With all respect to M.L. House, our resident American Idol expert, I've been glued to season nine so far and must disagree with his assessment:
Andrew Garcia, while perfectly talented and full of potential, was NOT the best singer in Hollywood.
As Kara DioGuardi and my fellow TV Fanatic critic agreed, Garcia was simply replicating a past Idol contestant with his acoustic performance of "Straight Up." It was solid, but not as original as it seemed.
That's why I dub Lilly Scott as the most impressive so far. If American Idol is all about finding a fresh voice, then the discussion starts and ends with Scott. Watch her rendition of Ella Fitzgerald's "Lullaby of Birdland" and tell me you disagree:
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