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Scott MacIntyre of 'American Idol'
Singer: SCOTT MACINTYRE
Song: "Just The Way You Are"
Monkeys As Critics' Take: On his current tour, The Piano Man has been fighting accusations that his voice is shot. So maybe Scott thought the time was right to take on Mr. Joel. After all, Scott's voice is pretty thin at its best. His phrasing is dreadful, as he keeps pushing out glory notes at the expense of both melody and the song's natural rhythms. Scott has been very proud of his arrangements this season and is arrangement of this song seems to have been to make it a showcase for shouting and noodling. It's lethargic and searching. Credit to Scott, though, for just hitting the stage with his piano, without additional accompaniment. This is the first time we've really been able to hear him playing the piano.
Michigan State, Villanova, North Carolina and Simon Say: Kara thinks Scott made some smart decisions. She calls it moving and honest and raves about Scott's new look. Paula says that of all of the singers on the stage, she's most proud of Scott, then she says it has nothing to do with his challenge. Really? What, then? Simon calls it Scott's best performance by a country mile. Really? Randy calls it "one of the best of the night." Apparently I'm incorrect and I need to learn to love the tuneless mess.