of 2: The Coronation Round
with thousands of auditions. Those thousands were
whittled to hundreds of callbacks. Those hundreds were
whittled further to dozens. Then 20. Then 10. And one by
one they were eliminated until we arrived at two. One is
a bluesy country folk singer from deep in the heart of
Texas who was discovered by Rosie O'Donnell. The other,
a jazzy R&B chanteuse from the Carolina coast who
auditioned at least TWICE before. Both of their lives
have changed forever, but in the end, they have to sing.
You have to vote. ONE has to win. It's finally time to
face the music.
Nokia Theatre LA Live
Three rounds. I want a good
clean match. No vocal acrobatics. No flat notes. No tritones. Kree
Harrison, ready to work? Candice Glover, ready to work? LET'S WORK!
Kree won the coin toss last
week and has elected to go FIRST.
ROUND 1: SIMON FULLER'S CHOICE
Kree Harrison: "Angel" by
THEY SAY: ... Strangely
WE SAY: I think we're
beginning to see the cracks coming through the otherwise steely-eyed
Kree Harrison. She should've just stuck to the melody and let the song
be. Because this is one of those "simple songs sung simply". Kree could
stand to do more with less here.
Candice Glover: "Chasing
Pavements" by Adele
THEY SAY: Again... nothing.
WE SAY: Again, more with
less. But Candice injected more of her own soul into this song, and she
had a nice little punctuation in the end.
NOW... we go to the panel.
Mariah thought that both songs were "of a level that's mindboggling".
Randy isn't sure that each of these songs were the right ones to choose.
This is what you call "letting the door hit you on the way out." He ends
up giving it to Candice on account of her taking the song to another
VERDICT: ROUND 1 to...
Taking a break from the
competition with the Perfect Harmony performance of "Take a Picture"
from the world's most famous "Canadian Idol" alumna... CARLY RAE JEPSEN.
Basically a 4 minute advert for Coca-Cola.
ROUND 2: THE CORONATION SINGLE
As a reminder, this is the
song that the winner will release FRIDAY to try and topple the record
set by last year's "Home" by reigning American Idol Phillip Phillips.
Kree: "All Cried Out" by
WE SAY: It's a little sharp
and it borders on shouting at times. But this is a song that will get
Kree votes, and in the end, sadly, that's all that matters. Her fanbase
will lap it up. The rest of us are waiting for something to happen.
Candice: "I Am Beautiful" by
WE SAY: It certainly SOUNDS
like a winner's single. Where Kree falls and Candice rises is the
control level of the song that gives it depth. And you can see that
Candice is genuinely feeling the song. Is it enough to win? There's one
more round left.
WHAT THEY SAY: Nicki thought
Kree was composed, and that the song brought out some "guts" to her.
Keith thought the songs were tailor made for both singers. Nicki LOVES
Candice's song. Keith? "It fits her like a Glover."
VERDICT: ROUND 2 to...
CANDICE. Keith and Nicki... split.
ROUND 3: CLOSING ARGUMENTS
One song from the season to
lay it all on the line.
Kree: "Up to the Mountain"
by Solomon Burke (Vegas Round)
THEY SAY: Keith thought it
was "beautiful" and "her story". Nicki though that the energy of the
song was "uplifting". Randy thought it was her BEST performance of the
night. Mariah loved the diversity she's displayed all night.
WE SAY: Interesting thing...
Crystal Bowersox sang this three years ago at the final... and LOST. But
then again, she didn't have the power that Kree had tonight. And this is
a powerful song. A great choice, a near-perfect vocal, and Kree is
finally flashing leather in this final.
And now... the closer. If
Candice sings "Somewhere" again, this competition is OVER.
Candice: "I (Who Have
Nothing)" by Ben E. King (Round of 10)
THEY SAY: Keith compares it
to "a planet exploding to life". Nicki thought she was more comfortable
singing this than her single. Randy, in his final criticism... "That
girl can plum flat out sing. This is how you do it. You just shot this
night to a whole another level." Mariah says she has an innate ability
to turn any song into a vehicle.
WE SAY: That was a good
performance. I know it was a good performance, because (aside from the a
cappella beginning) when she did the exact same performance in the round
of 10 it was a good performance. Nice try.
VERDICT: Candice did enough
to win this competition. For Kree... it was too much, too little, too
late. To quote the immortal Simon Cowell to Candice: "That was... YOUR
The ladies have done all
they can in this competition. The power now shifts with America. With
that, the competition is over and the voting lines are OPEN.
WE SAY: CANDICE GLOVER or we
We've gone from thousands to
hundreds to dozens to two in a matter of five months. Both are
incredible talents and both have great futures ahead of them, but in the
end, there can only be one American Idol.
AND AMERICA.... YOU'VE BEEN
So who is the next American
Idol? Tomorrow, after duets, reunions, group numbers, some other...
stuff... and at about 10p, you can set your clock by it... we will
answer that question.