Well, at least no one sang “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” an offense punishable by immediate elimination and/or being lowered into a tank of irritable piranhas. [West coast readers beware: SOME SPOILERS AHEAD!] But unfortunately for Lil Rounds, her selection of the Idol-cursed “(Your Love Is Like a) Heatwave” — a song that nearly caused very premature exits for such standouts as Kimberley Locke and Jennifer Hudson — could lead to a flirtation with the bottom three this week. Then again, Lil looked incredibly hot tonight. And Megan (Joy) (Corkrey), Michael Saver, and Scott MacIntyre all performed abysmally enough that — if justice prevails — that trio will be flirting with the silver stools of
safety doom come Thursday evening. On the flip side, Adam Lambert took one more step toward converting me into a fan; Allison Iraheta rocked the motherfrakin’ house; and Kris Allen and Matt Giraud (and to a lesser degree Anoop Desai) maintained their forward momentum in the competition with astute song selections and/or potent vocal performances. In other words, Motown Night didn’t suck nearly as much as I’d feared it might — even if guest mentor Smokey Robinson seemed almost allergic to giving constructive criticism to the top 10 contestants.
What did you all think of tonight’s telecast? Who soared with the Motown sound, and who will and should go home tomorrow. Be sure to go cast your vote at the EW.com Idol Prediction Challenge! And check out our Idolatry interview with the charming and talented Alexis Grace below.