Nicole sings "I Will Love Again," and there's something bizarre about her performance, and it will take me a moment to try to figure out what it is. But it's bad. Essentially, she's singing the song exactly the same way that she sang "Tell Him," and these two songs just have completely different tones and attitude. "I Will Love Again" should have some sort of sense of defiance in it, but it's just not coming through. And she really sings like a bad choir teacher -- overenunciating everything and making sure there's plenty of space between each syllable. Randy says that Nicole can really sing, but that she needs to make choices that get her away from the Broadway sound. Actually, she'd probably be more successful if she did the opposite, even if doesn't help her become a star. Simon says that when they first met her, she was this hyperkinetic scooter girl, but now she's hear singing this song that's "painful" (I think he means the emotions of the song, not the way it sounds), and if he had never seen Nicole before, he'd think her rendition is boring. But he does think she has a good voice. Paula starts to bring up Nicole's "image," but Simon interrupts to say that the time for advice is over. Nicole says she doesn't feel as though he even gave her any advice. Simon says they don't have enough time for his advice (which would probably be "Try to be less like you and more like somebody I'd want to sleep with" anyway), and Paula manages to slip in that Nicole needs to find an image that's right for her. Nicole says, "If I can do left and right, then I can do left of center." Uh...okay. What? What does that mean? Paula seems to understand her comment, so I guess Nicole must have been speaking Paula's native tongue of Nonsenssican. Backstage, she tells us that if she makes the final thirty-two, she'll try to take their advice and find an image for herself.
Episode Report CardShack: B | 587 USERS: C+
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