American Idol and we have 8 singers left. Some keep surprising. Some express more truthfully than others. Some fall into performance traps. See the performance videos and see what I mean here…
Adam Lambert – Mad World
Adam does it again. I’ve never though of the original version as a great “vocalist” song, but Adam turns it into a one-of-a kind vocal performance. Once again he uses his vocal range and dynamics not to show off, but to express truthfully.
Allison Iraheta – I Can’t Make You Love Me
Allison had me before she opened her mouth. When she looks down and up again she is already completely into the emotion context of the song (And it’s not because she looks down – I don’t care where she looks). From when she sings the first line (turn down the lights) until the end I truly believe here. I really empathize with her when she sings “I can’t make you love me if you don’t”.
Anoop Desai – True Colors
This was my favorite performance form Anoop. Last week he just went for attitude rather than truthful expression. I still don’t understand why he hasn’t chosen a song that is more fun where he can use his natural charisma. The problem with Anoop is that although he has a beautiful voice he doesn’t fully grasp what he is singing about. In this song he is singing to a person who is down and sad. Why does that mean that he needs to be down and sad? In fact, if you were to inspire a friend to make them feel better because you see their true colors, would you sit on a stool and look like the world is coming to an end?
Danny Gokey – Stand By Me
I am surprised Danny chose the mic stand again this week. Last week he admitted it was out of his comfort zone and he became noticeably self-conscious with his fiddling around with the microphone – or the “I-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-my-hands” syndrome. This week it is much better. However, not surprisingly, the song and his performance goes to a whole new level when he steps away from the stand. Had he done I earlier this whole song would have been sensational. It was still great though.
Kris Allen – All She Wants To Do Is Dance
I’m liking Kris more and more. He’s cool. He’s Fun. He’s quirky. He’s charming. He let’s his charm and likeability come through in his songs – exactly what I wished for Anoop. I can see why he has many fans.
Lil Rounds – What's Love Got To Do With It
When they announced she was singing Tina Turner’s ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It”, I said to myself “please don’t come out looking like Tina Turner”. This is becoming uncomfortable to watch. Four weeks in a row she has turned into a karaoke rendition of the original artist. I don’t know who the real Lil Rounds is and I don’t become as emotionally involved in her song as I would like. It’s a bummer, because she sure has a great voice. This I also why it’s great for singers to take acting classes. I mean real acting classes where the training is about learning to be truthful, spontaneous and vulnerable in the moment – i.e to stop acting.
Matt Giraud – Part Time Lover
One of Matt’s best performances. The best thing with Matt is that he is unpredictable. Sometimes it hasn’t worked, but sometimes it’s great. It very much comes down to song choice for him. I’m excited to see what he does next.
Scott Macintyre – The Search Is Over
Not so sure about the guitar. The problem here is that the song becomes a little “shouty”. It’s a tendency Scott has that compresses the sound rather than makes it rich, warm and powerful. If he would discover how easy it is to get more power with far less effort, he would become far more dynamic and passionate in his expression.