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Lil Rounds of 'American Idol'
Singer: LIL ROUNDS
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Should Lil Rounds really have taken on the full emotional weight of Motown on her shoulders? Or did that have to be the story that "Idol" wanted to present? I like her wig and her outfit. She looks the part of a Motown diva, but the performance is more shouting than singing. It's too fast for her and she keeps getting breathless. Whenever she runs out of air, she has no choice but to yell to get the rest out. You always know that she's singing in a way that no other woman this season can sing, but she isn't making the right choices to just showcase her pipes. This show isn't easy. If you have a voice like Lil's, you don't want to do three or four straight weeks of big R&B ballads, lest you get pigeon-holed and criticized, but you also can't do three straight weeks out of your comfort zone (as she has) and expect people to remember the pigeon-hole you're trying to escape from.
Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Donatello and Simon Say: Randy didn't like the song, accusing her of rushing through (this is what I meant by the breathlessness). Kara leads with "You look great," which is never a good sign. Kara says that this should have been Lil's week. Can we stop and wonder if Kara could have coded this race-based observation anymore? I mean, she didn't tell Michael Sarver that he should have nailed last week, as a Texas white boy. Paula disagrees with Randy and Kara, saying it was like she heard the song for the first time. Simon calls it an authentic tribute, but that he'd have chose a better song and that she missed her chance for a Moment. Lil is diplomatic and promises that she'll do some slowed down vocals next week.