Wednesday, May 6, 2009

"American Idol" update/performance show

While Velvet Revolver/GnR guitarist Slash turned out to be a useless mentor this week on "Idol" when he took the final four to the Roxy in West Hollywood, it was great to see the theme devoted to classic rock.

Adam nailed Led Zep's "Whole Lotta Love" - the first time the band allowed one of their songs to be used on the show. I thought for sure he'd have to downplay some of the more sexual lines, but he didn't. Maybe that was in Plant/Page/Jones' useage stipulations.

Kris was just ok on The Beatles' "Come Together" and Danny was just dreadful during Aerosmith's "Dream On." Allison deserved to go after a perfunctory "Cry Baby" by Janis Joplin. On the other hand, her duet with Adam on Foghat's "Slow Ride" sizzled. And Danny & Kris' take on Styx's "Renegade" was good. Another nonsensical critique came from Kara (she's rivaling Paula Abdul lately), who said Danny should've gone for early Aerosmith, like "Crazy" or "Cryin." Those are from the '90s. The song he did was from the '70s. Duh.

For the results show, Paula flogged her new song ("the first time she's done this on our stage" according to Ryan) and it was a bit of sensory overload. The song was just passable (not that she was ever a great singer) and it seemed like she was trying too hard to remind us of her choreographer credentials.

Daughtry returned to debut his new single, which also felt kinda flat. But hey, he actually smiled when chatting with Ryan afterward. No Doubt was plain awful, almost like they didn't rehearse. Gwen's hairdo was horrible and her vocals, odd. Good to see drummer Adrian Young was still doing his best to shock people in that tutu.

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