American Idol Top 4 (Redux) Performance Recap: Standards Operating Procedure [Updated]

Candice Glover American IdolIt’s no secret that American Idol‘s ratings have slipped in Season 12, and tonight — despite some stellar performances by the Top 4 ladies — we witnessed several moments where you could practically feel the Nielsen numbers dropping by tenths.

There was Randy Jackson leering at Angie Miller after a particularly harsh critique and declaring, “I do like the leather shorts!” [Tonight's mathematical truth: Randy + the word "Leather" x Sexual Innuendo = Saw-level horror.] There was Nicki Minaj, trying to insert herself (her favorite pastime) into the middle of one of Mariah Carey’s critiques, and later, Ryan Seacrest breaking up one of the female judges’ tiffs with a “someone needs to be put in the corner!” scolding that played up the anti-feminist notion that “girls” simply can’t get along. Oh, and in other Nicki news, we had the “Starships” rapper telling the incomparable Candice Glover that she’d suddenly become marketable — then asking if she’d lost weight.

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And if that wasn’t soul-crushing enough, the show’s producers flashed an onscreen hashtag of Randy Jackson’s most irksome catchphrase, you know, the one that makes America collectively cringe every time he barks it: #inittowinit. Hashtag: HOW?

All that went down, of course, before guest mentor Harry Connick Jr. and Randy hijacked poor Kree Harrison’s second performance critique to get into an extended pissing contest regarding their level of music credibility. Harry won, obviously, but was it worth claiming poor Kree’s dignity as collateral damage?

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Practically lost in all the low-brow shenanigans was another jaw-dropping evening for Candice Glover — who fought back from last week’s shellacking to score back-to-back standing ovations from the panel (not that they mean anything anymore, but…). Combined with Kree’s magnificent first performance and Amber’s solid (albeit rehashed) second number, it left presumed front-runner Angie Miller as the contestant who endured the most difficult night — both in terms of “having a moment” and suffering from so-so feedback.

Still, last week’s 38 million votes are being added to this week’s tallies — and knowing that Candice and Amber were last week’s Bottom 2, Thursday night’s results-show telecast may be the most suspenseful of the season.

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With that in mind, let’s jump to my letter grades for tonight’s performances:

“Now” (Songs Released/Charting in 2013)
Angie Miller: Rihanna’s “Diamonds” | Angie came into this week knowing she was already in the Top 2 vote-getters, so I appreciated her refusal to play it safe, instead choosing an unexpected artist like Rihanna and reimagining her huge recent hit as a dramatic piano ballad. Despite Keith’s complaints about missing the “percussive muscular weight” of the original, I thought the arrangement worked. Angie managed to breathe added life into the new-agey love story that, in Riri’s nasal bleat, sounds like little more than a cryptic chant. The problem here, though, was that Angie’s actual vocal wound up being a little flawed — thanks to the haywire glory note on “toniiiight” and the intermittent sharpness as she pushed her upper register at the end. Plus, as Mariah noted, Angie worked so hard at maintaining eye contact with the camera that it started to become a distraction. None of those issues were deal-breakers, mind you, but they left this one shining more like a cubic zirconia than the full dazzling diamond it could’ve been. Grade: B+

Amber Holcomb: Pink & Nate Ruess’ “Just Give Me A Reason” | For the contestant who’s been most lauded by the judges as “current” and “commercial,” Amber sure seemed out of her element in the “Hits of 2013″ part of the competition. And no, I’m not buying the judges’ excuses about how hard it is to learn new lyrics or to be a “carefree,” “relatable” girl under the pressure of Top 4 Week. Amber’s got a big, lovely voice — there’s no denying it — but she’s never shown the kind of emotional rawness or sly conversational delivery necessary to tackle anything in the Pink songbook (not even “There You Go”). Perhaps even more troubling, though, is that when Amber is faced with a tune that doesn’t fit her as snugly as her many pairs of Daisy Dukes, she hasn’t exhibited the musicality or creativity to reinvent or reinterpret it as her own — or even to act on advice as simple as Harry’s note to snap her fingers and stay in the pocket. Thus, what Amber ended up delivering was a rote recitation of “Just Give Me a Reason” — mostly on pitch except for that high note that sounded like a small dog had gotten caught underfoot — but without any guts or passion or high-wire audacity. Good thing Mariah was there to hold the party line and tell voters that she already knew Amber’s second performance was going to be great. Wait, did Paula leave her Idol crystal ball at the judges’ table when she stopped by the other week? (And here I thought Jason Castro had smashed it out behind the dumpster back in Season 7!) Grade: B-

