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Lil Rounds of 'American Idol'
Singer: LIL ROUNDS
Song: "Independence Day"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: It's another "American Idol" standby and another song from the recent catalogue. Lil Round said she was going to respect the song and, indeed, she does. She delivers the lyrics clearly and with meaning and when the song gets big at the chorus, she does honor to the melody without any gratuitous runs or mannerisms. It's a simple and pure performance. Looking at the last three weeks, Lil has actually showed an unexpected amount of versatility. I'd wonder, though, if the judges want versatility out of her or if they just want her to be this season's Capital-D Diva.
Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Simon Say: Randy didn't think it was comfortable for her. It was just aight for him. Randy would have preferred if she'd chosen a country song that had already been R&B-ized. That answers my question. Randy wants Lil to do Whitney songs so that when she does Whitney songs, he can complain that nobody should do Whitney songs. Kara wanted more power, but gives her props for doing what she wanted to do. Paula thinks everything's coming up Lil tonight, but she has constructive criticism about the arrangement. Simon, calling her "Little," says it came over like she had been forced to sing the song.