Since this week brings American Idol Gives Back (tonight on FOX at 7:30/6:30c), this week's American Idol theme was inspirational songs for last night's Top 8 performances.
But the performances were unfortunately a little lacking on the inspiration, though it'd seem it could be a really strong night with a strong focus, yet good variety of songs to choose from.
The most painful of the evening didn't fall to the worst performance, but to the biggest disappointment: David Cook. He's been absolutely incredible for weeks now, and has been shining through as a very likely contestant for the top 2, or even the win.
Last night, though, his usual approach of rocking out to any song he can didn't hash out at all. First, we were all blinded and confused by his white jacket that made him look like Prince (in a really bad way), but then we were all confused and befuddled by his totally off performance of "Innocent," by Our Lady Peace.
It was just plain off-key and didn't work at all for his voice, which made everything about it awkward and painful. For his case, though, Paula did point out that David made a plug for Idol Gives Back with a big "GIVE BACK" on his hand, so at least we know where his heart is.
I don't think this is enough to knock David Cook out of the fans' favor, but it certainly did shoot down some of his charm and wonder which is really no good for his case overall.
Another awesome contestant that turned up a little disappointing was Carly Smithson. She gave a pretty great performance of Queen version of "The Show Must Go On," but with the theme being inspirational, I have to agree with Simon when he said it just came across as an angry and over-sung performance. I don't know if she's in as much trouble for the bottom as Simon thinks, but she has hit the bottom three before, so she may need to look out.
There weren't any truly excellent performances, but some great ones came from David Archuleta, Kristy Lee Cook (will she just suck again so she can go??), Michael Johns, and Jason Castro.
Brooke White gave a nice performance of "You've Got a Friend," but it was a little dull, while Syesha Mercado went with "I Believe," which had been sung by the amazing Fantasia on Idol. This was a nice tribute to Fantasia, but certainly didn't do anything for Syesha's voice or hope in the competition.
Overall, this week was lacking more inspiration during Inspirational Week than usually is put forth, so maybe those of you who call in and get to chat with them during Idol Gives Back can tell them to get those game faces back on!
We'll have to wait until Thursday night to see the nail-biting eliminations after Idol Gives Back tonight. This will definitely be a very difficult elimination with the contestants all over the map with their performances this week!
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