Two timeless ballads. Two legendary Idol divas. But only one spot available in the semifinals of TVLine.com’s American Idol All-Time Greatest Performance Bracket Tournament.
Yes, folks, that’s the conundrum in today’s quarterfinal matchup between Fantasia Barrino’s riveting, emotional cover of “Summertime” and Melinda Doolittle’s sublime, nuanced take on “My Funny Valentine.”
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It seems almost unfair for one of these epic performances to not reach the final four, but that’s the way the story has to go as our single-elimination, 64-player tourney marches to the semifinals. (For the uninitiated, every day around 1:00 p.m. ET over the next week, we’ll launch a new set of duels to the death, so be sure to keep coming back and making sure your favorites advance.)
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Before you head to the polls, you may want to peruse these memory-refreshing links to the performances entering the ring this afternoon:
Fantasia Barrino, ”Summertime” (Movie Night)
Melinda Doolittle, “My Funny Valentine“
Watch those videos now, then head down to our polls to vote for your favorites (voting will be open for 48 hours), and hit the comments to justify your picks.
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And if you’re interested in the matchups we’ve got planned for the coming weeks and how the early rounds of matchups played out, click here to check out the entire 64-player bracket (then click again for a zoomed in view), and sign up to follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV.