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American Idol Alum Allison Iraheta Looks Totally Different These Days

During season eight of American Idol the only truly memorable contestant, let’s face it, was Adam Lambert. Despite the fact that Lambert didn’t win the season, he remains the most successful singer to come out of the show in 2009. While most of the other hopefuls that year have been forgotten, we will always have a soft spot in our heart for Allison Iraheta, the lone girl in the final four that season whose voice was way more mature than her seventeen years.

Cut to this week when we spotted some pics of Iraheta performing in Los Angeles and we almost didn’t recognize her. The girl has lost some weight since she was a contestant on the show (check out a pic from Season 8 here) and has a darker, less severe dye job, too. We’re loving her makeover and hope it helps her finally get the recognition she deserves. What do you think, Idol fans?

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The Guy Next Door Vs. Guyliner: Who Will Win?

Ryan Seacrest‘s words, not ours! Last night on American Idol it was all about final impressions — Adam Lambert and Kris Allen needed to pick the right songs and hit the right notes to remind us why we like them. They both did a good job, but it was pretty clear that Adam did a little bit better. (God, it pains us to say that.) From his reprise of “Mad World,” which he originally sang during the “Songs From the Year You Were Born” week, to a toned down Sam Cooke song, he took a slight edge over Kris, whose jammy style felt weaker by comparison. If you joined in our live American Idol blog you would have been there for all the fun and the impromptu drinking games (more on that in a sec), but for now, here are our highlights.

Adam’s Performances

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Adam played the game smartly last night, he sang “Mad World” again, which was universally lauded the first time around and got the first-ever standing ovation from Simon Cowell. He also toned down the rock/glam aspect (okay, he sang “Mad World” while wearing a leather duster, surrounded by dry ice fog — he toned it down AFTER that) by singing “Change is Gonna Come,” a song chosen for him by show creator Simon Fuller. It was completely out of character but he handled it competently and the only way he knew how, with a few obligatory screeches. Paula loved it so much she threw an improv-mimed lasso around Adam though to rein him in and keep him locked up forever, presumably in the same dungeon where she keeps MC Skat Kat.

Kris’ Performances

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We think the judges are slightly abusive, the way they throw out their love for the contestants one minute, then they coldly rescind it the next, then are like “Baby, shh, we didn’t mean it, you’re great again.” That’s how they treated Matt Giraud and Lil Rounds for the entire show, and it’s how they’ve been treating Kris lately. After he sang “Ain’t No Sunshine,” everyone was all “Wow, awesome, you moved me,” but when he fell a little flat on his coffeehouse-ish rendition of “What’s Goin’ On?” it was like “Kris who? How did he get here?” Y’all might as well just wear “Lambert Lover” T-shirts, judges. It’s hard to keep up with your wavering, just admit you don’t give a crap about Kris.

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Allison Iraheta’s Idol Elimination Has Dashed All Of Our Dreams

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Last night we shed a single tear for Allison Iraheta who, despite 64 million votes being cast on Tuesday, got the lowest amount and was ousted from American Idol. It pains us to admit that our baby’s gone. We know Adam Lambert is going to win this now, he’s the only performer the judges haven’t criticized harshly for any of his performances and that’s the only thing that pains us more than seeing Allison go. We can barely go on anymore. But we must. …

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I Wanna Rock! (Because No One Last Night Did)

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It’s Rock Week on American Idol! We’ve got Slash! We’ve got duets! Some sign above the stage rocked so hard it fell down! But if Slash is your mentor, we half expect these kids to sing some G’n'R or hey, what about “Enter Sandman”? Songs that are a little dirty and gritty…ROCK, y’know? Instead we got a watered down “Come Together” from Kris Allen, a version of “Dream On” that was more pitchy than the Yankees bullpen from Danny Gokey, and decent but not exactly rockin’ versions of “Whole Lotta Love” and “Crybaby” from Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta. Still, it was a pretty action-packed show.

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Timberfake Eliminated, Lambert Bottoms Out

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As we predicted, Matt Giraud was booted from American Idol this week, but in a moment we didn’t expect, his fellow bottom (hee) was Adam Lambert. Apparently that was something NO one expected and there was shock, confusion and a moment of silence so Paula Abdul and Kara DioGuardi could work through their feelings. We also got appearances from Natalie Cole (she looks good!) and Taylor Hicks (he looks fine!) and Jamie Foxx (he looks like he has a movie coming out!), and a few other noteworthy moments too.

