Relive the Motown Night performances by Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta, Megan Joy and the rest of the 'American Idol' Top 10 in photo form
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Kris Allen of 'American Idol'
Singer: KRIS "WHO?" ALLEN
Song: "How Sweet It Is"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: After sitting alone on a stool to sing last week, Kris has brought his guitar back. Tonight's show appears to be about a reverse engineering process to strip the soul from the music of Motown. The arrangement for Kris makes the most of his adult contemporary stylings. This is a really proficient performance. Kris has an easy charm, delivers clean and clear vocals and plays his instrument gamely. It's a little bit bluesier than the James Taylor version, but blander than the original, which means that Kris has made it his own. It's weird that I can't praise Kris without insulting him, or sounding like I'm insulting him. I'm still not loving Kris, or even liking him all that consistently, but he's done enough to convince me that he's better than many of his fellow Top 10 competitors.
Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Donatello and Simon Say: You know what Kara loves about the performance? Kris did the song his own way, making his mark on the song. Paula's loving his comfort level and seeing him come into his own. Simon wants Kris to believe in himself, because he doesn't have the right swagger and confidence. Randy tells Kris that he "ain't doin' nothin' wrong," and he's "all good."