Tuesday, March 31, 2009

American Idol 2009 Top 9 performances: I Tunes, You Tunes, They All Tunes

The theme is something about Itunes popular downloads. Contestants "on the bubble" right now are: Kris Allen, Scott McIntyre and Megan Corkrey. Barring a miracle, game-changing performance, one of these three is saying adios tomorrow night.

Oooh lookie! There's Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin with their little girls.

Back to the show. I guess there's no mentor. They producers just sent the idols to the radio studio with Ryan. Boring.

Anoop Desai (6) Anoop's up singing Usher. Here's what I don't like about Anoop: He's always way too aware of the audience, the camera, and himself. He never lets loose to the song like a real musician. Way too choreographed for my taste. Here's what I like about Anoop: Brown eyes. Simon says it best when he tells Anoop he comes across as a wannabe.

Megan Corkrey (9) Takes on Bob Marley's "Turn the Lights Down Low." Wow! Aren't the dreads, cute? You know, what used to be an interesting voice is now just annoying. Seriously. And when she refers to "her fans?" Delusional Time for Megan to go home.

Danny Gokey (4) Danny must step up his performance tonight. He's dropped from a clear fan favorite to fourth in the power rankings. Great vocals. {He sang some Rascal Flatts tune}. Definitely headed for the top 3.

Allison Iraheta (3) Singing "Don't Speak" by No Doubt, Allison is smokin' hot. At first I thought she looked like a hot mess...but in context with the song, the guitar, the lights...I get it. Top 3. Chuckling at Randy giving Allison fashion advice.

Scott McIntyre (8) Back behind the piano and singing Billy Joel's "Don't Go Changing". Apparently, someone's working on Scott's hair...it's better, but not quite right yet. I think Scott thinks singing loudly is emoting. Whatever. He's better than he's been since way back to the Hollywood auditions.

Matt Giraud (1) "You Found Me", by The Fray. Unlike Anoop, Matt always seems like a real musician to me. I'm not a fan of the song. But I love his keyboard, his vocals were okay. Unfortunately, I think his song choice was probably an over-reaction to being in the bottom 3 last week. He may be returning to the stools of doom tomorrow night.

Lil "Little" Rounds (5) Little's singing a Celine Dion song. Singing Celine is usually a bad choice. We'll see if Little pulls it off. I like her hair. Don't like the dress...makes her look too hefty. Little isn't Celine, that's for sure. But she's not an embarassment. She's safe for another week, but I have to agree with the judges--it all sounded very old fashioned.

Adam Lambert (2) The tease into the commercial went like this: "When we come back, Adam gets funky with Wild Cherry." Seriously. So we're treated to Adam's version of "Play That Funky Music." Well, I don't get the dance moves. But, I give him props for the vocal styling. Fearless. {Note: Don't know that I can go along with Paula and put Adam in the same league as Mick Jagger and Steven Tyler}

Kris Allen (7) Kris sings "Aint No Sunshine." What a great song! Kris is like Matt, a real musician. This is a solid performance. One of the best of the nights and certainly, the biggest surprise.

Bottom 3:
Anoop Desai
Megan Corkrey
Matt Giraud

Top 3:
Allison Iraheta
Adam Lambert
Kris Allen

Going home: Megan Corkrey

Geeks on parade

Click on the geeks. High-larious.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Chicago Weekend: Suggestions needed!

We're going to Chicago for 3 days in April. What should we do? See? Where should we eat? Leave us your suggestions. The winning entry will get a souvenir.

Friday, March 27, 2009

American Idol 2009 Top 9 Power Rankings

Week after week of solid performances puts Matt G. in first place in the power rankings. Adam's smooth comeback from last week's Man In Black debacle moves him up the ladder a full seven spots. And, Allison--she's only 16--is now firmly entranched in the top 3. Former frontrunners Danny and Little need to hit it out of the park to reclaim some of their luster. {Just a matter of time before Anoop, Kris, Scott, and Megan are AI history.}

1. Matt Giraud
2. Adam Lambert
3. Allison Iraheta
4. Danny Gokey
5. Lil Rounds
6. Anoop Desai
7. Kris Allen
8. Scott McIntyre
9. Megan Corkrey

Thursday, March 26, 2009

American Idol 2009 Top 10 Results: America roughs up the rough neck

Adam Lambert: safe
Kris Allen: safe
Lil {Little} Rounds: safe
Allison Iraheta: safe
Anoop Desai: safe
Danny Gokey: safe
Megan Corkrey: safe
Scott McIntyre: safe
Matt Giraud: safe
Michael Sarver: out

P.S. You crazy voters! How could Matt be in the bottom 3 and Megan not be in the bottom 3?

