of 3: Homecoming
from various parts of the nation, faces in the crowd who
share a love of music. Last week, the final three
returned to their respective towns as heroes, living a
dream. Tomorrow, the dream will continue for TWO of
them. Tonight, though, it's all about one thing... how
you do when the competition is wholly and solely out of
your hands. They call it the Homecoming Round. We call
it... THE WHEEL OF DEATH. Jimmy chose one. The judges
chose one. The producers chose one. You have to sing all
ROUND 1: JIMMY'S CHOICE
Kree Harrison: "F***in'
Perfect" by P!nk.
THEY SAY: Keith says that
she's a country girl through and through. Nicki felt a little short from
the vocal. Randy didn't really love the song for Kree. Mariah thought it
was "interesting". In a way that suggests "odd".
WE SAY: Good stage presence
given her limited movement. The vocal was amelodic. It had one dynamic
level and no real life to it. She has killer nerves, but she needs the
vocal chops to back it up. Luckily she has two more chances.
Candice Glover: "One" by U2
THEY SAY: Nicki... just
called Candice out on stage (see below), saying the competition has just
started and she felt like she was at Candice's show. Randy thought the
song gave her room to grow. "That girl, Mariah Carey, is #inittowinit
tonight." Mariah is trying to form a coherent criticism... and ends up
with the same Mary J comparison. Keith says that her voice carries so
much power, though it was sharp in a few spots.
WE SAY: Not necessarily a
gender-specific song here. In fact, Mary J. Blige did a version of this
song WITH U2... and it sounded like this. Right down to the note. I find
it almost impossible to believe you've never heard Mary J's version. Not
impossible, but highly unlikely. Otherwise, that was cheap. That was a
copout. And you're better than that.
Angie Miller: "Sorry Seems
to Be the Hardest Word" by Elton John
THEY SAY: Randy thought that
the verse was more interesting than anything else she's sung. Mariah
thought it was one of her best performances. Keith would've been happy
with her holding back a little more than she did. Don't underestimate
the power of singing gently. Nicki thought it was a good vocal, but it
didn't connect emotionally.
WE SAY: She also could've
gone with the Mary J version (lot of Mary J tonight, what's up with
that). Also could've gone on the piano herself. Instead, she offered
herself and ONLY herself. Vocally, not her best, but she has the tone
down to a science here. It's GOOD she didn't use the piano, so there's
nothing separating her from the delivery.
VERDICT: WIN: Angie. Place:
Candice. Show: Kree. Jimmy freely admits that he went for these
songs to really stress the singers, to challenge them, to push them. He
gives it to... ANGIE
ROUND 2: JUDGES' CHOICE
Let's go live on tape to
South Carolina and Candice Glover's judges pick... It's Emeli Sande's
"Next To Me".
THEY SAY: Mariah thought it
was "a-plus-mazing." Keith loved the intro and notes that she was just
in the zone. She's getting more and more confident to just sing. Nicki
is rendered speechless for once. Randy loves her before patting the show
on the... anyway.
WE SAY: Now that's how you
put yourself in the performance. It was flat at times, but near the tail
end, her creativity and originality shone.
Angie's brother John is on
stage with the show's first ever rally beard. Back home in Beverly, MA,
they sing together, but the judges want her to be Boston Strong by
herself. The song, "Try" by P!nk.
THEY SAY: Keith thought she
never looked THIS comfortable. Nicki delivers the Jason Block line:
"Stay out of my head!" Randy thought it fit like a glove. Mariah says
she performed like never before.
WE SAY: Your inner rock
chick is sharp.
Last up, we go deep in the
heart of Texas to visit where Kree hangs HER hat shortly before singing
"Here Comes Goodbye" by Rascal Flatts.
THEY SAY: Nicki says that
all of Texas is cheering for her, saying she felt every word. Randy
thinks that this is one of the top top 3s that the show ever had. Mariah
thought it was "more than brilliant". Keith thought it was the perfect
WE SAY: A lot better than
the first attempt. A lot more emotive. And it looks like she was
genuinely telling the story.
VERDICT: WIN: Kree BY A
HAIR. Place: Candice. Show: Angie. The judges did the incredible job
picking songs, but Jimmy thinks that Kree won it.
ROUND 3: PRODUCERS' CHOICE
Angie on the piano: "Maybe"
by Emeli Sande.
THEY SAY: Randy thinks that
tonight Angie became a "complete performer". Mariah didn't think it was
an easy song to sing, and there's nothing negative to say, saying that
there was no theatrics behind it. Keith says she's finding her groove.
Nicki says she's come full circle, connecting to the song.
WE SAY: Angie seems way too
focused on the audience. She should just sing the song, play the piano,
and rock it like she did at the end. It was a solid end to her set.
Kree: "Better Dig Two" by
the Band Perry
THEY SAY: Mariah prefers raw
emotion, sorrow more than anger. Keith doesn't know that that song did
her any favors. Nicki: "Whoever picked that for you should be stoned."
Randy thought that was "too ordinary".
WE SAY: You can see Kree's
visibly tired. Or at least she looks it. You'd be tired too if you sang
three times in an hour. But it affected her vocal. Lack of breath
control is hurting her. Oh, and I have a note for Nicki... "You're
Now to the closer. Candice:
"Somewhere" by Carole King
THEY SAY: Standing O.
WE SAY: Standing O.
VERDICT: WIN: Candice.
Place: Angie. Show: Kree. This is simply TOO CLOSE. We have a strong
feeling that Candice will be back next week to sing for a title. But who
will face her? Jimmy? "Candice, you didn't win the round with that song,
you won the NIGHT."
Three singers are so close,
but one singer has finally run out of chances.