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Michael Sarver of 'American Idol'
Singer: MICHAEL SARVER
Song: "Ain't Goin' Down Til the Sun Comes Up"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Michael thinks this Garth Brooks track is a risk, even though it's an "American Idol" standby, previously covered by the likes of Joshua "The Marine" Gracin and Latoya London. He makes such a big deal about all of the lyrics, but he's so mumbly the words hardly matter. Does he get them all? I have no idea. Is he even sticking to the melody of the song? Not really. I'm too busy enjoying the harmonic player, who upstages Michael every step of the way. Can we invite Harmonica Man into the Top 10 and send Michael home? By the end, it isn't just Harmonica Man upstaging Michael. He's being drowned out by the band and outsung by the backup singers.
Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Simon Say: Check it out. You know what? It was a cool song choice for Randy, but he isn't sure it brought anything out of his vocals. Kara liked seeing Michael's personality, but she missed the big notes. She's impressed he remembers the words. Michael says that the notes were less important to him than having fun. Paula stammers something about fun, but no sentences come up. Apparently the words don't matter to her either. Simon couldn't understand a single word. "You could have been singing in Norwegian," he says. After Simon ends his criticisms, Michael snaps back, "If we were all perfect, we wouldn't need this show." Is that actually true? Either way, you didn't give me any reason to want to keep you around on this show, Michael.