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Todrick Hall of 'American Idol' performs
Singer: Todrick Hall
Song: "Somebody to Love"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Todrick Hall doesn't have a bad falsetto, so somebody thought it would be a good idea to built an entirely song around said falsetto. But just because you have a good falsetto isn't an invitation to attempt to do Freddie Mercury. Todrick the Entertainer doesn't have nearly the voice necessary to do this song without an arrangement that turns every single triple jump into a singe. Sorry. I have to get figure skating out of my head. After the opening falsetto, it's actually been arranged tremendously low, so that it has none of the flair of the Queen original at all. It's a snooze, but Todrick *does* deliver on the notes as they've been arranged and his stage presence remains at the very upper tier.
Randy, Ellen, Kara and Simon Say: Randy raves that Todrick is back. Randy calls it one of the best vocals this season by a men. Ellen says that Todrick made it into a gospel song and she commends him for his bravery. Kara says you can't listen and say that it's not good singing. Then she calls it too dramatic. Randy compares it to "Glee." That's our second "Glee" reference of the season from the judges. It's here I say: Kara, you're saying somebody's rendition of a Queen song was *too* dramatic? Simon said it was too Broadway and that it may have saved him, because at least he tried something and gave a performance.