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American Idol 2009 Week 2 Performances
Tuesday, 2009 March 17 - 10:13 pm
Jasmine Murray and Jorge Nuñez were kicked out last week. This week: country week, UGH. Simon and I both just are thrilled about this.

Michael Sarver
Is this the "Are You Ready for Some Football" song? Or is it just that all country songs sound like that? Ah, it's Garth Brooks. Whatever, I'm sure country fans love it, but to me it's the worst kind of no-talent-required mainstream country drivel that we're bombarded with all the time. 4.

Allison Iraheta
"Blame It On Your Heart" by Patty Loveless. Okay, I like her in general, and I'm really impressed by her versatility, but I don't really like the song, and her vocals are a little over-vibrato-y. Not bad, but I kinda would have liked a slow song here. 7.

Kris Allen
Another Garth Brooks song, though this one isn't as cheesy as Michael's. This is more... Disney. It's not bad; just sappy. But much better than we've seen from him before. 8.

Lil Rounds
"Independence Day". This is out of character for her... a little tame. The second half is better, and like with Allison, it's cool to see some versatility. It's nice, but not great. 7.

Adam Lambert
"Ring of Fire". This is an absolutely brilliant arrangement. He's starting to grow on me... anyone who can do something like this on country night deserves my vote. A little out there, and a few weird notes, but very original and very current. 9.

Scott Macintyre
"Wild Angels". Uh. This is a treacly and weak... sorry Scott, but it's really time for you to go. 3.

Alexis Grace
"Jolene", Dolly Parton. It's quite a bit better than Brooke's version from last year. It's not bad, but not all that original. As Simon says, forgettable. 7.

Danny Gokey
Carrie Underwood, "Jesus Take the Wheel". It's not his strongest performance... a little pitchy in parts, a little shouty, and just not a great song choice for him. He should still be safe, but when are we gonna get a genre that suits him? 7.

Anoop Desai
"You Were Always On My Mind", a good old Willie song. It's nice, but like Alexis, not very original, not very contemporary. He captures the song pretty well and it's a good vocal, but I'd like to see a bit more style. The judges are raving, though; they're hearing something in the arrangement that I'm not. 7.

Megan Joy
"I Go Walking After Midnight". I think I like this song for her. Uh, a couple of crackly notes in there (she's been very sick this week, I guess), but I like it; I think it works. Unfortunately for her, I think her appeal is limited. Maybe the audience will feel sorry for her. 7.

Matt Giraud
He's so affected when he sings, both in his vocals and his facial expressions... it just irritates me. It's a boring song, and the last note was waaaay off. Again, the judges are raving... what's the deal with that? 5.
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