American Idol Recap: Kids in a Candice Shop

American-Idol-Candice-Glover-Dont-Make-Me-OverThis just in: Mariah Carey is currently in the American Idol naughty corner (located somewhere between Keith Urban’s fitted t-shirt room and Nicki Minaj’s false-eyelash trunk).

Yes indeed, the “We Belong Together” singer mentioned in one of many verbose critiques tonight that she’d been “reprimanded by the powers that be” for failing to perform her duties as a judge (and presumably for doing little else besides offering empty platitudes and avoiding eye contact with the crazy cartoon character two chairs to her left). Said talking-to resulted in the debut of Mariah 2.0, a malfunctioning robot who spat out wilted word salads like “that was more in a direction of a performance that would be preferable” and shot glitter from her fingertips. What the what now?

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In the end, though, the Reconfiguration of Mimi was a mere footnote to the emergence of Candice Glover not just as the true Season 12 front-runner, but as the kind of vocalist who — if there’s any justice in the world, and if there’s any common sense left in radio-station programmers — should be poised to have her name uttered in the same vaunted company as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson, the franchise’s three boldest-faced alumnae.

Candice’s one-two punch — a modern twist on Dionne Warwick’s “Don’t Make Me Over” that Mary J. Blige probably wishes she’d done herself, and a wicked rearrangement of The Cure’s “Love Song” that was far more complicated and daring than the Adele cover that inspired it — TKO’d Nicki, Keith, Randy and Jimmy’s stupid, lying assessment last week that Ms. Glover was not among the Top 3 contenders to inherit Phillip Phillips crown and sash.

Not only was Candice transcendent, though, but her rivals Kree Harrison and Amber Holcomb delivered some pretty potent performances of their own — enough to ensure that no single contestant can afford to phone-in a single note over the next five weeks of competition. Heck, Angie Miller and Janelle Arthur were reasonably good, too. Who says Season 12 is a dud? (Okay, I might — if Lazaro Arbos survives another Thursday night cut at the expense of one of the ladies. And apologies for even putting that idea into the universe.)

Anyhow…on to tonight’s set list/letter grades!

“Bacharach/David” Theme
Angie Miller: “Anyone Who Had A Heart” | The judges came down on Angie for a lack of “humanity” (Keith), for coming off as old-fashioned (Nicki), and for overenunciating at the expense of emotion (Mariah), but (heaven help me for saying this) Randy came closest to nailing Angie’s failure, even if he didn’t articulate it very well: We’re at a point in the competition where World’s Brightest Teeth needs to do more than offer a clean and competent vocal. As someone who’s proven her songwriting chops, she should’ve played with the arrangement to better emphasize the song’s maudlin emotions — or at least copied Shelby Lynne’s mesmerizing take from a couple years back. In other words, girlfriend needs to get in touch with her inner David Cook, and shut down her inner Thia Megia. Grade: B

Amber Holcomb: “I Say A Little Prayer” | The judges were so wildly effusive about Amber’s opening performance that — had one tuned in just at the point where they started giving feedback — one might’ve thought she’d laid hands on the sickly and infirm down in the Space Formerly Known as the Swaybot Pit and cured several cases of leprosy and blindness — plus an instance of hantavirus. That said, her vocal was pretty spectacular — full of gorgeous little stylistic choices like that riff on “my darlin’ believe me” and her muscular runs toward the finish. To be fair, Amber occasionally looked a little lost up on the Idol stage — like if she moved around enough, she might eventually bump into Sonny & Cher or something — but the robin’s-egg zip-front pantsuit was fierce. Grade: A-

Lazaro Arbos: “(They Long to Be) Close to You” | Even before his spectacularly unsuccessful key change, Lazaro’s “Close to You” was going the way of yesterday’s newspaper (cue half the Idol contestants this year: “What’s a newspaper?”) in a driving rainstorm. The opening verse was pitched way too low, as Keith noted, causing him to go crazy sharp. The bridge was barely audible. The green and turquoise suit? Well, I’m pretty sure that got shipped in directly from the sales rack in the fourth circle of hell. But oh, when the band changed keys and Lazaro didn’t, it was the musical equivalent of a honeyed ham being thrown off a highway overpass and into the path of an oncoming 18-wheeler. Mariah Dahling took a good 11 minutes to point out that in instance where the band changes keys and the singer does not, “that’s just the end of the song,” but I appreciated that she finally provided a Lazaro critique that wasn’t sponsored by the word “courage.” It’s really time for America to spare this kid any further indignity, but with an Unused Save that expires on Thursday night at 9pm, I’m bracing myself for Lazaro to last one more week. The universe, or Uncle Nigel, will demand that Save be activated for ratings’ sake. And that requires a lady sacrifice, doesn’t it? Grade: F

Kree Harrison: “What the World Needs Now Is Love” | Oh em gee, what a little slice of heaven it was when Kree delivered the opening few bars of the song without any musical accompaniment, her voice glowing like the embers of a fire on a cold and rainy day. I kinda wish the band had never kicked in — an a capella Kree might’ve split the water-cooler buzz with Candice — but the good news is for the first time in weeks, Kree seemed completely emotionally invested in what she was singing (while maintaining her standard pitch perfection). “What the World Needs Now Is Love” is a lot less angsty than last week’s “Piece of My Heart,” and yet Kree’s intensity was far more palpable this time around. The way she delivered the chorus almost felt like a demand, or at least a plea, whereas a lesser vocalist would’ve struggled to elevate the wide-eyed lyrics past being just empty platitudes. Mariah’s whole rant about how Kree doesn’t need to “ham it up” and make faces missed the point of what Kree’s critics have been saying: Hearing her get lost in the music tonight (and not worrying about teetering in silly heels) got me back to that early-season fantasy about a Candice-Kree finale. Wouldn’t that be maybe the best thing to happen on TV in 2013? Grade: A

Janelle Arthur: “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” | First things first: Most reality singing contestants who start their songs out in the audience wind up wandering to the intersection of Cheesy and Desperate, but not Janelle. This chick has enough stage presence and confidence in her own skills that her Idol performances often play out like snippets from her future concerts — and said concerts look like they’d be a lot of fun, too. Did Janelle hit a couple wonky notes on the bridge? Yeah. Did her big final note hit the water like an uncoordinated kid falling off a diving board? Sadly, yes. But for the most part, Janelle’s straightforward approach highlighted an upper register as light and sweet as a really good soufflé. Grade: B+

Candice Glover: “Don’t Make Me Over” | I’m not at all ashamed to admit that my personal trajectory during Candice’s performance began with my nose crinkling and my head shaking from side to side, continued with my throwing a Gospel hand and shouting various encouragements (“Gurrrrl!” “You bettah SING!”) that sounded like found audio from RuPaul’s Drag Race and ended with me violently punching the air (during the whole “Accept me for what I ay-am!” portion) with tears streaming down my face. Somehow, in the midst of my reverie, I managed to jot a few notes about the featheriness of the phrase “inside your arms,” the gorgeous low rumble of “by my side,” and the way the backup singers were grinning from ear to ear, happy to be part of a moment that was truly, madly magical. As for anyone who still doubts Candice’s commercial potential, I’ve got to ask: If girlfriend can take a 51-year-old song (with lyrics so retro, they’re borderline campy) and make it sound as fresh and inventive as anything that’s currently on the radio right now, imagine what she’ll do when she’s paired up with the hottest names in R&B, pop and jazz music? In other words, isn’t it time the United States exported our own answer to Adele back across the pond? Vote for Candice, people — it’s the patriotic thing to do, and it’s good for the economy! (Side note: Keith, you’re not entirely forgiven for leaving Candice out of your Top 3 last week, but your shout-out that “DMMO” vaulted her squarely into that position has been duly noted.) Grade: A+

“Song I Wish I’d Written” Theme
Angie Miller: Kari Jobe’s “Love Came Down” | Doesn’t it seem like it’s been a few months since Angie sat behind the piano? I know, I know, she was at the keys for part of her Evanescence song last week — but the interlude was all too brief. Tonight, though, she gave the judges and everybody elese what they wanted, while also proving daring and single-minded enough to choose a Christian-pop number that I’m guessing 97 percent of the audience had never ever heard. If I’m being brutally honest, this won’t be a track I download off iTunes, but I loved Angie’s conviction — and the joy she clearly felt while introducing it to the Idol audience. Yeah, there were a couple of shrill notes at the very top of her register, and the “white doves in flight” backdrop was too literal by half, but as Nicki noted, if Angie’s going to have a shot to take the Season 12 crown, this performance provided the necessary blueprint. Grade: A-

Amber Holcomb: Beyoncé’s “Love On Top” | I was so elated to hear Amber go simultaneously uptempo and current, that I initially gave her performance an A-. But upon a second listen, it’s clear that Mariah got it right: There were definitely a few notes Amber would probably want to take a second whack at if she’d had the help of a certain bowtie-clad, time-traveling Doctor. What can’t be knocked, however, is the air of youthful exuberance/nonchalance that’s been the hallmark of Amber’s Idol run. There she is in her denim shorts so tiny that the pockets have to wave the flag for modesty, tossing off Beyoncé’s series of higher and higher notes with what feels like the shrug of the shoulder. “Yeah, don’t worry, I’ve got this,” seems to be the kid’s life mantra, and 9 times out of 10, she does. Grade: A-B+

Lazaro Arbos: Robbie Williams’ “Angels” | It wasn’t all that bad. Well, except for the opening and closing notes, which were pretty rough. And the metalic bowtie. (How many of those can one boy own?) But what’s the point of constructive criticism for Lazaro when, ultimately, what he needs is four or five years of life experience and intense vocal training before he’s fit to even be an also-ran behind a Kree or a Candice or a Janelle. The problem is, the judges should have known and acted on that fact back in Hollywood Week, but their love of backstory (or Uncle Nigel’s desire to create Susan Boyle 2.0) got in the way. And that’s left Lazaro in the heinous position of being utterly outclassed, being totally aware that he’s outclassed, but being stuck in a vicious cycle where the people who profess to love him won’t allow him to get to the escape hatch. It really starts to get depressing when you think about it. Grade: C+

Kree Harrison: Kris Kristofferson’s “Help Me Make It Through The Night” | Kree amped up the fashion with that little black dress this week, but it wasn’t a random act of hotness. Nope, this week Kree picked a song that carried the “adult language” and “sexual situations” warning labels, and the mood (as well as the dress) fit her flawlessly. I loved the abandon Kree displayed on the line “let the devil take tomorrow,” the cry in her voice that emerged on the bridge. At last, we rediscovered the focused, emotionally deep contestant who gave us “Evidence,” “Up to the Mountain,” and “Crying” — and we didn’t even have to hear Randy shout “Kree is BACK, America!” Keith is right: With material like this, Kree is likely to get a Grand Ole Opry membership card sooner or later — emphasis on sooner. Grade: A

Janelle Arthur: Garth Brooks’ “The Dance” | It probably didn’t help Janelle’s confidence that Nicki Minaj had already declared Kree’s superiority as a country artist before Janelle had even taken the stage. But this isn’t a game of excuses, and I’m sad to say there was a slightly deflated quality to Janelle’s finished product that reminded me of an air mattress that’s lost some of its firmness and purpose after being slept on for a couple nights. Keith’s point that Janelle might’ve fared better had she performed “The Dance” with nothing but an acoustic guitar was an interesting one, but more importantly, this is a woman who needs to realize her strengths — as a competitor and a post-Idol artist — lie in the soft, lilting parts of her instrument. As a flat-out belter, on the other hand, she’s playing a game she’s unlikely to win. Grade: B

Candice Glover: The Cure’s “Love Song” | Are we in The Sixth Sense? Is anyone else capable of actually reading these words? Because Candice killed me dead — in the best possible way — when she gave “Love Song” an exhillerating jazz rearrangement. I mean, I’m not even kidding: About a third of the way through the song, I’m pretty sure the Holy Ghost hopped by the studio and whispered some kind of unintelligible utterance into the Idol mics — or maybe it was just a boom mic getting dropped? — that, when played backwards, spells “Vote Candice, you idiots!” I would’ve appreciated it if the directors had quit cutting to Randy for his pattented “this is great, dawg!” faces as Candice delivered that powerhouse vocal, but yeah, I’m gonna need to revise my Best Idol Performance gallery after witnessing another combination of vocal mastery and emotional rawness.
Grade: A+

Okay, your turn: What did you think of Season 12 Top 6 performance night? What did you think of the judges’ comments? Who was your favorite? Who’s going to be in trouble come results night? Is Lazaro’s time finally up? 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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711 Comments
  1. deedee says:

    First? I haven’t even read the review yet. GO Candice!

