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Matt Giraud of 'American Idol'
Singer: MATT GIRAUD
Song: "Part-Time Lover"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Growl. Falsetto. Growl. Falsetto. Matt's take on Stevie Wonder -- no creative arrangements here -- starts off rough. Very rough. He's insecure about his actual voice and he doesn't need to be. When he's just singing the song, he sounds great. I don't need the runs, the gratuitous falsetto, the falsetto growls. He has absolutely no trust in the melody, in the lyrics in anything about the song-as-written. And it's not even like he's skatting or adding to the performance. It's just showing off, but what's being shown off is beyond me. This isn't a great song because Stevie liked to make funny noises to fill every pause. It's a great song because it's a great song.
Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Simon Say: Vocally one of the best of the night, Randy cheers. Kara calls it "incredible on every level." Simon gives him a Standing-O. Simon calls it a million times better than last week. Blech.