of 5: Year of Birth & Divas
Jordin Sparks in season 6 has a woman won "American
Idol". This season, that will change. One of these five
women that will take the stage tonight IS the American
Idol. We'll find out who gets closer based on what you
think of tonight's show.
The themes tonight: YEAR OF
BIRTH and DIVAS.
ROUND 1: YEAR OF BIRTH
Candice Glover is the oldest
lady in the competition, born in 1989. She grew up very "bossy"
according to her parents. Will she start out being the boss on "Straight
Up" by... someone who used to be on this show. She's offering a bit of a
jazz twist to it.
THEY SAY: Keith thought that
the bar was set high to start the night. Nicki thought that Candice was
"boss". Randy thought that the arrangement made the song "current".
Mariah thought that the song choice was "genius".
WE SAY: Jill Scott called.
She wants her swag back. That was a study in arrangement meeting stage
presence meeting song choice. The gauntlet has been thrown. Then Candice
says that Janelle helped pick that song for her. She just might have
handed her the night.
JIMMY SAYS: She needed to do
a full range vocal for her to have the impact that she had last week.
Next up, Janelle Arthur,
born in 1989, loved frou-frou dresses. And she was always a belter,
particularly of Vince Gill. She'll be singing "When I Call Your Name",
saying that when she hears the song, she stops crying. Perhaps it'll
have a similar effect here.
THEY SAY: Nicki says that
she's more comfortable with her acoustic guitar. Randy thought that
"Janelle's back" and that she was "completely honest". Mariah says she
was singing with "her whole heart". Keith is going to be "that guy"....
He says that the song was pure emotion... but he didn't feel a
connection due to thinking her way through the song.
WE SAY: Janelle knows what
she wants to do. The thing is that we've seen her do it already. This is
the top 5. If she wants to make it any further, she needs to show us
what ELSE is in her arsenal.
JIMMY SAYS: He's in
agreement with Keith. She needs to do something "REALLY REALLY
Speaking of women in the
middle, let's go to Kree Harrison, born in 1990. They called her "Snow
White" for having jet-black hair and extremely fair skin. Tonight,
she'll talk to her parents with "She Talks to Angels" by The Black
THEY SAY: Randy loves her
"naturalness" with her blues vibe. Mariah says that this was one of her
favorite Kree moments. Keith agrees with Mariah. Nicki agrees... with
Randy, saying in her Cowell voice that this was the performance of the
night SO FAR.
WE SAY: If we're doing
like-genre battles, then Kree has it all and then some over Janelle,
from range to emotional depth (remember her backstory, kids).
JIMMY SAYS: This song wasn't
strong enough for Kree's vocal.
Jimmy's not feeling any of
the love tonight. We'll see how he feels about Angie Miller, born in
1994, who looked like either an elf or a Vulcan or a Hylian or
something. She was so "loud & obnoxious". She'll have to turn it down a
skotch for the Pretenders' "I'll Stand By You", dedicating the
performance to "[her] home... Boston". It would be cruel of us to judge
this particular performance.... we're not even going to bother with what
THEY SAY: Mariah thought it
was a good song choice. Keith is looking forward to seeing her on the
road. Nicki thought that the dedication was "smart". Randy agrees with
the rest of the panel.
WE SAY: Now THAT's a
connection. She hits most of the notes, and the tone just made absolute
sense. And yes, the song choice was perfect.
JIMMY SAYS: "Powerhouse" and
"the best performance of the night."
This trip down memory lane
ends in 1994 with Amber Holcomb. She had the cutest dimples when she
slept. She also wanted to be a news reporter. This just into the
Brainvision News desk, Mariah's cover of "Without You". This could be
THEY SAY: ... you know,
let's talk to Mariah... She wants to hear more of the upper register,
but she loved the ending and how Amber went up on it. On the other hand,
Nicki thought that there was no feeling.
WE SAY: Daring choice to
take on the master in front of the master. And... it didn't work. It was
flat at some key points. She has the tone and the power, but it was
structurally flawed compared to a) the others, and b) Mariah herself.
JIMMY SAYS: The low register
After round 1
Million Dollar Baby: Angie
Cute Babies: Kree, Candice.
PUT HER BACK IN!: Janelle, Amber
In the audience tonight,
former "Australian Idol" runner-up Jessica Malboy. She lost to Damien
Leith in season 4.
ROUND 2: DIVAS
Candice said that she would
NEVER do a Mariah song in front of her... That said, here's "When You
THEY SAY: Nicki said, "That
is how you do a Mariah Carey/Whitney Houston song." Randy once again
calls this the best vocal of the night. Mariah says she did the late
Whitney Houston justice. Keith is stopped in his tracks.
WE SAY: Liar! Heh. Anyway,
by stark contrast, this was subdued and stripped to basics. So we know
that Candice is able to sing pretty much anything. We also know that the
judges will probably vote to save her given the chance. So let's see how
America votes. As it is right now, there's nothing that stands out for
either that song or for Candice.
Next, Janelle picks (and
grins) on Dolly Parton's "Dumb Blonde".
THEY SAY: Randy thought it
was a fun song, albeit a bit lacking vocally. Mariah thought it
was cute. Keith didn't like the song choice. Nicki says straight out
that she's in jeopardy of going home tomorrow.
WE SAY: "Dumb Blonde"...
DUMBER CHOICE. That is all.
Kree is in the middle with
Celine Dion's "Have You Ever Been in Love?".
THEY SAY: Mariah thought it
was a smart choice. Keith thought it was a smart choice. Nicki calls her
"iconic". Randy says she can sing anything.
WE SAY: Shows the fragility
of Kree's voice (it got sharp in the end), but it's a play for fans
outside of her country-blues-rock fanbase.
Angie Miller is next with a
modern-day diva, Beyonce's "Halo".
THEY SAY: The judges call
WE SAY: You and I obviously
have a different definition of the word "diva". If by "Diva" you mean
"egoistic soundalike", then congratulations.
Amber... please show the
class how it's done with Barbra's "The Reason You Keep Me Alive".
THEY SAY: Nicki says "Young
Whitney Houston." Randy says she "sang the I-don't-know-what out of it."
Mariah says it was classic, beautiful, and elegant. Keith thought it was
WE SAY: If you're going to
be a cat, be a lioness. She manages to bring a jazzy fire to this song.
Diva-tastic: Candice, Kree
Diva-struction: Janelle, Angie
OVERALL: I expect the chaos
trigger to be pulled this week. As good as Janelle and Angie were the
first half, they were that bad the second half. As boring as Amber was
the first half, she was that good in the second. That leaves Candice and
Kree, the two women most likely to be on stage at the Nokia Theatre.
Also the two women who didn't do anything memorable or worth voting for.
Candice and Kree are your
bottom two. But expect the save to be used. We'll see if I'm right