It all starts with Adam


"Anerican Idol," like life itself, starts with Adam.

There are no average singers left; there are six very good ones and Adam Lambert, who is on a different level. Like the best "Idol" singers (Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, etc.), he has a great voice. Like a few (Taylor Hicks, Bo Bice) he commands a stage. And then he goes a step beyond, packing originality. This guy has dared to do a song Mick Jagger did ("Satisfaction") and a song everyone did ("Born to Be Wild"); he Adam-ized them. He keeps doing that.

Here are a few of my comments, followed by my should-go, will-go; please add your comments:

1) Simon Cowell is dead wrong about Lil Rounds. She's a terrific singer who sometimes doesn't choose the right song. A few minor pokes are OK, but Simon keeps going at her. He started tonight's show by declaring Allison Iraheta as the only hope for females; with only one other female in the competition, that was a pointed (and incorrect) comment.

2) As long as Anoop Desai and Kris Allen sing ballads, they do fine. They are, let's face it, cute guys. On ballads, the camera focuses on cute guys showing emotion. They'll prosper.

3) Matt Giraud, by comparison, is a regular guy who has to sing the dickens out of a song each week. Tonight, he was OK; he's vulnerable.

4) Danny Gokey scored from the moment he chose "Endless Love." There was the young widower singing "my first love ... no one else will do ... my endless love." He felt it; the audience did, too.

5) Allison Iraheta was terrific, as usual. But no, she's NOT the only hope for female singers.

6) Am I the only person who things "Once" was an overrated movie and its Oscar-winning song was over-rated, too? Nothing much happened in the film; almost nothing happens in the song. Still, Kris Allen made it seem like something happened. People cheered; he's a good singer and (I might have mentioned this) a cute guy.

7) I kind of miss the days when there were bad singers to mock. Or bad hair or bad clothes or something.

8) OK, I'll criticize Ryan Seacrest for calling Quentin Tarantino "a legend." He's a good director, a zestful "American Idol" fan and creator of the classic "Pulp Fiction"; legendary directors have more than one classic.

9) My should-go, based only on tonight: Matt Giraud, with Kris Allen second and Anoop Desai third.

10) My will-go: Matt (I'll miss a strong Michigan singer), with Lil Rounds second and Anoop Desai third. 

 

 

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While I think Simon is being a bit harsh with Lil, I have to wonder if it isn't because he thinks she really, really can do better -- and wants her to -- so he's trying to help her.

 

I may be in the minority here -- or at least vaguely blasphemous -- but I'm done with Danny Gokey trotting out his late wife via every song choice. It's starting to feel kinda inappropriate.

 

And about Adam's performance this week, I'll add this: He sang a song I've heard entirely too many times and would've been fine never hearing again, and made it something I enjoyed. Smiled the whole way through. Again.