This week the guys are singing songs from the 1980s. With the aid of my Comcast DVR, it only took me about 31 minutes to watch the episode. Pretty much just watched the performances and the judges’ responses. This is the best way to watch American Idol. The night got off to a rough start, but picked up and ended up being really good overall, which is the first time that has happened on the guys’ side of things.
Here’s how the TVaholic would rank last night’s Top 8 Guys:
- David Cook – Was the sixth one to take the stage, with guitar in hand, and instantly took the best of the night crown from Michael Johns. He sang Lionel Richie’s “Hello,” but like a rock version of it. Randy thought that it “could be a single, be a hit” right now. Paula loves when he comes out on stage. Simon thought it was a brave thing to do and “loved it.” It really was very good.
- Michael Johns – Randy thought it was “very nicely done.” Paula likes that he is defining who he is. Simon thinks that he hasn’t quite connected with the right song yet, but that he will do “really well in this competition.” Took that stage fifth and now hold the best of the night crown.
- Jason Castro – Randy thought he did a “pretty good job with it.” Paula thought he sounded “effortless.” Simon thought he was “brilliant” and his “strongest performance so far.” Was seventh to sing and sounded really good.
- David Hernandez – Randy thought he had some “pitch problems.” Paula thinks he is finally “getting into your groove.” Simon didn’t think it was as good as last week, but that he will be back next week. He was fourth to go and was the best of the night to that point.
- Chikezie – The last to take the stage and sounded pretty good. Randy was “impressed.” Paula thought his vocals “were really good tonight.” Simon “didn’t think it worked at all.”
- David Archuleta – Was second to go and sang Phil Collins’ “Another Day in Paradise.” Randy thought it was “nice.” Paula rambled again, but liked it. Simon thinks he needs to “lighten up,” so we can see some fun out of him. It was quite the drop off from last week.
- Luke Menard – Randy thought is was “corny, but all right.” Paula rambled, but liked it. Simon thought is was “weak” and that “he can’t win.” This was not the way to get the night started.
- Danny Noriega – Was third to go and actually sounded worse than Luke Menard. It was terrible. Randy thought is started out rough and liked the “arrangement” of the song. Paula thinks he is “a bright light in this competition.” Simon thought the whole thing “was terrible.” He “hated” everything about it.
So, the TVaholic would send Danny Noriega and Luke Menard home after last night’s performances from the top eight guys on Season 7 of American Idol. This might finally be the week that Noriega finally gets sent home, as he and Menard will not make the top 12. Was pretty much right on, on the boys’ side, with who would be going home last week. We’ll see how I do this week?
How did you think the top eight guys did last night? Who is your favorite? Who do you think will be going home? Leave your picks in the comments.