American Idol – Idol Gives Back 4/24/07

First up on this special episode of American Idol, Ryan Seacrest and Simon Cowell travel to Africa to learn of the deplorable conditions of living in such poverty. Ryan looks like he could use a shave and Simon looks sad and emotional, for once.

To lead off the competition tonight is Chris Richardson singing, “Change the world” by Eric Clapton.

I wasn’t too fond of this version of the song. I’m a fan of Clapton’s music and this didn’t come close for me. The judges seemed to eat it up, but I don’t think so!

The judges visited Louisiana, Kentucky, Chinle, and Atlanta, to see poverty in our own nation.
Next up is Melinda Doolittle singing Faith Hill’s song, “There will come a day”.

Very nicely done, I like her vocals. She is going to be hard to beat this season.

Blake Lewis is up next to answer a viewer’s question as to what his biggest sacrifice, which is his family. He sings John Lennon’s “Imagine”. The song lends itself to blandness and I don’t think it was a good song choice for Blake.

Next up is Lakisha Jones, singing Fantasia Barrino’s “I believe”.

It was a little rough in the beginning and somewhat pitchy, but I don’t see this as a real competition if Lakisha goes before Chris Richardson.

Up next is Votefortheworst’s choice, Phil Stacey. He is asked what he misses most about home, to which he answers, his babies. He sing’s Garth Brooks’ “The change”.

I think he butchered it, just my two cents, though.

Finally and last, but not least is Jordin Sparks singing “You’ll never walk alone”.

I wasn’t as impressed as I normally would be with her singing. It seemed to me that she was shouting a bit and it sounded fake. I disagree with the judges on this one, too.

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