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Haeley Vaughn – I Wanna Hold Your Hand – Video MP3 American Idol Top 24 Performance

Haeley Vaughn sings “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles on the American Idol 9 Top 24

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Ellen DeGeneres: You just shine. I enjoyed it.

Kara DioGuardi: You have fun. You gotta work on your technical abilities.

Randy Jackson: The top of the vocals is just not as pleasing.

Simon Cowell: I thought it was verging on terrible. You are like a windup doll that never stops smiling.

I LOVED THIS. GO HAELEY! Simon I disagree with you. Haeley was great.

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Grady
Grady

Alright guys, this was my very favorite. I'm totally joining the Hael-Storm! Who's with me?!

kody
kody

It wasn't as pitchy as simon said it was. She is actually a VERY good singer. I think next week she needs to pick a big country song and sing it really well and then she will be fine.

JoeAlmighty
JoeAlmighty

I like that she was one of the very FEW that actually did something different with a song, and she looked like she had a great time performing. She wasn't afraid of the stage. She wasn't great, but I don't think she was as bad as the judges said.

ChattyK08
ChattyK08

I thought she was TERRIFIC. It's the rawness and freshness of her sound that makes her so wonderful, much like Taylor Swift.

colin.milford
colin.milford

I luv luv luved it! They were way over critical. There was something so current and fresh about her performance. I also don't want her to stop smiling...saying she should stop smiling too much was a overly critical in a mean-spirited way. I luv her smile. Ellen's comments were on target this time. God knows, you can never go wrong with a smile.

Tracey
Tracey

I actually liked it. It's one of the performances I remember. Though she is too smiley throughout the whole song. But she can work on that.

Susan Matos
Susan Matos

THE REST OF THEM WERE SOUND ALIKES...I LOVE HER RENDITION AND COUNTRY TWIST ON THIS BEATLES SONG... YES.. she needs some training and control tips -- she is ONLY 16 and has a really Looooooong career in her future... " the first Black Female country TOP CHART artist is on her way! She is Great to not have any pro coaching--- that will come later-- I LOVE HER! YO GO HAELEY !!!

merly
merly

I kinda like it!

Mooka
Mooka

Is it a good sign when you draw Sanjaya comparisons for your likeability sans vocal ability on your first performance? Yes? No?

Barbara
Barbara

I thought she would be here for a long time but after that I would be surprise if she is still here after thursday

The World
The World

my god, please shoot me now. that was on par for one of the worst first songs ever

msrue
msrue

All of these girls were bad - no wonder they didn't select Angela Martin - she would have blown them out of the water. So sad for idol. Hayley wasn't that bad. She sang better than most of the ladies. Crystal - throwback. We need something fresh.

derek
derek

Great beginning. But i thought the later part was a mess.

druzilla
druzilla

It was a little weird in the middle but overall it was different and fun. I'd like to hear more from her next week.

Danklin
Danklin

I really liked the arrangement, it was kind of what you'd expcect Jason Mraz to do to it, but her voice just doesnt cut it.

JayeSD
JayeSD

Atrocious.. I had to leave the room... Her singing that song is a FCC violation.

Manola
Manola

I didn't like that she looked like a nurse, but the song was not as terrible as Simon made it to be

Matt
Matt

I rarely want to like someone based on their personality; but I felt that way about her... but Jebus Krist... That was worse than anything Sanjaya ever did.

frisky
frisky

My fave performance tonight.

She's FUN, FUN, FUN and i always smile when she performs.

thahir
thahir

She killed the song,it was terrible, i know it's not my fave beatles song but come on if you cant make it half as good as beatles did it, then dont. She spoiled this song and now i have to listen to this song(original version) 10 times to be be neutral about the song again.

Amber
Amber

Rickey, are you serious? This girl sounded so bad, she wrecked a classic!
I dvr'ed Idol and I had to fast forward through her song after listening to half of it.

Her voice and arrangement were hard to follow, it was painful.
I was disapointed and I liked the whole "country" thing she had going.
I had high hopes for a lot of the girls tonight, w/all the bragging it was a let down.
Haeley really was the worst of the worst.

Note to Ellen, "hot mess" is NOT a good thing.

Quinton
Quinton

This performance was HORRIBLE!! Simon was correct!!

She was a waste of time! Angela Martin should have had this spot.

Adam
Adam

I don't think she has a good voice, but there is something about her that I just LOVE! She has so much light within her, and I think people will definitely vote for her.

icebergslim
icebergslim

When the judges said, "technical" they were being kind. I had my 7.1 speakers going and girlfriend was HORRIBLE. Another issue which made me put her on mute, Haeley has a very bad lisp when singing. The enunciation of the words came across horribly and she definitely needs serious work. I agree with everything Simon said, Kara and Randy were being nice, and Ellen was too generous. That performance was a mess.

mp2010
mp2010

loved her from the jump,beautiful voice with super range.would benefit her to work on her control,but i believe its due to her age.coupled with a magnetic smile and a unique lisp,she has something that i'm loving.hopefully we'll get to see more of her,and she will be able to make progress to stay on as long as possible,if not win.i'm rootin' for her.

teresa
teresa

Simon was right! To quote a favorite saying of his "that was a train wreck".... It was really bad.

Marie Ruffin
Marie Ruffin

It was def a different arrangement. The song has never been a fave of mine....too simpleminded, but I liked her arrangement. She's trying something different Simon!

gleek squad
gleek squad

Ouch! Haeley Vaughn must be voted out. That song really hurts my ears.

fiers
fiers

my favourite performance of the night so far! :D

DonMI
DonMI

If I have to listen to that all season, just kill me now and get it over with!

ron
ron

she one fun girl and i cant agree with it more... but she needs to get more control on her voice.. but i like her :D

Erin
Erin

Why was she screaming the whole time? And I can't stand her lisp, it sounds strange.

Sebastian.Araya
Sebastian.Araya

C'mon!...it wasn't that terrible, I actually enjoyed it a lot!...and the vocals where pretty good, a little shouty, but good...and btw...I'm Sebastian, and I'm new here, just saying hi...hehehe!

zz
zz

i thought it was pretty good. nowhere near as bad as simon put it.

bwatt27
bwatt27

I didn't think it was as bad as Simon said. Not amazing, but definitely not terrible.