American Idol Top 4 Performance Night Recap: I Don't Think That I Can Take It [Updated]

American Idol Top 4 Candice GloverWelcome to Miss American Idol, an exciting new reality series from Fox where gorgeous, talented women take the stage and sing for your votes — and then the ones with the skinniest legs advance to the finale.

Wait, that’s not an actual show? Then please someone tell me what I spent two hours watching tonight as a white-hot rage percolated through my circulatory system and turned me into the kind of cussing, fork-throwing (yes, I may have slammed cutlery into the hard wood floor), definitely-not-enjoying-myself monster you’d typically see on a show like Bad Girls Club or The Real Housewives of the Ninth Circle.

Yes, yes, I know…Idol has always been the kind of show that wears its agenda on its sleeve — usually spelled out in the blood of the contestants it hasn’t pre-selected as its Chosen Ones (TM) — but tonight, the commentary from Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson was so despicably biased against Candice Glover and Kree Harrison that I half-expected exec producer Nigel Lythgoe to send a marching band across the stage to drown out their voting numbers as they were read. You know, just in case you hadn’t gotten the message.

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Add to that the Ringling Bros.-esque parade of dancing ladies, cartwheeling elephants and tightrope-walkers to herald THE OFFICIAL SEASON 12 ARRIVAL OF AMBER HOLCOMB (hinky upper register, occasional flat notes and coma-inducing song choices not included), and you had a recipe for one of Idol‘s most blatantly manipulated, blood-pressure raising, franchise-destroying nights of all time ever.

And if you think I’m being melodramatic, please bear in mind that Candice’s second performance critique was hijacked by Nicki & Co. defending Amber’s cover “Macarthur Park” against Jimmy Iovine’s completely legitimate critique. But then again, Amber can put on a white pantsuit and perform an ancient Celine Dion ballad completely stationary atop a set of glowing fuchsia stairs and be called “current,” “2013” and “amazingly perfect.”

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Oh. Mah. GAH. I better get to tonight’s set list and letter grades before all my anger causes the internet to implode. (I’ll be back overnight to update this post with full reviews of every performance, so do bookmark, refresh and enjoy!)

But first…a pox on Nigel Lythgoe & Co. for RUINING what should’ve been an incredible One Hits Wonder theme with what you know had to be a shortlist of halfhearted, unimaginative, brutally enforced “suggestions” for the Top 4 ladies. Imagine how much fun it would’ve been if Duffy, Estelle, Concrete Blonde, Dionne Farris, The Verve, Gnarls Barkley, New Radicals, Everything But the Girl, Lucy Pearl, When in Rome, Blind Melon and Everlast were on the “cleared songs” list? Oh man…

CONTESTANT’S CHOICE
Amber Holcomb: Laura Branigan/Celine Dion’s “The Power of Love” | Remember those innocent early days of Idol when Paula Abdul would tell a female contestant she looked beautiful — only because she couldn’t think of something nice to say about the singing? Now we’ve got Nicki Minaj asking for a moment of silence to contemplate Amber’s undeniable gorgeousness — as if aesthetic considerations are the only (or at least the most important) point of the Idol experience. Disgraceful. Anyhow, Amber started out strong with a nearly a capella intro, but by the midway point, her voice was straining to hit the high notes, and the end result was not entirely pleasing to the ear. Even worse, though, Amber’s delivery lacked the appropriate amount of fire to fully sell such a fusty old ballad. It was the equivalent of trying to cook a thick steak with a lit match. I mean, if you’re going to belt a line as schmaltzy as “I’M YOUR LAY-DAY! AND YOU ARE MY MAHHHNNNN!” at the top of your lungs, you’d better feel it all the way to the tips of your Manolos. In Amber’s case, though, this felt like more of a vocal exercise — “Look, ma, I can do what Celine does!” — more than a deeply felt interpretation. Good thing we had Jimmy on hand to acknowledge the vocal strain, then insist the perfomance would be “very difficult to beat.” (See how much easier “judging” is when you write out your script before the performances?) Grade: B-

Candice Glover: Drake’s “Find Your Love” | First, can we have a moment of silence to acknowledge the immense creativity and risk-taking spirit of Candice’s extremely current “contestant’s choice” selection? (If you don’t know Drake’s 2010 original, then click here and give it a listen — just so can appreciate the audacity of what Candice brought to the Idol stage tonight.) Okay, with that out of the way, I’ve got to admit it wasn’t Ms. Glover’s finest performance of Season 12 — mainly because she tried a little too hard to bring “vocal moments” to a song that calls for a certain level of sing-song simplicity. Nevertheless, I appreciated the sophistication of Candice’s phrasing, the way she personalized every single word as if she was speaking to a special someone. She drew me in from the proud-yet-vulnerable intensity of the opening line (“I’m more than just an option”) to the world-weary surrender of the bridge (“Too many times I’ve been wrong/ I guess being right it just takes too long”). What Candice rarely gets credit for is the fact that she’s a first-rate actress. Whatever mood she’s called on to deliver — romance, heartbreak, yearning, anger, flirtatiousness — she brrrrrrrings it. (And yes, in her case, “bring” has seven r’s and is most definitely italicized.) And instead, she gets RANDY *&#^%@ HACKSON telling Candice she doesn’t need to put runs into every phrase (something she’s never done before!) and that he doesn’t want people to think of her as “THAT CHURCH GIRL” (something no one has said about her at all this season). I mean, why not just say “We don’t want anyone to look at you and think that you stab kittens, Candice!” It’d have the same ludicruous effect of calling into question all the facts we know about Candice, but at least it would clearly be comedy, yknow? And as for Nicki calling a Drake cover “old-fashioned” — on a night where she praised “The Power of Love” for being current — well, let’s just say her pre-judgment was as visible as her thong was during last week’s results-show deliberation. Grade: B+

Kree Harrison: Susan Tedeschi’s “It Hurt So Bad” | I understood to a small degree Mariah’s critique that she still to see Kree “get lost in song,” only because there wasn’t a big crescendo of pain and longing over the course of the performance; instead, it all percolated in that laid back, just-below-the-surface way that Kree seems to dig, without ever coming to a boil. And on Top 4 night, she might have been better off burying herself alive in the blues, rather than riding sidecar alongside the blues. Nevertheless, you’d think that the judges would’ve given some consolation points for the fact that Kree didn’t miss a single note or — if vocals don’t count for anything anymore — at least for her relaxed, joyous stage presence (a definite upgrade from last week’s occasional awkwardness). Instead, though, we had Nicki claiming Kree had given us a performance that wasn’t even worthy of her Top 4 slot! Um, why? Because she’s over 18? Because she’s the type of artist who’s not going to go sans pants in her music videos? Or because Nigel Lythgoe whispered into Nicki’s ear monitor that Kree is no longer the ladybug of choice? Well, Nicki gurrrl, none of those reasons pass the validity test. You are dismissed — do not pass go and do not pass the microwave to pick up your waffles on the way out, either. Grade: B+

Angie Miller: Jessie J’s “Who You Are” | I could quibble that Angie had already covered Jessie J in her audition, in Hollywood Week and in the Vegas round, but so what? The end product here was one of Angie’s best efforts all season — and the sense of earnestness she brought to the rambling piano ditty felt absolutely genuine, both within the moment and within Angie’s “Type-A Girl Learns to Break Free and Embrace Her Imperfections” Idol Edit. I didn’t even mind the breathlessness on the fast-and-furious bridge, or even the furrowed brow during the closeup* before “that’s my home.” Both presumed negatives became positives within the framework of “Who You Are.” I would’ve stopped short of giving the performance a standing O — as all the judges did, except for Mariah, whose train was caught under her chair — but it was probably enough on its own to guarantee Angie a Top 3 finish. But just to be sure, Uncle Nigel had Seacrest call Angie’s adorable, emotionally overcome grandmother onto the stage for a hug**, because Angie loves her Grandma, and grandmas love to vote for Angie. Grade: A-

*one of 147 exquisitely framed closeups she got during the first performance alone
**RIP: Subtlety (Dawn of Time-2013).

ONE-HIT WONDERS
Amber Holcomb: Richard Harris’ “MacArthur Park” | To quote Amber’s big, crapastrophically held note — “Oh nooooooooooooooooooooooo!” I mean, come on now. For starters, how is it that none of the judges pointed out Amber’s cluelessness in choosing a track that’s more square than a White Castle hamburger, and then for doing absolutely not a damn thing to bring it anywhere near the vicinity of 2013? And if not the song choice/arrangement, perhaps they could’ve pinged her on her poor diction, which rendered the entire bridge utterly incomprehensible? (Not that the song makes a lot of sense anyway, but I’d have liked to have known if Amber was correctly reciting the lyrics, or just randomly dropping a syllable salad of “la la la mrmmm macarth cake mmm la la.”) And lastly, there was the small matter of Amber’s pitch, which veered to and fro like Mariah trying to make her way to her judging chair in a pair of sadistic heels and a dress with a runaway train. But nope! Why talk about that when we have Nicki Minaj on hand to say that of all the girls in the competition, Amber (whom she mistakenly identified as Angie — way to be invested here) is the one she’d most want to be friends with? UM, THIS ISN’T THE AMERICAN GIRL DOLL STORE, NICKI, IT’S A SINGING COMPETITION WITH A MAJOR-LABEL RECORD DEAL AT STAKE. JESUS! Keith, almost equal in his ridiculousness, waxed poetic to Amber that “Summer has set in for you and it’s here to stay.” Bloody hell, please someone tell me Nigel Lythgoe wrote those words down on a cocktail napkin and paid Mr. Urban to recite them, because it those fell out of his mouth organically, he has much explaining to do. Okay, I’m gonna stop this paragraph here because I’m getting furious all over again and it’s not good for my mental/physical health. Grade: C+

Candice Glover: Samantha Sang’s “Emotion” | This won’t rank as my favorite Candice song choice all season, but honestly, she’s got such incredible vocal prowess, she could sell me on just about anything (except maybe those dreadful sparkly face pins Randy Jackson always has on his lapel) (okay, maybe even those). I loved the run she executed on the repetition of “in the words of a broken heart,” the low notes she struck on “come home to me darlin’,” the little added jazz inflections she tossed off to differentiate her rendition from the many (including Destiny’s Child’s) that came before it. My sole complaint, alas, was that the background singers sounded like they were straining from the beginning of the performance to the end — adding a sort of “hyena giving birth” undertone to the proceedings that I definitely could’ve lived without. Keith, of course, decided to weigh in on how old the song choices were for One-Hit Wonder theme — rather than waiting till after Angie had performed her 1953 composition — but at least Mariah took a moment to point out Candice was struggling with a bad cold (not that I’d have noticed). Then, of course, Nicki had to drill home her “TeamAmber” talking points by — in an incredibly disrespectful twist — using Candice’s critique to get on Jimmy’s case for his post-ad break put-down of  “MacArthur Park.” Somehow it ended with Jimmy coming back out on stage and insisting the judges acknowledge that Candice was superior to Amber in Round 2, while still somehow everyone made it all about Amber. Amber, Amber, Amber! Actually, Candice, Candice, Candice! (I feel a little better now.) Grade: A-

Kree Harrison: Procol Harum’s “Whiter Shade of Pale” | I’m going to stop talking about the judges’ critiques for a paragraph because, in the end, they’re just a lot of words, pre-written in the Idol writer’s room (most likely) and brought to life by folks who aren’t nearly skilled-enough actors to really make ‘em stick. (Plus, I’ll rain more fury down on them when Melinda Doolittle and I shoot Idology on Friday.) So I’m just going to focus on the delicate oasis Kree created with her heartfelt cover of “Whiter Shade of Pale” and the way it brought back memories of my 11-year-old self blasting The Big Chill soundtrack on our family’s record player back in the day. Good music — and good singing — can do that: Calm your frazzled nerves, make you feel nostalgic, transport you to another time, another place. And as Kree belted out that big ole “and so it wah-ah-ah-ahhs,” all those things happened at once. She was up there on that stage, lost in the enigmatic words of a band I never realized only had one hit (they weren’t, exactly), mercifully unincumbered by the trappings and manipulations of a reality TV competition. And that, Kree Harrison, was everything I needed in my life today. So thank you. Grade: A

Angie Miller: Julie London’s “Cry Me a River” | This was a pretty good performance of a pretty song by a girl with a pretty voice. There was a lot of fog on the stage, and a crescent moon hanging in the background. Did I really believe at any point that Angie had truly “cried a river” over the object of her affections? No, I cannot say that I did. Was there much gusto behind the performance aside from that of a teenage girl thinking “if I can just get through this, maybe I can do another Jessie J jam next week”? If so, I didn’t hear it. Did the performance give off a hint of Eau de 1987 Telethon? Yeah, but there are worse perfumes you could find in grandma’s dresser drawer. And yet it inspired Keith to call Angie “mystical and celestially powerful,” and Nicki to accuse Angie of snatching her rivals’ wigs right off their heads. And I’m not going to pretend I know what to say to/about that. Can I plead the fifth, on the grounds that it’s really, really late and I want to go night-night? Grade: B+

DUETS
Amber & Kree: Adele’s “Rumour Has It” | I’m not sure why Nicki dumped all the blame for the failings of this duet on Kree, but why veer off script on the duets when there’s an agenda to enforce? To my ears, Amber never really settled into the beat of the song, whereas the usually languid Kree actually was hitting her marks with more authority. Frankly, this isn’t a song either of these ladies should ever cover again, but any person with a shred of musicality could’ve told you that before the performance even happened, no? Grade: B-

Candice & Angie: Rihanna’s “Stay” | I loved all the stank Candice put on this usually delicate Rihanna number, and I loved how Angie uglied up her vocals just a bit to match Ms. Glover’s intensity level. The harder-edged arrangement was perhaps a wee bit odd, but I warmed to it mostly because Candice and Angie proved so compelling. The only thing that could’ve made this epic duet better would’ve been if the ladies had dropped their mics to the floor at the end of the performance and walked off the stage before the judges had had a chance to speak. Grade: A

And with that, let me turn things over to you. What did you think of Season 12 Top 4 performance night? What did you think of the judges’ comments? Do Candice and Kree have bus tracks on their backs? Who’s going to be in trouble come results night? And will the “special twist” Ryan Seacrest hinted at mean there’s no elimination this week? 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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855 Comments
  1. Jacob P. says:

    Hey guys again! Today, I’m Angry so my rankings are a little biased, you’ll see what I mean below VVVV

    • sg54 says:

      I honestly thought that Kree was the most interesting. Sure, she did a mid-tempo. But her first song felt really genuine, and it seemed like she just cared about showing who she is as a lover of music, as she always has. She chose songs not because they were current but because she loved them and because thats the kind of artist she wants to be and that is admirable, yet the judges bashed it all. Candice and Angie also did splendid tonight. Amber was poised to impress and nothing else. I felt absolutely nothing less from her than a beauty queen. The world doesn’t make sense anymore.

      • Scott says:

        Choosing songs because you like them, or because you want to have “fun” is a death knell on Idol. That’s all Paige ever said back in Season…7? She was booted early for good reason.

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        I guess. I didn’t really care for Kree’s first song choice though. I was sorta with TPTB actually, hate to say it. I loved her second song choice.
        .
        I thought Amber brought it on the first song.

        • ado4586 says:

          The song choices were just terrible tonight. Someone should be helping these girls choose more contemporary tracks. And better yet, make sure there’s a wider variety of current songs to choose from (anything past 2000 will do thanks), so the show doesn’t die from irrelevance. Mr.Lythgoe, I looking at you.

