Relive the Rat Pack Night performances by Kris Allen, Allison Iraheta, Adam Lambert and the rest of the 'American Idol' Top 5 in photo form
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Kris Allen of 'American Idol'
Singer: KRIS ALLEN
Song: "The Way You Look Tonight"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Before we start, has every lazy TV writer in America written a "Kris Allen is this Season's 'American Idol' Dark Horse" story this week? I can wait if anybody's still finishing up their story. You don't want to be the last one on your block to call Kris a Dark Horse. After all, we're in the Top Five. Foxx says Kris is his dude and that he'll make an album with him. Does anybody else find Kris' "I'm Being Sincere" face to be just a bit chimp-y? Don't get me wrong. I know he's all dreamy and stuff, but he does funny stuff with his mouth when he sings. The performance is easy, breezy and charming. I don't know if it's "Cool" in the way I'd want a Rat Pack cover to be "cool." But it's definitely easy on the ears, sticking close to the familiar melody, but embellishing it in ways that show Kris' rang, rather than embellishing it in ways that make Kris look like an affected tool (The Matt Giraud Arrangement, if you will).
Barney, Betty, Wilma and Simon Say: Randy tells Kris that he's in it to win it. He calls it Kris' best performance to date. Kara warns that Kris has set the technical standard very high, raving about his phrasing, timing, diction and rhythm. Then Kara announces that Kris is a dark horse. Yay. It's now official. Anybody who writes the Kris - Dark Horse story from now on is lamer than Kara. Paula raves that Kris was "near impeccable." Simon says it was "a little bit wet." He compares Kris to "a well-trained spaniel." Simon questions after the performance if Kris can win.
[NOTE: FOX somehow didn't have a picture of Kris Allen's Rat Pack photo. This picture is from his April 14 performance...]