In the world's ultimate talent
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power to make or break you, and where a million-dollar recording
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Recaps by Chico Alexander, Quisla Alexander, Jason Block, Don Harpwood & Gordon
Judges: Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi, Randy Jackson
Announcer: Mark Thompson
Simon Fuller (based upon "Pop Idol")
EP: Ken Warwick, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Simon
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7 Part 2: Disco
It's Disco Week, which means shooting
our stars in 2009 and having them wake up in 1976. The good news...
someone got spared, so we have seven competing. The bad news... it
will be the end of the road for TWO people this week.
First up, Lil Rounds with Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman" (1978).
What they say: Randy thought that it sounded wild. She can sing, but
it didn't really show us what she can do as an artist. Kara says
that all of America was waiting for this... but it wasn't worth the
wait. Paula defends Lil by saying that she was on complete vocal
rest. Simon just says it flatly.. this is very copycat and this is
her final shot.
What we say: Lil is beginning to channel some of what made her great
in the early rounds. She had a great performance on stage with a
pretty good vocal. Pretty good won't work in this late stage, so is
it too late to mount a comeback? We'll see.
Kris Allen has a guitar out. Certainly a lot of riffs in that era...
but his song choice is anything but... It's Donna Summer's "She
Works Hard for the Money"... from 1983.
What they say: Kara says he took a real risk and it paid off. Paula
compared it to classy Santana, saying it was a perfect fit. Simon
thought it was original and well thought-out. Randy says he knows
who he is. He's ready for the big time, dawg.
What we say: Very original, and it plays up to its strengths. I'm
just waiting for Kris to believe that he could win this thing,
because as it is, the vocal is just so-so.
Third on the set list is Danny Gokey with Earth Wind & Fire's
What they say: Randy says it has no melodic range, but it worked for
him. Kara says that he's an incredible vocalist. Paula notes that he
chose to show his vocal agility and that he has one of the sexiest
voices ever. Simon agrees with the panel, but as a performance,
there's no star power.
What we say: We were waiting for Danny to come out of his shell with
a song that would challenge him... and we get this. Sure he's pitch
perfect, but still... Back in the shell, Danny.... Back in the
Next up, back to Donna Summer with "Hot Stuff" (1979) courtesy of
What they say: Randy didn't like the overindulgent arrangement, but
thought that she was one of the best singers in the competition.
Kara agrees on both points. Paula didn't mind the arrangement
because it doesn't compromise what the song is or who the singer is.
Simon calls it brilliant.
What we say: booooooooooooring. Boring (after 30 or so seconds).
That's more like it. It still doesn't work as a power ballad, but it
fits into Allison's mindset. We all knew that she was going to have
the toughest go in this round. So just take that in.
Adam Lambert is coming into this week as a solid favorite both this
week and all around. He's going to do "If I Can't Have You" by
Yvonne Elliman (1977).
What they say: Randy is floored by the range. "You are ready right
now, dude." Kara.... "You're brilliant." Paula was fascinated. Simon
thought it immaculate.
What we say: Flawless. Absolutely flawless.
Next up is the beneficiary of the judges' save, Matt Giraud with the
Bee Gee's "Stayin' Alive" (1977).
What they say: Randy didn't like the song choice or the arrangement,
but he says he can sing. Kara says that he brought disco back, but
the song was not crazy original. Paula compares his song to her
bowling... and he threw a strike. Simon didn't like it. It was
What we say: Wrong song choice. So many good soul songs in this era,
and you picked this one that ended up sound-alike. Just proves the
point that the judges have WASTED their save.
And finally, closing the show out is Anoop Desai with "Dim All the
Lights" from Donna Summer (1979).
What they say: Randy thought he can sing. Kara thought it was a good
song choice. Paula says that he looks fantastic and that real men
know how to wear pink. Simon just thought it was mediocre. At best.
"That was your worst performance by a mile."
What we say: I wish he stayed in that original groove of being a
ballad. I wish he got the lyrics right. I wish he was in pitch. But
in the end you can wish in one hand...
And now that that is over with...
Disco Inferno: Kris, Adam
Disco Stu: Danny, Allison
Disco Sucks: Lil, Matt, Anoop
Who will the disco backlash claim tomorrow? Stay tuned.
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