April 04, 2013 02:00 AM by Melissa Stavarski
This week on American Idol, the Top 7 take on classic rock songs, accompanied by Orianthi on guitar. Host Ryan Seacrest promises no ballads! Yay! Also, the American Idol contestants reveal all the little things that they love and love to hate about each other. Keep reading for all the details!
Burnell Taylor: Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love A Bad Name”
Burnell gives American Idol‘s rock theme a bad name. Bless his heart. He’s trying, but rock isn’t his thing. Keith Urban tells Burnell that he’s never looked more uncomfortable. Nicki Minaj urges him to make the songs his own, especially if he’s out of his comfort zone. Randy Jackson says Burnell fell too far behind the beat, adding, “Ride that beat harder!”
The Idols poke fun at Burnell’s accent, hand movements, and laugh.
Duet: Angie Miller and Lazaro Arbos sing “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” together. “Well, that was nice,” snarks Nicki. “Lazaro, you seemed to be comfortable until you forgot the lyrics again.” Lazaro says he doesn’t know the song. Has Lazaro heard of any song ever?
Kree Harrison: Janis Joplin’s “Piece Of My Heart”
Personally, I think Kree’s voice sounds strained, though we later learn that she’s suffering from a pinched nerve. Randy announces the “start” of the show, adding, “That’s how you come out and rock the stage!” Mariah Carey praises Kree’s ability to choose the right songs. Nicki calls Kree’s performance stunning and magnificent.
According to the Idols, Kree irons everyone’s clothes, goes out of her way to learn about others, and always gives hugs.
Janelle Arthur: Billy Joel’s “You May Be Right”
You can take the girl out of the country … but you can’t take the country out of the girl … even on rock week! Janelle puts on a pair of bedazzled cowboy boots, makes the song fit her style, and works the stage like no other contestant this season. Keith agrees with me, adding, “You get better and better every week.” Randy and Mariah agree with Nicki’s observation that viewers are going to relate to Janelle and that felt connection is going to translate to votes.
Obviously, the Idols make fun of Janelle’s country roots, with Lazaro saying, “She’s the girl in corn thingies, except she hasn’t lost all her teeth yet.”
Duet: Burnell and Candice sing “The Letter.” Holy awesome, Burnell! Burnell totally should have chosen this song as his solo. I very much enjoy this duet and hope to see it again on finale night. The judges gush over Candice, of course, but they manage to give Burnell the credit that he deserves also.
Lazaro Arbos: Queen’s “We Are The Champions”
The good news is, it’s an easy song to learn and Lazaro’s vocals sound better than they have in weeks. The bad news is, Lazaro still manages to flub lyrics and the key of the song changes throughout to compensate for the inadequate vocals. That said, Nicki, Mariah, and Randy all insist that Lazaro did the song justice, with Nicki adding, “It was crack juice.” Keith thinks Lazaro was wise to a choose a song that supports his dramatics.
The Idols poke fun at Laz’s over-the-top poses while singing and blindingly bright colored clothing.
Candice Glover: Rolling Stones hit “I Can’t Get No (Satisfaction)”
Candice’s vocals are outstanding, as per usual, but I feel as if she’s overdue for a WOW! performance. Mariah thinks every performance brings out a different side of Candice. Keith praises Candice’s power, adding, “Your voice is so freaking good.” Nicki says the song put her to sleep and loudly “boos” her own comment, robbing the audience the pleasure of doing it first.
Candice has her own bedroom. When Burnell suggests it’s out of pity, because she’s going home soon, Candice reveals that she wants to punch him in the face. Obviously, no punches are really being thrown, as they’re simply fooling around.
Trio: Janelle Arthur, Amber Holcomb, and Kree Harrison sing “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me.” Amber forgets lyrics. Nicki calls it sleepy and cheesy, adding, “I’m obsessed with all three of you, but I hated the performance.”
Amber Holcomb: Heart’s “What About Love”
So, despite Ryan’s initial promise regarding the theme of the week, Amber sings a ballad. Keith praises the “killer key change” of the song. Comparing Amber to “sleepy” Candice, Nicki says, “This is the difference between your song choice and what I just saw – the first line out of your mouth just completely melted me.” Randy appreciates her legs and ability to always “be” Amber.
The Idols reveal that Amber talks to herself and loves to take “selfie” pictures. We also learn that Burnell has a major crush on Amber.
Angie Miller: Evanescence’s Bring Me To Life
How is this classic rock? Anyone? Nevertheless, Angie sings well, starting with the piano and ending with the wind machine set to full blast. Nicki is rude to the audience, go figure, but compliments Angie’s toned down look. Randy likes Angie’s “tender” moments. Mariah rambles on and on and on about nothing. Keith implores Angie to focus more on feeling her songs and less on worrying about how she looks in front of the camera.
The Idols mock how Angie gets overly excited about everything and how she mugs for the camera.
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