of 7: Classic Rock
It was born
of country and R&B in a counterculture environment
during the 50s. Those unmistakable sounds went on to
become classic. And tonight, the top 7 will take on said
classics. This.... is rock week.
Sitting in with Ray Chew
Live & the American Idol Band, ace guitarist and singer Orianthi.
First up, Burnell Taylor
with Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name".
THEY SAY: Keith: "I'm going
to assume rock'n'roll's not your thing." Nicki says he's still lovable,
but Keith is right. Randy suggests that he needs to keep the beat if
he's going to go upbeat. Mariah is proud of him.
WE SAY: Comes off with a
faux rock attitude as if to say "Why am I even here?" Going through the
motions, mailing it in, etc. etc. As if he knows deep down in the pit of
his soul that he suspects that HE's going home tomorrow.
TIME FILLER #1: AT&T is
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TIME FILLER #2: Lazaro Arbos
& Angie Miller's duet of Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love".
Lazaro forgets the lyrics. Again.
Kree Harrison, the resident
den mother, is taking a break from hugging people (C-Note: wish she'd
hug me) to give Janis' "Piece Of My Heart".
THEY SAY: Randy says the
show finally began. Mariah thinks she has a knack for choosing songs.
Keith says she was struggling to move around in her boots, something
Kree cops to a pinched nerve. Nicki calls it "magnificent".
WE SAY: This is stage
presence. This is attitude. This is song choice. This is Kree. She could
theoretically win this.
Fun fact: Janis went to HS
with Kree's grandmama.
TIME FILLER #3: Burnell
returns with Candice Glover to sing Joe Cocker's "The Letter". He's not
any less wooden.
Janelle Arthur is in the
three-spot with Billy Joel's "You May Be Right". Country girl is singing
Piano Man. Mark the date.
THEY SAY: Keith didn't like
the song, but she has gotten better and better. Nicki thought it was
"exceptional" and that she's "relatable" as a female. Randy calls her
"The GREAT contender". Mariah really enjoyed watching her on the stage.
WE SAY: Janelle is the
better country performer. Kree's still the better singer in the country
bracket. This performance will probably mark a turning point in
Janelle's journey, the moment she started embracing other genres and
other voting blocs. She is the real McCoy.
Next up, the geek in the
pink from Naples, FL, Lazaro Arbos is taking on another Queen classic
with "We Are The Champions".
THEY SAY: Nicki said "Crack
juice", saying he did the song justice. Randy says he did a good job.
Mariah agrees. Keith says it was a good song choice.
WE SAY: Good news: strongest
Lazaro performance yet. Bad news: pitchy as all get out.
TIME FILLER #4: Janelle and
Kree return with Amber Holcomb to sing Billy Joel's "It's Still
Rock'n'Roll To Me". Which put Nicki to sleep. Join the club.
Candice Glover is up next,
and after she recovers from pulling an April Fool on Lazaro (because
nothing says ratings like bagging on the stammerer), she sings
"Satisfaction" by the Stones.
THEY SAY: Mariah's waiting
on her song. Keith says she's powerful. Nicki calls it amazing... then
goes off on a tangent. Randy... gives a shout out to the guest
WE SAY: ... WHAT ELSE YOU
Amber Holcomb talks to
herself. Who doesn't? She also takes pictures of herself. Who doesn't?
And Burnell? Yeah, he wants in on all the Amber action. But not "What
About Love?" by Heart. Burnell.
THEY SAY: Keith liked the
song choice. Nicki says that this song pulls her in emotionally. Randy
says "excellent". Mariah thought that she went yard on it.
WE SAY: She makes the song
her own and has a voice to challenge the queen bee Candice. But it veers
into the sharp side of things at times.
TIME FILLER #5: Joshua Ledet
& Hollie Cavanagh are in the audience. Joshua's going to the White House
(to perform). Hollie's lost her accent.
AND FINALLY... We have Angie
Miller, and for the first time in the series, I take a good look...
Angie has crazy eyes. Does she have crazy vocals? The closer: "Bring Me
to Life" by Evanescence.
THEY SAY: Kudos from Nicki.
Randy notes that this fits Angie's "edge". Mariah finally understands
where Angie's coming from. Keith thought it was lacking "feeling".
WE SAY: Up until the end
with the note that shook the heavens, it was, as was said on another
show, "all sizzle and no steak". From the piano playing to start to the
fan and the shirt... it isn't really organic.
STRATOCASTER: Kree... and
ACOUSTIC GUITAR: Lazaro, Candice, Janelle, Angie
THAT TOY THING THAT COMES WITH YOUR "ROCK BAND": Burnell
Tomorrow, results and
performances. Hey, we have an hour...