Tonight's episode will be renamed "The One Full of Songs From the Decade I Love" with the subtitle "And I Realized I am Really Old". I knew that I would love when the theme was "the year you were born" because there would be lots o' 80's music. And I love 80's music. It takes me back to a time of big hair and synthesizers, and I love it. It also made me feel old. I might need some therapy now...
In case I haven't mentioned it, I love Danny Gokey. Really, I do. He is awesome. However, I was not too keen on a disco version of "Stand By Me". That song reminds me of Wil Wheaton and River Phoenix, railroad tracks and leeches in bad places. It does not remind me of bell-bottoms and disco balls. But, I still love Danny Gokey.
Kris Allen jazzed up Don Henley and "All She Wants to Do is Dance". He was working the crowd, playing the guitar. Kinda big band, but I liked it. The judges, not so much. And I don't really have much else to say about it, so I guess I didn't like it so much after all.
Can I just say I loved Lil Rounds' shoes? And the fact that she worked the stage in said shoes is nothing short of impressive. I thought I would really like her singing Tina Turner. It seemed like a good fit on paper. It just really didn't translate well on the stage. Go figure. But she looked good.
Yo, Anoop's parents dressed him kinda funny as a kid. And well, he's in a lime green Mr. Roger's sweater so I guess some things never change. But dude, I loved him singing "True Colors" with the R&B flair. Very original, much like that sweater. I heart Anoop, even if he dresses funny.
Scott MacIntyre brought some Survivor and an electric guitar. Now, I am all over 80's hair bands. I mean, all over them. Love them. Totally. But I just wasn't feeling "The Search is Over". But with the Greatest American Hero hair and the tapered metallic pants with the black racing stripe down the side, he absolutely looked the part. His shirt was untucked, but I bet if it was tucked in, you'd see those pants had pleats. Sweet...
Allison Iraheta was born in 1992. You know how old I was in 1992? I'll tell you, 15! I am almost double her age. And seriously, of all the songs she could have chosen, she picked Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me". Now, I love that song, and she did a really good job vocally on it. But Bonnie Raitt was in her 40's when she recorded that. Allison is 17. Do you see the juxtaposition there? It was too old for her. And yes, I realize that I am basically calling myself old, hence the subtitle of this episode.
Ryan Seacrest is making 2009 the year of the tie bar. Loving it!
"Part-Time Lover" was one of those songs that I loved as a kid, but really had no idea what it was about. You know, me and my little friends would run around at recess and sing it because it was on America's Top 40 with Casey Casem, but we had no clue what it meant. Actually I think I just figured it out a couple of years ago... Anyway, Matt Giraud BROUGHT IT tonight with the Stevie Wonder. And he was looking so suave with his leather Member's Only jacket and chill hat. He's one cool dude. Like, totally.
Okay, keeping it real, my DVR cut off before Adam Lambert's performance, so I had to spend hours scouring the internet to find it. Not really. It took like 10 seconds on Google, but it was still irritating. Fox, why can't you keep it in an hour?
So, anyway, Adam's parents are so normal looking. I don't know what I was expecting, but it was a bit disconcerting. Tears for Fears seemed right up his alley, but I was already fooled by that with Lil, so I was wary. It was understated, which was hard for Adam, I think. I didn't think it was all that, but Simon gave him a standing ovation, so maybe it lost a little something, going from a 42 inch TV to a 6 inch box on my laptop.
The bottom three will probably be Scott MacIntyre, Lil Rounds and Kris Allen (still a Kris Allen fan, but going second with a not-so-great performance will land you in the bottom). It should be Scott's week to go, although this might be the shocker week...