American Idol Recap: Oh I Can't Believe This Theme Is Happening to Me [Updated]

candice-glover-american-idolDon’t get on Nicki Minaj’s case for showing up late to American Idol‘s Top 10 performance night. Let’s be honest: If you had known you were going to have to endure her fellow judges heaping praise (with a side dish of almost imperceptible criticism) on Curtis Finch Jr.’s dreary, off-key Fantasia cover, you’d have tuned in 10 minutes past the hour yourself.

Okay, okay…maybe we should throw a little shade at Nicki. I mean, how many millions of dollars is she paid for working three hours per week at The House That Kelly Clarkson Built? I’d show up three hours early for $200 and a bottle of Trader Joe’s sauvignon blanc.

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Still, by the end of the two-hour telecast, The Lady Minaj’s tardiness became a mere footnote to the real headline story: Season 12 of Idol isn’t merely shaping up as a woman’s year to win, it’s looking more and more and more like we might get ourselves an all-female Top 4 — something that hasn’t happened on this show since Season 3.

Honestly, if this was a horse race, Candice Glover, Kree Harrison, Angie Miller and Amber Holcomb would already be coming around the bend, with the weakest of the male contestants still standing in the starting gate. Come on, fellas! The doors have already sprung open…and the ladies have hit the ground runnin’ (yep, that’s a Haley Reinhart reference) (click here if you don’t get it) (you can thank me later) (holla!).

The biggest disappointment of the night? The GHASTLY song choices that came from a new (but not necessarily improved) theme: “Music of the American Idols” encompassed the songs previous Idol winners covered during their respective seasons, and also the songs that these champs have released in their post-show careers. Somehow, though, this translated to syrupy coronation themes, stale Idol staples, and nothing remotely funky. (Well, at least you could line dance to Janelle.)

With that said, let’s get to tonight’s set list (with letter grades for every performance)!

Curtis Finch Jr.: Fantasia’s “I Believe” | You knew Curtis was toast the minute he put on that wretched paisley jacket his intro package found him uttering, “it’s not my goal to top [Fantasia's] performance.” Um, if you’ll allow me to go all Cher in Clueless for a moment: “AS IF!” Interestingly enough, though, Curtis’ usual brand of outsized confidence/hubris seemed to abandon him once he took the stage. His runs in the opening verse were consistently off pitch and laced with nervous jitters; plus, his cadence never quite lined up with the rhythm of the song. That peculiar dolphin squeak on “very best” and the bum glory note on the final “belieeeeve” were the proverbial wilted lettuces on a sandwich that had been sitting in the deli case a few days too many. And despite Keith, Randy and Mariah failing to directly call out the vocal woes — Keith at least hinted that “adrenaline” might’ve had Curtis singing above the melody “a lot” — dude is so getting the prize for Most Likely to Make a Bottom 3 Appearance come Thursday night. Grade: C-

Janelle Arthur: Montgomery Gentry’s “Gone” | Janelle almost had me hooked before she’d even sung a note: I mean, not only was she the lone member of the Top 10 to choose an uptempo track, but she was also rocking a shirt with a rearing mustang silhouette and a sassy beaded skirt that might rank in the 10 Best Idol Outfits Ever. Alas, though, the pre-performance sit-down with Jimmy Iovine, where he asked what would differentiate Janelle from all the other pretty blonde country singers in the market today (inappropriate much, Iovine?), proved all too prescient. There wasn’t anything memorable about her vocal — aside from the fact that she was covering a song usually performed by a dude — and what’s more, Janelle seemed to struggle with breath support as she worked her way through the wordy ditty. When she finished up and told Ryan she felt like there was cotton in her mouth, it seemed to be her way of telling viewers, “I know this wasn’t great, but can I get one more chance?” Seeing how she drew the dreaded No. 2 spot in the lineup (aka the Death Slot) and that she was the fifth-best out of the night’s five females, her chances of cracking the Top 9 look a tad tenuous. Grade: C+ upgraded to B- for not being a ballad

Devin Velez: Carrie Underwood’s “Temporary Home” | No dis intended on the Season 4 champ’s songbook — and no dis, really, on Devin’s technical skills, considering he hit 95% of his notes — but the kid’s rendition of “Temporary Home” was like a glass of warm milk on the bedside table: The perfect mechanism for sending Grandpappy off to a restful night’s sleep, as opposed to the kind of number that might make him sit straight up and throw a Gospel hand in the air. I disagreed with Mariah’s feedback about Devin needing to “do more vocally,” because, frankly, boosting the number of ad-libs and cranking up the melisma-meter wouldn’t have helped matters. The vocal was as pleasing to the ear as it was unadorned. What Devin needs to do, though, is sit down and read the lyrics to his songs, then find a way to deliver them so compellingly that viewers won’t get tempted to check their email or tidy up the dishes or daydream about the weekend before he’s done singing. “Temporary Home” may be a sappy ballad, but when it’s done right, it’ll make your eyes go a little misty — and Devin just didn’t provide the emotional oomph to make folks reach for the Kleenex. Here’s a thought: Maybe next week, Devin could ditch the balladeer act and deliver a little youthful energy to the stage. He is only 18, after all. Grade: B

Angie Miller: Celine Dion’s “I Surrender” | Let Angie’s intro piece this week serve as a warning to herself and all current and future Idol contestants: Never, ever utter a comment like, “I think I can sing it as well as Kelly [Clarkson] did” — even if you believe deep down that you’re speaking the truth! Like a house guest going into Martha Stewart’s linen closet and trying to refold her fitted sheets, there simply isn’t any upside to such a boast. Anyhow, now that we’ve cleared up that matter, I’ve got to admit Angie fared better than I’d anticipated. Her voice made as powerful an impression as her bad-ass black leather dress (embellished with two rockin’ chains), almost certainly registering on the Richter Scale as she climbed and climbed and climbed to the peak of Mt. Celine, voice never once veering off pitch or quavering with uncertainty. Yeah, the song choice seemed a little uninteresting* for a gal who’s managed to sneak her own original compositions onto the show, and no, I’m not sure her springwater-clear take quite matched the heft of Kelly’s impassioned rasp, but it was still pretty damn good. Plus, Ms. Miller’s hemline inspired one of my favorite Nicki quotes of the night: “Your legs are giving me everything I needed in life today.” [* Side note: If your song has been covered on the show by Season 8's Lil Rounds, then you need to go back to the producers and say "Let's rethink this!"] Grade: A-

Paul Jolley: Lonestar’s “Amazed” | If Angie’s choice of “I Surrender” was uninteresting, then there hasn’t been an adjective invented that’s potent enough to describe the deep, unrelenting ennui I felt over Paul’s choice of “Amazed.” I mean, honestly, Josh Gracin didn’t exactly seem cutting edge when he tackled Lonestar’s 1999 ballad back in Season 2, and that was before it got passed down the Idol assembly line to Matt Rogers to Scotty McCreery to Baylie Brown. Paul’s rendition was competent enough, but that crafty cutaway to the seated, barely stirring audience told the real tale: Dude never manages to sneak even the smallest surprise or the tiniest hint of unpredictability into his performances. Nicki blurted something about Paul stimulating her sexual appetite for the first time, but the true test is whether he can stimulate anyone to pick up the phone and dial him anywhere past eighth- or ninth-place, let alone download his music. And no, Paul, a desperate grin into the camera as Ryan reads your 866 number isn’t gonna help. Grade: B-

Candice Glover: Shirley Bassey’s “I (Who Have Nothing)” | To coopt Nicki’s line about Angie’s legs, “Candice’s voice is giving me everything I need in my life today.” I mean, seriously people, stop drop and roll, ’cause this girl is on fire. She is Plinko and the Showcase Showdown and “Come on Down!” all at once. We’re talking a Father, Son and Holy Ghost type of party — with Lucifer outside the velvet rope shouting, “Please! I need to hear this woman sing live!” Okay, okay, I’ve gone off the deep end, but Candice’s combination of unbridled power and pinpoint control are what pushed me into the water in the first place. In all seriousness, I love how she paints such vivid pictures with her lyrics — and even in her intro package, the way she talked about relating the song to her real life. Better still, though, Candice infused her rendition with enough pulsing percussion and modern R&B riffs to separate it from previous/legendary Idol versions by Jordin Sparks and Haley Reinhart — and that’s no easy task. Am I crazy for thinking Candice could crack the Top 40 today with a track that was written 50 years ago? And am I ever going to recover from that unbelievably held out final “waaaaayyyyyy” and then the gentle falsetto of “the way-ay-ay”? And didn’t those fluttering red banners just make it all the more dramatic? When Mariah Carey loves your performance enough to admit she didn’t give a standing ovation because her skirt was too tight, you know you’ve done something downright magical. Grade: A+

Lazaro Arbos: Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway” | Oh no! Not only was Lazaro forced to perform in front of a backdrop that I’m certain was once used for a Claritin D ad, but he somehow made it through a whole week of rehearsals without anyone convincing him his voice is nowhere big or steady enough to handle a Kelly Clarkson tune. The opening verse of “Breakaway” was pitched too low for him, and yet the chorus seemed too high. And as he struggled to hang on to the melody, Lazaro lost any sense of emotional connection to what he was singing — so much so that even the judges had to admit the results were not good. Nicki amusingly blamed it all on Jimmy (saying the mentor shouldn’t have questioned Lazaro’s preparedness) but it was Mariah’s patronizing final verdict — “people are falling in love with the courage you have!” — that will probably keep the handsome fella in the competition longer than anyone (Lazaro included) thinks he should. Grade: D+

