'Idol' singer from Selma receives mixed reviews

Kristy Lee Cook's future as an "American Idol" is now in viewers' hands.

The 24-year-old singer from Selma was first in line Tuesday night, having survived a grueling audition process with 100,000 "Idol" hopefuls to become one of 24 left to vie for a major-label record deal.

Cook performed "Rescue Me" to a seemingly enthusiastic audience. The judges, on the other hand, had issues with her rendition of the 1965 R&B hit made famous by Fontella Bass.

Judge Randy Jackson acknowledged the pressure Cook must be feeling having made it this far. He said it wasn't Cook's best singing job.

Paula Abdul, the more supportive of the three judges, said it is always tough being first but that Cook would do fine if she remains on the show.

And then the fearsome Simon Cowell chimed in with the most pointed criticism. He described the performance as "robotic" and suggested Cook would have to do better if she plans to move on to the next stage.

Viewers will now cast their votes, the results of which will be broadcast Thursday night.

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