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Idol Worship: Best To Worst Of Rat Pack Night

We have to hand it to the final five — each contestant pulled out all the stops for Rat Pack week, knowing full well that, at this point in the competition, it’s anyone’s game. Well, probably not Matt Giraud’s, but it sure was a valiant run. All in all, the standards theme was well suited for the season 8 bunch and may end up providing some of the show’s brightest moments. Do slashies (singer-slash-actors or vice-versa) make the best mentors? It sure looked that way judging from Jaime Foxx’s results. And remember Jennifer Lopez? She rocked her Idol gig, too. (Next week's mentor is apparently Slash, sure to be another memorable guide.) Indeed, it was an exciting night, topped off by mister showman himself, Adam Lambert. Read on for our best to (marginally) worst Rat Pack rankings…

Adam-200x300 1. Adam Lambert – “Feeling Good”

Yet again, the Glambert regalia was out in full force — white lights, sharp suit, the distance hiss of shazaaam! — and Adam, looking like he’d nary lifted a finger of effort, drove it all home. His Rat Pack pick: the 1965 standard “Feeling Good,” which has been sung by everyone from Bobby Darin to Michael Bublé. But Adam, being well-versed in alterna-rock covers, lifted Muse’s version, sending the judges into an utter tizzy. Paula even went so far as to declare him American Idol’s Michael Phelps. So we ask this: how’s anyone supposed to have a chance here? Do we really need to go through the motions of this pointless exercise for another three weeks? There’s no doubt Adam has the showmanship and talent, but his consistent awesomeness also underscores the fun of the competition. Still, we can’t wait to see what he does with next week’s rock-n-roll theme.

2. Kris Allen – “The Way You Look Tonight”

Jaime Foxx’s preface turned out to be spot-on: Kris’ performance was subtle, controlled, confident, and, most importantly, on the level of a true professional. Maybe you didn’t notice, because his take on “The Way You Look Tonight” sounded so much like something you’d hear in the background, say coming out of your grandpa’s living room hi-fi, but in watching back for a second time, there’s no doubt he blew away the TV audience. Kris is fluid and soft-spoken — basically the polar opposite of Adam, which should make for an entertaining face-off if it comes down to the two of them. What Kris lacks in spice, he makes up for in earnestness, but you know what they say… nice guys finish last.

3. Allison Iraheta – “Someone To Watch Over Me”
Admittedly, we were worried for birthday girl Allison on Rat Pack night. After all, there’s nothing more masculine than the image of Frank, Dean and Sammy snapping their fingers and winking at long-lashed birds in the front row. But as usual, Allison grabbed this challenge by the balls and proved she’s got what it takes to be in this competition. Her killer rendition of “Someone To Watch Over Me” came from the gut, and how Simon is still not convinced of her “belief” baffles us. This girl was obviously put on this earth to be a singer. To become the American Idol, however, may not be in the cards. But for now, she’s safe for another week.

4. Matt Giraud – “My Funny Valentine”
Leave it to Matt to take on “My Funny Valentine,” one of the most complicated and ambitious numbers in the Idol songbook. Melinda Doolittle knocked it out of the park back in season six, but our fedora-wearing debonair monsieur Giraud stumbled in more than one spot. Still, let’s give the man an A+ for effort, seconded by Simon who praised Matt’s performance for being far more “believable” than his competitors'. He’s fallen, gotten back up, and fallen again, but that’s what we love about Matt Giraud — he’s resilient. He’s also likely going to be eliminated this week. Bravo and bye-bye, old buddy.

5. Danny Gokey- “Come Rain Or Come Shine”
At the risk of pissing off the millions of Danny devotees out there (twenty of whom might be reading this blog), we’re putting him at the bottom of our list this week. Maybe it’s because we happened to watch Coming to America the other night and Danny’s performance somehow reminded us of that scene in the church fundraiser where Eddie Murphy (as slick singer Randy Watson, backed by his band, Sexual Chocolate) desecrates “The Greatest Love Of All,” or perhaps it was the screechy vocals that felt like overkill, but “Come Rain Or Come Shine” didn’t sit well with us. Maybe he would’ve gone over better in the pimp spot, which, surprisingly, Danny has never been given. Not to worry, he’s not going home this week, but we’re not impressed. Crucify us if you must.

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How on earth can anyone who was watching the show last night put Kris in second place? The only thing flatter than his vocals was his stage performance. His ridiculously failed attempt at falsetto was the icing on a rather rancid cake.

