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American Idol Recap: Top Five Performances Bring The Divas Out

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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8 Responses to “American Idol Recap: Top Five Performances Bring The Divas Out”

  1. MzLiz Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I thought Angie was outstanding tonight, but then I like Angie’s attitude. She rolls with the punches and always seems upbeat.

  2. Alex Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Lisa, I take it that you just don’t like Nicki from what I am reading. This was a painful read as a fan of Nicki on the show.

    What this appears to leave out is that Randy, Mariah and Keith all had their turns to talk. Mariah did interupt Nicki during her critique, and the comment telling Mariah to “Simmer down, Sir” was a priceless way to get Mariah from continually interuppting her during Nicki’s turn to speak.


    The “Take that Minaj?” comment regarding Amber. Huh? Nicki’s critique of Amber’s first song was 100% correct. In fact, Nicki mentioning the lower register problem was a dead-on critique of the performance. I am a fan of Amber and I didn’t think the first song sounded good. She did, however, knock the pimp spot final song out-of-the-park!

  3. Lisa Princ Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Hi Alex,

    No, I am not a fan of Nicki Minaj on the show, but I have nothing against her music. To me, she comes across as arrogant and rude on the show. While Mariah may be a bore on the panel, she does have so much experience to back up what she says. I disagree with Nicki’s critique of Amber, but that’s the great thing – we all have different opinions :)

  4. Sims Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Candice Glover has consistenly delivered an outstanding performance each week. Candice’s performance last night was stellar. It was the best performance of the night.

  5. Carmie Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Angie is beautiful, sincere, and a good person. I remember a couple of weeks ago when Candice was not in the top 3 she appeared to be miserable. I don’t think she handled disappointment well.
    It’s about time the judges got more involved in the discussion. That’s the first time I heard Keith agree with Miriah. Usually she is left out because she is at the far end. On the Voice, the 4 judges have a blast together. Keith and Randy are really good, personable but the girls are quite snippy to one another. Its not the time to air out their differnces. Mirah is more kind hearted than Niki

  6. Shauna Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Lisa,you are a hater Niki knows what she is saying
    Mariah is my idol and she is boring VERY BORING talks too long half the time dont know what the hell she is saying so get off the niki hating and speak the truth she did interupt Niki is not her turn

  7. Shauna Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Go Candice and Amber and Niki keep on doing what you are doing Mariah still love you but keep the talking to a minimum remember they are 3 other judges

  8. Pearl Gantes Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    I can’t get Fantasia’s incredible performance out of my head… I’m enjoying Idol more than ever this year… As Fantasia turned to the 5 girls and sang “Sometimes You Have To Lose To Win” it was a great moment. I was deeply touched ~ Fantasia you rock! I’m having a difficult time choosing a favorite because they are all extraordinary performers… and I really like the judges this year…


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