of 4: Choices, Choices
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?
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.
ROUND 1: CONTESTANT'S CHOICE
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
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...
ROUND 2: AT&T THEME PICK...
ONE HIT WONDERS
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.
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
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
JIMMY SAYS: ALSO not
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
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.