Allison was far better. It would be condescending to say she was very good foa 16 year old girl singing this genre. She was just very good.

As was Matt who, unlike Kris, at least made up for a hit and miss vocal with a stage performance that was worth watching.

I could never be mistaken for a big Danny Gokey fan but in no way does he deserve to be last on that performance.

Adam knocked it out of the park and into the next county. What on earth was Randy on about? Adam's version was a rarely effective fusion of swing, jazz and rock and an even rarer combination of excellent vocals and an outstanding performance.

Posted by: Callie | Apr 29, 2009 9:35:03 AM

Aahh!! I absolutely do not get Danny Gokey. He is so corny, so karaoke, his voice was off in a few notes here and there, but the pimping was just mind-boggling. Just boggles me, completely. I bet his fans have another set of ammunition, they will be just puppet the judges' praises. Unbelievable farce of a show.

Posted by: Leslie | Apr 29, 2009 9:36:53 AM

So Glad to see a list with Danny Gokey dead last!!! I'm not a Danny Gokey fan at all, and when I read rave reviews about him from blogs and reviewers before watching the actual show, and that he even had converted some haters into liking his performance, i couldn't wait to see how great he finally was, but he still didn't impress me. Still the same ol' screechy performance. The judges were superpimping him, which disgusts me!

Posted by: Mel | Apr 29, 2009 10:01:09 AM

Danny is basically the epitome of a karaoke singer. If you go to a karaoke club, he's the type you will see. Standard is definitely in genre and I'm not sure if that's a compliment.

Posted by: John | Apr 29, 2009 10:12:52 AM

Danny is basically the epitome of a karaoke singer. If you go to a karaoke club, he's the type you will see. Standard is definitely his genre and I'm not sure if that's a compliment.

Posted by: John | Apr 29, 2009 10:13:11 AM

Not a Danny fan but thought he did fantastic! Love Adam but not quite as much here. Kris although not vocally fantastic has "something" great performance, Im a fan. Allison is incredible. Always love Matt but he frankly is off much too much.

Posted by: suzanne | Apr 29, 2009 10:50:07 AM

haa...Danny last on your list? Stop hatin..the guy can flat out sing. His voice IS sexy like Paula says and always on pitch like Kara says. Simon is right on by wanting a Danny/Adam final. I love his gospel-like style and his goofy personality. I guess you all know better than the idol judges...... haa... NOT

Posted by: idolfan | Apr 29, 2009 12:38:09 PM

You are so right about your rankings! Even though Kris does not have the powerhouse vocals compared to his competitors, he knows how to take a song and make it into a story. Danny basically sings the same in all of his songs- okay start and then shouts at the end.

Posted by: AC | Apr 29, 2009 12:49:30 PM

I too agree with your rankings. I don't get why Simon is so pro Gokey, Danny seems like a nice guy but there is no appeal there for me. Kris, on the other hand has a sex appeal to him. I feel sorry for all of them though because NOBODY can come close to Adam, he exudes a superstar quality that keeps me waiting for tuesday nights!

Posted by: elw | Apr 29, 2009 1:01:55 PM

i agree with your rankings perfectly!

Posted by: judd | Apr 29, 2009 3:13:59 PM

I had to LOL at the comment about Gokey at a church social, because last night my daughter turned to me and said, "Gokey is nothing so much as a praise band performer at church fund-raising banquet." His appeal has eluded me from the beginning.

Posted by: camicar | Apr 29, 2009 3:17:29 PM

To all those who wine because Adam keeps going last, ever think that he goes last because none of the contestants want to come after him?

Imagine how dull last night would have been if Adam went first? It would have all been down hill from there. Making him last, all performers have the ability to make an impression.

Allison have her best performance and was awesome.

Kris please do not attempt to use a falsetto you are NOT Jason Castro and you do not have command of it.

Matt valiant effort you are just outmatched by the above 3.

Danny please put the GO in Gokey

Posted by: Aubry | Apr 29, 2009 4:02:51 PM

I'll agree with Adam as #1 (being an Adam fan myself I don't have an issue with it). I am also a Kris fan, but there is no way he was 2nd best of the night. I would put him 4th if not 5th. His voice isn't nearly as strong as the powerhouse 3 of Allison, Adam, and Danny and it was painfully obvious last night.

I'm not a Danny fan, but I can easily put him at the #2 spot. I finally got what the judges have been hyping all these weeks. He finally did something different with a song, and he sounded fantastic. I'll agree with Allison and Matt at 3 and 4. This was Allison's best performance to date, but she was not better than Adam or Danny.

