The “American Idol” guys must be passing around K-Tel’s Super Lame Hits of the 1980s. I don’t know how else to explain tonight’s weird song choices. Many, though, as the judges say “made it their own.”
Wham! is not worth remembering under any circumstances. Luke Menard’s butchering of “Wake me up before you go go” will give the song the burial it deserves in popular culture and will send him packing from the competition. Danny Noriega massacred “Tainted Love”, one of the few great songs of the night. The Soft Cell original is one of my favorite songs of the decade. The remarkable David Archuleta made Phil Collins’ puerile “Another Day in Paradise” tolerable. Michael Johns’ rendition of “Don’t You Forget (About Me)” was passable. It won’t make anyone forget about the Simple Minds original, try as they might. David Cook’s rocked-out version of Lionel Ritchie’s “Hello” was unique but weird. It grew on me. David Hernandez did a pretty good version of Meatloaf’s “It’s all coming back to me” as well.
Jason Castro’s version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” was one of the highlights. Chikezie did a great job with Luther Van Dross’ “All the Woman I Need.”