Separated at birth Alex Baldwin/Adam Lambert

Alec Baldwin

Adam Lambert

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

American Idol 2009: Get Ready...Get Ready...Taking to the mean streets of Motown

It's the 50th anniversary of Motown and American Idol is celebrating.

Will Scott McIntyre sing something other than a ballad? Can we expect "Little" Rounds to knock it out of the park? Will Anoop's growing fan base remain rock solid and carry him along for another week? Can Megan Joy wow us with something other than her tattoo? Will Adam Lambert murder another classic?

The show's about to begin. Notably, Simon tells us he's not really looking forward to the show. Wow! Smoky Robinson and Barry Gordy!

Matt Giraud (1) Clearly the best last week, let's see if Matt can carry it through tonight. Smoky's very complimentary in the mentoring session. Besides singing...Matt's a really good pianist. I think he's hot and he's growing on me. Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" is sounding good. The judges love him. Even Simon says Matt's a frontrunner. I called it last week...Dark Horse.

Kris Allen (9) Kris has the whole package...looks, talent, piano styling...he's just been too quiet and laid back to really stand out. I wish Kris didn't sing with a crooked mouth. It distracts me every week. I love his version of "How Sweet It Is." Very cool. Also, love the acoustic guitar. Very fun.

Scott McIntyre (5) Smoky Robinson hasn't had one negative thing to say about anybody or anything tonight. He's a really positive performance. Scott's performance is Boring. Boring. Boring. I know. Scott's blind and has fought against all odds to be here. So what? He's still boring, has weird hair, and I think he should go home. Oh yeah, he sang "Can't Hurry Love." The background singers were really good.

Megan Corkrey (6) Her hippy-dippy weirdness is starting to get on my nerves. Trainwreck. Smoky calls her refreshing. I think she's bad and is probably leaving the competition tomorrow night. Scott's happy. BTW, this was our first barefoot performance of the year. And, you know how I feel about those.

Anoop Desai (3) Sitting and singing--always a bad sign. If Anoop didn't have such a huge fan base, I'd predict he's going home soon...but he does--so I'm not. As far as I'm concerned Anoop's way over-rated. If his name was Andy Douglas instead of Anoop Desai, he'd already be out of the competition. "Oooh Baby, Baby" Anoop's lucky he came after Trainwreck Megan.

Michael Sarver (10) Michael's lost a bit of his mojo of late. He's got a nice backstory, but he's a little ordinary. Hoping he picks a great song tonight. Well, the song {Ain't Too Proud To Beg} was good, but Michael wasn't. Lounge lizard material. His performance made me feel sorry for him. Like Anoop and Scott, Michael was bad...but not worse than Megan.

Lil "Little" Rounds (4) This night was made for Little, but she just didn't make it as memorable as she could have. Wise choice to sing "Heatwave", but Little just made me want to hear the real version. Her phrasing sounded nervous and breathless. Still, Little goes into the Top 3 by default.

Adam Lambert (8) I still haven't recovered from last week's debacle and have no prediction at all for this week. My only hope is he doesn't sing Diana Ross. "Tracks of My Tears". I'm just not an Adam fan. Sort of like I wasn't a Fantasia fan. But that really doesn't matter. The judges loved him. BTW, does Adam look like Alec Baldwin to you?

Danny Gokey (2) Danny doesn't have to sing a note to be safe for another week. Danny sings "Get Ready" and it was just average for him, but way better than say a Scott McIntyre. He'll be in the top 3.

Allison Iraheta (7) I'm not feeling the judges' love for Allison. She's one of my favorites, but without their stamp of approval she could be heading home soon. Allison belts out "Papa Was A Rolling Stone." Can't believe she's only 16. Fitting ending to the show! She's probably the closest to a real artist of the bunch. Love her.

Top 3:
Allison Iraheta
Matt Giraud
Adam Lambert

Bottom 3:
Scott McIntyre
Michael Sarver
Megan Corkrey

Going home:
Megan Corkrey

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Mean cat wanted!

We're looking for a cat. We need an outside cat who likes to kill moles and voles. Call me if you know where I can find one.


Stitch and Sticks Blues Game

The St. Louis Blues had a special night for knitters, March 15th. I asked John if he wanted to go with me {he never turns down a hockey ticket}.

