American Idol Episodes

2002, TV Show

American Idol Episode: "Results Show"

Season 8, Episode 30
Episode Synopsis: A results show delivers viewer verdicts on performances. Season 3 finalist Jennifer Hudson performs "If This Isn't Love," and Miley Cyrus sings "The Climb."
Original Air Date: Apr 15, 2009
Guest Cast Miley Cyrus

American Idol Episode Recap: Disco Week Season 8, Episode 30

Break out your platforms, spandex and short shorts: this week our Idol hopefuls are taking on disco! And since Matt Giraud was saved by the judges last week, we'll have to say goodbye to two contestants on Wednesday's elimination show.

Hello Idol fans! It's finally here. The week I dread the most during these theme shows: Disco week. Really? Out of all the amazing music genres or artists' repertoires to pick, the producers have to stick with disco? Boo.

On a positive note, it seems that someone finally called a meeting at Fox and told Seacrest and the judges to get down to business at the top of the show. No lame drawn out intros or nonsense; they literally swoop right into Lil Rounds' song. So, let's follow suit.

Lil Rounds
Oh, Lil. If I could have a moment with you, I'd tell you to forget the judges are watching and to sing like it's your last day on Earth. Just have some fun, and don't talk back to the judges!

I noticed a lot of discussion in our comments last week about what song Lil Rounds should choose to sing. A lot of you were hoping for a big ol' disco anthem like "I Will Survive," but Lil does you all one better and picks "I'm Every Woman" by Chaka Khan. All I can see when I hear this song is Oprah dancing around her stage (remember when this was her theme song?).  Go with your bad self, Lil! Look at that one-piece body suit! Yowzah! But my praise will stop with her outfit. This song is so weird. She's having fun and I think she's hitting the notes, but there is so much going on with the background singers and band, it's hard to tell what she sounds like. Randy thought it was too wild, while Kara says she's been "every other woman but herself." Paula praises her performance because she was on vocal rest yesterday, but didn't love it. Simon thinks it was copycat and therefore, her last performance on the show. Ouch to the ouch. Lil doesn't follow my advice and gets sassy with Simon after his critique.

Kris Allen
My boyfriend Kris Allen is up next and is singing "She Works Hard for the Money." Wow, that is not the song I would have chosen for him, but I think our sneaky little Kris may have a plan for this song. And, he does. He plays his acoustic guitar and makes it have more of a Latin flavor than disco. I think he's smart and fabulous, but maybe I'm biased. Kara says he took a real risk and it paid off, while Paula says he made it have a little Santana vibe (I agree), and then follows that observation with something incoherent about Kris being brave enough to shop in the women's department. She's referring to the fact that he chose a song by Donna Summer. (Shut up, Paula.) Simon says it was well thought out and original and declares that it's "fantastic." Randy says Kris knows who he is and is ready for the big time. Randy may have just redeemed himself after his pathetic critique of Kris last week. Maybe.

Danny Gokey
I could have guessed Danny was going to choose an Earth, Wind & Fire song — especially "September." I'm suddenly transported back to the many wedding, Bar Mitzvah and anniversary party bands that brought the house down with this song. Of course, their audiences were a tad more forgiving than Simon. I think Danny's version is fine — we all know he can sing, but I don't think he did anything spectacular. Randy disagrees with me and says he turned a simple song into something special. Kara says he doesn't get credit for his pitch being right on all the time. But, she's not sure people will remember it (but hopes they will). Paula thinks he has one of the sexiest voices ever. Ew, Paula. Simon thinks his vocals were great and the arrangement was interesting, but that his performance lacked star power. Maybe that's what I was trying to say. Thanks, Simon.

Allison Iraheta
Nice entrance! Allison is tackling "Hot Stuff" and it sounds like she's trying to kick it up a notch with more of a rocker version. You know I love Allison, but I'm so freaked for her this week. She's someone who will never deliver a bad vocal, but Allison doesn't strike me as a disco kind of girl. This arrangement is definitely out there, and I have no idea how the judges will receive it. Randy thinks the arrangement was a bit indulgent (OK, Simon copycat!), but she's an amazing singer. Kara didn't like the arrangement but says her vocal was like a nine or ten. Paula says the word "compromise" doesn't belong in her musical vocabulary and her last note was off the charts. Simon thinks that it was a brilliant performance. Holy crap! Did a pig just fly by my window? Simon praised Allison without a backhanded dig? Please listen to Simon, America, and keep Allison in the competition!

Adam Lambert
Holy hairdo, Batman! Adam's hair is literally a mile high. I'm not sure if I'll be able to concentrate on the song with such mesmerizing hair! He's also all cleaned up and in a suit, so this must mean we're getting "sensitive, quiet" Adam. He's singing "If I Can't Have You," and I'm right. My husband groans when he hears the soft and tender beginning. I did too, but during the chorus, he turns it around and knocks it out of the freakin' park. I take my hat off to you this week, Adam. I'm not weeping like Paula, but I liked it much better than most of his other songs. Randy says he's ready right now (To be a star? To make a record?), and is a hot one tonight. Kara says he's brilliant, but I'm too distracted by Paula's "visceral" reaction to Adam's song to keep listening. (I paused my TiVo to finish writing about the judges' critiques and caught the most amazing screen shot of Paula gushing and Simon wincing with his eyes closed from her cheesy remarks. Brilliant.) Simon says he loved that it was memorable and the vocals were immaculate.

Matt Giraud
Oh boy, Matt is going to sing "Stayin' Alive." I have a feeling that may be one of those untouchable, iconic songs that the judges will hate coming from an Idol. But, Matt shows off a fun side and his awesome vocal range. Plus, he put his signature R&B spin on it, which makes me happy. The audience is diggin' it, but Randy says he didn't love the arrangement or song, although he adds that Matt can really sing. Kara thinks he brought the groove back and gave a solid performance. Paula says he picked a great song, and he saved himself with that selection. Simon says he didn't like it and thought it was a bit desperate and unoriginal. Oh man, Simon may have just sealed his fate. I think it's all up to how Anoop's song is received.

Anoop Desai
I'm sorry, I almost fell off my couch laughing when Anoop took the stage. I don't mean to be mean, because I like Anoop. But, what the hell is with the stubble and J Crew ensemble? It's hilarious! I think the song is called "Dim All the Lights," and boy, is he pitchy at the end. This is probably one of my least favorite performances for him. Randy says this song sounded a little corny, but he hit the notes well (except the last one). Kara says she liked his song choice and he sounded like the song could have been on the radio. Paula says "real men know how to wear pink," and was glad he was enjoying himself. Ugh, Paula. Simon thought it was mediocre at best (I agree!), and was his worst performance. It gives me goosebumps when Simon and I agree.

P.S. Another pig flew past my window because the show actually ended on time!

What did you think about disco night? Who will be heading home tomorrow night?

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Break out your platforms, spandex and short shorts: this week our Idol hopefuls are taking on disco! And since Matt Giraud was saved by the judges last week, we'll have to say goodbye to two contestants on Wednesday's elimination show.

Hello Idol fans! It's finally here. The week I dread the most during these theme shows: Disco week. Really? Out of all the amazing music genres or artists' repertoires to pick, the producers have to stick with disco? Boo.

On a positive note, it seems that someone finally called a meeting at Fox and told Seacrest and the judges to get down to business at the top of the show. No lame drawn out intros or nonsense; they literally swoop right into Lil Rounds' song. So, let's follow suit.

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