          • houster says:

            Someone IS helping them — to choose less contemporary tracks. That would be the Mr. Lythgoe you are looking at.

          • Fernando says:

            I’m not sure the problem is just that the songs are old — there are lots of old, great songs that could be updated for the show, but songs like “MacArthur Park” and especially “Cry Me a River” have been done to death (I mean everywhere, not just on Idol), so that even we older people are sick of them. Could they not go off the beaten track a little?

            And I agree with Michael that the judges were ridiculous again tonight. If Amber seems more confident, I wonder why? The judges have her believing she is the next Whitney Houston. Meanwhile, Kree and Candace are probably feeling a little beaten down. But from the way the judges kept talking to all of them like they were all coming back next week, I’m guessing that’s the twist — no elimination.

          • Lee says:

            Yes–the song choices were terrible tonight. And the performances weren’t that great either. To me, this is NOT one of the best Top 4 in Idol history–especially if none of them can even have one lousy moment! Compare this to last year’s Top 4. We had Jessica Sanchez’s And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going, Phillip Phillips’ Volcano, and Joshua Ledet’s It’s A Man Man’s World. What did we get tonight: MacArthur Park, Emotion, Cry Me A River, etc. It’s actually quite pathetic.

        • Alienate says:

          Yes,I am a Kree fan, but I was underwhelmed by her tonite. And, somewhere along the line this season she has picked up a VERY annoying habit: The Head Shake! Please! Stop it! We used to be able to look into her soul as she delivered a song. Now she seems to be chasing us away with her head shakes. I think it will cost her votes. :(

      • the real wendy says:

        This was the MOST BORING, SLOW, DRAB American Idol show I have ever seen (and I have seen them all) – YAWWWNNNNNN!!!!!

      • CAM says:

        Totally agree about Kree. I thought she was far better than Amber during their duet, too. The judges were so blatant in their attempts to try to force the rest of us to jump on the Amber train that I got angry. I also with your Amber the beauty queen comment. Kree and Candice were cheated last night.

        • Chris Man says:

          The comments were so blatant and manipulative that we cast all our votes for Kree and Candice simply out of sympathy.

      • gdv says:

        The judges’ comments were completely biased tonight. I was just like “WHAT?!?” after every one of their comments. From praising Amber (who I thought was horrible tonight) to arguing with Jimmy (who actually called out Amber on her corny song choice) when they should’ve been giving Candice feedback. Poor Candice, she looked so uncomfortable up there during the whole Jimmy thing! Then Ryan telling everyone to wait for Angie’s “moment” coming up after the commercial break. How can Angie have a moment before she even performs? It was ridiculous. I realize that A.I. tries to manipulate the votes, but the way they were treating Candice and Kree compared to Angie and Amber was just mean. Hopefully the rest of the voters don’t fall for their scheming.

      • Mercedes S. says:

        Kree has been my favorite from the beginning of this season and she remains so. The judges this year have treated Kree the same way the judges from last year treated Hollie – tons of praise, and then, when it looked like people might be voting for her and make her WIN, it was all dislike and belittling, cowering the voters to agree.

        Obviously, it’s the procuders and not the judges or the American public who decides who will win.
        And obviously the producers want a manageable, pretty, young girl. With long legs.

      • Sandy says:

        Last night seemed as if all the judges had been paid off! And I’m telling you this, when niki said something about blowing smoke up Krees butt,! Ohhh I thought I was going to come thru the tv. Wow how very nasty things were. Seems Mr Ryan is overcome with ratings dropping etc, but don’t take it out on these girls. There is no room for immature hating, just facts. They all have lovely voices , they are all beautiful, they are all sweet. Now what is the main thing that is suppose to be happening here? International record sales, cross over into any music category emotionally, represent AI well with good behavior and spokesman ship and be loved by many. So, week after week, stable, sure and amazing , only one. So have you ever heard of biting your own nose off to spite your face? Yes, you start bashing someone that America loves and America comes back with thunder! If this is the kind of low blows a I has stooped to, please don’t smear good names and people with you, just go away!! So Kree I will say to you on behalf of America, you did not deserve that filthy comment from Niki and you humbly stood there and took it. You my love are a treasure and we love you. Thank you for being you. Niki as Bon qui qui would say: Ruuuude! Secuuurityy! ( sorry guys couldn’t resist that one). Lol

        • ejones says:

          The judges were right after the first 4 songs but lost their way with the second set. In season 10, Randy wanted Haley to have runs in her performance of Earth song, even our man Slezak seemed to want her to have done more vocal gymnastics with Rolling in the Deep, she correctly rejected both suggestions. Candicecan be the best singer but all her songs have so many unnecessary extra notes, the judges rightly took her up on that but should have done it weeks ago, her I Who Have Nothing was spoilt for that very reason. I agree with the judges, Kree has so little energy when she sings. Angie doesn’t have to bother as she’s going to win however she sings. Amber at least takes risks with her song choices, some have worked some have not.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Good points. And where the heck was Randy saying that the other year. Why did Haley need stupid runs? Not sure Angie has it locked just yet though. She is in good shape but this season has shifted the top all over.

      • Michael kept saying how HAPPY HE WAS that the casting made sure that not a single viable male could make the show,
        So why should those that despise that American Idol has become sympathize with those that are angry that their paricular female artist is being made as non viable as all the male singers were.
        ++
        The fact is that the producers of American Idol know who they want the audience to vote for, and will do what ever they can to make sure that result happens.

    • Natou says:

      I have not watched Idol yet. But this season if Michael is mad, I am happy since Angie is my favorite.

      • Danny says:

        Angela isn’t my favorite, but I feel she’s doing the best. So based on that, if the show were to end tonight I’d think she’s the one who deserved it.

        • Marko says:

          This girl is a fighter.

          • Vetle says:

            Exactly. She is trying really hard, and I support her for that. I was falling off the Angie bandwagon, but I’m on it again. Candice, Angie and Kree. I’ll be happy with either!

        • Haley Fan says:

          Angela really showed me something tonight. I was leaning towards either Candice of Cree, but tonight Angela saved what was turning into a complete sleep fest.

          If the season had to end tonight Angela would be the winner, which is a big surprize for me!

        • Jasmine says:

          I don’t even understand why people are saying that Angela hasn’t been good. To me, she’s been consistent the whole season. Her worst performance was “Shop Around” but even that wasn’t that bad, pitch issues aside. It was still better than Lazaro’s worst performance! Angela has never been the dark horse, like some people say. She’s always been a top contender along with Candice. It’s just the past two or three weeks, Candice crept in and overpowered Angela a little. But now Angela has taken the reigns back, if Wednesday night was any indication. This girl will make it to the finale!

          • cookie says:

            Just because you feel she did good that night does not mean she is a better singer then Candice
            So watch what you say my dear.

          • teatime says:

            I agree Angie and Candice have been the top 2 all season. They are the two that have been fighting for it all season, that have tried different styles, and that have on several occasions stood out for not singing yet another ballad. Kree has a great voice and is likeable but if they had wanted to complain about her lack of energy they could have legitimately done that every week and she might not have stayed so high in the voting.

      • Joline says:

        Mariah redeemed herself tonight. She was the only one supporting Candice and Kree and managed to deliver clear and concise critiques.

        • 100% It’s similar to when Randy is the sanest or makes the most sense. It gets me very nervous and proves that something is terribly wrong. Mariah was on point tonight in a lot of places. Amber was fine, but the way they pumped her up was crazy. Angie was really good, Kree wasn’t as unbelievable but far from as bad as Nicki made it out to seem. I love Candice and applaud her creativity and her vocals. I know they said they all have crazy good vocals, but Candice’s are beyond.

        • I agree, Joline. I sent Mariah a tweet telling her this was her best night of judging. The criticism towards Candice and especially for Kree was uncalled for. Nicki gets on my nerves sometimes. Standing ovations for Amber? I don’t think so. Tonight she did what she’s done the past 6 weeks. She didn’t take any risks.

          • Ademm says:

            No contestant left on the show has reason to complain about being judged negatively at this point — if they had been judged honestly they wouldn’t still be here. Also, they should be thankful that people like Michael (our host) are tone deaf enough to give them “A’s” and “B+’s” for truly uninteresting and dull performances.

          • Aly says:

            I completely agree with Joline and you.

          • Aly says:

            I mean kariann!

          • CAM says:

            Exactly!

        • Haley Fan says:

          She had to, rumor has it that the producers were trying to get Jennifer to come back

          • LeahKittyS says:

            “Rumor Has It.” I see what you did there.
            Rumor has it she’s the one we’re leaving you for…

          • teatime says:

            Jennifer was the worst judge of them all. Even Randy is a better judge than her.

      • Aaron says:

        I can’t stand her CONSTANT mugging for the camera – she comes across as a Miss America contestant. And sorry, but I thought the Jessie J song was a hot mess.

        • Jasmine says:

          Even the girls who compete in Miss America don’t look at the cameras like that! This might be coming off wrong, but I’m trying to compliment Angela. I don’t care that she stares at the camera like that. She’s sexy when she does it. You can tell the camera loves her, it’s always doing closeups of her face because she’s so stunning! Maybe she should look aloof, it seems that’s what everybody wants. Get over it. She likes looking into the camera! Keep it up Angela. You’re fire!

    • Jacob P. says:

      My Letter Grades:

      Round 1:

      Amber Holcomb: B-
      (I did not like this at ALL. 1st of all, It was another ballad from Amber. Who would guessed that? Second of all, again, Bored TO DEATH. She was also off pitch at times. I’m tempting to give it a C+ but I liked some of the high notes.)

      Candice Glover: B+
      (Have you guys noticed how she performed first last time, and now she is performing second? Yea… Anyway, probably her weakest, but still better than most people this year’s best. What I thought was funny was Randy’s comment about her doing the same thing every week. I was thinking the same thing… About Amber. This was the first time in the broadcast where I got angry.)

      Kree Harrison: B
      (I liked it… I thought it was better then Amber’s for sure! But the judges didn’t like it. Figures, after what they said to Candice and Amber earlier.)

      Angie Miller: B+
      (This performance was great for me, but I don’t think it deserved a Standing Ovation. I thought she did a great job. If I had maybe one complaint it would be that I still can’t connect, but other than that, loved it!)

      Round 1 Winner: Angie and Candice

      Duos:

      Amber and Kree: B
      (Hey guys, let’s play a game of throw Kree under the bus! Anyone want to join? This is when I got VERY angry. For me, Kree was WAAAYYY better. To give her that S*** is ridiculous! RI-DI-CU-LOUS

      Candice and Angie: A
      (They both did a great job. Interesting how they are the Top 2 of the night and they got paired up together ;D)

      Round 2:

      Amber Holcomb: D
      (Trainwreck. The high notes were terrible, the tempo was off, I just want to wipe that and the STANDING OVATION off of my memory. How could she get a Standing O? You know, next time she will take a dump on the stage and she will get a Standing O

      Candice Glover: A/A-
      (This is the Candice I love! I loved everything about this performance! First A rank all night! I loved everything about this performance and honestly the first time I got goosebumps. I can’t really decide between A or A- so I put both. The thing that made me so angry was. Just I can’t even. How could they bring Jimmy Iovine out to ARGUE ABOUT AMBER when Candice just performed! So rude on so many levels, just completely ridiculous. Also, was I the only one that thought when Candice said she didn’t want any excuses for not performing at her best was completely the right thing to say?)

      Kree Harrison: A-
      (I really enjoyed this performance. For some reason I have enjoyed Kree more than ever the past few weeks, which is kinda weird. Maybe because I sorta feel bad for her and because she’s likable.

      Angie Miller: A/A-
      (I liked it better than the first performance, weird huh? Yes, there were a few pitch problems but i still really enjoyed her performance!

      Round 2 Winner: Angie and Candice

      My Overall Rankings:
      1. Angie Miller
      2. Candice Glover
      3. Kree Harrison
      (huge gap)
      4. Amber Holcomb

      Should Be Bottom 2: Kree and Amber (Kree did not do bad by ANY means, but Angie did better this week, so she deserves to be safe.)

      Will Be Bottom 2: Kree and Amber (I hope!)

      Should Go Home: Amber

      Will Go Home: No One/Kree
      (I have no idea whether this is a non elimination week or not, but in this case, I REALLY hope it’s not.)

      So, guys, do you agree? Or Disagree? I was SOO angry, and It probably shows. My opinions might change tomorrow but right now this is how I feel. Thanks so much for your time!

      • Lori says:

        Getting mad all over again reading your comments–agree with everything! But bringing up Amber’s performance when Candice just performed and then bringing Jimmy on stage to further discuss it was the rudest of all!!!

        • Haley Fan says:

          It was very entertaining to see Mr Slezak hating on Nickies thong. But the sad truth is that Candice and Kree, while singing beautiful tonight, chose boring songs that left me dry.

          Hail to the new Queen: Angela :)

      • Ademm says:

        Some major grade inflation there — to me, nothing over a C+ — maybe B- if I’d been drinking.

      • I agree Angie was by far the best but you say you cant connect with her?? Why Not? I get completely lost in her eyes. Its easy to connect with her. I honestly think she will be another Top performer from Idol in the ranks with Kelly and Carrie.

        • kaba says:

          HELLLLL NO I have yet to see a contestant evem scratch the surface of the level Kelly alone was at. Well maybe Jessica.
          But I will never give Angie such credit.

          • Who cares what you think LOL Im telling you she will be and I dont have to care what you think we just wait and see cause they either do it or they dont. I remember both Kelly and Carrie during the competition no one thought they would be as big as they have become. Angie has the one thing all great singers have, the ability to write a killer song themselves. Yep she will be great!!

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Yeah the song writing thing is big. That is actually one thing that often separates the one hit wonders from those who last for a few albums or more actually. Even a lot of pop types who have lasted are ones who have at least a decent hand in writing songs. Not that you HAVE to as Whitney Houston did crazy well and wasn’t really a song writer.
            .
            Carrie Underwood did seem pretty darn robotic on her idol run. That said she did show a great vocal on Alone though and after that and combined with her being country, actually a lot of people were predicting crazy big things for her even during her run on Idol. But she did often seem a bit boring and robotic from what I recall and Angie is actually way ahead of that unless I really not remembering it well.
            .
            Kelly Clarkson is a heck of a big voice though. Angie didn’t quite fill the shoes when she tried it. I do like her a lot though. She certainly could be big. So long as she doesn’t decide to go CC or get forced into that as her only option (as all too many posters to this forum, if not as much on the larger net, keep trying to do already).

        • Nephtalia says:

          I just watched ‘Cry me a river’, and I am crying a river. I thought ‘Halo’ was Angie’s peak. I just died after ‘Cry me a river’. I know Angie is good behind the piano, so I am looking forward to the non-piano performance to see growth. I saw potential with, ‘Anyone who had a heart’. But, with the confidence of few standing O. Girl is killing it.
          By the way,as a crazy Celine Dion fan. ‘The power of love’ is a no,no, hell no. I think people need to just stay away from Celine. It’s 2013. And after watching this duet, I may want a Candice/Angie finale. This duet was everything I need in my life and more. It was an answer to everyone saying only Candice has vocals. It reminds me of a Fantasia/JHud duet.

