April 28th, 2009
09:09 PM ET

Top 5: Wasn't that something else?

What a show, eh?

Surprise mentor, great songs and some real standout performances.

As we get closer and closer, it gets harder and harder to predict who will be in the bottom - although I have at least one candidate in mind.

Don't forget to join us on Wednesday night to see who is out of the pack.

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April 28th, 2009
09:02 PM ET

Top 5: Adam Lambert is 'Feeling Good'


Adam Lambert

Adam on the lit up stairs, back-lit in a white suit.  Darn right it's a new day!

Whew, chile! His "Feeling Good" made me think he was about to start roaring like a lion!

He held that one note like he had sucked all of the oxygen out of the auditorium. Kudos to whoever threw the red light on him.

His little half smile was menacing and if I was the other contestants I'd be watching my back!

I LOVE that Kara called him a little sleazy and why am I not at all shocked that Paula compared him to Michael Phelps? It was such a Paula thing to say!

Can Adam Lambert be stopped?

Filed under: Kara DioGuardi • Paula Abdul • television
April 28th, 2009
08:50 PM ET

Top 5: When Danny met Jamie

Gokey and Jamie may be destined for a little bromance.

Danny Gokey

Why does the mentor have to get all up in your face to get you to sing better? Jamie really did him some good.

"Come Rain or Come Shine" might have been the best Danny Gokey performance for me to date. He didn't just sing - he SANG.

His voice just seems suited to the classics and he had this look in his eye like "Adam Lambert, I am coming for you!"

Kara is right that he had swagger. He was fired up and it was hot!!!!

April 28th, 2009
08:42 PM ET

Top 5: Matt Giraud and the hat are back

Matt studied jazz in college, but did it pay off?

Matt Giraud

I freaked out a little bit when Jamie told Matt to change the key of "My Funny Valentine." After all,  why mess with a classic?

The song started off rough, real rough, and was it just me or did he sound like he was completely off key? He sounded so good in rehearsal, but his performance was less than stellar.

Everyone but Randy seemed to really like it.  Simon even said he was brilliant and I am completely stunned.

Did it perhaps sound different, and better, in the studio than it did on air?

April 28th, 2009
08:31 PM ET

Top 5: Happy birthday Allison Iraheta

The  little rocker chick is now 17 and she's got a lot of talent in that tiny teenage body.

Allison Iraheta

Her "Someone to Watch Over Me" was much more subdued than I thought it would be. That song is very nuanced and she sang it well.

She looks adorable and I think she took Jamie Foxx's advice to heart to really personalize the song.

I'm a little tired of the constant "she's just not likable" drum that Simon seems to be beating. So she's not super outgoing, but that doesn't mean she's boring.

She's the last female left and I think she is showing the men that she is in it to win it.

Filed under: Simon Cowell
April 28th, 2009
08:17 PM ET

Top 5: I heart Kris Allen

Jamie Foxx is feeling Kris.

Kris Allen

He sings "The Way You Look Tonight" and I am squealing right along with the audience.

He looks - and sounds - great. I love that he put his own little flavor on the song.

Consistently, Kris is making me forget that I haven't been his fan since day one. Simon is out of his mind if he thinks Kris can't win this competition.

Jamie totally needs to follow up on his offer to duet with Kris!!!

Filed under: Simon Cowell
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