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.
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 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.