AMERICAN IDOL: Mary Williams performs in front of the Judges on AMERICAN IDOL airing Thursday, Jan. 14 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Ray Mickshaw / FOX.

American Idol 2016 Little Rock Audition – Mary Williams – Until I Can Make it on My Own

Mary Williams – Until I can Make it on My Own by Tammy Wynette – She LOVES horses. She trains them. She also loves music. Maybe a little more. She’s married and lives on a ranch. She won a world championship riding a foxtrotting mule. Well, OK then. She’s joking with Harry and holding her own–an amusing storyteller. She sings with a clear, sweet voice. Harry and Keith aren’t feeling it, but I’m siding with Jlo. She expresses emotion a little differently than Tammy did, but I thought she connected. Jlo calls her voice pretty, the performance gave her goosies. But Keith felt it fell short of Tammy, and she failed to connect to the song. Harry thought the song delivery was clinical, but he liked her vocal. Interesting. Harry and Jlo say yes Keith says no. Keith explains further: Her voice was pretty, but her phrasing was flat and unexpressive. He’s so adamantly against her as a performer. Maybe he just loves the original too much. Been there, got the receipts.

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