Rat Pack week, which I’d imagine had all the contestants salivating. The genre is built for improvisation and chops-showing. No surprise, then, that this was the strongest week of the season. All five remaining contestants were really strong. If I had to rank them….
Adam Lambert. Another week, another show this guy blows everyone else away. And the thing about this week is that everyone else was also really good. So when is hair rock week? I want to hear him do some Slaughter.
Danny Gokey. This is the first time I’ve really liked what he sang, as opposed to just admiring the guy’s talent. It would be terrific if he did put out an album of this stuff. Terrific to listen to, I mean. Probably wouldn’t be as terrific for his bank account.
Kris Allen. Really starting to get over my dislike of Allen, mostly I think because he’s dropped the John Mayer mannerisms and found his own groove on stage. He was great this week.
Allison Iraheta. My only problem with her this week was her diction, which is something she’s had some trouble with in the past. Her vocals were amazing, and much as she seems to be a fit for rock, she’s got a gruff, smoky tone that, if she wanted, could just as easily put her in the same section of Barnes & Noble as Diana Krall. But she didn’t enunciate well. That stood out this week, partly because crooner tunes are so much about phrasing, and partly because everyone else left very little margin for error.
Matt Giraud. I think “My Funny Valentine” got away from him a bit. He was good, but it just didn’t feel like he had the came command of his song the other contestants did. That’s probably in part because it’s a much more difficult song to sing. But I think part of it is also that he doesn’t project the confidence the other three men do. Giraud said he feels like this is his genre, but he seemed a bit short on the confidence and swagger needed to convincingly come off like an old school crooner.
If I had to guess, I’d say Iraheta and Giraud are the bottom two. And I think the last girl will stick around for another week. Should be the end of the line for Giraud, though I’d think he’ll still be putting out a CD next year. I’d be shocked if Gokey, Allen, and Lambert aren’t the final three. I’ve thought for a while now that it would come down to Lambert and Gokey, but I’m not so sure, now. Allen’s been impressive the last several weeks.