This week’s theme was Idol at the Movies, which translated to Idol at the Quentin Tarantino Movies. Idol’s choice of guest this week seemed odd to me, because when I think of the music that I associate with great Tarantino films, none of them have lyrics. Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill… all of these films have immediately recognizable music, but it’s all instrumental. Then again, I’m no Tarantino expert.
We Idol fans aren’t stupid. Scratch that. We Idol fans know how Idol politics work. We can often look at a contestant and tell you how well they will do factoring in charisma, looks, personality, and—oh yeah—talent.
So with only two weeks left of the potential Judges’ Save, we know that there’s a very good chance that it will be used tonight. However, the “right” person has to fall flat in order for it to be used. By now, most of us know who the judges’ favorites are, even if we don’t agree with them.
The Ford music video this week is “Freeze Frame.” Y’know what’s scary? Some of these kids weren’t even born when this song was on the Billboard charts.
Most of them weren’t around for the release of the group sing either, which is “Maniac” from the Flashdance soundtrack. The contestants are spread out all over the stage and its many stairs and balconies, and the camera is spinning from place to place as they each sing their individual lines.
Random bit of trivia: The song was originally about a serial killer, a maniac that would “kill your cat and nail him to the door.” Later, the lyrics were changed to be more metaphorical, describing a female maniac on the floor, “dancing like she’s never danced before.” Crazy, huh?
So in case we’re still wondering why Tarantino alone was chosen for Idol at the Movies, rather than a variety of producers or movies, Adam Lambert tells Seacrest during the couch session that Tarantino is brilliant and that music is important to him. Oh okay. Totally cleared that up. Thanks.
The contestants got all dressed up after the performance show and went to the red-carpet premiere of 17 Again, starring Zac Efron, Leslie Mann, Thomas Lennon, and Matthew Perry. The kids smile and wave and “OMG I can’t believe we’re here.” The actors shake hands and offer hugs and “OMG I can’t believe YOU’RE here!”
I find the quote from Thomas Lennon (mostly known for Reno 911!) hilarious: “While there’ve been a lot of movies with this same sort of premise, I haven’t seen one this good or this funny in a very long time.” Basically, you’re admitting that this movie isn’t original at all: Big, 18 Again!, Like Father Like Son, 13 Going on 30, Freaky Friday (1976, 1995, and 2003), Vice Versa, etc. However, because you’re IN the movie, you’re required to say that it’s the best.
The contestants have been paid to say they love the movie, and—what a coincidence—Zac Efron is sitting in the audience.
“Dim the lights, here we go.”
Allison Iraheta stands. She sang “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” which Paula and Simon both loved. She is safe.
Adam Lambert stands. Paula had called him the “bravest” contestant she had ever seen, and Simon said the performance was reminiscent of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Adam, being the theatre kid that he is, absolutely loved the comment. He was born to be wild and made to be safe this week.
Anoop Desai stands. Randy thought his vocal was “in the zone,” and Kara said it was his best performance to date. Seacrest asks Anoop if he’s hit his stride, and Anoop gives a long, winded, boring reply that doesn’t answer the question. He’s in the Bottom Three. Again. Go home already.
Back from break, Seacrest tells us Idol has a “very special surprise.” Only, it’s not a surprise at all, because Seacrest has already told us that Jennifer Hudson is here a dozen times. She sings “If This Isn’t Love” from her self-titled album, which received four Grammy nominations. It won the Grammy for Best R&B Album, which is pretty awesome for a debut. And considering everything she’s had to go through, she deserves good things.
Anoop whines, “I honestly didn’t expect to be sitting here,” but Simon promptly tells him he belongs there. Well said.
Kris Allen and Lil Rounds both stand. Kara thought Kris had his best performance ever, but Randy was less enthused. Simon butts in to tell Kris he thought he was brilliant. However, he did not think the same of Lil and had told her that she chose a song (“The Rose”) too soft for her big voice.