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American Idol Goes To Dollywood!

PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 11:08 pm
by Chris
American Idol kicked off Dolly Parton week tonight with a bang as each contestant took on some of Dolly’s biggest hit songs. The show began with tool Ryan Seacrest making an April Fools Day joke followed by a brief but cute video segment highlighting Dolly’s vast career as a singer/songwriter followed by her singing “9 To 5″ at a piano with all the contestants. Most contestants gave decent, or as Simon Cowell would say, “unmemorable” performances of Dolly’s songs with a few notable exceptions: Michael Johns ended the show with an powerful rendition of “It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right” to which all the judges loved. Carly Smithson gave “Here You Come Again” a more mellow yet emotional touch with mixed reviews from the judges. Jason Castro made a good song choice by picking Dolly’s Oscar-nominated “Travelin’ Thru” which fit his folky singer/songwriter voice. But the performance of the night was David Archuleta as he belted out an emotional “Smoky Mountain Memories”, receiving high praise from the crowd and judges with Randy Jackson calling it the best performance of the night and Simon Cowell saying he was “absolutely on the money”. Here is the full list of tonight’s performances:

Brooke White - “Jolene”
David Cook - “Little Sparrow”
Ramiele Malubay - “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind”
Jason Castro - “Travelin’ Thru”
Carly Smithson - “Here You Come Again”
David Archuleta - “Smoky Mountain Memories”
Kristy Lee Cook - “Coat Of Many Colors”
Syesha Mercado - “I Will Always Love You”
Michael Johns - “It’s All Wrong, But It’s All Right”
All performances from tonight’s show, both the live versions and full-length studio versions, will be available tomorrow for download on iTunes. Tune into American Idol’s live results show tomorrow night at 9 PM to watch Dolly perform her new single “Jesus & Gravity” from Backwoods Barbie.