Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Final Five

Over the past year, the term "Final Five" has only one meaning to me. Idol's version of the final five is not quite as intriguing, but after last week's double cut-down we're left with five contestants who can actually sing well. I would be happier if Anoop was in and Matt G was out, but I think "America" has done a good job so far in whittling down the competition.  

This week's theme is songs from the Rat Pack.  It's an appropriate theme now that we have a 4 to 1 male to female ratio amongst the remaining singers.  In looking at the songs from the group, there's a really strong pull to Sinatra here.  Unless someone busts out "That's Amore" or "Ain't That a Kick in the Head,"  I'm thinking the vast majority of tunes will be Sinatra songs tonight.  I can see almost everyone excelling with this format and I expect Kris and Adam to further distance themselves from the competition.  Last week I struck out in my predictions so it's time to make a comeback of my own (the odds are better this week as each contestant is singing twice).

Matt Giraud - "New York, New York"

This will be the hardest song for anyone to sing as Sinatra has already done it as good as it's gonna be done.  So if one person makes a mistake in song choice, I'm betting it's good 'ol Matt.  

Allison Iraheta - "I've Got You Under My Skin"

She can slow this one down and put a female spin on it.  She needs to have a really strong performance to stay in the competition.

Kris Allen - "Strangers In The Night"

Kris has proven that he can take a played-out hit (She Works Hard For The Money last week) and completely re-engineer it to sound current today.  I'm guessing he may try to change up the beat and tempo on what is one of the most famous Sinatra hits.

Danny Gokey - "That's Life"

One of Sinatra's bolder songs, I'm guessing Danny tries to use his standard method of building slow and finishing strong.  For some reason, I have a hunch that Gokey might not do well with this format.  

Adam Lambert - "My Way"

He'll want to go big with the vocals this week and My Way gives him the room to interpret in his own way.  I'm predicting he'll get the final singing position this week and may save the best for last with this song.  

With all members of The Rat Pack long gone from this world, I'm thinking we go mentor-less again tonight which worked well with spurning a speedy production last week.  Does anyone think a Sammy Davis Jr. or Dean Martin tune will get some play?  Will anyone be daring enough to try "New York, New York?"


Mommy, Esq. said...

I want someone to do Dean Martin's "Ain't That a Kick in the Head" - it was our wedding song. "My Way" is perfect for Adam - since he's basically snowed America with his changing personality every performance. I disagree on Matt G - I think he's better than Anoop and more marketable. Annop can go be BMOC at Chapel Hill.

Lynn said...

I'm with Mommy, Esq. on Matt/Anoop. I think Matt's more marketable/versatile. I hope Allison is eliminated tonight and final 4 is all guys. I agree with you that all songs will be Sinatra.

Jordan said...

Well that totally sucked. I got false info from Wikipedia about people singing twice. I just didn't enjoy last night's show very much.

T. said...

Really? Oh, I enjoyed it, but maybe that's because I like that kind of music. I also thought that everyone did a pretty good job. Fingers crossed that Matt is on his way out.