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“Idol” Top 9: Cowell zingers and a turnaround for Scott
“American Idol” is already down to nine singers, and as the contestants have honed their performances, judge Simon Cowell has refined his famous one-liners. This week he was in top form, sparing only a select few from his special brand of humiliation.
Here were his top proclamations of the night for each contestant:
Anoop Desai, who performed Usher’s “Caught Up”
Simon: “It was a little bit like a college boy wanting to be a pop star and failing. It actually gave me a headache.”
Megan Joy, who sang Bob Marley’s “Turn Your Lights Down Low.”
Simon: “All of the things we liked about you are disappearing.”
(In fairness, Randy Jackson had the most devastating line for Megan: “It was like watching paint dry”)
Danny Gokey, who sang “What Hurts the Most” by Rascal Flatts
Simon: “I know we’re only three in, but it was so much better than the first two. It was like two snails competing with a racehorse.”
Allison Iraheta, who performed “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt
Simon: “We can’t ignore the outfit. It was like something out of ‘The Addams Family’ … Plus you shouted the song.”
Scott MacIntyre, who sang Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are”
Simon: “Your best performance by a country mile so far. It’s a different Scott.”
Matt Giraud, who performed “You Found Me” by The Fray
Simon: “You are becoming like all these different people in the hope of staying in the competition. It was just uncomfortable.”
Lil Rounds, who performed “I Surrender” by Celine Dion
Simon: “All of your personality is being sucked out of you.”
Adam Lambert, who sang “Play that Funky Music” by Wild Cherry
Simon: “That was very brave. At least we get rid of some of this karaoke nonsense we’ve seen tonight.”
Kris Allen, who sang Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine”
The show had few surprises, except for Scott MacIntyre’s dramatic turnaround (and makeover!). Lil is still struggling with song choice, Adam, Danny and Kris are consistently bowling the crowd over, and Matt, Allison, Anoop and Megan seem to be in “hit or miss” patterns from week to week.
As we all know, however, “hit or miss” doesn’t cut it on “Idol.” So who will get the axe on Wednesday night? Was Scott’s performance good enough to save him? Will Matt again end up in the Bottom Three after being panned by the judges? And will fans give Megan any joy?