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Kris Allen of 'American Idol'
Singer: KRIS "WHO?" ALLEN
Song: "To Make You Feel My Love"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Although he rehearsed with his guitar, Kris is all alone on a stool tonight. He isn't the most exciting of performers and his puppy dog sincerity shows minimal variation, especially on a song this treacly, but this is the first time we've heard a radio-ready tone to his voice. While acknowledging that this is Kris' best vocal of the season, to my mind, this was a pretty safe song choice and he could have taken more advantage of this week's theme. I wish we were dipping a bit further back into the potential country catalogue, but that's a genre preference of my own.
Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Simon Say: Paula's pleasantly surprised, calling it "honest, pure and vulnerable," though she acknowledges pitchy parts. Simon thought it was terrific and that Kris was completely in control of the song. You know what was cool for Randy? Kris went out on a limb. Randy loved the vulnerability and tenderness. It wasn't country for Kara, it was just beautiful.