Wednesday, March 12, 2008


My favorite American Idol contestant this season is Brooke White, a former nanny with serious musical chops. As Paula said last night, Brooke's performances are always heartfelt. That is indeed her strong suit. She doesn't have a Celine Dionesque power voice, but that's actually a good thing in my book. There are enough power singers out there. Brooke instead invests her songs with heart and meaning. That approach conveys an emotional connection between her and the music - and between her and the audience. I'd love to hear her sing The Eagles' song "Desperado" because that's the kind of number she thrives on. Hopefully, America keeps voting for her because she brings talent, maturity, sincerity, and a genuinely sweet nature to this competition. If you haven't seen Brooke, here are her performances of The Beatles' "Let It Be" and a brilliantly reimagined version Pat Benatar's "Love is a Battlefield."

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