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Idol Worship: Best To Worst Of Rock Night

IdolTop3 Is it just us or does this year’s Idol feel like the longest season ever? Oh wait, it is! And here we are two weeks away from the finale, with a presumptive winner basically going through the motions, and it all couldn’t end soon enough. Of course, not before the last four standing desecrated all that is good and pure in rock-n-roll.

Slash mentored the group this week, offering screaming pointers and the like, but it really came down to comfort zone. Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta were clearly in theirs, but for Kris and Danny, the theme was more of a challenge (not to mention the lack of proper run-through due to an earlier set calamity). And there was the duet aspect to kick up the ante. What a great twist! They should introduce it in the semifinals to speed up the whole process. Plus, it’s a good way to see who’s the attention whore in any given performance, and which contestant truly carries the tune. In the end, they could have gone with a whole Guitar Hero/Rock Band theme and really put their skills to the test by making the contestants play along. Ha! Maybe next year. As for our inevitable future victor Mr. Lambert, his performances didn’t make the top of our list, but read on for the third to last(!)Idol Worship best to worst ranking…

1. Allison Iraheta – “Cry Baby” / “Slow Ride”
Slash didn’t exactly pump Allison up in his pre-performance segment. “If she pulls it off,” he said of her choice to sing Janis Joplin’s intricate “Cry Baby.” But it turns out she had way more confidence on the Idol stage than her male counterparts. Even if the judges didn’t appreciate the difficultly of Janis’ verses, criticizing Allison for hanging her performance on the choruses, the fact that she pulled off such a gut-wrenching blues number (which happened to fit her voice perfectly), speaks volumes of her potential. Another example why Allison is prime Idol material? She totally gets it. An obviously astute student of the show, she knew that picking “Piece Of My Heart” would have been another “been there, done that” Idol moment. As for (finally) speaking up post-judging (and refusing to beg - you go, girl!), it may have endeared her to TV audiences even more. But in the end, it was all about the duet with Adam, where the two went toe-to-toe trading verses on Foghat’s “Slow Ride.” Dare we say, Allison out-sung the frontrunner, but it doesn’t mean she’ll win. Sill, she’s safe for another week.

2. Adam Lambert – “Whole Lotta Love” / “Slow Ride”
In case there was any doubt who the judges are rooting for at this stage in the competition, it was all put to rest following Adam’s opening number. Considering the tidal wave of compliments, Simon and the gang might as well hold up their own glittertastic Glambert signs. And forget being an American Idol, Kara and Paula are calling this guy a “rock god,” on par with Robert Plant himself. Sacrilege, we tell you. Here’s how we saw his performances: the hair and outfits bordered on ridiculous, from the skin-tight jester pants to the abundance of studs on his leather jacket (and did Kara and Adam coordinate their outfits Tuesday night?); his vocals were even screechier than usual, despite Slash’s advice to tone it down, and he took too many unnecessary liberties with the song. Bottom line: he’s not only getting old, he’s looking it, too. But, compared to compatriots Kris and Danny, it’s no contest. Adam, for all his Broadway bravado, has the goods, and with the judges’ endorsement, he’s pretty much unstoppable.

3. Kris Allen – “Come Together” / “Renegade”
Rock was considered a challenge for Kris, or at least presented that way by Seacrest, but we didn’t see it as that big a hurdle. After all, anyone who can grab a guitar out of Slash’s hand and shred competently isn’t entirely out of place. In fact, we’d rank Kris higher than Adam were it not for the duet he had to sing with Danny. The rough and tumble “Renegade” dragged them both down. As for the solo number, we had no issues with his choice or delivery. He didn’t overindulge, rather he paid respect to a classic by the world’s greatest rock band by adding his own subtleties. Plus, he played the guitar, which would’ve been a major handicap for any and all of his three competitors. And if you think about it, can’t you see Paul McCartney having an easier time sitting through that performance than if Robert Plant were watching Lambert? Poor Kris. After the harsh comments from the judges, it looked like he had the wind knocked out of him. He knows he could go home tomorrow, but he should stay.

4. Danny Gokey – “Dream On” / “Renegade”
By now, even people who don’t watch Idol have probably heard about the finale to Danny Gokey’s “Dream On,” and the last note that may have done him in. But it wasn’t just the glass-shattering Howard Dean shriek that put him in the danger zone, Danny’s performances were rough all over — from his lack of creativity to the sheer poser vibe of it all. Plus, had he been paying attention (like Allison), he would’ve figured out that “Dream On” is the kiss of death as far as song choices go, and he only had to look back one season to Michael Johns. So maybe Danny is this year’s Elliott Yamin — he’ll make it to the final three, do the hometown visit, drop by his church, etc. — or maybe tomorrow the good lord will take him away.

May 6, 2009 in American Idol | Permalink

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You've got to be kidding me. There is no way Allison out-sang or out-performed Adam. I think you're listening to much to that commerical garbage on the billboard top 100 list and on the radio.

