My favorite so far was in this group - I say "was" even though the results are not for a few hours cause he fell off the pedestal last night. Cute, dynamic, untrained Matt Giraud, with the jutting jaw and curly hair, looked great in the early footage wailing away on his piano at his night job - some kind of super campy and fun dueling pianos gig. And he picked "Viva La Vida" for last night which seemed young and current. But he ran out of breath. Couldn't support the tone. Does dude know how to use the diaphragm? Judges did not like it. I want to see more of this guy. Keeping a candle lit.
On to the sure things: Redhead 16-year-old Allison Iraheta had the girls' performance of the night. In interviews she is painfully adolescent, alternating goofy mugging and monosyllabic responses to Ryan, but she picked the right song, Heart's barnstormer "Alone," and she killed it - even the tough low beginning - and she was fun to watch.
Adam Lambert, duh. He's had a pass to the top 12 ever since they noticed on his resume that he was in Wicked. Ryan Seacrest tries to play it so cool when he talks to him, but you just know he's sweating and working hard not to call him Fiero. Maybe we'll get "As Long As You're Mine" on musicals night.
So that leaves third place. (Do you think they will evenly line up boy-girl-boy-girl, or will the judges need to even out the lineup on wildcard night?) Tonight's results will show the power of Vote for the Worst if Nick/Norman Gentle makes it through. Everybody was wondering what he was going to pull out, but he sang an old song! We've heard "And I Am Telling You" from him before, although he did add some new shtick.
I love it when a karaoke contestant takes an old chestnut and makes you hear it in a new way - like Clay's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me" or most everything David Cook did or Marty Casey's "Hit Me Baby One More Time" on Rock Star... and I felt that revived freshness when Jesse Langseth did Kim Carne's "Bette Davis Eyes." It was slinky and cool and I've been humming the song all morning, but I don't think she'll make it through. Cause Megan Joy Corkrey is just too darn pretty. They're both single moms, funny. Wouldn't it be great if they both got through, as third place and as wildcard, and Norman took his show on the road?