        • karyn says:

          I don’t understand the Angie love. She was my favorite in auditions, but since then, every performance is the same and she gives us the same canned pseudo-emotion in every single one. I couldn’t sit through her second number tonight – although that is partly because this was the most dated song of this bunch of oldies. About 30 seconds in, I had to fast forward, and this was the only performance I didn’t watch through.

          • ETG says:

            I couldn’t agree more. I find her very, very boring. How is it that she can take several well-known songs and make them ALL sound the SAME???

          • Jasmine says:

            you guys are exaggerating. you say the songs sound the same but it’s just because she’s playing the piano that you think they all sound the same! No they don’t. The only ones that sounded remotely similar was her song You Set Me Free and Never Gone. those sounded a little similar. that’s it! don’t hate on the angel!

          • Lu says:

            Yep! Totally agree! I don’t get all the praise for her either….every song sounds the same and frankly, her voice is too high pitched all the time. As for being some great song writer….one song folks. If she had anymore she’d sing it cause Nikki’s constantly asking her to sing her own stuff but she doesn’t, cause she can’t! I can’t stand all the bouncing and shaking she does when she sings too, especially at the piano….must have piles or something and can’t sit! She sucks! Over rated!

        • Leah says:

          I think the thing that makes it difficult for people to connect with Angie is that she does that theater kid thing where she approaches each song as either sad, happy, angry, etc. and thinks that that is going to be enough to give a believable emotional delivery. But it’s not. Whatever she is doing clearly isn’t working. Someone needs to give her fresh advice. Tell her maybe to try and approach each song by analyzing the songwriter’s thoughts instead of their emotions. Because although songs are written with a great deal of emotion, it’s what the writer was thinking when he or she wrote it that makes up the lyrical content of the song. Saying, “This song is sad… So I’ll make my face look sad,” just makes for an affected delivery that does not sit well with people.

      • LOL if you think Angie had pitch problems the rest of them were horrible. Angies voice is never out of tune. Ask a piano tuner on these performances and I promise Angie would be his last pick on being out of tune. By the way theres no such thing as pitch problems there is no pitch in music. Its being in tune or out of tune. Sharp or flat.

        • HitTheGroundRunning says:

          Why is there no pitch in music? Pitch pipes. Perfect pitch. Pitch perfect. Middle C doesn’t float around to whatever frequency you want it to be. In fact since pitch is what you actually hear it is even more in music than frequency where sometimes strange harmonics and trick one into thinking the fundamental tone is not as measured by a scope.

          • Tom22 says:

            The thing is we HEAR the harmonics so they are important and another tool to expression.

            Being sharp or flat deliberately can create an uneasiness or sense of maybe being pushed to a breaking point or something… used sparingly and purposely, not randomly missing a note in a run at a point unrelated to the flow or mood of a song. (just like an actor might stutter a word for effect or something? ) I’ll admit I’m not perfectly schooled on this but I suspect strongly that people like Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong selectively used notes that strayed from a computer measured “perfect” as part of their artistic interpretations.. not by accident.

            I don’t think I’m arguing with either of you but just sort of expanding the thoughts.. not exactly sure.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Yeah I agree with you, although I think this is a different topic than the one I had been on as you yourself note.
            .
            But jumping to your topic yeah and sometimes going flat on stuff on purpose to a certain careful calculated degree can be used for a creepy somber effect, etc. sometimes adding unusual lower harmonics on purpose, etc.
            .
            Also some notes going flat I mean maybe it’s not the best but it can be whatever, but other notes due to what notes were around them and the particular place in the song (critical glory note or not, etc. etc.) can be brutal when off. And hitting certain combos of notes off pitch can be really grating to me but other misses aren’t THAT big of a deal to me.

          • Jasmine says:

            Well, let me say this. It’s better to sing sharp than flat, because if someone’s flat it’s more recognizable. I have a hard time recognizing whether someone’s singing sharp, but if it’s flat, I immediately go “That’s flat. that sounds awful.” I think Angela has perfect pitch.

        • Angie_Overrated says:

          Um… no, angie is not even close to being the one most in tune. Me: professional musician with 14 years of conservatory training. Angie: not in tune regularly and certainly more regularly than Candice or Kree.

      • Tom22 says:

        I didn’t’ mention in the post above that I also loved the way Angie opened up the world for me in both of her songs. Seeing, believing.. the way she emphasize and colors the words, it brings imagery to how they relate together. I love the type of song that Kree first sung but the whole time i was damn she’s missing this grove or she isn’t sort of chewing and tasting that word as it comes out as that sort of blues tradition does. I’ll try to find a link … . but Bonny Raitt is and artist Kree could aspire to in her own way.. yet.. if there were ever a lay out her sould to you artist it’s Bonnie. Candice.. heck she’s a great singer and means a lot to you all so I don’t want to harp but that word “heart” in her song is so key and heart has so many things it can mean all at once and it just didn’t seem to be the meaningful part she wanted to share with us…. and I would have liked her to.

        • Lee says:

          That’s the problem I see with Idol. These contestants need coaches like in The Voice. I think a coach would’ve done wonders for all of them except Candice (who really didn’t need one). A coach could’ve told Kree, Amber and Angie to connect to the songs better.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            I actually think Candice could’ve use a coach too. Sometimes she seemed to be tossing in runs and hitting notes but not given subtle micro-emotional connections at times. Sometimes she did bring it fully in every last way though. And yeah she never had anything that was weak.

      • Name That Tune says:

        Agree! I was nervous about the Drake song, but Candice stayed what is basically a chant.
        And Nicki is becoming the most useless judge there.

      • Maria says:

        I totally agree that Amber should go home. Her high notes were horrible, and i am dissapointed in the judges for trying to make us believe she was actually good. This isn’t the first time I observed her high notes going flat. Her Beyonce Love on Top had the same problems. She is a very good singer, but she needs a little more work. At this stage, you can’t do that. Its time for her to go.

        • Jasmine says:

          what about her low notes, those were awful as well, especially in MacArthur Park, uhhh, I couldn’t stand it! she needs to leave based on her vocals. I like her as a person, but the vocals, the Whitney Houston references? NO! I don’t think so! Vote for Angela!

      • Aly says:

        I totally concur, Jacob. Spot on.

      • Andrew Webber says:

        To think that the remaining country artist will go home 4th is a huge misestimation of the American voting population. You have your teenage girls who vote for the hot guys (oops…), the musically uninformed local population of each of the contestants which turns out to not matter after you get this far into the competition, and the country vote. So, you have teenage girls vs. country. The country vote is a relatively new thing, but it’s here to stay now that they no longer have Nashville Star to waste their time on, and they’ve migrated to Idol and X-Factor.

        Kree and Janelle were splitting the vote and that’s why they were the bottom two last week. Now that Janelle went home, Kree wins the show and it’s not even close unless the judges and the show manage to throw her under the bus for no reason other than they don’t want her to win. As a person who hates country music as a whole (it sucks, it’s boring, and legit country with it’s fake, nasally ‘twang’ is painful to my ears… I want to kill all the retards that can’t disassociate a terrible accent from what actually makes music good, but whatever), Kree should win the show because she is talented and interesting and pretty much hasn’t had a bad performance on the entire show.

        Kree is like an epic mashup of Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. No, I’m not joking. She has a ridiculously flawless voice and has the ability to make people that hate country music listen to her (as opposed to two years ago when I though Lauren Alaina’s and Scotty McCreery’s performances were uninteresting and terrible minus one or two occasions… I was a Haley fan, obviously.) Maybe it’s the blues flavor she throws into the mix that makes it so good. She has the package to take the music industry by storm and the show just doesn’t see it because they’re blind to the real world and only live in their made-up fantasy world.

        Unless a freak accident happens, Kree will win.

      • 5talentgirl says:

        @ Jacob P
        Thanks for the grades/comments. I think I mostly agree. It was ludicrous and see-through the way they praised Amber for her worst performances of the entire season and gave Candice uncalled for criticism for what she has done all season – sing brilliantly! Admittedly, her first song was not her best one, not a great song choice.

    • Tom22 says:

      I felt like the judges had been reading my comments here over the last few weeks and putting my thoughts in their own words. (lol… please understand that there is a wry wink knowing that I’m being silly in my exaggeration).

      I actually even liked McCarthur park a lot. It brought me back to a sort of optimistic future looking stance of the 70’s when life wasn’t about finances or smart phones but earning a living was an aside in a world easy to get a union job in and buy the stuff you needed.. expensive things for a time were eschewed, and things people focused on were more visceral sorts of pleasures like textures and draping of a sun dress, or the wrinkles on the faces of the different people … all valuable in their own way.. in the park.. the breeze in your face or the patter of rain on a sidewalk ….. soak it in. Yeah.. maybe Jimmy was always to fast lane to let go and without guilt, relish the sensory pleasures and richness of texture in “simple” things. (or think of the play “our town” … clocks ticking etc).

      Yes I’m doing some creative writing there.

      Like all of the past idol winners to some degree and I think all memorable singers .. from Springsteen to Ella to Debra Harry , to Whitney ettc… in a degree(I’m not saying a legendary degree) when Amber sings..things OPEN.. I am not saying that she’s some crazy level of profound about it. but they open my mind toward aspects of the human condition(yeah that’s sorta a jargon way of putting it).

      That Opening.. that proverbial bag opened by a song… it doesn’t necessarily need to be Happy, but in the most painful songs all the great artists to me, feel like they’re opening up a bag of laments that they spill out and express the textures of the sorrow in a way, that provides closure thought the simple yet miraculous in its profundity. The sad songs might be like thinking of the sun setting on a bleak day in a cold sky with over a depleted gray field as you shiver.. yet in all of that, gray though it is.. there is complexity, and closure….for with it , it all brings wonder. A singer…. and artist…somehow needs to convey a wonder…even the most bitter suggest a sort of unknown..but song.. music…its the very opposite of bitterness..

      As all 4 contestants said, but especially Kree, music is a powerful thing for healing . Now, I know that what heals which people is different. We do have different souls and temperaments. Still, as I’ve said other times and as I hear Keith saying, I just don’t feel Kree using the songs the way she uses her smile and hugs to the kids in the hospital. The songs just aren’t embraces like they could be, or exultation s or determined resolutions or things of inspiration.

      Like I said, perhaps others are feeling that sort of uplift. I know others aren’t catching some of the subtle expressions about the world I’m hearing … where something you don’t understand is “remarkable … like this or is it that.” not “wrong, in this way and that way” .

      End of Tom22’s creative writing for the night.

      I “got” the judges comments though

      and I thought they were sincere,,, not some wicked , snide, complicit lies like MS almost implies they were doing. (i know you’re upset Michael, so I don’t hold a grudge against a person venting.. just wanted to speak up for the honor of the judges)

      • Tom22 says:

        I didn’t’ mention in the post above that I also loved the way Angie opened up the world for me in both of her songs. Seeing, believing.. the way she emphasize and colors the words, it brings imagery to how they relate together. I love the type of song that Kree first sung but the whole time i was damn she’s missing this grove or she isn’t sort of chewing and tasting that word as it comes out as that sort of blues tradition does. I’ll try to find a link … . but Bonny Raitt is and artist Kree could aspire to in her own way.. yet.. if there were ever a lay out her sould to you artist it’s Bonnie. Candice.. heck she’s a great singer and means a lot to you all so I don’t want to harp but that word “heart” in her song is so key and heart has so many things it can mean all at once and it just didn’t seem to be the meaningful part she wanted to share with us…. and I would have liked her to.

        (sorry for the duplicate.. meant it here)

      • Name That Tune says:

        Tom, I’m really glad to hear that McArthur’s Park made you feel all nostalgic about the 70s, but it was a dreadful song when Donna Summers sang it back in the day (even she couldn’t rescue it) & Amber did nothing with it. It did not bring out the best in Amber’s voice & highlighted her weaknessess. Jimmy was right to call it corny.
        The elephant in the room is that Amber has made questionable song choices all season. This was one of the worst.

        • Lee says:

          I agree. Amber is over-rated.

        • Tom22 says:

          lol. well . we’ll have to disagree with what type of songs make the world a bigger place than it seems when we’re stuck in our daily realities.

          I love “I say a little prayer” as a song. I love Kyrie and “Come on Eileen” is an inspiring anthem to say “I’m going to have fun now , damn the torpedo’s”

          I love the whole pretext of “Brigadoon” too … not sappy at all but makes me believe there is a lot of good beyond what we can see.

        • Tom22 says:

          Also, I think that you and Jimmy dislike the song so much is sort of a reactionary feeling against how many people did like a song that paints allusions you find disagreeable to your take on things.

          I mean.. look at the list of top artisists that decided to cover the song over the years. Clearly it means something to a LOT of artists and artists do tend to see things kind of differently. Now. I’m not using transative logic here. 2/3 rds of artists might hate the song. but it is still quite interesting a very countable minority of artists did find it special…. even recorded it… frank sinatra , tony Bennet …..

          it is certainly a divisive song.. which means a lot.. a song that creates reactions means it has to say something /// perhaps something some people dont’ want to hear (sappy vs dreamer etc)

          • Name That Tune says:

            Tom, please go back and listen to Richard Harris version of the song. Then watch him mock the disco version on Second City TV. It’s not a nostalgia fest for the 70s. It’s quite dreary. Turning it into a disco song made it silly.
            Amber was actually smiling during that song. It’s not a happy song. It exposed the problem she has with connecting to the lyrics.
            More than anyone, Jimmy wants Amber to be a commercial success. That song isn’t going to get her there. It is not current. Old fashioned and corny I is the correct description.

          • Tom22 says:

            I’m not really concerned about the parodies..and go look at the list of artists that have chosen to record the song to understand what a great song it is for so many people… if 75% of the people don’t like it and 25% of the people are hopeless romantics that find the song a sort of anthem of about recapturing an illusive place of perfection they once felt…

            It isn’t about nostalgia to the 70’s exactly but the point of view prevalent perhaps in the 70’s but more universal Of course “what it is about” is all personal.. but to me.. it reminds me of days in say 1989, living in San Francisco in my young 20’s having experienced a few deep relationships… having a large group of friends, great health, open ended career prospects and the heady feeling of youth thinking that there wasn’t anything in the world you wouldn’t eventually get around to doing.. Walking out to the corner store after waking up with a lover .. after a night of dancing with friends.. and getting the Sunday paper and sitting on a blanket together smelling the long grass and the sun on our backs but feeling the cool breeze in from the ocean… looking at the paper seeing things we’d do in the world.. remembering the dance music from the night before… and maybe some things that went on in the dark as we nuzzled…

            yeah that song .. about that recipe of recapturing that past perfection that sort of wilted as time went on… yeah..30 years later.. maybe we know too much to ever regain that heady optimism of our 20’s but.. we CAN DREAM and even a song that Resolves to recapture that sort of feeling of perfection many of us once felt for periods in out life… well even if we know we’re not going to ever quite catch some magic ticket back the visualization of the possibility is uplifting in the present.

            No… singers attraction to it isn’t about the 1970’s.. its a reminiscent flight to a wonderful place in time a person once had(and places in time very frequently marked by the particular love interest at the time).

            Oh.. I bought Amber’s version of MacArthur park from itunes and listened to it a dozen times today. I’m not sure I’ll be listening to it all the time a year from now or anything.. but I’m in the mood for it this week I guess… and there will be some times I’ll feel like it in the future.

