Singer: ALLISON IRAHETA
Song: "Someone to Watch Over Me"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: I believe we clarified the week's theme as Songs From The Rat Pack Era because while the Rat Pack had many female satellites, the true members were all gentlemen. Allison, in case you haven't noticed, is now our last remaining distaff contestant. While Foxx thinks Miley should make a sex tape, he thinks Allison is too young to have a boyfriend. What's up with that, Jaime? This is Allison's trap week, because it's a theme that doesn't allow her to rock out in the least. Following after Kris, Allison's atrocious diction is a problem. The lyrics are lost entirely. Vocally, though, it's the sort of nuanced and restrained performance I initially doubted that Allison would be capable of. The process of containing herself renders Allison's overall performance a bit disappointingly boring, but other than a couple nasally high notes, she sounds terrific.
Barney, Betty, Wilma and Simon Say: Randy compares Allison to both Pink and Brittany Murphy, praising her ruff-n-gruff style. Kara "ain't nervous" for Allison anymore, calling it "gut-wrenching" and "deeply emotional," predicting a place in the finals for Allison. Paula says Allison was both "alluring" and "tender." Simon asks Allison if she thinks she can win. Allison says they all can win, which was *exactly* the wrong answer. Simon wants to see more confidence from her, predicting that she may be in trouble after tonight. Kara tells Simon he's crazy. Randy reassures Allison that she's da bomb.