The remaining Idols take on a fun and potentially difficult genre of songs: Rat Pack standards, with Oscar winner Jamie Foxx as their mentor.For the latest on
Good evening Idol fans! Welcome to the cool, swingin' sounds of the Rat Pack! If you don't know who they are, shame on you – but we won't tell. The original members were Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford, and they were the coolest cats in town back in the 1960s. They filled clubs around the country (especially in Vegas) with fans who couldn't wait to hear them sing and see them joke around with each other on stage. They loved their cigarettes, booze and the ladies. Go Google them like crazy, and then you can appreciate their awesome impact on music and pop culture when you watch tonight's show.
Helping our Idols this week is multi-hyphenate Jamie Foxx. Seriously, he's a cool guy and a movie star with a nice voice, but if I hear his "Blame It" song one more time... Oh come on, I kid! They clearly picked him as the mentor this week because, like members of the Rat Pack, he's been successful in TV, film and music. The Idols seem thrilled with their movie-star mentor, so I'll shut up.
Someone looks very dapper in his suit tonight! Kris is singing "The Way You Look Tonight," which makes me swoon every time I hear it. Call me a cheeseball, I don't care. Jamie is blown away by his take on the song and says Kris is his No. 1 choice! Kris is thrilled with the praise, but will the judges feel the same? I thought his performance was sweet and full of personality. Randy thinks this was his best vocal to date and that he took his time and told a story with the song. Kara says he's set the vocal bar high and that he's the dark horse of the competition. Paula cougars out big time and says Kris has gone from the adorable boy next door to the "ever-so-handsome sophisticated gentleman." Careful Kris! Paula and her crazy red dress might jump you later! Simon says it was a little bit "wet," and didn't think it was all that incredible. Whatevs, Simon!
Aw, Allison just turned 17 yesterday! She tells a very animated story about being surprised by her family during rehearsal on Monday. I just love her spunky spirit and could care less if she's not all that polished. Why should she be? She's 17! Anyhoo, Allison is singing "Someone to Watch Over Me," and Jamie says it's very innocent and wants her to think about the love she feels from her family when she sings the song. I'm very impressed with her performance, which is powerful, emotive and controlled all at the same time. Well played, Allison. Randy says he thought this would be a rough genre for Allison, but that she sang it in her own style and worked it out. He also said she sings like Pink but with many more octaves. Right on, Randy! Kara says she's not nervous for Allison anymore because she showed everyone that she's not a one-trick pony. Paula says that she's very proud of Allison for singing such an alluring and tender ballad. Simon says he doesn't think Allison believes she can win and that she might be in trouble tonight. I say this lovingly, but Simon, shut up! Why must you put that into the heads of millions of voters?
Matt is singing "My Funny Valentine," and Jamie has no advice for him at first. Later, he calls him back in the room and tells Matt to change the key so he can really blow the audience away. The beginning doesn't sound amazing to me, and I'm bummed. I wanted Matt to kick some ass this week. I don't think he did, but I like his big notes near the end. Randy says that was a tough song to sing and his was a little pitchy and didn't all come together for him. Kara appreciated the runs but didn't feel the emotional connection. Paula loved what he did with the song and was glad he took Jamie's advice. Simon disagrees with Randy and says it was the only believable and authentic performance of the night. Sorry, but I disagree, and I am rooting for this guy!
Jamie totally gets up in Danny's grill in order to make him shed some nerves and break down his barriers. Poor Danny is so uncomfortable, and I feel his pain. No one likes a close-talker. Danny is singing "Come Rain or Come Shine." I can tell Danny is trying to let go and sing this song in a relaxed way, but he's not quite there yet. However, he sounds great, and near the end he goes all crazy-bluesy on us and has some fun with it. Randy thinks Danny could make an album like this and win the competition. Kara says she's been missing a Rat Pack-like swagger from Danny, but he found it tonight. She also thinks the end was the most creative he's been with a melody all season. Paula says it was a stellar performance, while Simon agrees with Kara about his swagger and thinks it was outstanding.
Oh Adam, how did I know you'd wear a suit like that? I'm cracking up right now remembering senior editor Mickey O'Connor's words upon hearing this was Rat Pack week: "I already hate Adam's suit." Classic. He's singing "Feelin' Good," and wants to give it a little rock edge. I think this is the perfect song for him to sing. Jamie says if he sings the song the way he just heard it, he'll knock everyone's heads off. Once again I'll say that no one can touch this guy's vocals and theatrics. He sang brilliantly and told a story, but why must he screech and be so drama! Randy says it was a little too Broadway and dramatic, but that he's still in the zone. Kara says he's "shocking in a good way... confusing and shocking and sleazy and superb and way over-the-top..." Ugh. Paula gushes over him again and says he makes her feel better than good. Simon says that he can tell that Adam wants to win and entertain every week.
OK guys, what did you think of our Idols' Rat Pack standards? Who impressed you, and who do you think is in big trouble?
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The remaining Idols take on a fun and potentially difficult genre of songs: Rat Pack standards, with Oscar winner Jamie Foxx as their mentor.