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'American Idol': It's disco week

Uh, for some reason WBFF is showing King of Queens instead of American Idol. That's kind of weird, no?

Thankfully, I'm in Howard County, so five minutes in, I flip over to the D.C. affiliate just in time to see host Ryan Seacrest introduce the first performer. Yikes!

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So!

Lil Rounds is first, with "I'm Every Woman." She is wearing a unitard, but she's rocking it as well as one can! I thought she did a pretty good job with such a big song. Judge Randy Jackson doesn't dig it, though. He doesn't think it showed off what kind of artist she can be. Kara DioGuardi says she doesn't think it was worth the wait for her to sing Chaka Khan. Paula Abdul says yesterday Lil was on total vocal rest and applauds her for recovering so well. Simon Cowell says Lil looks so sad, and then she starts talking. It's Simon's turn! He says he thinks it's her last week because she was too copycat and the arrangement was a mess. It seems to me like they are being extra-hard on her tonight. I thought that was better than she's been in a few weeks.

I switch back over to WBFF; it's all better now. Whew!

Kris Allen says he was worried about disco week, but he thinks it worked out OK. He's doing "She Works Hard for the Money." He takes it all acoustic -- he's on guitar, there are two guys playing drums, and another guy on bass. It's a whole new song, but it's good. I wasn't sure what he was going to do with disco week, but he made it work. Kara says he took a real risk, but it paid off big time. She says it sounded like it could be on a record now. Paula says it had a classy Santana vibe, going on that while a lot of women shop in the men's department, not many men can pull of shopping in the women's department, but, "It was a perfect fit." Heh. Simon says it was a polar opposite from the first performance -- "It was original, it was well thought-out, it was not karaoke." Randy says he knows who he is and he just proved he's ready for the big time.

Danny Gokey is next with Earth, Wind and Fire's "September." His voice sounds pretty good, as usual, but it's such a standard approach after Kris' that I kind of feel bad for him. He mixes it up a little toward the end, though. Randy says he worried about the song choice, but he still turned it into something that really worked for him. Kara was worried, too, but he's an incredible vocalist and always on pitch. Paula says he always takes his range a step further than she thinks he can and he showed off his agility. She adds that he has one of the sexiest voices ever. Simon can't fault the vocals, but says he didn't get any "star power" from the performance, which he thought was a little awkward and clumsy.

Allison Iraheta is going to sing "Hot Stuff," but she turns it into a rock ballad. Also, she appears to be wearing a latex outfit. She sounds good vocally, but it's a little weird. Randy says he didn't love the "overindulgent" arrangement, "You're one of the best singers in the competition." Kara agrees about the arrangement, but the performance and song choice were right on. Paula says, "The word compromise is not even in your musical vocabulary." In other words, she liked the arrangement. Simon says she would always be an underdog on disco night, but, "That was a brilliant performance."

Adam Lambert tells Ryan he's doing "If I Can't Have You," and of course, there will be tweakage. He does it as a ballad, and he's brought out the suit and pompadour again, looking slick. Paula cries, as she tends to. Randy says he is showing his range, and that he is "ready right now." Kara just says he is brilliant and inspiring. Paula says he took a disco song and didn't make it cliche (in a lot more words than that). Simon thought for sure he was going to do Donna Summer, but he was original and unexpected and memorable. Not to mention, he says, the vocals "were immaculate." He credits Michael Orleans for helping with the arrangement.

Matt Giraud, who got saved last week, decides to go literal with the choice of "Stayin' Alive." He's dressed like Justin Timberlake circa 2003, and he does a soulful twist on the song. It's actually his best performance in weeks (the last note excluded). Randy says he didn't love the song choice or arrangement, but Matt showed that he can sing. Kara says he "brought disco back," and she was glad to see him move and his performance was solid. Paula says he picks songs like she bowls, and this was a strike. She says he saved his own life, and he's staying. Wow, really? Two people are leaving, and she has predicted that just about everyone is staying. Simon says it came across as a bit desperate, and he didn't hear any originality. 

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Anoop Desai sings "Dim All the Lights." Why did all the boys stop shaving? So, his voice sounds great (except the last note, eep), but the lyrics are a little repetitive, and it doesn't really show him off that much. Randy says again that he didn't like the arrangement, but his voice sounded awesome. "Nice, baby, nice." Kara liked the choice and the beat and thought it sounded like it could be on the radio. She adds that he's hitting his stride. Paula says he looks fantastic, and that his vocals were great. She adds that he should smile more: "You've got beautiful teeth." Simon: "That was mediocre at best. I prayed that the tempo was going to come in; it did. ... Genuinely, that was your worst performance by a mile."

Call me crazy or boring or whatever, but I expect a bottom three like last week: Lil, Matt and Anoop.

What do you think? Who did you like? Hate? Agree with? Disagree with?

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