Finalists attempt country as American Idol trading cards are released

It was country week on American Idol, and it wasn’t as much of a disaster as it has been in the past. Anoop went from “zero to hero,” Simon said, with his rendition of “You’re Always on My Mind,” and Matt Giraud “outsang” Danny Gokey, according to Simon. Kris Allen and Megan Joy Corkrey also impressed the judges, and in Megan’s case, that was impressive because and hacked and coughed her way through the judges’ critique. “You should have flu every week, because you were better this week than you were last week,” Simon said.

The favorites didn’t do as well. Danny Gokey sang “Jesus Take The Wheel” and Jesus didn’t take the wheel for the performance, letting Danny veer off the road quite a few times. And guest mentor Randy Travis was left “speechless” by Adam Lambert. “I don’t even know what to say about this boy,” he said. “For me, I don’t see men wearing nail polish that often, so it sort of caught me off guard, but Adam seemed like a very nice guy and, again, a great singer.”

Kara said Adam’s version of “Ring of Fire” was “strange,” while Simon said, “it was absolute indulgent rubbish. I mean, really, really horrific.” By the way, in more Simon Cowell gestural emblem news, after disagreeing with Kara about Danny Gokey’s performance, Simon gave her the finger. And Simon and Paula got into a tiff over Scott MacIntyre’s use of the piano, with Paula saying he should dump it and Simon defending it, a fight that was far more riveting than Scott’s singing.

Meanwhile, Upper Deck has created American Idol trading cards, which I think is only a good idea if it encourages Topps to release a special line of Garbage Pail Kids. All they really have to do is re-issue or slightly modify classic ones like Jelly Kelly and Handy Randy, never mind that, in 2003, they even released a Clay Achin’ card.

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