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American Idol Recap – 5/12/09

So what’s with the fact they couldn’t have had each singer do three songs like in seasons past? Really that tough to do nine songs total? Yes, I understand with four judges who like to yap about nothing half the time, and only an hour to squeeze it in, it might be a tad tough, but it’s definitely doable. Or not. Just seems like for the big show to get to the finals of “American Idol”, you should have to sing three songs. Oh well. No sense crying over spilled milk (is that the right phrase? Didn’t sound right for some reason). Once again, Paula was cracked out with her song choice. Terrence Trent D’Arby? Every other song was recognizable, then she pulls that stuff. She should been banned from the finale. Ha ha. That’d be great to see them open the finale next week only to tell us Paula has been suspended for such a horrible song choice the week before. On to the performances.

Danny Gokey, “Dance Little Sister”: Huh? Like I said, such a random song for such a big night. I don’t know what she was thinking with this song choice. I actually thought Danny toned down his dancing in this performance and didn’t look like a complete spaz like he has in the past. However, I didn’t care much for the song, and Danny has always been much better on ballads than up tempo stuff. Kara did get to utter the phrase “money spot” during her critique of Danny’s performance. Easy Kara. This is a kids show. Why not just tell everyone you were so excited you felt like donkey punching someone? Yes I know. Technically Kara would be on the receiving end of that. Forget it. Anyway, my favorite judge critique of the night came from Simon when he was talking about Danny’s dancing and got in a little dig at “DWTS” by calling it that “funny little dancing show next door.” In case you didn’t know, “DWTS” and “Idols” studios are right next to each other. Maybe that’s why Paula is always standing up dancing in her chair?

Kris Allen, “Apologize”: Recognizable song, but it was a karaoke performance not as good as the original. I actually disagreed with Simon and sided with Randy and Kara on this one when they said he should’ve changed the arrangement. Why does he need to be told this? He didn’t need to be told it in other weeks and changed the arrangement to make it better. Why not last night? Didn’t understand that. It was the perfect song choice for him since that’s the type of music he’ll put out on his album. I just wasn’t wow’ed at all by the performance and it was pretty forgettable. However, the judges played a role in that by fighting for a good five minutes after he was done. That just got annoying. Sometimes the judges think they’re a lot funnier than they really are.

Adam Lambert, “One”: I wasn’t as in awe of this performance as a few of them were. It was really good, but, he’s sang better. I think the screaming again is what did it for me. That’s obviously his signature thing and he’s trying to incorporate it into every song now where he belts out a good ten second primal scream. I just think that for every little tweenie that wets themselves when he does that, there’s another half of America that is completely put off by it. Between comments on my site and emails I’ve received, it’s literally 50/50 on Adam. Either people absolutely love him, or they’re put off by him. The ones that are put off don’t hate the guy, he’s just not their cup of tea. Which means they wouldn’t vote for him. One thing I found interesting about his performance was when they panned to his family after he sang. Ummmm, who was the dude next to his dad with the tight, tight, tight tank top on? Let me guess, just a really good buddy, right?

Danny Gokey, “You Are So Beautiful”: If you remember, Taylor Hicks sang this in semifinal week as a judges choice by Randy. Clive Davis gave him “Dancing in the Dark”, and he chose “Tenderness” by Otis Redding as his song choice. Don’t ask me why I remember this so vividly. For some reason, the season 5 finale will always remain my favorite. Just was. Anyway, I thought Danny killed it. Absolutely amazing that we’ve now gone 11 weeks since Danny began the Top 13, and not once has he, Ryan, or any of the judges mentioned his dead wife. I knew they’d cut back on it after how much they harped on it early, but not to mention it once all season is pretty amazing. Needless to say, this was Danny’s song choice and I think we all know why. No doubt that was a dedication to his wife. Good stuff. I would’ve bet money that when it was Paulas turn to speak, she’d be crying.

Kris Allen, “Heartless”: Can’t say I ever thought I’d hear a Kanye song performed with an acoustic guitar, but he pulled it off. I liked it way better than “Apologize”. And that’s pretty much it. Nothing much to say. His strength is when he’s appealing to chicks and playing the guitar and he accomplished that on this performance.

Adam Lambert, “Crying”: Honestly, I thought this was the worst performance of the night. It wasn’t terrible, but there was definitely something off about it. Maybe it was the female background singers that seemed to be singing at a different time than Adam was, or maybe because it was Adam, and it was Aerosmith, I expected him to destroy the song. Didn’t really do it for me. He got his screams in, but it just wasn’t that powerful of a performance for me. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still making the finals next week based on his resume, but I don’t think this was one of his strongest nights. Might’ve been his worst actually.

