April 01, 2008 06:26 PM by Joe Reality
To kick off the American Idol top 9 performance show, Ryan Seacrest announced that due to industrial action by the League of American Vocal Coaches that American Idol was pre-empted. Instead, Seacrest revealed that a celebrity edition of The Moment Of Truth starring Simon Cowell would be airing. Of course, it turned out to be an April fool’s joke.
The theme of the night was Dolly Parton songs, and Dolly Parton herself appeared to mentor contestants. Brooke White sang “Jolene.” Randy Jackson said, “I don’t know if that was a stellar performance for me.” Paula Abdul said, “Brooke, what’s great about you is that you’re consistent.” Simon Cowell said, “I think what was lacking on that song was any emotion.”
David Cook sang his own arrangement of “Little Sparrow.” Randy Jackson said, “Once again another hot, consistent performance.” Paula Abdul said, “It was fantastic.” Simon Cowell said, “If you can make a song about sparrows good, which actually you did, congratulations.”
Ramiele Malubay sang “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind.” Randy Jackson said, “I wasn’t jumping up and down, but I wasn’t mad at you either.” Paula Abdul said, “I’m proud of you, Ramiele. I’m very proud of you.” Simon Cowell said, “Look, we’re not going to remember this in ten years time, are we?”
Jason Castro sang “Travelin’ Through.” Randy Jackson said, “It was pretty good.” Paula Abdul said, “To me, this was one of your strongest performances.” Simon Cowell said, “This is the point where I lose my season pass to Dollywood, because I didn’t like that at all.”
Carly Smithson sang “Here You Come Again.” Randy Jackson said, “I do believe that will probably be one of the better performances of the night.” Paula Abdul said, “Carly, that was glorious, you are such an amazing talent.” Simon Cowell said, “I thought it was good. I didn’t think it was great.”
David Archuleta sang “Smokey Mountain Memories.” Randy Jackson said, “I stand corrected, that was the best performance of the night.” Paula Abdul said, “You’re just glorious.” Simon Cowell said, “David, as you know, I had issues with your choice of song last week. This week, absolutely on the money.”
Kristy Lee Cook sang “Coat Of Many Colors.” Randy Jackson said, “Country music is definitely your wheelhouse.” Paula Abdul said, “I think this is your best performance, I do.” Simon Cowell said, “I thought last week was your best performance, and I thought this was pleasant, but forgettable.”
Syesha Mercado sang “I Will Always Love You.” Randy Jackson said, “You took on the biggest tiger of the night, and I think you did pretty good.” Paula Abdul said, “I just think you’re growing and growing and growing, and you’re connecting with the audience so much more.” Simon Cowell said, “The first part was good. The second part, as I had a feeling, unfortunately paled by comparison to the Whitney version.”
Michael Johns sang “It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right.” Randy Jackson said, “That was a blazing hot performance.” Paula Abdul said, “You’re a star, a rock star, a blues star.” Simon Cowell said, “I think this is the best I have heard you sing throughout the competition.”
If Dolly Parton week will be remembered for anything on American Idol, then it will likely be remembered as the week that Michael Johns got back into the running in the competition. Johns take on “It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right” was head and shoulders above any other performance. Syesha Mercado, David Archuleta, and Carly Smithson also likely did well enough to gain their safety for another week. Ramiele Malubay, Jason Castro, and Kristy Lee Cook are likely most as risk to be going home next.
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