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"American Idol" - Top 11 Performance Show - March 23, 2011 Theme: Motown Video Package: A retrospective on Motown history In the audience: Liv Tyler, Brad Whitford of Aerosmith, Gordon Ramsay,... See full synopsis »






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"American Idol" - Top 11 Performance Show - March 23, 2011

Theme: Motown

Video Package: A retrospective on Motown history

In the audience: Liv Tyler, Brad Whitford of Aerosmith, Gordon Ramsay, Jennifer Beals

Contestant:Casey Abrams. Tells the producers he feels comfortable with Motown. He gets counseled to not get to screechy/growly.

Song: "I Heard it Through the Grapevine," Marvin Gaye

Performance: He has slicked his hair back and he starts off with a slow growl and eases into a more recognizable version. He takes a walk down into the audience. It's pretty good, a little shouty/too growly at the end but fine.

Steven: Calls him the perfect entertainer with perfect pitch and crazy ass ego. Calls him beautiful.

JLo: Says people already know who he is and he's very unique.

Randy: Calls him a true original. He says he can only do you and that you is great and they love him.

Contestant: Thia Megia. She wants to show her uptempo side. Jimmy thinks it's the right record for her and is pleasantly ...

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Heat Wave
Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland
Originally performed by Martha & The Vandellas
Sung by Thia Megia
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24 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

while I admit that my wife likes this whole never ending saga more than I do mostly because it does just seem never ending, once in a while I manage to pay attention and with this particular episode at least, it seems the goal of the judges was to blow smoke up the kazoos of the mediocre performances in order to needlessly bolster the performers confidence......and to criticize the excellent performances where no criticism was necessary or warranted.......a case in point would be the last performance by the rocker kid Durbin, i think his name is......randy Jackson who, bear in mind was just a bass player, never a front man........thought the presentation was somehow lacking in the beginning and i was just amazed at that assessment until it occurred to me that maybe Jackson simply doesn't understand how the song was meant to be presented.......when in reality if one compares it to the original recording of the song by the original artist, it was not only presented with the original structure (phrasing, i think they pros call it) was brilliant and pretty much flawless........apparently his other counterparts didn't agree with Jackson as well although i thought it should have been Tyler to point out that Jackson was full of crap......but i think Tyler becomes overwhelmed by his age occasionally when presented with a possible replacement for himself in the river that is rock and roll...he should have been more overtly supportive.......somehow the whole thing smells like a fixed boxing match to me based on how the judges seem to be react positively to mediocre performance and critically to great performances.

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