American Idol: Andrew Garcia "Straight Up" Steals the Show
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Hollywood Week on American Idol means a lot of things to a lot of people, but for me, it's the time of validation.  Contestants who I hated like "country girl" Vanessa Wolfe or people who had no business getting a Golden Ticket like Skii Bo Ski and the guy who split his pants are instantly eliminated, proving that they didn't deserve all that audition screen time.

But Hollywood Week is also the chance to become a star, to start getting you name and face out there to the American Idol voters, and that's exactly what Andrew Garcia did.

Having the guts to cover Paula Abdul's "Straight Up," the family man wowed the judges, America and me with a surprisingly emotional and introspective version of Paula's rather pedestrian song.  He made it his own, and while the judges were all careful not to say it, I will: it was a million times better than the original.  But don't take my word for it, check it out for yourself:

Despite being a relatively soft-spoken father, Andrew Garcia earned a comparison to wild child Adam Lambert for his ability to flip a song on its side, and it's a good comparison.  Being able to interpret a song originally is one of the most important parts to succeeding on American Idol, and it's clearly a trick Garcia has in his bag.

If Andrew Garcia can keep surprising us with new and brilliant interpretations of songs, we'll be seeing him for a long time on the American Idol stage.

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