March 25th, 2009
10:08 PM ET

Top 10: A night of surprises

**Editor's note: Matt Giraud's entry is after Kris Allen's. Please click "Previous articles" to see it.


Top 10

Motown night had a few surprises in who stepped up - and who didn't.

The songs have all been sung - for better or for worse - and now the viewers have to decide.

Tough choice?

Maybe not. Some contestants clearly had a better night than others. But did tonight's performances sway your opinion about anyone?

We want to hear from you. And don't forget to join us tomorrow night when the results come in. It promises to be quite a show!

–Lisa Respers France, Writer

Filed under: American Idol judges
March 25th, 2009
09:59 PM ET

Top 10: Allison Iraheta blows them away

The little rocker chick strikes again!

Allison Iraheta

Up until now, I had been viewing Allison Iraheta as a Kelly Clarkson mini-me, but tonight she gave it some Joss Stone flavor.

Her version of "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" was HOT!

Totally funky, and totally fierce. That last note took Kara to church and had the judge raving.

It's so crazy that the show didn't seem to start until the last performer. Allison made me want to get my groove on and that's what a Motown song is supposed to do to you.

This is one of the contestants in the bottom three last week? Where do we think she's going to rank this week?

–Lisa Respers France, Writer

Filed under: television
March 25th, 2009
09:49 PM ET

Top 10: Danny Gokey gets ready

I was really looking forward to Danny Gokey tonight.

Danny Gokey

Like Lil, he's another one who was expected to shine on Motown night. Danny sang the Temptations' "Get Ready" and he even threw in a few classic Tempts dance steps.

I'm not sure if all the running around the stage was meant to show he could entertain or if it was meant to distract from the fact that it wasn't his strongest performance.

Out of all the judges, Randy was the only one who seemed to really like it. Did you?

–Lisa Respers France, Writer

Filed under: Randy Jackson • television
March 25th, 2009
09:41 PM ET

Top 10: Adam Lambert, is that you?

I have to start by saying Adam's hair scared me to death.

Adam Lambert

Very "Superman" meets "Mad Men," with a dash of Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Elvis.

But on to the song. Adam gets points for singing Smokey Robinson's "Tracks of My Tears" and for singing it well.

I can't believe I am about to say this, but Adam Lambert gave me chills ... and not in the scary way he usually does.

He went a little riff crazy, but that boy can sing!

Team Adam loves him when he is alt-indie, but will they still love him tomorrow with the clean-cut look and the less theatrical performance?

–Lisa Respers France, Writer

Filed under: Uncategorized
March 25th, 2009
09:28 PM ET

Top 10: Lil Rounds doesn't generate big 'Heat'

Lil Rounds had no excuse not to knock it out of the box tonight.

Lil Rounds

With her voice, she should own Motown night.

She sang "Heatwave," which was a hit for Martha and the Vandellas. It seemed the perfect choice because she's a bit of a throwback, and I could so see her as the lead singer of a girl group.

But it just never hit the sweet spot I was waiting for. Randy was right on point when he said it was not her best performance.

Kara rightfully put it out there that she was the diva to watch and Lil disappointed.

And what was up with that flapper dress? All that fringe made me feel itchy. The dress moved me more than the performance did, and that makes me so sad.

Seemingly another poor song choice. What is going on with the contestants tonight? They had so much to choose from!

What do you think is the issue?

–Lisa Respers France, Writer

Filed under: television
March 25th, 2009
09:16 PM ET

Top 10: Michael Sarver ain't too proud to beg

Smokey Robinson made a house call for Michael Sarver because Sarver was too sick to make it to Detroit. Amazing.

Michael Sarver

Finally, some Temptations!

Michael Sarver sang "Ain't to Proud to Beg" and said he was going to get back to his soulful roots.

Where might those roots be?

And by "taking it to church" I think he might have been refering to his prayer that he's not in the bottom three tomorrow.

I really wanted to like this rendition because in rehearsal it seemed like he was giving a little Nick Lachey action. Then Michael took to the stage - and even his having been sick is no excuse.

He had lots to say when Simon offered him a critique and kudos to him for sticking up for himself. He's having a blast, he said, and I think he should enjoy it while he can.

Do you think his song choice did Michael in this week?

–Lisa Respers France, Writer

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