Reality Steve’s Top 2 Performances:

1. Danny Gokey, “You Are So Beautiful”
2. Kris Allen, “Heartless”

Reality Steve’s Bottom 2 Performances:

1. Adam Lambert, “Crying”
2. Kris Allen, “Apologize”

Reality Steve’s Prediction of Who’s Going Home: Gee, well since Week 1 I’ve said we’re looking at a Danny/Adam final, and nothing in my mind has changed that, so I’ll say Kris goes home. However, if Kris does advance vs Adam, then I think Adam will win “American Idol”. If it’s a Danny/Adam final, then I still think Danny will win. If by some act of God, we get a Danny/Kris final, then I still think Danny wins.

Back Friday again with another “Reality Roundup.” No, serious this time. Really. It will be up on Friday. Hope you don’t stone me to death if it isn’t, ha ha. It looks like the launch of the merchandise store could get set back a week. Its going to come down to the wire. However, I want to make sure everything is working, the site looks good, and its presentable in a way that makes it easy to navigate. It’s going to be a work in progress, trust me, but I don’t want to launch it when everything isn’t set to go. You’ll know next week once the “Bachelorette” begins where we stand with it. At the latest, it launches on the 25th. Once again, any questions, comments, emails, praises, criticisms, send them all to See you Friday.



  1. Peg

    May 13, 2009 at 2:01 AM

    Yay! Your AI Recap is up early! I loved Kris tonight and have to say that I hope Danny and Kris are in the finals. I am over Adam’s screaming.

  2. Joe

    May 13, 2009 at 2:31 AM

    Only one perfomance tonight was memorable – “You are so beautiful” by Danny Gokey. The rest were pure karaoke…and I normally cannot stand Gokey.

    As for Adam, he has become a circus clown….and the judges are his own little circus audience that pump him up with praise each week, even though he cannot hold a note in a normal range. Way too much screeching and theatrics, and way too little actual singing.

    Thank god the finals are next week so we can be put out of this misery of mediocrity.

  3. lorac7

    May 13, 2009 at 4:33 AM

    Adam is a rock singer, his range is way beyond what Danny & Kris can muster up. Don’t get me wrong they are nice pleasant singers, they just don’t generate much excitement. Adam is the only one of the 3 that can sing anything rock style or ballad. Can you see Kris rocking it out ? And Danny already tried & scared everyone. The judges aren’t stupid, they know Adam is the most talented, he may not win but he will go on to the most sucessful career because he can do it all.

  4. Aussiegirl

    May 13, 2009 at 7:12 AM

    Adam’s primal wail is scary. He might be on key when he does it, but every song does not need it. Danny did great on YRSB, but I think the upset is on, and sadly Danny goes home tonight.

  5. Carrie

    May 13, 2009 at 7:44 AM

    Steve, for me your recap was 99.9% right on the money. The only thing I disagree with is that I think it will be an Adam/Kris final.

    For me the only two memorable performances were Danny’s and Kris’s last songs. I did not agree with the judges about Adam; in my opinion he could have went up there, did 10 seconds of that primal scream, and that’s all…and they still would have said how brilliant he is. They want him to win, and I think he will no matter who is in the finals with him. My problem is that Adam is not someone I can picture on the radio. He’s a Broadway guy. Nothing wrong with that, but if I close my eyes and just listen to him and not watch his acting and the lighting and camerawork, he’s not someone I would go on iTunes and buy an album from. Then again, there has been something about him from the beginning that I’ve found off-putting. Maybe it’s the scream…for me it takes away from the music. I guess you either love it or hate it.

  6. Val

    May 13, 2009 at 7:53 AM

    I’ve bought every single one of Adam’s performances on iTunes, and even a few of Gokey’s. I guess you either love him or hate him (Adam), and I love him. I wasn’t all that crazy about his Aerosmith rendition. It had way too many Axl screams and kind of ruined the performance. But overall, he has the “it” factor. I’m afraid Danny might be going home tonight–not sure. He is however the chosen one on the “vote for the worst” site, so maybe not. I hope it’s a Danny/Adam finale.

