American Idol: Final four rawk

Last night “American Idol’s” Final 4 performed, and it was rock week, and I do mean RAWK, with Slash as the mentor and the mentoring taking place at a club with Slash’s band. How cool for these contestants to have that opportunity? But there was a damper right from the start, as Ryan Seacrest told the world that there was an accident on the set yesterday and one of the giant glass props burst and started spewing shards of glass everywhere. No one was hurt, thankfully, and it’s quite a stroke of luck that this didn’t happen during a show…but the contestants did not get as much practice in as they would have liked.

The show went on though, and in addition to the four performances there would be two duets as well on which the contestants would be judged. Here is how it went down….

Adam Lambert went first and he took on Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love.” A bold choice and the first Led Zep song ever on Idol, but if anyone has the vocal ability to emulate Robert Plant, it’s Adam. Dude was awesome, and you haven’t heard me say that much, but he really was. Randy said this is the Adam he loves and that he was a rock star last night, Kara called him a “rock god,” Paula said he was a “whole lotta perfect,” and Simon said it was one of his favorites of Adam’s so far and that nobody would be able to top it.

Allison Iraheta was next and, as everyone probably expected, sang Janis Joplin…but she didn’t pick an obvious song, instead going with “Cry Baby.” It was very good but after Adam, wasn’t necessarily a home run…more like a double in the gap. Randy said Allison can sing her face off but that he didn’t love the song choice, because there wasn’t a decent melody a la “Piece of My Heart.” Kara said Janis Joplin was definitely the right artist to cover, Paula said Allison looked fearless and that she could play Janis in a movie someday, and Simon said he wouldn’t have chosen that song and that it was a bit copycat. Hmmm…as good as she is, Allison could be in trouble tonight. I did like seeing Allison defend herself and the song choice though.

Then came a duet with Danny Gokey and Kris Allen. Now, this is another new wrinkle in the show’s format, but consider that these two hadn’t done their solo performance yet, and how fair was it that they had to belt out a song like Styx’ “Renegade” before they sang solo? Why not do the Adam/Allison duet first? But anyway, it wasn’t half-bad. Randy said Kris and Danny complemented one another and that the harmonies were awesome, which they were. Kara said there were pitchy moments but otherwise the two were united and strong, Paula said it was powerful, and Simon said Danny was better than Kris.

Then it was Kris Allen’s turn, and I’ve made no qualms about the fact that I’m pulling for this kid. Kris was going to go with a Beatles song either way, but he wound up choosing “Come Together” over “Revolution.” Good choice, brother. He also admitted to almost peeing his pants being on the stage with Slash. Anyway, Kris strapped on his guitar for this one, and it wasn’t his best effort but certainly very good and a solid choice. But the judges proceeded to rip him apart again….Randy said he wasn’t blown away but that Kris was himself and played the guitar well, Kara said it was not great and that Kris seemed ot be trying too hard, Paula said it was risky but that Kris’ artistry shone through, and Simon said he didn’t like it much and that it was like “eating ice for lunch” and not memorable at all. Simon clearly wants no part of Kris in the final, but he was wrong last week and might be again this time. As I did last week, I voted for Kris.

Then Danny Gokey took on a monumental task, Aerosmith’s “Dream On.” Slash correctly pointed out that everyone would be waiting for the scream at the end. It was really good but in no way was it Danny’s best. I might even go so far as to say it was the worst performance of the four, and I’ve been pimping Danny all along. That scream, if you didn’t see it, was excruciating. Randy said it was not a good genre for Danny, and just aight but an “A” for effort, Kara said Danny took his swagger a bit too far, Paula said it wasn’t the right song but she is a huge fan, and Simon said he agreed with everyone’s comments and that the scream at the end was like something from a bad horror movie. Pretty much.

Then came the duet with Adam and Allison, Foghat’s “Slow Ride.” I don’t know about all of you, but I can’t hear this song without thinking of Elaine from “Seinfeld” doing her thumbs dance when hearing this song on her clock radio. Suffice to say, this was a much better performance than Danny and Kris’. Randy said they looked like two seasoned rock stars, Kara said it was a rock god and a rock goddess pushing each other to be the best they could, Paula said it was a perfect blend, and Simon said they won the battle of the duets and that Adam may have actually helped Allison’s chances with that performance.

So there you have it….after Adam winding up in the bottom 2 last week, there is pretty much no chance he will not be safe tonight. But go ahead and try to figure out who goes home between Allison, Kris and Danny. I don’t think any of us have any idea who it will be, because there were good moments and not-so-good moments in all of their efforts. The judges want Kris to go home, but I’m not so sure America isn’t going to send bottom 3-prone Allison packing, or even Mr. Gokey, whose scream may have really hurt him.

I’m pretty sure it will come down to Kris and Allison and that odds are it will be Kris headed home, but I don’t think that is 100% guaranteed at all. We will find out tonight….who do you guys like and who do you not like?


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