Will Lakisha find success after `Idol'?

Observations

March 20, 2007|By Rashod D. Ollison | Rashod D. Ollison,Sun Pop Music Critic

Poised and elegant in a satiny, pearl-colored gown, it looked as though Lakisha Jones was ready to receive her diva crown. And on last week's American Idol -- whose special guest was pop's ultimate diva, Diana Ross -- the Fort Meade resident's performance matched her regal presence. Jones turned out a soulful rendition of "God Bless the Child," the Billie Holiday classic that Ross crooned in the 1972 film Lady Sings the Blues.

So far, Jones, 27, has nailed every Idol performance, imposing her gospel-seared style onto sweeping ballads made popular by Whitney Houston (1992's "I Have Nothing") and Jennifer Holliday (1982's "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"). Her renditions, peppered with just the right amount of melisma and black-girl sass, have garnered gushing praise from the judges, including the ever-acidic Simon Cowell.

On TV American Idol airs at 8 p.m. today and 9 p.m. tomorrow on WBFF (Channel 45).

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