          • candicegloverfan says:

            interesting discussion about ‘macarthur park’. i actually heard donna summer sing it live in the late 90s in london – and it was mesmerizing. (i only know her version.) so i was actually looking forward to hearing it on idol, and although i wish candice or someone with a better voice than amber was singing it, i thought amber would do a pretty good job. boy, was i wrong – i was cringing throughout when she was screechy and sharp. for me, even with the ‘hokey’ lyrics or the disco beat, if someone has a powerful voice, i enjoy the song. when donna summer belts ‘agaaaiiiin’ it’s magic. amber killed it – and not in a good way. i was so bummed that no one – including jimmy – mentioned amber’s trainwreck vocals. but apparently voters took some notice of them…

          • dj says:

            I agree. Amber was hitting her notes better on “The Power of Love.” The judges and Jimmy focused in on the song choice of “McArthur Park” and not the fact that it was a bad vocal.

        • tewence says:

          i agree with you! her song choices have been far too generic and typical this entire time.

          • Natou says:

            I agree with you, Tewence. Her song choices are extremely generic. It reminds me of some talent contest show. She really does not know what type of artist she wants to be. But, maybe, that’s why Jimmy loves her so much. She will be like wet clay in his hand. But, I had such great expectation after ‘Funny Valentine’.

          • tewence says:

            i agree with you 100%. i am convinced they like her BECAUSE she doesn’t know who she is as an artist. these typical contest show songs aren’t doing anything for her…certainly not more than showing she is a very technically good singer. that only gets you so far in the real world, though

    • Ray K says:

      For the first time ever, I thought about not watching the show after this season. I was angry at the judges
      biased comments to push Amber. I sometimes do not agree with Michael, but many of the comments were thoughts of mine. Of course, Michael had pertinent facts to back up his evaluations, in a way that I could not do, due to Michael;s superiour knowledge of music and evaluation. For weeks I have been hoping Amber would be the one to go home. This season is heading for disaster. Kree has taken the brunt fo unfair comments by the judges. Nicki needs to go, and perhaps others too. Nigel is ruining the show. It is no longer a true reality show. I just hope that the voters woke up when they voted yesterday.

    • karyn says:

      Amber was fine in her first number – though the song choice was awful and the judges’ bias showed through when they were so effusive about the performance and her looks. BUT, she was wretched during her second solo. I was literally cringing from the screechiness of it. I also don’t agree she won the duet either.

      I think this was Kree’s best night in weeks. She has lost momentum the past few weeks, but she did what they’ve been asking on the uptempo number and was much more believable than in the past two forgettable weeks. But I was SOOOO mad at the way they shrugged off her Whiter Shade of Pale, which was a great performance. Shame on them for giving into Nigel’s scripting and being so unfair to Kree and Candace.

      I pretty much agree with everything Slezak said tonight and am glad to hear that others were as outraged and offended as I was at how even-more-manipulative-than-usual the show was.

    • E. Bell says:

      Oh! So that’s the show I was watching too! Only I wasn’t smart enough to figure out that the judges were going for the women with the skinniest legs! It was stupid…the way they drooled over Amber and that god-awful one-hit wonder. Are you kidding me? I fast-forwarded the whole hideous thing. Thank God for Jimmy Iovine! But, as the article pointed out, the judges couldn’t let that go…and had to defend themselves (and hype Amber in the process) the rest of the night. I’m reeling from the shock, only hoping the judges don’t get their way and railroad Candice and Kree out of the finale. It’s disgusting. First, they got rid of any competition from any guys this year, so a woman could win, and now they’re going to to wrestle a super-model to the top! The Voice is going to be the only singing competition left standing, and it’s probably for the best!

  2. Christina says:

    This went from being a Candice/ Kree showdown to an Amber/ Angie in two weeks. Of course in no do part to the judges scripting this

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      I hear ya. It’s almost like they are all “middle of the pack” now. I don’t feel any of them are front runners or trailing behind – for that matter. Any of them could win. But I am missing a bit of suspense – and an VISIBLE hunger to win. I wish it were more exciting. Maybe if they’d forced them to actually pick current songs – and not old songs which they must make “feel” current. Meh.

      • I think a Candice/Kree showdown would have been epic but I see that as highly unlikely. The Idol team really turned it on full blast when Amber was in the Bottom 2. Well Kree was in Bottom 2 last week and they didn’t do anything but lambast her. Keith and Nicki were more wrong tonight than I have ever seen. When I start agreeing with Mariah Carey then something is terribly awry. But she Mariah told Candice to not veer from being musically creative I actually clapped. Candice’s creativity and Amber’s lack of creativity are so overlooked it’s not even funny. I don’t see anyone going home tomorrow due to the twist, and thankfully not because Kree would be in serious danger.

        • Mary says:

          I take the difference in creativity due to the age of a 19 year old and a 24 year old. Amber has a beautiful voice. Is she perfect no – but with the right guidance and songs in a few years she could have major career. Will she win – I don’t think so. Especially because we all know the idol machine. The judges are hurting her but pushing for her. The mind set of the veiwers hate to be told what to like so they will veto them. It is all a game. Acutually I hope she doesn’t win because I think she has a future – if she so choose- and I think the stigma of AI will hurt her in the long run.
          I honestly think Jimmy will sign her – part of me hopes not – because I don’t know if he is the correct person to help her career.

    • Ben says:

      I’m pretty sure it’s always been heading for an Angie/Candice showdown and that is probably exactly what we will get.

      People forget that the judges/producers know the votes from week to week (not just order, but numbers too) and have probably been pushing Amber the last couple of weeks because she is well behind. I’m not sure why people around here call her things like ‘overrated’ when patently she belongs in the top 4, but equally clearly has been having the most struggle of those 4 getting support.

      My personal preference is that Angie goes home this week. She does nothing for me at all, actually I find her performance style irritating. But I don’t see that happening. And for all that I find her irritating I can’t deny that she, like all 4 of them standing, is an absolutely phenomenal vocalist.

      Instead of ripping the judges apart, I prefer to celebrate just how great a final four we have. By the way, y’all can just mute or fast forward the judges. I do it from time to time when I just can’t be bothered with them. I’ve never understood the constant attacks on judges who frankly ought not influence a single vote (and the only way they ever seem to influence people in the TVLine comments section is where people say they are LESS likely to vote for someone because a judge is pimping them, so what does that tell us…)

    • That’s because everyone “is in it to win it”. Randy loves this phrase, but it needs to be used more exclusively.

  3. Teeny Bikini says:

    Um… I don’t know what to say. Everything was very pretty. And tame. And safe. And lots of notes were hit in general. I was just so terribly bored. I am finding it hard to get fired up about who wins. I am missing some that fire-in-the-belly magic from the contestants at this point. I can’t put my finger on it… Hm…

    • HPL says:

      Wrote mind below before I read your comment. But pretty much in agreement (though I would say that notes were hit, but many notes were missed [does it sound different to the judges or do they not really listen?]).

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        Honestly, I think they are all too busy remembering their scripts and getting ready to give unnecessary ovations – to listen ;) It was definitely like I was watching a different show on a different planet.

        • deedee says:

          Did you notice when Keith said “they’re telling me to say it in 3 words”, after which he said something ridiculous like “magical, mystical, and … breathtaking(?)” .
          .
          So, who’s “they” and when did they tell him to keep it to 3 words? Nigel must text them notes on their monitors during the broadcast. (Is this a “duh” sort of thing, and I’m the only one who never caught on? LOL, I always thought the script was written before the show!)

          • Teeny Bikini says:

            Oh, I am sure you are right. I fastforwarded through most of the judges. It was torture with all the standing nonsense….

          • ... says:

            They have ear pieces in and can hear the producers. Ryan has one, too.

          • My Alter Ego says:

            “Magical, mystical, miracle, Can it be? Is it true? Things are impossibly lyrical, Is it me? No, it’s you!” (Do I Hear a Waltz)

            Well, my dear, deedee, not much gets by you, so … but, well, the show is “evolving” (or, is it dissolving?) while we have our merry little chats in the blogosphere

          • Name That Tune says:

            And wasn’t it odd that the 3 words were about a song that was anything but magical mystical & breathtaking?

          • Tom22 says:

            LOL. maybe it is that I’m from Marin county but Magical , Mystical and Breathtaking all mean a lot to me. Plain contratsts with Magical . Mystical is allusions to powers unable to be proven emprically yet poetry and religion have put words to what many humans know in their heart to be true even if scientists cannot.. … breathtaking…. that pop where all of a sudden your mind is shocked out of what was sorta going along with “whoa”.

            Heck, artists are able to say these things without needing to try to explain them… how about “whoa that threw me for a loop…but in a really pleasurable way made me think of things differently”

          • Tom22 says:

            What I really loved about Angie’s “cry me a river’ was that it really got the connection with the river… a timeless thing that will be there before and after our lives.. and flows, somewhat unevenly even steadily. Many people sit there and contemplate that same river. Now the wetness of the tears .. move to this timeless thing the river.. and she also contempates it.. but even as they shared it .. there’s a nuance that many others have.

            The river also has that idea of cleansing taking things away.. the tears flow away…but things eternal remain.

            Love is bigger than anyone of us ?

            Also.. I love how naturally, the cadence Angie took, was more like a river. If you’ve spent time outdoors.. maybe hours in the quite fishing by a river etc.. its visceral thing.. and a person also knows that the sounds of a river aren’t 1, 2 3 4 but not random sound patterns etither… the gurgle often sounds more 1 2 3, 1, 2 , 1, 2 , 3, 1 2. Not quite a tango. and yeah they’re fitting it in a 4/4 measure.. but Angie kind of swings a couple beats, then hits them on , then swings a couple…. so all of this sort of evokes the connection to the thought of the river as she goes through other words.

            I know these things fall apart trying to describe them…especially writing off the cuff. I’ts been 30 years since my Art History classes though so maybe this is like a blue book examine talking about the themes of the contrasting panels on the doors of Chartres Cathedral. ; )

          • Mary says:

            It is because they were running late the producers wanted them to keep it short. Come on people not everything is a conspiracy.

          • Jasmine says:

            you are so wrong. Keith said : Mystical and celestially powerful! He was talking about Angela. Those words are exaggerations, though Angela is the best and she’s perfect to me!

          • teatime says:

            @Tom22 I enjoyed your comments about Cry Me a River. Very will put.

    • Danny says:

      @Teeny- Yea, go back & play Josh’s It’s a Man’s World. THAT was a top 4 performance. For that matter, if ya can look up the songs go back & play the whole show. There a reason so many have quit watching. People like us are Idol lifers apparently. The more sane realize this is a brutal year and have left.
      The comments the judges gave Kree this week should have been given to her weeks ago. The more I see Candice and Amber, the more I realize last years judges were absolutely right in cutting them before the live shows. They would have been fighting w/ Deandre for 8th place.

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        Ah… yes!! This. Josh’s It’s a Man’s World is exactly what I mean. Everything is so sanitized and pretty. I want to them leave their heart and soul on the stage – and I am not seeing it. It’s a little disappointing with this level of talent. Hm….

        • tewence says:

          i can remember the good ole days of AI and feeling like they were kickin arse at this point in the competition. not happening right now..except i think angie is about to surge in a big way.

          • Teeny Bikini says:

            @tewence. I have no idea what is going on. This was supposed to be the best Top 4 – it is pretty close to the worst. I can’t think of one this boring ever…. Heck, it even makes me miss Eliot Yamin. Sigh.

          • Danny says:

            @Tewence- Exactly. By now they should be improved. For the most part these girls are no better now than they were back in the top 20. These weren’t top 4 performances tonight.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          Joshua’s “When a Man Loves a Woman” – when he dropped his jacket on the stage.
          *sigh*

          • My Alter Ego says:

            DET, people either seem to love or hate Joshua (I’m in the former category), but he truly does perform genuinely, and almost always (“Billy Joel week” was not his friend) from the heart.

          • karenb says:

            Joshua brought the house down on tour. Amazing performer.

          • My Alter Ego says:

            @karenb — not surprising.

    • Liz says:

      I was multitasking on my computer while the show was on, and several times I found myself having to look up to see who was singing because they sounded so alike. Boring……

    • Tagrid says:

      I’m starting to wonder if these girls are becoming such good friends that they’re just not trying to compete with each other when they sing alone. They’re having such fun with the duets and group sings, where they seem perfectly comfortable letting each have her part and time in the sun. Then when they sing alone they’re all pretty much spot on – but don’t seem to be trying to excel above the others. The question now is: what can be done to make this a real competition?

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        That’s an interesting theory. They definitely seem more like friends than competitors. I am hoping Candace being in the bottom 2 lights spark in her again… We shall see.

  4. HPL says:

    Well, as I said elsewhere — it’s pretty clear that this is the most boring season of AI yet — and tonight just might have been the most boring episode of the season. Good gosh — there’s not one original bone in the bodies of these contestants — they all belt alike and sing flat alike. I don’t know that I can last another week.

  5. Christina says:

    How were any of the one hit wonders well one hit wonders???

    • rwfblog says:

      I think by “one hit wonder” they must have meant “standards first sung by someone you never heard of” …

      • rwfblog says:

        oops, I should have said, “standards first sung by someone you never heard of, or Dumbledore”

      • Name That Tune says:

        Well Emotion was first sung by the BeeGees. Not exactly a One Hit Wonder. TPTB used a bit of poetic license with the phrase.

        • Kim says:

          The Bee Gees wrote it but Samantha Sang sang it. It’s hard to catch because they sang backup and it didn’t sound any different from a Bee Gees song.

          • Name That Tune says:

            Oh I caught the BeeGees on the track. But it still makes it a stretch to call it OHW.

    • Trace says:

      I guess they mean the singer was a one hit wonder, not the song. Destinys Child covered Emotion a while back.

      • Ademm says:

        But even that wasn’t true.

        • Ben says:

          Emotion was originally sung by Samantha Sang, a true one hit wonder, although it was written by the Bee Gees to be used in the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, but was ultimately not used. The Bee Gees released their own version sometime later.

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      As I said in my other post I think you need to at least 50 maybe 60 to have been able to realize those were one hit wonders. It was also weird that two of them sang later covers by singers who were anything but one hit wonders and also weird since those two versions are likely the ones people are most familiar with today with Donna Summers and, at least getting us to the 90s, Annie Lennox’s version of White Shade of Pale (for Amber’s I doubt anyone not quite some decades beyond me would even known it had a one hit wonder origin).
      .
      I was stunned that the One Hit Wonders, which screamed 80s!! or at the least 90s or 00s had not one song that had its one hit wonder debut later than the 60s!
      .
      That said the songs did work for three of the four at least.

      • The Beach says:

        Yep, they really stretched the meaning of “one hit wonder” to the breaking point. When we were all throwing out songs in a previous thread I don’t recall anyone naming a song which was later covered by and is now associated with multi-hit artists.

      • Tom22 says:

        I’m with both of you.. there seemed to be a theme to these “one hit wonders” and … it seems to be picking songs that some people like and others hated … lol …there has to be a different name for that …. I ‘m glad they didnt’ sing Rhinestone Cowboy though.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      I said the same thing. My husband and I were wondering how any of those songs qualified as One Hit Wonders. Procol Harem? The Bee Gees? Donna Summer? WTH??????

      • Yes, they were claiming that Procol Harum was a One Hit Wonder, but were mistaken as they had a #16 hit in 1972. But it was Samantha Sang (only BACKED by the Bee Gees) who sang “Emotion”, and Richard Harris who originally sang “MacArthur Park”; both true One Hit Wonders.

