Analyzing Idol: Who Was Rock Solid? Whose Dream Will Be Dashed?
TV Guide Network's Kimberly Caldwell (inset) shares her take on Danny 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 rocked Rock Week, and who got rocked by it. Be sure to read TVGuide.com's full recap of the show. Plus. get an update on the freak accident that happened on stage before the show began.
TVGuide.com: What was your first reaction when you heard "Slash, mentor"?
Kimberly Caldwell: I was jealous, of course! I mean, what an awesome experience!
TVGuide.com: Who of the Top 4 were you most psyched for? And most concerned about?
Caldwell: I knew Adam would just nail this week, and this is definitely Allison's genre. I knew they would represent but I was worried for Kris and Danny because they are a little more conservative than the rockers. But they still hung in there.
TVGuide.com: In some ways, did Adam face the toughest yardstick this week? Expectations had to be so high. And yet he garnered such reviews as "rock god," "whole lotta perfect," his "best performance ever"....
Caldwell: Adam is always raising his own bar! He is magnificent, and he's obviously great under pressure. [With his performance of "Whole Lotta Love"] I think he stepped into the finals.
TVGuide.com: Do you think Allison's personality-filled little retorts to Simon might have boosted her votes in the wake of a tepidly received performance?
Caldwell: Allison stood up for herself, which I thought was actually needed at this point. It's hard if someone attacks your personality, but I don't know if this might turn the audience off. Maybe they found it endearing. I thought she was adorable, personally.
TVGuide.com: What was your reaction to the duets idea?
Caldwell: I really think duets are a little weird and random because we are looking for a solo artist. I bet it would be really fun taking the stage with your competition, though. I can feel the fight.
TVGuide.com: Adam and Allison sure looked like they had fun with their duet of "Slow Ride"!
Caldwell: I wanted to be up there with them! It was flawless! That only helped their chances in this battle, that's for sure. Absolute pros! They win the night!
TVGuide.com: Kris took kind of a beating. Was it wholly deserved?
Caldwell: I thought the song ["Come Together"] was a little too big for him, because it's just not his thing. I would have liked to see him redo a rock ballad. He is so adorable and he's grown so much in this game, and this week he proved that he is a great musician as well.
TVGuide.com: I literally had to mute the TV when I saw Danny going into that final "Dream On" scream. Um, perhaps not the best song choice?
Caldwell: Obviously not, because Danny is a brilliant vocalist. This song did not compliment him, but he still is a fan favorite and he has a lot of support. He just seems like such a good guy so I'm rooting for him.
TVGuide.com: Who has most reason to be concerned on Wednesday night, Kris or Danny?
Caldwell: Well, I thought Kris might be going to the finals, but because this week was rock'n'roll, he may be on the line. Simon said Danny was safe and he's usually right. Usually! They are all really in the zone, so it's a tough fight at this point. It's gonna be a good one.
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.