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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