Overall, it was an evening that seemed lacking in inspiration. A primary reason was that on a night where the huge range of great movie music could be explored, contestants came up with tired, overplayed love ballads like Areosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" and Bryan Adams' "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You." Then there was a meaningful performance of "Endless Love" by Danny Gokey, but, still, it was "Endless Love." Adam Lambert turned in another impressive performance, but, even though, yes, "Born To Be Wild" was on the soundtrack to Easy Rider, does the rock classic really make you think movies?
Fortunately, Kris Allen stepped up and made the most inspired song choice of the night. He chose "Falling Slowly," the 2008 Academy Award winner for Best Song from a Motion Picture. It is a gentle but powerful love song, and Allen's interpretation was on target. It is a beautiful song well deserving of greater exposure. This was the type of performance that sends viewers to iTunes to check out the original recording. "Falling Slowly" is the product of a real-life romantic and artistic partnership between Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. It is not the first time Kris Allen has shown his skill at picking the right song. 2 weeks ago his choice of the Bill Withers classic "Ain't No Sunshine" was another stroke of genius. Once again, it's not just about singing, choice of song can make all the difference.
- Watch Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova perform "Falling Slowly"
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