5. They Made a Cake, But Kara Can Eat It.

It’s birthday week on Idol as well as being Rat Pack week – Danny Gokey and Allison Iraheta both celebrated a birthday in the past few days, so in a not-at-all staged moment, the gang baked a cake in the Idol Kitchen. Only it turned into a food fight! It’s times like this that we wish Kris Allen wasn’t married or Danny wasn’t freshly widowed because this food fight had the least amount of sexual tension we’ve ever seen, and we were looking hard for it. Give us some sexy, flirtatious singles, Idol! There is no drama in this group, we are dying of boredom! The closest we can get to sexytime on this show is Kara telling the world her jaw is conditioned to drop open every time she sees Adam. And we all know that feeling’s not mutual.
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Cylon Week On Idol: The Final Five

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This week’s American Idol felt predictable because a) it was Rat Pack theme week which means we got a bunch of standards, but without any of the banter, martini-sloshing, and stage presence that made the Rat Pack so enjoyable and b) there are four solid contestants left and one inconsistent Matt Giraud, who is probably going to go home this week, but we knew that he would never win this thing, so: predictable. On to the good stuff.

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Idol Cuts Lil Rounds, Anoop Desai

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Everything went according to plan on Idol last night. Anoop Desai and Lil Rounds were out, Matt Giraud stayed in, and the other four had nothing (almost nothing, anyway) to worry about. And now that the Judges’ Save is used up, there’s none of that fun “Sing for your life!” business anymore to humiliate the contestants. Still, the show had a healthy dose of guest appearances and crazy outfits last night (OMG did you guys see Ryan Seacrest‘s outfit?? He went tie-clip commando!) that made it all worth it.

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Judges’ Save Finally Used On Timberfake

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The bottom three last night on Idol consisted of three contestants who will never win the competition – Anoop Desai, Matt Giraud and Lil Rounds. As blandly likable as each of them are, they can’t win, although the use of the Judges’ Save did extend Matt’s life for at least one more week. Without a doubt, they’ve each just made too many mistakes though and the next two weeks will result in their eliminations. Aside from that bit of predictability, we also got a wee bit more Quentin Tarantino during the show last night in the form of a Grindhouse-ish opening sequence, which made us happy, but he was nowhere to be found during the show. Luckily there were a few noteworthy, non-Tarantino nuggets to talk about.

5. 17 Again

Zac Efron and His Hair jetted back to L.A. from New York after hosting SNL this weekend, just for Idol (well, for that and the premiere of his new film 17 Again).  The contestants got to attend the premiere and, even though it’s a complete rehash of the Big/18 Again/Freaky Friday concept, we love Leslie Mann and Thomas Lennon, and Efron proved he has some comedy chops on SNL, so it might not be totally terrible. As much as the segment was a shameless plug for the film, we love how excited real celebs get for Idol contestants.

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Idol Recap: Bad Songs From Cinema And The Contestants That Love Them

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When we heard that the theme for this week’s American Idol was songs from cinema, we were psyched and thought we’d hear “Diamonds Are Forever” from Adam Lambert (of all the contestants, he’s the one with an inner Eartha Kitt), or we thought maybe Anoop Desai would sing “Gangster’s Paradise”, there are plenty of kickass choices that would have suited these contestants really well. Alas, we got two Bryan Adam‘s songs that haunted us through high school and that will continue to haunt us for the next 24 hours, and one “Born to Be Wild” (shudder) among others. Quentin Tarantino was the mentor (and awesomely, Idol couldn’t even plug his upcoming film Inglourious Bastards because the title is too racy for the 8 o’clock hour), and as tiresome as his manic craziness can be, we had actually hoped for more Tarantino. We did enjoy a few moments from the show though.

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Idol: America Turns A Blind Eye to Scott (Too Soon?)

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There were only about eight minutes of actual content in last night’s results show of American Idol, and of that content, none of it was remarkable. Unless you count the celebrity sightings of Mario Lopez and the mayor of Kalamazoo, Michigan. We knew that Scott MacIntyre would probably be sent to the bottom three, but the other two that joined him were anybody’s guess and when all was said and done, Anoop Desai and Lil Rounds joined him. It was Scott though who finally was sent home. His time had definitely come but it was actually bittersweet. Also bittersweet,  the fact that there were only four moments we could scrape together because this episode offered nothing.

4. The Search is Over for Scott

After Scott was revealed to be the lowest vote-getter, he walked the metaphorical plank while the Dread Pirates Abdul, Cowell, Jackson and DioGuardi debated his future. The judges’ votes were split two to two on whether to save him (but you know that had they saved him this week, he would get the boot next week). Ultimately we think it was his last high note (“Living for a drrreeeaAAM!”) where his voice cracked that spelled the end  for him. As always though, he was a class act and in a special PSA at the end of the show, Paula Abdul said as much when she went on about how amazing he was, when really you know the voices in her head were like “Just don’t say the word ‘blind’ out loud and you’ll be fine!”

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