Kree Harrison: Roy Orbison’s “Crying” | Clearly, Jimmy Iovine hasn’t watched five minutes of Idol all season; otherwise, what would’ve possessed him to spend his mentoring session with Kree warning her against the perils of “oversiging”? Yep, the same Kree who’s shown nothing but glorious restraint since the moment she appeared on our TV screens. “Crying” was inarguably the night’s best song choice — not an iconic enough Season 4 moment for Carrie Underwood that anyone but the most hardcore Idoloonies would draw comparisons — and yet a perfect fit for Kree’s country-blues wheelhouse. The choruses, in particular, showed what a deft touch Kree has as a vocalist: Where most Idol contestants would’ve blasted through the melody with two tons of melisma, Kree took a more introspective approach. Her narrator’s heart was too broken to be bombastic, and hey, nothing gets folks attention quite like a whisper. I could go on at length about Nicki’s daft/awesome buttermilk waffles with Aunt Jemima syrup critique, but it’s best watched back on Hulu or YouTube. Just be sure to hit stop before Randy talks about Kree’s voice making him “feel good all over.” Just no. Grade: A

Burnell Taylor: Ruben Studdard/Westlife’s “Flying Without Wings” | Look, if Burnell can’t be bothered to choose something more interesting than Ruben Studdard’s mawkish Season 2 victory anthem, then I can’t be bothered to spend a whole paragraph critiquing him. I mean, dude sees himself as a strictly R&B artist and then covers a song originally performed by Westlife? And wears a cheetah-print silk shirt? And performs on a mini platform, enshrouded in dry ice? Nyet, no and j’enough! I haven’t seen this much talent wasted since Fox cancelled Lone Star (with the absurdly good-looking James Wolk) after just two episodes. Grade: B-

Amber Holcomb: Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This” | Jimmy is right that Amber’s a beautiful girl with a beautiful voice — and quite possible a beautiful ability to make his label a lot of money. But what Amber possesses in x factor, she often squanders in terms of musical knowledge and creativity. “A Moment Like This” is one of those songs that only works in a certain time (2002), in a certain place (the Idol Season 1 finale), and with a certain voice (Kelly Clarkson’s, obvi). So while Amber hit her notes with deadly accuracy and proved that her instrument cannot and should not be underestimated, she nevertheless fell short of the original. This song-choice lapse wouldn’t worry me so much, except for the fact that Amber also covered the highly predictable “I Believe in You and Me” and “I’m Every Woman” during Top 20 week. If girlfriend wants to have a shot to upend her more hyped female rivals (i.e. go further than 4th or 5th place), she’ll need to start choosing and delivering songs like she experienced and/or enjoyed music outside of the Idol-spehere. Oh, and she might want to work on her enunciation just a bit, too. Because, let’s face it: A powerhouse voice and a giant wind machine can only carry you so far in the competition. Grade: B+

And with that, let me turn things over to you. What did you think of Season 12 Top 10 performance night? What did you think of the judges’ comments? Who was your favorite? Who’s going to be in trouble come results night? Take our poll below, then sound off in the comments, and for all my Idol-related news, recaps, interviews and videos, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!


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488 Comments
  1. Dan says:

    Mariah’s comments are never long enough (sarcasm) :)

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      LOL. I fastforward through her voice.

    • PepperJo says:

      Seriously! I just FF through her because she’s also not going to say anything original.

    • Andrea says:

      I’m left disappointed at how inarticulate Mariah is when it’s finally her turn to speak as a judge. She fumbles around for the words she wants to use, and looks up and to the side fishing for what to say next. No wonder she gives Lazaro a free pass all the time… She needs to start getting real and prepare her comments as the other judges are speaking before her or something!

      • ado4586 says:

        I really wish Mariah would use her technical knowledge to give specific applicable advise. That’s her strong suit, so why isn’t she playing that card?

      • twnkltoze says:

        She takes her time because she is actually THINKING about what she wants to say. She knows what she’s talking about more so than past judges.

        • Tom22 says:

          I agree with you twk The other thing is she doesn’t want to say anything mean to start but she’s not as good about saying stupid things so she stumbles on the stupid and only get to her confidence when she can start explaining technical stuff that people would take as her not liking the performance.

          She might do better as a permanent mentor… maybe filming her giving advice to the idols after the shows (shown in bits selectively elimination night) Just saying that she’d privately give comments to all the idols after each perfomance night would make her and the show look good.

        • Berland says:

          She has up to 3 minutes to think of a cogent argument or salient point but, she fails nearly every time. You, her adoring fan, may imagine her as a font of musicl knowledge, but for the many months she has been on the show she has failed to show anything aside from a keen interest in whatever it is that is to the left of her.

          I’d only grade her abilities above Steven Tyler, King of Beautiful and Bearer of This Word.

          • Miss O'Ginny says:

            I want to skin and wear this post…..preach it Pastor Berland!

          • JenTV says:

            I wonder if Mariah looks off to the side like that in response to someone coaching her through an earpiece? Maybe that explains the hesitation and the seeming distraction? You never see her left ear. I also FF past her. I was just thankful that her girls were not on display this week.

        • Amy says:

          Right. In fairness to Mariah…yes, sometimes when she really doesn’t like something she rambles while struggling to find something not so mean to say…and doesn’t wind up saying much. As others here have said…she shows her cards in that…ie. you can tell when she really likes something or doesn’t. But in all the rest…I think it’s just her rambling delivery that belies the fact she does actually make some valid and musically knowledgable comments. She sounds “flakier” than the actual points she’s making. So, sometimes I’m a bit squirrelly as she fumbles to find the words, but if I’m patient and really listen to what she’s getting at, like I said…she can make a valid point. I will say this…for all her “diva-dahling” schtick, (girl can’t help it..she is what she is and she wears that well), anyway, diva vs. diva from last year…I find her less annoying than J.Lo…who seemed a lot about J.Lo…”baby.” I feel Mariah “feeling” the music she’s there to critique on.
          All in all the panel this year seems to really be about the contestants more than in other years. Even with Simon…it used to be a lot about “Simon” because he had become such a personality.

      • MamaLis says:

        “Prepare her comments?” Seriously? Mariah’s got a NOTEpad of “prepared” comments – which she attempts to improvise – while neurotically glancing off to her left. Except she can’t always remember so she’s constantly looking down to read her notes. And being that Nicki goes before her with colorful albeit off-kilter remarks, she’s desperately trying to be relevant and interesting. Except sadly, it rarely happens. She could hardly contain her glee tonight with her one-word (prepared) response of “Stellar.” And then her (wishful) trendsetting remark of “Hashtag POW!”
        I literally can’t bare to watch. 1,2,3 and FF for me!

        • Carmen says:

          “I literally can’t bare to watch. 1,2,3 and FF for me!” So True! MamaLis. I use the 30 second jump ahead button which usually does the trick. “Stellar” caused me to overshoot though. Ryan has more to say about the performances than Mariah does. Ugh.

      • ChrissieK says:

        She’s making Randy look and sound good.

    • twnkltoze says:

      LOL. I actually enjoy her critiques as I do Keith’s. Nikki just cracks me up and I think Randy’s upping his game a little in the presence of bonafides singers, although I’ve never heard Nikki sing.

      • Lia says:

        I took my daughter to Nicki’s concert last year. She’s an entertainer definitely, she’s a brilliant rapper but the sung bits are pre-recorded. She doesn’t even try to pretend she’s singing them. That’probably still more than Randy though. LOL

        • dee dee says:

          “BRILLIANT” rapper? competent would be a more likely term. Have you listened to her so-called rhymes? They are nonsensical, rhythmically wrong, they don’t rhyme OR have assonance which makes them just sound off. She somehow manages to pull it off so it kind of works and her fans don’t either notice or care. But try and just read them sometime. And don’t anyone make the argument that she’s making money and she’s famous so that somehow makes her talented, because it doesn’t. It makes her lucky and like the above person said, a good “performer”, but BRILLIANT? I think not. That’s like saying Kim Kardashian is brilliant for parlaying her sex tape into a multimillion dollar industry. That doesn’t take brilliance. It takes a willingness to sell your soul on tv, no shame or self-respect, and a lot of luck. But hey, i’m not saying they don’t have a right to do it. I just know I’m not personally contributing to it by purchasing anything they are selling.

          • Lia says:

            Don’t be so angry. I was there. I had fun. I still prefer Eminem rapping about spaghetti. LOL
            Just relax!

          • JenTV says:

            I was curious to hear her music and went to You Tube. Oh, that’s her? She’s really more a performance artist than a singer/musician. I think she will be the 21st century version of Phyllis Diller.

    • Buffy0531 says:

      I think the biggest part of her difficulty lies in the fact that they no longer alternate who speaks first. By the time they get to her, everything’s already been said.

    • jeanie says:

      I agree. Mariah always appears to be sedated. She and Nicki should trade seats for two reasons: Maybe Mariah would cease looking “stage left” and Nicki’s quirky comments would carry her even if she spoke last.

    • Gailer says:

      Mariah is to Idol what Britney Spears WAS to X Factor. ;)

    • RedInDenver says:

      They’re RARELY as long as Nicki’s crazy comments (waffles??? …. “Harry” ….)

  2. EVPandHC says:

    Definitely one of the most boring and unproductive nights ever.

    • Bob says:

      It WAS boring. I didn’t really like any of the songs–except for “Cryin’,” and for me Kree’s version, while well sung, comes in far short of Roy’s classic rendition.

      • dani n. says:

        I agree. And Kelly’s at that. They gave her zero constructive criticism. I love her voice however she does have enough forte in it which I finally can articulate and discovered while she was singing it. I did think Candice slated the Ben E. King song.I also agree that I didn’t like 99% of song choices tonight.

      • Taylor says:

        I agree the song choices were terrible this week but you can’t completely blame the contestants–it was also a terrible theme week. I’m really getting tired of all these ballads. The Voice cannot come sooner.

        • teatime says:

          This theme covered almost every theme that has ever been on the show, at least 2 dozen radio hits from the past several years, plus a wealth of lesser known songs they might have had a moment with if it suited their individual style. It was a theme rich with possibilities.

      • ssc_ga says:

        I liked Kree’s version, but it drove my hubby batty! If you listen to the original Roy O. version, you will hear him with a distinct “ing” on the end of “crying”. Hubby hated that Kree dropped her “g”!

