of 9: Beatles Anthology
the Idols took on the Idols. They gave it their all, but
Curtis Finch Jr. had his Idol dreams cut first. Now nine
remains as the race to the finale runs through
ROUND OF 9
The Songs of Paul McCartney & John Lennon
First... Carly Rae Jepsen,
arguably the most successful Canadian Idol product, is offering her
Coca-Cola Perfect Harmony single for the season finale. Go to
AmericanIdol.com for more.
MORE BUSINESS: The American
Idol Tour Fan Save results are in.... and the 11th seat on the bus is
going to.... AUBREY CLELAND.
First on the MAIN ticket...
Kree Harrison, who was in the top 3 last week. Now, with the ghosts of
her Beatles-fans parents watching over her, can she keep the momentum
going? She will open up the show "With a Little Help from My Friends".
THEY SAY: Keith loves that
she's true to herself. Nicki adores her own "Kree-dom". Randy thought it
was "the bomb". Mariah thought it was "fan-freaking-tastic".
WE SAY: Perfect song choice,
and doesn't skip a beat from last week.
Next up, Burnell Taylor with
his family in New Orleans. He's always been recorded somewhere somehow.
Tonight, he'll be recorded live being "Let It Be". Will he let it be?
THEY SAY: Nicki says that he
"caressed" the song. Randy called him "a great singer and a great
artist". Mariah said it was "consistent". Keith is very recognizable in
WE SAY: The piano helps. And
it's nice and subdued. We see that he's a quiet storm of a performer.
But can he ride it out with three more R&B singers on the way?
Amber Holcomb takes the #3
spot. She comes from a place that's... well, country. She loves animals
and "She's Leaving Home". That's the song we've got from her today.
THEY SAY: Randy says it
started slow and unsure. Mariah though it might have been a little
detached. Keith said it was fresh. Nicki says her vocal is unmatched,
but it seemed like she was forced into doing this song.
WE SAY: It's a beautiful
song, really, but it was rather boring up until the end.
Lazaro Arbos was #4 last
week, and his American Dream is continuing this week with "In My Life".
A very underrated song. A very underrated talent. Will the two make
string music together?
THEY SAY: Mariah commends
Lazaro on his bravery, but thought it was too low. Keith brings up the
second choice an Idol has, and that is the key choice. He made a bad
one. Nicki's still wondering where her Lazaro is. Es muy nervioso. Randy
out and out said it... worst performance ever.
WE SAY: First of all, the
monitors in your ears make you look like a Cyberman. Anyway, Lazaro
isn't really working the camera schmooze that he needs to. Yes, he can
sing and yes he has a chance to win, but he needs to make sweet sweet
love to the song. He's not doing that, again, until the end. You have to
sing 90 seconds of song, dude.
Up the gut as soon as the
panel finishes talking about how bad Lazaro was is Candice Glover. A
small town with a small island. All of South Carolina is pulling for
her, and it's working for top 3 last week. Tonight, she's taking a
monster, "Come Together".
THEY SAY: The vocals are
"crazy" and "out of this world", but she needs to watch what she says
with her face.
WE SAY: It's a far cry from
last week, but hey, she isn't boring, and her modulations are on full
display. Again, no letting up this week from last.
Down the road is
Palmersville's own Paul Jolley, who is going to go for the big note with
THEY SAY: Nicki didn't like
the performance, being safe and bland. Randy felt disconnected. Mariah
thought it was a great song choice, and suggests that he sings it as he
wrote it. Keith thought it had a certain "angst" to it.
WE SAY: As broken and
disjointed as the set right about now. But he uses the cheat codes of
belting out the money notes.
Next up, Angie Miller is
going back to New England to take on a classic from OLD England. The
oft-imitated, never duplicated "Yesterday".
THEY SAY: Randy thought it
had firepower. Mariah thought it was simple. Keith felt like she was
thinking about how to sing it, but she's in there the whole time. Nicki?
"Unbelievably amazing." And then she said something that was edited for
broadcast. But clearly, it was BS. What Nicki said, that is.
WE SAY: It started flat, but
she corrects herself in verse #2. From then on, smooth sailing. Dynamic
control is flawless, and she tells the story.
Devin Velez needs a comeback
from last week's bottom 2 scare. Can the Chicago native mount a comeback
with a trip down "The Long and Winding Road"? TRIVIA: The original final
two in the Idol franchise, Will Young & Gareth Gates, had a hit with a
duet of this song.
THEY SAY: Mariah is in awe,
Keith says it's his favorite Beatles song, but needs a bit of
connection. Nicki gives him a death stare, and Randy says yo. And
someone says "Penis".
WE SAY: The nerves are
starting to warm to the stage. A good vocal. Not a GREAT one, but he's
getting there. He needs to come back to his element.
Janelle Arthur is batting
clean-up tonight. She will add a country twinge reminiscent of small
town Tennessee with "I Will".
THEY SAY: Keith says she
knows who she is. Nicki is obsessed with her. Randy thought Janelle was
back. Mariah says she is sweet and elegant.
WE SAY: Very subtle song,
very obscure song. She needs to practice her breathing or else she's
going to choke on that song. Still has a bit of issue there, but nothing
a few weeks on the stage can't fix.
White smoke on stage. Does
this mean another new judge?
Okay, who loves you, yeah,
WE LOVE YOU, YEAH, YEAH
FREE AS A BIRD: Candice, Burnell, Kree, Janelle
CAN'T BUY ME LOVE: Amber, Paul, Devin
HELLO GOODBYE: Lazaro
Someone's gonna get Yoko