American Idol Season 8- Top 9 Performance Preview is covering Christian music artists performing on Season 8 of American Idol.  The Top 9 includes Christian music artist Danny Gokey, Kris Allen, Lil Rounds, Matt Giraud and Scott MacIntyre. The remaining music artists performing on American Idol Season 8 are Allison Iraheta, Adam Lambert, Meagan Joy and Anoop Desai.  See our Top 9 Power Rankings.

Programming Note: American Idol’s Top 9 Performance show has been extended to one hour twenty minutes.  I will end at 9:20 edt /8:20 cdt.  set your dvr’s accordingly.

Normally, on Tuesday mornings we preview the current week performance show with song predictions and analysis of who we think will thrive and struggle.  This week is a different animal.  American Idol has been very quiet about the musical theme for this week’s show.  Internet rumors point to the iTunes Top 100 downloaded songs as American Idol’s playground this week.  A quote form Paula Abdul sent everyone thinking it would be the iTunes “all time” Top 100 downloaded songs, which I cannot find anywhere.  So, no song predictions this week.

Let’s talk about what we think might happen over the next few weeks.

Contest most likely to stay beyond performance quality- Many of you would say that Megan Joy has already stayed beyond when she should and I agree.  However, I think we may see her a little longer, especially if she can pull off one of those quirky performances.  Why? She has three groups of people voting for her.  First she has a group of American Idol fans who think she is great.  Second, she has group of people voting for her because she is a good looking blond.  Third, the website “Vote for The Worst” is rallying its readers to vote for her.  I don’t think any of that will change.

Contestant most likely to be voted off American Idol before their time- Matt Giraud fell into the bottom two last week and I don’t think that was a mistake.  He is caught up in the white boy soul singer mass that includes Danny Gokey, Kris Allen and Anoop Desai and I don’t think he has any type of constituency that differentiates him.

Biggest disappointment- Anoop Desai sang “Angel of Mine” in Round 1 of the Top 36 elimination shows.  He disappointed that night and has yet to perform up to the level of the other American Idol performers.  He was one of the heavy favorites early on and he is struggling to hold on.

Contestant most likely to receive the judges “save”- Allison Iraheta could lose her footing in the next few weeks.  Rockers have tended to get under valued in American Idol and it seems Allison’s performances are always over shadowed by one person’s or another’s breakout.  She is an amazing singer who will be saved by the judges in week six or seven.

Of course all of that is subject to change based on a really great performance or a really bad performance.  Li Rounds, Megan Joy and Anoop Desai could really use breakout performances tonight.

Get a better look at the performances that drove this analysis by downloading performances at iTunes

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Join us tonight and see what actually happens as we live blog the American Idol Top 9 performance show.


  1. Last week they barely had time to give comments to the last few contestants so this show being 40 minutes shorter they will really have to speed through!


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