Sunday, 15 June 2008
Rachel Sings 'I Will Always Love You'
The title of the next song for Rachel was 'I Will Always Love You' which is exactly how we feel about this wee girl from Belfast. It is the power ballad to end all power ballads and only someone with a sensational voice like Rachel's should attempt it. She started superbly - very small and bravely a Capella - and while her voice broke a little on the first big note, she really came into her own at the key change and gave another mind blowing performance.
There were some bizarre comments from the judges but they were generally positive. Barry said she sang it like a leading lady and that it was beautiful but then came out with some garbage about Rachel having an emotional ceiling that she needs to break through. John also felt it was a leading lady performance but unlike Barry he felt she captured the emotion of the song perfectly. Denise felt that she was a little guarded and lacked warmth behind the eyes, which I find extraordinary because I think Rachel's eyes are beautiful and one of her many sparkling features. Andrew said he saw warmth in her performance and that she communicated the meaning of the song very well but he wanted to know who Rachel was.
Watch the video below and judge for yourself.