    • deedee says:

      Wow, my first time being first!
      .
      Keith tonight was all contrite about his Candice snub last week. You could tell he was carrying that burden all week, the sweetie. After her first song, he got a chance to say “you are now in my top 3″, or something like that. It was like a release for him. At least he has a conscience! And a soul.

      • screan says:

        I thought the same thing. I think the producers put them up to it last week to wake up Candice’s fans!

        • HitTheGroundRunning says:

          seems like it

          • marie says:

            Agree. I forgive Keith completely. But I DOUBT the b*****it last week was the producers trying to light a fire under Candice’s fans. I think it’s more likely they were trying to push the women they have seen as more commercial.

          • ToddBodd says:

            Sorry to hijack the top comment, but WHAT THE HELL was that terrifying scream in the middle of one of the best performances ever on idol? That ragged “ILOVEYOU!!” from satan during Candice’s The Cure cover. Is the backstage production run by chimps?

            And what was up with the audio all night? The audio mix was a mess, it was dead silent during Lazaro’s first critque with all the judges mic’s running hot.

            Typical Idol cant help but make a mess of itself I guess. Its hilarious that everyone who wants to re-listen to I Will Always Love You has to endure that terrifying scream.

            What a mess. Fire Nigel into the sun please.

          • Carol says:

            THAT HIDEOUS DEMONIC SOUND ON THE MIDDLE OF CANDACE’s song??? CLEAN THAT UP PLEASE! I can’t download the song with that noise on it. Candace was the best since Fantasia!!

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Hah that scream totally freaked me out. I had to put down my headphones for two seconds and then I put them back on and the first thing I hear was that demon rasping out luuuuuvv yyyouuououuuuu and I was jesus what the heck did I just do to my headphone amp or what the hell just randomly started up on my computer or no no that cannot be Candice can it???!!!? or did it finally happen and I’ve started hearing demons talking to me and telling me what to do hahaha. Just played it back and it’s there all right. Sounded like some audience mic was having issues even earlier in the performance and then some girl leaned right into, the perhaps failing, mic from like 1/2″ away. weird!!!!

          • candicegloverfan says:

            candice tweeted: “As for weird noise, I think something happened to the sound when they came from commercial break. I didn’t hear it until I watched later :/”

        • deedee says:

          I agree, Marie. It was more about pushing who they saw as marketable, rather than bolstering Candice (who they might see as great, but less marketable). They sure tried to make up for that nonsense this week! Keith, though, was the only one who convinced me that he really felt bad about being a puppet for the producers.

          • marie says:

            You know, the more I think about it, everything about the WAY Keith voices his retraction tonight, as well as WHAT here said, confirms to me that that Top 3 baloney last week really WAS out-and-out producer manipulation. I mean, I really suspected as much last week, bit now, I am completely, totally convinced of it.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Yes – right down to the “We’re Not Worthy” bow!

          • Bruce Wayne says:

            Aw bullcrap, Urban proved to me tonight that he is the ultimate producer’s puppet.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Batman, would you please go elsewhere? Thank you.

          • Teeny Bikini says:

            I am glad they tired to make up for it this week! Because they were dead wrong. She can literally sing a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g and sound current and amazing. That takes skill. I would question the marketing ability of anyone who couldn’t market her? Period.

          • LazaroGoHome says:

            Commercially Amber is the best. Candice is the best vocally, but one should be saleable. She looks old and bulky.

          • Mika02 says:

            This, this, this. Which is why I don’t watch Idol anymore I only watch Idology!

          • Michael says:

            @Lazarogohome…if “bulky” meant unsellable, Adele would be in big trouble. We aren’t all shallow douchebags and, sometimes, talent wins out. You have to be “sellable” if your instrument doesn’t do the selling on its own.

          • Natou says:

            Comparing Adele with Candice to prove her marketability is so wrong on so many level. First off, Adele is the exception not the rule. Second, Adele is a singer, song-writer. Big difference! I am not saying Candice is not talented. But, for every Adele there are millions of Candice. I do appreciate her performance last night and if s
            he wins, it is justice done.
            By the way, Idol looked so scripted last night. For instance, Janelle was wayyyy better than Amber last night. Amber was under the beat throughout the first song. The second song, it looked like she did not know if she wanted to go left or right. She definitely was no Beyonce.But, it looks like TPTB already decided they will throw Janelle under the bus and pimp Amber way before they performed. It also looked like they also already decided that any non piano Angie performance was going to be reprimanded. I actually loved the first song better. She was not theatrical like some always said she is. I loved both songs, but the first song showed me a side of her that I never seen before. I voted Angie all the way. But also throw in some votes for Janelle. She really was not that bad.

        • Joline says:

          Go Mariah! She redeemed herself tonight!

        • deedee says:

          Heard the demon sound the first time I watched, but then when I caught the west coast broadcast, they had edited it out. Well, there was still a little glitch there, but the sound editor smoothed it over so it was much less noticeable.

        • Mercedes S. says:

          The judges weren’t snubbing Candice, they were judging her performance that week – which wasn’t as wonderful as her previous ones.

          • 5talentgirl says:

            @Mercedes
            No…they said based on the whole body of work and current/relevant blah-di-blah…and chose Angie, Kree and amber as their top 3. So after heaping praise on Candice week upon week, suddenly her ‘body of work’ wasn’t good enough to come in higher than fourth place? Utter rubbish. Disgraceful lies, deception and manipulation. I still don’t forgive the judges for their game-playing – whether the producers had them in an arm-lock or not.

          • ejones says:

            Candice had a couple of weeks of lazy song choices and got marked down by the judges because of it. Obviously she righted the wrong this week (and really suffered emotionally). She still has the ‘size’ problem as does, to a lesser extent, Kree.

        • Sandy says:

          Carol, Fantasia doesn’t come anywhere CLOSE to Candice’s talent! I did like Fantasia, don’t get me wrong…but Candice is in a class all by herself. I was astounded when only Mariah said that she was in her top 3….I thought WTH is wrong with the other judges?? But Fantasia didn’t have staying power. I think Candice does. I actually live in Charlotte, NC, and saw Fantasia driving a beat up little Toyota at the local Rite Aid. She’s apparently not doing much these days. That makes me sad, because she had potential.

          GO CANDICE! You have always been in my TOP 3. Actually, my TOP ONE!

      • ado4586 says:

        Candice tonight – SUBLIME!

        • AlyB says:

          After that performance, whenever someone says Candice’s name now and angel choir should sing aaaaaah. omg perfection. Talk about showing the judges what’s what after leaving her off their lists LOL. Absolute vocal masterclass.

          • LazaroGoHome says:

            Yeah Candice sounded great tonight, but i got no goosebumps. I don’t think all the accolades given her are true.

      • Brian says:

        Would have been funny if Ryan said “Keith, so who falls OUT of your top three?”

      • Chris says:

        Why do you give a crap if you’re the first poster? SO WHAT? It’s nothing to be proud of. I mean, you didn’t exactly come up with a cure for cancer or end world hunger. You just happened to be the first person to post a vapid, totally useless comment on an Internet message board. Big whoop!

        • Joline says:

          I never understand people bragging about posting first. Especially when they don’t have anything to say! I get it if you have a big point you think more people will read because it’s at the top, but half the time all they say is “first.”

        • deedee says:

          You’re right. I should be tortured with excessive force for many hours. Please accept my apology for being vapid and useless and – much more importantly – for wasting your limited and valuable Idol-blog-reading time with such unfathomable foolishness. I shall now proceed to pay my debt to society by inflicting great pain on myself until someone comes and relieves me of this duty.

        • Lee says:

          @Chris: You sound like a very unhappy person.

        • JW says:

          Jealous much?

      • LazaroGoHome says:

        No deedee, keith said for tge night candice is in his top 3. But last week his top 3 is overall performances, meaning including past performances. Read sensibly dahlin…

        • deedee says:

          No, Laz, Keith said that with last night’s performance, Candice has now secured her position in his overall top 3 … which is code for: “I’m sorry I left you out of my top 3 last week, Candice, but I was just following orders. Glad I got a chance to correct the injustice this week”.

          • ejones says:

            But top 3 for Keith is transitory, note how his top Beatles song changed after every peformance.

      • akdar says:

        Am I the only one who felt that Keith telling Candice that she was now in his top three was not a redemption for him but it actually souned pretty rude and offensive? Just made it to the top half out out of these six? Are you kidding me?! She’s squarely the best of the pack, so far ahead of the others that they can barely see her.

    • Var says:

      I never thought I would see a performance on Idol approach the sublime excellence of Melinda Doolittle’s “My Funny Valentine”, but Candice’s version of “Love Song” did just that.

      • marie says:

        I agree!

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        ^This^
        How odd – I thought the same thing.
        Just today I heard Zeppelin’s “What is and What Should Never Be” on the radio and thought of Haley (and her dad) giving one of my all-time favorite “Idol’ performances. Granted, it’s in a little different vein, but none the less it’s in my Top Ten along with Melinda’s “My Funny Valentine”, and now Candice’s “Lovesong”.

      • HaleyFan says:

        For me it was when Haley came out of nowhere with Benny And The Jets

        • white lancer says:

          Haley’s best performance was “House of the Rising Sun.” Full stop.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          Both of those performances were great – but “What is and What Should Never Be” was one of the last songs I would have ever expected to hear on Idol. I loved her jazzy beginning, loved the arrangement, loved her dad playing the electric guitar, loved the way she worked the stage, loved it all. I even loved the fall and the way she bounced back up. And I loved those “Baby, baby, BAY-BEEs”!

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        Preach. That was not only an Idol moment, but a TV history moment.

    • gregk says:

      Glad that Candice saved an abysmal (Lazaro) to average show wherein the Dionne Warwick and Dusty Springfield versions of several of the songs were so hard to top, although Candice did terrific on Don’t Make Me Over. Also loved Angie’s second song. As someone mentioned below, the sound mixing seemed weak tonight. Hope that Karen Carpenter’s family, friends, and fans did not watch tonight and hear that wretched atrocity Lazaro subjected all of us to on Close to You. Too late for me though!

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        Yes, I was thinking it was a good thing Karen Carpenter is already dead. RIP.

        • mike Hollingworth says:

          dear evil…you crack me up…do not die before i do!

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            That’s nothing – you should hear my husband! He walked in the room, commented that it was a good thing Karen Carpenter (one of the very best alto voices EVER on commercial radio) was already dead because this would surely kill her off, and then started doing what he does best – writing his own lyrics to the song for Lazaro. I can’t put them here because they were very politically incorrect and there are not enough flame-retardant suits in the world to protect me from the ensuing attacks. I would also probably get kicked off this board! and that would suck.

        • LazaroGoHome says:

          Hope Karen won’t rise up from the dead to show up to Lazaro after adulterating her song! Poor boy, still arrogant that he is confident to reach top 5. Disillusioned stutter.

        • marie says:

          At least Hal David is dead too, the lucky son-of-a-gun. I feel pretty bad for Burt Bacharach – he’s still alive.

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        So glad Angie headed back to the piano – it is the ONLY place she performs to her true potential. I like piano Angie and I get it. The wannabe sexy version is just bizarre. Great job, Angie.

      • spider3tattoo says:

        Did anyone else notice in Lazaro’s video package intro of his choice for the song he wished he’d wrote, he only stuttered ONCE? Pretty revealing.

    • JT says:

      To think that this girl has auditioned year after year and never been able to crack it until now, and tonight she blows the roof off the place, and they tell her it was one of the greatest idol performances of all time, and she’s crying…. i couldn’t help but to think of it from her point of view, and i’m SO happy for her. i want her to win so badly now!

      • Danny says:

        I’m the bad guy in this convo I know. I felt based on what I’ve seen it’s better she didn’t make it last year. This year she might win the thing. Last year she wouldn’t have made it to top 7. She was good tonight, but she wouldn’t have been around to perform in top 6 last year.
        For what it’s worth, I don’t think any of this years contestants would have made it to top 7 last year.

        • deedee says:

          I’m not sure you’re right, Danny. She could have displaced someone like Hollie, who was lovely and had a beautiful voice … but I could see her falling out much earlier than top 4 with competition like Candice. Then again, it was meant to be this way, and I’m glad we have her in this year. She and Kree (and to a lesser extent, Amber) have made this season worthwhile for me.

