Relive the best and worst of Tuesday's Inspirational performances from the 'Idol' Top 7
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Lee Dewyze of 'American Idol' performs on Inspirational Songs Night
Singer: Lee Dewyze
Song: "The Boxer"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: I love Alicia's strategy of asking Lee to just recite the lyrics for her. Lacking a Garfunkel of his own, Lee begins by over-singing the song, but I'll confess that I'm distracted by how horribly the lyrics have been gutted for this shortened arrangement. What's the point of singing a song that tells a story and has a message, if you take the story and the message out of the equation entirely? Lee's vocals are strong, oversinging aside, but his energy is perilously low. It's about distinguishing between "somber and emotional" and "sleepy and dull." Lee is somewhere between those two extremes, but closer to "sleepy and dull" in my book. He's still better than Casey James, but that's only because Casey James has only one gear and Lee has two or three.
Randy, Ellen, Kara and Simon Say: Randy says that Lee is a great artist ready to have a great career and says nothing at all about this performance. Ellen calls it Lee's "best performance by far." Kara thinks Lee had his Moment and then she mocks Casey, emphasizing the difference between people who feel connected to the song and people who don't. Simon calls it the night's best performance and also insults Casey.