        • ejones says:

          Procul Harem were not even a band, Whiter Shade Of Pale was recorded by a bunch of session musicians. The record company suddenly realised they had a hit on their hands and had to create a band at short notice.

          • tardis repairman says:

            Theoretically, you are just an iota or two away from the facts. There was a band that featured lead singer Gary Brooker and they added session musicians to that same band for A Whiter Shade of Pale. The cooler part of their story is that their hit Conquistador was literally improvised in concert.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            I think Gary Brooker sang the lead on several songs with about four different groups but don’t make me come up with any names.

        • Cat Lady says:

          If I remember correctly, Procol Harem’s 1972 song was called “Conquistador” and I loved it! I was wondering about the “One Hit Wonder” tag for them. Another TRUE One Hit Wonder from back in the 60’s was “In the Year 2525″. That song was a big hit and then the duo that did it was never heard from again. Who remembers who they were?

          • tardis repairman says:

            Zager & Evans sang In the Year 2525. As far as that goes, you are correct that Conquistador hit #16 on the Billboard chart– so Procol Harum had two hits in America (and many more in their native Britain.) I’m beginning to think Idol is in dire need of a fact checker.

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        Only one of those three you listed were the original hit artists. That is how. Donna Summer and Bee Gees (along with the unmentioned Annie Lennox) were all the cover artists. It is a bit odd though that the songs are best known, at least these days, by those three cover artists, none of whom are one hit wonders. And the other song was written in your great grandmother’s time.
        .
        Once again Whiter Shade of Pale was an awesome choice (although I did keep thinking of Annie Lennox more than Kree at times) and as ancient as it was Angie’s choice worked, so from that perspective they were not bad choices even if none of them made you think of the One Hit Wonder category. Candice did well with hers too, although another choice may have been more spectacular from her. Amber’s choice only worked in parts.

      • gregk says:

        Fortunately no one did “Louie, Louie” the all time one hit wonder song. Could have been a lot better but MacArthur Park and Whiter Shade of Pale were actually great 60’s songs that I remember well; some of the other choices were poor though.

    • Nan says:

      They weren’t. And they were not the songs I expected to hear on One Hit Wonder night. MacArthur’s Park is one of the most widely derided songs of all time. There had to be better songs on the list.

  6. Danny says:

    Round 1- Total snoozefest until Angela. Based on round 1, she should have more votes than the other 3 combined. I expected more from a top 4 performance. This was bad.
    *Duos- Obvious winner there. Amber and Kree are lucky they’re not singing on Monday/Tuesday or that would be the first duo where the coach picked neither one.
    *Round 2- I’d give that one to Candice, though she was far from great.
    *I’m lost as to how anyone can think this is the best top 4 of all time. Kree has no personality. Her idea of letting loose is to part her hair to the left. She’s a good singer. She’s just not headlining material. There’s no shame in being a backup singer. Not everyone has that star quality. I don’t get why the judges are so high on Amber. She was below average tonight. She’s lucky she’s not up against Phillip, Josh, Elise, etc. She’d have been gone a long time ago. The same can be said for Candice. I’m not buying that glitter bath Mariah gave her. She’s good, but not great. Angela won the night, but she did it with one good performance. This just isn’t a great top 4.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Love this: ” Her idea of letting loose is to part her hair to the left.” :) None of them had any stage presence tonight. And I wish people would stop singing Adele. She is a phenomenon with a capital P. It really showed their struggle to have personalities and their limitations more than anything. Not impressive from 2 big voices like that. It just shows that a big voice is *not* everything.

    • karen says:

      Laughable that you think Kree is a backup singer who doesn’t hold a candle to who? What’s her face, Elise? Must be depressing to be so cynical about these beautiful and talented top 4 women.

      • Danny says:

        @Karen- I’m an Idol lifer. I want to see a good season. This years Idol is like watching Michigan football a few years ago. I wasn’t going to miss any games, but it was painful to watch. Some 9 million people aren’t watching anymore from last year. I’d say there’s a lot of people who agree w/ me, they’re just not around to talk about it. Even on the board here, there’s a LOT of discontent w/ this group. They haven’t improved any. They keep singing sleepy songs w/ sleepy arraingements. They’re decent singers, but none of them are great. Whoever wins this year will be by default, not by greatness.
        *Elise had 2 bad songs all year. Granted she didn’t last this long. Still, no one in this season has had less than 5 snoozers.
        *Top 4 week and there’s ONE good song? And you’re happy w/ it? I expected more at this point of the year. There’s been 3 good shows the whole year. Call me cynical, I see it as more disappointed.

        • karenb says:

          I will call you correct ! From karenb not karen lol

        • So why do you keep watching?? Somethings bringing you back every week to watch it LOL. When I find shows I dont like I dont watch them. About the only thing I would change with Idol is to do away with these theme weeks. Let them sing whatever they want to sing that way you get a real idea about what they would probably be like after idol.

          • Danny says:

            @ Ray- I know this isn’t a sports section. It’s just the best analogy I can make. The reason I watch is the same reason I watch sports teams I like even when they’re having a rough year. I’m not mad at any of these kids. They’re chasing a dream.
            *Just cuz I don’t think anyone should be above an 8th place finish doesn’t mean I dislike em as people. A few years ago I knew some relatives of Megan Joy. If I’m not mistaken she came in 8th. There’s no shame in that. And even they knew that there were better singers than Megan that season.

        • vegansarah says:

          You have to admit that some of those 9 million less viewers aren’t watching because they hate Nikki.

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        Kree is good but I don’t think she holds up to Elise. Elise brought to some crazy places like with Whole Lotta Love and such. Too often there is just that something not quite there. Great but not quite a star other than just now and then.

        • The Beach says:

          I still have Elise’s “Vienna” on rotation…fantastic!

          • Tom22 says:

            I’m not sure I really liked Elise’s take on any other song’s. but I do think they were honest heartfelt expressions from her view. Vienna however..was a song that let her open her take on things to me. It was a tapestry that I could enjoy and see the richness of her perspective through. I have it on rotation too… I think it was incredible too even if I didn’t really relate to her takes on any other song.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            You didn’t even dig her Whole Lotta Love at least?

          • Marko says:

            Thank you for reminding me. I’m listening her right now.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            I was replying to Tom22 there about the WLT

        • Jasmine says:

          Yes! I absolutely looooooovvvvvvvveeeeeeeeddddddd Elise Testone! She was the best of the season, but because she was older, people didn’t like her! Uhhh, please. This girl was everything. She had it all! She was so genuinely nice too, but got flack every single week. Uhhhh, still mad that she was eliminated! and Haley Reinhart also! I loved her as well! If Angela Miller goes home…i’m coming for somebody!

    • PGV says:

      If you thought Angie’s first song was “A” worthy or that she won the night, then you missed Jillian Jensen singing that same song on X-Factor. While Jillian doesn’t have Angie’s vocal chops, she showed FAR more Genuine emotion in her performance. She left me in tears!

      That’s been my main issue with Angie all season. Her performances are very high-school drama club, no Genuine feeling or Emotion when she sings. I appreciate that she can sing well, she just leaves me emotionally cold afterward. Her performances are all bad high school musical!

      • Danny says:

        @PGV- Is that the song Jillian sang in her audition? I didn’t remember the song, but I remember Jillian and I loved it. I’m open to being wrong on if Angela deserved an A- (not an A), but I think it’s pretty clear she won the night. That’s not because she was so great, but because no one else stepped up. My line of thinking is she won the night by default. Put her with last years top 4- to make it a top 5- & she’s a distant 5th.

      • Will says:

        See, I didn’t see what was so special about Jillian’s performance because her voice wasn’t up to snuff on the song and just didn’t impress me. I don’t care how much emotion you put in if the vocal doesn’t do anything special. I’m sure William Hung can sing passionately too, but it doesn’t make the performance good.

        Meanwhile, I’ve seen Angie connect plenty of times. Her own song, her Colton Dixon song, that other relatively unknown christian record she sang, and Halo all had some pretty strong emotional connection. Maybe your issue is that you don’t hear the emotion in her voice, which is a separate issue, but she definitely hasn’t just been singing songs with a blank look on her face, in spite of the number of people who might say otherwise. I have never viewed her polish as a hindrance to her emotional connection, and I think this is more or less just a matter of opinion on whether it sounds or looks like there’s emotion to you or not, regardless of whether there actually is.

        • kaba says:

          A teary eyed, narrow throated jillian jensen sang that song better as an audition that angie did on the lives.
          Its a nice vocal to hear on that song but there’s honestly nothing else there

        • Will says:

          Oh, and I was finally able to watch tonight’s performances, and I can safely say that if you didn’t see genuine emotion in “Who You Are” tonight, then you weren’t paying any attention, or are a robot incapable of recognizing human emotions.

        • tewence says:

          this is a very concise, spot-on critique. props!

      • Jasmine says:

        You still have to have a good voice. There just needs to be that balance between good vocal chops and showing emotion. Angela had a nice balance. Jillian let her emotions take over, even though she sang okay. It’s not always about being left in tears. Just enjoy the performance. You don’t have to cry to say that you liked or loved something. Gosh! Since when does “great” constitute “she brought me to tears”. Please. Angela’s here. Jillian didn’t even make it far on the X Factor. though I still like her and wish she could’ve made it over Jenelle, whatever that girl’s name is, or Cece Frey, who was a trainwreck every single week.couldn’t stand her! Anyway, back to AI. ANGELA FOR THE WIN!

  7. Mike says:

    Angie FTW. I agree Kree and Candice got screwed but angie deserves props.

    • Danny says:

      @Mike- I don’t see how they got screwed. They didn’t sing very well. I gave Candice round 2, but it’s not like it was a great performance. Kree doesn’t evoke emotion out of anyone. That doesn’t mean she’s a bad singer or bad person. She’s maybe just better off as a backup singer. There’s no shame in that.

      • Name That Tune says:

        No they both sang well. But it was song choices.I especially for Candice. No meat on either one of those songs.

      • k says:

        Amber had her allotted time for the discussion of her song. A re-hash of it shouldn’t have come at the expense of Candace. Nicki’s comment to Kree was over-the-top and one of lowest I have ever heard from anyone, much less an Idol judge. It’s a further reflection of the quality of character Nicki has shown this whole season, which is zilch. As for Amber, she stood motionless at the top of the stairs, almost so far away the tv cameras couldn’t reach her with the zoom. She was straining at the end of Celine’s song. If a contestant is going to take on Celine, Whitney, or the like, they better be spot on. She wasn’t.

  8. Lauri says:

    Reading this recap makes me glad I missed tonight’s show.

    • Danny says:

      Not only that, I felt his grades were way to high. Except for Angela’s first one (A- is about right) & the duo w/ her & Candice (B is about right, def. not an A) there were no songs worthy of a B.

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        All of the letter grades were too high.

      • Joe says:

        The way you insist on calling her “Angela” feels a bit creepy for some reason.

        • Danny says:

          @Joe- Huh? Her folks call her Angela. She was introduced to us as Angela. You’re grasping at straws. You can rest easy on the creepiness though. Without going into too much about my career, in a previous job I was trusted enough to be alone with airplanes. I went into some high security areas at airports. My criminal record has nothing on it. So once again Josephine, please don’t read to much into things.

          • Joe says:

            Now it feels even creepier after your explanation.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            I don’t get your creepy comments? How in the world is he being creepy??
            .
            She was even called Angela for the whole first half of the season! and supposedly most still call her that in the real world.

        • Jasmine says:

          her name is Angela, duh! I don’t really like her nickname. Angela Miller sounds more swaggish to me, not Angie Miller, which sounds too kiddiesh or something. Mom speaking to her daughter: Come here Angie. No Angie. Don’t do that Angie. Angie give Mommy a kiss” uhhh…nooo. they need to go back to calling her Angela

    • Jasmine says:

      It wasn’t that bad. Slezak exaggerates sometimes. The only two people who were boring and just not good that night was Amber and Kree. Candice and Angela (the best) did great! Angela won the night! Candice came in second to me! Kree’s third and Amber, bless her MacArthur Park heart, she’s dead last in my book!

  9. Lea says:

    I just found the whole thing… boring.

    And I’m so fed up with the judges and their undeserved standing ovations arrrgggh..

  10. Kelm says:

    I actually quite agreed with Nicki… Kree is so “off”, she seems bored and done with the show. There is no fire in her eyes and performances anymore.

    Amber wasn’t good on “MacArthur Park” though and deserved the Jimmy’s critique.

    • tewence says:

      totally agree about jimmy’s critique

    • Christina says:

      Have to agree about Kree. There’s no fire in her eyes anymore. Shame cause she’s my favourite voice in a long time to be on this show

    • Jasmine says:

      there was never any fire in her eyes. she’s just a boring person. nothing wrong with that unless you’re on a show like this where you have to have personality and star quality. When Kree talks it’s just like monotonous and blah blah blah. She hardly ever smiles. It’s like she’s a chiller on crack!

  11. Karen says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more !! The manipulation tonight was so obvious it was laughable. The only way anything tonight would have sounded current would be if it were 1980.

    • Tiff says:

      I don’t know if we can blame the contestants for that. It’s obvious that they had about 10 songs to choose from in the “One Hit Wonders” book, and none of them were current. THEY NEED TO CLEAR MORE SONGS.

      • Mary says:

        Agreed. I loved Keith statement that none of the songs were from this decade. The producers need to update the list.

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      well Kree did do the 90s White Shade of Pale so that was sort of current. And Angie did a Jesse J. But yeah…. when a night that has One Hit Wonders as a choice and most songs were 10-20 years old even in 1980.

  12. John says:

    I think Traci Braxton would be able to describe tonight’s episode the best…”this is some …”

    Haley needs to call Candice and give her a pep talk, because the judges are doing Candice just like they did Haley in the home stretch.

    • HPL says:

      Except Haley was, you know, interesting.

    • Atlgal2013 says:

      Exactly what they did to Hayley…. Candice is obviously not their chosen one

      • John says:

        With Haley, they didn’t talk about the vocals, but they would go off on tangents and kill the momentum and enthusiasm in the audience. They’re doing the same thing to Candice this year.

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      They are to a degree. But Haley was bring a lot more magic and energy I thought. Candice is a great singer but she doesn’t have as much of that magic IMO. And she isn’t nearly as diverse in style.

      • Adam Fachry says:

        It’s because she’s not open to that many music exploration imo. I personally think Candice is more versatile than Haley, if I inhabit her body. I would make her listen to artists from Talking Heads, to David Bowie, to Tom Waits, to Spoon, to Funkadelic, to Sly and the Family Stone, to Springsteen, to Petty, to Erykah Badu, to Kate Bush, to Pixies, to Fiona Apple, anything. Her voice is like a blank canvas that could be painted with tons of different colors.

        • Tom22 says:

          Without getting into the either/or comparison, your ideas about how to make Candice (or many an artist) even better by stretching their minds into truly hearing and feeling other types of music outside their wheelhouse before going back to what their favorites are makes a lot of sense to me. JLo mentioned how Michael Jackson would study films of people like Fred Astaire dancing to improve his own movements etc.

    • Mary says:

      Come on people get over it Haley was good but she is not main stream and for that matter neither is Candice. They both can have careers but Jimmy is looking for main stream, pop artist.
      These girls do not fit the bill.

