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Michael Sarver of 'American Idol'
Singer: MICHAEL SARVER
Song: "Ain't Too Proud To Beg"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: What an appropriate song choice for a guy who also wasn't too proud to use his daughter as a sympathy prop last week. This is the most worried Smokey has been about a performance, which makes sense if Mr. Robinson watched Michael escape elimination last week. The song is about a man with a certain desperation, which Michael interprets by smiling serenely for most of the performance, snapping his fingers with mock urgency. Michael's carbon copy cover of this track makes Anoop look like he was doing dramatic changes to his song. This feels like a drunk guy at a bar singing along to his favorite tune, complete with shouting (not singing) when he wants to be heard over the music. But hey, it's better than last week and viewers didn't send Michael home then.
Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Donatello and Simon Say: This was a tough performance for Paula, who calls it "Old Las Vegas lounge-y" and says he didn't dominate the song. Her voice is cracking as she tries to bring herself to criticize Michael. Simon couldn't wait for it to end. "You are taking part in this competition," Simon says, "You have no chance of winning it." Michael admits that he tried his hardest, but that he knew it was below par. Randy thinks the song was too big for Michael. Kara says that they're looking for an artist and that she isn't seeing any sign of interpretation from Michael. The singer strongly suggests that the judges just aren't getting who he is as an artist.