The surprise mentor for this week's American Idol -- with the Rat Pack theme -- is Jamie Foxx. He talks to the Top 5 about how the singers of that era were communicating a lifestyle, not just a song.

Kris Allen is up first. His song choice is "The Way You Look Tonight." He delivers an understated, clear-voiced performance. He starts out slow, and then the band and the tempo kick up a little in the middle, but he finishes smoothly. Randy Jackson says he likes to see at this point "who's in it to win it," and he thinks tonight was Kris' best performance so far. Kara DioGuardi says he set the standard really high today and calls him a "dark horse" in the competition. Paula Abdul says he has made the transition to sophisticated gentleman and contemporary crooner. Simon Cowell says he isn't as enthusiastic as the others, though it was good. He calls it "wet" and compares him to a spaniel. Then he says he doesn't think Kris can win this competition. I don't know about that, and neither do the people buying iTunes tracks.

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Allison Iraheta turned 17 yesterday. She's going to sing "Someone to Watch Over Me." During practice with Jamie, she talks about how she's too young to have a boyfriend, so he tells her to think about how her family watches over her during her performance. It's nice to hear her taking a rather traditional approach to the song since we've mostly heard rock-vibe performances from her. Randy says she sings like Pink, but "with like 9,000 more octaves." In short: He loved it. Kara says it was a gut-wrenching rendition, and "if that doesn't land you in the finals, I don't know what will." Paula says it was good to hear how she approaches a ballad, adding that she had an alluring and tender sensibility. (Paula totally has a writer this season, don't you think?) Simon asks if she thinks she can win, and she says she believes they all have the chance. 

Matt Giraud is stoked that it's Rat Pack week, saying that he studied jazz. His song tonight is "My Funny Valentine." It's a little rough -- he has a bunch of patches where he's totally flat, though the end half is pretty strong. It's a little late in the competition for that, though. Randy says that is one of the hardest songs ever, but for him it was a little bit pitchy. "It didn't quite come together for me." Kara says tonight, he has to be the leader of the pack, but he didn't seem emotionally connected to the song. He balks. Paula loves the changes he made to the song. She thinks it was pure and simple and excellent. Simon disagrees with Randy, saying that it was "the only believable, authentic song I've heard tonight." Oh, whatever. He's just trying to make them look less dumb for using the judges' save on him.

Danny Gokey is taking on "Come Rain or Come Shine." He starts out very straightforwardly, but goes a little jazzy with it about halfway through. It really works for him (and the crowd). Randy says he was worried it was a safe choice, but then he realized Danny could have an album of songs like that and win. "This is a singing competition, and you can sing!" Kara says he brought the Rat Pack swagger tonight, and that he finally showed his creativity. Paula: "Stellar, stellar performance." Simon says he came out to prove a point, and he did -- with his vocals and his performance.

Adam Lambert is doing "Feelin' Good" with a rock edge. It's Adam-ish, which is to say big, theatrical, calculated, technically proficient. I still wouldn't buy his album. But I know the judges disagree. Randy says it was "a little theatrical, a little too drama-filled, a little too Broadway," but still good. Kara says he is confusing and shocking and sleazy and superb. Paula says watching him is like watching the Olympics, "and you're Michael Phelps." (Thanks for the search term, Paula!) Simon says complaining about Adam being theatrical is "like complaining about a cow mooing." He adds that Adam makes it clear that he wants to win and has a point to prove every week.

I think Matt's toast. And maybe Allison, even though I thought she was pretty good tonight.

What say you?

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