      • John says:

        Mary, my mistake. I thought we were looking for talent and ability, not just someone who is “mainstream.” And Jimmy was the only one that called Amber out, so I’m not sure why bringing Jimmy up is necessary either. At the end of the day, the judges should judge each performance on its merits, not pick favorites and influence the voting.

        • Mary says:

          Everyone has favorites even the judges. If you let them the judges or the producers influence you then that is your mistake. Music is subjective, what I like might not be your choice. All of these girls are talented, to think otherwise is an error in judgement. Jimmy is looking for the person with longevity that can make him money. Jimmy did call Amber out but he also said she has talent. He knows the music business and to quote him, she is everything I look for when signing an artist. A bad performance does not equate to failure.

          • John says:

            Jimmy called the judges out for practically ignoring Candice and said they wouldn’t tell Candice she was better than Amber. Only when he taunted them would they say Candice did well. When you tell a singer you expected something else instead of judging what’s in front of you, you’re not a judge anymore.

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        Haley could be main stream in an Adele/Winehouse sorta way. I just wish they had released one of the single she took part in creating and really gave it push. They had so much to work with on that album. She did attract attention from some, invited to Carnegie Hall, to Lollapalooza, to sing at Muhammad Ali’s birthday bash (she was even the one to do HB), all pretty huge deals. But she got zero push onto itunes front page features or radio/video etcs and the sort of stuff that actually gets you known in a big pop music sort of way.

    • Jasmine says:

      Don’t ever compare Haley’s time on the show to Candice’s time. You are so wrong! Haley was criticized from the beginning. Candice just now started getting criticized. I am sick of all those runs that she puts into every song though. She needs to mellow it down. But maybe that’s just because Angela’s my favorite and I want her to win! Who’s the best? Angela!

      • MB says:

        I just rewatched the show and Candice was not criticized that bad. She was totally praised for her beautiful voice and told she I’d not have to go crazy with the runs. (I agree) she was also old it is not just about the voice which I also agree with. On the other hand Nicki was awful to Kree. She was told he was probably going home and also her performance was not top 4 material.
        To be fair both Amber and Angie has gotten harsh criticism from Nicki in the past. Why is that okay but she is not allowed to criticize Candice or Kree. She wasn’t wrong though she did not have to be as cruel as she was to Kree.
        Now the over praising the judges did about Amber’s second song was over the top and their lack of pointing out not connecting with the songs and also lack of artistry is another story all together.

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        I do wish Candice would use a few less runs. I was never quite fully taken in by the whole billions of runs all over the place that suddenly became all the range sometime into the 90s. She is very good, but a few less runs wouldn’t hurt.

      • John says:

        No matter what you think of the singer and their style, it’s the same thing. They praise one singer solely based on the vocal, and then the other one gets criticized over where they fit into the industry, their clothes, the direction they went with the song (or didn’t), etc.

        • HitTheGroundRunning says:

          They have been a bit more sly about it since they didn’t say that she deserves to go home instead of Lazaro top six week, ala S10-level shenanigans hah.

  13. LeahKittyS says:

    Did anybody else notice Nicki accidentally call Amber “Angie” as she critiqued the second song? LOL.

    Anyway, the only performance I didn’t particularly enjoy was “MacArthur Park.” I don’t care for that song and Amber sounded a little wobbly. I know everybody hates duets, but both of these worked for me. The judges were unnecessarily harsh on Kree and WAY TOO MUCH attention was taken away from Candice after she sang. I am not happy with how that played out. Angie sang pretty.

    It was sweet to go on Twitter and see the guys tuning in to the show. Curtis, Burnell, and (gasp!) Lazaro had nothing but nice things to say about all of them.

    “Surprise twist?” Sure it’s a surprise, if you’re not plugged into the Internet.

    • Dan says:

      I heard it too! So weird considering Amber is the Chosen One (cue angel chorus and Uncle Nigel laughing in his throne in Mt. Doom).

    • Danny says:

      @Leah- Yea, I did. Angela.. errrrr, Amber seemed to notice too. The judges actually improved today. They were still brutal, but improved from their usual “F” to a “D.” I thought MacArthur Park was joined by a slew of songs that weren’t so great.
      I’d have rather heard Janelle Arthur Park it than MacArthur Park. And on that stupid joke, I’ll end this post.

    • Tom22 says:

      I call my son my younger brother’s name and my daughter my sister or my nieces names.. .. the girls names all start with a k sound and my son acts like my brother did when he was my sons age so i feel like i’m just responding to my brother again. Any A name would be interchangeable for me. That doesn’t mean I don’t know who they are…. just sometimes who they’re acting like comes up as an adjective before the name card.

    • Neal Mateo says:

      It was painfully obvious that the other judges, even Ryan, pretended not to notice!

    • Jasmine says:

      Yeah, I definitely noticed that and busted out laughing. It looked like Amber wanted to laugh to but she had to keep a straight face. I mean, Nicki, come on…her name is right behind her in big white letters! But whatever, Nicki gets them both mixed up. Last week, she almost called Angela Amber, but she caught it. I guess that Angela looks like an Amber and Amber looks like an Angie to Nicki. That was funny.

  14. Elizabeth says:

    I don’t get all the love for Amber. Her notes occasionally make me wince. I mean, she’s talented, but I never get that hair-standing-up-on-my-arms kind of feeling that I get with the other three.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      She is at least 2 years away from being ready for this. She needs to be more consistent and stop singing songs that are older than her because it is clear she has *no* idea what they mean. And why should she? The song selection was ridiculata tonight. Point blank period [channeling my inner Tamar :) ]

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        At times you do get a bit of that smooth easy amazing Whitney Houston sense and are like wow but she doesn’t seem to have the innate musicality that Whitney already had in spades by this age and she also does tend to go a bit off tune at times in a way Whitney never did and as with everyone else on the planet doesn’t have Whitney’s voice either as major as Amber’s vocal potential may be. And she has had a bad song choice a week for like three weeks which is what has really hurt her from making the great leap from back to top.

        • HitTheGroundRunning says:

          She also struggles much more with ultra youthful uptempo. Whitney was so utterly infectious with her first uptempo hits in the 80s and sang those with as much as anything else and Amber doesn’t seem to quite yet have that technical ability to handle the full uptempo or quite that infectious spirit. I think she does still does have promise to make it though (again not to Whitney level of course) so i do see why they are interested in her.

      • The Beach says:

        “The Power of Love”? Seriously? I thought Diva Week was last week. And the judges made themselves even more ridiculous praising McArthur Park, which was awful.

      • tewence says:

        ugh YES YES YES. all of her song choices are so generic-talent-competition choices. OVER IT. i don’t think i can say it enough times. i. am. over. amber.

        • MamaLis says:

          There’s also something about (Amber) lately that feels very swept-up in her own narrative. I’m sure she’s a lovely girl and she’s still so young….Which is why it felt last night like she was a product of, “Look at how gorgeous they made me.” Or even “Look at how tall and pretty I can be – I can even stand like a super-model!” It just felt disingenuous or maybe just… fabricated is the word. She definitely is loving the “process” and hair and make-up and cameras… equally if not more than the true goal of the competition.. which originally was singing. I thought. ;)

          • tewence says:

            i agree!! i also sense a sort of arrogance from her actually. some of the clips they show of her responding to positive feedback showed in her an attitude of “yes, you are right, i don’t understand why america gets me. this is my show to win, and it’s been that way from the beginning.” i dunno,…

  15. duranmom says:

    All my votes went to Candice. You’re welcome, Uncle Nigel.

  16. lori says:

    Definitely boring, I still like Candice and Kreme for the top two.

  17. girlinmd says:

    Amber is soo boring with her song choices why are they doing this Candice is the clear winner she is a great singer and gives me chills everytime I hear her sign yet they gush over Amber I’m mad too Slezak I will throw a fork on the ground in protest too! VOTE FOR CANDICE!!!!

  18. JVC says:

    The second time they take one of Slezak’s ideas for a new music theme, and the second time it is wasted potential, completely wasted potential. I mean Lythgoe come on, you really couldn’t afford any one-hit wonders from 90’s-present? And angie, “cry me river?” While good performance, last I checked, michael buble covered that song on one of his previous albums? I haven’t voted all season, but now I gotta start voting for candice cause I’m getting sick of the amber pushing.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      They shouldn’t sing any song where the year doesn’t start with a 2. It’s nuts at this point.

      • Nan says:

        i totally agree with you. This was a night I wanted contemporary songs. Having one from the 1950’s was crazy.

    • Jasmine says:

      There’s a reason why they didn’t say Micheal Buble when Ryan was talking about the song before Angela performed it. It was a one hit wonder for the woman who sang it, what’s her face. I can’t remember right now. You guys obviously don’t get the meaning of one hit wonder. It doesn’t matter if the song was covered numerous times afterwards. The song itself is not a one-hit wonder! The PERSON who SANG it IS the ONE HIT WONDER! Get it, now?

  19. duke says:

    MIchael is just being too harsh on Amber..just like Nicki is on other contestants..So I’m not going to take seriously your recap this week

    • scooby says:

      Oh totally. Not sure why the Amber loathing. The 2nd vocal’s biggest problem was it sounded like she’s a guest vocalist for the Solid Gold Dancers, very dated and I’ve never liked that song. Her opening of The Power of Love was acapella which she nailed–apparently we’re just gonna ignore that, but we praise Kree when she does it. There were so many one hit wonders (real ones) they just ignored. Why Idol keeps cheating theme week I dunno. It’s not like they can’t muscle some clearances when they want. The sad thing about tonight was it wasn’t a fair fight for Candice what with her cold. I thought something was up with her voice, so I’m glad Mariah brought attention to it. This time of the competition always has someone sick and subpar (although Candice’s subpar is better than most contestants’ A game). It was obviously Angie’s night. She finally emotionally connected in that Jessie J song in a way that hasn’t felt more than superficial in some past performances. I felt bad for Kree. She’s gonna smushed under the weight of that bussing. Who are we kidding? We know nobody’s going home tomorrow, and even if they do, Jimmy’s signing Amber or Angie for sure.

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      I was shocked her put her last place for the first round when she was right around first with Angie.

    • Rob says:

      I thought Amber was amazing in the first round! I was so riveted by her performance. I didn’t feel like there was any manipulation. I thought it was rude and disrespectful for the judges to comment on amber during Candice’s critique, but I don’t feel like that was “Nigel’s” doing. And I totally agree that Kree and Candice, though had some pretty great moments, were kinda dull tonight. But good on Michael for pimping them out and having a pretty major influence on the poll.

      • duke says:

        True Rob! Amber did good on the first song! The second song was really silly even Jimmy talked about the song and not really about Amber! As much as I love Kree and Candice tonight was not really their night, they were boring but I still enjoyed Kree’s second song! The judges were disrespectful though except Mariah!

  20. David7118 says:

    They did that so one will be in danger of going home and they can use the save so that then later when that person wins they can pat themselves on the back.

  21. Atlgal2013 says:

    Yes Michael!!!!! I was SO furious, hmm excuse me but Ms.Candice Glover just remixed a freakin hip hop song which she sang beautifully and Nicki calls it “old fashioned” and Randy admonishes her about ” taking it to church” with every song? What the what? Amber is ok at best but they act like she is the next coming of Dianna Ross or something. She just seems like a litte girl playing dress up in her mommy’s closet to me… Celine Dion…. Snooze! 50 votes to Candice!!!!!

    • tewence says:

      you are right on the money!

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      LOL. When I heard Celine Dion – I was like – REALLY?!!!! That should be a crime at this point. No one wants to see a little girl sing Celine. She doesn’t have the depth of experience to pull it off. Plus, it’s boring.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        I don’t know, I think Hollie did a lovely version of that song last year. It was one of my favorite recordings from last season. Amber’s I didn’t like as much.

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          @LeahKittyS – I am pretty sure I am responding to the fact that Amber sounds the same on every song at this point….

        • Adam Fachry says:

          To me, Hollie’s rendition was every bit as uninteresting as Amber’s. The only “child” (which Amber is clearly not since she’s 19 atm) who could pull off Celine was that David Foster’s so-called prodigy, Cheyenne, Cherish? Idk who she is. Not saying I like her, but she does have the chops.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            nobody had to pull of celine since that is NOT a celine deon song, that was very well known for years and years before celine even touched it

          • Adam Fachry says:

            But what Amber and Hollie represented was clearly the Celine Dion’s version. I already know for a fact that Power of Love is NOT hers, besides, the true context of the discussion was not necessarily about “young contestants and the song power of Love”, it was more about “young contestants and Celine Dion”.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            actually I guess it was actually a Jennifer Rush/Laura Branigan song, they both charted it back to back years in the late 80s. And then Huey Lewis with a totally different song just a year and half or so before. weird. 80s loved their Power of Love.

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        She didn’t do Celine Deon! That is a Laura Branigan 80s song!!
        .
        (or 80s Huey Lewis if you go to a completely different song hah)

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          Oh wow. Laura Branigan is a serious flashback for me. Nicely done.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          didn’t a woman named Jennifer Rush originally write and record the song? I believe Laura Branigan had a hit with the song, though.
          Crap, I am old!

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Dang I just made an idiot of myself there. Yeah it’s a Jennifer Rush song! The Laura Branigan was also just a cover although it was the one that hit top 25 in the US not the Rush version. But they were only released ONE year apart in the U.S. (and only TWO in the rest of the world) and somewhat similar. So weird. Has a song ever charted and then gotten covered just a year later and charted again?? Both kinda sung the same way, same style.
            .
            I think I sorta combined both in my head but since Jennifer Rush never made top 25 with it, only top 60, I guess I only remembered Laura’s name. I think I remember Jennifer Rush now, I was pretty young. Maybe the fact it charted back to back years is why I vaguely seemed to recall it lasting for a while across the late 80s. Jennifer Rush 1986 and then again in 1987 with Laura Branigan.
            .
            Only Branigan had it crack high enough to count as an official One Hit Wonder though. That too is weird. Charted twice in less than two years but didn’t get One Hit Wonder until the cover (but I thought Laura Branigan hit top 25 more than once no??? and if that is true then how is it a One Hit Wonder if Laura was more than a one hit and if Rush never cracked top 25 in the US??).
            .
            Even weirder is that Power of Love also charted a THIRD time in the mid-80s with Huey Lewis’ famous Power of Love from Back to the Future fame in 1985.
            .
            Really, really weird is that it looks like in the UK Power of Love charted top 25 as two different songs in 1985! And then again as a cover in 1987!

          • Ted Sutton says:

            I saw Jennifer Rush do “The Power Of Love” on the Tonight Show in 1986. She got a standing ovation. An outstanding performance. I went out and bought the single the next day. Jennifer Rush co-wrote the song, and I like her version better than Celine Deon’s or Laura Branigan’s.

    • MC says:

      “She just seems like a little girl playing dress up in her mommy’s closet to me.” ITA about Amber. She’s one of the least original singers to ever make the top five of this show imo. It’s a shame because she has a nice voice and is marketable. The orange dress was killer, though.

    • Sandy says:

      Thank you for that, Atlgal2013. I was waiting for the judges to give Candice props for picking a very current song and more than doing it justice. I thought it was clever and very well done. Didn’t expect the “you gotta stop being old-fashioned” comments. Was flabbergasted that the same comments weren’t given to the other girls for “MacArthur Park”, “Cry Me a River”, etc. I think those comments were definitely directed at the wrong performance.