    • teatime says:

      I am so disappointed, I am beside myself. This used to be my favortie show by about 10 miles. I am so, so, so disappointed with the uninspired song choices and uninspired performances.

      • deedee says:

        Yeah, there’s something really missing from this year’s picks. We have no unpredictable, fun, creative, original types on that stage. Is anybody going to rearrange a song ever? Is it in them? Have these contestants watched Idol their whole lives and analyzed it enough to understand that they need strategy to be interesting? Most of them seem so entirely clueless about how this game works. What else can explain Amber’s and Burnell’s heinous song choices? How are tired old coronation songs interesting and relevant? There was nothing else to choose from? *aaarrgh*
        .
        That said, I think Candice is a flipping brilliant vocalist and I can’t believe the show passed on her twice before this year. No words. And I think they would have passed on her again this year if not for the outrage expressed by Idol fans when she was unjustly eliminated in season 11.

        • forrest says:

          1st paragraph deedee, I could not agree more. That says it all for me about these contestants’ approach. Once again, these contestants have to have some sort of inner identity. Otherwise, what do you do when Randy says, “You didn’t do anything with the song” , while Jimmy says don’t oversing it. Randy wants the runs, Jimmy doesn’t want it to be theatrical. What’s a singer to do with this type of guidance? Know thyself.

        • MamaLis says:

          Hey Deedee! How ya doing? I’m confused by what you’re saying, because I actually think Candice is creative and original in her own right. I mean, it’s their 1st week “in” and granted, she might not be a piano-playing, guitar-strumming “arranger.” But I feel she puts a lot of thought and drama and creativity into what she delivers and tonight —- her approach actually reminded me of a (newbie) Adelle.

          Before everyone JUMPS on me for that one, what I mean is this: Adelle comes out, very straightforward, and SINGS. But what she’s known for giving us is this emotional, believable swagger. She’s not in sexy costume, she doesn’t dance, etcetc. She just delivers this sic performance that is confident, believable, from the soul.

          Candice – in her approach – reminded me of that. And I LOVED her delivery, as well. I was just totally entertained.

          • deedee says:

            Hi MamaLis! I agree that Candice is creative and original in the way she uses her voice so masterfully. She’s a real pro. The problem for me is that overall, the field of talent is not that interesting because their approach to music is pedestrian. They’re all just picking obvious songs and singing them pretty much as is. This group lacks variety. It’s reminding me of the early seasons when they didn’t allow instruments, and even contestants who DID play instruments were limited to straight up singing. This year, they didn’t even bother picking interesting musician-types. Thank goodness for Angie’s piano, which at least shakes things up a bit … and I don’t even like Angie!

          • MamaLis says:

            Hey Dee. Now I get it! I’m with ya all the way. Even on the Angie comment. (I know, I know. I must have “allergies” too ;)

        • Tom22 says:

          I agree with you Dee Dee … The seemed to be widening the song choices with all that grace potter and others during hollywood week (I didn’t even know who grace potter was till I loved the songs and looked them up)

          I know the theme was past idols but they could have forced them to sing songs of the idols released after they were on the show.. not standards that they covered a decade ago especially.

          • teatime says:

            This season had been notable for the unconventional song choices. During auditions, Hollywood, and Vegas we heard little-known songs, original songs, songs that were not overdone on this show, and we didn’t hear 3 or more contestants picking the same song. Now that we are down to the top 10 we get 3 repeats of coronation songs. Now that we are down to the top 10 we get 3 Kelly songs, 2 Carrie songs, and 2 Scotty songs when they had 11 artists and about 200 songs to pick from.

          • Daniel says:

            how could someone not like Angie? She’s not stuck up, she is a brilliant original artist who writes and performs her own songs, she’s a very nice person, and you don’t like her? That doesn’t make any sense, are you allergic to nice people?

          • dj says:

            She turned some people off when she said she thought she could sing the song as well as Kelly Clarkson last night. Even if she believes that, it comes across as arrogant.

          • dee dee says:

            Liking Angie is like liking the head cheerleader who everyone likes because she’s so peppy all the time. But why shouldn’t she be peppy, when she’s pretty and talented and everyone loves her? Also, I think she was a bit overpraised early on which can turn people off. That being said, I think she’s highly marketable, has a nice voice, and can play well and will have a great career if she chooses. But that doesn’t mean she’s my cup of tea. Nothing personal. I don’t know the girl, but something just kind of grates…

          • deedee says:

            Daniel, I don’t like Angie because I don’t find her compelling as an artist or performer. Jimmy nailed it with his pageant queen comment. Nothing against her personally – she may be a nice girl and all … but like many folks have pointed out, there’s something grating about a perpetually happy-pappy “let’s put on a show! singer from Happyville USA. I also don’t see any vulnerability in her, and that hinders my ability to find her endearing. Sorry, Angie fans. JMO.

        • HitTheGroundRunningHBBDVEKJGPRPRKGHBDBFNGCDCBDXXC says:

          It is true that we might never get an Elise or Haley really doing all sorts of things (Also funny how Randy is like now don’t get stuck in one groove we want to see all sides you and different things that you can do to someone tonight, not that he was necessarily wrong in what he said there tonight, but on her season he was always saying the opposite to her, and even with Elise and others at times too.) this season. So more boring in that sense. But there are some, especially those four who can sing really well, we haven’t always had four girls who could sing really well.

        • Miss O'Ginny says:

          Sadly, even though Candace is brilliant, she will more than likely follow in the trajectory of Jennifer Hudson’s, at least on Idol: Great singer but just not enough image marketability. Come to think of it the reality is that JHud would have done much better or won her season of AI had she looked then as she does now.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Agreed. Snore. The most interesting part was Nikki explaining how she likes her waffles with Aunt Jemima syrup. Candice did turn it out though… Now, I get Michael Slezak’s comment in the video – that there is “danger ” missing in this lineup. Everyone is so nice and “safe.” If I hear one more ballad I will force myself to listen to entire Britney Spears record – and that ain’t right.

  3. Ladies, ladies, ladies. The worst lady(Janelle) was still better than 4 of the guys tonight. Can it be Top 6 week already because there are gonna be some rough times ahead if the guys continue to perform like they did when they go against the females. This is the first time the guys were up against the girls this season and they killed them. Sure Curtis and Paul and Devin can beat out some guys like Charlie Askew and Cortez Shaw but when they have to go up against Candice, Kree, Amber and Angie it’s just incredibly jarring. It’s not even close.

    • teatime says:

      It’s not like there is a guys team and a girls team. They are all competing on their own now.

      • Harvey says:

        yet the producers pretty much made it that way by choosing such a dumpy group of guys.

        • teatime says:

          I’m not a fan of Janelle or Amber.

          • Ty says:

            the first makes sense, the second suggests you hate good singing.

          • teatime says:

            @Ty I appreciated Amber’s blue shoes during My Funny Valentine. Other than that, her performances have been kinda snoozeworthy. She can sing, but so far she is looking to the Aaron Kelly song book of only songs she remembers from this show. Her performance this week was nothing great. It was song okay, with nothing dynamic or poignant or memorable. They should not have had her sing last with that and they should not have treated it like a great performance. She needs to grow on the show to be interesting and not just play it “safe.”

    • rio says:

      It seems so obvious to me how the producers and judges are working to shape the results. They clearly wanted a female winner this time; it looks as though they eliminated hearthrobs with talent. Weren’t there any white guys with guitars this year? The judges work to influence the vote. How else to explain the overpraising of Curtis and (especially) Janelle, and the harsh reception of Devin–who did very well?

  4. Eli says:

    I thought all the girls did better tonight

    • Erin says:

      Agree, but mainly because this was the plan from the start. Notice that aside from Lazaro none of the men have any sex appeal at all; nothing to get the girls sighing as they vote regardless of subpar performance. They female win is a lock!

      • Mich says:

        Please explain what sex appeal Lazaro has. Answer: none.

        • Carmen says:

          Lazaro had the additional misfortune of being sandwiched between Candice and Kree tonight. It just magnified his vocal shortcomings.

        • Anna says:

          Lazaro is an attractive guy. I’d hit that.

        • Name That Tune says:

          Look, Lozaro is about the actual cute guy this season. With the stuttering, it only adds to the idea that he is loveable. It makes no sense in terms of winning what is arguably a singing contest, but he continues toa score well on Twitter & Dial Idol. He doesn’t do well on YouTube (seems that people don’t want to watch him sing) but they want to keep him around.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            well looks like you were right about him, 4th for him was just absolutely nuts if you go by the singing but the with a guy they can sometimes go far regardless if they hit the right combos of other appeal. That said I think we probably will have a girl winner but you never know, him being 4th shows a guy could still make as high as top 2 and with these shows man you never know….

        • Mary says:

          Agree. He is getting by because of his back story. Don’t hate, but I cringed when Keith asked him a question. He never should of been in the top 20 let alone the top ten. I wish everyone would listen to his singing and stop feeling pity for the guy.

          • tewence says:

            eek! i cringed as well…my wife thought perhaps keith was trying to avoid treating him differently (which is great, since he isn’t different). but i’m pretty sure that was the only question of the night.

          • Erin says:

            And not even a yes or no question! Love Keith but was sooo disappointed that moment.

        • ChrissieK says:

          I agree…I don’t see it at all. All I see are these gosh-awful clothes he wears and he cannot sing, really and truly. When he’s on stage it is like Welcome to the Pity Party time for me and I don’t like it. Not at all.

          • just saying says:

            Agreed. The judges really didn’t do him any favors putting him in the top 20. His tone is neither clear nor smooth. It’s some in between hodgepodge where he is breathy on low notes and you can’t understand the lyrics he sings and then in his mid range where he actually sounds rather good… but that’s hit or miss. People like him because of his stutter and I think voting for someone bc of a flaw is just as bad as NOT voting for them bc of a flaw. It’s insulting, not inspirational.

        • JB says:

          He only has sex appeal from the neck up. He has very large birthin’ hips and the camera operators do him no favors when they shoot from below him. That camera angle just serves to make his hips that much more noticeable.