Candice Glover: Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” | I couldn’t believe all the pre- and post-performance discussion of Candice not changing the word “man” in the chorus of Bruno Mars’ current chart-topper. I mean, even a dimwit like Randy has to recognize that music isn’t some kind of algebraic exercise where a misplaced decimal or a miscarried digit throws the whole thing off, but rather an entirely visceral art form. Candice’s performance served as a stark reminder of this fact; she didn’t so much try on the song like a sweater off the rack as she did shed her own skin and temporarily inhabit the narrator’s body. When she hit the lines, “I’m probably much too late/ To try and apologize for my mistakes,” a shiver went right through me, and her use of pronouns was the furthest thing from my mind. I just wanted to throw a hand up and be like “You shoulda bought flowers! And now it’s too late, fool!” And oh that sweet falsetto note right at the end, the one that led into one last jazzy run — it was seriously so good I couldn’t even kvetch when Nicki belatedly made her fellow panelists get up and give a standing ovation. Yeah, there’ve been too many instances of Tweedle T-Shirt, Tweedle-ME!, Tweedle-Duh and Tweedle-Dahhling on their feet all season, but this one actually was worthy. Grade: A

Kree Harrison: Carrie Underwood’s “See You Again” | I know Kree is, at heart, a country artist with a bluesy underbelly, but I was still a little flummoxed when I heard she was tackling Carrie Underwood’s current radio hit — one that, to my ears, has always sounded a little blah and impersonal. How interesting then that The Contestant Most Frequently Berated for Not Feelin’ It — and who even desperately told Ryan in her pre-performance interview that “I need to connect” — found an unmarked access road right into the heart of the song. As her entire face lit up with emotion, and the insanely pretty silk of her voice occasionally crackled with pangs of sadness, it wasn’t hard to imagine Kree singing the lyric to her late parents. Who knows if that was actually Kree’s intent, of course, but I got lost with her in the lyrics and transported into a different headspace. And isn’t that one of the many things good music should do to you? Maybe it’s blasphemous to say this, but I’m with Harry: Kree’s cover actually improved on Carrie’s original, her understated approach adding an ache and a vulnerability that have me eager to download it come Thursday morning. Grade: A

“Then” (Standards)
Angie Miller: “Someone to Watch Over Me” | Angie’s standard started promisingly enough, with just her and Hot Idol Guitarist Dude serving up a quiet little lullabye. Alas, though, that gentle approach was short lived. As Angie began to float across the stage in her violet nightgown getup, the band kicked in with (apologies for agreeing with Randy) a confounding and noisy arrangement that managed to sound equal parts old-fashioned and perturbingly garbled. The end result was that Angie’s voice trailed off a bit in spots, while her vibrato became just a wee bit overwrought in others. (I could’ve also lived without the dramatic, wide-eyed inhalation before the finale “Meeeeee!” but it sounds too bitchy to actually type the words.) I don’t think Nicki helped by noting the “Disney princess” quality of Angie’s “look, voice and disposition,” but hey, at least we know “Someone to Watch Over Me” has “special significance” for Mariah, and that’s really what it’s all about, right? Except they didn’t give the number to vote for Mariah! Or Nicki for that matter! “Hashtag: Urgh!” Grade: B+

Amber Holcomb: “My Funny Valentine” | Randy was correct… OH EM GEE, I just had a thought that if God struck me dead about 11 seconds ago, my last act on earth would be typing “Randy was correct,” and my entire life’s work as an American Idol recapper would be tarnished forevah, dahhling. Sorry, let me get back to my point. Randy was correct that Amber took the stage looking defeated, but I mean, wouldn’t you do the same if the show’s producers had devoted an entire segment with Harry Connick Jr. trying to drive home the message, “She’s cute, but maybe not that bright”? Yeesh, that was brutal, especially after Amber’s first package was all about her failure to remember her lyrics. Granted, it was great to see some real, actionable mentoring happening — and I kinda wish we’d had that happening all season long — but I can’t imagine being in Amber’s shoes and having to take the stage seconds after a video in which it’s pointed out that you couldn’t even use basic comprehension and deductive skils to determine the meaning of the lyric “Is your figure less than Greek?” Or that you have no idea what your signature Idol song is actually about. I’d suspect a case of producer sabotage, but given how hard Uncle Nigel and the judges have pushed Amber for the last six or seven weeks, that theory seems a little tenuous.

Whatever the case, though, Amber gave another lovely performance of “My Funny Valentine,” one that was slightly more sophisticated but perhaps a little less surprising than when she first did it during Top 10 Girls performance night back in Vegas. And that’s the problem of a repeat performance on a reality singing competition: There’s simply no recreating a magic moment at two separate points in time. (Doctor Who should probably devote an episode to this topic.) However, Amber’s post-performance tears — combined with a standing ovation from the judges and Nicki declaring her a “beautiful budding red rose” regardless of whether or not she goes home — might score her enough votes to put Candice or Angie or Kree at risk. That would be unfortunate, though, because to me, “Funny Valentine” (Part 2) wasn’t enough of a statement to shake the feeling that Amber is the No. 4 contestant behind three other women who just happen to be savvier strategists, bigger risk-takers, more creative thinkers and more believable interpreters. Grade: B+ (downgraded from A- because we already heard it before!)

