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In the world's ultimate talent search, where the eyes of a nation are upon the best undiscovered singers in the country, where the audience has the power to make or break you, and where a million-dollar recording contract is on the line, there is only one rule: If you can sing it, bring it.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, Jason Block, Don Harpwood & Gordon Pepper, GSNN
Host Ryan Seacrest
Judges Mariah Carey
Randy Jackson
Nicki Minaj
Keith Urban
Mentor Jimmy Iovine
Announcer Mark Thompson
Creator Simon Fuller (based upon "Pop Idol")
EP Nigel Lythgoe
Ken Warwick
Cecile Frot-Coutaz
Simon Fuller
Trish Kinane
Packager 19 TV & FremantleMedia North America
Origins CBS Television City, Los Angeles
Web americanidol.com
Airs 8p Wed & Thurs, Fox
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Round of 4: Choices, Choices
April 24

Janelle Arthur became the first woman to take a powder, leaving us with only the Final 4. Out of thousands of potential contestants, only Amber Holcomb, Kree Harrison, Angie Miller, and Candice Glover remain. Each one has a chance to win. But will each one take it?

Tonight's themes: Contestant's Choice... two duets...  and the theme you chose on AmericanIdol.com. But FIRST... a trip to Children's Hospital Los Angeles to deliver smiles and songs to the kids in their music program. Awwwwwwwwwwwwbarf.


Amber Holcomb begins the show by singing Celine Dion's "The Power of Love".

THEY SAY: Keith thought it was a perfect song choice for her. Nicki agrees, calling her "current". Randy said that she had the most growth of anyone in the contest. Mariah says she made a classic song current.

WE SAY: Soundalike. No real effort to inject some Amber into the performance.

JIMMY SAYS: "I heard the top end of her voice feeling that strain, but that song is going to be very difficult to beat."

Drawing the two-spot tonight... Drake's "Find Your Love" courtesy of Candice Glover.

THEY SAY: Nicki wanted her to stick to that old melody, because she's starting to be seen as "old fashioned". Randy agrees with her. Mariah disagrees. Jill Scott called, Nicki & Randy... Anyway, Keith likes Candice's consistent.

WE SAY: This and Amber's performance were night and day. An interesting, current song choice, and one that Candice makes work for her jazzy voice.

JIMMY SAYS: "I love Drake. I love that song. I love Candice. ... That was the second best performance of the night."

Next up, the pride of Woodville, TX, Kree Harrison with "It Hurt So Bad" by Susan Tedeschi.

THEY SAY: Randy thought it was tremendous, but not the best she's done.  Mariah thought she was having a free-spirited moment for a change. Keith says that her vocal was "not enough". Nicki thought that the performance wasn't going to give her what she needs for this week, saying it was NOT Top 4 worthy.

WE SAY: Three good singers, only two good song choices. Kree knows what she wants to do and how she wants to do it. There's no stopping her obviously, and thanks to Janelle's ouster last week, there won't be again this week. Still, that performance does not do her any favors.

JIMMY SAYS: "Kree is going to hurt herself with her song choices."

Finally, it's Angie Miller, who can woo little kids with the best of them. This one's for Morrison. Here's Angie with "Who You Are" by Jessie J.

THEY SAY: Mariah thought it was a "professional moment". Keith thought it was better when it was loose. Nicki says that the piano is her greatest asset. Randy? "This to me, is my best performance of the night!"

WE SAY: Angie's picking up where she left off last week. Given how she nailed it last week, that would be a good thing. Round one to you, Angela.

JIMMY SAYS:  "I have her neck and neck with Amber right now."

HALFTIME! It's Amber and Kree singing "Rumour Has It" by Adele. Then comes Angie & Candice with Rihanna & Mikky Ekko's "Stay".

And Halftime goes to... Angie & Candice.

And now, it took 11 years for Idol to give America the choice of theme. Lesson learned. Give America the vote, live with the decision. The theme for Round 2... as voted by you at AmericanIdol.com...


First up, Amber has Richard Harris' "MacArthur Park".

THEY SAY: Keith: "When I think of disco, I think of Richard Harris." Nicki: carrots and peas, carrots and peas, walla walla, rhubarb rhubarb, Tim Tebow. Randy: #inittowinit. Mariah... yeah.

WE SAY: I always thought that the song was kind of strange and begs of "who wrote this?!" Why did Amber choose it? So many one-hit wonders from that era that can do her justice. And she's singing about someone leaving cake out in the rain... this critique is over. *drops mic, walks away.*

JIMMY SAYS: "I didn't buy that song when Richard Harris sang it. I didn't buy it when Donna Summer sang it. I didn't buy it when Amber sang it. That song is CORNY."

Candice, save us here. Here's Samantha Sang's "Emotion." Seems like she's going into the Destiny's Child key.

THEY SAY: The judges were grooving to the song, which is what they wanted from her the first time around.

WE SAY: It starts as Andy Gibb... then turns into Beyonce... before finally settling into familiar Candice Glover territory. I think the Jill Scotts of the world are proud to have one of their own on the Idol stage.

JIMMY SAYS: "I think you were smoking a little bit of that green icing on that MacArthur Park cake..." And now Nicki and Randy want to throw down. It's official. American Idol has died and gone to hell.

Kree has a classic one-hit wonder with "A Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procol Harum.

THEY SAY: Not important.

WE SAY: Vocal aerobatics save this from becoming just a run-of-the-mill churchy blues performance.

JIMMY SAYS: ALSO not important.

Angie will close the show out with Julie London's version of "Cry Me a River".

WE SAY: Calling shenanigans. The four one-hit wonders sung were covered by artists who made them into "one of their hits".

OVERALL.... Again, we have a level playing field, with each singer playing to their strengths. Angie and Kree have ZERO competition in their respective genres, so you can expect them to get on that famous flight home that the Top 3 get to take. Which leaves Amber and Candice, neither of which delivered a knockout punch. Candice, though, has an army of fans that Amber wishes she had.

We'll see who gets the boot and who gets the tickets back home tomorrow night... I'm going to bed.

And then... there were four.

To see extras from this episode, go to www.americanidol.com.