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Kris Allen of 'American Idol'
Singer: KRIS ALLEN
Song: "Falling Slowly"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Wow. A new song. From a new movie. That's never been performed on "American Idol" before. This could either be a great moment for Kris, or it could be a disaster. Not enough time has passed for this to be a song that you can really reinterpret. It's a singer-songwriter song and just doing justice to Glen Hansard is enough. This song is all about vocal tone and Kris doesn't quite have the right tone. There are notes that sound shrill and sharp. It's a muted arrangement, but I might have gone further. I'd have gone one guitar and one backup singer and Kris. Since I'm not a teenage girl, I can't say for sure if Kris' side-of-mouth singing and closed eyes came across as passionate and dreamy or muppet-y and silly. I'd vote for the latter. Kris Allen fans may vote for the former. It's a beautiful song, and Kris doesn't ruin it -- Much appreciated! -- but it's possible that this is a song where if it isn't Hansard and Marketa Irglova, it just can't be right. So Kris and some anonymous never-seen background singer? Not the same thing.
Mean Joe Green, L.C. Greenwood, Ernie Holmes and Simon Say: It never caught on for Randy, who says it was "pitchy from note one." Kara, though, loved it, calling it one of his best moments. Ryan cuts her off. Geez, guys. Seven singers. Only 14 comments. And you still can't fit it into an hour without running long? If FOX doesn't insist on a production change for next season, the network is making a mistake. It's one thing for FOX to want "Idol" to boost "Fringe," but these shows are just running long because nobody has the timing down.