Candice Glover: “You’ve Changed” | Yowza! I know Candice’s “Lovesong” is widely considered the Performance of the Season, but if for any reason that Cure cover is unable to fulfill its duties, the title will be handed over to first runner-up “You’ve Changed.” I mean…do I need to count the ways I loved this performance? The world-weary toss-off of that first “you’re breakin’ my heart.” The way Candice doubled up on the “I can’t, I can’t” and then had to double-time the “realize that you ever cared” with an unexpected rhythmic flourish. The transition from a huge, growling “You’ve changed!” to a heartbreakingly whispered “the sparkle in your eye is gone.” Yes, Randy managed to drop another offensive “church girl” dismissal, and Nicki actually passed on offering any feedback on the night’s inarguably best vocal, but to quote Harry — whose mentoring got a little heavy on the “stick with the melody!” ranting, but was delightfully specific and actionable — “14-year-olds” probably weren’t ever going to get Candice anyhow. Grade: A+

Kree Harrison: “Stormy Weather” | I have to agree to an extent with Nicki that Harry’s unvarnished brand of mentoring may have been “startling” to the Top 4 ladies — especially when they had to hear a highlight reel of his critiques seconds before their performances. Perhaps that explained Kree’s almost timid stage presence during “Stormy Weather,” which to me is supposed to be sung by a woman who thinks of herself as a broad or a dame or a tall glass of water. That wasn’t the case for Kree, whose phrases drifted off like the down on a dandelion, and who seemed to lose her cadence when she hit the bridge. The tone of Ms. Harrison’s voice never fails to thrill just a little — it’s the ace that she’s got in every hand — but after such a deeply connected “Now” number, the “Then” lacked the urgency of a contestant knowing this could be her final time on the big Idol stage. To make matters worse, Kree had to stay on said stage for a loooong and drawn out argument between Randy and Harry that ended with the guest mentor shouting “Randy! Stop! Stop!” (We’ll dive deeper into said dustup and its origin in next Monday’s Idology episode.) And while we’ve all wanted to yell “Randy! Stop! Stop!” for about 12 seasons now (or maybe even put it on a t-shirt), I’m just not sure it was fair for Kree to have to be in the middle of the fracas. Maybe next time Harry could send out a strongly worded Tweet instead? Grade: B

Top 4 Ladies: Little Mix’s “Wings” | Yep, they sang it.

And with that, let me turn things over to you. What did you think of Season 12 Top 4 performance night (Part Deux)? What did you think of the judges’ comments? Who was your favorite? Who’s going to be in trouble come results night? Take our poll below, then sound off in the comments, and for all my Idol-related news, recaps, interviews and videos, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!


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656 Comments
  1. Jacob P. says:

    Hey everyone again! Below are my letter grades >:) VVVV

    • Jacob P. says:

      My Letter Grades:

      Round 1:

      Angie Miller – Diamonds (B): I thought the beginning of the performance was amazing. I thought for sure it was going to be a moment, honestly. Then the band (drums?) kicked in. I thought from that point on It turned from an A all the way down to a B

      Amber Holcomb – Just Give Me a Reason (C+): I have been really tough on Amber, but seriously? She forgot her lyrics? Of course, I don’t know that for SURE, only because I fell asleep about 20 seconds into the performance.

      Candice Glover – When I Was Your Man (A): You know that your performance is kick-ass when you actually believe those lyrics!

      Kree Harrison – See You Again (A-): 1. Love the background! ;D 2. Great performance 3. Must I continue?

      Round 1 Winner: Candice Glover

      Round 2:

      Angie Miller – Someone To Watch Over Me (B+): I think this is one of the few times where I actually felt Angie. She did a great job with the song. (No mention of Allison Iraheta? -__-)

      Amber Holcomb – My Funny Valentine (B-): This performance was probably the best she has ever sounded. With that being said, how unoriginal can Amber possible get? I mean, I understand if you want to repeat a performance on the finals, or maybe even Top 3, but Top 4? I wish she would have chosen a different song. I expected everything that came out of her mouth.

      Candice Glover -You’ve Changed (A++++++++++++++): I need no words to describe this amazing performance. If she goes home tomorrow, I quit watching the show. Simple as that.

      Kree Harrison – Stormy Weather (B): I really liked this performance. I’m not jumping out of my chair, which might be the problem but she still did a great job

      Round 2 Winner: Candice Glover

      Quartet Performance – Wings (A): This just proves the amazing talent this year :)

      Should Be Bottom 2: Angie Miller, Amber Holcomb

      Should Go Home: Amber Holcomb

      Will Be Bottom 2: Anyone?

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

      What do you guys think? Do you agree?

      • Name That Tune says:

        Agree with your grades. Tonight showed why Candice should win. Thise were 2 gorgeous performances.
        The bickering between Nicki & Mariah needs to stop.

        • Lee says:

          I agree. As usual Candice turned in the best performances of the night. Unlike overrated Amber, Candice made the songs her own with raw emotions. I just don’t see what’s so great about Amber. She should go home tomorrow.

          • Mercedes S. says:

            “I don’t see what’s so great about Amber” – the men behind the curtain probably thinks she’s young enough, and malleable enough (and not particularly smart, as was cruelly proven last night) to be molded into the Idol shape those guys see fit. Angie, Kree and Candice all seem to have a strong sense of who they are and what kind of music interests them.

