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Katie Stevens of 'American Idol' performs on Soul and R&B Night
Singer: Katie Stevens
Song: "Chain of Fools"
My Take: Speaking of gonads of steel, Katie Stevens doing Aretha Franklin is a kinda big gamble and even Usher can't quite predict what's going to come of it. Heck, even Ryan can't resist saying what a huge song Katie is doing. Usher's advice to Katie was to personalize the song. If anybody sees any evidence of that, let me know. But vocally? The song doesn't crush her, which is a high compliment for a 17-year-old singing Aretha Franklin. Katie's been up and down this season, but this is Katie living up to her full potential: Diana DeGarmo 2.0. You know who beat Diana DeGarmo? That's right, Fantasia Barrino, singer of the definitive "Idol" version of "Chain of Fools."
Randy, Ellen, Kara and Simon Say: So listen. Couple things. Randy though the performance was disconnected, but still one of the best vocals of the night, comparing her to a young Christina. Ellen goes back to the Snookie pouf again. She wanted the song to be younger and more current, but liked the vocal. Kara says this is where Katie belongs, but she has to go back to making it young and commercial. Simon says Randy's Christina comparison is crazy. He calls it cold and robotic, but also "pretty, pretty good." Simon and Kara return to their fight about what kind of an artist Katie is. Ryan asks who Katie's going to listen to. She whispers loudly, "Myself."