The American Idol top 3 — Kris Allen, Danny Gokey and Adam Lambert — sang their hearts out last night in an attempt to get into next week’s finale. The votes are all in but we won’t find out the results until tonight. As Tom Petty so eloquently crooned, “the waiting is the hardest part.”
The contestants sang two songs each, one chosen by the judges and the other chosen by the singers themselves. Paula picked “Dance Little Sister” by Terence Trent D’Arby for Danny to perform. I love TTD as much as the next guy, but couldn’t she have picked a more iconic song, like “Wishing Well” or “Sign Your Name Across My Heart?” Danny did a fine job, but it bordered on Taylor Hicks-ville in my humble opinion.
Randy and Kara selected OneRepublic’s “Apologize” for Kris. He tickled the ivories and sang beautifully, but I agree with Kara’s assessment that it was merely “competent.” That said, all Kris has to do is flash his cutie patootie smile and all is forgiven.
Simon got special permission from Bono to allow Adam to sing U2’s “One.” I love every version of this tune that I’ve ever heard — from Mary J. Blige’s cover to the Cowboy Junkies’ — and now I can add Adam’s to my iTunes collection. The kid can sing!
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