April 10, 2013 07:02 PM by Lisa Princ
Last week on American Idol, the top seven took on rock tunes and Burnell Taylor was eliminated. This week, the top six performed two songs each, and we witnessed one of the best performances ever on the show!
American Idol‘s top six were back tonight to take on two songs, one of which was a song that they wished they had written, while they also had to sing a Burt Bacharach song. We also got tidbits that we did not know about our finalists, and some of those were better than the performances.
Angie Miller was up first tonight with her rendition of Anyone Who Had A Heart, and it was very blah and boring. While her voice was beautiful, it was clearly lacking emotion. All the judges agreed that it was not her best performance. Randy said it best when he advised Angie to, “find the passion, you’ve got to digest it like it’s a song you wrote.”
Love Came Down by Kari Jobe was the song that Angie wished she had written, but could she pull it off better than her first performance? Playing the piano this time around, Angie gave a beautiful and powerful performance. Definitely much better than her first choice. Mariah and Keith both assured Angie that the piano is definitely where she is meant to be when she sings.
Angie loves to do embarrassing YouTube videos, and head bang to Metal music, in case you wanted to know that fact.
Amber Holcomb tackled Say A Little Prayer For You, and she looked adorable in her cute pantsuit. Her performance was amazing, absolutely perfect. Amber proved that you could definitely put a new twist on an old tune. And then Nicki started to foam at the mouth. “Oh my gosh, what in the hell just happened right now?” and “I am bowing down right now for you little girl,” were some of her comments – I tuned her out after the first few seconds.
Before Amber could even get to her second song, Ryan Seacrest grilled her about her relationship with Burnell Taylor, but Amber insisted they are just good friends. For her song that she wished she had written, Amber chose Beyonce’s Love On Top. It was an energetic and fun performance, but her vocals were not the best this time around. The judges liked it, but I think the audience liked it even more.
By the way, Amber eats frozen shrimp straight from the bag – cooked shrimp that is, thankfully.
Lazaro Arbos took on The Carpenters’ They Long To Be Close To You, and it was outright dreadful. As I waited for someone to wake me up during this performance, bam! There was Mariah Carey foaming at the mouth, just like Nicki did earlier. Not sure which was worse, the performance, or Mariah trying to explain how bad it was without hurting Lazaro’s feelings.
Angels by Robbie Williams was the song that Lazaro wished he had written. It was another boring and mediocre performance…not impressed. Instead of being honest, Keith Urban tried to sugar coat it by saying the girls were blowing it away tonight. Nicki passed on even talking this time around – thank goodness. Randy reiterated that the girls were just better. Something tells us this may be Lazaro’s final performance on Idol this season.
Most exciting moment for Lazaro, telling us that he loves to ride four wheelers and hunt. A Spanish Redneck (his words, not mine).
What The World Needs Now Is Love is the tune that Kree Harrison performed tonight. Kree blew it out of the water, not surprisingly. Keith Urban hit the nail on the head when he said that we can hear the compassion in her voice, while Nicki Minaj is certain that Kree will be performing at the American Country Awards next year – and every year after that.
Kree decided that the song she wished she had written was Help me Make It Through The Night by Kris Kristofferson. It was a beautiful, heartfelt performance. Randy loved the ease in which Kree sang it, while Nicki Minaj loves how Kree can take a song she’s never heard, and make her fall in love with it. And then I wanted to smack Nicki for playing with her hair for the zillionth time – does that annoy anyone else?
Um, Kree loves Rodeos. Why does that not surprise us?
Janelle Arthur gave us her rendition of What Do You Get When You Fall In Love, and yes, she can sing, but this was not one of her best performances. It fell flat, and the judges were in agreement than she could have done better.
The song that Janelle wished she had written was Garth Brooks’ The Dance, but did she perform better than her last performance? Yes! It started off simple, but then Janelle it the high notes, and made us remember why we love her. Mariah admitted that she never heard the song before, but she loved Janelle’s performance. Keith suggested that she should have played guitar with the song. Nicki was certain that while it was good, Janelle did not do enough to get ahead of the other ladies.
Janelle’s strange tidbit – She played a boy in a school play. Okay, that’s not so strange, is it?
Candice Glover gave us her version Don’t Make Me Over, and wow, she was awesome! It started simple, but Candice took the song and made it her own. All of the judges agreed, it was by far, the best vocal performance of the night. “It made me want to have a woman’s revival in here,” Nicki Minaj gushed.
For Candice’s “wish she had written” performance, she chose to do Love Song by The Cure. Candice put her own, slower spin on the song, and it really worked well. Once again, Candice knocked it out of the park. With the audience and the judges on their feet after her performance, Randy Jackson summed it up best when he said that in 12 seasons, this was one of the best performances ever on the American Idol stage!
Candice’s fun fact – she can speak some sort of super fast language.
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