        • JT says:

          that may be true but the point i’m trying to make is that it seems like no one else in this competition wants it as badly as candice does, and in my opinion no one else deserves it as much either. especially after last night

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        Yeah, me too. Talk about deserving. Wow. So so happy for her.

      • LazaroGoHome says:

        I DON’T !

    • gregk says:

      Thought the judges especially Keith were too critical of Angie’s first song. They said she needed more passion and she made it seem too easy. Yet Keith praised Amber for her effortless performance.

      • Danny says:

        Yea, I’ve noticed that too. After they run Janelle off the show, I think Angela’s next. I hate it when they use those phrases ya can’t really defend. “Didn’t show emotion” “didn’t get the connection” & things like that.
        I’m not feeling a connection w/ 3 of the 4 judges. They’re worse at judging than Lazro is at singing.

        • ChrissieK says:

          Brilliant! Spot on! Hit the nail on the head! Thank you!

          • MB says:

            I totally agree. I think Angie is losing favor because she excels in Christian music and that is not mega bucks like pop would be. So the push for Amber. Angie is phenomenal on this weeks studios. I like her better than Amber but this is business and TPTB have their own agenda.

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          LOL. Aw come on, it’s hard to be worst than Lazaro. :) Some of there comments are not based in reason, sound musical judgemen, logic, or this plantet, and often seem erratic though… And Mariah’s long, winding critiques defy evaluation at this point. I really try to get through her comments, but it’s rough.

          • billh says:

            I only gave Lazaro 45/50 this week, I do insist he sing on key at least 90% of the time to get the full 50/50. had to give Angie and Amber the other five points, but then split my phone voting 1/3 for each of them. But really . . . if there is any evidence of sabotage, it was the horrid green horizontal line suit. You can’t tell me any sane person would have picked that out for himself. They must have forced it on him, making him look like some Willy Wonka child sex predator . .. enhancing his unnatural wide hips. Pulleez. Terrible. And then Close to Me was done at about 75% speed, terrible. Did they spring this song on him at the last minute, too? And slow it down. “The Man” is doing everything in their power to take out pool Lazaro, just like they tried with Jessica last season. Shame on them. There were numerous tornado watches and severe storm warnings so I didn’t get to hear his second song, but I give him the benefit of the doubt . . . and must stand up against “the machine” . . . if they want him out, I want him in, simple as that.

            ps–if you look up “Lazaro” in a Spanish dictionary . . . “Lazar, a person deformed and nauseous with filthy and pestilential diseases. (m)” . . . the poor boy was cursed from birth . . . let’s reverse the curse . . . STAND UP FOR LAZARO . .. maybe one of these weeks he will sing in tune.

        • glenda says:

          Unfortunately, The judges are right.janelle shuld go next and then Angie.It is the audience voteers that has it wrong.

      • white lancer says:

        Amber to me has always had the same problems the judges keep saying Angie has: she rarely connects to the song in a meaningful way (and she certainly didn’t with her first performance tonight–I think her second one was better). Yet she gets a pass for whatever reason and the judges rave about her every week. I think it’s largely because she wound up in the Bottom 3 and they’re trying to make sure she doesn’t go home too soon.

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          Honestly, I don’t get Amber. I have never seen her connect to a song and I don’t understand why the judges rave about her. I thought her Beyonce cover was abysmal and desperate. I thought her first song was mediocre at best. Maybe it’s because she is outshined by better talent at this point. Yes, she has talent but – for me, for her – there is something missing. Short shorts is not enough…

          • LazaroGoHome says:

            She connects to us, you are the problem not Ambet.

          • gailer says:

            Amber is a weak Beyonce. I don’t get all the praise for her.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Because there is more to her than that one Beyonce performance last night! I agree that one wasn’t anything special and we had someone do it with a lot more of everything it needed just a few months back on a different show (someone who sadly picked the wrong coach to save her and got a quick and brutal cut after she sounded a touch nervous being the first of all singers to sing live).

        • vergie says:

          Amber is subtle, she sings effortlessly, she doesn’t SHOW you the effort, she’s on key (unlike off-key Kree. You don’t think so? Listen with your ears). Not all singers have to lay it all on the stage to be good.

          • deedee says:

            Kree is not off key. Are you serious? Amber has a crazy phenomenal voice and her effortlessness is pretty nuts, but honestly, I’ve heard her slip off key many times. Kree, not so much.

          • marie says:

            Please, Kree’s pitch is pretty doggone perfect. And I have a very good ear for such things (two of them, in fact).

          • glenda says:

            Exactly.she is pure raw talent and the judges know they have found a gem.I do not feel that with Angie and Janelle. they have to be guided and seems clueless. Kree is okay if you like country ut her and Candice (whom has the best voice next to Amber) have to worry about appeal.Angie is weak when not hiding behindthe piano and even then she is mediocre but knowing America they will let her slide through as previous winners.

        • LazaroGoHome says:

          Amber deserved all the judges’ comments. Check your eyes and ears, she has grown very far. She even sounded greater than beyonce, and her first song is also good. Just right, not overdone.

        • deedee says:

          Both Amber and Angie lack depth and maturity in their singing, but imo, Amber has much more natural singing talent and general likeability. I think you’re right that they prop Amber up more than Angie because her voting numbers are low, and they don’t want her to dip below Lazaro if it can be helped.

      • tewence says:

        i am so glad there are others who feel this way. first of all, they are given a list of 10-15 songs to choose from (thanks TBTB for pigeon-holing everyone), so what is angie supposed to do? that song in and of itself is DREARY. clearly she knows who she is as an artist (proof: her second song), so when she is limited, it is obviously going to come across as disconnected. when she got a chance to do what SHE felt is right for her, she blew the roof off.

        secondly, this whole amber sitch has GOT to change. her first performance was equal with angie’s (maybe even a little worse due to the stupid over-done song choice), so why the judges were freaking out over it, i am unsure. totally karaoke all the way through. and shame on her for even trying to sing the second song. she does have a great voice, but not one that can handle a masterpiece like THAT from beyonce. i don’t quite get what they see in her other than vocal chops, because she is a bore-fest.

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          Agreed on Amber. First performance = mediocre. Second performance = awful, desperate, pitchy karaoke. I want Amber to figure who she is as a singer. Because she sure as heck isn’t Whitney Houston or Beyonce – that is clear. I want Lazaro to go first and her next…. It is time.

          • tewence says:

            agreed…i wouldn’t mind if she went before janelle, which is saying a lot.

          • LazaroGoHome says:

            No you ho home first before Lazaro, hahaha, Amber knows who she is as a singer. You don’ t own her mind. You don’t know it.

          • Teeny Bikini says:

            You are so funny. No, really. I get it. You like Amber. I love you “ho” home first. Freudian slip, I’m sure… ;)

          • LazaroGoHome says:

            No you go home first before Lazaro, hahaha, Amber knows who she is as a singer. You don’ t own her mind. You don’t know it.

          • 5talentgirl says:

            @tb – glad you’re not a judge. Not sure what you’d like if you think amber sounded ‘desperate and karaoke’. Girl can sing and does uptempo really well. She can work on other aspects of her performance, but why the harsh criticism for someone so good?

          • Teeny Bikini says:

            LOL. I know. Right. I would wouldn’t mince words. They all have talent, but I am underwhelmed by her. She needs to clearly define her voice as an artist. Who is she? That is an artist’s job. To know who they are. To at least have a clue. I feel like she is proficient, but without a specific perspective. I have a feel for the kind of music Angie, Janelle, Kree and Candace would make. But Amber? No. I think her “music” will resonate more when she understands her artistic voice. So no, I don’t get it. But it’s just one girl’s opinion so let’s see what happens…

        • LazaroGoHome says:

          You are deaf. Amber is great. All judges agree and i concur. You might not have the ears to detect good singers. Shame on you not on Amber.

          • tewence says:

            hmmm, i’m deaf, which would explain why i watch a show about singing. interesting. if you re-read my comment, i wasn’t talking about her vocal ability (although you will see i did credit her for her great voice) but her performance ability. she has a great voice, but lacks star power.

        • popgoesme says:

          I agreed with Keith — I thought Angie basically sleepwalked through her first song. It sounded fine but I didn’t think she connected to the lyrics at all. The song is dated to begin with, so she wasn’t given great material to work with, but to me it was a very paint by numbers performance. And TBH, she is not a very good performer when she isn’t behind the piano. She will need to work on that in the future. It was night and day with her second performance — which was very strong — she obviously connected to that song emotionally. Angie is meant to be a Christian music artist, and could end up a very successful one, so I hope when she gets signed, they don’t try to push her in a more mainstream, commercial direction. Let her be the artist she is meant to be.

        • Fernando says:

          I could not believe all the praise for Amber, either. She was certainly good, but the judges were just ridiculous. I also thought they underpraised Angie. I’m hoping for a Candice/Kree finale — love them both — but the judges seem hell-bent to puff up Amber. I hate the way they keep talking about her as a “whole package.” I don’t care what her effing legs look like. The more this show becomes about picking the most “marketable,” the less I like it.

          • tewence says:

            agree! what good is a “whole package” if everything is mediocre? amber would put an album out and be lost in the shuffle just like pia…there just isn’t star quality there, no matter how you slice it. and i maintain that anybody who chooses to sing “say a little prayer for you” isn’t ready to enter the music industry.

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        Yeah, they are over-praising Amber for sure. I don’t get it.

    • Bruce Wayne says:

      Candice was like a lounge singer tonight. I think the judges followed the orders that Uncle Nigel gave them. Nice how Mariah had glitter ready to take onstage as well.

      I hope Lazaro makes it past the week, They’ll use the save on any girl and turn next week into a double elimination. If they don’t get him tomorrow, they won’t get rid of him next week either. Down goes Janelle and either Amber or Candace (yes, Candice) in that case.

      They were so out of line tonight in how to get rid of someone that they may have sealed the show’s fate and gotten Lazaro into the finals. Serves them right if they did.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        This has to be the hundred thousandth time I’ve given this explanation. If the Save gets used this week, they will only send home one person the following week. Otherwise the show will end a week earlier than planned. They’ve had a week to spare ever since the finals began (Heaven knows why they would do that if they knew they weren’t putting any Wildcards in). It’s just like last year when they had the unexpected double elimination of Jermaine and Shannon, so after Jessica was saved they only sent one person home (Colton) the following week.

      • Danny says:

        @ Bruce- I thought she was better than a lounge singer. I agree w/ ya in prinicple though in that I think they way over rated her. I thought it was good, but far from great. I think the order they’re trying to run the girls out is Janelle then Angela. They want Kree in the finals & probably Candice, but would be ok w/ Amber.
        I’d be fine w/ any 2 of the 5 girls in the finals. I just don’t like the way they’re pushing Janelle out the door. I think a Janelle/Kree finals would be awesome. Better than the Scott/Lauren one a couple of years ago. I’d also be fine w/ Candice/Amber or any combination really.

      • daynamonet says:

        Really? Are u smokin? U think candice id a lounge singer? Wow! And ur routing for lazaro. Wow. If anything lazaro is a lounge singer but he cant even sray in key. Im surprised im the first time one yo reply to this nonsense.

    • IDOLFANADA says:

      Candice was electrifying. I’ve watched the performance over and over and over again – and I want to keep watching it over and over and over agin.

      Even that eerie ghostly sound feedback didn’t ruin it.

      The raw emotion her amazing voice conveys is above and beyond what the other ladies are capable of. Her delivery reminded me of a lover holding on to a relationship for dear life or a woman so in love w/ her man that it hurts. Wow. The control she has of her big voice and the choices she made on how to convey her song was haunting and memorable. This is definitely 1 of the best performances on AI history and yes, all singing competitions in general. Her performance was so good – I don’t even want to mention the other contestants (especially he must not be named).

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Indeed. Anyone who can make a Burt Barachac (sp?) song sound current is #1 in my book, but when she said “accept me for who I am” that is when the floodgates opened. I was a hot mess. Simply transcendent performance. I might need therapy to get over how her Cure interpretation moved me. I really don’t have any words her artistry last night. Thanks Michael, for American Adele reference. Yes, she is THAT good. Go Candice!!

  2. *The Good/Amazing/Possible Winning Moment?=Candice!!! The Very Very Bad?=Lazaro. Lazaro’s performances tonight were as bad as I have ever seen on the Idol stage, especially at this point. I don’t remember a worse Top 6 performance. I can’t see even the Lazaro fans that somehow got Lazaro to Top 3 last week voting for him tonight. This was so bad. But Candice Glover for the win. WOW!

