Tuesday, April 28, 2009

American Idol - Top 5 - Rat Pack Week

So it's Rat Pack week. It just so happens that I love the Rat Pack and old school jazz. It's in the family - my grampa played his way through college on a sax, and my dad did the same with a clarinet. The smooth classics of Sinatra and Dean Martin are often playing on mp3 player.

Top 5.

So... who is the mentor this week? Jamie Foxx?? Just as I was writing down "yeah, he's fun but he's even less qualified than" ... and at that moment Idol listed all of Jaimie's musical achievements and then I felt like an idiot. I had no clue he was big in the music world. What can I say. I know more about the Rat Pack than the current hits. In any case, Jamie is hilarious and enthusiastic.

1. Kris Allen

Hah, Kris looks like a preacher-boy in his suit.
Jamie surprisingly absolutely loves Kris, and Kris makes the comment that he is the most vocally limited in the competition. I think that's true and I'm glad he can look honestly at his situation. The thing about him is that he has his style, he knows exactly how to do really well within it, and his style is EXACTLY my style. I love him.
I loved this performance as well - of the whole night, it is the most true to the Rat Pack style. I am surprised at how the judges fawn over him, but whatev. I love him.

2. Alison

Alison just turned 17! She can't go home on her birthday week!
I loved when Jamie asked her about her age and she joked that she was five - I gotta steal that reaction since I get comments about my age all the time.
Anyways, Alison is in danger this week, so this better be good.
It was - the is a good style for her voice, she has a mature, big voice and she totally could have sung with Sinatra. It was great.

3. Matt

Every week when Matt walks up Isaac and I have a conversation about the prominent mole on his forehead.
Every week Matt looks nervous and insecure.
I loved his voice in the clip they showed of him singing with Jamie.
I loved the performance, though it did have a few iffy moments. I had to check Isaac's response because he generally really doesn't like Matt. He says: "It's ai't".
It was good... Matt does just need to start owning it and being FUN and confident.... but he's about to lose that chance.
Randy sucks tonight - I disagree with everything he's saying.

4. Danny
Was that not hilarious when Jamie got all up in Danny's face? So awkward.
Danny is actually close to the bottom of my likability list right now. I thought his performance was mostly forgettable. I liked the end, but still... I'm just sort of unimpressed by him.

Kara says to Danny, "You got SWAG tonight"
–noun "a suspended wreath, garland, drapery, or the like, fastened up at or near each end and hanging down in the middle; festoon."

I'm just sayin'.

5. Adam
Isaac is super excited because all of the other contestants have gone with a pretty standard bluesy ballad tonight, and he wants Adam to shake it up. Adam alternates between great and amazing, and we are excited to see which it is tonight.
I say it's great. I love Michael Buble's version of "Feelin' Good" and Adam pulls from him at times. I actually think he could have put MORE rock into it, but it was still great of course, and hilariously showy... the strut down the stairs in the white tuxedo.... hah!
He holds a note for a disgustingly long period of time and of course adds in one scream.
He is SUCH a performer.
Where Kris is exactly my style, Adam is exactly Isaac's style, and Isaac can hardly stay in his seat for the excitement.


Our final five are all amazing. Who is going home?
Umm... maybe Matt, but I think Alison could be in danger too. I was hoping Danny would be too but the judges drooled over him enough to keep him safe. I'm a little worried about Kris since he sang first and Simon was more harsh with him, so I voted repeatedly. :)

My favorites:
1. Kris
2. Adam
3. Alison


  1. Lol, you're a bigger fan of AI than I am. I haven't voted since the JHud/Fantasia/Latoya debacle from season 3.

    I have to disagree about Danny though, I loved his performance the best for once and was shocked by this completely. I'm also shocked that they managed to go 2 minutes over with only 1 performance each. This show used to have the top 5 perform twice in an hour! It's so bloated nowadays.

    I loved your citing dictionary.com btw - LULz

  2. According to dialidol.com, Kris and Matt are supposedly in the bottom two. However, since Kris has never been in the official bottom 3, he must be getting a lot of text votes to make up the difference. I guess it is Matt or Allison that will be leaving after all tonight.

  3. Thanks for the Melinda link. That's awesome! And Kris has become my new favorite too. I hope he's safe...

  4. I agree with you - I liked Matt's voice MUCH BETTER when he was singing to Jamie than his actual performance on stage. I think they've gotten to the poor boy. The nerves have taken over. He has a pained look whenever it's time to hear the judges critique.

    That said, here's my (totally worthless) take on things...

    I think AI is rigged. Well, maybe not “rigged” exactly, but I definitely think Simon has an agenda. One he pushes - heavily. I mean, he’ll say something negative about a performance (even if it was flawless - even if I think HE THINKS it was flawless) just to try to sway the voters. Take Allison for example. She was pretty darn close to perfection last night. Looked great, sounded amazing. Strong, pure power in her voice. What’s to complain about? Enter Simon, who claims she “doesn’t care about winning”. Ha! I think the man fancies himself a Puppeteer. Ooo ah ah… Pull the strings and watch America dance to my commands.

    It really irks me sometimes.

    Hmm. Perhaps I’m a tad too emotionally invested in this stinkin’ show. Ooops.

  5. hahaha, love the SWAG definition. Loved it.

  6. I am SOOOO glad Matt went home. I felt embarrassed for him every time he opened his mouth. He just didn't have any star quality, and his attempts at overcompensating for his nervousness was a bit annoying.

    I will be fine with whoever wins at this point. I'm pretty sure Kris and Danny will get picked up by a Xian label, Allison def. has a future ahead of her, and Adam...wow. I still have a little crush on him. :)