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In the world's ultimate talent search - where the eyes of a nation are upon the best undiscovered singers in the country, where the audience has the power to make or break you, and where a million-dollar recording contract is on the line, there is only one rule: If you can sing it, bring it.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, Quisla Alexander, Jason Block, Don Harpwood & Gordon Pepper, GSNN

Ryan Seacrest
Judges: Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi, Randy Jackson
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Round of 7: Idol Goes to the Movies
April 14

Grab a tub of popcorn and a box of Junior Mints, because tonight, American Idol heads to the movies. Helping shape the final seven's style this week, uber-fan and movie legend Quentin Tarantino.

Interesting sidenote tonight. We're going to be hearing from two judges at a time after each singer. So sadness upon sadness, we won't be hearing Simon all night tonight. On a simiar bar, both the bald guy and the dude with glasses will critique each singer. Because we like to further complicate things that are already complicated.

"In a world of motion pictures, one man defied them all... a renegade storyteller that changed the cinema forever. He is... Quentin Tarantino." He's got seven movies as a director, at least one as an actor, but he has a passion for music that gives his films their twist (he was even a guest judge during season 3). He met the final seven at the Alfred Newman scoring stage at Fox Studios.

Starting with Allison Iraheta, who'll be singing Aerosmith's "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" ("Armageddon"). She thought she was auditioning for a movie. No, we're past that, thank God. Now that that's out of the way...

What they say: Paula notes that Allison has the same "sauce" that Adam has. She's very authentic, very remarkable. Simon says that she's the girls' only hope in this competition, and that she's getting stronger week after week. We could see her all the way to the end.

What Chico says: Very... breathy. At least she still has that attitude thing to fall back. And yes, it is very much authentic and very much her. She's the strongest female we have left, and thank God for that because she's making it interesting.

Next up, it's Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" ("Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves") courtesy of Anoop Desai. Quentin wants him to rough it up. He NEEDS to rough it up if he wants ANY chance of coming back next week.

What they say: Randy originally thought that he would've been overpowered, but it was emotive and in tune. A good job. Kara says that he's finally found his place in the competition, and that this was one of his best performance. He's finally connecting with the songs.

What Chico says: I think he found his balls. Only problem is that they're baseballs and we're going bowling. But it was connective, and it was in tune. But is it too little, too late?

... Especially when you consider that Adam Lambert is next with an electronic element of Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild" ("Easy Rider")?

What they say: Paula says he dares to dance in the path of greatness, and that fortune favors the bold. Vocally, according to Simon, it was incredible, but the performance was like watching Rocky Horror.

What Chico says: Once again, Adam has come to play. He's proven himself time and time again that he's the real deal. But one can't help but wonder if Adam's beginning to believe his own press.

Next is Matt Giraud, who is in the middle confidence-wise. This week, he just picked a song that he loves and "should work". That song is again from Bryan Adams, "Have You Really Loved a Woman?" ("Don Juan de Marco"). Quentin warns him not to lose the lyrics.

What they say: Randy thought that it started out cool, but the bridge was pitchy. He can't turn a simple melody into... well, what he turned it into. Kara says that its a struggle between Rock Matt and Soul Matt. Today, we got Soul Matt singing a rock song, and it had to be a masterpiece... and it wasn't.

What Chico says: the vocal's a little sharp in the bad way, but the performance itself is sharp in a good way. But yeah, it had its moments, but not really as consistent as past Matt Giraud piano pieces.

Danny Gokey just bought a guitar because he was bored. He says that he's inspired by the upcoming tour. Will we see it on the show? No. The harp? No. "Endless Love" by Lionel Richie & Diana Ross ("The Same Name")? Yep. Quentin wants him to watch his hands... Danny's hands, not Quentin's. If we watch Quentin's we're totally going to be thrown off.

What they say: Paula wasn't sure that the key should've been lowered, but in the end, it was unforgettable, wowing, and slaying. Simon can't fault the way he sang the song. He's disappointed in that we had the traditional version of the song.

What Chico says: It starts out nice and mellow, and then it goes into its trademark crescendo, and Danny just has the power to navigate it... and then we're back home. It's a vocal journey, and it's why Danny is one to watch.

Side note: The song he SHOULD'VE done... "I Believe I Can Fly" ("Space Jam").

Side note #2: The song in the AI Experience commercial: "Ever After" ("Enchanted").

Side note #3: I LOVE movie songs.

Kris Allen is next with "Falling Slowly" by Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova ("Once"). Quentin asked him if he wanted to play an instrument with that song.

What they say: Randy says that it never quite caught on. Kara says that it was one of his best moments.

What Chico says: It's a little here and there with the pitch, but the tone was magical. So at best, it was mixed.

And finally in the pimp slot is someone who needs the pimp slot badly... Lil Rounds with "The Rose" by Bette Midler from the movie of the same name. Quentin compliments her on the switch to gospel in the middle.

What they say: Paula calls its beautiful. Simon says that it was too soft and too middle of the road. She's not the artist we met a long time ago. And... cue the judge/contestant fight.

What Chico says: My initial thoughts: "She's switching to gospel... suffice it to say, I'm scared. Also suffice it to say that maybe I need to be scared. Maybe Lil needs to know that she can still scare people." At least she chose the right song and she sang it well. That can't be said for at least TWO of tonight's singers. Purists won't be moved, but the rest of us are going to save her, especially after last week.

And thus we end this week of confusing judging with the following composite....

Hollywood Blockbuster: Allison, Adam, Danny
Cult Classic: Kris, Lil
"Speed Racer" Quality Bomb: Anoop, Matt

So which one of these seven movies is worthy of a sequel, and which one is being sent to the bargain bin? That's for you to decide.


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