    • deedee says:

      But the judges were repulsive tonight. What they did to him was inexcusable. They’re the ones who encouraged him all along, and now that his journey has slipped out of their control, they’ve pulled out the exaggerated assh*lery. Just hideous.

      • They’ve encouraged him, but I don’t feel they have gone out of their way. Yes they have mentioned his courage and how brave it is that he does what he does, but they haven’t gone crazy about his voice in a few weeks. Once he started missing his lyrics a couple weeks ago it was over for him. I don’t think the judges did anything repulsive tonight. It’s America that has not only kept him around but has made him Top 3 last week. America has pitied him, not the judges, at least not for a couple weeks.

        • screan says:

          He was worse tonight than ever before. It’s so glaring because the rest are so good. They have not supported him as a viable contestant for weeks, but people keep putting him through – that’s the repulsive part.

          • marie says:

            Agree with IdolBe and screan on this one.

          • ado4586 says:

            Lazaro there are no words (although Mariah tried to find 987 of them) for how god awful that was.

          • TJ says:

            Well so many people didn’t want any WGWGs in the competition, so now we’ve got Lazaro because there weren’t any superior males to wipe him off the stage. In fact I’m sure many of you have noticed that that there were no superior males at all in the Top 10. OK, you all noticed. Do superior males have to be WGWGs? No, but it helps if there are some viable males of some sort. And today in music, most males are not singers like Devin and Paul. I don’t blame the voters, in a way, for wanting ANY male to still be around. It’s sad how the show was manipulated by the producers this year, and I’m disagreeing with you, Michael, I say the season is dull.

          • karenb says:

            Who knows where this post will land, but @TJ-you are absolutely correct!

      • scorpiosue1102 says:

        Lazaro’s performance was one of the worst performances…ever. There was nothing redeemable about that first performance. If the judges would have been all nicey nicey over a fantastically terrible performance they would have been a big joke. As harsh as their criticism was, it was deserved

      • Angela says:

        Yeah, I gotta agree with this. You’ll get no argument from me that he’s, um, not the best of the bunch, to put it nicely. But at this point he’s just become a punching bag and it’s really uncomfortable and rather cruel. It’s pretty obvious to anyone watching that they’re going for a female winner this year, so let’s just stop this mess with him from going any further.
        Also, I will say this-his rendition of “Angels”, a song I love, was okay. Not perfect, no, not at all, but certainly better than his first song and better than I feared it would be (I couldn’t help but think of Jessica Simpson’s awful rendition of it, and worried his version might go along those lines).

      • MyTake says:

        The only repulsive, inexcusable, and hideous thing the judges did was not saying this and worse far far sooner and not pandering to his disability and calling him “brave” and “strong” everytime he sang out of tune, forgot his lyrics and just his general ability to butcher songs.

        He “might” have been good enough to go to Hollywood (and personally even then I didn’t think he was a good enough singer, but rather got through even from day 1 because of his sob story) but he certainly should never have gone past Hollywood.

        • Jen says:

          I agree completely. He should never made it past Hollywood and I was shocked when he did. He now looks totally miserable. If his “fans” that keep voting for him had any mercy at all, they would stop voting for him and give him some relief from what MUST be a total humiliating nightmare.

        • deedee says:

          I’m 100% with you on this. He was never a good enough singer to get past Hollywood. They turned down many better vocalists during the auditions. But now that he’s here – with their help – in this position (which can’t be a happy thing for him), it is just cruel to suddenly make him feel like crap for making it farther than they wanted.
          .
          It’s not so much what they said, it’s HOW they said it that pissed me off. For Nicki to suddenly look down her nose at him in disgust and refuse to even acknowledge his second song with a critique (she just huffed, “yeah, what he said”) … they just all made him feel like an unwelcome guest at their party. They had every right to tell him he sucked, but sourpuss faces, and thinly veiled mocking were out of line. I pray he goes home tomorrow to put him out of his misery.

          • Mary says:

            Deedee she didn’t critique because she didn’t want to degrade him any more. The judges had to tell him it was bad and she knew everything had been said so she passed trying to spare him.
            I thought it was admirable of her.

          • deedee says:

            So, instead she put on her best snooty b*tchface and made him feel like she couldn’t even be bothered to waste her breath on a critique. If it made me cringe from humiliation, I can only imagine what it did to Lazaro on the inside. There are ways to do things.

          • Name That Tune says:

            You know, I DVR’d the show and FF through Lazaro and the criticism. They put him there. So I actually don’t care to hear what they have to say. Whatever it was is hypocrisy. They were not telling the truth before and they are not now. ‘Nuff I said.

      • Baxwest says:

        I agree. Too many mean comments tonight, and not only in reference to Lazaro. It’s unnecessary, as the TV audience can judge for themselves.

        • bill G says:

          So why are there judges? The judges shouldn’t be paid multi-millions to say nice things. They’ve been too nice most of the season. I would gladly have Simon (who I have always loathed) back, if it meant I’d hear the blunt truth once in a while.

      • HaleyFan says:

        I aggree, I was half expecting Randy to say something like “Dawg your vocals are so bad I wouldn’t give you the sweat off my left testacle for your album”

      • Mary says:

        How can you say they were repulsive – what is repulsive is the people who keeps voting him through. He is in way over his head and it is painful to watch him. The so call fans are making him look worst. The judges get slammed if the praise him, they get slammed if the tell him the truth, what do you suggest. His fans are hurting him more by giving him a false sense of security because there is no way in hell he will survive in the music business, and he should not have made it this far. I thought the judges were pretty tame because if that was me I would of said you suck period go home. I blame the producers for putting him in there but the so call fans are causing him more harm than good. If there is any justice, which I am sure there isn’t he will be gone tonight.

      • Yo says:

        I agree. Idol has had plenty of godawful performances in its time; I doubt Lazaro even makes top ten. The judges need to say bad performances are bad in a nice way, but they need to maintain some objectivity in the face of the basic problem: Lazaro is no better and no worse than when they chose him. And they did choose him. Dumping all over Lazaro is hurtful and outrageous and mean.

        • LeahKittyS says:

          I agree. Not only were they so incredibly harsh (it was a subpar performance, but to dump on him while heaping praise on everyone else is not fair), but he needed to hear things along these lines about three weeks ago. I prayed for him to get into the Top 10, but I never imagined he would be the last man standing over Burnell, Devin, or even Paul.
          If I were judging him on the panel tonight, here is what I would say. (Let me know if you think it’s too mean.)
          “Lazaro, your audition blew us away. Your story is very impressive, and you’re a really good-looking guy. You weren’t the very best we heard, but we put you through to Hollywood and beyond in the hopes that you would grow and improve over time. And quite frankly, you haven’t. I can’t call you out for not trying; only you know if you’re really trying to win this or not. But if you’re not going to live up to that expectation, then (I’m sorry to say) you do not deserve to advance over the others.”

      • Lola says:

        I agree that he needs to go home (tonight!), but their desperate attempts to “shame” him off the show represent an all-time ethical low for AI. I miss last year’s crew (Tyler and Lopez). Neither of them would have purposed to publicly crush one of these kids.

        • HitTheGroundRunning says:

          No, but Randy would (and I wonder about JLo in the end). Heck Randy tried to publicly humiliate, crush, upset, and trick into a fight, Haley two seasons ago and she was the BEST! THAT was outrageous.

  3. Lauren says:

    After tonight, anything other than a Candice/Kree finale is a travesty

    • Atlgal2013 says:

      Cosign!!!!!

      • After tonight, I agree 100%. I know that Nicki loves Amber, and Amber is very solid but Amber has been Bottom 3 already and has yet to make it to Top 3, I don’t think she will get there. But if it was a Candice/Kree/Amber Top 3 or Candice/Kree/Angie Top 3, then that’s fine with me. Either way that would be the strongest Top 3, and a Candice/Kree finale would rival any other finale in 12 seasons.

        • Bruce Wayne says:

          Candice in the finals? She doesn’t have what it takes to sell CD’s or concert tickets.

          • Name That Tune says:

            Okay Bruce we get that you’re not a Candice fan. The rest of us disagree.

          • Alienate says:

            This is the dude that has been voting for Laz…. Enough said…

          • ThatBob says:

            Not selling much would make her like most of Idol’s other finalists over the years. Carrie and Kelly are the exceptions, not the norm.

          • Daniellllllll says:

            Ok Bruce. You’re officially an idiot. Mark my words, william hung has sold more albums than lazaro will ever sell. To even think about comparing lazaro and candice is insanity. Everything the judges said (or didn’t say in nicki’s case) was well deserved. He forgets lyrics, in a singing competition, on a weekly basis. If candice was forgetting her lyrics i would say the same thing. It’s inexcusable. No matter how great your voice is. Nobody wants to listen to that garbage. Stop the pity party and vote this dude off the show. I’d rather watch honey boo boo child then watch another week of American idol with Lazaro as a contestant. Burnell got ripped off last week. I think what really happened is that everyone who votes on American idol quit watching this show because Lazaro made it through yet another week despite forgetting the lyrics to his tragic performances.

          • HaleyFan says:

            Thats what they said about Batman too.

          • HaleyFan says:

            Are you the same Bruce Wayne that posts on Vote For The Worst?

          • popgoesme says:

            Ok ok, you don’t like Candice. We get it.

            But you could say that (not selling cds or concert tickets) about any of the remaining contestants. I honestly don’t see any of these people going on to become huge stars. But that doesn’t mean Candice doesn’t deserve to be in the finale. She has consistently outperformed all of the other contestants, with the exception of Kree.

            It should be a Candice-Kree finale, although as long as Lazaro isn’t in the Top 2, I’d be ok with whoever the Top 2 is.

          • Carrie says:

            I diaagree completely. I have not downloaded any of the idol contestants songs on itunes this season except for both of Candice’s performances last night and I would imagine I’m not the only one. I could definitely see myself going to her concert if her debut album is anything like her version of Lovesong!

          • LazaroGoHome says:

            Yeah right! Nobody will come to her concert. She looks old veteran singer who is starting her career. Funny . Hey America we need a singer performer like Amber who can own the stage as she performs. Candice looks to get tired in a concert just on her third song.. Hahaha!

          • 5talentgirl says:

            There are a lot of people who go to concerts and buy records because of how much the singer moves them in a song. Candice has got that down pat. She can turn a song inside out. tonight I was hanging on her every note. If you think no-one would buy Candice’s records…you don’t know…music.

        • forrest says:

          What song were the judges hearing with Amber’s first performance?? It was okay, but not the showstopper they made it out to be. This all was obviously producer speak the way the judges gushed and gushed over an average performance. I mean seriously folks, seriously??

          • tewence says:

            THANK YOU! sheesh. over-done song choice and karaoke performance. no star quality in that at all. it was also interesting because it came after angie, who did an ok job, and even though amber didn’t connect any better than angie did, they thought she hung the moon. don’t get it.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            I also thought they were a bit overly-effusive but it is not an easy song to sing. I tried singing it once in high school and found out, to quote Beyonce, I wasn’t ready for that jelly!

          • waterbug says:

            I thought Amber was MUCH better than Angie. Angie is really a one-trick pony. Keith had it right when he said it will take time (lots of time) before she can come from behind that piano and sing with conviction. The high school talent show is over.

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      I still think the second spot is tricky to call between Kree, Angie and Amber.

      • Lunakit says:

        Angie is still pretty MEH to me. Al 3 of her piano songs sounded very much the same. Same notes, same sentiments. In fact, I would guess that her original was modelled after the song she sang tonight…

        • Name That Tune says:

          Agree.

        • mike Hollingworth says:

          whenever anybody sees “mey” in a comment stop reading immeadiatly.

        • waterbug says:

          I was thinking the same thing Lunakit. It was just too oddly similar to her first piano jam.

        • HitTheGroundRunning says:

          you can sy the same about kree at times too or even amber though

          • Name That Tune says:

            HTGR, I am in total agreement with that. It is why I can’t really name a top 4. There is Candice who does something original every week. Then I have to choose between 3 singers who basically give us the same thing every week. While they are technically good, there is not much separation between them. An edge to Kree on that. Then I am done.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Yeah. Now that Candice separated herself at least there is that. But man for second place? Man it’s tough. You can make a legit case for Angie. Or Amber. Or Kree. I wouldn’t know what the hell to do if I had to place them out. In some ways I can be drawn to Angie and yet the other two…. so yeah I don’t know how it can really be decided.
            .
            And even Janelle has done some better stuff after a very slow start to the live performances and could maybe make some confusion, at least for 3rd or 4th, although since she did have a few much weaker weeks maybe that does slide her to 5th? She did beat basically everyone else at least one time though so she is awfully solid for a 5th placer.

