February 21, 2013 02:00 AM by Melissa Stavarski
American Idol goes from Hollywood to Las Vegas. Tonight, ten of the girls battle for the chance to sing for America’s votes and only five will move forward. “Sudden death,” host Ryan Seacrest says. “One song. One chance. No mercy.” Keep reading to find out who survives.
Jenny Beth Willis sings Trisha Yearwood’s “Heaven, Heartache, and the Power of Love.” Randy says it felt jerky, adding, “The end note was great, but I wish the rest of it was that good.” Ouch. Poor Jenny is most likely the first “sudden death” casualty of the night.
Tenna Torres, aka Camp Mariah, takes on Natasha Bedingfield’s “Soulmate” and impresses the judges. Keith compliments Tenna’s control. Nicki disses her hair, saying, “Lose the hair. The hair is aging you.” Randy announces, “To me, this is the start of the night.”
Yeah… so long, Jenny. We barely got to know ya!
Adriana Latonio sings “Ain’t No Way” by the great Aretha Franklin. Nicki calls Adriana a tiny little thing who commands the stage without fear. Poet Randy hollers, “Yo! This girl’s a pro!” Mariah brings attention to the fact that Adriana took on Aretha Freaking Franklin and worked. it. out.
Brandy Hotard sings Travis Tritt’s “Anymore” and it’s awfully boring. Keith and Nicki take issue with Brandy smiling during a sad song. Nicki adds, “That was a pageant delivery of a song. Be a realistic, believable artist.” Randy predicts that Brandy is in trouble.
Kree Harrison, who is a dead ringer for actress Melanie Lynskey (Rose on Two and a Half Men), sings Patty Griffin’s “Up to the Mountain.” Keith tells Kree that she’s a natural-born singer, adding, “Effortless… God bless you for that.” Equally impressed, Mariah says, “You’re lost in the song, and that is a beautiful thing to watch.”
Shuba Vedula, an early favorite of mine, over performs Lady Gaga‘s “Born This Way” and disappoints everyone. It’s a ballad.. it’s a rock song… ballad… hot mess… big shame… Nicki says it was confusing, adding, “It almost feels like a mash-up of Christina Aguilera and the Gangnam Style guy.” Randy and Mariah agree – Shuba should have stayed (in ballad mode) at the piano.
Can Angela Miller top last week’s show-stopping performance? While Angela earns much praise for her rendition of Jessie J’s “Nobody’s Perfect,” Nicki and Mariah feel as if nothing will ever compare to “You Set Me Free.” Keith runs out of adjectives to describe Angela’s amazing, effortless talent, and Randy thinks we are all witnessing the building of a future super star.
Kamaria Ousley attempts “Mr. Know It All” by Kelly Clarkson and fails miserably. Keith disses Kamaria’s “unnecessary theatrical performance” of the song. Nicki questions the unpleasant “throaty twang thing” she did with her voice. Randy tells Kamaria there’s “nothing redeemable” about her performance. Mariah gushes over her clothes and shoes.
Isabelle‘s take on Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child” doesn’t sit well with the judges. Too old-fashioned and pageant-like, says Randy, and Mariah is reduced to complimenting Isabelle’s “heart”. While I think Isabelle is great, I think (based on those comments) this is the end of her season 12 Idol journey. So sad.
Amber Holcomb sings Rodgers and Hart’s “My Funny Valentine.” Randy says, “You made the most important run the greatest, and it stood out like a shining diamond.” Mariah says to Amber, “I think you know how brilliant that performance was. I wanted to smack you – in a good way.”
Jenny Beth Willis
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