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Kris Allen of 'American Idol'
Singer: KRIS ALLEN
Song: "All She Wants To Do Is Dance"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Kris, who formerly aspired to be a taxi driver, has been given the same sort of awkward mid-audience placement that squished Matt Giraud last week. It's an awful idea, because it prevents the performers from having any room to develop a performance, any room to use the stage, any room to breath. Kris just isn't a big enough personality to command this type of staging and on this limited a song, he lacks the voice to even become noticeable. He stepped out last week and actually forced me to remember who he was. This week, he's back to Kris "Who?" Allen.
Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Simon Say: Kara's glad Kris chose something up-tempo, but she calls it "jazz-funk homework." Paula thinks Kris has to be one of the most likable contestants they've ever had. Simon whips out words like "indulgent," "boring" and forgettable." He blames the arrangement. Randy agrees that Kris got lost in the music.