When critiquing American Idol
's weekly performances, one judge's "pitchy" is often another's "perfection." So TV Guide asked three singing experts for their opinions. Renee Grant-Williams
has worked with Faith Hill
, Tim McGraw
and Christina Aguilera
. Roger Love
's clients include Eminem
, Mandy Moore
and Matchbox Twenty
. Brett Manning
has tuned up Keith Urban
, Take 6
and such Broadway hits as Aida
and Les Misérables
. Here, they tick off which finalists hit the right notes and which deserve the least votes.Carrie UnderwoodRoger Love:
"Though not original, her lovely sound nicely fits the pop-country genre, and this sweet face could be the next Faith Hill. But I'd suggest dance classes. Her stance is awkward and her overall vibe unsexy."Brett Manning:
"She may only be generically good by Nashville standards."Renee Grant-Williams:
"She has a good chance to win. She has consistent pitch; she kicked butt on the Heart
"The new Clay Aiken
. This nerdy kid you can't help but like has a gorgeous voice with musical-theater vibrato, kind of like Josh Groban
"One of the best male singers, but mediocre stage presence. Has a big career ahead of him singing at weddings and bar mitzvahs."Grant-Williams:
"His fairly clear strong voice is dramatic, but most weeks he's less than memorable."
"Pretty voice. He looks like he's having fun, [so] you forget the extra pounds. But he's just another white guy wishing he was Marvin Gaye
"I say move to Nashville and do demo and jingle work. He'll make $100,000 a year, and it won't matter what he looks like."
"[Seems] affected and silly when he makes moves he thinks rock stars make, but he has a good voice, makes great musical choices and girls find him attractive."Manning:
"His voice, which isn't as good as Bo
's, is more suited to Broadway. He'd be perfect for Rent
"Puts a lot of energy into performances and has a great natural voice, but she still is out of tune, pushes to sing louder than [she] can handle and her tone borders on piercing."Manning:
"She needs a lot more experience, more refinement and a little more control to experiment with the notes."
"For a music teacher, he's sure out of tune a lot. His high notes are fantastic, but everything below them comes across as less interesting."Grant-Williams:
"'Moon River' was fresh and fun, but for the last few weeks his voice sounded tired and thinned out, like a stretched rubber band."
"He's a rocker who isn't scary. He expertly works the crowd and cameras. He keeps his pitch right on. But he needs to show a little more crossover appeal to win this contest."Love:
"A combo of Bob Seger
and Eddie Vedder
. He sings circles around Constantine
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