  7. gba

    May 13, 2009 at 8:04 AM

    I completely agree with Steve’s recap. I usually love Adam, but the screaming tonight just was too over-the-top for me. And that other singer was very distracting. I thought Danny’s “You Are So Beautiful” was very well arranged and sung by him. His first song was forgettable. It’ll be an interesting final (if Adam makes it — otherwise, I think it’ll be a bit boring)
    Steve—-I enjoy each post—WHATEVER day they’re posted!

  8. aimeenp

    May 13, 2009 at 8:14 AM

    Danny’s going home. Paula’s song choice sealed the deal. Also, “you are so beautiful” was alright, but in my opinion it wasnt enough to save Danny.

    Kris is the most marketable of the bunch and will most likely put out and album that will be over played and i will inevitably change the radio station every time his song came on. (Think Kelly Clarkson “A Moment Like This” or Carrie Underwood “Jesus Take the Wheel” Or practically any Daughtry song.

    Adam would put out the most interesting album, so I stick to my choice. There is no one like him, I can’t really compare him to anyone out there. The Danny Gokey/Taylor Hicks vocal similarities are astounding, same song style, same raspiness….which is probably why I don’t like Danny. Kris is another John Mayer or Jason Mraz. Very pleasant and the girls will love him. I actually like him as well, but once he has an album out, I probably won’t buy it.

    Adam Lambert all the way and a Kris Allen will be a distant second.

  9. adw7984

    May 13, 2009 at 8:48 AM

    I just want to say that Adam Lambert does not scream at us. If you want someone to scream at you, go watch Danny Gokey sing Dream On. Adam has a gorgeous voice and amazing control with his vocals. I really want a Kris/Adam finale

  10. jljohnson

    May 13, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    You know, I am a huuuge Adam fan and I have to say, I disagree with Simon that Adam going home tonight would be the biggest upset. I hope he makes it to the finals and I think he probably will but I guess because of the fact that you either love him or hate him I don’t see it being a huge shock if he goes home since Danny has such a huge fanbase and Kris is much more marketable. I always assumed it would either be a Danny/Adam finale or a Danny/Kris finale. But a Danny/Kris finale…that’s interesting.

    My bottom 2 of the night would be Danny and Kris’s first songs. I won’t harp on Danny too much because it wasn’t really his fault, he only had so much to work with given the terrible song Paula chose for him. Adam’s Aerosmith song was not my favorite performance he’s ever done but it was definitely not the worst of the night. Honestly…I wasn’t digging the accoustic guitar in Kris Allen’s “Heartless”. I know everyone loved it and I liked the arrangement but I thought it sounded off with the guitar and I thought he should’ve used the band.

    I still think it’ll be a Danny/Adam finale.

  11. powersk4

    May 13, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    I still love and remember Season 5 as the best too! When we were watching last night I commented on Simon’s best ‘Judges Pick’ ever was Katherine with Somewhere Over The Rainbow 🙂


    May 13, 2009 at 12:54 PM

    Okay – we all know I love Adam Lambert. His performances are all memorable. I hope he makes a CD of all his songs on the show. That being said, I look forward to him being the next American Idol. He’s a good kid with a great voice. Screaming? again – you either love it or hate. Whatever….
    Maybe I’m wrong but how come they didnt show the hometown clips this year??? Did I miss it? I wouldve loved to see the 3 of them at home.
    Oh well.
    Onto the finals! May the best man win.

  13. aimeenp

    May 13, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Oh yeah, Steve, I concur with GBA. Don’t worry about whether or not you post on time. I would hope you have enough of a personal life to not get all your blogs in on time. People need to relax. If whether or not this blog is posted makes or breaks someones day, then they need to get a life.

    Even though we disagree a lot, it is still fun to read and a nice break from my workday.

  14. lemon

    May 13, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Jennifer S, they’re showing the hometown clips tonight on the results show.

    The best performance of the night was Kris w/ Heartless. I am going to guess he’s a Jason Mraz fan. I’ve liked most everything Adam has done but I hated what he did with One (ouch!) and I hate Aerosmith, so he did not impress me at all last night. My jaw dropped when the judges praised Danny’s version of You are so Beautiful, I thought he sounded horrible! His tone was so flat to me.

    I think Danny is going home tonight and Kris saved himself with Heartless.

