The final five on “American Idol” last night brought back famous tunes by Hollywood legends Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop, otherwise known as the “Rat Pack” — the popular group that performed during the 1950s and ’60s.
Once again and by no surprise, frontrunner Adam Lambert rocked the microphone singing “Feeling Good.” Lambert had the judges all jazzed up. He was compared to athletic swimmer and gold medallist Michael Phelps. That was interesting. His performance was shocking in a good way and his opening entrance was noteworthy. Lambert demonstrates great showmanship and charisma and is truly singing for the gold. By no stretch, Lambert’s talented vocals and stunning performances are sure to be in the winning.
Danny Gokey seems to be stepping up his game singing “Come Rain or Come Shine.” His voice is soulful, passionate and bluesy. Gokey brought a new and fresh voice to the original tune and really connected with the song. He has such an incredible story and has so much heart. His story is personal and connects with people on so many levels. I imagine he’ll be safe this week.
Allison Iraheta sang “Someone to Watch Over Me,” and executed a killer performance. If Iraheta doesn’t win this contest she sure has a bright music career ahead of her. She’s personally my favorite and I hope voters feel the same way. She’s the underdog, being the youngest and only female remaining. The judges have a feeling she might not make it past this week. But it really depends on her fan base. She’s been in the final three the last few weeks. But despite her future on Idol, Iraheta is truly a rising pop sensation and extremely talented.
Kris Allen sang “The Way You Look Tonight.” The judges said Allen was subtle and sexy. Allen is a gifted artist and thinks outside the box. He continues to take risks that pay off in the end. He also connects well with a musical ensemble. Overall Allen has good chemistry on stage. But he might be in the bottom this week.
Finally Matt Giraud sang “My Funny Valentine.” Giraud knows a thing or two about jazz since he studied it in college. His performance overall was just okay and even though it was authentic I think he might be singing his last song this week.
Jamie Foxx, R & B singer and Oscar winner for best actor role as Ray Charles, was the guest on the show this week, coaching the final five Idol singers. Best of luck to all of them.
plozano @ pww.org