Now that the kids not attractive enough for FOX have been weeded out we can get down to business. This was Country Night and the guest mentor was Randy Travis (or, for you non Country fans: Thomas Hayden Church).
By and large all of the vocals were good. I must admit though that although I enjoy Country music I'm not an aficionado of it so I apologize if I don't get all the titles exactly right.
Texas redneck Michael Sarver sang "Don't get my girl confused with my horse". Kara (as always) pushed for bigger notes. I bet if you looked at her iPod playlist you'd find thirty Celine Dion songs, twenty Shirley Bassey songs, and the complete works of Ethel Merman.
Adam Lambert is the illegitimate love child of Freddy Mercury and Liza Minelli. He sang "Ring of Fire" but in the more traditional pre-Hitler Berlin cabaret style.
Allison Iraheta (the Little Mermaid) did a great rendition of "Take my heart but leave the beer". Randy Jackson liked it too and gave the ultimate compliment to a Country singer - "It was dope".
Kris Allen, this season's tween sensation sang the touching ballad, "If you leave me now I'll kill your dog". Randy Jackson was shocked. "Who knew you had tender moments?" he said to the boy who looks like a girl.
Randy was on fire last night. He amazingly surmised that classy R&B belter Lil Rounds wasn't comfortable singing Hee Haw music. It's like he's...psychic! Personally, I thought she did a very nice job with "Harper Valley PMS".
Scott McIntyre did a lovely interpretation of "There's not enough whiskey in Kentucky to get me to take you home". Paula thought he should stop accompanying himself on the piano. She said "Audiences need to see you as a showman". Great advice to a blind man. Let's see Scott juggle next week. Thank you, Simon for just calling her advice "stupid".
The judges again scolded Alexis Grace for not looking and sounding like a whore. She sang, "Picking dingleberries".
Widower/crooner Danny Gokey did not wow the judges this week with his version of the Carrie Underwood smash, "Jesus, check the oil".
My favorite performance of the night was by Anoop Desai. He killed with "You were on my mind". If there's such a thing as Hindustani Soul, he's got it.
Why did Megan Joy Corkrey drop her last name? Her graphic just read "Megan Joy". I thought she looked gorgeous tonight; that gown really went well with her tattoos. And despite having the flu (which should be good for at least 10,000,000 votes right there) she nailed "After Midnight".
And finally, Matt Giraud served notice to Danny Gokey that he's not the only frontrunner. He brought down the house with "Give me back my spurs, the wedding is off".
I think everyone is safe on Country Music night except Michael Sarver, the only actual country boy. It's not fair. But isn't that what the Coen Brothers were trying to tell us in "No Country for Old Men" after all?