  5. Christina says:

    Can’t help but notice a distinct lack of connection to songs and less general ability compared to previous seasons…don’t hate me.

    • sg54 says:

      I don’t disagree or agree. If we compare this to season 11, there might be more ability. Kree, Candice, and Angie, Amber, Burnell, and Devin are technically amazing. They have the ability, just like the top 6 did last year(well…phillip…) And when it comes to the emotional connect, it seems that a lot of them have it too, with exception of Amber, but she’s definitely working on it like Hollie did last year (and she eventually made the connection). Hopefully, people like Janelle and Lazaro and Paul will be like Erika, Heejun, and Deandre. Great singers, but not American Idol winners (though i do believe Erika was robbed). The mold for this year’s stronger contestants is actually pretty similar to last year, except theres one less guy. Compared to Jessica, Hollie, Skylar, Colton, Phillip, and Joshua, we have Candice, Angie, Kree, Amber, Devin, and Burnell. Of course, im assuming things turn out the way i’d like them to and the contestants mentioned above all make it to the top 6, as they should.

      • Sandy says:

        Agreed! If it were up to me, sg54, that would be the top 6!

        • Carmen says:

          I wouldn’t bother with any of the guys, just lose them asap and let’s get on with this year’s girl-power top five. Each and every one of them is better than any guy still on the show, imo.

      • HitTheGroundRunningHBBDVEKJGPRPRKGHBDBFNGCDCBDXXC says:

        umm you left out by far the most dynamic and interesting from last season: Elise!!

      • Taylor says:

        So far I prefer Season 11 over this BORING season. I’ve never seen such uninspired song choices. And even though Phillip’s vocals weren’t his strong suit, at least he was inventive in how he rearranged his songs.

    • JT says:

      Never forget Season 9. Never forget.

      • teatime says:

        Season 9 I looked forward to Crystal every week. I looked forward to Lee every week. Siobhan was my favorite until she went home too soon. I never minded Casey and then Jeaslous Guy was one of the best Idol performances ever. I also really enjoyed at least a dozen performances pre-top 10. This year it is top 10 week and I am already down to Kree and Devin have promise for interesting performances, Candice is always good, and hopefully Angie will go back to her piano.

  6. Mel31602 says:

    Agree w your top four tho i might slightly change the order (Candice was def the best tho). Also thought the judges over praised Curtis and under praised Devin, tho the latter did look poor in comparison to the ladies. I am worried he may go but I hope it’s Curtis or Paul, who was boring. I liked Lazaro more than the judges did.

    • teatime says:

      Devin had one of the best vocal performances of the night for me. Candice, Devin, and Kree.

      • Mary says:

        Sorry Devin did not do that song justice. I actually like his voice but wrong song choice and I did not see any emotion from him singing it. I tear up when I hear Carrie sing it but last night nothing, I thought he was just singing the song and he picked it because it was a slow song. He needs to change it up or he will be out quick.

  7. Zach says:

    CANDICE IS A BEAST. that is all.

    • girlinmd says:

      Couldn’t agree with you more! I watched her performance three times everyone else only once she was the best by far tonight no one can be at that level she is at

      • Carmen says:

        She has vocal chops that none of the others can match. She could sing opera if she wanted to (& was trained for it). Powerful!

        • ChrissieK says:

          Don’t you mean to say “she could sing the phone book”? I almost choked when Keith said Idol’s Worst Phrase ever last night. Keith, please do not do that again.

          • Carmen says:

            No, NOT THE PHONEBOOK! Please, not the phonebook. I’ll bet Keith wanted that one back after it left his mouth, but usually he manages to avoid the cliches that Randy wallows in.

    • Laquisha says:

      She also looks like a beast. That is all.

      • Wendy says:

        Seriously….LaQUIsha? So if someone is overweight, that makes them a beast? Prettiest beast I’ve seen. Get out of your Looks First world.

    • Bruce Wayne says:

      Goes out in sixth place and is never heard from again…unless Dreamgirls is remade.

      • Carmen says:

        I’ll bet you $ 10,000.00 that Candice makes the Top 3

      • Name That Tune says:

        She will be Top 4. She’s also picking up momentum. She’s nearly doubled her numbers on Twitter whereas Angie has stayed relatively flat. That was a beast of a. Performance last night and the buzz is still on.

  8. asherlev1 says:

    CANDICE. OH CANDICE. She redeems the entire season for me. I don’t know. I love Keith and Nicki as judges, but I definitely loved the contestants last year more overall. That said, I heartily agree with Michael about the four ladies that are killing it.

    • Carmen says:

      I agree on Keith and Nikki as judges but Mariah Carey is such a jaw-dropping ZERO. She has virtually NOTHING to say and adding “virtually” is being charitable. Randy appears Shakespearean in his eloquence and insight sitting next to her.

      • MamaLis says:

        That’s hysterical and so frighteningly true! I posted a big thing above about Mariah but I want to add: Her mock disdain and upturned nose for Nicki’s off-color or even round-about comments is such a farce because clearly, clearly she can’t match the relevance of Nicki. Odd/off as Nicki sometimes is, she’s also often right-on! And I usually want to hear what she says. But I look at Mariah’s face and it’s usually registering this restrained-type sneer like “Oh, so beneath me.”. But then she reads her notes and says something like, “Hashtag POW!”
        Really? Ya thought that was gonna be a winner, did ‘ja?

        • Carmen says:

          Oh Mama, you and I are going to get along very nicely, I can see that already! ;)

        • deedee says:

          But if you watch Nicki when Mariah is speaking, you’ll also see some restrained seething/mocking. When Mariah is talking, Nicki usually looks something like this: :-|

        • just saying says:

          Honestly, I think when she realized during the early rounds that Nikki was getting in more airtime and wouldn’t shut up (and, seriously, she needs to stop ranting about everything and injecting sexual innuendos into a show that starts at 8pm and considers itself family friendly), she went home and complained. And Nick Cannon said, “don’t worry, i got you boo, here’s some good catchphrases to try out”. And I actually kinda heart Mariah for trying…even though she’s not always succeeding. It’s more than Britney did on X Factor. I actually don’t think Mariah’s as bad as everyone says. I’d be interested to see what would happen if they switched the judging order up.

      • Jen says:

        omg that made me lol. “Randy appears Shakespearean” Hahahahaha

      • tewence says:

        i have been disappointed with mariah…i remember her as a mentor back in season 7 (i believe) and she sounded really smart with a lot to offer. what happened to THAT mariah? for somebody with as much talent and ability as her, you’d think she could come up with way more than she has been.

  9. Daniel says:

    Angie = A
    Candice = A
    Amber = A-
    Paul = B+
    Kree = B+
    Burnell = B+
    Devin = B
    Lazaro = B-
    Curtis = C+
    Janelle = C

    • Dan says:

      We share a name yet don’t share taste. KREE! KREE! KREE!

    • sg54 says:

      How in the world do kree and paul end up with the same grade? not in this world.

    • Anna says:

      seriously? aside from Candice, no one deserves better than a C, and even that is generous. This is the most boring Top 10 ever.

      • MC says:

        Agreed. An A for Candice is devalued if three or four others receive essentially the same grade. Candice was clearly the best tonight.

        • Carmen says:

          She was definitely the best, yes, but Kree was a close second. It is harder to sing with subtlety than belting it out and that last note she sang with such pure tenderness, just beautiful. Yes, Candice was clearly the tops tonight but Kree was next and not very far back. The two are very different, both very talented. Would love to see them both in the finale.

          • MC says:

            Candice is not just a powerhouse vocalist. Review her two vocals from last week and they are very subtle. There is a myth that powerful vocalists cannot achieve subtlety or do not understand it. Curtis could probably learn a thing or two about that, but Candice has delivered three phenomenal vocals in a row for those who want to appreciate them. Kree has a good chance to win this thing. I actually think she will win because her fanbase is very loyal. I just prefer Candice at this stage and I don’t see that changing.

          • Anna says:

            Kree is actually my favorite of this group, but I was underwhelmed by her performance last night — I thought it was her weakest to date. Yes, it was subtle and restrained, but it also lacked anything memorable about it. That said, I’m rooting so hard for a Candice-Kree finale.

          • Carmen says:

            MC, what you say is true. I didn’t mean to imply that Candice was not or could not be a subtle singer just because she is a powerful singer. The best singers have BOTH, which is a rare thing, which is why it’s so special when such talent comes around. All I was saying is that the more powerful singer will often appeal to a crowd more than a subtle singer will. The subtlety will often be missed or underappreciated.

        • Jake says:

          that’s the reason she got almost all of my votes (40 of my 50 from the A.I. App went to Candice, the other 10 were split between Angie and Kree). Candice definately won the night for me, so much that I’m probably gonna call her my favorite and I’ll be buying that version of the song.

  10. Gailer says:

    The song choices are pretty bad on Idol. The Voice are more current.

  11. LLA says:

    The ladies def have it–Candice Kree Amber. However, your headline is to spot on. Did they go thru idol history and choose some of the most hokey songs ever done. WTF? Or, was it another very short list to choose from again.

  12. Michael says:

    Candice. Breathtaking. Winner. El Fin.

  13. Denise says:

    Kree and Candice were the best. I kinda like something about Devin and Burnell has vastly improved (at least his wardrobe did). I don’t know why but I am not feeling Angie, not sure what it is yet.

    • joelscorp says:

      The issue with Angie is that she does NOT make it look effortless. She looks like she’s working hard for every note and it works against her. That and the high school hair. I’m just glad Devon was outed as without an ounce of charisma. Meanwhile, Burnell is like a standout in a high school chorus – – okay but unremarkable. At least they hid his cap.

      • MamaLis says:

        OMG!!!! Joel! That’s EXACTLY what I was going to say! I saw Burnell tonight (with those A-nnoying OCD hand motions) and I thought, “Choir. Not everyone with a good voice is meant to be a ‘star’ and Mr. Burnell seems quite suited for a professional Choir.” Or Choir Teacher.

