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American Idol Recap: Top 9 Take On The Lennon-McCartney Songbook

March 21, 2013 12:30 AM by Melissa Stavarski

This is American Idol and this is Ryan Seacrest with the results of last week’s sing-off between Aubrey Cleland and Charlie Askew. The winner of a spot in this summer’s American Idol tour is Aubrey. All together now: Sorry, Charlie! Moving on, the American Idol Top 9 take on the songs of John Lennon and Paul McCartney this week. Keep reading for all the details!

Jimmy Iovine admits that Kree Harrison needs very little help, as she’s a natural-born singer, and he suspects that she will have a big night. Kree chooses Joe Cocker’s version of “With a Little Help From My Friends” and nails it. Keith Urban thinks she embodies “cool” country. Randy Jackson is in awe of Kree’s confidence. “I didn’t think it was good,” Mariah Carey says. “I thought it was fan-freaking-tastic.”

Jimmy stresses to Burnell Taylor that his nice, unique tone means nothing if he doesn’t  know the words to his song. In the end, Burnell’s version of “Let It Be” is complete and impresses the judges. “This is the mark of a great singer and a great artist,” Randy says. “You made it your own.” Mariah praises his “heartfelt and genuine” performance. Keith loves Burnell’s soulful tone.

About Amber Holcomb, Jimmy says, “Amber? Her voice? This song? A winner. She murders this song.” Amber sings “She’s Leaving Home” and continues to win over the judges. Randy says he wasn’t sure about the song at first, as it started really slow, but admits that she pulled it together. Keith praises Amber for making a 46-year-old song sound fresh. Nicki Minaj says that Amber’s vocal is unmatched; however, she got the feeling that Amber didn’t care for the song.

Jimmy fears that Lazaro Arbos‘s song choice is too ambitious. Jimmy is right. Lazaro’s rendition of “In My Life” is painful to listen to. His pitch and timing are both off. “It’s so difficult to perform a song written by Lennon and McCartney,” Mariah says. “I really have to commend you on your bravery.” Obviously, Mariah is this season’s sugar-coated judge. Keith thinks he sang the song in the wrong key. Nicki feels as if Jimmy has shattered Lazaro’s confidence. “Honestly, for me, that was your worst performance ever,” Randy says. “It was out of tune from beginning to end.”

Jimmy tells Candice Glover that American Idol is very lucky to have her. Candice’s take on “Come Together” is unexpected, crazy good, mind-blowing… I could go on and on. “Now we’re cooking,” says Keith. “I love seeing you in this whole other “rock chick” vibe tonight. I thought that was absolutely killer.” Randy tells Candice to own it because she’s got it. Mariah says, “It was like prizefighter, darling.”

Jimmy talks to Paul Jolley about the difference between screaming and singing subtly but intensely. Paul’s rendition of “Eleanor Rigby” fails to impress the judges. Nicki tells Paul that she doesn’t like it and calls it safe, bland, and forgettable. Side note: I cannot stand that Nicki chews gum during the live show. It’s so unprofessional. Back to Paul, Mariah admits that she doesn’t see him as the country artist he so desperately wants to be, suggesting uptempo dance/pop instead. Keith agrees with Mariah and compliments the pop rock edge vibe Paul brought to this performance.

Jimmy compliments Angie Miller‘s “natural and raw” talent but asks her to “keep it simple” to avoid over singing. Angie’s voice on “Yesterday” is breathtaking; however, I get major theater / Broadway vibes from the performance. While Randy says this performance was stellar, he wants Angie to show more of a rock edge, comparing her to Evanescence’s Amy Lee and Paramore’s Hayley Williams. Nicki tells Angie that she’s unbelievably amazing, ballsy (which FOX bleeps out), and well-suited for Broadway and movie soundtracks.

Jimmy thinks Devin Velez‘s song choice and song alterations are brave, adding, “Which is okay if you get it right.” Devin sings “The Long And Winding Road” and mostly impresses the judges. “You never cease to amaze me,” Mariah says. “It would be a travesty if you did not go through.” Randy announces that Devin’s swagger is back. While Nicki compliments Devin’s commitment to emotion, Keith thinks he’s too laid back and lacks any emotional connection.

Jimmy tells Janelle Arthur that her breathing will make or break her performance. Janelle’s rendition of “I Will” is stunning. Keith says, “You know who you are; you’re pure, you’re true, and I thought that was really beautiful, baby.” Nicki loves the subtle performance. One of the best performances of the night, according to Randy, and Mariah praises the “beautiful and elegant” performance.

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One Response to “American Idol Recap: Top 9 Take On The Lennon-McCartney Songbook”

  1. Norma Choate Says:
    March 22nd, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Larzro, Janelle, Kree


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