First of all, the Idol Gives Back episode raised more than 45 million dollars for children's aid in the US and the world over. And that's pretty snazzy.
Last night, only four weeks from announcing a new American Idol champ, the remaining contestants were mentored last night by someone who holds another incredibly impressive record: The award-winning cross-over diva, Shania Twain, claims the best-selling album by a female artist (all-time, any genre) with her third album, Come On Over.
Twain schooled him, with her super strong Canadian accent, eh, on showing his confidence through the way he expressed the song--and she even sang a little harmony with him in the video package.
It's a pleading, at-the-end-of-the-road sort of song and he did a good job conveying that; whether it was real or put-upon, I don't know. And it doesn't matter. Vocal note: His voice has a slightly nasal quality that shows up more in a ballad like "Don't," but it grows on you. Also, CJ's falsetto effort was ever-so slightly timid, but effective and appropriate.
She met him halfway and gave him a hug. He clearly still wanted the kiss (at least it was awkward enough to seem so) but she gave him a maternal hand to the face and looked proud and then scampered off. She's small and stylish and can totally scamper. If she ever mentors me on performing, I want to learn the Shania Scamper.
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Again, I predict nothing, but hope for the best.