Here he is working on his Blues scarf:

The Blues won!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Book Reports: The Catcher In The Rye; The Bell Jar

I didn't plan it this way, but I just finished two bildungsroman novels. That's a fancy word for a "coming-of-age" novel. In a bildungsroman, a protagonist sets off on a journey that takes him/her from childhood through adulthood and eventually leaves the character with an acceptance, if not appreciation, of their new place in society.

First up, The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger. At first blush, this book might seem to be just random, wandering thoughts of a typical adolescent. Delve a little deeper and Salinger's novel is a work of art. It covers a two-day physical journey of Holden Caulfield from his privileged prep school back to his home in New York. Even more important, Holden makes a spiritual journey from an adolescent clinging to childhood, to an adolescent moving into adulthood.

Salinger was a master at using motifs and symbols to let us in on where Holden is emotionally throughout the story and what he fears. Note, for instance, when Holden's wearing his hunting cap and whether it's turned forwards or backwards.

You probably read this book in high school. I think you'll get more out of it as an adult. Besides, reading about adolescent angst is easier when you're not going through it yourself.

Yesterday I read that poet Sylvia Plath's son {45-year-old Nicholas Plath} killed himself. How ironic that I'd just finished reading her only novel--The Bell Jar.

The Bell Jar is Plath's semi-autobiographical story of a young, talented, intelligent woman {Esther Greenwood} who decends into the pit of depression, attempts suicide, and then slowly, barely, claws her way out. This is a raw, unvarnished look at struggling with mental illness from the inside. Only someone who's fought a personal battle with depression could have written with such clarity.

The Bell Jar was first published under the pseudonym `Victoria Lucas' in January 1963. Sylvia Plath committed suicide February 11, 1963. She was just 30-years-old.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Charles Manson forty years later

California corrections officials have released a new photograph of madman Charles Manson. Manson is 74-years-old, serving a life sentence for conspiring to murder seven people. He's eligible for parole in 2012.



American Idol 2009 Top 10 Power Rankings

Alexis made a graceful exit and left 10 contestants standing--7 guys and just 3 gals. Biggest loser this week (besides Alexis) was Adam Lambert after his horrendous butchering of the Man in Black's "Ring of Fire". Adam drops six places in the power rankings. Adam's a favorite, so look for him to climb back up the ladder next week. Biggest gainer was Anoop, who made a comeback with Willie Nelson's ballad "You Were Always On My Mind". And bringing up the rear--Michael Sarver--who's just so-so in the competition.

Leading the pack is Matt Giraud who's been under the radar until his awesome performance Tuesday night. Suddenly he's a contender for the finals. And, oh, I guess the report that American Idol is fixed and the judges have already chosen the top 4 was wrong, huh?

This week's Power Rankings:

1. Matt Giraud
2. Danny Gokey
3. Anoop Desai
4. Lil Rounds
5. Scott McIntyre
6. Megan Corkrey
7. Allison Iraheta
8. Adam Lambert
9. Kris Allen
10.Michael Sarver

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

American Idol 2009 Top 11 Results: Alexis not saved by the judges

Your Little-Known American Idol Facts Of The Day: Danny Gokey, Matt Giraud and Michael Sarver are all worship leaders at their churches. Kris Allen, Scott McIntyre, and Lil {aka Little} Rounds are also very involved with their church worship ministries.

Danny Gokey: safe
Lil {Little} Rounds: safe
Anoop Desai: safe
Matt Giraud: safe
Scott McIntyre: safe
Megan Corkrey: safe
Kris Allen: safe
Adam Lambert: safe
Allison Iraheta: safe
Michael Sarver: safe
Alexis Grace: out

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Yee-haw! American Idol 2009 Top 11 Sing Grand Ole Opry

The theme tonight is the "Grand Ole Opry." That could potentially bode well for Michael Sarver and Kris Allen, not so well for Anoop and Adam. Simon should have ample opportunity for a snarky play on words with song titles, {eg. Shameless, Tell Me I Was Dreaming, Poor, Poor Pitiful Me, etc.}We'll see. Last week's power rankings are after each person's name.

Note: If any of the contestants wear a bandana tonight they'll automatically drop down a notch in next week's power rankings.

Michael Sarver (9) Michael draws the short straw to be the #1 performer. Mentor Randy Travis doesn't seem to be a fan of his song choice, "Ain't Goin' Down 'til the Sun Comes Up." Something about there being too many words. I thought Michael was just okay. Whew! There are a lot of words. Not so many notes though. The judges diss him because the song didn't show off his voice. Simon hated it. Not surprising--he hates country music. Two words: Boring. Forgettable.