          • Eli says:

            Amber not being very bright was “proven” many weeks ago, tonight just hammered it down for everyone who didn’t see it before.

        • Jen says:

          Nicki and Mariah’s bickering ruined the show for me tonight. It made me so uncomfortable I turned off the tv and missed most of the second half. I really hope they just sweep away this panel (Keith is OK to keep) and start fresh next year with judges that 1. can actually critique and 2. can act professional.

        • Aaron says:

          Agreed – the constant interruptions from Nicki during Mariah’s feedback is ANNOYING – however I do love how it seems like Mariah is dissing Nicki when she says “the singers up here” when she disagrees with Nicki. As for “Diamonds” – there is a video on Youtube of Sia (who wrote the song) performing it in an auditorium with just a piano. Angie should have studied that and she would have had a HUGE moment, but instead she once again turned it into a pageant number and her constant mugging for the camera annoys me more that it would if Nicki and Mariah had a fist fight or if Randy pooped on stage – she just grates on my nerves.

          • Eli says:

            Keep in mind Aaron that the contestants are instructed often and repeatedly to “work the cameras”. Angie is not the first to take it a bit too far and she won’t be the last.

      • CAM says:

        EXACTLY!

      • Hillary C. says:

        I completely agree with ur placings.

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        nah. Kree was a bit weak tonight. No way she is above Angie.

        • Dan (Haleyloony) says:

          I thought Kree greatly surpassed Angie. Angie was good, but definitely not better than Kree.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Kree wasn’t that amazing on the first song, not as good as Candice for sure and not as good as Angie either. And on the last song I think she was behind all the other three. It wasn’t her best night. Although you obviously disagree. I expected her to produce magic since she got the last slot but that was the weakest of the round.

          • Trouty Mouth says:

            I feel like I’m the only one who’s bored by Kree. It’s been very same-same all season: from the songs, to the arrangement, to the performance style, to the lack of expression in her face. Having said that, she was definitely better than Angie.

        • Harvey says:

          Angie is just more interesting. She has about three different performances while Kree has one.

      • MC says:

        I pulled up Just Give Me A Reason on YouTube by Pink a few minutes ago. I know I would give Amber a D or an F for her tentative, half-hearted and half-baked interpretation. She seemed overwhelmed by the intricacies of that song. Listen to Pink, though. You’ll hear the difference.

        • Name That Tune says:

          I listened Pink’s version as soon as I heard Amber was singing it. From the get-go it was going to be a problem. She is still a little girl and it was too big for her.

          • MC says:

            Agreed. Amber’s inexperience painfully shows up on some songs more than others. This one was over her head, at least for now.

          • Jongirl says:

            Perhaps Idol should raise the minimum age for contestants to 21. Teenagers just aren’t experienced enough at life to handle a lot of songs.

          • marie says:

            @ Jongirl, Idol is never going to raise the minimum age to 21. Personally, I wouldn’t mind that, as I generally prefer more mature singers to teens (Allison Iraheta being the only exception), but Idol still wants very young singers they can mold and market as they see fit, and they will never raise the age, although they may lower it again some day (shudder).

          • Eli says:

            @jongirl you realize that would mean no Kelly Clarkson if they had done that from the start, right?

        • Mary says:

          Give the girl a break, no she is not Pink but the song was not terrible. I think she was concentrating on the lyrics to much. This is probably why they don’t do current themes because to many critics here compare which is not fair.

          • Eli says:

            Seriously? You don’t think people compare to Celine Dion when she sings Power of Love? Come on Mary, you can’t be that naive…

          • MC says:

            I normally don’t like to give low grades, but this song is ALL about conveying emotional truth. I had the same problem with Jessica last season. Someone can hit glory notes all day long and still not convey the heart of a song.

      • GG says:

        Bizarre that the telephone recording is not repeating back to us for which numbers we are voting

        • LeahKittyS says:

          I’ve heard a lot of people say that is happening. Weird. I don’t call in my votes, I only text and use the 50-at-once thing. My texts still get replies confirming who I voted for. Odd that the phone line isn’t doing that tonight.

        • Jenny says:

          You are right. I am really nervous about that. This is the first time that the telephone are not announcing the contestant that we are voting for. I hope there is no funny business. Candice won tonight hands down. .It just shows that she is really a fighter. I thought that Kree came back tonight as well. I hope that Candice is still around next week.

        • Marilyn says:

          I noticed that, too. It was like if you, by mistake, dialed the wrong number, you wouldn’t catch on. That happened to me, after giving 10 votes for Candice (far better than them going to anyone else but Kree), I noticed my last number was 7 instead of 4. What was with that? I look for manipulation all over this show. Paranoid, maybe. But . . .

        • Jasmine Porter says:

          That is EXACTLY what I said the first time I called to vote for Angela. I did called again and it was the same thing, “Thanks for voting.” I was like “They better not be playing with us. My votes better go to Angela Miller.” You know, why can’t they just say, “Thanks for voting for Angela Miller. Thanks for voting for Candice Glover. so on and so forth. What’s so hard about that? Now they have to make me worry if my votes are going towards my favorite or not. Uh uh now, this is not going to work. But thank god we have that super vote cause I get to vote for Angela 100 times. Yay! I wish I could get other people’s Facebook accounts…haha…i’m desperate…sue me.

