The showstopper of the evening for me, however was Rachel Crow singing "I'd Rather Go Blind" from Cadillac Records. It's awe-inspiring that such mature vocals come from such a young girl. The other performances did not stand up as well, with Drew doing an adequate, but ultimately dull rendition of "Fix You" and Lakoda Rayne sounding over-polished on "Wanna Love Somebody Like You" from How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Stereohogzz did a nice job vocally, but the song choice was strange: they sang Christina Aguilera's "Ain't No Other Man" from Me, You and Dupree. Leroy Bell was strong but forgettable on "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" from The Runaway Bride. And last but not least is Chris Rene. Chris, whom I admire and WANT to like, did an inexplicable cover of" Pastime Paradise"--that is to say "Gangsta's Paradise" from Dangerous Minds renamed. It was a so-so cover and very predictable.
Here's an awesome cover of Adele's "Someone Like You" by independent artist Travis Ratledge....love it love it love it.