Charlie Askew struggles through this rendition of "Mama" on American Idol. Big time. Watch now.

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    Charlie is a natural born rock star! His voice and his
    free and independent spirit say it all. Anyone who knows even a little bit about the spirit of great rock singers can see this in him immediately when he performs.
    Me myself was a little bit kind of shocked when he
    started to sing an Elton John song. It`s one of my
    absolutely favorite songs of Elton John and I feared
    for the worst ... for Charlie. This was so daring - after all, it takes so much courage for a 17teen year old to sing this song ... But the Jury loved it - and so did I. By the way: most of the greatest artists struggle with personal problems. Only dull and insensitive people have none of these!

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    I agree with lucky luke and Selma.... If American Idol is looking for people who are socially adept, they must not be recalling the likes of David Cooke, and others, who ended up being just too painfully shy to really become a "star." Looking at music icons, Bob Dylan comes to mind... Come on American Idol!
    Charlie is the most talented and has the greatest potential of ANY of the current contenders put together.
    The judges were uncharacteristically harsh with Charlie, who sang "Mama" which was a Genesis (sang by Phil Collins) breakthrough song.

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    David Bowie ... Robert Plant ... Peter Hammill ... and now Charlie Askew. That makes me happy. What a lucky world we live in that has such great singers.

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    Charlie, I really really loved your performance of "Mama". I thought it was great and I listen to it again and again. Thank U so much for giving such fantastic show. Please dont be too sad and upset about the critics - I am sure that many other people enjoyed it too and will also continue to do so. You know you are bigger than American Idol and the standard type of marketable people they are searching there for the music industry. You know it because you are a true and original artist and you will never pretend to be someone you are not. As you are, you are just perfect and my heart goes out to you because I love you so. I look forward to hearing a lot of you in the future. All the very best to you, dear Charlie, and please smile again.

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    Be proud boy you did a good job.... I rather enjoyed it.

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    @ kirawurster

    I agree I loved Charlie's performance as I am a huge Genesis Fan and I thought he nailed it Keep on going Charlie You are very talented and I think you will make it as a SuperStar one day :)

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    He's a terrible singer and he seems clinically depressed. I don't care what he looks like. They fixed Clay Aiken's teeth while he was in the middle of Idol. That kid's got problems that a singing career won't solve. Therapy.

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    @ drc

    Its ignorant comments like this that perpetuate many of the problems we face as a society today. Why make disparaging and hurtful; comments about someone you do not know as all? You don't like hues music Fine! You think he is a bit strange fine! But, to go on a public forum and attack some for being some what different is totally unacceptable.

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    @ drc

    Just because a person might be clinically depressed, that doesn't mean they can make it. Since I'm clinically depressed myself, I should know.

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    Give Charlie a chance, please vote for him....you can see he's not trying to be looking good to win you....it just simply means that physical appearance is not important...he simply got to be himself to show you he don't need to impress all of you with his looks, he really has the craft....we love you Charlie, we still believe in you....Go Charlie, it's still up to AMERICA's vote...




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