    • Christina says:

      This better end in a Candice/Kree finale!

      • Sandy says:

        I’ll second that or third it. I lost count, but I’ll get in line with the rest of you on a Candice/Kree finale. Candice is my favorite but if I had to pick anyone else to win it would definitely be Kree.

    • popgoesme says:

      exactly

    • Holly says:

      Absolutely agreed! Those two will be stars. The rest will be also-rans (though I think Angie definitely has a career as a praise singer in a mega-church somewhere. Probably Dallas.)

      • She should just follow Colton’s path. She’d do well as a Christian singer.

        • Alienate says:

          Yes. She should. That way I’ll prolly never hear her on the radio.

        • popgoesme says:

          It seems like that’s her plan. She already covered a Colton song on Idol and then last night she performed a Christian song that I’ve been told is often performed as a worship song in churches.

          She has the potential to be very successful as a CCM artist.

      • ToddBodd says:

        Candice will not be a star. There is no new market for Jazzed up R&B in the mainstream. There is no space for a second JHud and Candice cannot be cleaned up as well as Jhud was. She is already styled up in pseduo glam.

        She will have a narrow market, but that’s it. its the same reason that Gabourey Sidibe cannot get a second role anywhere, despite how flawless she was in the first.

        • Harvey says:

          She’s pretty skilled at singing for hip-hop if you check out her youtube channel. And that’s an important market right now.

        • The Beach says:

          She has had quite a large supporting role for the last several seasons in The Big C on Showtime.

        • Eric says:

          I kind of agree with you, Candice could wind up like a Jazmine Sullivan and have a few good hits the fade into the background; unlike an Amber, Kree, and Angie who could actually do a lot and sale a lot.

          • Adam Fachry says:

            I don’t f-ing care if she sells well or not. But all I know, if handled right, she could be CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, and to me, that’s more important. She could go the Janelle Monae, Jazmine Sullivan, Ledisi, Chrisette Michele approach. R&B is all the rage again right now and praised by critics with names like Frank Ocean, Miguel, or The Weeknd. The women side is led by Ms.Monae at the moment and I hope Candice could also step in. But maybe, all of this wouldn’t happen if she wins Idol. Look at what hapen to J-Hud. Her albums are downright underwhelming both in terms of sales and praises.

          • popgoesme says:

            Amber is not my favorite of the remaining contestants, but she is the one with the most commercial potential. She is the only contestant I see who has any ability to get played on pop or CHR/rhythmic radio. Kree is really good, but there are a lot of young female country artists who are struggling to break into that market right now, so it’s hard for me to say that Kree is going to be a big commercial success when people like Kacey Musgraves, Jana Kramer and Lauren Alaina, etc etc are only moderately successful. Same thing with Janelle. Country music is still very male dominated, and there are a lot of young female country artists vying for attention. It seems like that market only wants to support one or two female solo artists at the same time, and they’ve already got Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood in those spots. Angie is not a mainstream artist in my opinion — she should do what Colton did and head straight to the Christian Contemporary market. To me, that is the genre where she has the most potential. Candice could do very well in the Urban AC market (think Fantasia or J-Hud). If they hook her up with some fun, youthful, modern songs, I could see her crossing over to the Urban or CHR/Rhythmic market.

            But, as always, it will depend on (1) their material; (2) timing; (3) promotion and (4) a lot of luck

        • Alienate says:

          Gabby was great in Seven Psychopaths. She played “the fat bitch”

        • candicegloverfan says:

          candice has said that mary j. blige is an influence, and i can totally see her carving out an impressive mary j.-meets-adele kind of niche! i think given songs like her second one tonight, she would sell a ton of albums! (i feel like after that finale performance of candice’s i’m not only writing every sentence with exclamation points, but thinking in them as well!)

        • waterbug says:

          Funny I heard these same comments about Jennifer Hudson…and we know the end of that story

        • LazaroGoHome says:

          I agree! I prefer Amber and Angie finals. Kree is good bur i am burned out hearing country.

          • glenda says:

            I get burned out on country songs also. I prefer Amber and Candice. At least i will get some entertainment. They both remind me of Natalie Cole and Donna Summers.

        • 5talentgirl says:

          Without shadow of a doubt, I will confidently say…you wait and see. Candice’s popularity will make you eat your words. I have no doubt that she will step off of idol into stardom – one day at a time, but she will make it big.

    • Ansa says:

      ITA they both gave me goosebumps! It really seem so stupid that a any judge wouldn’t have Candice in their top Three. I pray for a Candice/ Kree top 2!

    • Dan says:

      I got a little misty-eyed in both of their performance. I am a softie!

    • PepperJo says:

      Yes.

    • Angela says:

      Pretty much, yes. Candice’s version of “Love Song”. Wow. Just…wow. Love the way she ended it, too, some VERY nice notes she hit there.

    • Xandra says:

      I think the best chance Candice has at winning is if she makes the finals and Amber gets eliminated at 3rd place.

  4. Sasha says:

    Candice was so good!

    So happy the judges had to eat crow for last week’s BS

    • ado4586 says:

      Yes Candice was amazing! The judges can’t deny her top spot.
      My ears just had their first orgasm.

    • Bruce Wayne says:

      Sasha – the only bs was what the judges pushed out gushing over Candace tonight. They might as well have read the notes passed to them from Mariah’s “The Powers That Be.”

      • bbrad says:

        bruce, there is a reason you pick your monniker. it belongs to an icon of greatness. something you envy, but will never attain to. thus you have to try to look to be more than you are. that is why you pretend you agree with the ‘great minds’, because you can pretend to be a braniac too.

        your words only reveal you are a not a free thinker. you are a posturing silhouette of relevance.

        if you pay attention to their words, you can see the game beneath the game. last week candace was clearly better than two of the top three and as good as the other. the extra wordy descriptions from the judges show they were trying to sell their words. they were not the care free confessions of someone speaking their passionate beliefs. if you watch urban, he had to look away when he said what he said. that tells me that he was shamed by what he said.

        amber is the most marketable girl on the stage and reminiscent of one w. houston, recently deceased. she is also good enough she could sell albums and is very marketable as a result.

        kree, and candace are not that skinny body on the cover type of women. so candace was downplayed last week. if they downplayed her this week they would have been clocked as buffoons.

        • Alienate says:

          Thank you for splaining it to wittle Bruce Wayne. He tries to speak like a grown-up but we can see thru it.

        • Sasha says:

          Yes! To everything you just said.

          Bruce—You either understood that or you didn’t. Either way I don’t care.

          I’ve loved Candice since last year so I’m glad people (the judges) are finally appreciating her.

      • Natou says:

        Candice was great, but no greater than her other performances. I agree with Bruce, TPTB did pass a memo. ‘Shower Candice with glitter’…lol. They did not mean literally. But Mimi bought her glitter…lol. But, she deserved it. So, I will roll with it. Now, Amber, standing O is another story.

  5. Atlgal2013 says:

    It was the best of times ( Candice-Lovesong!!!!!!!!), it was the absolute worst of times ( anytime Lazaro is on stage). Candice thank u for restoring my faith in this show and making me happy I bothered to watch tonight after last week ( Lazaro top 3, how can I take this show seriously?). You made those silly judges eat their words girl as you were the TOP not just top three. Yes, yes, yes!!!!! Sing HEFFA!!!!! ( in my Melinda Doolittle voice):)

  6. Adam Fachry says:

    This is the first time where I think Candice’s video packages show more relatability. When she said she always wanted to do an album of love songs even though she never experienced one, that really got me. I’m 22 and I’ve never been loved, I do have experienced an unrequited one. I don’t know something about that video package seems very endearing to me. All Hail the Queen!

    • deedee says:

      Aww, Adam. At 22, you are just on the threshold. No doubt there is love in your future! Hang in there!

      • Adam Fachry says:

        Aww thank you, deedee! Why can’t America see that a full-figured woman who’s never been in love but believes in it makes a much better story arc than a stuttering boy who doesn’t even bother remembering his lyrics.

  7. v says:

    CAN-DICE! YES YES YES! DAMN GIRL!

  8. Dan says:

    Best episode this season (I am not even sure Lazaro performed tonight)! God, please, please make it a Candice-Kree finale!

  9. Miscellaneopolan says:

    I hadn’t voted yet this season. I’ve liked some of the performances but never enough to dial in, but I’ll gladly toss a few votes to Candice after THAT.
    .
    Also kudos to Kree for s’more syrupy, morning waffle-type vocals, and thanks to Amber for singing the uptempo Love on Top, which I’ve been waiting to hear from an Idol contestant for a while now.

    • lemon says:

      OK, can we chill on demanding uptempos from Amber now? It’s harder to maintain breath control and tonal perfection when dancing around the stage, and she’s the only one who did it. Her first number was beautiful–such a star! The Beyonce song was fun, and I hope it pulls in more fans for her.

      There is a video of Amber doing Adele’s Someone Like You on YouTube, and I was actually hoping she would do it tonight. She could have had a serious moment. Her voice is unreal on it. I hope she can do it some point on the show in the next week or two.

      If we can get rid of Lazaro, this will be my favorite top 5 ever on the show.

    • candicegloverfan says:

      a contestant named diana did an unbelievably awesome version of ‘love on top’ on the australian version ‘the voice’ (keith urban was actually her mentor!), so as much as i like amber, her version was just ok for me. (and certainly paled in comparison to candice’s performances…)

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        and check out Joselyn Rivera just from this past fall, a much more memorable version (I do like Amber though, just this wasn’t her best at all)

  10. Christina says:

    Did we have possible one of the best and one of the worst all time performances tonight? Candice was out of this world ( loved Kree too), but Lazaro’s Closer to You was abysmal!

    • The Beach says:

      Candice…Amazing! Kree…stunning! ‘nuf said.

    • AlyB says:

      I think Lazaro now has several entries for the worst ever on idol. Tonight’s trainwreck has to be tops on that list. That was just horrific. Then we have his forgotten lyrics in the trio with the guys and the duet with Angie. His other performances haven’t been that hot either but tonight and the group stuff are going to be the stuff of idol legend and not in a good way. I honestly can’t think of any Idol performance post top 10 that was worse than what he did tonight and there have been some bad ones.

      • Dan says:

        Even Sanjaya had one good performance. Lazaro… not so much.

        • LeahKittyS says:

          What was Sanjaya’s good performance? His audition? I liked him on the show’s finale, but I was only 13 at that time and was still into High School Musical. I was confused back then.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            OMG, Leah, you get a “Made Me Laugh!”. :-)

          • Danny says:

            @ Leah- Sanjaya did pretty well on You Really Got Me. British Invasion week. That was one of my all time favorite weeks on Idol. I thought everyone did well that week. Those are the weeks that bring out my Inner Paula.

          • RodMod says:

            “Besame Mucho” was the performance I remember Simon seemed to enjoy, as well as me.

          • deedee says:

            “Besame Mucho” was very nice.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Okay, I’ll give you that. My one disappointment was that on the recorded version, he only does the chorus in Spanish and the verse in English. On the show he did the whole thing in Spanish.

      • Carla says:

        This will hopefully pull him out of the pack for what an utter joke he is as a singer. I hope tomorrow it’s bye bye Lazaro! *praying*

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        If he survives this week, and he very well might, he WILL HAVE SURVIVED LONGER THAN ELISE AND JHUD!!?!!!! (and we may as well add in Pia!) (OH and he has avoided being the bottom vote getter LONGER THAN JESSICA SANCHEZ although she did get the save)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • DS says:

        Lazaro’s first song was so bad (up there with worst idol moments ever) that I was thoroughly entertained. I picked it as one of my 3 favourites for the night on this poll… I hope he wins so Nigel can bury his hands in his face and say “what on earth have I done?” How is this guy even advancing past Hollywood without a decent backstory? He’s not even a good karaoke singer

      • Jen says:

        I agree. It was awful. What Randy said was true, “if we had seen that when you were auditioning we would have just said, “No. Ok next please””. SO TRUE. He is way way out of his league. I blame Nigel for trying to push yet another sad back story on the viewer. Wouldn’t if be refreshing if a contestant said, “I had a perfectly normal, happy childhood”. I guess that’s not interesting enough. Excuse me for thinking this show was actually about singing, not one’s hardships.

