April 14th, 2009
08:23 PM ET

Top 7: Anoop Desai slows it down again

Anoop clearly never met a ballad he didn't like.

Anoop Desai

Quentin advises Noop Dogg to "rough up" Bryan Adams'  "Everything I Do, I Do It for You." While I get that the director was trying to have Anoop evoke more emotion, Quentin's attempt to show him what he meant made me think "Q" was having some digestive issues.

I like Noop Dogg singing the slow songs. Stick to the love songs, Noop, and please never venture back into Usher, dance music territory again. You've found your niche, now work it.

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April 14th, 2009
08:17 PM ET

Top 7: Allison Iraheta tries not to miss a thing

I had no idea Aerosmith's "I Don't Want To Miss a Thing" was in the film "Armageddon."

Allison Iraheta

Allison started out a tad bit rough, and I think I heard a few jacked-up notes. I have been a fan of hers since Day One, but that performance left something to be desired for me.

With Allison being the little rocker chick, I expected her to work that song overtime  from the first note to the last and she didn't.

Paula and Simon loved it though. I wonder how they decided which two judges get to comment on which contestants?

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April 14th, 2009
08:12 PM ET

Top 7: Quentin Tarantino directs the gang

Uggg. I forgot how ugly Quentin's shirt was the first time he was on the show.

Quentin Tarantino

He mentored and he gets to watch from the audience. You can tell he is thrilled!

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April 14th, 2009
08:09 PM ET

Top 7: The show must go on

The closer we get to crowning the next "American Idol," the more I live, live, live for Tuesday nights.

Top seven

Tonight is no exception, especially because of two magic words: Quentin Tarantino.

I can't wait to see how his participation in the show is going to play out because when I think music, he is not the first "Q" that comes to mind. Actually, he probably would not come to mind at all.

Granted, the theme of tonight is music from the movies and his films have great soundtracks, but does that qualify him to be on the show?

I know he reportedly is a HUGE "Idol" fan, but so am I.  So when do I get my shot as a guest mentor?

I just hope he rises to the occasion. All I remember from his guest-judge stint back in 2004 during season three were his  spastic hand movements and major geekdom.

Ryan refers to Quentin as a "legend." I so don't remember him achieving legendary status but if Seacrest declares it, it must be so.

OK, I take it back because he also referred to Paula as "hot," Kara as "provocative" and Simon as "legendary."

And the judges are going to talk two at a time to save time and keep the show from running long again? Foolishness!

–Lisa Respers France, CNN.com writer

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April 14th, 2009
02:52 PM ET

Watch 'American Idol' with CNN.com

Tonight on "American Idol," director (and music lover) Quentin Tarantino will serve as mentor - and the remaining contestants will have to produce their best performances if they want to remain in the competition.

If they don’t, they risk the same fate of Scott MacIntyre, who was booted last week.

Watch Scott discuss his sendoff.

An oddsmaker has Adam Lambert as the front runner with Anoop Desai bringing up the rear. Do you agree?

Watch “American Idol” tonight along with CNN.com’s Lisa Respers France, who will be blogging live during the show.

We want to know your thoughts on who will turn in a strong performance tonight.

Post your comments below, or head over to iReport to share videos of your thoughts about the show.

Your comment or video may appear on CNN!

–Lisa Respers France, CNN.com writer

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