Brooke should cling on to that grand piano for as long as she remains in the competition. There's something tentative and awkward about her when she's exposed on stage; she seems to gain confidence from having that giant shield of wood and ivory in front of her. Not her best vocalBrooke's voice is too thin a cracker to carry the gooey dip of a Mariah power balladbut her best, most emotionally connected performance in several weeks.
by James Poniewozik
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