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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 3: Homecoming
May 8

They came 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 three.


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


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 song.

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.


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 fired."

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.

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