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Ashley Rodriguez of 'American Idol' performs
Singer: Ashley Rodriguez
Monkeys As Critics' Take: The song starts too low. But it's only a note or two. On those deeper notes, Ashley gets a bit breathy and mumbly, but part of that is a problem with song. When it hits the chorus, she's much better. There are some nasally and sharp moments in the chorus, but to my mind, this is a much truer vocal than what Paige did. It's a pretty mediocre song, really and it wasn't set up as a good showcase in this 90-second segment. [Yes, I liked Ashley before and I kinda think she's better than this.]
Ellen, Randy, Kara and Simon Say: Kara starts off and says that it was a big song, but she hit the notes. But Kara adds that there were moments that weren't great. Randy agrees and adds Leona Lewis to that Mariah, Whitney, Celine group of artists who shouldn't be covered on "Idol." Ellen wants to see something shocking from Ashley, that she needs to take a risk. It's WEEK ONE, y'all. Who takes risks in the first week? Simon thought it was clumsy and didn't like the arrangement. Simon warns Ashley that she's going backward and that she may be in trouble. Hmmm... We're 0-2, the judges and I. Am I wrong to think that in Week One telling a female singer to be original and not just cover a female singer WHO WON A REALITY SHOW is a bit ridiculous? But no. Ashley wasn't really as good as I wanted her to be. But she sang the song, darnit. Paige did not and the judges raved.