        And I don’t get the Angie love. Angie, who clearly told the stylists, “I know best about my hair, leave it alone.”

  14. Billy says:

    One of the guys are going home there’s no doubt about it…the only but critique the judges missed I think was Amber RUSHED her way through A Moment Like This…if it was slowed down it would have been a great performance but since it was rushed it was just ok…and today’s show only cemented my feeling that Angie, Kree, and Candice are going to be the top 3

    • Linda says:

      I was hoping someone would say this- I thot maybe I was the only one- I thot it was terrible because it was rushed-she did not hold a note or enunciate well because of it- I was waiting for someone to ask about the arrangement. It ruined the song for me. I think Kree fell so short on her song and I fear she listened to Jimmy about not oversigning so under sang. If you need to understand how bad Kree was listen to KD Lang sing that song..it was way to underwhelming for me. The boys did not leave an impression at all and I thot Burnell stunk..what did the judges do ahead of time-prepare a script- he was pitchy and without charisma..imo
      Paul did his best singing I thot but doesnt hold a candle to the girls. I have to say I thot the judges were listening to something other than I was. Candace was the only standout so- I think we are looking at a push for Amber ro win because she will be easy to market-and is normally a stand out voice toto but not tonight. Amber for the win..Candace may get to third..angie is too much like an Osmand to me- big teeth and pretentious.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        I thought Amber’s enunciation could have been a little better and yes, the song was a bit rushed. Part of that might have been fitting the song into an allotted time frame, who knows.. Overall Amber’s vocals are stellar for her age.

        • marie says:

          Exactly! You have to remember she’s only 18. If she works hard and gets good coaching, she can really improve.

        • just saying says:

          If she was going to do “A Moment Like This”, speeding it up was not the way to change it. Imagine an even more stripped down version (at least to start), with the melody being slow and her voice echoing throughout the venue… And please tell Amber no more songs that have synthesizers playing the melody. It immediately makes every song sound like a dated 80s song/muzak. Someone step up and tell the keyboardist “NO” on the synths. Most times, just changing the instrumentation or rhythm of the song is enough to make it sound unique. The best singers have had some musicianship and so could help develop the sound that worked best for them.

      • Bob says:

        C’mon, k.d.lang?? These are amateurs on American Idol. k.d. lang is one of the best voices and best singers of the last 25 years. Let me also add that if you think Candice is the greatest thing you ever heard, listen to anything that Ella Fitzgerald ever did.

        • Bob says:

          As a side note, do you suppose if Ella were on Idol, Nicki Minaj would criticize her for “not looking like a star”??

        • Linda says:

          If u think they should be compared only ro other IDOLS from the past so be it..stars are supposed to give it a champions effort -that was so subdued it was a let down..probaly Jimmy levines doing..but, these people want to be stars..they need to live up to what others who sign the song best do..hers was underwhelming..KD Lang sang it best next to Roy himself- dont copy a song if u cant do it justice..

          • Bob says:

            I know these people WANT to be stars, but over the years, with only three or four exceptions in the entire run of the show, they have all been deluded. I think it’ll be the same story with this bunch. Candice is very good, but she’s certainly no better than Jordin or Melinda, and neither of them is what you would call a huge pop star. Jordin has had a couple hits, but I doubt she’ll ever be any bigger than she is now. Melinda is an unappreciated gem, but at least she’ll always be able to make a decent living with her music. All I was saying was that it seems a little ridiculous to compare AI singers with some of the absolute best in the business.

          • Mary says:

            I think a lot of the winners want to be relevant not necessary big stars. No everyone is meant to be a gaga. Yes only a couple of them manage to do it, but the industry is so different then 10 years ago.

        • marie says:

          @ Bob: Amen re kd lang – most definitely one of the best voices of the last 30 years. But Ella? Not fair to compare any of these kids to Ella, who for my ears was probably THE VERY best female jazz / pop / standards singer EVER. EVER.

          But I really do think Candice is amazing; IMO, no one else this season approaches her, even the very, very good singers like Kree and potentially very good singers like Amber and Devin and Burnell.

          • deedee says:

            ^ thumbs up to this whole comment.

          • Bob says:

            Agree completely on Ella. Best ever. Period. My “desert island” CD would be “Ella Sings the Cole Porter Songbook.” (Desert island with a CD player, that is.)

    • HitTheGroundRunningHBBDVEKJGPRPRKGHBDBFNGCDCBDXXC says:

      Yeah the one thing that holds Amber from greatness is she tends to rush over things and not slow down or given that extra force meaning at times. She did better the second half in that regard. With a bit more polish and learning how to do that she could be really good though, assuming she is capable of ‘getting it’, she probably is but you never know. Even as is she still sings better than plenty of contestants.

  15. J says:

    Candice was by far the best.

    What I loved was the video package before she sang. She knew what the song was about and was able to emote through her presence and her voice. The gal is brilliant.

    • Carmen says:

      I’m lovin’ her too J. She’s got such power in her voice, yet knows how to control it unlike a lot of other AI singers with power (most infamously, Jacob Lusk).

      • J says:

        Totally. She knows when to restrain, and when to belt it out. Candice is awesome. I hope to see her sing some modern tunes, with her own spin to it in future weeks.

  16. Lena says:

    LOVE the Haley reference, Slezak! Hit the Ground Runnin’ is my favorite track on Listen Up!

    • Emma says:

      ME TOO! I love it.

    • HitTheGroundRunningHBBDVEKJGPRPRKGHBDBFNGCDCBDXXC says:

      Yeah, believe it or not I love that track. Some of my friends think that would’ve worked better at the single they dropped instead of Free. In fact, I played Free and they were like cool not bad. I played HTGR and they were like wow yeah so she did release a great album then wow and suddenly they were actually going to buy it.
      .
      I wish they’d bring singers back to fill in during results 1.5 hour wastes. Let her get three hah, Hit The Ground Running, Oh My! and Undone (listen to the latter two on Real Music Live TV, she did a great job with nice stripped down versions there). And she has plenty more than that.

  17. MB says:

    Candi made a believer of me tonight. She was incredible and was on the top of the heap followed by Kree, Angie and Amber. If they continue this way, that is our top 4.
    The bottom of the heap was Curtis and he really should be the one going home.

  18. Lauren says:

    Anyone who sang a coronation song should just get cut. I mean they had SO MANY good songs to pick from (hello David Cook/Kris Allen song catalog!) and yet we’re stuck with “I Believe” and “Flying Without Wings”??

    • sg54 says:

      This is not necessarily the contestant’s fault. as we’ve noticed in the past, it seems like they have a very short list to choose from. its been mentioned in slezak’s interviews that they often have one a few more songs then the number of contestants left. Perhaps, the producers wanted these songs on the show.

    • I completely agree with this comment.

    • Andrea says:

      I second this emotion. What. Were. They. Thinking!!! Unless the producers hid from them several Idol songs, there were better performances most of them could’ve done. :(

    • Kelly says:

      Agree like crazy.

    • teatime says:

      Every other time someone has redone a winning song on this show, they have been told that it was a bad choice because they can not recapture that moment. Not this year, though. Tonight we got 3 repeats of winning songs. *sigh*
      There were so many songs to choose from.

  19. Feel Feelips says:

    I must say I now actively dislike Candice Glover and her oversinging. She and Curtis Finch need to shipped off to outer space, Stat!

  20. I hope Devin doesn’t go – he’s the only hope for the guys – dude has a stellar voice -and Mariah knows it!

    • Mary says:

      Good voice but no charisma what so ever. All I see is a young guy singing my Dad’s music. He need to make better song choices or he will be gone and rightfully so.

  21. Elena says:

    Candice is in a different league, period. I agree with you, Michael, that the top four should be Candice, Kree, Amber and Angie. I saw something different in Amber tonight. A spark? Star power? Whatever it is, it’s effortless. Still missing Breanna, though.

    • Carmen says:

      Count me totally in on that Top 4. Might as well put Janelle Arthur in at #5 too because the guys are incredibly overmatched this year in every way.

  22. Nephtalia says:

    Candice was a beast. I rewind it 3 times right after I watch it live. I do wish we have a top 4 female

  23. beth says:

    Kree Freakin Harrison.

  24. Sierra says:

    Candice & Kree delivered; the other ladies did not.

  25. Lo says:

    Am I the only one who did not like Angie tonight? I thought the song was way out of her league, the leather dress situation did not work, and girlfriend should never utter the line “I think I can sing it as well as Kelly Clarkson” ever again

    • Anna says:

      I have never liked Angie, and tonight was no exception. She is so bland. I do not get the judges’ love for her.

      • Nolafishhead says:

        I agree. The cheesy Christian singer has pulled the wool over some eyes. Same creepy feeling from her as from Danny Gokey.

      • Carmen says:

        At least she can write an original song.

        • teatime says:

          I thought Angie had the songwriter/musician vote all sewn up. If she wanted to sing a Kelly song she could have picked an original Kelly song. Instead she sang Kelly covering Celine 12 years ago. Now I think if she wins it will only be by default. If everyone does the same every week she might win still win just because at least she performed an original song way back in Hollywood.

        • just saying says:

          To be nitpicky, i think her original song was overrated. There’s something there, yes, but it needed work in both lyrics and melody. But, apparently, if you write a half decent song, you get praised to high heaven on Idol. And this isn’t knocking her, but I’ve heard plenty of original songs by people that are as good, better, and, of course, worse. Maybe people that don’t get out to hear live people sing at open mics and small venus are more easily impressed?

    • Davey says:

      I think Angie is awful.

      • MB says:

        Its funny how we all hear different things. I just relistened with my headphones and Angie sounded amazing. She was flawless.

        • Davey says:

          She can sing but she has zero personality and she did look like a beauty queen even in a leather skirt.

          • Shaun says:

            And you just Pia Toscanoed her…..open your mind to new things.

