Sometimes, it's not always wisest to listen to words of wisdom; sometimes, it's best to have faith in your own instincts. Such was the case with Texas-born Tim Urban on Tuesday night's (April 13) "American Idol" when the singer lent his signature soulful voice to a subdued rendition of Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love" during the latest round of competition.
Season-eight finalist Adam Lambert served as the guest mentor for the Elvis-themed competition, urging Urban to tap into his falsetto voice for the conclusion of the song. But Urban resisted the advice and relied instead on his familiar tenor tone — a decision that clearly paid off, as his performance resulted in an outpouring of praise from the judges.
"This may surprise you," veteran judge Randy Jackson began, "but I actually liked it!"
Ellen DeGeneres, in typically comical fashion, likened Urban's "American Idol" trajectory to her first time drinking tequila — she had to take one shot, then another and another still before she decided that she liked it. In Urban's case, the singer/guitarist struggled through several weeks in the bottom three before emerging so strongly with the night's performance.
"I can't help falling in love with you," DeGeneres said at the conclusion of her appraisal.
Kara DioGuardi told Urban that this was her "favorite Tim performance ever. It was authentic, real and from your heart." She also commented on the fact that Urban remained seated through his performance, saying: "You didn't have to do a lot — you didn't have to move all over the stage — because it was that meaningful."
Urban's performance was so well-received that even outgoing judge Simon Cowell paid the singer a high compliment, telling Urban that he went from "zero to hero in two weeks."
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