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Najah Lewis sings ‘Payphone’ on American Idol XIV (VIDEO)

Najah Lewis sang ‘Payphone’ by Maroon 5 on American Idol XIV Season 14 in New York City on Thursday, January 15, 2015.

From our live blog:

Najah mostly plays guitar in the subway. She adores music, and grew up watching American Idol. She feels this is her calling, and says she isn’t sure she could do a 9-to-5. In essence, there is no Plan B for her. There’s only this.

She sings “Payphone” by Maroon 5, and I LOVE this. Her slower, acoustic rendition makes it sound like something out of a coffeehouse jam session. I’m not as in love with her vocals as the judges were, but I love her artistry and the subtlety of her charisma, as she was captivating without having to do a whole lot other than stand there and sing.

Harry makes note of how compelling she is without having to jump around or be overtly attention-grabbing. He loves her, as do Jennifer and Adam, who note her genuine artistry. It’s another unanimous decision this time.

Watch the video here:

Another subway performer, Najah looks better suited to an elegant coffee house. And sure enough, her inventive and emotional cover of “Payphone” by Maroon 5 has us feeling all warm and fuzzy like an large sugar-free caramel machiatto, with soy and light whip.

Najah Lewis sings 'Payphone' on American Idol XIV (VIDEO)

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