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"American Idol" - Top 11 Performs - March 17, 2009
Ryan points out that the ten who make it, make the cut for the summer tour.
In the audience: Randy Travis
Theme:Country music/Grand Ole Opry
Video Package: Info on the Grand Ole Opry. Travis actually visited with the contestants and we get a recap on his career. He thinks it's a strong group.
Contestant #1: Michael Sarver
Video: Michael realizes that there are a lot of words. This makes Randy Travis nervous but he does like how Michael changes up the melody a bit.
Song:"Ain't Going Down 'Til the Sun Comes Up," Garth Brooks
Performance: He's getting all the words but it seems like the concentration required is keeping him from moving with anything other than deliberation. The speed also isn't doing him any favors in terms of pitch. The genre clearly works for him though.
Randy: Thought it was cool and fun but didn't bring out much with his vocal capabilities.
Kara: Liked that we saw some of his personality but she missed the big notes. She was ...