American Idol Episodes

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American Idol Episode: "American Idol"

Season 7, Episode 31
Episode Synopsis: The seven remaining finalists perform songs by Mariah Carey.
Original Air Date: Apr 15, 2008

The Top 7 Perform Season 7, Episode 31

Yeah, yeah, ye-ah, dawgs! Mariah Carey is in the house!!! OK, that was not my best Randy impersonation, but it's not really my fault that his "Dawg Pound" talk doesn't translate well to print. Good evening, it's Erin Fox, and I'll be blogging my little Idol heart out tonight. It looks like the audience is pumped and ready to see Mariah in action mentoring our Top 7. The camera also pans to Minnie Driver (a plug for The Riches, no doubt), and Teri Hatcher with her daughter, Emerson Rose. The Idols look super-fancy tonight! It's about time they didn't look like they were getting clothes from the Forever 21 sale rack. (Ooh, snap!) We're treated to a musical montage of Mariah's musical and career highlights. I wonder how many times Randy will be referenced as her producer? (We get it, Randy, you work with cool people.) The awesome thing is, Mariah is surprisingly sweet and down-to-earth. Each of her meetings with the Idols seems genuinely helpful and real. I'm really impressed. Bravo, Mimi! David Archuleta, "When You Believe": I knew David would do well tonight - he loves a good power ballad. He's completely at home with this song. I'm sure the judges will dig it. (PS. Nice leather pants, Archie.) Randy thinks "that was the bomb," Paula thinks Mariah would be proud to hear that song sung so well and Simon thinks he was great and the one to beat. He just has to add, "We're not in for a lot of laughs tonight." Oh Simon, why must you take the fun out of everything? Carly Smithson, "Without You": Carly looks lovely and sings the heck out of the song. I'm scared that the judges won't like it, though. The crowd goes nuts for her! Randy tells her to have more confidence and support her lower range, Paula thinks her vocal restraint at the beginning was actually quite lovely, and Simon doesn't think she pulled it off because she's overthinking every note. Come on, America, this girl can sing! Keep her in the game! Syesha Mercado, "Vanishing": She picked a damn hard song, and she does a nice job. But there are some pitchy parts during the Mariah-runs (which annoy me anyway). Randy thinks she did a good job considering how difficult the song was to sing, Paula says she was wonderful and Simon thinks she sang it very well, but picked a song that no one knows. He's such a buzz kill. Brooke White, "Hero": I like her bluesy version of the song. It's kind of stripped down and really simple, and that's a smart way to distinguish herself from a mega-singer like Mariah. She does have a few pitchy problems that sound like they're from nerves more than anything. Randy digs the singer/songwriter vibe of her version, Paula says that every ounce of Brooke is authentic, and Simon says, "It was like ordering a hamburger and only getting the bun." Seriously, Simon? You can do better than that. Kristy Lee Cook, "Forever": Kristy tries to connect to the song, but looks more like she's in pain. She definitely misses a lot of the lower notes, but overall, I think she does a nice job connecting to the audience (I like the end of the song, too). Randy doesn't think it was amazing, but likes that she hit the note at the end, Paula thinks she chose a great song and is very proud of her progress, and Simon says it didn't give him chills, but she's at a disadvantage because it was Mariah Carey week. Kristy looks crestfallen and I kinda feel sorry for her. She wasn't so bad tonight! Or am I just light-headed from the gym? David Cook, "Always Be My Baby": Wow, what an interesting song choice! The lower notes aren't great but he definitely makes this song his own and rocks the middle and end of it. I have goosebumps! You go, boy! Randy thinks it was awesome, and actually gives him a standing ovation. Paula says, "You're it!" Then, Simon freaks out the audience by starting with, "That was like coming out of karaoke hell.... " Insert booming "boos" from the audience. But he saves himself with, "... And taking a fresh breath of air." Awww, David is crying! Jason Castro, "I Don't Want to Cry": I think he's a lot like Brooke with the singer/songwriter thing going on, and I like that vibe a lot. But he's just not David Cook. Randy thinks it sounded like a weird beach luau, Paula says that she could listen to him all night and Simon actually agrees with Paula! I think a pig just flew past my window. He also says that the guys totally won the night. I have to agree. What did you think? Is Simon right about the guys winning the night? How impressed were you by Mariah Carey? Paula Watch: A little babble-y tonight, no? My prediction: Syesha, Carly and Kristy Lee will be in the bottom three. For another take on "Mariah Carey Week," read Cheers & Jeers. Use our Online Video Guide to watch clips of American Idol. show less
Yeah yeah ye-ah dawgs Mariah Carey is in the house OK that was not my best Randy impersonation but its not really my fault that his Dawg Pound talk doesnt translate well to print Good evening its Erin Fox and Ill be blogging my little Idol heart out tonight It looks like the audience is pumped and ready to see Mariah in action mentoring our Top 7 The camera also pans to Minnie Driver a plug for The Riches no doubt and Teri Hatcher with her daughter Emerson Rose The Idols look super-fancy tonight Its about time they didnt look like they were getting clothes from the Forever 21 sale rack Ooh snapWere treated to a musical montage of Mariahs musical and career highlights I wonder how many times Randy will be referenced as her producer We get it Randy you work with cool people The awesome thing is Mariah is surprisingly sweet and down-to-earth Each of her meetings with the Idols seems genuinely helpful and real Im really impressed Bravo Mi read more

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Premiered: June 11, 2002, on FOX
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Premise: The smash reality series showcases wannabe pop stars competing for a record deal by crooning for a panel of judges, including, most entertainingly, the acid-tongued Simon Cowell, who departed the show in 2010 after serving for nine seasons. The judges review a performer's talent (or lack thereof), and at-home viewers then vote for their favorite potential star. The show helped launch the careers of such artists as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert.

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