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Aaron Kelly of 'American Idol' performs
Singer: Aaron Kelly
Song: "I'm Already There"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Aaron's warbling this week. Is he nervous? Is he unsure of the melody? Does he think vibrato on every note is a good stylistic choice? Or can he just not stay on-point with low notes? Aaron finally moves out of the warble on the chorus, which becomes nasally and really sharp. It's all out of his head, nothing from his diaphragm. Are the vocal coaches not trying this season? If you can't mold the 16-year-old kid and teach him proper vocal technique, you might as well throw in the towel. This isn't at all pleasant pleasant to listen to. Hardly any of the notes are correct. I praised Aaron as being a far superior Kevin Covais, but this isn't even that good.
Randy, Ellen, Kara and Simon Say: Randy says Aaron has the makings of a great... something. Randy didn't like the lower notes, but he liked the "power notes," calling it a job well done. Really, Randy? Ellen says that Aaron has sounded better and that it was too much song for Aaron. Wow. Ellen breaks away from Randy. Kara loves Aaron. Kara thinks it was a stupid song choice for a 16-year-old kid. Simon tells Kara that what she said was "complete and utter rubbish." Ummm... How many times has Simon told teenage singers that their song choices were too old for them?