American Idol life support: Paige Miles needs to follow this advice or she'sdone
Paige Miles — we love your voice, we love your spirit, you've got great style — just please, please finish branding yourself!
For the past two weeks on American Idol, I’ve wondered if Houston's (OK, maybe Cypress') Idol contestant is going soulful, or rocker ... or if she’s doing her own soulful/rock blend. I feel more than a little confused. If Miles is doing her own thing, she should own it.
We got our first really good look at Miles last week as she sang “All Right Now” by the English rock band Free. Up until then, we had only seen a couple of clips of her and I was under the impression she would try the R&B/pop route.
Then, she stepped out on night one and we had a girl rockin’ "All Right Now" in a soulful way. It was refreshing and I loved what she did with the song.
Unfortunately, she has air time to make up - and that might not have been the best way to do it. A large chunk of the Idol audience is young. They probably cannot appreciate the song or what she did with it.
The next week, Miles sang “Walk Away” by Kelly Clarkson. I’m glad she went more contemporary, but unfortunately it sounded like a rock/pop song that someone threw runs and R&B-style belts into. The problem was the complete opposite from the week before - but it was still a problem. One made worse by what Miles did next.
Miles got up in front of the judges and admitted she didn’t know what she was about — I almost died. That's not the kind of thing you say on air. An artist's ambivalence translates over to the viewers.
I want so badly for Miles to do well. She's talented. She has a great stage presence. But she needs to figure out what she's selling.
Find a song that spans decades, but one that is also suitable for a soulful translation. It may be a hard thing to pull off, but if Miles wants to win American Idol, she needs to start doing it - now.
See Paige's first performance, "All Right Now" below: