Motown hits light up "American Idol"

Motown hits light up "American Idol"

March 25th, 2009 by Phil Stacey in Idol

American Idol's Top 10 grooved to 50 years worth of Motown hits with Smokey Robison mentoring tonight's show.

Matt Giraud started off the night with Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On." I loved his falsetto and soulful licks. The judges are now official fans, and he joins the front-runner club.

Kris Allen impresses Smokey and the judges with his unique and easygoing "How Sweet It Is." Simon thinks he needs Simon lessons in swagger.

Scott MacIntyre sang Diana Ross' "Can't Hurry Love." He chose to stick with the piano and go against Paula's advice from last week. Simon has finally turned on him with a classic "rubbish" review.

Megan Joy sang in her standard style "For Once In My Life." This really didn't have any great standout moments and she seemed to drown in the song. It really was not good.

Anoop Desai stayed with his serious sensitive side, singing "Oooo Baby Baby." He continued his return to favor with a clean solid performance. I agree that now he has found his vocal sweet spot, he needs to start bringing his showmanship back into his performances. If he can merge the last two weeks of great vocals with his first couple of weeks of energy then he is in the running for Top 5 or higher.

Michael Sarver attempted "Ain't Too Proud to Beg." He just didn't hit his stride, and it felt as if he was fighting with the song the entire time. He admitted as much to Simon ... sometimes we as performers just know it isn't going to work as we walk on the stage. I thought he handled the judges well.

Lil Rounds sings "Heat Wave" in the classic Motown way. She obviously can sing, but I was hoping she would do something a little more relevant, more reflective of something that could be on her album. I think she really lost an opportunity to jump back in the front of the pack by not giving America a "moment."

Adam Lambert reigned in the craziness and tenderly sang Smokey's own, "Tracks of my Tears." He cleaned up his image, literally taking off the black nail polish, and sang the entire song in his great falsetto. This is one of the first times that I not only appreciated his talent, but enjoyed it.

Danny Gokey used his Michael McDonald voice to give America "Get Ready." I liked it - but no secret that I really love his voice. The judges didn't think it was his best of the season but for the most part thought it was solid.

Allison Iraheta wailed out "Papa Was a Rolling Stone." I really love this girl's voice. She came out and used her pipes to SANG! She was by far the best of the night.

Scott MacIntyre, Megan Joy and Michael Sarver should be nervous about continuing on to next week. We only have three females, so I don't think Megan is in real trouble, and despite his lackluster performances I really think America has a spot for Scott, so my prediction is that Michael will be sent packing... I'm sure the "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" and Judges' Save Jokes are being written right now.

What do you all think? Who do you think will be sent home?