Week 2 of American Idol started out pretty good. I was worried with it being country week since there are not a lot of country type singers in the top 11 this season. This week seemed to be a week of redemption for some and brought some of the early favorites back down from the stratosphere. Let's get going:
Michael Sarver: "Ain't Goin' Down Til the Sun Comes Up"
This a really fun Garth Brooks song that was pretty big when I first started listening to Country Music back in the 90's and I thought that he did a really good job. His voice is definitely made for country.
Allison Irahetta:"Blame it on your Heart"
This is one of my favorite country songs. It's fun to sing and it has a good beat to it. Allison did great singing it. I know I'm being nitpicky but it annoys me when people hold their fingers up when there's a number in a song. Everytime the phrase "two-timin'" came up in the song she held 2 fingers up. That is my only complaint though.
Kris Allen: "To Make You Feel My Love"
This song was made famous by Garth Brooks but it is one of my favorite Bob Dylan songs ever. This song brought Kris up in the rankings. The Tweens will swoon over his performance. I was afraid that the judges would say he was boring but luckily they all loved it, even Simon!
Lil' Rounds: "Independence Day"
This song has been done too many times on this show. Lil' started off by saying that she didn't want to add her R&B to the song and she wanted to be "true to the Country" Whatever made her think that was a good idea? She's an R&B singer and there are a lot of crossover country / R&B songs that she could have done. Lil' rounds was definitely brought down to Earth this week. She did look nice though, I'll give her that.
Adam Lambert: "Ring of Fire"
This performance was just weird. Did anyone else feel uncomfortable watching him and Randy Travis? I kind of liked Adam until this week. I just feel like it was, as Simon so eloquently put it, "Indulgent Rubish".
Scott McIntyre: "Wild Angels"
I had to agree with the judges. He doesn't have very good stage presence. He is a great piano player but not a great singer. The songs that he chooses are too slow and boring. He needs to kick it up a notch.
Alexis Grace: "Jolene"
Alexis is another one to fall from "Grace" this week (sorry couldn't resist). She must have done better in rehearsals with Randy Travis because he told her not to change a thing. I think she should have done something a little more young feeling or bluesie. I think she'll be safe for another week though.
Danny Gokey: "Jesus take the Wheel"
Again I agree with the judges here. He started off a little shaky but man, the end of the song "was da' bomb" He can hit those high notes like nobody's business.
Anoop Desai: "Always on My Mind:
This was Anoop's come back performance. I think he probably saved himself with this one. I haven't been a big Anoop fan up til now. This performance made me a fan. It was soulful, heartfelt and beautifully sung.
Megan Corkrey: "Walking after Midnight"
She did OK this week considering she was sick. I'm still not blown away by her like the judges are though.
Matt Giraud: "So Small"
This was a great performance to end the show with. His voice reminds me of Eliot Yamin a little bit, who is a great singer. Matt moved up in the rankings with this performance as well.
I have no idea who will go home this week. The ones that had the worst performances are also fan favorites. This might be the week that the judges use their "veto".