Lilly Scott isn't going to be the next American Idol. Not tonight. Not ever. And that's baffling. She should be. In spite of her undeniable talent, though, she wasn't even chosen to be among the final dozen contestants. Early on, before she was even cut, there was no shortage of folks (ourselves) who thought Scott would go the distance and give Crystal Bowersox -- the other clear frontrunner -- a run this year. Didn't turn out that way, obviously. The Littleton chanteuse checked out at number thirteen, after turning in a stirring but unorthodox rendition of Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces."
Scott's premature departure is most likely due to her unique voice and phrasing, which was just far enough off the beaten path that America presumably just didn't know what to make of her. Funny thing is, when Scott's singing her own material, she sounds considerably more kindred to bewitching sirens like Amy Winehouse, Adele and Duffy than Joanna Newsom -- which is who she recalled on the fateful night that America handed her her walking papers.More >>