April 07, 2009 06:08 PM by Candace Young
Tonight on America Idol, the theme for song choices is ‘songs from the year you were born’. In the spirit of embarrassing everyone, rather than just the contestants, baby pictures of each judge are shown as Ryan Seacrest introduces them on FOX! The contestants come out next and Danny Gokey is spotlighted as the oldest competitor – he was born in 1980.
Danny performs Mickey Gilley’s version of Stand By Me from 1980 on Idol. He is dressed in a violet dress shirt and a black suit. He begins by crooning the song, but soon the tempo picks up! Paula Abdul dances as he performs. Randy Jackson tells Danny that he made him love it, even though he didn’t love the arrangement. Kara Dioguardi agrees. Paula says he opened the show by setting the bar high. Simon Cowell says he thought the beginning was good, the middle was lazy, and the end was terrific – so overall – great!
Kris Allen is the next to perform on American Idol. He tells Ryan that he has chosen to sing All She Wants To Do is Dance from the year of his birth, 1985! With his guitar strapped on, and wearing a khaki jacket and jeans, Kris once again gets right into the audience for his effort. He roughs up the tune and alters the original arrangement drastically. Kara says she was looking forward to him doing an up-tempo tune, but it was more funk/jazz. Paula says he made it his own and he’s one of the most likable contestants. Simon declares the performance indulgent, boring, and forgettable – it was a stupid song choice. Randy agrees with Simon – he didn’t like the arrangement because the singing was lost.
Lil Rounds is called up next on Idol. She will be singing Tina Turner’s What’s Love Got To Do With It from the year 1984. She is dressed in a black skirt with a black leather vest and a younger hairstyle than she sported previously, although her performance still comes across as an older woman singing. Paula tells her she looks hot tonight, but she didn’t go outside the box like she was hoping. Simon Cowell says it was a second or third-rate version of Tina Turner – they’ve lost her, and she’s not making the impact she should be on the show. Randy tells Lil that she’s mad talented, but she’s not listening to their advice. Kara notes that she is struggling to make the leap to artist from singer.
Ryan Seacrest introduces Anoop Desai on American Idol, who says he regrets overreacting toward Kara’s critique last week. Anoop was born in 1986, and has chosen True Colors by Cindy Lauper as his song tonight. Under violet lights, Anoop perches on a stool in a striped rugby sweater. He gives a good performance that has cringey moments. Randy is impressed with Anoop’s vocal tonight. Kara agrees – he controlled the song instead of the other way around. Paula is pleased with the choice of song – his voice is magical. Simon calls Anoop a singing yo-yo, saying last week was miserable, and this week was good – but not fantastic. Simon also tells him that he isn’t expected to apologize for how he reacts to their words!
Scott McIntyre, born in 1985, will be singing The Search is Over on American Idol tonight! Standing on the stage at the mic, complete with electric guitar, Scott moves out from behind the piano for the first time to deliver an exciting performance! Kara commends him for taking on a very difficult song, saying he had some good moments, and some off moments. Paula gives him credit for stepping away from his comfort zone behind the piano. Scott jokes that the electric guitar is his punk side coming out. Paula says some of his high notes were questionable though. Simon suggests he go back to the piano next week – the song was horrible – and the guitar playing wasn’t much better. Randy says the problem for him was that it was all just okay.
The American Idol nineties baby, Allison Iraheta, is up next. She will be singing Bonnie Raitt’s I Can’t Make You Love Me from 1992. In a toned down hairstyle, black skirt, and black leather jacket, Allison gives a very solid rendition of the song. Paula tells Allison that she has a gift you can’t put a price tag on. She says she gave all of her heart in that song. Simon says that he thought it was very good, but they need to sort her out a bit – her personality might not be coming over. Randy recalls that Allison reminds him of Kelly Clarkson, but she talked a lot! Randy tells Allison she can really sing! Kara says she has talent that you can’t find – let’s make a record!
Also born in 1985, is Matt Giraud from Michigan. Tonight on Idol, Matt has chosen to sing Stevie Wonder’s Part Time Lovers. Dressed in a black leather jacket, jeans, and wearing a fedora, Matt gives a rousing performance. Randy calls it vocally, one of the best of the night. Kara deems it incredible, Paula says it’s worthy of a standing ovation, and Simon Cowell offers up that it was very well done!
Last up on American Idol tonight is Adam Lambert, who was born in the year 1982. Adam will be singing Mad World. Bathed in blue light, Adam sits mid-stage center and performs a haunting version of the song. Simon is the only one who has time to talk, and he says words are unnecessary – he’s just going to give him a standing ovation!
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