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Lakisha Jones Receives High Praise from Judges, Fans

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Do we already have our next American Idol?

After all, Simon did basically tell the 23 other contestants to book their tickets home after Lakisha Jones closed last night's show - and he wasn't alone in his never-ending praise for this star.

Lakisha Jones Receives High Praise from Judges, Fans Here are a few samples - taken directly from our comments section - of how you, the viewers at home, felt about this talented single mother after her rendition of a Jennifer Hudson song last night:

Honey, you just won American Idol with tonite's performance. You are ten leagues ahead of everyone else. The competition was won by you with Melinda Doolittle as runner up. Gentlemen.... pack it in and go home.
GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow. Amazing voice. She blew everyone away. And I sat in awe.
If by chance she does not win. I really feel someone will pick this POWERFULL singer up. Bet that.
I will be so happy if she wins. God bless her and her daughter with an easier life.

Tonight America and Canada and the world witnessed the birth of a star. Tonight on television, a cultural event. Lakisha Jones tonight is a star rising over America. It is a one-minute-and-thirty-second moment I will remember for years. And when her album comes out I hope "I Am Telling You..." is on it to keep that memory alive.

Bravo Lakisha! You are clearly this year's winner, but in any case win or lose, you've arrived and I don't think you'll be going back to the bank...at least not as a teller! :)

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I think she's great

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lakisha, last night may 9, 2007 was my last night watching american idol, i really like you and you are the only reason i watched american idol, you are the best and always will be the best, i cant wait to buy your cd's you are a great singer, and you are a great looking woman, you should be so proud of yourself, you are going to have producer all over your back, you acre going to be so successful and rich, God haves given you a talent, with a money maker, use it Girl, you are an american idol, we all idol you. and everyone else knows it. keep ya head up

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Lakisha, it sounds as though you really attract African American women. That is really great, I think all famous people should support their own culture first (unfortunately, it does not work like that for most). But, I am not an african american and do not really get your sound at all. I have not voted at all yet, I hear a lot about you and I watch american idol every week (never missed one show yet), but I just do not understand what is so special about your sound. You have been predictable so far in your sound, music and voice, but I do not think you have anything special. Can you sing any soft rock or country? It would be nice to hear you do something different, something soft with less backup singers and music. It just seems to loud when you sing and last week you really hit a sour note and it was like no one says anything to you when you mess up, but some of the other girls make one small mess up and the judges are all over them mercilessly. I just feel like idol is setting you up to win by picking all low key singers, but I do not understand why? What has idol heard that makes you have such a unique sound that they want you to win? I am being honest and would really like to hear something unique coming out of you when you sing. I will wait and listen again tonight and I promise, I will vote for you if I hear that special sound that no one else in the world has, that sound that american idol must have heard because they are really rootin for you. Good Luck

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Lakisha will not win! Why? You think I am crazy? American Idol is about the whole package: voice, looks, style, charisma, etc. Got to be popular to a variety of people in the USA. So Lakisha has a good voice, but for people like me, I prefer Celine Dion over Aretha. I honestly think Celine is a better singer and have never spent one penny on Aretha's music. In fact, I will not listen to Aretha's music for free, she is too loud and sounds like she is always yelling her songs. Lakisha seems to copy Aretha's style, and that is fine but Lakisha's voice does not appeal to people like me who are not attracted to her voice or this kind of sound (to each his own, right?).Needless to say, I would be a hypocrite and dishonest if I ever dare vote for Lakisha, and I am not alone in how I feel either. It is not a race issue, it is a music issue, a sound issue, personal preference. I also loved Whitney Houston's voice (related to Aretha or not, Whitney does NOT sound like Aretha); in fact I still listen to her music from a decade ago, it will never get old and never be unpopular amongst fans like myself. But Lakisha does not sing anything like Whitney either. Lakisha also does not look the part of a pop singer. She just does not appeal to more people than one may think. Not to say she is bad, but do not be surprised if she does not win because she does not have the whole package and her voice appeals only to those who are prefer the Areatha type sound over the Celine/Whitney type sound of music. The past demonstrates that Celine Dion alone has made more money by the millions than Aretha could ever dream of. Needless to say, there are more Celine/Whitney type fans out here in the USA than there are Aretha fans. Unless Lakisha can soften her sound, hold a steady note without screaming it and loose 150 pounds, she will not win!

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I found a Lakisha Jones fan site: schoolmall.ca/antonella+barba.... but I can not find her myspace page. ANybody knows?

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I found a Lakisha Jones fan site:http://www.schoolmall.ca/anton... but I can not find her myspace page. ANybody knows?

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Lakisha is a superb singer..I can only connect her soulful talent to the retentions of Africanisms in art, music, song and dance in the Americas among people of African ancestry..the way how she belted out that song, her soulful voice and the depth of her delivery was a gift and talent so rare that brings to us to our feet when we hear her sharing her soul.

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Lakisha..SUPERB TALENT the way you belted out that song. I believe you will win. Hang on tight!

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Lakisha- you're an amazing singer. You blew everyone away, especially the judges. Your in this competition for the long haul, let me tell you that. Everything about your performance gave me the chills. Best of luck to you although i know you don't need it. You're a star.

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I think that Lakisha was better than anyone who tried out this season. She should go straight to the top! I wish her all the best.