          • Carmen says:

            Since this is a singing contest after all, if I am ‘on the fence’ about someone I will actually close my eyes and play it back a second time. Sometimes the visual can distract or even ruin the aural, especially with amateurs b/c they tend to have jarring mannerisms. Remember Jacob Lusk’s many faces when singing a few seasons back? I HAD to not look when he sang; Lots of raw talent but couldn’t control his voice or his visual histrionics.

    • teatime says:

      I was seriously disappointed in Angie tonight. She was my favorite to win this whole thing until tonight. Now, I am not even voting for her tonight. It was better than most of the other performances, but it was not a winner’s performance. This really was not a narrow theme week.

      • lemon says:

        Angie’s middle range was beautiful, but her upper range was thin and not up to the demands of the song. She doesn’t have the range that some of the other women have. Her middle range is nice though. Vocally, she is 4th after Amber, Kree, and Candice.

        • teatime says:

          Yet she really did not need to perform a Clarkson song. Or a Celine Dion song!

        • JB says:

          You’re so right, her upper range is thin and reedy, not a pretty sound.

        • Dave in Alamitos Beach says:

          I agree 100%. Not only is her upper range pretty “thin” but she’s barely hanging on to the notes. She just doesn’t compare to me with Candice, Amber, and Kree who can effortlessly sing a broad range of notes.

          I even think Burnell & Devin are better singers than Angie, though fatally lacking in charisma.

    • Cat says:

      Amen! Kelly clarkson >that Angie. I laughed out loud when she compared herself to Kelly. Oh honey get a clue

    • Carmen says:

      Still better than ALL the guys.

  26. Maggie says:

    Can we add Amazed to the list of songs that should never be covered on Idol? I like Lonestar and everything but that song is 15 years old and so BORING! Blegh.

  27. Laura says:

    The most hilarious thing about this is that when I voted, Curtis Finch Jr had 0% in the poll. If only this result was reflected on the show! Can I vote for someone to NOT make it through?

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      LOL. He was awful. More awful than usual – and how hard is that really?

    • Dan says:

      Curtis was really bad. I’m not technically savvy about singing, but he sounded off key in parts, did too many runs and the song felt emotionless for something that just shouldn’t have been. I hope he goes home.

      • Carmen says:

        Sweet guy though, doesn’t that count for something? I guess not….

        • asniech says:

          You are joking right? Curtis, sweet?! He comes off as cocky, smug and fake.

          • just saying says:

            No. I don’t think he comes across as cocky, smug, or fake. But maybe that’s because I’ve met people that have a similar personality in real life and know that they are sincere. I think it’s become a thing that once one person thinks you are smug, that a whole bunch of other people follow suit and agree, even if they didn’t necessarily think so before. Yes, i’m saying that sometimes “hating” is catching. I AM technically savvy about singing, and he was not nearly as bad as some are making him out to be. Was he flawless? Heck to the no. But it was a solid performance. I get that you might not dig his churchy/randb kind of style, but it’s no reason to knock his performance. (He’s not my fave, either). But if I could vote someone off, it’d be Lazaro, hands down, who had no business being there in the first place.

          • dj says:

            I think Curtis came off as uncaring in the group during Hollywood week when he didn’t care if any of the others went home as long as he was still there. Those first impressions count for a lot, and people are going to hold onto that for awhile.

        • Carmen says:

          Maybe not sweet then. Honestly I never pay much attention when he sings and I missed most of his backstory stuff. Was he the New Orleans flood story?

      • marie says:

        You may not be “technically savvy about singing,” but your ears heard correctly: he was excruciatingly off-pitch in some places.

  28. Anna says:

    This was possibly the worst performance night show of Idol I’ve ever seen. No one, including Candice, showed any originality or willingness to think outside the box when it came to song choice. So predictable. And except for Lazaro and Janelle, everyone sung a ballad. I was thisclose to falling asleep multiple times.

    And why for god’s sake would anyone ever sing one of those horrible Idol coronation songs????

    Candice easily gave the best performance. Everyone else, including my other favorites (Kree and Burnell) were mediocre to bad. In large part because of the boring song choices, but also because this group of contestants is seriously low on stage presence and personality to begin with.

    I wonder if it was a coincidence that no one did a song by any of the WGWG winners (other than Scotty, who really isn’t a WGWG to begin with)? TPTB are so determined not to have a WGWG winner, but somehow I don’t think singing a song by Cook or Allen or DeWyze or Phillips would have suddenly turned one of these balladeers into a clone of any of those former winners.

    As for who gets the boot? The only 3 I care about saving are Candice, Kree and Burnell. Maybe Amber, even though she gets negative points for performing an awful coronation song — and singing much of it off key.

    The other 6 can all go buh-bye, and I wouldn’t care one bit.

    • teatime says:

      Honestly, if ANYONE had performed a post-Idol song from Cook, or Allen, or DeWyze, or Phillips, I would have voted for them if just for the interesting non-standard song choice.

      • teatime says:

        As it is I voted for Devin tonight because he was one of the better singers AND he sand a post-Idol Carrie song. I also voted for Kree but if she had chosen a post-Idol song I’d have a much more positive opinion of her as a contestant.

        • Anna says:

          Devin has a really good voice but he has no star power whatsoever. And I had to laugh when he sang a ballad right after saying in his intro package that he wants to show that he can sing something other than ballads, lol.

      • Christina says:

        There’s a reason WGWG have won so much….people like it. We got the polar opposite of that this week; therefore, people don’t like what they heard as much. I’m not saying that I only want to hear WGWG right now, but I actually think that’s what this season needs…a couple WGWGs….or at least one to add some variety.

  29. Phan says:

    IDOL. Ballads. Stahp. Wat r u doin? No more. Plz stahp. An emergency disco theme may be crucial at this point.

    • Bob says:

      The problem isn’t the genre, it’s the specific choices. Virtually every one of them tonight was a dreadful, completely lame song. There are beautiful ballads out there: they’re called standards. Do you ever wonder why so many hip, avant-garde jazz artists cover the standards. It’s because they have great melodies that give you plenty of opportunities for improvisation and interpretation. But a timeless, engaging melody puts you way ahead before you even open your mouth. That was part of the secret of Melinda’s “My Funny Valentine.”

    • teatime says:

      lol on the Disco theme. Something tells me, though, that is the last thing these producers will do to this group. If anything they will go out of their way to give them things were they can sing ballads. Then they will complain that viewership is down because of anything and everything other than that the performances are not interesting,

      • teatime says:

        wow. Sorry for the typos. That second line, above, was supposed to say “they will go out of their way to give them themes where they can sing ballads”

    • whosays says:

      Amber would do well at a disco theme. She might even slay that dragon. She did a great job with Whitney’s “I’m Every Woman”, which is essentially a post-era disco song.

  30. dani n. says:

    I would have graded Burnell & Kerr the same tonight. LOVE Kerr’s voice but I don’t think she killed on Crying. Sure she hits that note she always can hit and I had thought originally that the song would fit her like a glove but I don’t think it did. She has an in built whiter quality to her voice even when she opens up.This song is too vast I think for her. Don’t have the musical knowledge to cite specific musical terms. And though I did not like Burnell’s song choice tonight I heard his voice and all the different sounds and capabilities he has in it. CANDICE slayed tonight.Head above for everything. And though Amber won my heart w/Funny Valentine I hate A Moment Like This. Actually I give raspberries to just all the song choices tonight.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Couldn’t agree more. I love K too – but this was not her best. I have heard better, more emotive songs from her. It was good, not great. Hated A Moment Like This – all Kelly Clarkson songs should be retired. Kelly’s voice is another level of awesome. Don’t go there.

    • Carmen says:

      Who is “kerr?”

  31. Davey says:

    This show was pointless. The song choices were mostly lame and it was impossible to recreate high points of past Idols. These contestants didn’t try very hard to be original. Candice sang her song flawlessly but there was no discovery. Also she was VERY theatrical, which was ironic since Paul can’t be theatrical.

    I loved Kree. I don’t even care about country. But she reminded me of Emmylou and Linda Rondstadt and I hope she wins this thing.

    Amber sounded fine but that dress and that setting and that fan. Cheesy.

    I don’t get Angie. Pure beauty queen style. She can sing but she will never get my votes.

    Lazaro cannot stay on pitch. He’s charming but he should not be on this singing competition.

    I liked Paul tonight. I hope next week if he’s back he does something more dramatic.

    I also think Devon and Burrell are good singers but their song choices were poor.

    I refuse to comment about the other two singers.

    BTW, Jimmy Iovine doesn’t know what he’s talking about. There are about 20 Broadway singers who sing better than most of those who have appeared on Idol. He’s probably just gone to Phantom and The Lion King and no other Broadway shows. What a jerk.

    • MC says:

      I totally agree with your last paragraph. I am not sure that I take Jimmy’s advice at face value because he’s selling a product, which is the AI show. Sometimes that means fudging the truth. The viewers have to believe that AI is the only home of true talent, which is ridiculous of course.

      • teatime says:

        Iovine is as sincere on this show as Simon is on XFactor. Heh.

      • Berland says:

        I’d believe Iovine’s criticism if he was an adult male that wasn’t afraid to be seen without that silly baseball cap.

        • Carmen says:

          Zoanette would’ve bitch-slapped that cap right offa his head!

        • JB says:

          Yeah, he’s a little too old to be wearing a cap backwards, not to mention the kicks he was wearing were for a much younger dude.

          • just saying says:

            Yes. because we all know that once you hit a certain age, you are supposed to look like a stereotypical grandpa/grandmother from the 50s. Sheesh. Clothing is a form of expression and as long as it fits well, it’s more important whether it fits your personality as opposed to being “age appropriate”. My grandpa would look ridiculous wearing eye makeup and skinny jeans, but can you imagine Steven Tyler wearing anything else? Imagine him wearing khakis and a polo and you see the sheer ridiculousness of being ageist when it comes to clothing choices. I think Jimmy looks fine, because it fits his personality.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            I’m with you. Let people be who they are at any age and enough with boxing people up. What works for some doesn’t work for others.

