On March 13, Janelle Arthur sang a song Scotty McCreery sang on "American Idol" on season 10. The tune, called "Gone," was originally performed by Montgomery Gentry.
Jimmy Iovine weighed in on this young talent and said this country singer's biggest obstacle is in her song selection. Janelle was happy to report to the music mogul that she decided to stick to her musical roots and after doing so, Iovine wanted to be sure she was able to stand out from other blondes who represent this popular genre that makes a splash all the time in Nashville.
"Gone" turned out to be a hit for Janelle Arthur on certain fronts. At least it was a hit as far as Iovine and one "American Idol" judge were concerned. Her gritty approach to a song typically delivered by a male singer was a good way to set her apart from her peers, according to these particular professionals.
In fact, country "AI" arbiter Keith Urban was cute with his brand of praise, telling her she was "burning it up out there."The hunky Australian warbler also said, "I've got cotton in my mouth.."
However, Nicki Minaj was not thrilled with this effort from Arthur (she actually called her "Sir Arthur"), and neither was Randy Jackson. The veteran judge felt the song didn't go anywhere. He did, however, enjoy how this talent commanded the "American Idol" stage.
Meanwhile, Mariah Carey was all about Janelle Arthur's so-called "aura." The diva commented, though, that she would like to hear something different come out of her pretty mouth, like "maybe a ballad or something mid tempo that lets you...do your thing."
And so, as Janelle Arthur covered Scotty McCreery who covered Montgomery Gentry on "American Idol," she obviously captured some uplifting comments while garnering others that weren't so upbeat. Still, it's up to the audience to vote her through so that she goes further than the top 10 on this top notch TV talent show that airs on ABC.