#1 Adam
#2 Danny
#3 Allison
#4 Matt and (sadly) Kris tie

Posted by: Sally | Apr 29, 2009 4:27:34 PM

Danny cannot sing? Are you kidding? I'm thru with arguing with the Danny-haters, but this is my list of preference after last night:

1. Danny or Kris or Allison
2. Matt
3. Adam (because I just can't take his SCREECHING in EVERY song he sings! He needs to go back to the theater from whence he came!

But yes, he will win ~ and I'm almost glad ~ because if he doesn't, then the poor guy (or girl) who DOES will never hear the end of it!

So let theatrical Adam have 1st place and go his merry way, and let the 2nd place winner do GREAT and have a lasting career! I'm all for that! I've seen what happens to some 1st-place winners who are not pliable to TPTB ~ and guess what ~ Adam will turn out to be an uncooperative 1st-rate DIVA! And I promise to vote for ANYONE who ends up in 2nd place!

Posted by: Disgusted with the Judges | Apr 29, 2009 8:35:31 PM

Adam's awesome! How the hell could he be in bottom 3? Danny's OK but he doesn't have star power.

Posted by: Leo | Apr 30, 2009 8:42:23 AM

Anyone else ever notice that the song "Feeling Good" is cursed on American Idol?

I can think of three other instances in the past few years where this song was sung by the contestant and they were in the bottom 2 that week, and more often than not went home after singing the song.

When I heard he was going to sing this song, I was afraid this might happen. Not even Adam could fight off the curse of "Feeling Good"!

Posted by: Tony | Apr 30, 2009 11:01:37 AM

Absolutely agree with your rankings and the comments here about Adam and Danny. Adam is without a doubt a phenomenal outstanding artist, has great originality and creativity,never fails to excite and thrill people and has enormous star power. Don't get what people see in Gokey. He is at best a good vocalist but is a copycat performer and lacks originality, creativity and the wow factor (star power). Even Kris Allen has better song arranging abilities than Danny, definitely is more original and creative and has star moments on the AI stage.

However I was shocked to see Adam in the bottom 2. How could this have happened? People must never assume that Adam is safe and must keep voting for him. This is a wake-up call for all Adam fans.

Posted by: Starstruck | Apr 30, 2009 11:47:47 AM

I like Danny the least out of the 5 left. Not because he's not talented, but I think he's more of vocal power and doesn't have much star quality as compared to the rest. But my ranking would be:

1. Adam Lambert
2. Danny Gokey
3. Allison Iraheta
4. Matt Giraud
5. Kris Allen

Was shocked to see Adam in the bottom two, I never ever expected him to be in that zone. Maybe America is tired of his screeching? I hope not, because I'm not. He's my favourite and I really hope he'll win!

Posted by: Ruth | Apr 30, 2009 12:21:14 PM

I love this season. It is zillions times better than the last one.
But I did not liked this weak that much. The only ones that did a great job was Adam and Danny.
I was very dissapointed, as usual, with Kris. I still can't believe that he got so far.

My Rank would be

1. Adam Lambert
2. Danny Gokey
3. Allison Iraheta
4. Matt Giraud
5. Kris Allen

Danny maybe don't have the "star" quality that you guys are worried about, but he has a very unique voice. I think he's gonna make a great album and I probably will buy it. Besides the lack of "star" quality, he's definitly gonna sell a lot.

As for Kris, I'm not too sure.
Kris is the worst because he does NOT have anything really interesting. He's just like everyone. He is so NOT unique. Really boring and really weak voice.

Posted by: Mark | Apr 30, 2009 6:11:18 PM

Allison should be 2nd or even 1st in this rankings. Hehe. Allison FTW.

Posted by: still360 | May 1, 2009 8:17:37 AM

Danny and Adam are zillions times BETTER than the other contestants!
This is the BEST AI season EVER!
I just can't believe how good those 2 guys are!
I'm sure that they are in the top 5 of ALL american idol seasons!
I love Danny and Adam! Can't wait to ear their albuns!


DANNY and ADAM on the finals!

Posted by: Mark | May 2, 2009 7:09:35 PM

A moving spirit.

There's a
moving and
delicate spirit
here, in my
mind, like
a pretty desire
in the light
of a young

Francesco Sinibaldi

Posted by: Francesco Sinibaldi | May 9, 2009 2:59:38 PM

I don't think it matters too much after number 1 Adam - he is obviously light year ahead of the others. He is just a marketing money magnet to boot!


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