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"So you messed up. But who cares?" --Simon Cowell
Al Calderon, 19: Oh dear. This daddy's boy from Long Island sang "Sara Smile" by Hall & Oates -- piss-poorly if you ask me, but Kelly Rowland was a big fan of the song choice…and, perhaps more importantly, Al's dreamy big eyes. I died a little inside when this child ran his tongue over the upper portion of his mouth during one of many way too sensual sections of this song. But he's cute! That is what we must remember.
"There were some tuning issues on that song, but I'm gonna put that down to inexperience and nerves," Simon said. "The potential of your voice coupled with the way you look, your charisma… I believe the music business is waiting for someone like you right now."
"I'm done!" announced the restaurant host/"Happy Birthday" specialist. "No more 'Happy Birthday' for me." Oh, come on, Al Cal. It is always someone's birthday. Don't front like you're not gonna sing.
Denise Weeks, 41: I loved how the judges pretended they had no idea what a subway singer was. A freaking subway singer! Are you kidding me? Have they ever visited any cities? We have proof that they have on TV! Anyway, Denise began Whitney Houston's "Greatest Love of All" with an all-too-pushy backing track. "You're rushing it! Therefore, we weren't getting any emotion," protested Simon. "Sing that song without a track. Let it breathe." Yes, Denise, do it! Imagine the subway rails beneath you -- your home track! It's all you'll ever need!
I just didn't get why this was good. I can think of no defining characteristics about Denise's voice or the performance. I mean, hers is a nice backstory and all, but I wasn't stirred by anything happening onstage. Huge disconnect for me here.
Eh, maybe I'm just the wrong audience. I spent eight years in NYC. Some lady starts singing on the train = I put on my headphones. Every single time. I am clearly a monster.
What about you?