Posted by: Nicole | May 6, 2009 11:17:26 AM

You've got to be kidding me. There is no way Allison out-sang or out-performed Adam. I think you're listening to much to that commerical garbage on the billboard top 100 list and on the radio. [2]

agreed

it's the only explanation

Posted by: Mark | May 6, 2009 11:47:16 AM

"Bottom line: he’s not only getting old, he’s looking it, too."

I think this is due to the fact that he's put on a lot of weight since the finals started. His face has gotten really round and pudgy and it doesn't go with his haircut and makeup at all.

If he lost the weight, he wouldn't look nearly as old.

Posted by: Anna | May 6, 2009 11:57:04 AM

Wow, what show were you listening to? You are so far off-base it's laughable....Allison was head and shoulders above Kris and (especially) Danny, but c'mon - she can't even come close to touching Adam Lambert vocally. He was the master last night and hopefully the votes will reflect that - Adam rocked, and looked fucking awesome doing it!

Posted by: minx | May 6, 2009 12:16:59 PM

American idol is a singing competition. Who has the best singing talent? Adam. He is a major talent. He is confident and performs with style and ease. Anyone who feels the need to judge him on his looks,
wardrobe or whatever is being ignorant and isn’t looking at the talent itself. If he does not win, something is wrong with our society.

Posted by: GENE | May 6, 2009 1:43:24 PM

Some music critic you are NOT! Adam was stellar brilliant on WLL. Adam was outstanding in Slow Rider. Adam looked great as well.

Allison proved she should be in the finale with Adam.

Your binky Kris paled in comparison. A mouse has more stage appeal. Sure he can play a guitar but he has no range and no power. Castro is better way better

Danny just needs to GO. He was wretched, horrid and laughable. Proved his arrogance yet again but thinking he sounded great.

Posted by: Aubry | May 6, 2009 3:08:46 PM

Someone obviously has Adam Lambert issues. At least the judges didn't stoop to pedestrian and nasty jabs when evaluating Allison. More than can be said for you. Grow up.

Posted by: mb | May 6, 2009 3:16:29 PM

I thought this critique was supposed to be objective? This article comes across as a person whose favorite didn't win the night. I like Kris also. but his song didn't really work as hard as he tried. Yes, he was unfortunate in his duo partener and that didn't help since Danny seemed more intent on out singing him. I too feel sorry for Kris. This was not his genre. The judges seemed unduly harsh. That was no reason to take it out on Adam. His vocals and performance were by far the strongest on this performance night. I loved his duet with Allison, but I think it should be obvious to you that he held back in order to let her shine. He could have easily overpowered her in the same way Danny tried to over power Kris. but he generously held back and worked together with her instead. This is what a duet is supposed to be about. The uncalled for attacks about his looks and typical rocker apparel come across as chidish and catty. If you have an issue with the judges or the producers then that is where you should place your attacks. I have unjoyed Billboards reviews in the past, but this one loses your credibility with me.

Posted by: Carol | May 6, 2009 3:20:33 PM

You'd "rank Kris ahead of Adam were it not for the duet he had to sing with Danny"??? Really?? You're a bigger tool than Gokey! Adam hate tied to latent psychological/homophobic issues? All I know is, I would give my eyeteeth to be able to say 'Ding Dong Gokey's Gone!' at 9:01 Wednesday night.

Posted by: dillweed | May 6, 2009 3:24:23 PM

I am sorry but your article was so full of bias and outright bashing of Adam. He wasn't screeching at all but then again you are no musician or artist yourself. Your previous articles were credible but this one was just plain ignorant and ridiculous. This will be the last time I read your article.

Posted by: Mike | May 6, 2009 11:00:11 PM

I am soooo glad someone calls it the way I see it. Thank you! I agree with your review completely 100%. And to those who say the reviewer has bias, get over yourself. If you want bias, just listen to the judges again and again and again. People are tired of being force-fed of hype. Everyone's got a bias, at least someone has the courage to give a review that doesn't parrot the AI machinery. This show is so cheap its not even funny.

Posted by: Henry | May 7, 2009 10:45:19 PM

I am soooo glad someone calls it the way I see it. Thank you! I agree with your review completely 100%. And to those who say the reviewer has bias, get over yourself. If you want bias, just listen to the judges again and again and again. People are tired of being force-fed of hype. Everyone's got a bias, at least someone has the courage to give a review that doesn't parrot the AI machinery. This show is so cheap its not even funny.

Posted by: Henry | May 7, 2009 10:45:24 PM

What a dumb comment! You are so pro-Kris, you had to dismiss Adam's superb performance last Tuesday night! I also like Kris but My God, Adam is lightyears much better than Kris. Kris is just your boy next door who sings well. In fact, he'd probably become more popular than Adam in the real world but Adam is the better singer and performer.

