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Lil Rounds of 'American Idol'
Singer: LIL ROUNDS
Song: "I Surrender"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Lil is sick of being told to sing more ambitious diva songs. She attacks Celine Dion with something to prove. Perhaps because of the deafening arrangement, there's a lot of shouting going on. But what are you going to say? The judges wanted big and complained about it for three weeks and darned if Lil didn't do what they wanted. Guess what, though... This isn't what she should be singing either. Poor Lil. She can't win.
Michigan State, Villanova, North Carolina and Simon Say: "For me for you, this would not have been my song choice," Randy says, though he says she sang it well. Kara wanted Mariah or Mary, but she still saw signs that Lil can blow. Paula wants more joy and less adult contemporary. Simon says this was Lil singing to stay in the competition. He actually calls the song "too soft." Lil's kids, in the audience, don't come to their mom's defense, though her middle daughter gives Randy a big hug. It's a very cute moment and Lil is in tears.