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Matt Giraud of 'American Idol'
Singer: MATT GIRAUD
Song: "To Really Love a Woman"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Sigh. Well over 100 years of movies and we're stuck with two Bryan Adams songs? It's here that we recall that Matt was a dueling piano player in his past life. This is just a hotel bar performance. Nothing less, nothing more. Quentin Tarantino asked Matt to pay attention to the lyrics. He didn't. I've never noticed that Matt makes Allison seem capable of enunciation. Again, it's another decently arranged song, a variation on the original. Of course, Matt trusts the stability of arrangements like J. Edgar Hoover used to trust Democrats. After starting pretty straight, he goes off on his own, with the growls and falsettos and affectations, leaving the melody far behind. And, as always, when he just sings the song, he doesn't sound bad at all. But how can nobody be coaching him at all? How can he not be getting the advice that he's hurting himself with the nonsense?
Mean Joe Green, L.C. Greenwood, Ernie Holmes and Simon Say: It was interesting for Randy, that it started well, but got pitchy when he reached the bridge. He tells him to tone down the nonsense. Thank you, Randy. Wow. Randy's making sense. Kara says almost nothing. What what the heck are those faces Simon's making on the side? Does he not know where the camera is? Sepinwall tells me he's mimicking Kara. I'm not exactly convinced.