With American Idol Season 8 on the books, here are the best performances of the season. I didn't include any of the results show performances, or Kris and Adam singing with Queen and Adam singing with Kiss would probably have been number one and two.
Many of the American Idol contestants, both current and former, are popping up on Twitter. Unfortunately, I can't guarantee that these are all real. In fact, I can guarantee that some are fakes, as some have multiple accounts claiming to be that person. For now, I'm listing the multiples until I can determine the authoritative account.
With only four contestants left in the eighth season of American Idol, sixty-four million votes were cast last night. This breaks the record for the most votes cast in a non-finale. The Ford Music Video used a "cut outs" theme. I should think the last thing the American Idol producers would want is people to be told (reminded?) that their contestants are two-dimensional.
Rock and roll comes to American Idol. Or, at least, something vaguely resembling rock and roll. Each of the four performers will sing along, plus they will be each paired for a duet. Guitarist Slash is the mentor of the week. I don't know if he knows anything about vocals, but he certainly knows rock and roll.
With four singers left, American Idol turns towards rock and roll and guitarist Slash as the mentor-of-the-week. The rumor is that the list of songs will be restricted to classic rock. I'm going to stick with that for my suggestions, as otherwise the category is overwhelmingly large. Everyone will perform two numbers to fill the alloted time, but some believe that the second performance will be a duet with one of the other contestants. This would result in six performances rather than eight, but it also would be nearly impossible to make suggestions for, as I don't know what the match ups might be. As a result, I'll make two suggestions for each performer.
The results are in from the Rat Pack Week at American Idol, and it certainly had its share of drama, especially as to the makeup of the Bottom Three. Forty-seven million votes were cast last night for their favorite American Idol contestant. The Ford Music Video and group song were goofy as always. Also goofy was the video of the food fight. Fortunately, they got through all that fairly quickly, and went to the results.
It was American Standards night at American Idol. The theme was supposed to be connected to the Rat Pack, but in the show at least, the ties were tenuous at best. The mentor for the week was built up as a big surprise, and it turned out to be Jamie Fox. Really? Yes, he was in "Ray" and "Showgirls", but that's a bit sketchy. It turns out he was classically trained in music, so maybe, just maybe, he'll know a thing or two.
American Idol Season 8 has finally reached the Top Five. With Lil Rounds and Anoop Desai gone, it's a solid group, with three that I rather like (Allison Iraheta, Adam Lambert, and Kris Allen), one that I don't (Matt Giraud) and one that can really sing but bores me (Danny Gokey). The theme this week is standards made famous by the Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop). It's not clear exactly what this means. At one time or another, Sinatra recorded just about every song ever written. Does the theme include the honorary female Rat Pack members like Shirley MacLaine, Lauren Bacall, Angie Dickinson and Judy Garland? And why did the American Idol press release neglect to mention Lawford and Bishop?
Time for results from Disco Week, with two people heading home, and no judge's save. DialIdol.com predicted Lil Rounds as the top vote recipient, with Kris Allen and Allison Iraheta going home. That's a result that would displease many. As an advertising exec, I have to say I like the AT&T advertisement that they slipped in there during the behind-the-scenes of the choreography with Paula Abdul. As for the group number, while the dancing was better than usual (thanks to Paula), it was clearly lip sync'ed. And even so, it sounded worse than any of the performances last night.
Disco Week: The scariest two words ever heard by an American Idol contestant. And this week proved why that is the case.