What an impressive evening of American Idol auditions.
Faced with songs from the 1960s, sung by the Rat Pack, all five finalists were at their best last night. Even guest mentor Jamie Foxx was on his game, showing enthusiasm and attentiveness to each singer. (And he didn't mock Miley Cyrus once!)
As always, though, we must give the top spot to Adam Lambert.
Wearing a white suit, the season-long favorite began his performance of "Feeling Good" by coming down the the on-set staircase, lit up in neon pink. He proceeded to deliver a powerful rendition of the ballad, marking the end with a trademark, soaring high note.
"It's like watching the Olympics and you're our Michael Phelps," Paula Abdul said, in her most coherent critique of the night.
The other singers (pictured above; click on each photo to enlarge it) also impressed:
- Simon Cowell may have compared him to a "well-trained spaniel," but we could listen to Kris Allen sing "The Way You Look Tonight" for hours.
- In response to Allison Iraheta's rendition of "Someone to Watch Over Me," Kara DioGuardi said: "If that doesn't land you in the finals, I don't know what will."
- Matt Giraud is likely in the most trouble. He received mixed reviews for "My Funny Valentine."
- The judges loved how Danny Gokey closed his performance of "Come Rain or Come Shine." We'll let Randy Jackson explain: "You are the only one I've heard so far tonight that actually could have an album of songs like that - and win!"
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