“American Idol”: ’80s night under another name

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After last week’s poor choice

of theme on American Idol, I remember thinking to myself, “Self,

it can only get better from here.” I was incredibly mistaken.

It appears as though every theme will eventually repeat itself later

in the season under the guise of a different name: “Songs from

the Lennon/McCartney Songbook” became “Beatles Night,” and now

“’80s Night” has morphed into “Songs from

the Year You Were Born.” Oh, boy. (I can only count down

the days until Dolly Parton is the mentor!)

Ramiele Malubay kicked

things off with a performance of Heart’s “Alone,” prompting the inevitable comparison to Carrie Underwood’s performance

of the same back in Season 4. Who sang it better? You decide.

Ramiele Malubay:

 

 

Carrie Underwood:

 

 

That was one of my favorite

performances from Carrie, so it’s no contest in my book. I think Heart agrees, too. However, it cannot go

unsaid — Carrie, what was up with your hair?!

Back to this season.

Syesha Mercado
sang “If I Were Your Woman,” and it was definitely

her best performance in the show so far, but I still am not a huge fan.

Next for the ladies was

Brooke White
, and after last week, she had a lot to prove.

The judges didn’t like her arrangement of “Every Breath You Take,”

but I absolutely loved it — even her little misstep at the beginning.

 

 

She looks gorgeous, sounds

even better, and plays the piano by ear. Come on, America, your

winner is right here!

The other female frontrunner,

Carly Smithson
, sang “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” and sang

it pretty well. Simon thought she looked “uptight and

tense,” but I am going to chalk that up to nerves after being in the

bottom three last week. The main thing I would like to point out

about this performance, though, is that it was very wristcuffy.

(It will catch on, Sarah!)

And while I’m on the subject

of lesbianish accessories, did Paula look like she just finished a Dykes

on Bikes
ride with

those gloves, or what?

The last for the ladies was

everyone’s least favorite country girl,

Kristy Lee Cook
. Unfortunately, even though she was just as

awful as usual, she will be sticking around for another week because

she sang none other than “God Bless the USA.” My initial reaction

was just to laugh at the cheesy performance and kiss her goodbye once

and for all. But then it hit me. No one could possibly get

voted off the same week they sing this song. Simon said it “was

the most clever song choice I have heard in years” and my favorite

Idol
blogger, Rickey, had this to say: “Well if

there ever was a song choice that will never get you eliminated on

American Idol, that was it.” That’s the message for future

Idol
contestants: When you suck, sing something patriotic.

In that vein, I think the bottom

three will be Syesha Mercado, Ramiele Malubay and Chikezie.

Someone get Chikezie out of there, please.

And don’t forget to watch

the results show tonight at 9 on Fox; Kimberly Locke is performing!