American Idol Top 7: The Return of Pitchy

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So Idol soldiered on last night with its Top 7 sans Scottsdale's Scott MacIntyre, who has been hitting the morning show circuit hard and fast since we said au revoir to him last week, talking about his time on the show and about the health issues both he and his younger sister face.

By all accounts, MacIntyre is a genuinely good guy, and while I personally was surprised based on his singing ability alone that he made it into the Top 10, the Valley still has good reason to be proud of the latest in a long line of Idol contestants from the Phoenix area, including Brooke White, Jordin Sparks and David Hernandez.

His absence was felt especially hard during last night's show, when the biggest surprise involved Randy Jackson finally dropping a "pitchy" on us.

If you've watched Idol in seasons past, you know that Randy uses the word 'pitchy' to describe bad contestant performances as often as Paula Abdul uses words like "magic," "rainbow," and "tapestry" to describe--well, whatever it is that Paula describes when she opens her mouth to speak.

But the AI  producers must have told Randy to cut down on his go-to term, because we have heard nary a 'pitchy' all season. Until, that is, last night, when he let slip the P-word during his critique of Kris Allen. It says something about last night's performances that the return of pitchy was pretty much the highlight of the evening.

A quick rundown (which was, thankfully, what viewers got after producers decided to only let two judges critique each contestant to keep the show from running over):

Quentin Tarantino is apparently a big Idol fan (check out him and his puka shells dressing down Diana DeGarmo on Season 3), and he returned last night to coach the contestants for Songs From Movies night. Because, yknow, he makes movies, so clearly he is the clear choice to mentor people on how to sing songs that appear in movies. And, yknow, just happens to have a movie coming out in a few months.

Allison Iraheta sang "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith from Armageddon. It was, as per usual, really good. Simon said she was the girls' only hope to win, which really isn't that great of a compliment considering she's one of only two girls left in the competition.

Anoop Desai sang "Everything I Do" by Bryan Adams from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (though I would have preferred the title track from Robin Hood: Men In Tights). It was a nice, if slightly boring, performance. It's the type of performance little girls and grandmas can get behind, and the judges liked it a lot, so he might actually be safe for one more week, but he's been uneven in week's past so he could also be in trouble.

The ever-reliable Adam Lambert delivered a fun version of Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild" from Easy Rider. It was a little over the top, as Adam is wont to be, but at least it didn't put me to sleep, and it sounded awesome vocally. With Adam, you either love im or hate him, and I consider myself firmly in the former camp. He got good marks overall from the judges, with Paula transferring her "you're so brave" catchphrase to him from Scott.

Matt Giraud delivered yet another Bryan Adams jam, "Have You Ever Loved A Woman?" from Don Juan DeMarco, a mediocre movie featuring Johnny Depp at the height of his sex-on-a-stick-iness. No sexiness from Matt; instead we got him at the height of his off-keyness. Ick. He might be very well be out the door tonight.

Turning his back on his trademark stupid-looking glasses for the evening was Danny Gokey, who cannot pass up a chance to cheese it up with Lionel Richie's "Endless Love." He sang it fine, but for my money, he's a slightly less over-the-top, not-yet-greying version of Taylor Hicks. Part of me almost hopes he wins so that Adam can take the Chris Daughtry route and kick more ass as a runner-up.

Kris Allen gets points for picking "Falling Slowly" from the amazing movie Once. Seriously, if you haven't seen the movie, get thee to a Netflix queue immediately. Kara and Randy were totally split on the performance, with Kara loving and and Randy dropping the infamous "pitchy." I thought it was the best of the night. Either way, he's not going anywhere tomorrow night (tweens and middle-aged women breathe a collective sigh of relief).

Lil Rounds sang the beautiful song "The Rose" by Bette Midler. For me, it was Lil's best performance in recent memory, (she put a little gospel flavor into the middle of it that I dug), but Simon reemed her for not bringing her A-game yet again. They got into it briefly, with Lil being understandable frustrated with the often-confusing feedback from the judges. I personally thought she got a bum rap last night.

So tonight: results.


Who Should Be in the Botom Three: Anoop, Gokey, Giraud
Who Will Be in the Bottom Three: Anoop, Lil, Giraud
Who Will Go Home: Hard to say after last night, but my money's on either Giraud or Anoop.   

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