    • JT says:

      i was so confused when he was talking about candice always “taking it to church.” candice seems to be all about the r&b to me, just because she’s a big black girl she has to be labeled as a church singer? again, kind of seemed like sabotaging poor candice a little bit…

      • MC says:

        The sabotaging of Candice is very blatant. Think about how many times they could have said that to Joshua last season. It would have been more justified imo, but they didn’t say it to Joshua, or at least didn’t imply it was such a negative thing. The crazy thing is Candice rarely, if ever, oversings any song. Oversinging is what I associate with the most unappealing type of church singing.

        • MB says:

          Totally agree with you. Joshua got standing ovations for every song and he truly took it to church yet Candice is criticized and she does not carry on in the same way as Joshua did.

        • LYJ says:

          I do believe Randy called Joshua a Louisiana church boy a couple of times.

        • Karen says:

          Yes, yes, yes to this! I couldn’t believe Randy accused Candice of oversinging and “taking it to church” too often! He used to encourage Joshua Ledet and Jacob Lusk to take it to church all the time. He even said “Never hold back”! And he said all this while sitting next to Mariah who also tends to oversing. Candice never oversings like Joshua and Jacob did.

      • The Beach says:

        Yo Yo Yo…I seriously wanted to throttle Jackson tonight (even more than usual) and if I hear “in it to win it” one more time, I’m gonna scream. Sorry…this show really irritated me tonight.

        • Nan says:

          The shot of Randy listening to Candice clearly showed him loving it and then he had the nerve to downplay her performance. I actually stood up and applauded when Mariah brought some sanity to the judging and praised Candice.

      • tewence says:

        right?! i have yet to hear her “take it to church.” although i know she could…but she’s been living in the r&b/jazz lane this whole competition. *throws hands in the air*

      • 5talentgirl says:

        @JT. Yeah, Randy’s comments were so below the belt. I remember he once asked her if she goes to church, and she said, yes she does…but not once have I felt that she sings ‘churchy’ or oversings as some (not all) church styles may do ( a la Curtis Finch jr). THis comments were so deliberately a put-down of her singing and so undeserved, it was disgusting. After all the praises Randy normally gives her and how every week we clearly see him enjoying her every note – and run – then these stupid, biased comments? Shame on all the judges – especially Randy – all except Mariah, who seems to be refusing to toe the line on this sabotage move. The producers don’t want the larger, older girls in the final and the judges are doing, and saying, what they’re told to sway the voters away from them. Zero credibility hence forth to both the producers and the judges. All we ask in watching and supporting A.I, is a platform upon which we can hear and enjoy good singing, fair critiques and justified outcomes…well, 2 out of 3 of these desires are going unanswered this year.

  22. Amy says:

    Seriously, it’s like Amber can do no wrong in the judges’ eyes. Are you kidding me? Could they actually hear that second and totally horrendous song? Oi. And poor Kree and Candice. The judges used to (rightfully) love them. Now it’s like they can’t do anything to make the judges happy. Loved Angie tonight. Amber has got to go. She it not a young Whitney. She is consistently pitchy on big notes. And she’s boring 90% of the time.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      I predict America is gonna turn on Amber because of the judges nonsense, which would be fine by me… It’s about time she goes home.

      • JT says:

        i think it’s totally reasonable that she’s made it this far. she’s performed better than janelle and obviously better than the guys. but, i’d be fine with her going home this week after her performances. i’m just scared to death it’s going to be candice so anything other than that would be fine with me

    • Bonnie A. says:

      West coast here and just seeing this but the raving for Amber on MacArthur Park was crazy, especially from Keith. Was not a special moment AT ALL!

      • The Beach says:

        I did appreciate Keith asking why nobody was singing any One Hit Wonders from the last 10 years.

        • Tahoe Mike says:

          Because if it’s in the past ten years, then the artist probably still has a chance to have another hit. It’s pretty harsh to call an artist a one hit wonder while they still have a career.

          • Nan says:

            I see your point but I bet an artist that’s only had one hit in the last ten years would be thrilled to have the song performed on Idol. That would be money in the bank for them.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            fair enough but they skipped over not the 10s and 00s but the 90s and 80s too and even the 70s actually (athough in terms of the performance they were based upon they may have hit the 70s (perhaps ultra early 80s) for one and perhaps the 90s for another).

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            But still that leaves us with nothing written post late 60s and nothing even known for a performance post disco-era other than for Kree’s choice.

        • Karen says:

          I think the judges need to get a copy of the lists the contestants get to pick their songs from each week. I think they blame the contestants for song choice a lot but they don’t know what the kids had to pick from. Once last season Randy criticized and said something like “of all the songs in this category why would you pick that lame song”, but you know the contestants didn’t have that many to pick from.

      • Name That Tune says:

        The odd thing about Keith’s comments was that McArthur’s Park made him think about summer. Did he listen to the lyrics? That was never a happy feel good song. Especially Richard Harris version – it was a sappy dredge into someone’s darkness. Meant to be sung by a Drama Queen. Then Donna Summers decided to turn it into a disco song. Which made it a joke. So much so that Second City TV brought Harris in to sing his “new” version of the song. Suddenly he was mocking the disco version that Summers did.
        I wouldn’t expect Amber to understand that she chose a song that had become a joke in the 70s. But Keith is supposed to be better educated.

        • Tom22 says:

          See my thoughts above but it made me think about summer too. Summer is an allegorical term though… the summer of my life etc. Keith seems to be an allegorical type of guy. The song to me was about a time gone by and a good time gone by and by saying that you won’t find the recipe again, you’re really thinking.. I hope I find that recipe again.. and as the tempo picks up the interpretations becomes a defiance of limitations and a flight of fancy into I KNOW i’ll can find that recipe again (or at least relive the memomory as if by thinking of it I were actually living it again.. memories can help you re-enjoy the past if you open your mind to them that way).

          On top of that. . any mention of a sundress.. even a mention of a sundress muddied in the gutter in winter. makes me think of a lovely woman in a sun dress… and wow almost any fit girl in her 20’s looks amazing in a sun dress when they’re happy …. so.. heck, mention a sundress in any context and I’ll think of summer…its just such an evocative thing that it flavors the context around the word into other allegorical things.

          • Name That Tune says:

            Tom that song landed Amber in the B2.
            I heard that song a 1000 times on the radio when it was a current. Never made me think summer, never made me think anything other tthan this guy is really depressed. It never evoked anything remotely happy. Maybe that was the intent but it fell far short of the mark.

  23. Tom says:

    I would have graded Angie’s second performance higher, but other than that YES to everything Slezak said. I just have to laugh at the lack of shame this show has.

  24. Holly says:

    Currently playing Diana Krall’s “Cry Me a River” over and over to drown out that abomination of a cover that Angie belted out tonight. Ugh.

    • marie says:

      Thank you! That was hideous. You need to have a feel for the standards to do them justice, and she absolutely does not. She has no business singing standards. None at all.

      • Will says:

        Her performance tonight was gorgeous. There’s room for multiple versions of songs and I know you don’t like Angie anyway, so this is falling on deaf ears, but to say it was hideous or that she has no business singing it or any “standard” isn’t just wrong – it’s so wrong it’s stupid.

        • marie says:

          That’s your opinion. I still stand by what I said completely.

          • Jasmine says:

            and your opinion is wrong! Angela can sing anything she sets her mind to. She just has to genuinely believe

          • Will says:

            No, you don’t understand. This isn’t a matter of opinion. Your opinion is not liking the song. But “hideous” comes with a set of criteria that simply doesn’t match to the performance that was given, whether you personally liked it or not. Her tone was pure, she hit the notes spot on, and her belting was always on the mark. I personally also felt the emotion of the song, though that is subjective. What isn’t subjective, though, is the fact that to call it “hideous” and to say that she “has no business singing standards” is completely, 100% wrong, and is not an opinion but a flat out incorrect use of those words and phrases when measured up to any objective standard of the performance she gave. You’re wrong. Period.

      • Haley Fan says:

        Completely disagree, and I think that if given a chance she could become a thing.

      • Tom22 says:

        I thought it was one of the best covers of that standard I have ever heard too. She brought alive the connection of the timeless flow of a river in connection of love in a way I hadn’t ever felt so fully. I’m quite familiar with the standards.. I thought Angie really made that one ultra special

    • The Beach says:

      Ah, sweet Diana Krall…you do have good taste, Holly.

    • CAM says:

      Thank you. I find most of Angie’s songs to be “pretty” at times. She has a good voice, but a lot of the time I just feel like I am being shouted at by a lovely girl with a pretty face who has no real understanding of the lyrics she’s singing. Her facial expressions are often overdone. She has great potential, especially with Christian Rock, but she often just seems to be overacting.

    • Jasmine says:

      oh shut up! Angela sang her a** off in that song. She sang in tune and everything. Abomination, really? let’s see you get up there and sing it. Everyone vote for Angela Miller! these haters are gonna keep hating! But Angela’s one of the top two this week! That should tell you something!

      • MB says:

        I don’t get the Angie hate either. I personally do not feel she is fake but really genuine. I think she is like a little kid so excited to be on Idol. The girls seem to love her and her them. As far as her singing, she came from theatre and is use to singing like that but I think she has come a long way and is really listening to the criticism I think all of them sings well but I just like Angie’s personality the best. She also has the best presence on the stage. To me she is the complete package. Kree and Candice are great singers but I just don’t see the star quality in them. It has nothing to do with their looks but more to do with how they carry themselves on stage especially Kree. Amber has the presence but there is something about her personality I just can’t warm up to. She seems very self impressed and frankly kind of conceited. I could be wrong but it is just the impression I got from several things. Her comeback at Michael, snotty remarks about past contestants, her fascination with her own reflection in the mirror. She has the makings of a Diva and I just do not care for that type of personality. That’s probably why Nicki says that out of all the girls she could be friends with Amber, because she is so much like her.

      • Adam Fachry says:

        You guys should’ve avoided any debate or argument about Angie everytime the person you’re trying to counter utter the name “Angela”. Cause, they’re obviously her extreme fans (stans).

        • Jasmine says:

          @Adam Fachry — But that’s her name…Angela. I wish everyone would stop calling her Angie!

          • kaba says:

            She personally asked for the show to refer to her as Angie and you’re making it as though people forced it on her? Please don’t tell me you’re one of her biggest fans cause that’s sad.

          • MB says:

            On one of her interviews she said I prefer to be called Angie. That is why they call her Angie now. It was her choice.

        • Jasmine says:

          @kaba — i never said anybody forced it on her. i just personally like the name Angela better. If she wants people to call her Angie, that’s fine. I’m still going to call her Angela though. It’s not like she’s going to pound someone in the head for calling her Angela, since that IS her birth name. And I am a big fan of hers! Not ashamed at all! And I saw some of your other comments about Angela, so I know you don’t like her that much. But me being her one of her fans is not “sad.” I like that you’re passionate about your dislike for her! It just shows that she’s making you feel something. Love it! Vote for Angela, everyone!

        • Jasmine says:

          @MB — Okay people. If it’s her choice, fine! That still doesn’t change the fact that I want people to call her Angela. It’s not a big deal though, because I’ve heard people call her Angie since the beginning, so there’s a little part of me kind of warming up to the term of endearment, but I still prefer Angela. But anyway, I want her to win!

  25. Nicole says:

    I’m not a huge Amber fan – I like Angie and Candice – but I thought Amber and Angie outperformed Kree and Candice (particularly Kree) during round one.

  26. Stacey says:

    Yes. To every word. I did not throw my fork, but I found myself truly angry at the nonsense spewing forth from the judges tonight. Kree and Candice are beautiful, talented amazing women who were treated very, very poorly tonight. Even if neither of them win (which I doubt they will with the giant bias being leveled against them), I will buy each of their albums 15 times before I’d even consider one from the other two. Thanks for always telling it like it is, Michael.

    • Lana says:

      @Stacey, Yes I agree, I will buy their albums over the other two and I did feel they were being thrown under the bus only because I did not feel that Amber was better than they were tonight. I did like Angie better than I normally do but since she is usually my least favorite that is not saying much. I wasn’t as excited with the song choices as I thought I would be as there are some awesome one hit wonders but these girls are not very imanginative or adventurous in their song choices. I sure miss Adam Lambert and his performances each week!! Or Joshua’s.

    • Mary says:

      I guess everyone has different taste because I would buy Amber’s or Kree album in a heartbeat.
      Their I tunes are lovely and both are good recording artist. Candice is good live but I am not to thrill with her recordings. Angie is not my cup of tea.

  27. Scott says:

    Lauren Alaina was nothing compared to Amber-pushing. Ugh.

    • Nicole says:

      Eh…Lauren Alaina pushing was pretty bad.

      • Tiff says:

        I think Lauren Alaina was worse. Week after week. And at least Candice and Kree have only had a little bussing, unlike Haley…

        • Dan says:

          Haley could sue the judges for verbal assault and bullying :)

          • Jasmine says:

            I know right! (sighs) it just makes me so mad thinking about it again. Never has anyone been treated like Haley Reinhart has on this show! She was clearly the best of her season, but those hicks Scotty and Lauren-I mean, seriously? Them over Haley Reinhart, “The Queen of the Growl”? (Scoffs) I’m just happy that Haley at least made it to the Final 3, even when she was in the bottom week after week. Now that’s a survivor, right there! Look it up, and you’ll see Haley Reinhart’s picture. Anyway, back to this season, vote for Angela!

  28. tewence says:

    WHY ON EARTH DID THEY STAND FOR AMBER’S FIRST PERFORMANCE???!?! i can’t take it anymore. her second song was crap, and they thought it was awesome. i am so baffled. it was like the “talent” portion when amber was on stage, then the three artists come on after. i am filled with rage tonight as well…

    • tewence says:

      i will also add that, even if the judges weren’t feeling her second song, it wasn’t performed well enough for the overflow of praise.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      LOL, tewence. I fastforwarded through the judges. I refuse to hear their voices at this point. It’s cray cray.

      • The Beach says:

        That was probably a good idea. At least you didn’t have to deal with elevated blood pressure from their inane remarks. I think I need a Xanax!

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      Because Amber did a good job on the first song. Wasn’t crazy about her second song though.
      And I thought that while Amber started out better than Kree in the duet that in the end Kree definitely did the better job even though they sorta made it sound like perhaps Amber had.

      • The Beach says:

        I agree. I thought Kree was a lot better in the duet than Amber.

      • tewence says:

        she did an ok job with power of love…but i am baffled as to why they STOOD for that.

      • Nan says:

        Amber did a good job on the first song but a good job doesn’t rate a standing ovation. To get a standing O she would have had to make us forget Celine Dion’s version.

        • Mary says:

          At this stage the judges have giving so many standing ovations that I just think they need to stretch their legs. They don’t mean anything for me anymore. I feel like I am at my kid’s recital any us parents stand at the end to acknowlege good job.

    • Nephtalia says:

      I agree, anyone that choose to sing ‘The Power of Love’ in 2013 does not know who they are as an artist.

      • snowballx350 says:

        LMAO! “Anyone that choose to sing power of love in 2013 does not know who they are as an artist” That’s one of the stupidest things I’ve ever read on this site. Power of Love is one of the greatest songs of all time. It’s timeless. That’s like saying “Anyone who does the Whitney version of I Will Always Love You in 2013 doesn’t know who he or she is as an artist”. Girl bye!

        • B.Rich says:

          Anyone who does the Whitney version of I Will Always Love You in 2013 doesn’t know who he or she is as an artist.

