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Kendall Beard of 'American Idol'
Singer: KENDALL BEARD
Song: "This One's For the Girls"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Kendall is Kristen, only wouldn't the crazy-eyes. Since Ms McNamara abdicated the country throne, Kendall picks it right up. The song's message is admirable, but as music it's pretty pitiful and Kendall's Sandra Dee-perky interpretation makes it worse. I think Kristen will come to regret her song choice, because the "Idol" audience is very welcoming to perky blonde country singers, whether they can sing (Carrie Underwood) or they're still works-in-progress (Kristy Lee Cook or Kellie Pickler). Kendall isn't as good as any of those three, but she fills a slot.
Pestilence, Famine, War and Simon Say: Kara thinks Kendall has a big personality and picked the right song, but she didn't hit the notes. Paula loves Kendall's outfit and then avoids saying anything about the performance. Simon thinks it was the right choice, but that he found it shrill toward the end. Randy loves country music and her outfit, but says it wasn't her best vocal.