        • DKJ says:

          I thought about the same thing!! The recording used to say, “Thanks for voting for Contestant number 3, check back for the results…” Well for me, I just limit who I vote for so that I don’t get confused.

        • cmcm says:

          Something odd like this happened to me a few weeks back. I was phone voting for Candice whose voting number that week was 5. I dialed the number and got “Thank you for voting for contestant 5,” which was correct. From there I hung up and pressed redial and got the same message. I kept repeating this and half listened to the message each time, but one time the message said “Thank you for voting for contestant 4,” which happened to be Lazaro’s number. I double checked the display on my phone and it showed that it had dialed 5, the correct number. The following day Lazaro was announced as being safe and having the fourth highest votes of the group. Burnell went home that week.

      • Jen says:

        I agreed all the way to the point where you gave Amber’s second performance a B-. That was the second best performance in the 2nd round next to Candice. I thought Angie sounded the worst tonight to be honest, but she has the biggest fanbase so I doubt she goes anywhere.

        • ben says:

          I agree Angie is the worst. At the moment it’s popular around here to bag on Amber, but the reality is that she, Kree and Angie are all actually really fairly equal. It’s just a perceived bias of the show towards Amber that has people marking her down.
          -
          Nevertheless, given Candice and Amber were bottom two last week, and just given demo rules generally, one of them is probably going to go home this week, and it better not be Candice. If, somehow, they both manage to survive, then I’d like to see Angie go home, not Kree.

          • Jen says:

            I agree with all of your post. I’ve read comments saying that Amber is not in the same league with the other girls and while I agree that those sentiments held merit when they concerned Janelle, I completely disagree when it comes to Amber. Like you, I put her up there with Angie and Kree. Personally, I love the pureness and clarity in Amber’s voice. Not a lot of singers have that, but because she does it allows her to sustain notes (not that easy to do actually) without having to do runs (which she occasionally does anyway).

            But tonight was my first time discovering this site and I was a little thrown off by the blatant bias in the writing. In any event, Candice and Amber does split a demographic and with them already being the bottom 2 last week, I can see one of them going home. It’ll probably be Amber which is a shame because I would put her in the top 3 with Candice and Kree (who has been fading, but I just love her tone).

          • ben says:

            Jen – Michael is a very good idol reviewer, but he is not a balanced one, nor does he ever make any pretence of being so. As a result, TVLine is not the place to go for balanced views about Idol. It really wears its biases on its sleeve.
            -
            I’m not stating this as a negative or a criticism – it’s just good to know what you get. It threw me when I first read idol reviews here too, but in the end I enjoy the read and the community here without having to agree with them. I find myself frequently in the dissenting minority here.

          • tewence says:

            i don’t dislike amber because of any bias anywhere…i dislike her because she is unoriginal,boring, and lackluster. i agree with michael that her “now” choice only showcased how not current she actually is. think about it, the only “moments” she has had on the show were with old songs.

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        I liked Candice’s second performance more than her first. I missed the stripped down elegance of the Bruno Mars version. Still love her. Hope she makes it to next week. I think Amber actually sounded better on Funny Valentine when she had no clue what it meant… The rest of the performances were unexciting and banal, yet proficient for the most part. On nights like this (read: boring) I miss that crazy dude who set the piano on fire…

        • deedee says:

          I feel the same about Candice’s Bruno Mars song. It started off great, but then became too much of a “big number” by the end. Would have been better, imo, had she kept it stripped down and quieter. LOVED her second song, though.

      • WendyT says:

        Angie’s performance of “Someone to Watch Over Me” couldn’t hold a candle to Allison Iraheta’s.

        • scrutinizer says:

          thank you for saying that :)
          for all the positive feedback michael gave allison during her run on idol, i’m really surprised he didn’t mention her amazing version in tonight’s critique of angie. allison slayed that song and angie’s version sounded really tinny and anemic in comparison! michael reminded us of melinda when amber first sang “valentine” in hollywood week. so why not at least pay some hommage to allison for “someone to watch over me” ????
          it’s sad that allison never does get the credit she deserves. she’s an amazing artist!!!!
          allison, hope you read this :)

        • Anise says:

          Truer words have never been spoken. I like Angie, but if you’re going to sing something Allison has done before you, you’re going to lose.

        • none of these contestants can hold a candle to Alison Iraheta. Matt Giraud’s Funny Valentine or Melissa Doolittle’s version or Adam anything/anytime. The contestants are attractive,but somewhat lacking in performance emotion.

      • syb says:

        I think Amber’s #2 beat both of Angie’s, even though the first one Amber did was not so great. So I’d flip them, but otherwise, yes Candice—Big Gap, Kree and then the other two.

        • kahuna says:

          I agree with this. All the girls except for Candice had a mediocre night. However, Amber’s MFV saved the night for her and put her in the number two spot for me…After Candice of course.