Allison Iraheta (8) Randy Travis gives Allison great advice: `Don't try to be too cute, just sing it out with your great pipes.' And, she does. I love how she takes "Blame It On Your Cheatin' Heart" and makes it contemporary. Kara says she could sing the alphabet. Randy says it was dope. Randy Travis smiles real big. I wonder if the big blonde woman sitting next to him is his wife.

Kris Allen (10) Randy Travis is so likeable. He seems very sincere when he tells Kris "good job" and that Garth Brooks would be proud of him. Kris sings the ballad "To Make You Feel My Love" and it's really beautiful. A tad boring, but nice nonetheless. I'm never not usually a fan when the contestants sing sitting down, but this song kind of warrants it. About halfway through the tune, Kris kind of loses his voice--it comes back in a a couple of bars. Paula calls him pure and honest. {She seems surprisingly lucid this season, doesn't she?} Simon gives him a big compliment and says it was terrific. Randy calls him a "tender dawg."

Lil Rounds (5) I know you love Lil. Well, I'm just not a big fan. First...I hate her hair. Secondly...I hate her dress. Third...when she sings "Independence Day" it seems like she has no idea what she's singing about. When she starts belting out the chorus she sounds better. It's the slow, melodic parts that are just slow and not so melodic. Finally, I hate that the judges are in the tank for her and give her a pass for being just okay. {BTW, Paula loved Lil's hair and dress}. Simon calls her Little, instead of Lil. Now that's entertainment. Lil is also one of those contestants who insists on talking and talking and talking and talking.

Adam Lambert (2) Is Adam Lambert freakishly tall, or what? Seriously. He's a Goliath. Has a double chin, too. I imagine the judges will love this bastardization of "Ring of Fire". Not me. I'll use one of Simon's favorite words...indulgent. For musical theater, it might work in context. There is no context here. And, yes, Simon called it indulgent.

Scott McIntyre (7) I worry that Scott is becoming a little boring. He sings "Wild Angel" and there's just nothing memorable about it. Sorry. Paula calls it `lovely.' I think that's code for boring. The judges say basically what I said about Scott being boring...only they're nicer about it. One more thing--I know he can't see it, but he really needs to do something with that hair.

Alexis Grace (3) I'm so glad someone's singing Dolly Parton's "Jolene". It's one of the finest songs ever. I love Alexis, but she tends to shout through a lot of her songs which throws her pitch off. Points for her outfit. The judges pretty much tell her she stunk.

Danny Gokey (1) You knew somebody was going to sing Carrie Underwood. Who knew it would be Danny? Danny's the first contestant to get really starstruck by Randy Travis. Oh my goodness, what is he wearing?? It's a sort of white parka thing. And the song is just really awful until the chorus. I mean--astoundingly awful and then thankfully, the chorus hit. Simon agrees with me about the outfit.

Anoop Desai (11) Randy Travis promises that this will be the best we've heard from Anoop. I hope so. Randy's right. Anoop sings "Always On My Mind" and even though it's no match for Willie it's great. Nice job, Anoop. Paula's almost crying tears of joy. Simon says he went from "zero to hero."

Megan Corkrey (6)Megan needs to hit it out of the park after last week's performance. Even Randy Travis tells her she has to be perfect. Megan tackles Patsy Cline standard "Walking After Midnight." Unfortunately, I'm completely distracted by the tattoo snaking up her arm. Thank goodness there's money in the stimulus plan for tattoo removal {seriously}. Anyway, I like it {the performance, not the tattoo}. She reminds me of Ricky Lee Jones. Note: Megan Corkrey is now Megan Joy. Whatever.

Matt Giraud (4) Another Carrie Underwood song, "Seem So Small". I think Matt Giraud is a true musician. He's growing on me and may be the dark horse contestant. He pierced Paula's heart. Simon agrees he hasn't had enough credit and says Matt reminds him of Michael Buble. Randy calls it the best performance of the night.

Top 3:
Allison Iraheta
Matt Giraud

Bottom 3:
Adam Lambert
Michael Sarver
Megan Corkrey

Going home:
Michael Sarver

American Idol fixed?

