'American Idol' six sing songs of inspiration
By Stone Martindale Apr 25, 2007, 3:22 GMT
American Idol kicked off Tuesday as the first day of the “Idol Gives Back” week. In addition to the six finalists’ performances, the show showed clips of the judges and Ryan Seacrest visiting poverty stricken areas both in Africa and the United States.
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Simon's b-roll of him visiting an L.A. foodbank and his realization that these things even existed here actualy drew tears, I am not ashamed to say.
The theme was inspirational songs, the judges were in good spirits.
Chris Richardson, 22, Chesapeake, VA.: Sang “Change the World” by Eric Clapton. Randy and Simon enjoyed it. Paula too. It was good.
Melinda Doolittle, 29, Brentwood, TN.: Sang “There Will Come a Day,” by Faith Hill. Everybody kvelled, Paula dabbed her eyes, Melinda is a genius and I still love her.
Blake Lewis, 25, Bothell, WA.: Sang “Imagine” by John Lennon. Sounded nice, Randy said great choice, "alright on performance side, just okay for me", Paula liked the simplicity, Simon said it "felt sincere".
LaKisha Jones, 27, Fort Meade, MD.: Sang “I Believe” by Fantasia. Randy hated the pitch, Paula says she is a powerhouse vocalist and Simon cut to the chase and said the Fantasia version was better, and that she shouted.
Phil Stacey, 29, Jacksonville, FL.: Sang “The Change” by Garth Brooks. The judges were complimentary, and Simon thinks he can do well, and he was good.
Jordin Sparks, 17, Glendale, AZ.: Sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” Randy called it one of the best vocals in the six seasons of the show, and Simon thought she could have a hit with it. Melinda has a real rival now. She's a beauty and will be a huge hit in whatever she does.