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Kris Allen of 'American Idol'
Singer: KRIS ALLEN
Song: "Come Together"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Carly Smithson did a really solid job with "Come Together" last season. Does Acoustic Wonderboy Kris really want to go down this path? It's a bit of a jam band version of "Come Together," which makes it the edgiest thing Kris has done to date. Kris was enunciating last week, but he mumbles his way through the lyrics of "Come Together" and I define covers of this song by how much fun the singers have with the twisted wordplay. Kris doesn't have an iota of fun. You darn well better believe that Adam would have done something twisted with the lyrics. It's hard to exactly pick out how much of the music he's providing on his guitar, but he seems to be part of the band, which speaks well for that aspect of his performance.
Georges Clemenceau, Vittorio Orlando, Woodrow Wilson and Simon Say: Randy knows that Kris isn't the rock guy, but he appreciates that Kris did something where he got to be himself. You know what he loved, though? Kris' guitar work. Kara thought it was trying too hard and that it wasn't the best song. Paula loved Kris' "artistic delivery," but wanted a little more energy. "It was rather like eating ice for lunch," Simon says, perhaps echoing last week's "wet" comment. Simon calls it a jam. That's what I thought!