American Idol is down to its Top 3 and for its 300th episode each of the guys had to sing two songs – a choice of their own and one chosen by one of the judges. Hands down, the guys picked better songs than the judges. But between the guys, the competition is going to be close.
Danny Gokey started out the night with a song chosen by Paula – "Dance Little Sister" by Terrence Trent D'Arby. I'm not a big fan of the song to begin with, but I really didn't like what Danny did to it. The graveliness of his voice is really starting to grate on my nerves. Personally, I thought it was a poor song choice and Danny did nothing to improve on it.
On the other hand, One Republic's "Apologize" was the perfect song for Kris Allen's voice and personality. He did a beautiful rendition of the song. And as Randy said, I think the song showed us what kind of future Kris has in the music business. And that's the kind of music, I would buy.
Likewise, Simon picked a beautiful song for Adam Lambert to belt out. However, I have to say that I like U2's version of "One" better than Adam's. First it started off a little too slow and then it was a bit too much in the middle. But I give Adam props for adding his own spin to the song even if I didn't favor it.
The guys returned for the second round with their own song choices. Ryan made it sound like a really big deal, but isn't that what they've been doing all along is choosing their own songs. They just had a bigger selection to chose from this week.
Danny slowed things down with "You are so Beautiful" by Joe Cocker. It's a gorgeous song, but again I'm not finding anything appealing in Danny's voice. He didn't do a bad job, but I find that all his songs fall into one of two sounds – upbeat (which includes the dancing) and ballad. This sounded like all his other ballads.
But if Danny put me to sleep, Kris woke me up with an awesome acoustic version of Kayne West's "Heartless." He might be quiet, humble and unassuming, but Kris will be remembered. Its performances like this that make him stand out. I can't wait to hear this song again.
The night closed with Adam taking on "Crying." I'm a huge fan of Aerosmith so I was really looking forward to this performance. It had real potential, but I had trouble hearing Adam. The background singer kept singing over him and it really took away from the performance. However, I enjoyed listening to a more "natural" Adam without the huge "performance" element.
Personally, I think it should be Adam and Kris in the final. I think Kris won the night with "Heartless" and Adam's "Crying" came in a close second.
But at this point it's not really about who had the best performance as much as who has the largest number of voting fans. But I honestly think it will be a close call either way.