Lil Rounds – American Idol Season 8 Top 36 Contestant

Lil Rounds – Kansas City – 23 – Memphis TN

Lil and her family lost everything in a tornado, and sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s still trying to recover. Sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s really really good, but sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s got that whole Melinda Doolittle-like aw-shucks thing going on.

Simon calls her à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“retro and classyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  which is code for, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll probably make it to the Top 12, but there isn’t a chance in hell youà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ll win this thing.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

In her audition clip, she was introduced as a “front runner.”   Her performances weren’t as impressive as her audition, but nevertheless, I think she’s a   lock for the Top 12.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    I heard him call her a “good old-fashioned singer” during the Chair episode. She doesn’t seem as good as her audition anymore. I hope she steps it up. Also, I agree that she seems to be a lock for the Top 12 – at least, it seems that they want her there.

  • SpenserJ

    Her performances werenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t as impressive as her audition, but nevertheless, I think sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s a lock for the Top 12.

    I think so too. It doesn’t hurt that she’s a lovely girl.

    I’m keeping an open mind with all of the girls. I’m not really trusting what the producers showed us in Hollywood week. I’m not on the “this season is all about the guys train”. Mostly because I think that’s the train they want us to be on, and I’m just very contrary in general.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Also, she reminds me a lot of LaToya London.

  • abbysee

    Yep, she reminds me of Latoya too. For some reason though I like her better than Latoya. Latoya seems a bit ice queenish. Lil seems a little more assessible. I will wait and see what happens when I see her sing a song for more than 15 seconds.

  • itsalleternal

    She seems to be in a good position to make the top 12, but once there she needs to step it up to last a long time. She is probably a lock unless she is in the same group as Megan Corkrey and Felicia Barton, in which she may have a hard time getting the 1 or 2 spots for females against them.

  • ohreli

    Mj, your link to the video of Lil Round’s Hollywood “Chair” clip is a repeat of Anoop’s clip. I would really like to see the Lil Round’s clip–does it really exist?? Thanks!!!

  • Dr. Tracey

    There was nothing about her that stood out for me from what we’ve seen so far.
    Maybe that will change, I wish her luck.

  • bean99

    She was a favorite of mine in the auditions but she’s lost me with song selections. I think I liked her story and voice more than her singing style.

  • t2

    She’s good, but she’s very “been there, done that” as far as this show is concerned.

    Depending on how the groups are stacked, it could be the first year we don’t get a “diva”.

    She reminds me of Fantasia without the screaming and screeching. I kinda like Lil.

  • erennick

    I really like her personality- never warmed up to LaToya London, but so far the singing they’ve shown of her has been bombastic to say the least. I’m really looking forward to hearing her (and the others) live.

    I’d agree she’s a lock for Top 12, and if she performs well, Top 4. I can’t see her winning though.

  • jumpstart

    She is no doubt talented and I wish her well.

    Personally, I dislike R&B so if she sticks to that, I won’t be voting for her.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    I fixed the link.

    I think Lil will wind up 3rd or 4th like so many female r&b singers before her–Syesha, Melinda, LaKisha, Vonzell, LaToya, Kimberley, Tamyra.

    Season 5 was the only season without an R&B girl in 3rd or 4th place. Paris Bennett finished 5th. Although we did have an R&B boy finish 3rd… Elliott.

  • BootStar

    Not to sound like an old fussbudget, but R&B was my absolute favorite genre when I was a kid (Temptations, Supremes, Harold Melvin, Al Green, Smokey Robinson, et al.), but today it just doesn’t seem anybody does anything of the caliber of the old stuff. I caught Seal on Soundstage doing songs from his new album of covers, Soul, and he’s one of the few singers I think who can take those old songs, continue the myth, and make them fresh again. But he’s really old by Idol standards. If Lil can do something along those lines, though, she has a chance to make her mark, because Idol’s viewership is skewing older. I’m not sure she has the magic factor of a Fantasia or Jennifer Hudson, but she has the potential to be as good as Melinda Dolittle, although, personally, I’m not seeing it yet.

    Latoya did nothing for me, to the point where I can’t even remember her. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, ‘Tasia and JHud could sang and were memorable. I don’t buy a lot of soul/R&B music today, but I love to watch it performed live. If there are others out there like me, I think Lil has a shot at the top 5.

  • tinawina

    Lil is hard to call. She was good in her audition but since then they’ve cut her performances to focus on the glory note parts.We have yet to hear a whole song, so its unclear whether she can handle subtlety, nuance, interpretation, emotional connection, and can build to a climax. If she is a well rounded singer I bet she’ll go far because there is no one else like her to vote for this year, at least not that we’ve seen. So she may get a voting block all to herself. But if she’s not all that good, she could get outshined by another girl and have to rely on the wildcard round. We’ll see.

  • cheese

    I don’t think Lil sings nearly as well as Syesha, LaToya, Jennifer, or Fantasia (and I’m not too fond of two of them), but I agree that she’ll probably make Top 5. She definitely seems to be the most pimped of the women this year, although they seem to like Jasmine and Taylor, too.

    It’s going to be hard for me to warm up to her after she yelled that Whitney song at me. At this point, I’d almost put her in the same “LOUD” box with Von.

  • hcpoirot

    Sob background story, diva belter voice, had tons of screen time and maybe pimp spot from the producer, she was a lock into top 12. And if all fail, te judges will definitely save her with wild card.

  • chicksineggz

    I dunno why, but I think she’ll be voted off really early. Like Top 10ish.

  • Grammie Kari

    Not to sound like an old fussbudget, but R&B was my absolute favorite genre when I was a kid (Temptations, Supremes, Harold Melvin, Al Green, Smokey Robinson, et al.), but today it just doesnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t seem anybody does anything of the caliber of the old stuff.

    BootStar, with the Motown tribute theme, Lil will have a chance to stand out. They all better get going on what song they will sing for this theme as I see it coming up early in the competition.

    With about 5,000 songs (if all are available) to choose from, it is best if the contestant stays away from Top 10 songs and go for something a little less unknown – and then make it their own!

    Good luck, Lil – Top 12 for sure.

  • marco5ny

    I do NOT get the love for Lil. Just don’t think she compares to some of the singers people are comparing her to. London, Tamyra, Fantasia, Melinda? She’s not even remotely in the same class vocally as Melinda and Fantasia. She seems like a sweetheart but I think even Vonzell was more marketable.