Relive the Michael Jackson Night performances by Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey, Lil Rounds and the rest of the 'American Idol' Top 13 in photo form
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Adam Lambert of 'American Idol'
Singer: ADAM LAMBERT
Song: "Black & White"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: A Michael Jackson is a lay-up for Adam, with his upper register. He's overwhelmed by the band and the start and I'm immediately worried. But Adam finds himself as he goes along and the song shifts into a rock-n-roll mode. It starts off as straight-forward Jacko and becomes bigger and bigger until he's practically playing to an arena. He runs all over the stage without ever losing his breath or his rhythm, jumping around and stirring the audience up. Is anybody else ready for Adam's take on Guns 'n' Roses night? I am? I'll bet he does a spectacular Axl Rose. Is Adam theatrical? Yes. Is he frantic? Yes. Is his showmanship off the charts? Yes. His phrasing is better than anything we've seen on "Idol" since Melinda Doolittle. He plays ever word. Also, it's hard not to read at least some political statement into this choice of song.
Bob & Carol & Ted & Simon Say: Paula says they've never had a more comfortable and seasoned performer in the show's history. She's on the verge of tears an it looks like Adam's about to join her. She says Adam's in the Finals also. Well that's it, then. Adam vs. Danny. Simon says it was in a totally different league from anything else we've seen tonight. Randy says Adam could make a record right now and that Adam's got it. Kara has nothing to add. She hopes Michael Jackson is watching tonight.