Well our Top 5 performed the Rat Pack Standards last night, and when it was all said and done, I must say . . . I felt a little swayed. I have to use the word "swayed," first of all, because it's my clever pun on a popular song during the Rat Pack era; and secondly, because the night didn't make me into a full-blown convert -- it simply swayed me, like a gentle yet confused little branch blowing in the wind, unsure if it wants to waver on back to the safe side of "Adam & Simon," or dare to venture and possibly snap on over to the unfamiliar side of "Danny & Kara."
Sway Factor #1: Jamie Foxx is a rockin' mentor! Who ever would have thought that Mr. Foxx would mentor Rat Pack night?! Turns out, he did a kick ass job! Getting all up in Danny Gokey's grill, refusing to let "D" (nickname compliments of Mr. Foxx) detour from his emotions. Channeling "Field of Dreams" and telling Matt Giraud, "if you change the key . . . they will stand." (Which sure enough, he did. And sure enough, they stood!) You go, Jamie Foxx! Your excellent advice, along with your funny quips, such as "You don't care who I am at all" (to Adam) have swayed me, and I can now definitely proclaim, I am a fan.
Sway Factor #2: Kara is lucid and Simon is HUH? Probably my favorite critique of the night was when Kara used the word "sleazy" to describe Adam after his performance of "Feeling Good." Indeed, the way Adam gives those little smirks, the way he walks with that Adam swagger . . . it is all very, well, um, sleazy! And I love it! Meanwhile, Simon critiques Kris' performance of "The Way You Look Tonight" by saying that it was a little bit "wet" and explaining this with something about a comparison to a well-trained Spaniel. It made no sense! And did anyone else catch Simon's oops! moment when he told Adam, "what I get from you and Adam" . . . um, is Adam two people? (Don't I wish!) Maybe Simon was jealous of Kara's sanity and that's why he chose to act like Kara wasn't even there -- "I'm going to disagree with . . . Randy." This came after Matt's performance of "My Funny Valentine" to which Kara and Randy's opinions were the same, but I guess ol' Cowell decided that only Randy mattered. [For the record, I liked Matt's performance.]
Sway Factor #3: Danny sings "Come Rain or Come Shine" and I dug it! It was like he was a tiger on the prowl, and the only thing that would satisfy was the Idol title! (Why do I suddenly feel like Bruno Tonioli?) Yes, I would have to say that it was Danny in the broom closet with Allison's confidence! Boy had all the swagger in the world! (Another sound critique by Ms. Dio Guardi.) In the traditional style of Danny, he started out somewhat slow and built to a strong finish. But something about this performance was different. I mean, as soon as he stepped out from behind that mic stand, I was like, whoah! Take hold. Something special yet kind of scary is going on here. Don't eat me, Mr. Gokey. I have swayed to your side (if only perhaps for one week), but I have swayed nonetheless!
Now I would be amiss if I didn't comment on Ms. Iraheta. She sang "Someone to Watch Over Me" and it was "tender" yet still had elements of her rocker edge. Kara even suggested the performance was Allison's ticket into the finals. However (and please note that I have a disturbed look on my face as I type these very words), I have to agree with Simon when he told Allison that he doesn't believe she believes she can win. He asked her point blank: Do you think you can win this competition? And she took just a little too long to answer "Yes" in my opinion. Come on, Allison! Steal your confidence back from Gokey (and hey, Adam has enough for everyone to go 'round) and show em' what you're made of! By the way, Allison looked the best she has ever looked since her "Alone" performance. The Glam Squad has finally tamed those crazy sprouts on the back of her head and found her a simple dress to boot. And while we're on the subject of last night's fashions, can I just say, Adam? My lord, homeboy looked FINE in that white suit walking down those stairs, like he just descended upon the stairway of heaven.
So what did you all think of Rat Pack night? Are your emotions in a tizzy like mine? Who do you think will go home? Do you agree with Simon and think Allison is in trouble? My gut says Matt will be out. (Why again did he not play the piano last night?!) Do share your thoughts below!