April 17, 2013 06:59 PM by Lisa Princ
Last week on American Idol, the top six were narrowed down to five as the final man standing was eliminated. Tonight, the girls tackled birth years and divas – no I’m talking about Nicki Minaj…well, maybe a little. Okay, she definitely had her moments tonight, but more importantly, our top five tackled divas as well.
American Idol‘s top five returned to the stage tonight, and before they were even announced, Ryan Seacrest declared that they would put on the best performances ever tonight, dedicated to the Boston Marathon tragedy. Tonight’s theme was the always fun “birth year” for their first song, and “divas” for the second song – hmm, wonder if anyone will be singing Nicki Minaj or Mariah Carey? Speaking of, the resident diva, Nicki Minaj looked like she squeezed herself into a dress that was two sizes too small – a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen.
Candice Glover was born way back in 1989 – oh to be that young, right? For her birth year song, Candice decided to give us her take on Paula Abdul’s Straight Up – where is Paula on the panel when we need her? Candice definitely put her own personal spin on the song, slowly it down slightly, and of course with her awesome voice. The judges loved her, and Mariah said it best when she called Candice’s song choice “genius.”
For her diva song, Candice took on When You Believe by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. It was a beautiful and powerful performance, Candice already sounds like a star. Standing ovation from all four judges this time! By far, the best performance of the evening – even the judges agreed. Tears were flowing between Candice and Mariah not surprisingly. No matter what happens, this girl is going to be a huge star.
Janelle Arthur was another 1989 baby, and Janelle chose to perform When I Call Your Name by Vince Gill. Yes, Janelle definitely has “the look,” but this girl is boring me to death with her performances. The judges thought it was beautiful, yawn. Almost. Thank you to the voice of reason, aka Keith Urban who also “didn’t feel it.” Yep, he was bored too.
Janelle’s diva performance was Dumb Blonde by Dolly Parton. This song definitely had more energy than her last performance. It was fun, loaded with sparkles, but it was nothing new or different for Janelle. Randy kicked off claiming that he wished he would have seen more vocal performance from her, while Mariah deemed it “cute.” Not the best song choice, something tells me that Janelle may be in trouble after her performances tonight. Holy cow, Nicki Minaj actually made sense for the first time all night – she too, feels that Janelle is in jeopardy of elimination this week after two lackluster performances.
Kree Harrison‘s birth year was 1990, and from her year, Kree chose to sing She Talks To Angels by The Black Crowes. Was I the only one a little put off by some of Kree’s facial expressions during the performance? Awkward. The vocals were great, but there was no originality to it. Everyone loves her voice, but when Randy and Mariah sugar coated the fact that it was a little awkward, Nicki Minaj was having none of that. For a moment, we thought that Nicki and Mariah were about to have another go at one another, but Mariah proved to be an adult and dropped it while Nicki continued to foam at the mouth.
Celine Dion’s Have You Ever Been In Love was Kree’s diva choice for the night. As usual, Kree gave us a beautiful performance. It was a great song choice, and it seemed effortless on her part. The judges loved it and gave her a standing ovation. This was probably the second best performance of the evening, behind Candice. If this continues, we may see the two of them in the finale.
Angie Miller was born in 1994, and with that in mind, she chose to sing I’ll Stand By You, by The Pretenders. Playing the piano, Angie gave a shout out to Boston, her hometown. Angie’s performance was strong, and her vocals were spot on. The audience was in awe of the performance, and the judges gave her a standing ovation…well, all but one. Can Nicki Minaj be any more of a snob? For heaven’s sake, she dedicated it to Boston, show some respect.
Angie decided to step out of her comfort zone and take a huge risk for her diva song with Beyonce’s Halo. Was the risk worth taking? Yes! The performance was spot on, and Angie was amazing. Beyonce is a tough one to pull off, and Angie did it. The judges loved it, and the performance earned her a standing ovation. Keith said Angie was definitely in his top three, and even Nicki Minaj gushed about it without foaming at the mouth – now if she could just stop twirling her hair, err, wig.
Amber Holcomb happens to be another 1994 baby, and she chose to take on Mariah Carey tonight with her rendition of Without You. It started off very soft and slow, but when Amber hit the high notes, she really hit them out of the park. Yet again, a standing ovation from the judges with the exception of Nicki. And Nicki began to foam at the mouth again but yay, the audience hated Nicki because she told Amber it was “not good.” Ugh, it felt like she never shut up. Does anyone else wish someone would just rip off her wig. Mariah loved it, and a lot of the choices that Amber chose to do with it – take that Minaj!
For her diva performance, Amber took on Barbara Streisand’s What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life. Amber gave a beautiful and heartfelt performance. It was flawless and classy. The judges loved it and gave her a standing ovation. Nicki Minaj referred to Amber as a young Whitney Houston. Randy Jackson made sure that America needs to know that Amber does not belong in the bottom. “Elegant, and classic,” Mariah Carey deemed the performance.
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