I starting watching American Idol this year after I heard that Leona Lewis – see Will Leona Lewis last? was due to sing there. Watching the auditions was quite boring, except for a very few. One which caught me attention was when a frightened 28 year old backing singer came on and the proceeded to blow the judges out of their seats with an amazing snippet of Steve Wonder’s “For Once in my Life”.
I don’t think I caught sight of her much during the culling of all the auditionees down to the final 24, but she made it through.
Then the first live show occurred and she stunned everyone again with a fabulous performance of Aretha Franklin’s “Since you’ve been gone”.
She has followed that up with further stunning performances of “My Funny Valentine” and “I am a W O M A N” making it effortlessly into the final 12, and making me a fan (I am Melinda Backup #372]
Another great performance of “Home”, although it was not a favorite of mine,
and then it was British Invasion week.
I was worried that she had chosen a really boring song “As Long as he needs me” from the musical Oliver. I downloaded Shirley Bassey’s version from YouTube, and even she couldn’t make it exciting. So was this to be Melinda’s downfall?
Actually no, it was an sensational, and currently my favourite of all her performances.
I think this woman will have a big career.
UPDATE: 5th May. Since I wrote the above Melinda has made it into the top 4. Not only that, each week she has embraced the genre that has been set the contestants and really delivered fabulous performances in every category. I have only one performance that didn’t really grab me (“Heaven knows”). One of her unofficial fan sites holds really high quality copies of each of her performances. I recomend you go there to download them
I have made MP3s from these videos you can find them on this page
If you want to make a CD of her performances then the wav files for that are here
UPDATE 19th December 2008 – the unofficial site mentioned above no longer exists. However I am now IT director of Melinda’s Backups, a web site owned by Melinda Doolittle and licenced by her to us to operate on behalf of her fans UPDATE July 2009: and now the official fan club. This contains all the videos, and mp3 files here, but additional exclusive videos and mp3s from post idol performances. You do have to become a member (its free – we just want to avoid spammers) to access them.