        • ChrissieK says:

          Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy…we get so concerned with how the contestants appear that we forget someone should take JI in hand and make him dress like he isn’t a 16 year old hanging out with Justin Bieber!! What comes out of his mouth and what is on his person is truly laughable.

    • marie says:

      Although the show has done “songs from the movies” themes and the like, which sometimes overlap with musical theater, in general, Broadway music has always been denigrated on Idol, starting with Simon, who clearly couldn’t stand it. But for Iovine to insinuate that Broadway singers are somehow inferior…simply utter nonsense.

      • Carmen says:

        That’s a good point, he really did turn his nose up at it. There are some very talented musicians on Broadway. Heck, Adam Lambert was either the first or second best musician on his season and had a lot of Broadway in him.

      • just saying says:

        Actually, he was trying to make a point about different ways of singing stylistically. One that was meant to HELP Paul. And yes, there is a difference in how you sing in traditional music theater and pop. Could it have been voiced a bit better? Yes. But we also don’t know what was edited out of that conversation. And traditionally, Idol voters have not chosen people who sing theatrically. Projection, intensity, vibrato, over emoting visually or vocally are some of the things that can differ from stage to pop. Newsflash: It’s also different being a stage actor v. a film actor. Not everyone (in fact probably not most people) can do both. You have to be big on stage and small on screen because the camera picks up everything. If you are in the industry and have any training you get this. If you have common sense and think about it a little, you get this. Just saying.

        • Carmen says:

          Adam Lambert was able to inhabit both worlds. It is rare, though, to have that capacity.

        • HitTheGroundRunning says:

          Yeah, it’s different styles and he did not say broadway singers are no good, he basically said that many are great. He was just pointing out that how come if they are super great they are all instant pop chart hits. (of course some could also be that they don’t want to do the other sort of singing too and of course some can cross over well too) You could say the same for opera singers, most have voices that would blow away 99% on pop charts, but when a few try a little cross over most produce miserable songs since most either fail to realize that they need to adjust their style or simply have the opera style too deeply ingrained, etc.
          .
          And as you same same for stage or movie/TV acting. As much as people claim that stage acting is often done in a naturalistic fashion these days, which is true, all the same it is NOT at all the same. And some people definitely fit more naturally into one sort of another. Some find it tricky to be broadly projecting and without subtly and yet not old school, it’s a very weird thing for many to try to pull off, you have to be natural while being fake. OTOH, many stage actors have no clue about to pull off movie/TV acting well, they don’t seem to be able to do all the natural, subtle little things and don’t seem to get it at all. (of course there are those who excel at both and even some who naturally take to both)

  32. Harvey says:

    hoLY MOTHER OF CANDICE GIRL SING IT.

    It’s gonna feel pretty great to have the guys outnumber the girls in the bottom 3 for the first time in forever.

  33. Marta says:

    Anybody remember the last time Idol has an all-male Bottom 3?…and can we all that it is going to be a LONG season if that doesn’t happen tomorrow??
    Tomorrow’s results will seriously speak volumes… if Lazaro, Curtis, and Paul (and maybe even Devin) escape the bottom…the girls are screwed.

    • Davey says:

      I think Janelle will be in the bottom 3 tomorrow.

      • MamaLis says:

        She is sooo dull to me. Just her whole… everything. I look in her eyes and I listen and …. I’m just not drawn in, in any way. (Though she’s probably be a great music teacher!)

  34. JVC says:

    Wow, i mean wow! And not in a good way. I guess it was a pipe dream to hear songs from all the past winners (or at least some of them). Instead, it was mostly a carrie/kelly fest with some jordin and fantatsia. I give credit to the contestants that picked songs from scotty, but still did these kids watch idol AT ALL! While i can somewhat for give amber cause she did a good job with kelly’s song, but still never do the winner’s single, you can’t replicate that moment they had. And people just had to pick songs overdone in the past. And that was to you lazaro, officially jumped off that train. When are contestants going to get? You are setting yourself up for failure doing breakaway. It should’ve been songs released from idol winners in past 6 years, that would’ve been more interesting.

    • Davey says:

      Really, nothing by David Cook, Jason Castro, Kris Allen, Brooke White, Elliott Yamin, Haley Reinhart, Alison Iraheta. I don’t think anyone even tried tonight.

      • Lauren says:

        They could only do songs from Idol winners, so no Jason, Brooke, etc. I wish it had been open to all past contestants though, it could have been a lot more interesting.

        • Davey says:

          Oh, I was confused about that one. Sorry. Well, David Cook and Kris certainly deserved some tributes. They both were able to change songs around and make them their own.

      • Dan says:

        You can only sing songs by the winners. But they still didn’t try…

      • dani n. says:

        THEY were limited to songs sung in the show by or songs of the previous WINNERS

        • Carmen says:

          What a stupid theme!

          • Mary says:

            It actually was a good theme but unfortunately none of the contestants thought outside of the box. I knew many would do Kelly and Carrie but the majority would of been better off singing others song that fit their voices better. I think all of them should of picked a song that was from previous winners record and change it up.

      • Emma says:

        Actually, when Candice did ‘I Who Have Nothing’, I decided to pretend it was because Haley Reinhart won season 10. tee hee

        • HitTheGroundRunningHBBDVEKJGPRPRKGHBDBFNGCDCBDXXC says:

          +1 :)
          .
          (not that I disliked Jordin, but Haley needed some credit for the night hah and she did perhaps sing the best version of it)

          • God get over it she didn't win. says:

            HALEY WAS NOT THE WINNER.

          • ChrissieK says:

            For years now I keep seeing Haley’s name on the boards long after she was gone from the Idol stage…why? SHE DIDN’T WIN and I didn’t think she should have but she certainly has her legion of loyal fans!!

          • You are not God not by a long shot says:

            Um, did you not see the “pretend” and “tee hee”?!?
            What’s your problem, grow a sense of humour!!!

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Too bad Lazaro had to go after Candice. Sucks to be him. They all paled in comparison to the original – except Candice – but she’s Candice. It’s sad when Scotty McCreery can outsing you. I have 5 people I want voted out first – Janelle is one of them.

  35. Willow says:

    I was in tears over Candice’s performance. I was so apprehensive because Jordin’s version is very high on my list of Fav. Idol performances—- but Candice just oozed confidence and professionalism mixed with some awesome attitude. And with her fam there? Amazing.

  36. Snow says:

    Does anyone have ANY idea what Nicki was trying to say while rambling about waffles because I have no clue. I tuned it out when she mentioned aunt Jemima syrup because, girl, you definitely have enough money to afford the real maple syrup come on

    • teatime says:

      I think she was as bored as the rest of us.

    • Atlgal79 says:

      Dead at real maple syrup:)

    • Anna says:

      It was a very strange compliment. Somehow that performance reminded her of waffles and syrup and she really likes waffles with syrup. Lol

    • Linda says:

      I could not agree more- she is way out there at times. But Mariah is just invisible..not sure why they do not change up who goes first- its as if there is nothing left to say when they get to Mariah.

      • Carmen says:

        Mariah is just dead weight on that panel. She has NOTHING to say except: “Stellar,” How sorry was that?

        • C says:

          How can you possibly top whatever colorful things Nicki says, or do any better than just repeating Keith? It’s unfortunate that she’s always the last one. By that time, everything’s already been said. Heck, even RANDY’s making more meaningful comments this season! Either keep the panel to three judges, or rotate who speaks first from singer to singer throughout the show. I think they’ve done that before.

          • Carmen says:

            That’s a good point; Why is she always last? Maybe because she is even more lost trying to say something meaningful before someone else tips her off about how the performance went. If we’ve learned one thing from this season it is that being a top of the charts performer with a “stellar” career doesn’t mean that one has or can articulate meaningful comments about other performers. How much are they paying her for this gig? Keith and Nicki deserve five times what she is getting. Or rather, she deserves 5 times less. Okay, I’m done ragging on Mariah… for now. I just wish they would replace her with some random person from the audience each night from here on out. It could hardly be worse.

    • HitTheGroundRunningHBBDVEKJGPRPRKGHBDBFNGCDCBDXXC says:

      It made perfect sense to me! (although I am with you on the how about some REAL syrup from an actual Sugar Maple tree, some real, nice Vermont syrup)

    • Mary says:

      Many people believe it or not prefer the fake syrup.

      • Carmen says:

        Hard to believe but true.

        • HitTheGroundRunning says:

          Wow, now THAT is the craziest thing I’ve ever read on an Idol message board- people preferring fake, gooey, corn syrup whatever you call it over amazing 100% pure maple syrup! (that said it is true, but…. how? why? what?)

    • Nicki was talking about how when she makes waffles she puts them in the microwave to add some extra heat and then spices it up with Aunt Jemima. She was comparing to Candice’s ability to add zest and interpretation to the song with her amazing choices as far as phrasing and melody is concerned.

  37. Atlgal79 says:

    Overall the night was a snoozefest, honestly it felt like it took 10 hours to watch. I wish the musicians were a little quieter during Candice’s performance because I felt like at times they drowned my girl out. Either way not even a wayward tympani player can keep her down…. Beautiful! Kree and Angie were great as well. I love Burnell ( only alright tonight) as my token guy. Mariah is getting better ( I.e succinct!) as a judge.

  38. ezmartin says:

    A surprisingly strong night, and I was shocked by the amount of performances that I liked better than the original covers.

    Candace Glover- I Who Have Nothing (Jordan Sparks)…A+
    This was a masterclass vocal. Great arrangement too.

    Angie Miller- I Surrender (Kelly Clarkson)…A
    Proved she can sing while away from the piano. This was fantastic.

    Kree Harrison- Crying (Carrie Underwood)…A-
    Kree has a great ability to really emote every lyric, something Carrie lacked when she was on Idol. I preferred this cover.

    Amber Holcolmb- A Moment Like This (Kelly Clarkson)…A-
    While noone can outdo Clarkson on this signature AI tune, Amber was pretty impressive. I always get a little worried about some of her runs, however, since they don’t always sound as solid as her competitors (all of the above)

    Paul Jolley- Amazed (Scotty McCreery)…B+
    I haven’t cared much for Paul until tonight. He was totally serving sexy face (hot!). He is so much better when he calms down the theatrics, abd today was the 1st time I could buy him as a country artist. He needs to work on enunciating some of his lower passages though.

