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American Idol's Melinda Doolittle is back!

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She may have finished third on the sixth season of American Idol, but Melinda Doolittle sounds every bit the winner on her new retro-soul disc, Coming Back to You, set to drop Feb. 3. As part of her promotional tour for the album, Mindy Doo kept a promise she made back in May 2007, dropping by Entertainment Weekly and turning our humble offices into a raucous concert arena. We’ll premiere that performance of her first single, “It’s Your Love,” tomorrow morning, but first, check out the embedded interview below, in which Melinda discusses the surprising speed with which she recorded her album, her technique for achieving flawless vocal phrasing, and her connection to none other than Miss Jody Watley.