  15. ninali

    May 13, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    Thank you Lemon! I HATED what Adam did to “One” it was awful…talk about a song that does not need his axel impression…well that’s it! I also thought is was an off night for Adam…didn’t really feel “crazy” then again I watched it with my eyes covered and I am sorry he is no Tyler! He will advance and rightfully so but last night was not his best night. Paula’s pick for Gokey…ouch…really Paula…c’mon your brain is not that fried is it…I guess it is because that was such a horrid song choice. I thought Kris did well on both songs especially his second…loved his version WAY better than Kanye’s. Gokey sang the crap out of “You are so Beautiful” and it was my fave of the night. Looking forward to seeing what happens tonight.

  16. mcanj

    May 13, 2009 at 4:18 PM

    I enjoyed last nights show. I think they all have done a great job. I love Danny Gokey but I do think tonight he is going home. It makes me so sad because I think he is great, but I really feel like Kris deserves to be in the final two. I wish it would be a Danny/Kris finale but I doubt it will work out that way.
    I don’t have anything against Adam I just don’t like his genre of music. He seems like a nice kid but I prefer the other two more.
    Kris is the dark horse in this competition and if he is in the final two I really hope he wins. That would be a great surprise!
    These three will have great careers! I can’t wait to see them on tour!!

  17. lorac7

    May 13, 2009 at 5:10 PM

    Kanye West’s version of “Heartless” is about a woman who has no heart. The way Kris sang it sounded like someone broke up with him at the prom, no contest Kanye wins, he didn’t need AI to be a star. That said Adam rocks !!!

  18. wwilliams006

    May 13, 2009 at 8:45 PM

    Kris ripped off Mia Caruther’s version of “Heartless” on MTV’s show Taking the Stage. She performed it over a year ago for her Cincinnati school, but it aired a couple of weeks ago on MTV. Judge for yourself. Kris is a coward and is not a star like Adam.

  19. jljohnson

    May 13, 2009 at 9:06 PM

    YAY, ADAM!!!! I am happy for him but sad for Danny, too. I don’t know that I would say he’s more talented than Kris but I like him more and like his story. But of course, I hope Adam wins it all because he deserves it!!!

  20. tvgal09

    May 14, 2009 at 2:01 AM

    arrrgggghh, i’m so sad to see danny go 🙁
    i was rooting for him from day 1!
    his version of “You are so beautiful” was even better tonite. can’t wait for his album to be out!

  21. arhawker

    May 14, 2009 at 8:18 AM

    Thanks Paula, you just cost Danny his shot at the AI title with your lousy song choice!

    With that being said, my vote is for Kris. To me, he has at least shown some versatility and relevance. Adam does the same thing EVERY week – SCREAM – Yuck!

  22. mcanj

    May 14, 2009 at 8:54 AM

    I was so sad to see Danny go but I had a feeling it was going to happen. He will have a great career no matter what because he is a very talented guy. I wish Kris and Adam the best of luck next week. I hope Kris can pull it off next week and cause an upset and win. All season long everyone has been saying Adam has it in the bag he is going to win. I hope Kris can prove everyone wrong and win this season. He has been the underdog all season and I think that would be a great surprise.
    Kris, Danny and Adam will all have careers so at this point it doesn’t matter who wins the show.

  23. cagey

    May 14, 2009 at 8:54 AM

    That’s what I love about AI ~ there is always someone for everyone. The final three guys are all talented in their own way and hopefully will all have successful careers in music ~ I just love the way people either LOVE someone or HATE them! I’m still a Kris fan all the way, but I appreciate Adam’s talent . . . it’s just not my favorite. I think Adam’s had WAY better weeks than this week ~ he didn’t shine as much as he usually does.

    Off topic ~ has anyone else had a hard time getting this site to come up? And to pull up the comments section takes forever ( i feel like i have dial up). Is it just my computer, maybe?? Or maybe the work that Steve says they’re doing on the site?? Or am i just losing my mind?

  24. aimeenp

    May 14, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Cagey, I have had some troubles too, so you aren’t losing your mind.

    I don’t think Paula’s song choice was as bad as everyone is saying. That song was very similar to many of the songs Danny has picked throughout the competition. That is the reason I never really cared for him, because HE chose songs just like the one Paula chose….just not my kind of music.

    That being said. I love Adam, but I am starting to think Kris has a shot. I would bet that many “Hokey” fans will vote Kris before they vote Adam. Plus Adam peaked early and Kris gained momentum later in the competition, so I guess we will find out next week!

