In the world's ultimate talent
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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
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
Packager: 19 TV, FremantleMedia North
Origin: CBS Television City, Los Angeles, CA
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Round of 5:
The final five are heading into the
homestretch, as they take on some of the classic American standards
for Rat Pack week. Who's going to end up having a drink and punching
a hooker? Well... no one, but in the end, only four singers will
Guiding them through the music of the Rat Pack era... a mystery
mentor... Oooh. Yeah, all the Rat Pack are dead, but we do have...
comedian/singer/actor Jamie Foxx. What he knows about the Rat Pack
is anyone's guess, but he is a classically trained musician, so he's
got some credit there. He wants to make them understand that these
songs are timeless. The Rat Pack weren't just singing songs, they
were singing lifestyles.
First is Kris Allen. He'll start the show with "The Way You Look
Tonight". Jamie says that he's not trying to sing vocals, he's
trying to sing a song. He wants to do a record with him, saying that
Kris will blow away a lot of people.
What they say: Randy thinks that this is his BEST
performance. Kara says that he's set the technical standard
impeccably high. Paula says that he transformed into a gentleman
crooner. Simon's not as enthusiastic, thinking it "wet" and safe. As
in "not dry".
What we say: Kris Allen makes me want to have a martini and
my sister want to wear a slinky dress. Kris is definitely in play.
He captures the emotion of the music and the attitude of the
performance in a nice little package.
Next up, Allison Iraheta, who calls being the only girl left in the
competition "scary". And yesterday was her 17th birthday. She'd
really like your vote for her birthday. Jamie says that she's leaps
and bounds ahead of her time. She's too young to have a boyfriend,
so she'll try and channel something for "Someone to Watch Over Me".
What they say: Randy thought she was going to be tripped up.
She sings like Pink "with 1000 more octaves", singing in her own
rough style. Kara ain't nervous for her anymore, saying that she won
some converts tonight. Paula thought it was tender. Simon wonders if
Allison thinks that she can win this competition, though he thinks
that she might be in trouble tonight..
What we say: Two words... It's flat. We were hoping she
didn't do something crazy, and she reeled herself back in before she
did. But still... it was flat and she could've gone softer.
Matt Giraud is next. He loves jazz. In fact, he got a B in college
on it. He needs an A tonight to stick around. Will he get one with
"My Funny Valentine"? Jamie wants to think so, suggesting that Matt
change the key to the song so he can sing in full voice.
What they say: Randy thought it was a hard song, but it was
pitchy. It was good, but it didn't come together. Kara wants him to
be the leader of the pack, but we didn't see emotion. Paula likes
what he did with the song, calling it excellent. Simon disagrees
with Randy, calling it the only believable song tonight.
What we say: The hat and the suit... nice. The song... it's a
little bit wobbly. He better hope Matt and Adam collapse on stage,
because that was not a good closer.
Next is Danny Gokey with "Come Rain or Come Shine." He doesn't want
to change it that much, and Jamie says that he's "THIS close". He
just needs to channel and embody what he's singing.
What they say: Randy says that Danny could have an album of
songs like this. This is a singing competition, and he can sing.
Kara says that Danny was missing swagger all season... until
tonight. Paula keeps it short: "Stellar". Simon says that he came to
prove a point, and he did.
What we say: He's an evolver. He does the song proper
justice, and you see that swagger? You see that energy? That fire?
THAT's why Danny is going to next week, and Matt isn't.
Finally, Adam Lambert's doing "Feelin' Good"... the Muse version.
Jamie just says that he's going to be great.
What they say: Randy says it was theatrical, but in the zone.
Kara's mouth drops open, Paula compares him to Michael Phelps. Simon
says that Adam feels like he wants to win.
What we say: It's a little sharp. Other than that, it's was
textbook Adam, which the kids will eat up.
Last call, folks. Let's tally it up.
Rat Pack: Kris, Danny, Adam
Brat Pack: Allison, Matt
But who'll just be substandard?
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