Tonight on American Idol Season 8: It’s the Top Three. People have expected a Kris Allen Gets Thrown Under The Bus incident. And then he sang Kanye West’s Heartless, and everyone’s like… where the hell did that come from?
Try watching the replay or the uploaded clips at YouTube or wherever. Check out that shot of the judges’ table after Kris sung his second song. All four of them had this, “oh no, we’re screwed!” look at their faces because Kris had just out-performed The Anointed One Danny Gokey.
Overall, I am very disappointed at this Top Three. In past seasons, this is the time where the most memorable performances would come out. Tonight was just “meh”. Even the ever-reliable Adam wasn’t as good as he usually is. In fact, by the middle of his Cryin’ performance, I turned the volume down because his ultrasonic high notes were giving me a headache. As for One, I am really, REALLY disappointed because it happens to be my most favorite U2 song (and one of my all-time favorites). The key points to One are (1) the lyrics; and (2) the emotions that Bono (and Mary J. Blige) have put onto singing the song. Adam tried to incorporate both U2 and Mary J’s interpretation into his version but it came out too fake. The right emotions were not quite there. And the vocal acrobatics in the end were absolutely unnecessary. In fact, it basically ruined the entire thing. Technically speaking, his vocals were spot on, though.
As for Mr. Gokey: Vocal master class??? Excuse me, Simon. Danny’s Pinoy diva-esque rendition of You Are So Beautiful (I swear, I think they hired Martin Nievera’s arranger for this) is hardly in the same level as Elliott Yamin’s A Song For You which Simon only described as a vocal master class “in parts”. Danny is good, but not Top Three good. And he really is channeling Taylor Hicks, except that Taylor is actually entertaining.
It would be interesting to find out who will eventually face Adam in the Finals. (Oh c’mon, do people still doubt this?) Would the pimping still work, or would they opt for the late Top Four-Now Top Three Shock Boot of the Season? Current trends as to voting via phone calls show that Kris is slightly ahead of Danny, but it will all boil down to text votes. Then again, Kris is said to be the King of Text Votes. Danny could be – finally – in danger, then.
PS: I might not be able to watch the Live Telecast of the Finale next week because I’ll be trying to avoid the sun in Davao. Could anyone please text me the results? Thanks in advance!