  25. jljohnson

    May 14, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Has anyone else noticed how much Idol seems to be pushing for Adam to win? I guess maybe it’s more Simon because he’s been saying Adam will be in the finale and then on Tuesday he told everyone to make sure to vote for him…just kind of interesting. Sometimes I just wonder if any of this stuff is set up…? I have never watched Idol until this season so I have no idea what the other seasons have been like but I just wonder how much of it isn’t staged to make things more interesting. Danny seems like the ideal person to win AI…he has an amazing story and a beautiful voice and he’s very likeable. I know Adam has always been a favorite but I would consider him more of a wildcard than Danny…the black nail polish, the Axl Rose scream, the fact that he’s gay…and then for me personally, I never expected Kris to get this far. I mean, consider the fact that they let Paula choose Danny’s song and Simon got to choose Adam’s. I mean, really, who has the advantage there???

    Anyway, just something interesting I thought of!

  26. cagey

    May 14, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    jljohnson, you’re not alone. I personally think the judges have a favorite almost every year that’s really obvious, and there’s always been rumors that it’s actually rigged to who the producers WANT to win. I was reading another site yesterday (sorry Steve), and that’s all the comments were about ~ people chiming in on how they think the judges are being totally unfair and partial and trying to sway the vote. I’m sure it goes both ways though, if you like the person they’re supporting it probably would be as annoying. So to answer your question ~ yes, a lot of people have that same opinion.

  27. smonteau

    May 14, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    Hi Steve, love your column. I read every week and I don’t mind your timing with the columns, I come in and look and if it’s not up yet, Oh well. I check back later rather than get all IRATE and PSYCHO! lol Anyway, my sis has been for Gokey since day one and she too said it was ALL PAULA’s FAULT. lol I just never liked him sorry. He’s good of course. He should make a gospel pop-ish sort of album and he’ll sell missions world-wide. I was shocked as well thought that he got eliminated, I too thought it would be a Danny/Adam final. Much as I love Adam he screamed just waay to much this week and I challenge him to do at least ONE song next week with no signature-adam-scream. Even die-hard adam-fans prob want to see that! I just cannot get over that Kris made it, crazy! He reminds me sooo much of a Fraggle. Particularly Gobo Fraggle b/e if you have ever seen the fraggles he plays guitar and sings. Does anyone else see this or am I alone? lol

  28. smonteau

    May 14, 2009 at 3:53 PM

    Hi Steve, love your column. I read every week and I don’t mind your timing with the columns, I come in and look and if it’s not up yet, Oh well. I check back later rather than get all IRATE and PSYCHO! lol Anyway, my sis has been for Gokey since day one and she too said it was ALL PAULA’s FAULT. lol I just never liked him sorry. He’s good of course. He should make a gospel pop-ish sort of album and he’ll sell millions world-wide. I was shocked as well thought that he got eliminated, I too thought it would be a Danny/Adam final. Much as I love Adam he screamed just waay to much this week and I challenge him to do at least ONE song next week with no signature-adam-scream. Even die-hard adam-fans prob want to see that! I just cannot get over that Kris made it, crazy! He reminds me sooo much of a Fraggle. Particularly Gobo Fraggle b/c if you have ever seen the fraggles he plays guitar and sings. Does anyone else see this or am I alone? lol

  29. SummersEve

    May 14, 2009 at 6:59 PM

    This show is not rigged. Good grief. If it was, would Taylor Hicks have won? how bout Reuben Studdard? Simon made it clear from day one that he never liked Taylor Hicks, yet Taylor Hicks won. What a scam that was (Taylor Hicks winning). Although I am an Adam fan, I think he might be better off not winning the title of American Idol. Look at the careers of Daughtry, Clay Aiken, Jennifer Hudson. Compare that to past “winners”: Fantasia B., Reuben S., Taylor H., Jordin S. Enough said.

    Either way, everybody comes out a “winner”, so to speak.

  30. fluffy42

    May 14, 2009 at 8:25 PM

    I was floored that Danny didn’t make it to the finals . . .seriously, how is it that he was never in the bottom 3, EVER, but left last night? I tend to think that the show must be rigged . . .could the judges BE more obvious that they wanted Adam to win? And please, the Katy Perrty act w/ Adam’s name on her cape??? Rude. I do think however, that Danny might just well be better off not being under the AI contract control making Ford commercials . . . . I can’t wait for someone to sign Danny . .and they will. . .I’m first in line for his album. I’ve been a Danny fan since the auditions . .I love how genuine and down to earth he seems to be . . and, of course, I love his vocals. I am curious to know your take on all this, RS. I love reading your column!

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