the venue at about 6:40, We bought ourselves programs (ok..ridiculously over priced… BUT so WORTH it! haha.. it has great pictures in it). Got to seats 1 &2 row 15, Section 105… SO good! We were the first section right behind the floor, so we had perfect view of the stage.
The show didn’t start until a litle after 7… But..the funniest thing happened while we were waiting.. Right below us there is the opening from were the floor people get to there seats, and about 10 minutes before the show started Allison and Matt came out to take a peek at the stage, and the audience. I don’t think anyone had noticed them, until I let out a “Oh my Gosh MATT!” scream…hahaha… They came and went before more people could realize that they were there.
On to the good stuff the show:
Michael Sarver: In Love with the Girl by Gavin Degraw, and Closer by Neyo. I liked Closer better, but that’s probably only because I know the song. He sounded great, and really worked the stage. Wasn’t really a Sarver fan going into the show, but he really converted me. I’ll talk a little more about why later, but overall great set.
Megan Joy: Put your records on by: Corinne Bailey Rae and Tears Dry on their Own by Amy Winehouse. From now, until whenever else I refer to Megan she will be known as Barbie. She’s so beautiful, she was wearing this cute pink dress during her set, and when the first 6 idols came back out after Matt, she had her hair up in this cute up-do. Ok Enough of her looks… she did sound great. Both of the songs really suited her unique vocal style.. really fun set.
Scott MacIntyre: Bend and Break by Keane and A thousand miles by Vanessa Carlton, he was so cute. He joked about the whole Ryan high fiving a blind guy thing, it was really funny. He’s so great, and he’s amazingly talented on the piano. He was fun to watch.
Lil Rounds : Be without you by: Mary J Blige, No one Alicia Keys, and Single Ladies by Beyonce. Lil.. I think was the suprised of the night for me. She had so much energy.. and really commanded the stage. They picked songs for her that really complemented her big vocals.. It was great to watch. A million times better then she ever was on the show.
Anoop Desai- Always on my mind by: Willie Nelson, Mad by:Neyo, and My Perogative by Bobby Brown. This was so great! Anoop was sexy, fun, and so soulful with his performance. I may be biased.. being that I love him so much, but he was SO GREAT! I’m looking forward to seeing great things from him in the future.
Matt Giraud- Hard to Handle by: The Black Crowes, Georgia on my mind by: Ray Charles, and You found me by: The Fray. To quote Kara “Matt’s a true artist”, he sounded incredible, piano playing was amazing, and he looked so good. I hope he get’s a deal, because this guy is so talented, it be shameful if he didn’t.
Group medley: Beggin, and other fun numbers. It was great. Matt and Scott did a bit from a Billy Joel number, both of them on the piano very good.
The standouts for me were Anoop, Lil, and Matt. That’s not saying much though, because they all were amazing.
Allison Iraheta – So What by: Pink, Cry Baby by:Janis Joplin and Barracuda by: Heart
Allison is a star. There really isn’t much to say, she came out with her guitar on So What..and played it very well. She sang the heck out of Cry Baby.. and Barracuda.. Holy Heck.. She didn’t sing it.. she SANG it. Heart is such a tricky band to cover, because they have such a powerful lead singer, Allison worked it out though. You could tell she was feeling the fact that she was in her hometown, the crowd went crazy for her. It was like (as cheesy as it sounds) seeing a star come alive before you. Allison is only 17, and she will only get better, its a very exciting thought for her fans.
Danny Gokey – “P.Y.T. Pretty Young Thing by: Michael Jackson, “Maria Maria” by: Santana, What Hurts the Most by: Rascal Flatts and “My Wish” by: Rascal Flatts. Danny was great, he was especially brilliant on Maria, Mari (he danced salsa!! )and What Hurts the most. I use to be a bug Danny fan, right in the beginning, but stopped as the show progressed because of his attitude, but I will admit that he won me over last night. He was great to watch.
Adam Lambert – “Whole Lotta Love” by: Led Zeppelin, “Starlight” by: Muse, “Mad World” by:Tears for Fears, “Slow Ride” with Allison Iraheta by: Foghat and “Life on Mars/”Fame”/”Let’s Dance” medley by: David Bowie. What can I say really? The place Erupted when he walked on to that stage. He had the crowd in the palm of his hand. He’s such an amazing performer, and obviously and amazing vocalist. He was so brilliant. I went into full fangirl mode the moment he walked onto the stage.. haha. His set oozed sex, passion, heart, soul.. everything. I can’t pick just one moment of his.. his whole set was a moment. He was incredible with the Bowie medley.. And him and Allie rocked it out. It was so fun to watch. They played off each other, and really worked together. The magic we saw when they first did this on Idol, definitely was there last night.
Kris Allen – “Heartless” by: Kanye West, “All These Things That I’ve Done” by:The Killers, “Bright Lights” by: Matchbox Twenty, “Ain’t No Sunshine” by: Bill Withers, “Hey Jude” by: The Beatles. So happy NB was replaced by All these things that I’ve done! He was so amazing on that song! Kris is a prime example that you don’t need bells and whistles to be incredible, he just is. It was such a great set to watch, he put on a great show.
Group Finale: Don’t Stop Believing by Journey, this was so good! Such a great way to end such a fabulous night.
If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, and are still on the fence, please do. Its such a great show, the idols really put their heart and soul into the tour, and it shows.
After the show we went back to the barricades to try and see the idols leave.. This time we were lucky! We saw Michael, Allie, Adam, and Matt. Kris, Anoop, Danny, and Lil all came out too, but it was already so late they couldn’t stay and finish signing long enough to reach where we were. Michael was such a sweetheart, he really seemed to go out of his way for the fans. He’s a complete Southern Gentleman, and he talked about the people who protested in San Jose, and said how absurd he thought those people were. Really, he’s a sweet guy and he completely won me over.
I posted some pictures on twitpic. You can see them here: http://twitpic.com/photos/tati1120