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Lil Rounds of 'American Idol'
Singer: LIL ROUNDS
Song: "What's Love Got To Do With It"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: After doing Celine Dion last week, Lil tackles Tina Turner, doing a disappointingly mellow rendition of the song. She's doing the exact Turner version of the song, but she lacks the plaintive wail that Turner brought to the chorus, the intensity that sells that song. It's just low-key and sing-song-y karaoke performance. If you're going to do Tina, you can't do just a half-assed version of Tina. Otherwise, you're just some woman who stayed married to Ike for 50 unpleasant years. No. You've got to be that banshee, that warrior. Lil is no so far past her last very good performance that I've begun to doubt my memories of that one shining moment.
Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Simon Say: Paula begins by telling Lil she looks hot, which is never a good start. Paula wanted Lil to take liberties and show who she is as an artist, but this wasn't distinctive and Lil. Simon calls it a second or third rate version of Tina Turner, complaining, "It's literally like we've lost you." Randy repeats what the others have said. Kara wants her to make the leap from singer to artist. For the fifth or sixth consecutive week, Lil tells voters that if they voter her back, she'll do better next week. I hate to say it, but I no longer believe her.