    • forrest says:

      Laz just got FFwrd whenever he was on stage tonight. Love that DVR feature. Cannot stand him at this level of the competition. The judges filled me in on what I missed and for that I am so glad. So with stutter nation still voting for Laz regardless, Janelle goes home this week? And will she be saved?

      • Mary says:

        Yes, I believe if any one of the girls are voted out they will be saved. I am hoping he will go but in my gut I don’t think so. I think it has become to much of a joke that some don’t want to give up.

  11. Anna says:

    I remember watching Kris singing “Heartless’ and saw his winning moment. Saw the same thing when Jordin sang “I {Who Have Nothing). “Love Song” is Candice winning moment.

    • The Beach says:

      I sure do hope you’re right.

    • Mary says:

      I don’t know about that. Unfortunately it still might be to early in the season. If this was top four or three maybe, but she will have to be top of her game from know on, because we all know viewers have a limited attention span.

  12. Libby says:

    It’s ok if you sing the word Hell, Angie. It sounds a bit more authentic than Heck.

  13. Sam12418 says:

    I really think last week’s “top three travesty” was to give Candice’s fans a kick in the behind and get them into gear because she wasn’t in the fan voted top three either. There’s nothing like a perceived slight to get people motivated (ask Lazaro’s fans!)

  14. sg54 says:

    So according to Slezak, things should go down like so:
    1. Ms. Candice
    2. Kree
    3. Amber
    4. Angie
    5. Janelle
    6. Lazaro
    Yep- that sounds perfect to me! For tonight and the competition itself. Although I will admit, we’re at a last year’s top 6 situation again, where i would be flippin happy if any of those girls won, including Janelle and Amber who are presumably the weaker ones. They all deserve it like crazy, and tonight showed it. Go Amber for going uptempo and killing it, go kree for returning to her emotional side, go janelle for connecting, go angie for being an inspirational powerhouse, and go candice for being candice flippin glover.
    Um…Lazaro who?

    • Cris Virgll says:

      You are effin’ hilarious man! Wuss laughing ass off.

    • Danny says:

      Another way of saying it could be Lazro is in a leauge of his own.

    • Anna says:

      People get too caught up in the judges’ comments and whom they’re “pushing.” To me, the proof of these girls artistry and future record sales potential is the way they come across on itunes performances of their songs, and I have to say that aside from the fact that there is something just slightly unappealing to me about Candice’s personality and thus the way she comes across in her songs on air, and I think that Angie’s voice has been overrated from the beginning, and Kree’s voice is good but her delivery rarely truly passionate (more often kind of flat in her “affect” as psychologists would call it), listening to Janelle’s songs (all of them available to buy) on itunes makes me feel that she is a lovely singer and personality and more versatile vocally than the other girls, and though it’s true, as someone commenting on one of these sites that Janelle doesn’t have the POWER in her vocal engine that Carrie Underwood has (LOVE LOVE LOVE Carrie and her recent album, especially the songs that she HASN’T yet released as singles), she does sound terrific enough to have made me BUY the songs and I want to and DO listen to all of them over and over. She’s getting dissed too much and compared unfavorably to the other girls by some of the judges, and her confidence is naturally suffering. I hope that she doesn’t go home tonight. I’ll buy the album I hope she makes no matter what happens on Idol. She deserves a career more than some of the past Idol winners or runners-up. Anyone agree? At least listen to her itunes songs.

      • Danny says:

        @ Anna- Agree 100%. These judges are useless. They’re worse for AI than Lazaro. At least he only sings once or twice per week. They yammer after every song.

    • glenda says:

      Candice,Amber,Kree,Angie, Janelle

  15. Msmoore says:

    This episode could also have been titled: “One of these things is not like the others”

  16. Candy Cane says:

    Candice Glover, drops mic!

  17. Jacob P. says:

    Wow. I have never cried before in an AI performance. Up until tonight. Candice is the true winner of this show, I don’t care what any of you have to say about it.

  18. Lory says:

    Did I hear Mariah correctly at the end when she said something about her having a “speech impediment’? because she couldn’t express what she wanted to say??

    • deedee says:

      LOL, no, I believe she said she had a whole speech prepared for Candice about not being afraid to show who she is, blah blah. But speech impediment works :)

      • marie says:

        Yes, I noticed tonight that Mariah seems less than articulate sometimes. How hard is it to say, You missed the key change?

        • deedee says:

          Mariah is trying so hard to say what she means without actually coming out and saying it. That’s what’s making her sound so inarticulate. She’s so afraid to tell it like it is for fear of being mean, or disliked. Tonight, her 15 minute soliloquies were just endless! lol.

          • tewence says:

            you are right! i mean think about it, it’s MARIAH CAREY. whether or not her music is anyone’s cup of tea, it can’t be denied that she’s one of the best vocalists to have ever lived. period. so to me it’s no surprise that she is faltering as a judge…she knows what sucks and what doesn’t. so imagine being mariah carey, listening to lazaro, then not wanting to completely break someone’s heart. what should she do? she knew it was terrible.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            yeah

  19. HitTheGroundRunning says:

    yeah, yeah, Candice has had a great start so far tonight! I think I was right she finally put the proper edge and emotional micro-dynamics and raw last week and then took it this week into songs matching right on her style now that was great.
    .
    Definitely lots of good stuff tonight, hard to compare, but this one I think stood out, it 100% delivered in all ways.
    .
    Angie just had a great one there too.
    .
    Amber did really well on her first one, she has been much underrated on this site IMO, and pretty well on her second. But I thought she was gonna blow the second one a bit more of the water though. Unless my memory is playing it up, I think Joselyn Rivera blew it out on The Voice last fall and did it better and a fair deal more memorably.

  20. Mara says:

    Kree has an amazing voice but why is her face so damn blank and emotionless in every single song? It’s really off-putting.
    Candice won the night by far. Incredible.
    Janelle was terrible, just terrible. As was Amber’s horrendous 80’s inspired outfits.

    • I remember the blank and emotionless comments dogging Carrie Underwood during her season, too. Now, you would never believe it. I really hope people focus on Kree’s voice and realize stage presence can be cultivated but vocal talent should reign supreme.

      And yes, Candice is amazing. Nothing else can really be said about the level above that she is.

  21. EVPandHC says:

    I cried with Candice. Best performance of the season for me. Also loved Candice #1/#2, Kree #1/#2 and Angie #2

  22. HitTheGroundRunning says:

    Candice had a helluva night! Think she definitely took it!
    .
    For the first song: Candice #1 for sure, then Amber #2 then Kree #3.
    .
    For the second song: Candice #1 yup, then Angie #2.
    .
    Overall is tough: gotta be Candice #1 but then it gets tricky with Angie/Amber/Kree. None had a bad song. Kree’s ‘worst’ was better than Amber or Angie’s ‘worst’ and yet her best maybe wasn’t quite a match for Amber’s or Angie’s, perhaps. I’d need to listen again. I did miss little parts of a few songs. Janelle wasn’t bad at all but maybe not quite with the other four.

    • Ed says:

      I liked Angie at first, but now her voice just grates on me. She has this little “whine” where her tone has absolutely NO harmonics, just like a high-pitched bell. Kree could be a little more animated on stage, but I feel that she connects with the songs better than Angie does.

      • wgwg says:

        You all sound like robots….lol… Must be the reason the silly movies about harry potter witches in grade school and those movies about high school wolves and vampires were a success. Candice was certainly the top of the game…Angie was smoking hot and that first song had some amazing tone….Amber was good…that’s about it. No wait, Kree was really good to. Its funny watching the judges cause it seems no matter who they put in them chairs….maybe we would all be the same, don’t know…that they can’t stop pulling for someone. Maybe a curse of the job. The Dance is an awesome song. She didn’t do it justice. Arbos, well, I felt bad for him. Out classed.

        Candice did kill it.

    • Name That Tune says:

      The problem I’m having is that I keep hearing the same performance from Angie and Amber nearly every week. So I am getting deaf to both of them. And ultimately it doesn’t matter. After Candice and Kree, the game is over.

  23. Jess says:

    I am so tired of you acting like Mariah does nothing. She has been telling Lazaro for weeks to pick songs in a good key for his voice, and she pointed out tonight he didn’t even match the key change in his song. He clearly has no actual knowledge of music.

    Mariah also gave Angie great advice tonight about her pronunciation. She also made a valid point in saying that she sees her job as advising contestants for the next week, not tearing them down for the current week.

    Mariah was also the only judge to criticize Amber’s vocal on “Love On Top.” It was one of her weaker vocals, but the other judges gave her raves.

    • screan says:

      Mariah has some terrific advice – she just takes her time getting there. Not unlike Nicki, who I thought was ironic when she talked about long winded responses!

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      +1000

      (and just compare to Joselyn Rivera’s Love On Top from The Voice from last fall, she may have a thinner voice than Amber, but man she brought what that song needed a lot more)

    • AWC says:

      I agree! i mean yea she does add a lot of words to her comments but most of the times she has very direct comments for each contestant.
      I love Slezak but i dont understand the constant bashing she receives from him…

    • marie says:

      I agree. I just wish she were capable of getting to the point with more ease and less fumbling for what she wants to say. I get the impression she can’t help it.

      • ToddBodd says:

        She should never have been picked as a judge. She is just as undeserving to be in her role as Lazaro is in his.

    • stellara says:

      thank you! i agree 100%. i don’t understand the exaggerated critique she gets from everyone. she actually gives good advice. sometimes you have to read the subtext, but it’s still quite obvious what she actually thinks about the contestants. yes, her comments are often long-winded, but i don’t see the problem with it. i don’t know, maybe it helps that english is not my native tongue and i therefore am oblivious to linguistic niceties and not so impatient when she’s searching for words…
      and maybe i’m reading too much into it, but i thought it was quite cool and had something rebellious about it when she threw glitter on candice. yeah mariah! :)

  24. Tom says:

    I actually liked both of Kree’s better than both of Candice’s tonight.

    Maybe it’s just me, but I love the simplicity and purity of Kree, she is country music the way country music is supposed to be.

    Now, Candice I thought her last song was magnificient and if I was really into the R&B type of music, I would probably agree with it being one of the best performances in Idol history. But as I’m not, I admire the vocal mastery, but can only get so excited over the performance. And to me, Kree’s performances vocally were every bit as good as Candice’s in a style that I prefer.

    • Ed says:

      That is an honest assessment. Candice and Kree are my #1 & 2, respectively. Much of that is because I prefer Candice’s style. Were I into country music, I would prefer Kree; she is DEFINITELY better than Janelle, by miles.

      • Tom says:

        Yes, she is better than Janelle (and I actually really like Janelle, I think she makes good decisions) but vocally, I think Kree is at a different level where it is almost too easy for her.

        • Harvey says:

          I think the winner will be whoever gets those last minute votes on the top 3 elimination. If it’s Janelle, Kree will get pushed to victory. If it’s Amber, Candice will. If it’s Angela . . .?

    • Name That Tune says:

      See I am the opposite. Kree does great justice to the Country genre, but it does nothing for me. I get chills every time Candice sings. And she goes places with these songs I don’t expect. Not one of her performances has been predictable. She is always Miss Candice. She has such amazing control in her song choices where another artist would push the “oversing” button she just skillfully reigns it in. Kudos to her.

  25. The World says:

    The judges oversuing the phrase BEST PERFORMANCE EVER makes me vomit and actually hate the song. Out of spite I will vote for Lazaro

    • Wesley says:

      The fact that The World made this comment made me really giggle!

    • duke says:

      And these are that kind of people that really wants Lazaro to coast through in life when in reality you’re not even going to attend any of his shows

      • billh says:

        my wife and I decided we would not go to the Idol Tour this year . . . not because of Lazaro, but because of Curtis, that fakey faker! can’t stand him, his presence would ruin the whole show. on the other hand, Lazaro is somewhat genuine, even though that means enduring nerves and sweat with him. just think how great it would be for him to break through to another level of maturity. it could happen. we could watch him grow up right before our eyes. it’s just tough watching him fail time and time again. I still have faith he can do it and come out a better person. . . . oh, in contrast, we liked EVERYONE on the Idol Tour last year, especially Jessica, Joshua, the dude with the falsetto and perm, and of course Phil Phillips, even though he was deathly ill, sweaty, pale and gaunt. Poor guy. See, another example if a singer struggling with “issues” and still winning in spite of them. His wasn’t the best voice of last season and he still won.

