By Phil Stacey
I am excited to say I will be singing in Chattanooga this week. I'll be at the Mary Ellen Locher Foundation luncheon on Sunday, April 19th at the Chattanooga Convention Center. If you want information, call 490-4555! Hope to see you there. Now on to the show...
In 8 seasons, I have never seen Simon Cowell give anyone a standing ovation. Fantasia wowed all of America with her performance of "Summertime", Katherine McPhee created a powerful moment with "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", and Kelly Clarkson sealed the deal with "Natural Woman". But I have never seen the infamous judge raise to his feet in a blatant symbol of respect and awe. That is, until last week.
Adam Lambert lengthened the distance between himself and the other performers last week when he performed the Gary Jules arrangement of "Mad World".. Simon Cowell responded by standing to his feet and applauding the 26 year old from Los Angeles.
The rest of the competition seemed to be battling it out for second place. Out of those, Danny Gokey and Kris Allen were in the lead, while Anoop and Lil were hanging on by a thread. At least that is how is stood at the beginning of tonight's performances.
The theme for the week is "Movie Songs" and the mentor is Quentin Tarantino.
While Adam successfully kept himself apart with a unique performance of "Born to be Wild", Allison won big with the judges as well - with Simon saying that he could see her making it all the way through. Anoop also seemedly kept himself safe, giving in my opinion the BEST performance of his Idol career with a great rendition of "Everything I Do (I Do for You)".
Danny delivered with "Endless Love", though Simon said he would like to have heard a unique spin on the Lionel Richie classic... However, I would like to throw in that when Chris Sligh performed the same song in his own arrangement, Simon said (and I quote) "I think you murdered the arrangement... I think you turned a beautiful song into a complete and utter drone"... Just sayin.
Randy did not like Kris' performance, but I totally agreed with Kara with his take on "Falling Slowly". It was one of his best performances to date.
The big news story of the night is that Lil Rounds saved herself from certain at least bottom three status by giving "The Rose" a gospel feel that everyone seemed to feel.
I thought Lil delivered with her take on "The Rose", but Simon declared, "You are not the artist we thought when we first saw you." But my prediction is that enough of her fans will see what I did and save her from elimination.
My prediction: Matt Giraud will be going home - which is a shame. He is uber-talented.