    • Jasmine says:

      no, WHY ON EARTH DID MARIAH STAND UP FOR MACARTHUR’S PARK AND NOT FOR ANYONE ELSE! that song was hideous, amber did so horrible. But she was praised for singing out of key, straining, losing control in her lower register….uhhh…it was just….indescribably bad! That performance….

  29. Tracie says:

    THANK YOU!!!!!!! I actually felt everyone was playing it safe, but the way the judges fawn over Amber is getting old. Current, my butt. I hope everyone seriously steps it up next week.

  30. LLA says:

    Tonight on AI is a one big WTF to me. Amber was the worst of the nite. First song was meh and her second performance was just bad. JImmy is right Mac Park is a really corny song (although Jimmy Webb has written some great songs). But, good or bad song–Amber did not sing it well at all. I couldn’t believe the praise from the judges.

    Angie was OK on her first song–but no flippin way was she the best of the night with Cry Me A RIver. Great standard-BUT- she sang it without genuine feeling–and the whole thing was kind of shrill.It reminded me of a bad high school performance. Candice would kicked the crap out of that song. It wouldn’t be in the same universe.

    Kree did fine on the first song. I thought WSOP was very good–only she was fighting with the keyboards–which were way too loud. It screwed up her lovely vocal.
    Candice took two mediocre songs (IMO) and made them better. Neither are particularly melodic songs–but she’s sang them well. Cold or no cold.

    I guess the bus is out for the ladies who aren’t size 2. Oh well

    • mikey says:

      Makes me wonder if Candice was railroaded into singing those songs. And MacArthur Park, Really???

      • NJ idoloonie says:

        She had to been forced to sing Emotion – there was no way she picked that!

        • LLA says:

          Hell ya–I think she was railroaded into singing Emotion. Really doubt she would have picked that lousy song herself. It doesn’t go anywhere. She did a great job on it–considering. At this point–I bet they were afraid to let her sing something like Cry Me A River–would have been one of the best moments on Idol. I know it’s an old song–but it’s a great song and a great singers song. She would have blew the roof off the place.

    • Jasmin says:

      I completely agree!!! Have y’all also noticed that they put Candice in the same black pants, same shoes and makeup every week and on top of that she almost always wears black. The top four girls are all gorgeous but to me they 100% into making Amber look fresh and current and just give Candice whatever they can throw together at the last minute. Just bc she’s not a size zero doesnt mean she has to wear the same boring thing every week. This episode infuriated me so much I just can’t take it. I can understand that their going to pick on every little thing but to hear amber sing MacArthur park with one too many sour notes and she’s the only one to get a standing ovation? I jut can’t believe it.

      • Jasmine says:

        I never noticed Candice always wearing all black, but that’s because my focus is on the angel Angela Miller. Now, SHE wears all black all the time! The only time I think she didn’t wear black was when she sang “Shop Around”. She had on something blue/purple. Angela loves the color black!

    • Kati says:

      Shrill! That’s the word I was trying to think of for Angie’s performances tonight. I thought the first song was just screechy, but shrill says it better. Obviously she never heard Julie London’s version of Cry Me a River. Now that was a voice!

    • Jasmine says:

      Stop bringing weight into this! I wasn’t even thinking of how big or small the girls were until other people started bringing it up. They’re all gorgeous. And with the way things went the last 2 weeks with Candice, it seems like they were trying to get her in the finale and not Angela. So size doesn’t matter. If it did, Amber wouldn’t have been in the bottom while Kree was in the top. So that’s not true! Then other people are bringing race into the equation as well, which needs to stop also. They are all great singers regardless of what color they are. Yes, Candice and Amber was in the bottom two; that’s not because they are both black. And it’s not because Angela and Kree are both white that they are in the top. Candice’s voice is amazing. Amber’s voice is not. Angela’s voice is AMAZING! Kree’s voice is bleh! color has nothing to do with it. You people are getting on my nerves with all this crap. VOTE FOR ANGELA MILLER, EVERYONE!

  31. Adam Fachry says:

    I’m gonna start a campaign for Candice, but I’m not sure I can find any jazz vocalist term that ends with “er”. SAVE THE WARBLER, perhaps? That could work.

  32. Billie says:

    Okay, let me guess, if Amber gets the lowest number of votes tonight – there’ll be no elimination this week (AKA ‘Idol’ Season 6 Top 6 Part 1 results night), but if Kree (or probably Candice?) will be the recipient, then the elimination continues. Look at DialIdol, sure it is not-always-accurate, but Amber is leading by a somewhat large margin. CRAP.

    • Brian says:

      Dial Idol doesn’t look like it’s working right…because although the idol score gives Amber a high score, if you look at busy signals, her line isn’t nearly as busy as the others (as a percentage of calls)…nor is she getting as many calls through it.

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      Amber is leading? Yeah she did well on the first song but she was weak on the second and not amazing on the duet.

  33. Tommyo2000 says:

    Same thought tonight… I could understand the critiques of Candice and Kree’ s first song, but totally could not figure out the way, way, ott praise for amber …

    And please tell me exactly why Kree got yelled at for the duet… Was that whole mess (it wasn’t that bad) her fault?? Why didn’t Nicki pull Amber into that too.. I mean she took Kree to task, really hard, and amber sat their with a dumb as a rock smile … And I get the impression she is as dumb as a rock musically …

  34. Dan says:

    Screams of unrelenting rage start in 3…2…1… Arggggggghhhhhhh!!! Did anybody else notice Nicki calling Amber Angie?

    • Jasmine says:

      That was so funny to me! Look at Amber after Nicki called her Angie. Her facial expression was like “What? I’m not Angie. I’m trying not to laugh now.” It was sooo funny! Nicki cracks me up! That woman is a character! Love her! I’m not mad though. She didn’t mean to say it. She gets both of their names mixed up, though.

  35. Merrilyn says:

    Splitting my votes between Candice and Kree tonight. Might throw a few Angie’s way, but there is no way Amber was better than the 3 of them, especially with MacArthur Park. And the Celine number was so snoozy. Same thing every week. I loved Kree’s bluesy first song. And I only wish I could sing like Candice with a bad cold. Only in my dreams.

    • MC says:

      I thought Kree’s first song was her best of the season. The bluesy sound was excellent. I thought she showed much more emotion than usual. I never vote for Kree. She’s normally too stiff for me, but it’s clear the judges were throwing Kree and Candice hard under the bus tonight. I split my votes between Angie and Candice. The Candice-Angie duet was awesome and Angie brought her A game tonight. Her first solo song was especially terrific. People say they don’t feel anyone has the hunger, but I felt it from Angie tonight. Candice did a nice job nursing a cold and bringing life to two borderline crappy songs.

      • Jasmine says:

        Yes, Angela was indeed the winner of the night. But I honestly kind of feel that it was all for naught because they sent nobody home! I mean, leave it to this week for Angela to do her best performances, but then no one leaves! Uhhhh….(sighs) I know they had a week to kill, but still…so unfair. I just hope Angela does even better next week!

  36. Golfchicknyc says:

    Hey anyone else enjoying The Voice vs this bullsh#t Kree/Canfice sabotage? WTF!!!!! Dare I say Lady Mariah had a few *GASP* nuggets of rationality?

    • NJ idoloonie says:

      Yes to MAriah’s critique! She stood up for Candice and actually made sense tonight. Maybe because of the writing on the wall that she wont be back next season, she is free to tell the truth.Keith had smart things to say, except for the scripted praise of Amber.

      • Golfchicknyc says:

        As I am watching my recording its totally OBVIOUS lady M is being spoon fed pithy comments but I DON’T CARE as long as she’s Camp CANDICE (and KREE for that matter)

  37. RodMod says:

    It’s funny how it took only until after all the boys were eliminated for people to finally start seeing/ hearing Amber for who she really is—a thinner, “shriekier,” much-less-husky-and-rounded version of Whitney Houston!
    .
    And she was my favorite after her Vegas performance, which I still go to YouTube to watch from time to time!
    .
    My, my, my, how things have changed.

    • RodMod says:

      I should clarify: I am referring to Amber’s singing.

      • Danny says:

        Rod- That’s a pretty accurate assessment. I wouldn’t stop at Amber though. The girls as a whole looked a lot better when they were next to a bunch of guys who couldn’t sing. On their own, they’re struggling some too.

  38. Marilyn says:

    Let us put the two skinny girls 1 and 4 and put the little fleshier girls 3 & 4 and, then, let’s ambush Candice’s second song by Nicki because she had to tell Jimmy off and then she told Kree that after she went home tomorrow night she would have a “platinum album.” Then, let’s put Skinny1 with Not as Skinny 1 and Skinny 2 with Not as Skinny 2 just to show that two skinny girls might be prettier, in case anyone hadn’t noticed Amber or Angie aren’t pretty as are they all. The only one who seemed to care, at all, about the singers was Mariah, the one who the proverbial “they” tried to get rid of. Keith, Kree is not going to throw a mic or just “go crazy” and “show emotion” or, at least, your kind. Candice cannot emote every week; she also can’t hit a clinker note like Amber. Randy lied. This is the sleeziest, most blatant manipulation of watchers I have ever seen this show do. If Kree or Candice go home, i will not watch again.

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      I did think Amber missed pitch at times but then Randy said it was 100% pitch perfection.

    • Haley Fan says:

      Oh brother, I thing you are buying into the Slezak’s Idol world view too much. They are all pretty girls in there own way, and it is completely just as probable the pairing was done for other benign reasons.

  39. Wendy says:

    The Idol brass made it very clear that they want a teen winner tonight meaning Amber or Angie. I am personally in favor of a Candice-Kree finale but have a sinking feeling that if Kree get the fewest votes tonight she will be leaving tomorrow which is totally wrong.

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      I think I’m down with a Candice-Angie finale.

      • MC says:

        I’ve been leaning in that direction for the last few weeks. Angie lost me earlier in the season, but she has reeled me back in recently. I’ve been on Team Candice throughout the live shows.

      • candicegloverfan says:

        after angie’s two performances on this episode, i would also go for a candice-angie finale. and i’ve been for candice & kree in the finals all along. i only vote for candice, though, ever since lazaro was ranked higher than her. i worry that folks who split votes between candice and kree end up boosting kree at candice’s expense. i do believe, based on angie’s latest performances and candice’s season-long performances, that they would provide the most entertaining finale (and also some variety in comparison with each other).

      • Will says:

        This has been my ideal top 2 for the majority of the season. So glad to see it coming together like this. Hopefully it turns out to be the case because their duet was positively electric compared to any duet this season, and their genres would make for the most interesting clash.

  40. CJS says:

    I had more fun reading this than I did watching tonight’s beauty pagent (aka AI season 12 final 4) This season has been a complete and utter joke, tonight included.
    And “surprise twist” = no one goes home tomorrow. I’m calling it now.

  41. Jamie says:

    I think they’re pissing us off on purpose to get their actual intended finale.

  42. Linderella says:

    Just like the judges, I’ve already made up my mind. I didn’t watch the show. I just gave Kree my 50 votes. This show is so over.

  43. Keith says:

    Procol Harum was not a one hit wonder-Conquistador also charted

  44. KimKamGo says:

    Well, Michael and the rest of the Amber haters, consider yourself fooled by the AI machinery. That is EXACTLY what they want to happen, to create a backlash on considerably (before) the underdog in the competition. She was not pimped as hard as those 3 other girls (and Janelle) during the early rounds. They are totally sabotaging Ambers’ chances.

    Not giving her proper critiques to vanquished any chance for growth + Blatantly trumpeting for her to the point of obnoxiousness the casual fans will hate on her = TOAST. Kinda makes me sad :(

    • Brian says:

      I know….it’s weird people who don’t like Amber get mad for overpraise…all that does is hurt her…because of backlash and maybe some others (if they do listen to judges) feel like she doesn’t really need votes since she is so good.

  45. Laura says:

    I kept thinking that maybe they were maybe doing reverse psychology. You know, make everyone so angry at all the anti-Candice and anti-Kree vitriol so we’d vote our butts off? Maybe? It’s the only thing that makes any sense to me, because honestly, I thought Amber was a bit shrill and I don’t like Angie’s theatrics (and never have).

    • deedee says:

      I think it’s partly reverse psychology, and partly a setup for next week’s redemption arc. Since nobody’s going home tomorrow, they can play with our emotions a little, and then next week Randy can say, “YO, Ryan! Candice IS BACK!!!” and “Ryan Seacrest, you know what? Kree is IN IT TO WIN IT!!!!” … etc., etc.

    • Jasmine says:

      Well, that only worked for half of the equation. Kree was in the top two, but Candice was in the bottom, so obviously, some of America felt like she could’ve done better. But I don’t care. Let the judges criticize Kree and Candice all they want to! As long as they keep praising Angela Miller, I’m fine. VOTE FOR ANGELA MILLER! (I’m saying this in every comment I make) i’m desperate…sue me!

  46. Anna says:

    I haven’t voted all season, but I’m so angry at the blatant busing of Candice and Kree and the undeserved overpimping of Angie & Amber that I am using all 50 of my votes on Candice and Kree.

    Dear Nigel, Jimmy and the rest of TPTB — Amber and Angie will likely NOT be huge stars. And neither girl is really any more mainstream or current than the other 2. Candice and Kree have just as much chance of being successful as the other two do. In fact they might actually have more of a chance.

    But even if they didn’t, I’d still vote for them, because they actually gave stronger overall performances than Amber & Angie, then they got thrown under the bus for no reason

  47. Holly says:

    BTW, the only true “one hit wonder” tonight was Kree’s cover of Whiter Shade of Pale.” Strange how Idol defined “one hit wonder……..”

    • Keith says:

      Nope Procol Harum hit #16 with Conquistador in 1972

    • American Idol defined it exactly like Billboard defines it: a hit by an artist whose second (and subsequent) songs don’t peak above #25 on the Billboard charts. If you use the AI app they provided a handy definition.

    • Lola says:

      Regardless of whether or not it fits the definitions, her vocals on this were beautiful. I’ve never quite understood all the hype about Kree. She is more than proficient and I see her with a professional career, maybe as a studio musician. Tonight, however, I felt every note in this song and loved it. The judges were horrific tonight. Kree was fabulous.

  48. Nicole says:

    Why doesn’t Kree “bring it” performance-wise until a duet. She had so much more stage presence standing still next to Amber than on any other number this season. She nailed Adele.

  49. dudsandstuff says:

    Am I the only one whi noticed how completely OFF the background vocalists were on Candice’s second performance? ugh…

  50. Jane says:

    The foolishness stunts the judges pulled tonight was embarrassing. It’s so obvious producers had a serious chat with the judges behind the scenes about the woeful declining ratings. The whole Jimmy being brought to the stage was just insanely desperate!

    • Bonnie A. says:

      Yes!!!

    • Lola says:

      I agree 100,000%. Horrific. They shamelessly plugged Amber/Angie all night. I was furious when they stole Candice’s critique to talk about Amber .. again (and again and again). Sooo phony. I loved what Jimmy said, that they just didn’t want to admit that Candice’s performance was better than Amber’s though. Not always a fan of Jimmy but I sure was last night.

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        I was almost shocked Jimmy was even willing to force the point since Amber has seemed to be his girl bar none. He was right to make it, Candice >>>>>>> Amber on that second song. (I did prefer Amber on the first one though.)

      • Jasmine says:

        But Angie was rightfully praised. Amber, on the other hand, was NOT! SHE SUCKED!

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