Relive the Michael Jackson Night performances by Adam Lambert, Danny Gokey, Lil Rounds and the rest of the 'American Idol' Top 13 in photo form
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Lil Rounds of 'American Idol'
Singer: LIL ROUNDS
Song: "The Way You Make Me Feel"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Lil has many, many, many children. That's what we learn from her clip package. I'm pleased that Lil starts Michael Jackson Night with old-fashion up-tempo Jacko, rather than doing a diva-style ballad. It's a great idea, because she doesn't want to only be known exclusively as an R&B belter. It's the sort of song choice that the judges will call safe, but I actually think it's exactly the opposite. She could have found a slow song, stood in the middle with the spotlight and shouted. She does something that requires a week bit of dancing and that requires her to play around on the Big Stage. She makes sure to throw in a little grace note at the end. Some people will make jokes about the tight white pants and weird frilly pink top, but she looks fine.
Bob & Carol & Ted & Simon Say: Alright, so... Check it out... This is the way Randy wants to kick off Season Eight. You know what's great about Lil? She made the song new again for Randy. Kara suggests that Lil has challenged everybody else to step up their games. Paula Abdul's car seems to have hit a dove on her way over and she didn't have the time to clean the debris off her chest. She predicts that Lil is "the force to be reckoned with, saying she's "like angels singing." Simon thought it was a lazy song choice. I'm disagreeing with Simon from the get-go.