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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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Round of 4:
Last week... we ALMOST had a stunner,
but the right person ended up going home. Now it’s onto what could
be branded as rocker versus rocker in the genre of rock. Who’s about
to rock our world, and who’s world is about to get rocked?
But first, here’s something interesting. The tower stage left is
what it’s supposed to look like. The Eiffel Tower, as it were. The
tower stage right is more like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. So the
kids didn’t get to perform their final runthrough.
Now a bit of a twist. This week, we have something we’ve been
waiting eight seasons for… duets! That comes later, though.
Right now, let’s check in on our mentor, legendary guitarist Slash.
He came onto the scene in 1985 as lead guitarist of Guns’n’Roses.
The genre has not been the same since. He’s known for collabos with
everyone from Michael Jackson to Daughtry. This week, he holds his
masterclass at the world-famous Roxy in Los Angeles. He’s going to
make sure this week is something different, something edgy, some
kind of a good time.
First up, the quintessential rocker Adam Lambert with “Whole Lotta
Love” by Led Zepplin. Slash says he’s got pipes. Adam wants to kill
it. Here’s your axe, sir...
What they say: Randy says that he’s a rock star tonight. He wants
him and Slash to do a record. Kara says that he’s a rock god. Paula
calls it perfect. Mr. Cowell agrees with all three. The problem… no
one can top it now.
What we say: Simon’s right. Show’s over. Let’s go home… Oh, we still
have 50 minutes? Okay… so now that Adam’s back in his comfort zone,
he ends up killing it. He has the swagger and he is miles better
than he was last week in terms of pitch. Of course, none of this
really matters, because people saw him as in danger last week and
will be voting in droves to save him.
Chiming in second is Allison Iraheta underneath the falling Idol
orb. Allison took this week to go see Adam’s hair lady. Slash says
that she’s predisposed to Joplin, so “Cry Baby” should be a breeze,
What they say: Randy says she can sing, but there were a lot of
better vehicles for her. “This wasn’t that great for me.” Kara
disagrees, saying Janis was good for her, but she wanted to see
“Piece of My Heart” But she’s transformative. Paula thinks that
she’s fearless. Simon thought she had confidence up there. But she’s
trying too hard to sound like the original. He would’ve chosen
What we say: Is it me or does this performance seem a little bit
clean? My sister enjoys this, and she doesn’t listen to Janis...
THERE’s your litmus test. Way. Too. Clean. She has the attitude. Not
too sure about the tone, though.
And now, the moment we’ve been waiting eight seasons for… the first
competitive duet. The singers: Kris Allen and Danny Gokey. The song:
“Renegade” by Styx.
What they say: Randy says that they compliment each other well. Kara
doesn’t buy the whole renegade image. Paula thought it was powerful
and compelling. Simon thought Danny was better than Kris.
What we say: Their voices blend really well. Separately… not so
much. But yes, duets were a long time come, and we’re glad to have
Now that they’ve sung together, it’s time for Kris to sing himself.
He wanted to sing a Beatles song, namely “Revolution”, but it didn’t
feel right. So he sings “Come Together”. Kris is awestruck by having
Slash jam with him. Big deal. Get far enough in Guitar Hero III and
you can jam with Slash all you want. Heh.
What they say: Randy says he was himself, especially not being from
the rock cut. Kara doesn’t think it was all that great, saying it
was “trying too hard”. Paula and Simon say it’s all about Kris
putting his signature and his imprint on it. But Simon goes further
to say that it’s like “eating ice for lunch.”
What we say: It’s very original, especially toward the end. This is
Kris bringing classic rock into the new millennium, sort of
reminiscent of Marc Broussard. So good stuff… Could be better.
Last of the solo performances is Danny Gokey. He’s going with “Dream
On” by Aerosmith. Slash says that he’s naturally gifted, but he’s
got to nail the scream at the end if he is to stand a chance.
What they say: Randy says it wasn’t perfect, but it was a valiant
effort. Kara says more early Aerosmith, sir. But she saw edge. She
commends him for taking chances. Paula faults his song choice. Simon
thought it was over the top.
What we say: Gokey be hokey. He sounds like he’s constipated. They
have pills for that, sir. When Paula cites your song choice as a
problem, then you’ve got a problem.
Closing the show tonight.. in matching combat boots… Adam & Allison
with Foghat’s “Slow Ride”.
What they say: Randy wants another duet. Kara just nods and smiles.
Paula calls it a perfect marriage. Simon says… you win.
What we say: And so it was, as it was foretold in the book of
Darnell, chapter 5, verse 32... Rocker shall rise against rocker,
and both shall be clad in matching leather outfits, hair, and yea,
even makeup, seeing who will out-shout the other. And in the end, a
man from California will show us the way… Can I get an amen on that?
So the rock show… done. Who managed to come out on top?
Rock God: Adam
Everyone Else: Kris, Danny, Allison
But Allison may have a chance after that last duet *ahem*noshedoesn’t!*ahem.
But we’ll see what the votes say NEXT TIME.
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