Relive the best (Crystal, Siobhan) and worst (Lacey, Haeley) of Wednesday's 'Idol' performances from the Top 10 Women
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Haeley Vaughn of 'American Idol' performs
Singer: Haeley Vaughn
Song: "The Climb"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Oh Haeley. Don't talk about your nerves and lack of confidence. Crystal Bowersox was resurrected from THE DEAD. And you're nervous? Suck it up! And I really wish they'd saved this song for the Miley Cyrus Theme Night. Oh, you know it's coming. After last week's freakshow of styles, this is a big improvement in consistency for Haeley. She has a big voice, but she doesn't quite know how to breathe, which causes problems when she gets to the chorus and runs out of air. By the time she gets to the end, Haeley's strained and the notes aren't coming together properly and it becomes hard to listen to. It's an awful song, but I don't think Haeley's making it any worse.
Randy, Ellen, Kara and Simon Say: It didn't work for Randy, who actually calls it excruciating. Ellen didn't think Haeley connected to the song. Kara compares Haeley to Alex Lambert for some reason, that we're rooting for her. Really? Huh. Kara thinks a year of "strengthening her instrument" would be a big help. Simon's feeling gentle tonight, but reluctantly calls it "a complete and utter mess." Really? I thought she was better than last week. That's not saying much, because I thought Haeley was a trainwreck last week. This week, she's just a bike wreck. Or a skateboard crash.