Posted by: Mulder | May 9, 2009 6:40:35 AM

I'll guess I'll just have to respectfully disagree with you. While Lambert is clearly not your favorite (I offer the other articles previously written and posted below to support my statement), to infer he did not own the stage during Rock Week comes across, to this reader, as ingenuous at best. I have grown quite fond of both Allen and Iraheta over this season and feel they should have recieved more praise by the judges this week. I was sad to see her leave, but not surprised at all to see him stay. As someone who teaches music to others, I, personally, find Lambert to be the superior vocalist. He is extraordinary. However, like you, I think America has fallen in love with Kris Allen. He is adorable and clearly very, very talented. He does not look old. He is humble and non threatening. He has a very well organized, continually under-estimated fan base. He is probably the next Idol winner, and truthfully, when I think about it, I just feel bad.

Posted by: E. Marie | May 10, 2009 3:39:52 AM

"the hair and outfits bordered on ridiculous, from the skin-tight jester pants to the abundance of studs on his leather jacket..his vocals were even screechier than usual... he’s not only getting old, he’s looking it, too."

Well said & I totally agree. I'm not buying all the Adam Lambert hype. Notice he's wearing more and more pancake makeup too and his attempt at looking "sultry" into the camera comes off as a sneer and evil looking. UGH!!!

Tuning into Idol weekly, means Adam will do that same thing, the same kind of song & it will be OTT as usual, ending with the final screech and everyone will ooo and aah again. The show is going to the dogs. I can barely watch it.

Posted by: Victoria | May 10, 2009 5:42:42 PM

I don't agree at all with the crap you billboard guys are saying. Adam's vocal range is awesome, his style is extraordinary, his originality is unique, without him the show would be a snooze fest. He has star power and world wide appeal. Just google his name on the internet and you will be boggled to see that he has a stupendous worldwide fan base. Most of Asia and Europe loves him. Simon is right that he should win, he is brilliant when it comes to judging talent. Adam may be over the top at times but that does not mean he is not commercial. He has the softer pop /ballad/comtemporary side - Tracks of My Tears, Mad World and If I Can't Have You are examples. Moreover I beg to differ, being over the top is being commercial - think Lady Gaga, Madonna, Britney Spears, No Doubt (particularly Gwen Stefani and previously decades ago, David Bowie. Adam has the range (that many of you dislike and liken to screaming, screeching) that has made people like Axl Rose, Mick Jagger and Steven Tyler famous. So what the blazes are you people talking about?? Adam will do very well, thank you. He will be the most commercially successful artist in the coming decades if this current worldwide frenzy and craziness and addiction to him is any indication. I am a fan from Asia and will buy any album that he puts out. Therefore I say Adam Lambert is the rightful AI and World Idol and I urge everybody to vote for Adam Lambert, a music icon in the making.

Posted by: Starstruck | May 12, 2009 11:28:36 AM

The music of "here I am" by Brayan Adams is one of the best songs he had ever sung!!
I like his songs very much!!
The Gibsomn Guitar he played in one of the song is really terrific!
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real estate

Posted by: bradpitt1111 | May 13, 2009 1:00:53 AM

Adam is nothing short of brilliant!

Posted by: cmardis | May 24, 2009 4:30:03 PM

Adam is the man! Whole lotta love was awesome. The votes are in as I have written this, I'm a little behind. And the winner is...

I think we all know no matter what Adam is a winner :-)

Scott

Posted by: wind powered generators | Jul 14, 2009 12:12:51 AM

Adam is the man! Whole lotta love was awesome. The votes are in as I have written this, I'm a little behind. And the winner is...

I think we all know no matter what Adam is a winner :-)

Scott

Posted by: wind powered generators | Jul 14, 2009 12:12:51 AM

Adam is the man! Whole lotta love was awesome. The votes are in as I have written this, I'm a little behind. And the winner is...

I think we all know no matter what Adam is a winner :-)

Scott

Posted by: wind powered generators | Jul 14, 2009 12:12:52 AM

Adam is the man! Whole lotta love was awesome. The votes are in as I have written this, I'm a little behind. And the winner is...

I think we all know no matter what Adam is a winner :-)

Scott

Posted by: wind powered generators | Jul 14, 2009 12:12:52 AM

Adam is the man! Whole lotta love was awesome. The votes are in as I have written this, I'm a little behind. And the winner is...

I think we all know no matter what Adam is a winner :-)

Scott

Posted by: wind powered generators | Jul 14, 2009 12:12:52 AM

Adam is the man! Whole lotta love was awesome. The votes are in as I have written this, I'm a little behind. And the winner is...

I think we all know no matter what Adam is a winner :-)

Scott

Posted by: wind powered generators | Jul 14, 2009 12:12:52 AM

When I was in my late teens a friend of mine, an elite athlete, gave me the most profound yet simple advice that changed the way I would view myself forever. He told me "You yourself have to think you're great because no one else is going to tell you that you are."

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