Once again, Adam Lambert has managed to overshadow his competition on American Idol. Tonight the Top 8 American Idol contestants performed songs from the year they were born. Lambert was the only standout performer of the night. At this point, they might as well refer to the show as Adam Lambert & Those Other Dudes.
With Adam Lambert closing out the show, you knew it was going to be amazing or absolutely horrendous, yet still come off as more entertaining than the rest. Adam sang Mad World by Tears for Fears. You can check out the lyrics here. It was a really powerful and heartfelt performance. Adam Lambert does have the best voice out of all the contestants, however, there were moments when he sounded like the creepy old neighbor Herbert from Family Guy. Please, someone else tell me they noticed that! Still, he gets my standing ovation for the night. Check out Adam Lambert's "Mad World" performance below:
In order of best to worst, here is a quick assessment of the rest of the performances:
Matt Giraud performed Part Time Lovers. It was cute, and I would almost go so far to say it was a sexy performance. He doesn't have the charisma of Justin Timberlake, but he's improving. Kara, though, went a little too far by awkwardly getting out of her seat and shouting, "Stand O!"
Anoop Desai surprised me with his selection, True Colors. I had never really liked the song, but with Anoop, I had a change of heart. He changed it from a simple pop arrangement to one with soul. Yes, he kept is slow, but his voice sounded great.
Alison Iraheta made me feel old for two seconds when she sang the only 1990s song of the night, I Can't Make You Love Me. Beautiful voice, but with all the songs to choose from in that decade, she should have gone for something younger.
Kris Allen chose All She Wants to Do is Dance. He performed it in a rock and funk style while standing on a stage, surrounded by groupies, which I'm sure the wifey loved. He needed to up the tempo though because it was really no fun. Simon called it "self-indulgent".
Danny Gokey started the show with Stand By Me. Why didn't he pick a song that was actually written in 1980 rather than remade? Danny's performance sounded like one you'd hear at a wedding. But the judges complimented him in an effort to sway the audience not to vote him off the show. Yeah, we all know it happens.
Lil Rounds performed What's Love Got to Do With It. Lil looked great in a cute black leather vest, skirt and with a new hairdo. Unfortunately, Lil ain't no Tina! The performance was amateur and karaoke. Lil needs to be extremely careful about controlling her voice.
Scott MacIntyre sang The Search is Over. This time he tried something different by getting away from his piano, and instead playing his guitar. And from this, we learned that Scott really can't play the guitar. Worse yet, Scott was incredibly off-key! Looks like someone's going home tomorrow night!