    • Danny says:

      Agree- It wasn’t even the best of the night, much less the season or 1 of the all time greats. Scripted judging. Randy saying best of all the shows. Uhhhhh, no Randy. I’m recording the Voice. I’ve only seen the first 2 audition shows so far. There’s been several that are way better than anything on Idol. I mean all of Idol, not just Candice.
      So far, my favorite performance on any show this season is “What if God Was One of Us?” I’ve listened to that maybe 10-15 times.

      • MC says:

        I enjoy the Voice, but Candice can blow away most of the singers they have had auditioning this season. The Joan Osborne cover was okay, but nothing special compared to what Candice does every week.

  26. Marlex says:

    The only way somebody leaves this week is if Lazaro finally gets voted off. Anyone else and the judges use their save.

    With that out of the way, Candice… my god. She won round one hands down. Then, for round two, she just blew the roof off the whole freaking arena. That was simply… wow.

    Candice and Kree I felt were the only two in round one to make the songs sound even remotely current. I thought Amber sang well, but the song and the arrangement felt so old.

    Kree brought an emotional connectedness to both performances this week, especially the second, that finally rose to the level of her voice. I believed her in her second song.

    Janelle did well, but with both her and Kree putting the full-country vibe on this week, she couldn’t keep up.

    Amber, like I said before, sang her first song well, but I just couldn’t connect with it. I thought she started a bit rough on her Beyonce song, but quickly recovered for a fun and much needed up-tempo song, especially after skating by with a ballad last week.

    As for Angie I liked both of her songs, but especially her second. I felt a bit bad for her getting the disconnected critique after weeks of “over-emoting” critiques. She had the most original song choice of the second round and I have to give her props for that.

    Lazaro… in the words of Nikki, “Alright. Next.”

    • tewence says:

      great point about angie! it annoys me to no end. this girl knows who she is, so if she was given complete free reign over what she chose, she would deliver week after week. it is totally unfair to her to keep telling her she is theatrical and overdone, then she pulls back and they want connection. at least she knows it is important (even if it does come across as overdone), unlike amber who couldn’t connect two magnets if she tried.

  27. buffy522 says:

    They are so pimping Amber because she has the look and is a pretty good singer. But come on. Candace is not the cute little pop singer they want. But her songs make me feel!

    • The World says:

      I agree, Candice is way to fat to make it commerically. Go Amber!

      • marie says:

        You are an idiot with a lump of coal for a heart. Get lost, jerk.

        • The World says:

          I am not an idiot, I am the actual idol market who would never consistently buy Candice’s album or support her just because he is indeed overweight. It’s sad but true. Fat women don’t sell records.

          • marie says:

            OK, then you WEREN’T being ironic.
            Whatever.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Excuse me? One word: Adele. Another word: diamond. Not gold, not platinum, not even multi-platinum, but DIAMOND. 10,000,000 sold baby! And I think that’s in the United States alone. So don’t say chubby women don’t sell.

          • Luke says:

            Do you mean women like Adele don’t sell records?! And you would not buy Candice’s album “because he is indeed overweight”. When you listen to music, do you hear the size of the person?! And does your computer have spellcheck? You really need it’s help.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Oh, and I forgot to mention: that was for the album 21 alone. Not counting whatever other records she made. So one album pushed at least 10 million copies/downloads in the U.S. You may think she eats too much, but you’re about to eat your words. *snap*

          • waterbug says:

            Have you taken a look at Adele lately? Boom.

          • iamwoman says:

            He means fat black women. And that’s just because his ignorant behind assumes R&B records don’t sell. Just because you don’t hear it on your top 40 radio does not mean the music is unsuccessful. Jill Scott anyone?

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        No kidding. Good thing you weren’t giving career advice to Adele and Cass Elliot, genius.

        • The World says:

          Who is Cass Eilliot? Adele is white and british, which is something Candice is neither. The world won’t commerically support Candice, just watch.

          • marie says:

            Who is Cass Elliott? LOL.

          • deedee says:

            “The World” sure seems to know it all! .. except who Cass Elliot is.

          • dani n. says:

            Hey World class jackwad..One name…can you say ARETHA??

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Hey, World….Cass Elliot was fat, white, and American. Just so you know.

            “When Cass was a sophomore, planned to go to Swathmore, but she changed her mind one day.
            Standin’ on the turnpike, thumb out to hitchhike, “Take me to New York right away”.
            When Denny met Cass he gave her love bumps –
            called John and Zal and that was the Mugwumps.
            McGuinn and McGuire couldn’t get no higher but that’s what they were aimin’ at.
            And no one’s getting fat except Mama Cass”.

          • deedee says:

            Fat, white, American, and Jewish.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            LOL! thanks, I forgot the “Jewish” part!

          • marie says:

            Had me singing along there (mentally), DET. Cass certainly had a GREAT voice.

          • Ashley says:

            Mama Cass!!

      • deedee says:

        Way to misrepresent what buffy said. ugh.

      • popgoesme says:

        That is a ridiculous comment. First of all, Candice isn’t fat. Second of all, you can be enormously successful without being stick thin. Ever heard of Adele? Kelly Clarkson? (neither of whom are fat by any stretch of the imagination, but neither are they stick thin)

        • The World says:

          You must be really fat yourself if you don’t think Candice isn’t fat. If you can’t see this truth, you are part of the reason why half of America is so obese – DENIAL.

        • Miscellaneopolan says:

          And let’s not forget Jennifer ‘Eat Yourself To Life’ Hudson.
          .
          I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.

          • The World says:

            Hudson got success AFTER losing weight. Candice looks like Hudson before, so don’t be lying if you say she isn’t fat

          • deedee says:

            Hudson got an academy award FOR playing a chubby powerhouse singer. After that, she got a record deal and a couple of other movie roles. And THEN she lost weight and became a Weight Watcher’s spokesperson. But you go ahead and live in your pitifully narrow world where only skinny people matter.

          • Miscellaneopolan says:

            But a big part of Hudson’s rise to fame was because she played Effie in the Dreamgirls movie, a role she could not have landed were she not… a solidly-proportioned lady.
            .
            Honestly, I agree with you that Candice faces an uphill battle after Idol, but not really because she’s fat. I mean, that’ll be part of it, but Aretha Franklin should be all the proof you need that bigger gals can be enormously successful musicians.

      • Lue says:

        *TOO!!!! Ugh, you may complain about dumb things, but please don’t burden us with the lack of care you put into grammar. And everyone has a point with Adele. You’re the classic prejudiced idiot. Congrats on being pointlessly judgemental as well as being a class a jerk. The voice is what you should pay attention to; not the looks. I feel as if her curves contribute to her beauty anyway.

      • Lola says:

        You mean like Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls? Or Adele? Or Maria Carey!!

      • 5talentgirl says:

        As I guess Aretha was? you sound so shallow and stupid…not even worth a reply actually. won’t happen again.

  28. HitTheGroundRunning says:

    Bah, Angie was not fourth best on the second song, come on!

  29. popgoesme says:

    Seriously, just give the title to Candice now. She freakin’ killed “Lovesong”. Easily the best performance by anyone this entire season — and maybe one of the best Idol performances ever.

  30. Tom says:

    With Angie’s last song, I wish the judges would have aknowledged that it was the subject matter of the song which brought out the passion in Angie and not the fact that she was at the piano.

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      I thought a couple of them did mention that too.

      • Tom says:

        Not really, they focused on the piano. The reason she was so passionate about the song is because she is passionate about Christ whcih the song is about and the judges tried to write it off as being because of the piano. It was kind of insulting to be honest.

        • Alienate says:

          No they played the Christ card. Which is a big turn-off to many. Like Me.

          • Tom says:

            It’s not “playing the Christ card” she picked a song with a message that meant a lot to her and that message happened to be the message of Christ. The reason her performance was so good was because she believes that message. It wasn’t about playing any “cards”.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Get over it. She was fifth best just because it was that type of song?? Who cares either way the type of song. I know nothing about Christian Rock and never listen to it, but she did an awesome job there!

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Good grief, I am a Christian and I don’t care for Christian music but her performance was awesome. Jason Castro has done well in Christian contemporary. I hear him when I go to the hairdresser and dentist. If it turns you off so much, LEAVE! Rap kind of turns me off with all the misogynistic, degrading lyrics about women and the lyrics about killing people.

          • marie says:

            Please. I am certainly no Christian, never listen to Christian music, and will never buy a record of Angie’s if she records only religious music, but that second performance impressed me mightily because SHE had so much passion and conviction for the song, she couldn’t help but sing it very, very well. You don’t have to agree with something to acknowledge it has value, even if not personally for you yourself.

        • Mary says:

          I actually agree with the judges. Angie is not one of my favorites, but behind the piano she brings more passion to the music. I can say I only have liked a couple of her performances and both times was behind the piano. There is nothing wrong playing to her strengths but I do believe she is Christian artist and to promote her as a pop star would be a disservice to her. I think that is what the judges were trying to get across.

    • Sarah says:

      True! You could really tell the song meant a lot to her since she was crying at the end of the performance.

    • Miscellaneopolan says:

      Yeah, they very rarely talk openly about songs with Christian themes. I remember they tried to convince us that Colton Dixon was singing a song to a girl last year when he was pretty clearly singin’ to God. Perhaps they’re afraid of igniting controversy? It would make for an interesting new topic of conversation beyond ‘You’re great at the piano’ and ‘Your higher register is so, so pretty.’

  31. lemon says:

    Candice’s second number had a very Jazz feeling to it, and I loved it. I’ve never been on the Candice train, but man, that was gorgeous. If she went into the Jazz genre, I could definitely become a fan.

  32. darcy's evil twin says:

    Best line of the night – Mariah Carey’s, “You can’t go into another key and stay in the old key” comment to Lazaro, LOL. Oh, that key change, or lack thereof, in “Close to You” will go down in Idol History.

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      That was one of the most brutal key change misses I’ve ever heard. It seemed like he missed the point of what Mariah was telling him too.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        Heck, my husband was laughing his butt off – we don’t even recall a key change in the original. Holy crap, that song is 43 years old. I’m lucky I even remember the SONG, let alone whether or not there was a key change.

      • tewence says:

        and then he blamed it on “changing the key a few times bla bla bla.” like, you are a singer (or think you are), a key change shouldn’t be that hard, no matter what was rehearsed. i highly doubt the band made that decision without him.

  33. marie says:

    OMG, I almost can’t comment. I’m sure I’ll have more to post later, but for now…my initial instincts were right all along. Candice. Kree. And Amber. What else needs to be said?
    I also take back everything I said as little as a day ago about the contestants maybe not being able to connect to old songs like Bacharach/David. I was wrong. OF COURSE they are GREAT songs and those three ladies proved me SO wrong in that they all turned in kickass performances of those incredible old songs. This was the perfect night to show that a great singer, as these three ladies are, can connect with ANY great material, not just contemporary songs they know and like. Goes without saying their performances of their own picks were fantastic too.
    Now to read the column…

    • deedee says:

      Amber has lost me. Sadly, I find her forgettable. My picks tonight are 1. Candice, 2. Kree, 3. Janelle (which surprises the hell out of me!)

      • marie says:

        Fair enough. Personally, I think Janelle’s biggest problem is that Kree is in the contest and people are going to compare them. I suspect Janelle has a healthy career in country music in her future.

        • deedee says:

          I’m not sure Janelle is good enough to have a great career in country music, but you never know. Even though Amber has lost me in recent weeks, I still think she has enormous appeal, and with a little work can be turned into a huge pop star.

          • marie says:

            Heck, Kelly Pickler was flat-out lousy when she was on Idol; I’ve heard her since and she has definitely improved – I admire her for evidently working very hard to do so – and she has gone on to a successful country music career, from what I hear. Janelle is certainly better at this point than Kelly was during her Idol run.

          • deedee says:

            True, but a few things are different. Kelly played the ditzy blonde bombshell, which got her noticed by a lot of people. She even did some correspondent interview stuff for Jay Leno and other TV shows after her Idol stint because she was so hilarious. She got signed and had a few hits (from what I understand), and has carved out a nice career for herself. Not huge, but respectable.
            .
            Janelle doesn’t have the same *look at me!!* personality as Kelly Pickler, and while she’s very pretty, she’s not – to use Simon’s description – the “naughty minx” that Kelly is. Plus, Janelle’s voice is sweet, but not remarkable. So, although I do enjoy her energy on the show, I can’t say she’s an obvious future country music success story. Even Kelly was dropped from her label after poor sales of a critically acclaimed album. We’ll see if she can climb back with her new label.

