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"American Idol" - Top Seven Finalists Perform - April 14, 2009
Theme: Movie Songs
In the audience: Little Steven Van Zandt; Katie Couric; Quentin Tarantino who is tonight's mentor.
Video Package: We get an overview of Tarantino's career. He's an admittedly "avid" fan of the show. They show us the film music studio where he'll mentor the kids. He thinks it's a good group.
In a change-up tonight they only have two judges critique each performance in an effort- futile as it turns out- to come in on time. Also the band is onstage tonight.
Contestant #1: Allison Iraheta
Song: "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," Aerosmith (from "Armageddon")
Video: Quentin Tarantino elicits what he thinks is a great performance from Allison simply by sitting down and asking her to sing again. She felt like she was auditioning for one of his movies.
Performance: It's not her best performance, the low parts in the beginning are sort of breathy and the power bits are a little heaving. She puts her back into it though. The...