    Burnell Taylor- Flying Without Wings (Ruben Studdard)…B+
    Glad that someone paid respects to Ruben (who, like Taylor Hicks, is often treated like an idol joke these days). Would have preferred a cover of something uptempo, but Burnell did fine. He could use a little less vocal gymnastics however.

    Janelle Arthur- Gone (Scotty McCreery)…B+
    This is the 1st performance of hers I’ve enjoyed since Hollywood week. I also liked it better than Scotty’s cover. It was nice to hear something uptempo as well.

    Devin Velez- Temporary Home (Carrie Underwood)…B
    Devin sounded fine, but this was a total snooze. While I am ok with the lack of runs, there still needs to be some sort of buildup, but there as no climax here. I think Underwood’s Undo It or Blown Away would have served him better.

    Curtis Finch- I Believe (Fantasia)…C-
    This was bad. He doesn’t think about the lyrics, plus this is an awful song only made great by Fantasia, because of her ability to make dust seem like gold. He missed quite a few notes too.

    Lazaro Arbos- Break Away (Kelly Clarkson)…D
    This was the only true train wreck, however. I’m all for a heart tugging backstory, but this is a singing competition. Lazaro has a good enough voice to sing at karaoke night, but not on the American Idol stage.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Great Curtis comments. I feel like he was a trainwreck though… I think I am no longer able to be objective with him…. ;)

    • Anna says:

      I totally disagree. Aside from possibly Candice (and Jordin slayed that song, so I wouldn’t even say that for sure), tonight’s versions were all way worse then the former winners’ versions of these songs.

      Tonight was a total snoozefest.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      Glad someone else agrees with me that this wasn’t a bad night. I agree with most of your grades and critiques but I would give Lazaro a slightly higher grade because I could understand him for a change.
      I don’t know, it must have been my mood. Perhaps on another night I would have been bored with the performances but I thought tonight was good.

    • Temperence says:

      Nothing was worse than listening to Curtis singing… aside from looking at him while he sings. Could America please immediately eliminate the deeply awful Curtis?

    • JB says:

      I agree with about everything you said except for the Fantasia “her ability to make dust seem like gold” comment. I think she’s a fairly awful singer most of the time with horrible shrieks and a raspy-ness to her voice that makes me cringe.

    • whosays says:

      ITA re Curtis & Fanny, but take it a step further. “I Believe” belong so much to the moment that it was sung. AI was still young and entirely aspirational, and no one embodied that aspirational fable more than the young downtrodden single mom, growing up in church, serving up Idol with talent, ambition, and hope. At that very moment, that song told her story and she embodied every word.

      No one can sing that song now, not even Fantasia herself. It’s just too schlocky without the fable to back it up.

      By comparison, even “A Moment Like This” can be reused, particularly because it has the phrase “for that one special kiss”, which gives it the double meaning of a budding romance.

  39. Billie says:

    —————————————————————————————————-
    MY ‘IDOL’ THOUGHTS
    —————————————————————————————————-
    For my 3 faves – Candice is AT HER BEST…Devin IS IN TROUBLE (sending Lazaro safe)…Kree AS ALWAYS AUTHENTIC and HEARTFELT. My ‘BOTTOM 3 BET’? Burnell, Devin, and Finch. My ‘GOING HOME BET’? Devin :cry: :cry: :cry:
    —————————————————————————————————-

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      If Devin goes home, my heart will break. The judges won’t save him. Fingers crossed…

      • Anna says:

        It’s too early in the season to use the judges’ save. I wonder if they would use it on any of the contestants, even one of the producers’/judges’ big favorites like Angie or Kree or Candice.

        However, I think Curtis or Lazaro will end up being the one going home tomorrow.

      • I absolutely love Devin -his voice is amazing. I will weep if he goes home.

      • Shaun says:

        Does the save even exist this season?They zipped straight to top 10.

        • C says:

          Agreed. The save has never been mentioned this year. I don’t think there’s going to be one. By the way, anyone who thinks Devin will go home this week is crazy. Lazaro and Curtis were too bad.

          • Mary says:

            I think Curtis, but unfortunately Lazaro will get the pity votes.

          • teatime says:

            I think Curtis has a voting block behind him. I expect him to stay a couple more weeks. I am afraid Devin will go home this week. He was in my top 4 tonight but he went early on, got a luke warm response from the judges, and probably has not built up a lot of fan support yet.

          • dj says:

            I really hope Devin stays. He’s one of the few guys who can really sing well. He just needs to pick the right song (although I do believe they give them a very short list of approved songs to work with) and find a way to convey an emotional connection to the lyrics.

  40. GG says:

    I love Candice, but the band was too loud even for her. If Candice did not have such a stellar yet booming voice, the band would have drowned even her glorious voice out

    I just don’t get the Angie love. To me Angie is Always off key

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      I only like Angie at the piano. When she is off the piano, I feel like she’s always oversinging.

    • dj says:

      I agree. Candice’s vocal was great, but the band wasn’t as good as when Jordin performed it.

    • Carmen says:

      Agreed, but please don’t ever use the word “stellar” again ;-) I have an allergic reaction after tonight’s show.

    • BrazenSongBird says:

      Angie’s not off-key, but she does have a “bright” placement to her tone, which may not be to everyone’s taste and can ring as sharp to a sensitive ear. Especially with microphone reverb. I love Candice, she did borrow some of her run thoughts from Haley’s studio and live versions, so, to my ear, she was paying homage to Haley, not Jordin.

  41. Tammy says:

    Worst Top 10 ever! Worst Theme week ever! They need to ban ballads for at least a week or two. thank goodness for the DVR and the FF button.

  42. Annie says:

    An automatic F to anyone who performed a coronation song. The original performances worked because of the moments. None of the three are great songs, but Kelly, Fantasia and Ruben made them memorable, because of the emotion that they put into them. For the most part this group sucks all of the emotion out of every song, and turns them into a cheese fest.

  43. dj says:

    I didn’t enjoy this theme. I thought a lot of them picked boring songs. It was a mistake to show the earlier Idol performances, because it only highlighted how far the show has fallen. Watching that little bit of Scotty doing “Gone” and then watching Janelle … she just didnt’ measure up.

  44. darcy the slutty twin says:

    I fell asleep when the first contestant sang. What happened? Did Keith take off his shirt at any point in the show? Did Lazaro finally reveal what was inside those pants?

  45. darcy's evil twin says:

    Best line of the night – Jimmy Iovine telling Paul Jolley not to oversing. “This isn’t ‘Les Miz’. Who sings like that?” :-)

    I laughed myself silly. But, Jimmy said what I’ve been saying about Paul all along and it was Paul’s best performance. I love that song – I’m sorry, but I’m an unabashed sucker for “Amazed”.
    .
    I guess I’m in the minority because overall I enjoyed tonight’s program. I could even understand Lazaro for a change and I loved his hair. Who’s going home? Curtis or Lazaro I guess.
    .
    Clearly I’m also in the minority on Mariah Carey. I’m enjoying her critiques and I think the judging is 100% better than last year. For the most part they are hitting the nail on the head with their comments, IMO.

    • Shaun says:

      Mariah did use a 1 word critique….but i suppose it was because nikki was hogging the time,lol.

    • Carmen says:

      Mariah made a critique?

    • MamaLis says:

      I loved how Jimmy told Burnell, “cool it on the ballads.” And then what does he do? A ballad. Also priceless was when he told Angie she’s sort of coming off like a Pageant Contestant and then asks her, “So what’s your song this week?” “Celine Dion,” she says. Dead silence and then his whole face started twitching.

    • Lana says:

      I totally agree about Mariah, she knows her stuff and she just tells it like it is without throwing in a bunch of things like waffles and syrup and having babies and so on. However Niki makes me laugh so I’m not complaining and she is usually right. I too think judging is 100% better than alot of the years.

    • marie says:

      I half agree with you, DET. I enjoyed last night’s show overall; perhaps not the very best Idol performance show I’ve ever seen, but yes, I was entertained.

      But I am sadly disappointed by Mariah’s lack of useful critique. She should know her stuff, technically – probably DOES – but what I’m seeing is someone who is unwilling to say anything she perceives as negative; she seems to be confusing constructive criticism with unkindness. There’s one on the panel every season. I do think things would be helped if they would rotate the order of the judges’ comments.

  46. Annie says:

    David Cook.

  47. JR says:

    Candice was amazing!!! I guess that song only brings great moments to Idol (Jordin + Haley + Candice = SUPERSTAR PERFORMANCES).

    If I had to guess the Bottom 3 for tomorrow, I would say Curtis (death spot + terrible singing), Devin (he’s great but that was boring and we all know boring is worse than terrible in these shows) and Paul (boring and so-so vocals).

    • MC says:

      I really love Devin as a singer, but he drained all of the emotion out of Temporary Home. Paris Tassin (who only made it to Hollywood week) nailed this one while auditioning for AI season ten.

    • JR says:

      HOLY COW! I actually got it right! And I NEVER get these things right!

  48. Callum says:

    Boring!

    Candice: B+
    Kree: B
    Angie: B-
    Devin: B-
    Amber: C+
    Burnell: C+
    Paul: C
    Janelle: D+
    Lazaro: D
    Curtis: D-

  49. sdexta says:

    Candice: A+
    Kree: A
    Angie: A-
    Amber: B+
    Devin: B
    Burnell: B
    Janelle: B-
    Paul: B-
    Lazaro: C-
    Curtis: C-

  50. Guitar Blue says:

    Boring theme, Judges comments mostly pointless. …..

    If Curtis is not gone tomorrow, which he likely will be — he will definitely be gone next week. Gone this week probably, next for sure………..this is not just a prediction…. you might check some of the main Idol News sites tomorrow morning, and you’ll see why………..

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