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American Idol Recap: The Top Three Race To The Finale

May 08, 2013 07:05 PM by Lisa Princ

Let the countdown to the American Idol finale begin! Last week, the top four¬†were narrowed to three ladies, all of whom were impressive tonight. But, which of the final three did enough to earn their spot in next week’s finale?

American Idol’s race to the finale started tonight! The top three ladies performed three songs each tonight: one chosen by Jimmy Iovine, one chosen by the judges, and one chosen by the producers.

Jimmy Iovine’s choice for Kree Harrison tonight was Perfect by Pink, because, well, he wanted to hear her sing a Pop song. It was boring and I would have much rather listened to Pink sing it. Nicki liked that Kree did not seem as nervous as last week, while Keith did not seem to enjoy it. Randy thought it lacked pizazz, and finally, Mariah advised Kree to give her remaining performances her all.

Candice Glover gave us her rendition of U2′s One, chosen by Jimmy Iovine. It seemed lackluster until Candice hit her usual high notes, and blew the song out of the water. She definitely gave it her own spin, and it worked perfectly for her! Nicki loved it so much that she gave props to her “secret husband” Jimmy Iovine for the song choice. Randy told Candice the third time (since this is her third time trying out for the show) would be the charm for her – is he hinting that she will win?

Jimmy’s pick for Angie Miller tonight was Elton John’s Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word. This time around, despite the piano playing, Angie was not behind it. Her vocals were beautiful, but it was kind of boring to watch. Randy liked it, and Mariah thought it was one of her better performances. Keith advised Angie to hold back more on some of the verses. Nicki thought it was good, but admitted that it was not her best.

Jimmy Iovine thinks that round one went to Angie, but I disagree, I think it went to Candice.

Candice Glover’s judges’ choice was Emeli Sande’s Next To Me. Another stellar, original Candice performance. Keith loved that it felt like she was having a conversation while singing about her man. Nicki was fighting back tears as she told Candice how proud of her she was. Wait, Nicki has emotions? Apparently, she does! Nicki then revealed that she loves how Candice comes off as such a strong, confident woman every time she hits the stage. Randy thought it was amazing, as did Mariah.

For her judges’ choice tonight, Angie Miller performed Pink’s Try. Look, this girl definitely has the voice, but she did not give the song anything original. The performance was good as Angie looked a little more confident doing a non ballad. Keith was thrilled that she did not play the piano. Agreeing with Keith, Nicki thought that Angie looked very comfortable. Randy thought she sounded amazing, while Mariah loved the performance.

The judges gave Kree Harrison Here Comes Goodbye by Rascal Flatts. It was a beautiful, emotional performance that left many in tears. Nicki loved the fact that Kree showed so much emotion in her performance. Randy called it “brilliant,” while Mariah was in awe of her pureness – at least that is what I gathered from all her non-stop chatter…really, she seemed to be foaming at the mouth tonight. Keith looked like he was fighting back tears after the performance, telling Kree that she had him from the beginning to the end of the song.

Jimmy Iovine gave round two to Kree, and I have to agree with that one, it was just so emotional and beautiful.

For the final round, Angie was given Emeli Sande’s Maybe by the Idol production crew. Angie was on the piano this time, and it was a beautiful performance. Randy loved the performance, and Mariah thought it was a difficult song, but Angie pulled it off. Keith and Nicki were both impressed by Angie’s growth since starting the competition.

Kree Harrison was given Better Dig Two by The Band Perry by the Idol producers, yuck. I love Country music, but honestly, they could have chosen a better tune for Kree. Kree rocked it the best she could for having a crappy song. Mariah was not a fan of the “anger” emotion in Kree, while Keith did not think it felt right. Nicki thought Kree was out of her comfort zone, claiming whoever chose that song should be “stoned.” Randy thought it was too ordinary for Kree, and I definitely agree. Did I mention that I hate that song?

For her final performance of the night, the producers chose Somewhere from West Side Story for Candice. It was powerful and amazing, as usual. If Candice does not make the finale, I will be shocked. Standing ovation from the judges said it all – best performance of the night! Keith kicked off telling fans if they don’t vote for Candice they don’t have a pulse. Nicki’s words to Candice: “See you next week.” Randy deemed this performance another one of the best vocals ever on the show!

Jimmy Iovine declared that Candice not only won round three, but she won the entire night with her final performance.

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8 Responses to “American Idol Recap: The Top Three Race To The Finale”

  1. PJ Says:
    May 8th, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    I have never seen a show so rigged. First they only gave slow songs to Candice as well as they made sure the fact that she is in the bottom three they had to give her a slow song because when she sings up tempo it is a total disaster. I don’t care how many black judges you put on idol you cant will the idol from the American public if they cant perform everything. it is a fact that Harry Connick said quit with all the runs that the black girls were doing and look what happened to Amber. Remember the staff of idol picked stupid non script up tempo songs for Kree and Angie to try there best to make Candice great with a song called Somewhere which has to be the slowest song that exist and there is no way anyone could not sing that song. I wish everyone would open there eyes and see that they stacked the judges this year and they still could not rig it where they could get there over promoting done. America will vote Country and Pop and there is not a darn thing that those quote if you call them judges and the fix from the Idol producers will change it history shows it is about the money and they want to sell records not worry about slow singing. I hope they do bring on Harry Connick and get other real judges I think Randy will finally become a useless voice.

