American Idol Season 8- Movie Music Live Blog

One21music is covering the Christian music artists competing on American Idol Season 8.   Scott MacIntyre left the show last week so four of the top 7 American Idol performers are believers (Danny Gokey, Kris Allen, Matt Giraud, Lil Rounds).  This morning we posted a review of the Christian music artists who performed for your votes this season.  We looked at their time on Idol and what they have been doing since they left the show.  Check out American Idol Season 8- Year of the Believers.

Tonight the American Idol Top 7 sing music from the movies.  I did not even attempt to predict songs.  All I can hope is that Lil Rounds stays away from The Bodyguard and Dreamgirls.  Quentin Tarantino will mentor the Idols and he quentin-tarantino3seems like an odd choice.  I did not realize that he was such a notoriously huge American Idol fan that even served as a celebrity judge in American Idol Season 3.  I don’t know if he will be able to help with the musical side of mentoring but he will have plenty of opinions about presentation, arrangement and delivery.  While I don’t endorse his movies, his enthusiasm for all thing pop culture make him highly entertaining.

Tonight is vital for just about everyone performing.  Lil Rounds desperately needs a strong performance to save herself for another week or two.  Matt Giraud needs a breakthrough performance to propel himself  into contention for the American Idol Season 8 title.  Kris Allen must regain his footing after a bad showing last week if he wants to contend for the Season 8 title.  Danny Gokey needs a change of pace to solidify his place in the final 3.  See my more detailed analysis on the Top 7  power rankings.

So exciting!  It is getting down to the real players.  Have the fashions gotten better?  Everyone looks good tonight.  I am glad we have eliminated the judges walk down the stairs.  They need to stay seated.

Another tight timeline tonight.  It will be tough to get seven songs and mentoring in.  Great idea, the judges are talking two at a time.  This should improve the time.

Little Steven in the house and Danny Gokey lost his glasses. Tarantino directs such violent movies.  You really need to suspend your humanity to watch them.

Allison Iraheta “I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing”by Aerosmith (Armageddon).  Tough spot for her.  Sometimes when she sings the low, slow parts she slurs her words.  I can hear Steven Tyler singing this.  She is a really good stage performer but this is a little rough.   She can belt the big notes and the audience loved it.

Paula compares her vocal prowess to Adam Lambert and thinks she is remarkable and authentic.  Simon calls her the girls only hope.  Simon thinks she sang this song better than any girl he has ever heard.

I bet Adam Lambert is going to sing “Born To Be Wild” from Easy Rider.

Anoop Desai takes the second spot and is singing Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”.   This is a good song for him and he has slowed and softened the arrangement.  This is Anoop’s best performance of the season.  It is still a little boring.  Maybe I am sour on Anoop.

Randy is liking it.  He gives a lukewarm endorsement.  Kara agrees with me that it was one of his best.  Kara felt connected to him.

Adam Lambert must be giddy to meet Tarantino and, yes he is singing an electronic version of “Born To Be Wild” by Steppenwolf.   A big wild performance by Adam, but once again I am back to feeling completely disconnected to the song.  What is he singing about, does he know?  It is not the dangerous hippie rebellion anthem that was in the movie.  Of course the judges will go gaga.

Paula and Simon are smiling really big.  The audience goes wild!  Dancing in the path of greatness?  What is Paula talking about?  Simon thought it was great vocally but it was like watching the Rocky Horror Picture Show.  I agree with Simon.

My ears are still ringing from Adam’s screams.

Matt Giraud is up next, looking very slick, singing “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman” by Bryan Adams.  He is at the piano.  I think he has the best chance of taking Scott’s fans.  Matt has created a song moment for himself.  His arrangement works for his style and voice.  It got  away from him a little bit at the end, but a beautiful performance.  Good job, Matt.

Randy thinks the bridge was a little rough and he thought Matt stumbled a little with the melody.  Kara thinks it did not work to take this rock song and make it an R&B song.  I liked it better than the judges.

Danny Gokey, sans glasses, went shopping and bought a guitar.  He is singing “Endless Love” by Lionel Richie.  Tarantino’s direction was to try to get him to limit his hand gestures so the emotion could come out of his eyes.  Is that why he is without glasses?  He starts on the stool and then walks to the front of the stage.  Not a great song for his voice but he showed he can blow.

Paula questioned his key choice and feels like he pulled it together in the middle. Simon is disappointed with the traditional version and a little bored.  Simon did compliment his singing.  Weird critique from Simon.  He wanted to criticize but sympathized.

Kris Allen is performing Glen Hansard’s “Falling Slowly” from the movie Once.  He is without guitar but it will be tough to put his own spin on this beautiful song.  He is proving that, above all, he can sing.  He puts a little soul twist on the end.  Beautiful.

Randy doesn’t get it.  He thought it was pitchy.  I agree with Kara, she said it was one of his best performances.  Apparently, Paula agreed with Kara as she was shouting yes when Kara said one of his best.

At least Lil Rounds gets her best shot with the final slot.  She is singing “The Rose” by Bette Midler with a gospel twist.  Could be interesting. I love this song.  Nice start, quiet and subdued.  Oh she just missed the transition to the gospel part really badly.  She has lost the pitch.  I am afraid this may be the end of Lil.  I had such high hopes but she did not sing it.

Paula said nothing.  Simon hated it.  Lil really argued with him.

I am disappointed by tonight.  By now we should be blown away on a regular basis and that did not happen for me.  I will  review the performances later and deliver my performance reviews before you get to work.

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  1. That song was one of my faves last year when David cook sang it, so I have a hard time liking Allison’s as much by comparision. I actually thought it was her worst vocal of the year. I hate only having two takes away from the show. Make the show 75 minutes if they can’t get it all in. Oh..I HATE everything about Quentin..his movies are plain weird, and so is he..maight be a long night for your truly.

  2. I thought it was anoops best performance of the year..but Adam will make everyone forget him and he will be in danger. Adam depresses me. I love american idol and it makes me sick to think the next 6 weeks is going to be a coranation (?) to his throne.

  3. I agree with the judges.I thought Matt lost the melody a bit. He may be in danger.

  4. Danny was solid as usual but it is a bit of a sappy song. I think of Sean Hannity playing it when all the press is gushing over Obama.

  5. I thought Kris was pretty good but i never heard of that song so it didn’t mean a lot to me..repeated listens will probably make it better.

  6. Debbie says:

    Jim, go listen to this soundtrack. It is a set of beautiful songs. This song is a favorite of our famliy.

  7. I did like the may end up being one of my faves after i hear ir a few more times. Lil seemed comfy doing gospal like, but overall was a bit of a struggle again.

    I’ll have my recaps later..


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