        • Will says:

          I think Janelle’s biggest problem is being in a competition with 4 women who consistently sing better than her.

      • Alienate says:

        I’m with DeeDee. Amber has no soul. maybe someday she will get one. So I have to go with Janelle for a distant third.

      • Mary says:

        Janelle really. I actually have liked her songs the last couple of weeks but this week she was flat.
        Not the best songs for her to sing. I thought she would shine in the Garth song but I have to say it was so off.

  34. Rik says:

    Candice’s cover of Love Song was vocally excellent but at the same time it was an utter desecration of one of the greatest songs of all time. She sang the hell out of it so I give her high marks on talent but I absolutely hated the arrangement. I’ve never heard Adele’s version and I’m pretty sure I never want to. For a good cover version of the song see 311.

    • Tommyo2000 says:

      It’s all subjective… But that was a brilliant, angst ridden, jazzy bluesy version of a new wave love song … Ki

    • marie says:

      I have heard Adele’s version. There are very few contemporary singers I adore as much as I do Adele.
      I was completely flabbergasted that I thought Candice did her one – no, maybe THREE – better.

      • syb says:

        Yeah, me too. I loved the Cure’s pure angsty version. Adele’s brought out how hauntingly beautiful the melody. But Candice lifted it to a musical masterpiece to me. It was just brilliant. Like the old song stylists like Billie Holiday or Dinah Washington bring to beautiful songs. Just brilliant, nuanced, deconstructed and reconstructed, gritty, yet lilting. Unbelievably sophisticated. It blew me away.

  35. Ev says:

    So much Lazaro shade tonight. Wow, are the judges over him or what.

  36. dj says:

    It was great at the end when Keith Urban was bowing to Candice and Mariah was sprinkling confetti on her (I think that’s what Mariah was doing). Yeah, you better own up, judges. You got it wrong last week, and you just got shown up for all the world to see. I thought Kree was amazing tonight, as well, especially in Help Me Make It Through the Night. I felt the emotion in that one, so she is improving in that area, and you really couldn’t improve that vocal–it was lovely.

    Mariah was blathering through most of the critiques tonight. She really needs to work on saying what she means succinctly. She needs a time limit.

    Did anyone else feel like the judges’ advice to Kree after the first song showed that they all watch Idology? About how people are saying that she needs to emotionally connect to the songs? I thought it Ironic that they told her not to listen to the criticism, but then they criticized Angie for the same thing in her first song tonight.

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      it did seem a bit weird where they went ot the whole tell one contestant one thing but not another with Kree and Angie there

    • The Beach says:

      I heard several statements tonight that seemed to show that some in production were actually reading some of these Idol forums.

    • Name That Tune says:

      I felt like not only do they watch Idology, but they read what we write. Something one of us writes always ends up on the show.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        Really? Wow. I feel honored that something I’ve written on here may have contributed to commentary featured on such a big TV show.

      • deedee says:

        They probably read fan comments on this and a few other blogs to get a general sense of what people are saying. They do want to please their audience, after all.

    • tewence says:

      and then failed to tell amber she needs to find some kind of connection somewhere to anything she sings.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      I love, love, love that Candice proved them so wrong that they had to bow. And yes, they watch Idology! I thought the same thing! I love that they do – Melinda and Michael clearly know who to give constructive criticism.

  37. AtoZ says:

    Tonight’s rankings are clear as a bell to me, based on both songs: 1. Candice 2. Kree 3. Amber 4. Janelle 5. Angie ( though I am sure some would argue 4&5)…. Lazaro doesn’t even deserve 6, since 4 better male singers went home before him….

    • Will says:

      Not only would some argue 4 and 5, but I thought Angie clearly was better than Amber tonight. Different strokes, I suppose.

      • jay cross says:

        yes, angie was definitely better than amber tonight… amber has greater range but lacks connection, well angie lacks sometimes as well but she definitely brought in on the 2nd song tonight..

      • Mary says:

        I guess it is a matter of taste because I actually like Amber better than Angie. I did like Angie’s second song but her first did nothing for me. To each their own.

  38. _JC says:

    Yknow, last year, it was clear that the last few weeks were just part of the inexorable march to PhilPhil’s title, and it got a little boring at times. I’m starting to feel the same way about Candice, but it sure as hell won’t be boring. Holy crap what a performance!

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Yup, she is definitely not boring. And the question is who will be in the final with her? I hope it’s Kree. That would be TV worth watching!

      • Mary says:

        I still don’t think she will be in the finals. I think it will be Kree/Angie. This performance might help her get to third or maybe fourth, if Lar doesn’t go soon, but I do not believe it will be the finals.

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          Mary, the suspense is killing me. It’s just so darn close now… I can see lots of combinations in the finals [insert nail-biting here]. But Idol has a history of kicking of many great singers in 4th or 5th place so – of course, you could be right….

  39. MB says:

    I surrender. Candice blew it out of the park tonight. She truly deserves to win.
    If Lazaro doesn’t go home tomorrow there is something really wrong and there is no stopping him. Really scary.

  40. LeahKittyS says:

    See Mike? This is why you always need to wait until the end of the season to formulate any Best/Worst performances list! Now you have adjustments to make on both ends. You did it back in Season 8, too; you made you “best performances of the season” list too early, so it didn’t include “Whole Lotta Love,” “Slow Ride,” or “Heartless.”
    But back to tonight. Just when we all thought this season was a total bust, the ladies pull out all the stops, and the judges finally say what needs to be said to you-know-who. I am so excited to see how this all goes down!

    • marie says:

      And let’s not forget, same really DOES go for “worst” lists too: earlier today, Slezak posted a column on the 15 worst Idol performances of all time – just hours before Close to You. Sorry that happened to you, Michael.

  41. Chris says:

    Candice, if you read these comments I hear you. I heard every word. I heard your heart and I heard every melody. The infliction, the jazz elements, my gosh… the transcendent moment you just cast right out of my television – girl… thank you. I am still rewinding and watching your perfromances. You are it. YOU are it.

    I know I have called you a Mary J Blige protege and I hope you know that is a very high compliment. There is NOTHING better than an ARTIST who just leaves it all right out on the stage. YOU are it.

    I honestly didn’t think I could admire your talent any more than I have from the get go, but you blew this household away when you said you were doing “Love Song” from The Cure. I don’t care what Adele did with it – you made magic happen.

    Randy was right – that’s what’s up! And as far as Keith goes, if he’d walked up on stage and bowed there I would consider forgiving his total lapse of reason last week in not putting Candice in his top three. Glad to see he’s got some reason back – BUT there is still no excuse for the mess from the three of them. Thank you Ms. Glover for saving the night.

  42. Sandra Pigott says:

    Candice was absolutely awesome tonight. The Dionne Warwick song was great, but the Cure song was phenomenal. If she is not in the top 2, then something is wrong. This has got to be Lazaro’s last week. He was awful tonight and I’m shocked he even got this far. Now for the judges: I hope Mariah does not return as a judge next year. She is a great singer but a lousy judge. Her comments were totally incomprehensible. I often found myself trying to determine what she was saying. Besides, does she ever look at the contestants? She is always looking up or to her left…very strange.

  43. Candace Glover is my God. I am a fan of Season 8 (a big fan) but tonight Candace Glover singing “Love Song” was truly the best performance of any season of American Idol. I am so worried that those little girls/boys voting for Lazaro do not know what real music is. Candace is an old soul and she brought me to tears. The girl sings with her whole body. Talk about passion! Every cell in her body was leaking passion. I thought I would probably die before I heard great music again. However, Candace I expect, just saved my life.

  44. Holly says:

    If Lazaro is not sent home tomorrow night, then I predict the judges’ save will be used.

  45. paula says:

    I agree with everything you said, Michael, except that Candice definitely did NOT do Adele’s version of “Love Song.” She did Candice’s version. Both versions are amazing, but Adele’s is much more quiet, laid back and sensual.

    And I agree with Lauren, anything other than a Candice/Kree finale would be a travesty. But with VFTW pushing Lazaro so hard, I don’t know…

  46. JoeJoe says:

    A major storm in St Louis tonight meant the show was frequently interrupted for weather updates. They cut into Mariah’s first Lazaro critique, about twelve minutes after she started. And we missed his second performance entirely. Let’s hope this has a positive impact on his ouster this week. (We also missed almost all of the first performance by Candice and Janelle’s second performance.)

  47. rio says:

    Candace is so freakin good. I can’t think of a single other song on the show that she wouldn’t have performed better than the girl who actually did it. The title of this post is right: Candace is a mature singer; the others are kids. (Which is why I don’t think she’ll win.) I liked Kree and Angie, too, but they’re not even on the same level. Janelle is still another step down. Amber is sometimes good, sometimes blah. Last night I was so disracted by that outfit my ears died. Which was good because it meant I didn’t hear Lazaro butchering a song I don’t even like.

    I’d like to see Candace become a jazz artist. That’s where she would star.

  48. Tom says:

    I don’t get what people see in Amber. She’s a good singer, yes. Maybe even a great one. But I feel nothing when she sings. Also that long and unnecessary run she put in towards the end of “I Say a Little Prayer” annoyed me.

    • Tommyo2000 says:

      Uhm… It’s those 33 inch straight things holding her upper body off the floor …

      • lemon says:

        Also the 4 octave range, and the pretty smile.

        • ToddBodd says:

          And her resilience to iodine poisoning through her ingestion of frozen shrimp. Hot darn is that ever sexy!

        • marie says:

          Thank you, lemon, Amber DOES have great range. She just needs some more experience, maybe a good vocal coach, and more practice, practice, practice, and she could truly develop into a GREAT singer.

          • Alienate says:

            You can’t practice having a singer’s soul.

          • deedee says:

            Life experience can help bring out a singer’s soul. Amber has all the right tools, so maybe one day she’ll succeed in putting herself into her songs.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            I’ve posted this before but Amber could really benefit from some training at a performance college. She has mad talent. She just needs some guidance. I just pray someone doesn’t put her on the radio right away singing Rhianna crap.

          • marie says:

            @ Alienate, deedee is right, life experience can only help a singer develop. Don’t forget, Amber is still very young, not even 20 yet. She can get there – she has the innate talent. DET, amen to that, I agree with you, let’s indeed no one boxes her into performing boring pop fluff trash; get that young lady into a music college RIGHT NOW, because I don’t know that she has the tools and maturity to resist pop fluff trash just yet.

    • lemon says:

      When Amber sings I get goose bumps. Then, I look down at my goose bumps only to realize that there’s a giant smile on my face. Her voice mesmerizes…….especially when she belts in her upper register, and does that flexible coloratura stuff that very few can do….even in the Opera world.

      • The Beach says:

        Bonus points for “coloratura” :)

        • lemon says:

          A lot of Amber’s fans are former, (or current) singers. They know that what is so effortless for her is not so easy for most singers. ;-)

          • tewence says:

            some of us can hear her amazing voice, but don’t you think there is something missing? some originality in song choice or charisma or something?

          • lemon says:

            I’m not looking for a complete package. They are not professionals. Growth is the whole point. The voice is something you have or you don’t. Everything else can be learned. Often what people see as “connecting” or “bringing a soul to the song” comes with life experience. Amber just turned 19. Candice and Kree are older than her, and a few years can have a huge affect on maturity.

          • tewence says:

            i agree with you on that…i guess i personally don’t see the potential. i think her voice is great, i really do. i dunno what it is with her. it’s almost frustrating because she DOES have a good voice. i guess, with the exception of the beyonce song, her choices have been very amateur.

          • lemon says:

            I think what you are looking for is depth, and a certain analytical approach to the lyrics….something that shows that she feels what we feel. She’s just not there yet. Burnell will have a GREAT affect on her, IMO. He chooses deeper, thoughtful songs. I have hope!

        • marie says:

          Yes, MANY bonus points for “coloratura”! And, lemon, you are so right, these kids are not yet professionals; they all need to grow some – even Candice, who’s closer than the rest of them! – and it’s a joy to watch them learning and improving.

  49. LLA says:

    Candice is so good. Loved her the first time I saw her last season. As I said in my idology comment–she is one of the best singers ever on AI. WOW! I think I might classify her as a jazz singer. Would love for her to go in that direction.
    IA–it should be a Candice-Kree finale. I even broke down and voted tonight

  50. dj says:

    12 minutes is right. The people I was watching with were all telling her to shut up already, get to the point, etc. She needs to go back and watch herself to see how bad it is when she goes on and on.

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