      • Mermaid says:

        Very good review with grades…I agree with most of them. You are right that Candice is the BEST singer in the competition and deserves to win. I think Amber or Angie will go home tonight…Amber’s tears might have garnered sympathy votes (her Dad’s tears got to me!) but Candice and Kree are my picks for the prize!

      • After Idol, Amber’s is the only album I shall buy.

      • Bob says:

        Agree except I really liked Angie’s Diamonds. I give her and Kree a tie. Everything else…agree.

      • ramdelossantos says:

        I love the gap! hahaha! :)

    • GG says:

      Harry Connick Jr gets on my nerves. He does not help the contestants and confuses them. Harry is just there to show off his piano playing and he is not funny

      Also, Michael Slezak, I happened to like Randy’s personality and his critiques. There is a warmth to Randy and I am glaaad that Randy is still on the show

      There I said it

      Keep voting for Candice everyone and I still love ya Haley R. I downloaded your amazing version of Bennie and the Jets

      • Thoroughly annoyed says:

        Randy is a damn fool. He doesn’t have a warmth.
        Or maybe the only warmth you feel is from the flow of piss that crawls down his leg every time he remembers that he is not a judge under the merits that he is a “survivor” of the process but actually that he’s simply a prisoner of war and is well aware that his relevance dies once the show dies, or if he leaves.
        Harry made all too much sense

        • Krista says:

          Word!

        • GG says:

          You have your opinion and I have mine. Randy understands muscians and the logistics of music

          I also enjoyed Randy when he co hosted with Kelly on the Kelly and Michael show

          I will always enjoy the up beat and yes warm personality of Randy

          • kaba says:

            He cam understand music and being a musician all he wants. Him shouting “in it to win it” 4/5 times doesn’t show that. He just sounds like a dumbass.

          • Hpl says:

            He really doesn’t seem to understand musicians — as his out of place name dropping of Miles Davus shows. I suppose most of the audience doesn’t know much about Miles other than his name, but if anyone knows his music they know that he was a master of not going crazy and playing lots of notes. Randy is Randy, but seriously.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Did you love him and feel his warmth when he made Haley turn around and cry after he singled her out in vicious (and ridiculously off-base) fashion saying all sorts of absurd BS? And when he definitely cost her the finale? EVen Nigel said Randy came off as a bit too nasty pulling off his task (to get rid of Haley to save their country duo) there. And Steven Tyler tore him to pieces for that the next day as did one of Idol’s own vocal coaches and even at least one of the other contestants got upset with him over it all (Lauren). He was still going around and laughing at her and trashing her. Acting all shocked and pissed when some hosts on MTV turned out to be big Haley fans and had her as their ring tones, etc.
            .
            The first few seasons yeah maybe so, but definitely not the more recent seasons.

          • alejandro says:

            I agree. There’s so much hatred directed at Randy. To me, most of his critiques are spot on. I also agree that Harry was annoying. He was so overbearing and offered his advice as if it was the gospel truth, when it’s nothing but an opinion. The part where he interrogated Amber about the meaning of the song should have been edited out. And he sabotaged Kree’s last performance. She clearly looked restrained. You can’t tell people to sing the standards as if they were the Holy Bible. They are standards precisely because they are full of meaning and wit and therefore accept incredibly diverse interpretations.

          • kaba says:

            Randy doesn’t ever give good advice and if you’re going to penalize harry for his OPINION you’d be keen to notice randy is no different

          • Jason says:

            Randy was an idiot in the whole Haley situation but we all know at that point in the season they are told by the producers to try to get rid of certain contestants. Paula did it with Jason Castro and Randy did it with hAley. You really can’t blame Randy!! He’s basically working from a script. That’s like hating Bryan Cranston for the evil things he does as Walter White!!!

          • kaba says:

            One does not need a script to say “DOG DOG DOG DOG HOG SOG FoG MOG CHOG DOG DOG IIIIN IT TO WIN IT!”
            He’s a blundering idiot

          • AlyB says:

            If he has such an in depth understanding, why does he keep calling Candice a “church girl”. She has some deep jazz influences in her vocal delivery but no gospel that I can discern. Her song selections don’t reflect that at all either. Yet he persists in labeling her that way.

            The real “church girl” is Angie, leather shorts and all. And that’s not because of any gospel influence, she’s flat out a contemporary Christian singer. It’s her genre.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Yeah it probably is the script as much or more than him, but he is RICH!!!!! and he still sells his soul for more $$$ so I think he can take some blame a this point too, he even extended the script to off the official Idol stage appearances too.
            .
            At times they seemed to have freed him up a bit more this season, but….
            .
            Anwyay if you are willing to sell out when you already not only can put food on the table but live like the super rich (not that there is anything at all wrong with that) you CAN take criticism and direct blame for being a paid stooge.

          • NJ idoloonie says:

            I wondered why the producers kept Randy on the show, after cleaning house last season, now I realize the producers know they can get him to say anything they want. They could not be so sure with the new judges, altho, disappointingly, they have succumbed to the producer’s pressure.
            ALSO – what happened to the judge’s pick of song????
            They complain about song choice. I want to see if they can do better!

