Kelly & Michael: Janelle Arthur You Keep Me Hangin’ On & American Idol


Kelly & Michael: Janelle Arthur American Idol Top 5

American Idol lost one of their biggest voices in the competition on April 19 when Janelle Arthur was let go. The judges said they loved her, but they did not use their one save for Janelle’s voice.

Janelle Arthur only went as far as the top five on this season of American Idol. (Image Credit: s_bukley /

Janelle Arthur, American Idol Top 5 Finalist, sang You Keep Me Hangin’ On for Kelly Ripa & Michael Strahan. (Image Credit: s_bukley /


Janelle said that the timing was right and she felt amazing to make it to the top five. She is not giving up on music, which will make fans happy. Janelle knew that it was her time to go.

Michael Strahan asked Kelly Ripa how Janelle could be kicked off in the first place. Her voice was truly stunning. Kelly said that Janelle is a mix of Jewel and Dolly Parton, which I have to agree with.

Janelle Arthur American Idol Audition

At her audition, Keith Urban loved her voice and her control. Nicki Minaj thought she was a special performer with star quality. The judges saw something special in Janelle from the beginning.


Janelle Arthur “Dumb Blonde” Performance

The song that sealed her fate was Dolly Parton’s “Dumb Blonde.” This was the top five, so it was the time to pull out all the stops with an amazing number.

The song seemed to be on the edge of breaking through, but it never reached a climax. It was sung well and there was nothing wrong with her vocals. The problem was just that it was underwhelming. I noticed that almost every other performance had Janelle with her guitar. Unfortunately, this was a very forgettable performance.

Janelle Arthur “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” Performance

Janelle sang The Supreme’s “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” in a country music style. It was a smart choice for her voice and she made the song her own. If she put out an album with that feel and tone, it would be a fast hit.


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