American Idol Episodes

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American Idol Episode: "8 Finalists Compete"

Season 7, Episode 28
Episode Synopsis: The eight remaining finalists perform inspirational songs.
Original Air Date: Apr 8, 2008

The Top Eight Perform Season 7, Episode 28

Hey guys, it's Erin Fox! Are you excited to have three nights of Idol this week? Ryan begins the evening by reminding America that tomorrow night is Idol Gives Back, and that Thursday will be the results show. Does this mean that no one will get axed like last year? I'm hoping they move forward and say goodbye to Kristy Lee- ooh, did I just say that out loud? My bad. Tonight's theme is inspirational songs, and with that announcement, my eyes have already rolled back into my head. Please, don't sing, "You Light up My Life," I beg of you! Michael Johns, "Dream On:" The beginning of this song doesn't work for me, and the electric guitar totally upstages him. It's better during the "Dream On" part, but it's not his strongest performance. But, whoa! Did you hear that ending? That sounded painful! Randy thought it was a pretty good song choice, but had some pitch problems. Randy doesn't buy him as Aerosmith, and Michael starts sassing Randy about doing the song because "Dreams do come true in America." But Randy gets pissy and says "Out of all the songs, you pick that one? This is a singing competition." Is it me, or has Randy been kind of an ass the last few shows? Paula "couldn't disagree more." She thought it was the perfect song choice, and that he sounded awesome. Simon thought it was a very good performance, but is slightly with Randy because it was "wannabe-ish." (Side note: Were you all as frightened as I was that Paula's boobs were going to pop out of that dress and join the idols on stage for a song? Those things have a life of their own!) Syesha Mercado, "I Believe:" This is Fantasia's big Idol song from her win in Season 3. Pretty brave song choice, and she actually does a really good job with it. And, the back up gospel singers sound wicked cool. She also has a crazy high note at the end and she nails it. Randy thought she took on another tiger, but that the song was just alright. He thought Fantasia's version was filled with emotion, and Syesha didn't connect with the song. Paula thought it was her shining night, and that she made the song her own. Simon said, of course there would be comparisons to Fantasia since she's singing her song. And although Syesha sang it well, he thought she missed the emotional connection as well. Jason Castro, "Somewhere over the Rainbow:" The Ukulele version- or as I like to call it, the Jack-Johnson-y sounding one. Heh. I think this is the perfect song for him, and he's adorable singing it. Yay, Jason. He's connected to the song, he hits some cool high notes, and I'm digging it. Randy said, "That was blazing molten hot!" and that he's back tonight. Paula thought it was the perfect song, and he did a great job with it, and Simon thought it was "Fantastic!" He's in a good mood tonight. Kristy Lee Cook, "Anyway:" Kristy Lee is super sparkly again tonight. She's connecting more tonight as well... she's not the robot she usually looks like. I bet the boys out there are lovin' her messy bed hair too. Paula is standing and dancing which means she'll say it was great. Randy thought there were a few pitch problems, but overall he thought it was great for her. Paula told Randy to leave her pitch alone, and that it was her best performance ever on the show. Simon thought that she chose a fantastic song and sang it very well. Also, he thought she looked like a star tonight. Told you the dudes would like the hair. David Cook, "Innocent:" The beginning of the song is weird, and I'm not feeling it at all which is weird, because I'm a David C. fan. He also looks like he's wearing a chef's jacket. Randy said it wasn't his strongest week. Paula said he's well defined as "the whole package." Simon thought it was a bit pompous (really?) and not memorable. Paula practically had a conniption fit while Simon explained his reasoning. She clearly thought he was the bees knees. Carly Smithson, "The Show Must Go On:" Carly looks hot tonight! Her makeup is pretty and feminine, and I'm diggin' her gold belt. This is a huge song, and she sounds great as always. Her voice reminds me of the belty-ness that Kelly Clarkson has in her music now. Randy thought it was pitchy and that she didn't feel a connection to the song. Paula agreed with Randy about the connection aspect. Simon thought she chose the wrong song, lost control of it at the end, but looked great. He also said, and I hate when he does this because I think it taints voting, "I think you'll be in some trouble next week." Shut up, Simon. OK, it wasn't her best performance by far, but she's not allowed in the bottom three this soon again! David Archuleta, "Angel:" He's just so goody-goody sitting there with Ryan, it makes me want to hurl. I'm sorry, I know that's mean. He's a sweet kid, with a lovely voice. But seriously, don't you just want him to swear or something? Back to the song... the beginning isn't great, but the middle and end are much better. Randy thought it was his hottest moment all season. (Huh? No way). Paula agreed. Simon thought it wasn't his best vocal, but it was the best song choice of the night. Brooke White, "You've Got a Friend:" This is the Carole King version (yay!). She looks like a flower child on acid (her crazy pink mini dress)... all she needs is the ring of daisies in her blonde locks. I think she does a lovely job with the song. Does she seems a little nervous? I'm not sure. But I did like it. Randy thought it was just OK, Paula said she's definitive and she loves Brooke and Simon thought it was like a lovely walk in the park. Oh, brother! What did you think of your idols tonight? Did you find any of these performances inspirational? My prediction: I think Syesha, Carly and Kristy Lee will be in the bottom three. Paula watch: She was coherent and bustin' out (so to speak). Watch Idol clips on our Online Video Guide. show less
Hey guys its Erin Fox Are you excited to have three nights of Idol this week Ryan begins the evening by reminding America that tomorrow night is Idol Gives Back and that Thursday will be the results show Does this mean that no one will get axed like last year Im hoping they move forward and say goodbye to Kristy Lee ooh did I just say that out loud My bad Tonights theme is inspirational songs and with that announcement my eyes have already rolled back into my head Please dont sing You Light up My Life I beg of youMichael Johns Dream On The beginning of this song doesnt work for me and the electric guitar totally upstages him Its better during the Dream On part but its not his strongest performance But whoa Did you hear that ending That sounded painful Randy thought it was a pretty good song choice but had some pitch problems Randy doesnt buy him as Aerosmith and Michael starts sassing Randy about doing the song because Dreams do come read more

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