Lil Rounds continued her streak of disappointment on “American Idol.”
The 24-year-old Memphis mom’s eyes welled with tears as judge Simon Cowell derided her performance of “What’s Love Got To Do With It” Tuesday night as a “second- or third-rate version of Tina Turner.”
“I have no idea who you are,” Cowell told Rounds. “You’re not making the impact you should be making on the show. … You’ve got to start becoming more original.”
She has lost momentum in recent weeks, while Adam Lambert has emerged a serious front-runner on the popular Fox network competition.
The 27-year-old actor from Los Angeles received a standing ovation from none other than Cowell following his rendition of “Mad World” by Tears for Fears.
The theme on this week’s performance show was songs from the year the contestants were born. All of them — except for 16-year-old Allison Iraheta — were born in the 1980s.
Cowell and his fellow judges loved Matt Giraud’s slick take on the Stevie Wonder hit “Part-Time Lover.” They also gave Danny Gokey high marks for his cover of Mickey Gilley’s version of “Stand By Me.” They praised Anoop Desai’s performance of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors,” although Cowell deemed the North Carolina college student a “singing yo-yo” for his erratic work.
And for the second week in a row, Cowell criticized Iraheta for something other than her singing. Last week, he picked on her outfit; this week, he advised the 16-year-old rocker to “start being talkative and likable. Because I still don’t know much about you.”
Iraheta, who has an easy laugh and can do an uncanny impression of Gokey, performed Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Judge Randy Jackson compared her to original “Idol” Kelly Clarkson, declaring: “She could sing her face off and so can you!”
Cowell suggested Scott MacIntyre go back to what he does best — playing the piano — after the 23-year-old from Scottsdale, Ariz., tried his hand at the electric guitar.
“It’s my punk side coming out,” MacIntyre joked.
Kris Allen generally gets good reviews, but the judges’ panel mostly soured to the heartthrob’s cover of “All She Wants To Do Is Dance.” Cowell used some of his favorite words — “indulgent, boring, forgettable” — to describe it, causing audience members to shout their support of Allen: “You’re hot!!!”
Responded Cowell: “So am I, but it’s not about that.”
One of the eight remaining finalists will get the boot on Wednesday night’s results show. In a new rule this season, judges can save a contestant they feel has been wrongly eliminated by voting viewers.
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