Oh my word. Ryan did not just start off the show by saying, "for the people who remain on this stage, the intensity is a constant evolution". I guess that's Ryan-ism for "it's getting tense, y'all!" But that doesn't go as well with the serious, serious expressions on all of the contestants' faces, now does it?
Tonight it's songs from the Rat Pack era. Not to be confused with the Brat Pack era. If you're an 80's Girl like myself, that's what you heard. We're talking about people like Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. Not Anthony Michael Hall and Molly Ringwald. Important to clarify. We're not going to be hearing anything from St. Elmo's Fire tonight. (Sniff.)
Enter Jamie Foxx. Um? Who has what to do with the Rat Pack? Ah, I see. He, too, "transcended the boundaries of the entertainment industry". So...absolutely nothing. He was just the dude available tonight after Michael Buble and Harry Connick, Jr. said no. Yes? Not that I don't appreciate a good Wanda impression every now and then. I just find it interesting that Miley was the guest performer a few weeks ago and now we have the man who had a few "thoughts" about her (ones we'll keep secret from Sophs) as this week's mentor. Hmm.
Here we go...
Kris. "The Way You Look Tonight." Okay, so right off the bat Jamie is dabbling in some "under the table" contract negotiations. Smooth move, Jamie! Make a deal! I love Kris (as do apparently all of the teeny-boppers in the audience - sheesh, the squealing!). This was a really good performance by our hometown boy. Not his best of all time. But strong, and certainly not "wet" (which seems to be a bad thing), as Simon said. I'm going with Randy on this one: mad nice vocals.
Time out. How did I miss what Paula is wearing? What in the name of tiny kites are those flappy things? I'm confused. Is she hoping for blue skies and a pleasant breeze?
Allison. "Someone To Watch Over Me." Oh! Raggedy Ann looks cute! The hair is toned down a bit. A flattering style. And, hey, look Mom, she's wearing your dress! THE DRESS. The one you wore the evening you got your hair "did" that one time. Remember when Dee Dee didn't believe that your naturally curly hair took a perm "that easily!" (Otherwise known as "A Day to Live in Infamy".) Hee. Okay, now I'm all giggly going into Allison's performance. Wow. WOW! She sounds amazing. What a voice this girl has! Beautiful. I love that she didn't do a Rocker Chick song. She just let her voice, pure and strong, shine through.
Matt. Is wearing The Hat. Did he have to wear The Hat? Oh, wait, he did. This music is his specialty. He made a B in it in college. He's in the zone. Jamie has advised him to change the key and sing "My Funny Valentine" in his full voice - because "that's 'fo real". (Which is advice I think I agree with: full voice, for real...check.) Here's what I think about Matt: Matt is nice. Matt did a good job with this song. Matt kept the falsetto in check. Matt did some pretty nice runs. Matt's performance was perfectly lovely. Despite all that, I think Matt may be going home. I hate it, because I really like Matt, but I found myself yawning a LOT during his performance. (...Of course, Sophie did work the dog out of me today, so maybe it's just me...and not all of Voting America.)
That said, I think this is probably the best Top Five we've ever had on Idol, by quite a bit. Usually at this point in the competition I'm screaming at the TV for somebody (ahem, Mr. Ponyhawk) to GO HOME! Not this year. No siree! This is a talented group top to bottom.
Danny. "Come Rain Or Come Shine." Okay, so, if Jamie was looking at me like that, I'd be a little out of my comfort zone as well. What is the man doing? Hello? Personal space? Now he's all up in his grill. Ah, okay, he's just helping Danny find his "purest, truest, most fantastic self". Well, then. When you put it that way. So is it just me, or does anyone else think Danny sometimes makes a weird mouth movement when he's singing something really slow? It looks a bit like he's chewing his cud. Although, he does seem to have a certain confidence about him tonight. A little twinkle in his eye. A swagger. He looks really handsome! Not overly thrilled with the beginning of the song. Just gonna close my eyes for a bit...zzzzzz. Oh, wait...hello! He's getting to the meaty goodness. YES! Awesome. I love it when he gets into that raspy, bluesy, gritty sound. Goosebumps.
Adam. Adam, Adam, Adam. Adam just sauntered down 40 steps in a blinding white suit to sing "It's A New Day". He's glowing, peeps. (Seriously, like a Lite Brite). He's back lit in fuchsia lights - fuzzy pinkness illuminating the stairs. A smidge too much? Nah, of course not. It's Adam! He loves drama and all things sparkly. SHAZAM! He loves wow. Uh oh. Weird expressions coming on. He's doing the face. I'm feeling a few twinges of The Ick again. Maybe it's because he's feeling....he's feeling...HE'S FEELING...guuuuuuuuhd. Well now. (Uncomfortable cough.) Excuse him for that. Jamie was right about one thing. He certainly did knock my head off. And Kara's, apparently. Her mouth is hanging open. She's describing his performance as "confusing, shocking, sleazy, and way over the top". But...she, uh, likes it. Yeah. That's it. I'm pretty sure she added that last part because she's scared Adam might bite the head off a live chicken right in front of her.
Oh, dear. Perhaps Paula needs to hang it up for the night. She's rambling on about the Olympics.
Best of the night: Kris or Allison. (Or the back half of Danny.)
Going home: Matt or Allison.
Drama Award: Adam.
So... Hit me with it! What did you guys think?
Updated to add: From the guy who called Adam "the love child of Queen and Meatloaf", check this out. You must. I seriously almost wet myself.