          • jefferson says:

            Seriously, you overly obsessed Haley fans need to let it go. Haley has let it go, you should let it go too. Haley even posed for a picture with Randy last night. You can see it on his twitter.

          • fanology says:

            I’m w AlyB — Angie is the only one who has really openly talked abt being a church girl. Yet Randy called BOTH Candice and Amber (yep, listen to it… he muttered her name too in that sentence) “church girls” in, god help me i don’t even remember the point he was trying to make this week. All i heard was BLURGH BLURGH RANDY YOU MORON BOTTOM TWO CHURCH GIRL WTF JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL AND HELP US OUT OF THIS RATINGS-LOSING DITCH!

          • ejones says:

            How many times did Randy say ‘if you are a good singer you can sing anything’, certainly didn’t follow that policy with Haley (good to see her in the audience). Harry would have got on with Haley though as she certainly wasn’t into unnecessary runs. Kree, obviously, didn’t follow Harry’s advice with the result a distinctly sub-par performance. Its Candice’s problem as well, she’s an instinctive over-the-top runner. Amber would have been better off if she had got through to the live shows in a few years, the longer she’s in the show the more her inexperience shows up.

            Not one of tonight’s 2013 performances will have the same impact on the original’s record sales as Haley’s Rolling in the Deep did. In fact, in contrast to Michael, I didn’t feel there was an A grade performance all night, very disappointing.

        • Hillary C. says:

          Agreed.

      • lessjoy says:

        It was so nice to hear truly constructive criticism on AI tonight. Thank you Harry! I’m so tired of all of the same pandering and superficial (looks, clothing, makeup, etc) judges’ critiques, so Harry’s insights, agree with them or not, were a breath of fresh air.

      • Lucille says:

        Harry confused the contestants? He could hardly have made it simpler: “These songs depend on the melody. Sing the melody. Don’t embellish.” How is that confusing? It was the clearest advice I’ve yet heard this season, and what’s more, he was right.

        • The Beach says:

          Thank you. His advice was spot-on…not that they followed it. I loved when they cut to Harry while Randy was blathering his usual nonsense. You could just read his mind thinking: “What an idiot!”

          • Jasmine Porter says:

            Yeah, that was hilarious. And I agreed with Harry. Randy is an idiot and it made me even madder that he called Amber and Candice the two church girls… ?!?!?…?!!!!? insert your foot in your mouth much Randy? That was the most stupid comment of the night and Randy made a ton of stupid comments last night. I used to like him, he is turning me off big time this season. He makes no sense whatsoever! It’s so frustrating. Anyway, I hope Angela can live to sing another week.

        • tewence says:

          i agree…i appreciated what he had to say. he wasn’t trying to tell them to be DIFFERENT than who they are, rather to get down to what the song IS and convey THAT. i think his purpose in telling them to lose the licks/runs/rifts was to try to prevent them from relying on that to deliver a stellar performance. instead, he was asking them to use what is already in those well-written songs to help them connect.

      • LYJ says:

        Regarding Harry…thought I was the only one.

      • JoMarch says:

        Thanks, Randy’s Mom for your opinion. Everyone else thinks your son is a buffoon and needs to be gone.

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        Maybe it confuses them because the judges are so used to giving the contestants unintelligible [read: Mariah], sweeping generalizations [read: Randy], comedic rants [read: Nicky] – that are not even cleverly disguised as “constructive.”Perhaps if they got more constructive criticism they would know how to skillfully integrate it into their performances. And instead of 10 bazillion standing O’s they could also point out *specifically* what vocal techniques they are doing to garner such praise – so they “know” what works and what does not.

        • NJ idoloonie says:

          I agree. The contestants needed more mentoring, not just from Jimmy who really isnt a mentor, and they could benefit from guest judges, who wouldnt have the bias and pressure from the producers.

      • ben says:

        @GG – I’m on board with your Randy comment. But hey, the only judges I’ve ever not really been a fan of are Paula and Kara.

        • ben says:

          Check that, I also don’t think Mariah added anything. But frankly, most of the season I do other things during the judges anyway. I watch for the performances, not the judging.

          • MC says:

            ITA. This isn’t exactly Masterpiece Theater or Shakespeare. I don’t need the judges to give me the annotated version of anything. Music is very subjective. Harry Connick, Jr. is great (really great and smart), but I doubt that I would agree with him (or anyone) 100 percent of the time. I’m not sure what’s the point of tearing apart the judges, but it is definitely a cottage industry for some to do that on a weekly basis. Going to your point, anyone overly focused on the judges or the production values probably overlooked the sheer brilliance of Carly Rose Sonenclar on X Factor. Talk about burying the lead.

          • ben says:

            I agree MC – if I had a genie and could wish away one thing on TVLine, it would be every single comment about the judges. I just don’t care, and I frankly find it very difficult to understand why anyone else cares either.

