By Phil Stacey
Coming into tonight, there were only a few contestants I really remembered from the audition and Hollywood Rounds. And of course, I was anxious to see what Norman Gentle would do. I expected Matt Giraud to do very well and thought Adam Lambert would pull something out. There seems to be some tight competition amongst the guys this year. On the other hand, I was still waiting for a girl to come out and really shock us with something brilliant.
At the end of the day, I'm a little disappointed as an Idol fan. I know it is against the rules for anyone from the show to help with song selection, but tonight I wish they had. The song choices were terrible for the most part. It's sad really because I know there is some real talent in this group.
My first comment is about Norman Gentle. Yes, he is entertaining. But his performance of "And I Am Telling You" was more interesting the first AND second time we saw it. Can he not do "Norman Gentle" on another song?
My second is about Adam Lambert. This dude has a sick range. However, it still seems a bit theatrical to me. But he's good. He was one of the only redeeming factors about tonight's show.
Predictions for tonight are difficult for me because it was not a very good night for anyone. My guesses would be Adam Lambert, Mishavonna Henson, and Allison Irahetta. The field is wide open for some surprises. Nick Mitchell could offer an upset and I would actually like to see more from Matt Giraud.
What do you think? I'd like to hear your thoughts on tonight's show.