Shi Scott sings ‘Valerie’ on American Idol XIV (VIDEO)
Shi Scott sang ‘Valerie’ by Amy Winehouse on American Idol XIV Season 14 in New York City on Thursday, January 15, 2015.
From our live blog:
Shi is a bit nervous, since she isn’t used to singing in front of people like this. She tells the judges that her name is actually Shaina, but she goes by “Shi” since “Shaina” means “beautiful,” and she doesn’t feel comfortable having strangers call her that. Um…okay? Harry seems puzzled by this as well, since he’d LOVE to have strangers call him beautiful. But being hounded is a lot different for women than it is for men, so I can see where she’s coming from.
She sings Amy Winehouse’s version of “Valerie,” and I was NOT expecting that voice! She sounded almost EXACTLY like Amy Winehouse. I was really impressed by this, as her tone is just gorgeous.
However, while Harry does think she has talent, he feels her audition bordered a bit too close to being an outright Amy Winehouse impression. I can definitely understand what he means by that, although I’m not necessarily sure why that would be a problem. At the risk of being horribly insensitive, it’s not as if there’s an Amy Winehouse currently on the market. I can understand the desire for singers to forge their own paths, but it’s hard for any artist to be 100% original. Everyone is influenced by what came before, at some level, whether consciously or unconsciously. Ultimately, we got to commercial as the judges, particularly Adam, wonder whether or not this is something she’s actually ready for. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time we’ve had a cliffhanger like this where the person didn’t end up going to Hollywood, so I’ll be stunned if Shi doesn’t go through.
And we’re back with Adam saying no, that she needs a few more years to find herself as an artist. J-Lo disagrees and says yes. Harry, meanwhile, says he just doesn’t know how he’s supposed to wait four or five months to hear her sing again…….he wants to hear her sing again sooner than that! It’s a yes!
Watch the video here: