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Katelyn Epperly of 'American Idol' performs
Singer: Katelyn Epperly
Song: "Oh Darlin'"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Katelyn is singing a song from 1967 and dressing like it's 1982. He hair is frizzy, with a dead pigeon sticking out of it. Her dress is short and leathery. And she's distracting me from what isn't a bad vocal performance at all. Tonight, she's looking like "Desperately Seeking Susan" era Madonna, though frankly she has a much bigger voice than the Madonna of that era.
Ellen, Randy, Kara and Simon Say: Simon warns her about screaming, but praises her quirkiness, even calling her brave. He says Katelyn will need a lot of work. Kara praises Katelyn for knowing her voice very well, that she sings like a veteran, but she doesn't like the makeover. Randy likes her tone and melody, as well as her whole vibe. Ellen was impressed with how much personality she put into it, but she suggests Katelyn may have "pushed" it. I... um... Don't know what that means, Ellen. There's a funny exchange between Katelyn and Kara bout Kara's fashion critique.