Every year it's painfully obvious the American Idol judges glom onto a couple of contestants and push, pull and prod them along into the finals. Remember last year's pandering to lick-lipping, child abused, pre-pubescent judges' fave David Archuleta? But this year, an AI staffer has come out publicly (okay, anonymously) and said the fix is already in for the top 4. According to her, the judges have chosen Danny Gokey, Lil Rounds, Adam Lambert and Alexis Grace.

Since these four are undoubtedly four of the strongest contestants, I'm not all that surprised. Still, the new rule that allows the judges to save a candidate who's voted off prematurely (in their opinion), seems to support a less than democratic rule.

If that same AI staffer could tell me who's actually going to win, I'd be more interested in her story.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Maybe this is why they trusted him with all their money...

Dumb marketing idea of the month

The Sci Fi Channel is changing its name to "SyFy".

Make you want to watch? Didn't think so.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Book Report: Breakfast at Tiffany's

After you've read a book that leaves you cold {see Moonstone}, it's good to cleanse your palate with something really fine.

Breakfast at Tiffany's, by Truman Capote did the job for me. Breakfast at Tiffany's is more of a novella than a full-fledged book so you can read the whole thing in a night.

No doubt you've seen the movie with Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly. The book is even better.

Written in Capote's heyday as an author this tiny book is filled with gems like this:

"Anyone who ever gave you confidence, you owe them a lot."

"[I]t's better to look at the sky than live there. Such an empty place; so vague. Just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear."

Read it. 5 stars.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Book Report: The Moonstone

I just finished reading The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins. It's in the Mystery/Suspense category of my 2009 reading list. I'll admit, I hated it wasn't a big fan.

Book critics actually consider The Moonstone a classic in the mystery genre. I wanted to know what others saw in this book, so I did some research and discovered that what's become formulaic and cliche-ridden in mysteries actually started with The Moonstone.

I'll give Collins credit for being a groundbreaker at creating the devices used ad nauseum in English mysteries, eg. bunches of suspects, red herrings, an English country manor, investigation by talented amateurs, and the local police officer who bungles the investigation which is eventually saved by the skilled, professional, Scotland Yard detective.

The Moonstone was written in 1868 and first published as a serial in Charles Dickens' magazine.

American Idol 2009 Top 11 Power Rankings

After the first week of performances and eliminations (so long, Jasmine and Jorge), here are the power rankings for the remaining 11:

1. Danny Gokey
2. Adam Lambert
3. Alexis Grace
4. Matt Giraud
5. Lil Rounds
6. Megan Corkrey
7. Scott McIntyre
8. Allison Iraheta
9. Michael Sarver
10. Kris Allen
11. Anoop Desai

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

American Idol first two sent home

33 million people voted last night. That's almost half the number of votes Barack-star got in the Presidential election. Amazing.

Before we hear the results, Ryan tells us about a new rule: The judges' save. If the judges feel like someone's been unfairly eliminated...they can choose to save them. But only one "judges' save" can be used during the season and the next week two contestants have to be sent home. Get that?

Michael Sarver: safe
Allison Iraheta: safe
Matt Giraud:safe
Kris Allen: safe
Megan Corkrey: safe
Jasmine Murray: Going home
Scott McIntyre: safe {fortunately he didn't have to walk to the middle of the stage}
Alexis Grace: safe
Danny Gokey: safe
Adam Lambert: safe
Lil Rounds: safe
Jorge Nunez: Adios
Anoop Desai: safe

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

American Idol Top 13 Perform: And so it begins

Tonight all 13 perform. Tomorrow night two will be sent home to put us back on track for a big finish in May.

Lil Rounds Ooohh. Too bad Lil got the first spot, that's never good in this competition but especially not good in the early going. Too much time between the performance and the voting. Still, Lil brought the house down in her group of 12 last week. If I remember correctly though, she didn't have much competition. Tonight will be her first real test. Personally, she reminds me too much of a thin Fantasia to be of interest. Lil has the requisite sad back story: 23-year-old, mom of three, lost her Memphis apartment in a tornado. As for the performance I loved her singing. Hated the outfit. And her squiggly dancing kind of creeped me out. I think it's a safe bet Lil is safe.

Scott McIntyre Blind Scott McIntyre is a judges' favorite, even if his singing hasn't been quite up-to-Idol-par yet. Scott's just "oh, so loveable." We find out in the pre-performance video that his sister is visually impaired, too. Whoa. Scott's at the piano and he looks way more comfortable than when he's been out on the stage singing and dancing. His performance was just okay for me, but he'll make it through to the next round. {Just a side note, it always worries me when Paula starts talking about some guy's instrument}

Danny GokeyI love Danny's glasses. I want to go tomorrow and get some. I also loved his performance. The dancing was a little cheesy, but his vocals were totally on. I agree with Simon--he reminds me of Michael McDonald. Another thing I love about him is that it always looks like he's having the time of his life.

