David Archuleta’s performance of “Angels” (by Robbie Williams) started off slow, but started to gain momentum just in time for the song to be over.
“When you did that little refrain at the end, when you stopped, and you did those runs – that’s the David Archuleta, dude, that I love. That was your hottest moment the whole season,” said a very excited Randy Jackson.
The performance left Paula Abdul virtually speechless. She seemed barely able to spit out the word “fantastic.”
Simon Cowell called “Angels” the “best song choice of the night so far” before he began nitpicking. “I thought it was a bit nasally. I thought the end part was better than the beginning.” Comments like these drew groans from the audience before Cowell concluded: “David, I’m nitpicking here. Because you are gonna sail through to the next round.”