Analyzing Idol: Who Brought Disco Back from the Dead?
TV Guide Network's Kimberly Caldwell (inset) shares her take on Kris and the rest.
Throughout American Idol's final weeks, as each sing-off signs off, TVGuide.com is checking in with TV Guide Network hosts/Idol alums Kimberly Caldwell and Justin Guarini for their particularly qualified takes on who soared, who stumbled, and which judge's review most rang true.
This week, Caldwell shares her thoughts on who will be staying alive after Disco Night, and who may be getting hustled out the door. (Also, be sure to read Erin Fox's complete recap of Tuesday night's Idol.)
TVGuide.com: Who were you most worried for going into Disco Night?
Kimberly Caldwell: Probably Matt Giraud, because of all of the pressure he was under after being "saved" last week.
TVGuide.com: Lil Rounds is looking pretty beat up these days during the critiques. At this point, does a small part of some Idol wannabes probably want to be done with it all?
Caldwell: While going through this overwhelming and insane process, it gets really hard to keep your head in the game when you don't have your normal support system around you, like your friends and family. In Lil Rounds' case, she's been getting negative critiques week after week, so maybe the sting has worn off.
TVGuide.com: Do you agree with Simon that this was probably Lil's final week?
Caldwell: Lil has been a fan favorite since Day 1 and America is the only one, at this point, making the decisions on who stays and who goes. I think she's still got some fight left in her.
TVGuide.com: Do you think Kris Allen secured a place among this season's upper echelon with his latest performance?
Caldwell: We have seen Kris constantly take risks and grow because of his choices and for the last few weeks, he's really represented owning his spot on that big stage. If he continues at this rate, we might even see him in the top two or three.
TVGuide.com: Do you, like me, feel that Danny Gokey's performances are, frankly, starting to blend together?
Caldwell: Danny came into this game very polished, so we haven't seen a lot of growth in his performances because he was already such a professional. I think he is one of the most consistent contestants ever on the show.
TVGuide.com: Was Allison "brilliant," as one judge said, or did she let you down somewhat?
Caldwell: Personally, Allison never lets me down. We can always expect something fresh, young and new when it comes to this amazingly talented youngster.
TVGuide.com: Do you ever get a bit nervous for Adam when he launches into one of his extremely original bits? That maybe he'll catch the judges in the wrong mood and strike out?
Caldwell: I'm always nervous for Adam, every week, because he's on such a high that we keep holding our breath thinking that it's got to be time for him to fall. But every week, he proves everybody wrong and brings a brilliant concert performance to the show.
TVGuide.com: Is it safe to say that Matt did not come back strong enough to dodge a second bullet?
Caldwell: I've been a huge Matt Giraud fan ever since he sang "Georgia on My Mind." But I think that the judges' critiques have really affected him since the move to the big stage. If he can just let go of that, I think we have a true artist on our hands. I really hope that America makes the decision this week to save Matt.
TVGuide.com: I thought Anoop gave one of his freshest performances ever this week. You?
Caldwell: I agree! Isn't he just the most lovable character? Anoop really knows how to please his fan base. And I'm always going to approve of that five o'clock shadow! Scruffy works for him.
For the latest on American Idol, tune into TV Guide Network's Idol Tonight every Wednesday at 8 pm/ET and Idol Wrap every Friday at 8 pm/ET with co-hosts Kimberly Caldwell and Justin Guarini. Plus get more on your favorite Idols every Friday with American Idol Rewind at 7 pm/ET.