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Taylor Vaifanua of 'American Idol'
Singer: TAYLOR VAIFANUA
Song: "If I Ain't Got You"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Taylor's really 24, right? I'm not buying the 17 part. This Alicia Keys track is much too deep for her. Sure, you sound great on the chorus, but if you don't have the range to sing the entire song, you should pick something different. It's a familiar song choice error that speaks to how limited most "Idol" contestants are compared to the true superstars. Is Taylor wearing a skirt over leather pants? Rubber pants? There was a season every female contestant did this as an audition song and they all did it the exact same way, right down to the wobbly falsetto grace note at the end.
Pestilence, Famine, War and Simon Say: It's obvious to Kara that Taylor has a voice, but she wants more of Taylor's personality. She has no insight into what it's like going shopping with Taylor. Paula likes Taylor's beautiful instrument, but she wishes she'd had sung something she didn't sing in Hollywood. But Paula, the producers never showed us that performance and she's singing for me. Simon is confused by Kara's shopping comment. "It wasn't terrible, it wasn't great," he says, blaming her for trying to be too old. The music plays before Randy can comment. Randy repeats what the other judges said. Taylor, who appears to be eight-feet-tall standing next to Ryan, cries tears of happiness as Ryan and Simon talk clothing.