Michael Sarver Michael Sarver comes across as one of the nicest guys ever in the competition. I like him, but he's probably a little too vanilla pudding for America. He reminds me of Josh Gracin, the Marine who made it into the AI finals in its second season. Josh has gone on to have a respectable country music career, in spite of Simon never being a fan. Well, I'll admit it, I HATE it when the singers sit on the stage. I'm bored. Michael must be bored too, because he stands up to finish the song. He was probably afraid he'd fall asleep if he didn't. The judges don't agree with me, but I predict he'll be in the bottom 3.

Jasmine Murray Jasmine is the biggest head-scratcher of the 13. Clearly, it's her looks that pushed her into the finals not her performance. She's young, very Stepford-Pageanty {mixing my descriptives, there}, and doesn't seem at all comfortable with the judges or other contestants. Once again I felt like I was at a high school musical. Jasmine is probably safe, but I'll be glad when she goes home.

Kris Allen Remember last year when I kept getting the blondes mixed up? Well, this year I get Matt Giraud and Kris Allen confused. They're both so boy band. Kris, no Matt, no Kris...whatever. Okay, Kris from little bitty Conway, Arkansas was practically unknown until he made it into the top 13. Kris is singing and playing his guitar--although I can't hear the guitar at all. Blah. He's cute--I like his crooked, smirky mouth. The performance is blah. Definitely a candidate for the bottom 3 if the boppers don't get on the phones. Simon was right when he said it might not have been a good idea to `trot the wife out so early.'

Allison Iraheta Personally I like Allison, and she was smokin' hot in her group of 12, but I don't think she has a chance in a million of being the next American Idol. I really like her performance--it was real and original(something you don't usually see on AI) Allison could become one of those breakout artists launched by the AI juggernaut though. I still think the judges are looking for a Latino to make it big.

Anoop Desai My personal jury is still out on Anoop even though he's #13 of the Top 13. He's okay for a novelty pick, but I just don't think he's that talented of a singer. I think Anoop would make a great male cheerleader at UNC where he's a grad student. Go Tarheels {what is a Tarheel, anyway?}. Yep. I'm right. His performance stinks. Beat It? That was really his song choice??? Scratch that about being a UNC cheerleader. Anoop has no moves. Besides not being able to sing or dance, he's one of those kids who insists on talking after the judges give their critique.

Jorge Nunez The judges have foisted Mr. Latino on us, telling us over and over again just how good he is. I'm not buying it. Not yet, anyway. Of course, I reserve the right to change my mind. In a word Jorge's performance is smarmy. Icky is another word that comes to mind.

Megan Corkrey Megan is our new "tattoo girl." The thing on Megan's arm isn't quite as ugly as last year's Carly's, but it's close. Tonight Megan's dressed like a giant red human Valentine. Weird performance. Can't decide if I like it or not. I don't think she has a very good voice, but she's not a bad performer. Hated the end. She's cute enough to stay. Chef Gordon Ramsay's in the audience and Simon asked him a question. Chef Ramsay answered, but he didn't have a mic so who knows what he said. Didn't matter--I'm totally transfixed by his Mantan.

Adam Lambert Adam has had some pretty bad press lately. Of his own making of course, but negative nonetheless. {Note to all you young people: Anyone can get access to what you post on Facebook, My Space, etc. Be careful out there.} As far as his performances so far--way too theatrical for my taste. Adam can sing. Tonight his vocals were awesome. Here goes Paula--talking about his whole package. Scary.

Matt Giraud Pre-performance I had no opinion at all for Matt Giraud. But then he blows me away. Quite the pianist, too. This is definitely one of my favorite performances of the night.

Alexis Grace Does it seem like there are a lot of young single mothers this year? Alexis is my favorite in the competition so far and she gets the choice final spot. I thought she started out really good, but ended up shouting out a lot of the song. But she's dressed in some sort of black hot pants lingerie get up that will definitely get her some votes.

Top 3
Danny Gokey
Matt Giraud
Adam Lambert

Bottom 3
Michael Sarver
Kris Allen
Jorge Nunez

I'm going to guess that Michael and Kris are going home tomorrow night.

P.S. Anyone remember Lil Rounds' performance? Yep. That's why you never want to go first.