Quentin Tarantino guided the contestants through movie tune night tonight, and nobody picked a song from a Tarantino movie. Here’s how I’d rank them:
His best performance so far. He sang the song “Falling Slowly,” which I’d never heard, but just bought. Beautiful song, beautiful arrangement, and some really nice restraint from Allen in the way he sang it. It’s the first time I’ve really liked his performance. Sorta’ sounded like Rufus Wainwright.
Wasn’t his best, but even at 80 percent, he’s phenomenal. Incredible sense of theater and flash. I’m sure Steppenwolf fans won’t be happy with the way he glammed up the song. Doesn’t matter. The guy’s a star.
I hate Bryan Adams, but Desai was really impressive again tonight. This is his groove — the souled-up pop ballad. The liberties he took with the melody were spot-on. Bought himself another week or two at least.
He actually sounded like Lionel Richie for the first third of the song. Again, I wish the guy would pick a song you don’t constantly hear treacling through your typical mall department store, but, once again, he can flat out sing. He’s middle of the pack this week, but I’m sure he’ll be fine in the voting.
I’m a fan, but that cheesy Aerosmith song is really a waste of her talent. Didn’t like it at all. Simon Cowell said she’s the last best hope for the girls. Given that there are only two of them left, I guess that was a dig on Lil Rounds.
Again, I’m a Giraud fan. But again, I hate Bryan Adams. There’s no soul in Brian Adams. And “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman” is such dreadful pap. It was a bad song, and he didn’t sing it particularly well. And there are so many other great movie songs he could have chosen. There’s a decentchance he’ll get voted off this week. But there’s also a pretty good chance that if he does, the judges will give him another week.
Okay, so I’ll confess. For reasons I can’t quite explain, I do like the song “The Rose.” And I love gospel music. So I should like a gospelled-up version of “The Rose.” But she was all over the place. It just didn’t work. I think the judges are ready for her to go. Guess we’ll see if the audience is, too. Probably the most disappointing contestant this year.