MacIntyre gone, but cream of the crop remains
Clint Cooper: Scott MacIntyre, who was eliminated from "American Idol" in last week's show, should have a future in the business with his singing or playing ability. His infectious smile, his willing attitude and the strides he made as the show's first blind contestant certainly endeared him to many. With the elimination of Megan Joy Corkrey two weeks ago, the contest going forward included eight fine singers. It's not quite first among equals, but song choice from now on may become even more critical in determining who stays and who goes each week.
Karen Nazor Hill: I really liked MacIntyre's talent, but it was time for him to go. He's got a great voice but showed little variety in his singing. He showed much more enthusiasm at the piano in prior weeks than he did last week playing a guitar. The bottom line, though, is that he made it to the Top 10 of "American Idol.'' The next two months of "American Idol'' are going to be interesting. The remaining contestants have their work cut out for them. It's going to take nothing short of a miracle to beat Adam Lambert, who, by the way, I think is the best singer to ever perform on "American Idol."
Clint: Like you, I can't wait to see what Lambert does every week. Last week's version of "Mad World" further showed off his mad talent. Sung flawlessly in an upper range, it was effortless - as if he sang every song that way. Lambert's total package of vocal talent, song choice, style and theatrics will make him hard to beat in the competition. However, I am convinced the remaining seven may be the most talented seven the show has ever had at this point. Danny Gokey, Matt Giraud, Kris Allen, Allison Iraheta and Lil Rounds all have shown several flashes of brilliance, and Anoop Desai is certainly a very good singer and very likable. It should be interesting.
Karen: I am surprised at Lil Rounds. Early in the season, I thought she would make it to the final three, perhaps final two. But each week, whether it's her song choices or she's not putting forth all her effort, she's not reaching her potential. She'd better step it up if she wants the silver or bronze. The gold, hopefully, will go to Lambert. Man oh man, Clint, each week I can't wait to hear that man sing. In fact, after he is crowned the American Idol, I propose to Simon Cowell and the producers that they give us Idol fans one more show - an entire hour of Lambert. He can either sing songs he performed on "American Idol" throughout the season or a host of new songs. What are your thoughts?
Clint: Karen, I think that's a great idea. I feel like it would be a ratings hit. The winner could sing a combination of his or her favorite songs, the songs they sang on the show, songs suggested by the judges and even songs suggested in advance by viewers. The Top 10, who will be ready to go on tour, could do several group numbers. Perhaps, all previous Idol winners could appear. If "AI" is the biggest show on television during its run, which it is, the winner's special couldn't do anything but make lots of bucks for Fox.
Karen: Each year, I'm always disappointed with the last show. I've gotten to know the contestants, and when it's down to the bottom two, it's especially exciting. Then, once they've named the winner, the confetti flows, the crowd cheers, the family comes onstage and then it's over. I want more. I want to hear what the judges say about the winner. I want to hear what the winner says about winning. And I want to hear the winner sing.