of 4 Redux: Hits from Today and Yesterday
as Candace and Amber stood at the bottom 2.
"The person leaving tonight
is... no one."
... The dream continues for
our final four, but at a cost. From here on out, NO MORE SECOND CHANCES.
2013 Hits and Standards. In the mentor's chair this week, an American
Idol favorite, Harry Connick Jr.
ROUND 1: 2013 HITS
Angie Miller is taking on
Rihanna for the second week in a row. But will her star shine as bright
as it did with "Diamonds"?
THEY SAY: Keith was kept
"waiting for it to happen", saying she should've changed the melody as
well. Nicki thought it was different than anything she's ever done... in
that it was disconnected from the piano. "It was bland, it was
lackluster, and you can do a lot better." Randy agrees with Keith. "Once
you hit the chorus, that was it." Mariah agreed that she was playing to
the camera too much.
WE SAY: She said she was
going to do a different version of it. Take away the orchestration, and
it's the same arrangement. It's a good song for HER range, but if you
say you're going to do different, you need to deliver.
And the only reason Mariah
and Nicki's little family feud is bubbling to the surface again? Because
Amber Holcomb admits to
being iffy on the words to Pink's "Just Give Me a Reason". And yet,
she's singing it.
THEY SAY: Nicki says the
voice is there, but she didn't see a connection. Randy says she looks
"out-of-her-mind nervous". Mariah said that we need to see more
confidence. Keith is busying going ballistic, and all I can remember is
his shirt saying "I AM THE STIG".
WE SAY: She sounds decent
enough, but you could notice a few hiccups. Either she forgot the lyrics
or she was given a bum mic. Either way, there were some outages, and it
was a bit restrained and, frankly, being overthinking.
Haley Reinhart is in the
audience. No one notices. Candice Glover sings "When I Was Your Man" by
Bruno Mars, EVERYONE notices.
THEY SAY: Randy says she can
sing anything. Mariah agrees. Keith talks about giraffes. Nicki leads
the panel in a standing O.
WE SAY: That was either a
stylistic choice or you have serious breath control problems. That said,
it's a classic case of making lemonade out of lemons. It sounds good,
but take a moment and think about this... Was this really THE song to
sing? Tonight? After ALL THAT'S HAPPENED THIS WEEK?!
That leaves Kree Harrison
and a song that Carrie Underwood did on THIS stage a few weeks ago. The
song? "See You Again", a great song. but can Kree do it proper justice?
THEY SAY: Mariah thought it
was very connected, and she "felt" her. Keith thought the staging was a
little "out of sync", but the song was "faultless". Nicki loved it,
saying she "sang with her eyes." Randy thinks that this is another
talent show on another network, saying he's in love with her voice.
WE SAY: A simple song sung
simply and without a hint of pretense about it. Carrie would be proud.
And Harry Connick Jr., who
was backstage the whole time, LOVED IT. I'd say that's round 1 to you.
Ryan doesn't know who The
Stig is... RYAN, YOU FAIL.
ROUND 2: STANDARDS
First up, Angie has "Someone
to Watch Over Me".
THEY SAY: Keith thought the
timbre, the clarity, and presence were beautiful. Nicki is in the mind
of a Disney princess. Randy did NOT love the arrangement of the middle,
but the vocal was amazing. Mariah can relate to Angie's story; her mum
sang it to her as well.
WE SAY: And we're back to
dramatics. Yes, it sounds good, and it hits all the notes. But this is
search for a recording star, not for a Broadway star.
Amber redoes a judge's
favorite in Vegas... here's "My Funny Valentine". Will lightning strikes
THEY SAY: the judges don't
need to say anything. Her father crying in the audience speaks for
WE SAY: It's a song we've
all heard a thousand times before. Hence, "standard". It starts out very
nice and flowing, but then Amber ventures into the over-thinking song
and ends up stiff until the "Stay little valentine" modulation. But
flashes of brilliance will not win this competition.
Candice takes the three-spot
with her rendition of "You've Changed" by Billie Holliday.
THEY SAY: Randy says she
felt what she sang. Mariah begs everyone to download this. Keith thought
it was controlled. Nicki... defers to the host.
WE SAY: One of the things
Harry said, "Just sing the lyric." She does. Now think about your man
changing. Congratulations. You've connected.
Kree will close the show out
with "Stormy Weather", trying to merge Lena Horne and Etta James. Harry
instructs her to keep the melody simple and remember what you're singing
THEY SAY: Mariah needed to
hear more "rawness" out of it. Keith would've chosen a different song,
but she had beautiful instincts. Nicki reminds her to go with what is
organic for her. And remember song choice! Randy thought it was good.
Harry? "You're telling her to sing like Etta James. You need to sing it
like you. Learn the song, THEN be Kree. " I think we just heard Harry's
audition for the panel.
WE SAY: Round 2 to you as
well. I would not worry too much about going home. Actually, I would,
because it's top 3 and... yeah.
We're going to close the
song tonight with a group with "Wings" by Little Mix, another big song
of 2013 (by a group from The X Factor UK).
OVERALL.... Last week, Amber
and Candice were in the bottom. Those votes are going to be added to
this week's votes. If I were Amber, I would be concerned.