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Megan Joy of 'American Idol'
Singer: MEGAN JOY
Song: "Turn Your Lights Down Low"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: Megan says this is a song that she actually likes, taking the Lauryn Hill version of this Bob Marley standard. Dressed down, in jeans and turquoise top and bedecked in countless chains and ropes, she looks pleasantly casual and low-key. I like it. She doesn't try to dance. She doesn't try to perform. She isn't playing the fool tonight, she's just doing an interpretation of a song. It had become uncomfortable to watch her for at least two of the past three weeks. Tonight it's just dull. The arrangement of the song is so limited that it doesn't require any vocal range and Megan's normal attempts at nuance don't add much, though I can hear her trying.
Michigan State, Villanova, North Carolina and Simon Say: Kara likes Megan, but she thinks she's in trouble. She has a list of songs Megan should have sung instead. She gets booed and catcalled into silence. Paula wants to be surprised at this point in the competition and she doesn't think Megan surprised her tonight. She has a long suggestion that's 95% what Megan did. What she was missing, was a chair. Simon fears Megan's becoming indulgent and boring. Randy comes it to watching paint dry. "You can love a song, but that doesn't mean you're gonna sing it great," Randy says. Megan disagrees with the judges. I'm detecting a trend already tonight.