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Paige Miles of 'American Idol' performs
Singer: Paige Miles
Song: "It's Alright Now"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Paige starts off flat. I'm not completely sure how this fits into tonight's theme. Is there a new version of this song on the charters or is the theme really Anything Goes? And if the theme is Anything Goes, why the blazes is Paige singing this song? She picks up OK, does an unnecessary key change going into the chorus because she only wants to do the things that let her yell. Oddly she lets the background singers do most of the chorus and noodles wordlessly. She hits a big final note, but did she sing any of the words after the first verse? No. Serious question: After the first verse, all she was doing was runs, wails and twiddling on the microphone with her fingers. And then she attempted to deep throat the mic on her final note. That's not singing, it's showing off.
Ellen, Randy, Kara and Simon Say: Simon is confused that he's starting first. I'm also confused. No judging order in which Simon goes first makes any sense to me. Simon tells Paige that out of all of the girls, she has the best voice, but that she chose a wedding singer song, rather than a good showcase. Kara disagrees and thought it was a "brilliant" song and that she "slayed" the verses and that her voice is ridiculous. Check it out, yo. Randy agrees with both of them. Randy thought she got us off to a good start. "I agree and disagree with all of them," Ellen says. She raves that Paige was "so present" and says she loved it. Nice. One performance and the judges and I are disconnected. Paige says that she's been waiting to pee for five hours. Talk about st