Charlie Askew performs Genesis’s “Mama” in American Idol 2013 guys semi-finals.
Keith Urban says if nothing else, the contestants have offered some diversity tonight. He says Charlie could front a band with his big range, but maybe that’s where he belongs right now. For Keith, he feels Charlie’s performance was just disconnected and disingenious. Nicki Minaj wants to know where her little baby is she wants to cuddle. She feels like someone stole her kid. She does not want to see his arms, his earring, does not want to see him working out. And please get rid of that mustache! Plus, she didn’t like the song or the performance either. Randy Jackson says it was terrible in the beginning, not too bad in the middle, and then all went bad at the end when he started screaming. Mariah Carey says it seems Charlie likes the classic rock songs, but maybe it’s just not right for him. Talking to Charlie after the performance, the poor boy is almost in tears talking about how he only smiles so much because things are so hard and he wanted to show a different side to himself.