Phillip Phillips is singing Usher's "You Got It Bad" next on "American Idol." He's doing it the same way he's sang every single other song this finals -- playing his guitar, making it a bit bluesy, giving it some pace, looking intense.
It's not memorable for me, and brings out nothing in the song; but his tween fans will keep voting for him.
Judges and the audience love him, though; they give him a standing ovation. Steven Tyler says "you got melody now... it was great." Jennifer Lopez says, "that was so sexy."
Randy Jackson says he "smiles every week I see you," because he loves that "this year we have a true artist on the stage. Every time he comes up he tries to be original, and he tries to be himself."
I don't agree; I liked Phillips a lot leading up to the finals, but to call him a true artist is a slight to past "Idol" contestants like David Cook and Adam Lambert, who actually did make us hear old songs in new, better ways; and current contestants like Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet and even Colton Dixon, who don't sound the same every week.
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