Finally a review of Sunday's American Idols Live concert in Greensboro from the Greensboro News & Record.
Hometown boy Anoop Desai got an early mention in the story, which noted that he "had a large hometown contingent cheering for him from behind a banner that read, 'We Love You Anoop, The UNC Clefhangers and Senior Varsity Fans.'" Anoop was said to show "some of the broadest, stylistic range of the night, bringing vulnerability to a rendition of 'Always On My Mind'" and swaggering through "My Prerogative."
The News & Record played the comparison game with Kris Allen and Adam Lambert (see headline) saying in the lead, "There was no way Kris Allen could top the glam flash and showmanship of Adam Lambert on stage at the Greensboro Coliseum on Sunday night. So Allen closed the concert with the same method he used to beat Lambert on 'American Idol,' delivering a comparatively subdued yet soulful performance." And closing with this: "Allen showed enough range and talent to illustrate how he won “American Idol,” but Sunday night’s concert positioned Lambert as the bigger potential breakout star."
Allison Iraheta and Danny Gokey got good comments ("Danny Gokey and another crowd favorite, Allison Iraheta, gave Lambert a run for his money with dynamic, high-energy performances."), but I heavily disagree with what he says about Matt Giraud. HEAVILY. Disagree so heavily that I won't even repeat it. But I will say this - "Hard to Handle" is one of the best performed songs in the entire concert, and it always gets one of the best responses in every city. And I think this is the first negative response I've seen about that song from anyone. So pffft.