Country week is always interesting because not a lot of people are interested in this genre of music. There are a few people you can imagine will do well, but I think this will be the week that we see a few people falter. Randy Travis was around to tutor the top eleven this week, after inducting Carrie Underwood into the Opry. He thinks the show will be good and felt that the majority of contestants will do well.
What He Sang: “Ain’t Goin Down Till the Sun Comes Up” By: Garth Brooks
Opinions: Randy expects him to do well as long as he doesn’t lose any of the words. Being a fan of Garth Brooks, this just annoyed me. It was so similar to his interpretation in many ways. In fact, the only difference between the version is the band is off and he’s adding too many runs and vocal intonations. This doesn’t show off his voice or do him any favors. It was incredibly hokey and karaoke sounding. I hated it! Being that he likes Country and he’s from Texas, I thought he would do better. I guess I was wrong.
Randy – “It was a cool song choice, but I’m not sure it brought anything out in your vocals.”
Paula – “It’s a great Garth song and it allowed us to see you have fun.”
Simon – “It should have been good, but I couldn’t understand a word you were singing. It was clumsy. On a scale of 1-10, I’d give it a 1.2″
Kara – “We got to see your personality, but I missed the big notes.”
What She Sang: “Blame it on your Heart” By: Patty Loveless
Opinions: Randy is shocked to hear the maturity in Allison’s voice being that she is so young. He recommends she concentrates on singing and not dancing. As usual, Allison sounds good. She picked a good song for her voice and gave it a little bit of a rock edge. She blew it out of the park compared to Michael, which is amusing because I didn’t know how well she would do. I actually liked this rendition quite a bit.
Randy – “I thought it was Dope!”
Paula – “Another rock solid performance from Allison. After this competition you will be in the business.”
Simon – “I thought it was good. It felt like you were struggling to remember the words in parts.”
Kara – “I’m starting to think that you could sing the alphabet well. Every week you’re getting better and better.”
What He Sang: “To Make You Feel My Love” By: Garth Brooks
Opinions: Randy feels ballads are Kris’ strong suit, so this will be good for him. Kris decided to sing sans guitar. He slowed the song down even more and he chose to break up the lyrical structure. Being fair, he was better than last week. Still, he’s off pitch in a few spots and the only reason I’m not screaming at the top of my lungs is that he did choose to change it. It feels more pop-like. The country went away from that one. Oh, and his high notes suck. He’s also forgettable. Always.
Randy – “You went out on a limb just to showcase your vocals and I was like wow.”
Paula – “I’m surprised and felt it was honest, pure, and vulnerable. A few pitchy moments.”
Simon – “I thought that was terrific. Great choice of song.”
Kara – “I didn’t even know that it was Opry land. It was just beautiful.”
What She Sang: “Independence Day” By: Martina McBride
Opinions: Randy liked it, but thought she should slow it down a little bit. If she does what he heard, she will nail it. I am a big fan of this song and of Martina and think it will be interesting to hear Lil Rounds try it without adding an R&B spin. She sounds really good. Again, like with Allison, I didn’t expect her to do that well. She made the song hers enough by slowing it down and the song is a power song, so she’s certainly has the pipes for it. There was a note here and there that didn’t jive, but she sounded good. She chose the right song and gave it a Lil Rounds spin at the end!
Randy – “Interesting ambitious song choice, but I don’t know. It didn’t feel comfortable for me. It was alright.”
Paula – “Your vocals were spot on, you look beautiful, and the only thing would have worked better was if you would have done one verse and not two.”
Simon – “It kind of came over as if you were one of the girls that have to sing at a wedding that they aren’t comfortable with. It wasn’t you.”
Kara – “We all know you’re a great singer. You did what you felt and that’s part of being an artist. It wasn’t your best performance.”
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