  2. Sue Says:
    May 9th, 2013 at 5:23 am

    I think the show was unfair last night. First of all, the order of the contestants was not fair. Angie sang first last week and this week she should have had the opportunity to sing last. The song choices were unfair, not only to Angie- but Kree as well. Candice is given a beautiful song that any of the three could have sang- Angie and Kree were given less known songs that weren’t as moving at the end. Candice did a nice job, but any of the three could have sung that song just as well. Natalie Wood and Broadway singers did well with that song, if Natalie Wood sounded beautiful on that song who was not famous for being a singer, then any of the 3 could have done well with it too! Why were the judges acting like she sang this song that was just out of this world? Did you hear Candice singing back home. She was off key. Also, it is obvious to me now, that Nicki and Randy are really pushing for Candice. Nicki started crying about Candice’s trip home- to me those scenes were moving- but I felt that Nicki was over the top for a reason. Why such sadness in the delivery of the scenes from home? It’s a singing competition- I really felt they were trying to make us pity Kree- we don’t need to pity her- she has had a tough life, granted. But this is a singing contest- let’s stay with that. Kree was off last night, and I like her. She was off key a lot- and the judges didn’t say anything about this because they were so worried to say it, especially on the Rascal Flatts’ song- again because it’s hard to say something harsh after you hear her story. But she was off. The popular country song, “Better Dig Two” was only a mediocre job as well, and really didn’t like her performance on the first song either.
    Angie, I feel was consistent through the whole show, and wish she would have been given a comparable song to “Somewhere” to match or surpass Candice on the last song. I love Keith, but why the comment at the end about Candice? Come on, stop trying to sway everyone so much by practically telling them they would be dumb not to vote for her? Not fair, and I think in this competition- you should look at the whole portfolio of each contestant. It is so in your face that the one who should win is Angie! Not that Candice or Kree are not good-they are- they just don’t have the whole package.

  3. Roe Says:
    May 9th, 2013 at 6:58 am

    My favorites are Kree & Angie & have been for weeks. My hope is that Kree will win it all; Angie comes in second & Candice, third. They are all very good & should have great careers no matter who wins. Kree, Kree, Kree….

  4. Mary Says:
    May 9th, 2013 at 7:23 am

    If you don’t like Candice, you don’t like Candice. But for the record…Natalie Wood didn’t sing “Somewhere” in the movie “West Side Story.” In fact, she didn’t do any of her own singing. In the old days they cast famous faces to play big roles and dubbed them if they couldn’t sing, or couldn’t sing well enough. She didn’t get screen credit back in the day, but the info is very public now. Marni Nixon sang Maria in the “West Side Story” movie. Marni Nixon also sang Eliza for Audrey Hepburn in the movie version of “My Fair Lady.” And she sang the female lead’s songs in “The King and I” for Deborah Kerr. They had her dub in some rough high notes in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” for Marilyn Monroe too. And she dubbed for some other leading ladies in lesser known roles. She appeared onscreen briefly as one of the singing nuns in “The Sound of Music.” But Julie Andrews certainly didn’t need any help singing. Slow music can actually be harder to sing because if you make a mistake, it’s really really obvious. It’s sort of like a dancer dancing on point, making a slow turn. It takes a lot of strength. And if you fall off, it’s very obvious. But if these aren’t styles you’re interested in, then they just aren’t styles you’re interested in. From what I read online, they considered having Natalie Wood sing Maria in “West Side Story” because they wanted a young voice. She was only 16 at the time. But they realized she couldn’t do it, so they called in Marni Nixon. Natalie did sing for herself in the title role of “Gypsy” later on. Her co-star Rosalind Russell, however, had some dubbing help with the roll Rose, even though she sang for herself onstage in “Wonderful Town.” In the movie “Gypsy” Lisa Kirk’s voice was blended in with Rosalind Russell’s, but Wikipedia says Lisa Kirk’s voice was featured on the soundtrack album. Nowadays if you’re in a film, you’re expected to do your own singing.

  5. Theresa Says:
    May 9th, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Glad to hear someone else thinks this years show is rigged! All along I’ve felt they were stacking the deck so a minority will win. I think the song selections were pitiful & stacked against Kree & Angi. Don’t get me wrong Candice has an amazing voice but only sings one style song. Come on American Idol keep it real in the end America will decide!

  6. gil Says:
    May 9th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Iovine and Inter-scope has already chosen Candice to promote, so she’ll win.. This is a huge reason that the ratings are in the toilet at AI.

    So all you Candice worshipers.. she’s just another run of the mill fat R&B chick that will never make it.

  7. Sheila Says:
    May 9th, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    As someone else said previously, all three of these ladies will have careers when this is over. Who should win? I think Angie. She is the most marketable of the three. She is pretty, extremely talented, plays the piano, dances, sings a real variety of songs. It will be easy to market her. Kree is a doll but lacks stage presence. Candice has a remarkable voice and should have been on “The Voice” because that is where vocal expertise is judged well. American Idol is not only about the beauty of the voice but the ability to really entertain. I don’t see either Kree or Candice as an entertainer…able to keep the audience interested for more than about 15 minutes.

    Real glad to hear they will be sending all 4 judges to the locker room. We need a different format and different judges. When you pick them make sure they get along with each other! Please stop the bias. It is soooo obvious!

  8. Patty Harris Says:
    May 9th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I want Angie to win & Kree second place. Don’t care for Candice but I can guess which one would win from the begining of the show.


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