          • Nephtalia says:

            I agree with that 100%. Music is suggestive and the only way for the judges to matter was if they were giving grades that influenced the results like on DWTS. Since they are not doing that, then I don’t understand why the big focus on them.

      • Monica says:

        I agree Harry was so biased . I think he gave some of the contestants a hard time just so that Angie could look good when she didn’thave

        • MB says:

          Oh so now Harry is part of the conspiracy. This is getting totally ridiculous. Not everything is manipulation.

          • Jasmine Porter says:

            I know, right? People are always looking for the worse in a situation. Like they’re ALWAYS has to be some sort of hidden agenda. Simmer down, sirs! (i just had to get that in there… i know…i’m lame)

      • HaleyFan says:

        “There is a warmth to Randy and I am glaaad that Randy is still on the show” Really? Randy is that you?

      • PeaceMaker says:

        Harry Connick Jr is an educated, master expert at these sorts of “standard” songs. This is what he does. This is what he knows. He’s not just “some guy” giving a random opinion. That being said, what he says is still just his opinion. But it’s an expertise opinion. And it’s somewhat ignorant to find it “annoying” that he expresses it passionately and with some level of authority. I would be thrilled if Mariah Carrey, heralded as one of the greatest voices and songwriters of recent time, would finally offer some definitive constructive criticism based on her knowledge of singing. But no, instead we get meaningless drivel. What a wasted opportunity to hear her speak with some authority. Last time Harry mentored, everyone loved him. Maybe we’ve all just forgotten what it’s like for someone to actually know what they’re talking about. Maybe he came on so strong because he recognizes the BS.

        • tewence says:

          I AGREE 100%. can’t even add anything to it except that i think it would be wise to hire harry next season as a mentor/judge

        • ChellemaBelle says:

          Absolutely agree. If you have ever seen Harry Connick Jr. perform live, there is absolutely no doubt that this man knows music. There have been complaints that he doesn’t know styles outside of standards. First, he does. Second, if you have a theme of standards, would it not be prudent to actually listen to a man who has more experience and success in this area? Third, he is extremely intelligent and has a wicked sense of humor. Some people may not understand it, but it may be also exaggerated from reality show editing. Last point, everyone clearly has their favorites. All of them can benefit from one clear point of advice that HCJ made– learn the melody first. Runs and “making it your own” can be added later, but you have to know your foundation before you start to build on it.

      • Pérola Cardozo says:

        I actually loved Harry’s critiques, they were very much in point, and after his discussion with Randy, I’m actually voting for Harry to substitute the Dawg immediately!

    • lessjoy says:

      I thought “My Funny Valentine” was TERRIBLE. Amber’s voice was cracking, and she sounded off-key. I couldn’t believe the judges gave her a standing O.

      • Hpl says:

        Yes — here Melinda Doolittle on the AI stage — this is how it is done–
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Dpb3vNsTd8

        • Hpl says:

          (here IS Melinda . . .)

        • reen says:

          OMG, Melinda was soooooo good!!!! Thanks for posting the link. (:

        • joggy says:

          Mellinda had had professional training and was at least 10 years older than Amber. She was in her thirties or close to it when she completed.

          • Nan says:

            People in their thirties are ineligible for this show.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            True. I think the limit was 28 her season. 7 years ago and she is something like 35 now? so yeah she must have been like right at the 28 limit when she was on.

          • marie says:

            I believe the upper age limit has always been 28. Wikipedia lists Melinda’s birthday as October 1977, so yes, she is 35 now, and was at the age limit when she competed on Idol.
            (And as for My Funny Valentine, as far as Idol goes, she owns that song outright.)

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            it used to be 24 at first

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        Terrible X 10. And I actually liked it the very first time she sang it.

      • MC says:

        I thought Amber was close to falling apart tonight. She is emotionally spent at this point. I also think most people can see that Amber isn’t a student of music and falls way below Candice and Kree in terms of musical knowledge. Amber can close the gap in a couple of years, but right now she’s not ready for this.

      • tewence says:

        i agree…and how safe and unoriginal to revert back to a song that she’s already done. it’s like she has a list of (pageant/talent show) songs that she thinks she can sing good and felt like it was time to pull out a trick to save her life in the competition. then she sings it good but is a bore-fest. and cue judges talking about how it is a singing competition and they don’t care about the other stuff (never mind critiquing angie for performing the rihanna song wrong [something about eye contact - isn't this a SINGING competition??]) and how can you not know what the song means?!?! it isn’t that hard to figure out for goodness sakes!

      • daynamonet says:

        i think you need to listen to it again. it was far from terrible and her voice was not cracking. i understand her not being your cup of tea, but terrible is not the word. now lazaro trying to sing the beatles and that burt bacharach song, THOSE were terrible.

    • GG says:

      How strange that the numbers for which we vote are are not being repeated back by the telecomputer..du du du du

    • Vicki says:

      Candice OWNED the night! ‘You’ve Changed” is a definite download! As for Kree and Carrie Underwood’s song, I kinda disagree. No, whoo, whoos I agree there but Carrie has received tons of feedback on this song about death, lost of a boyfriend, true love so it means something through Carrie’s song period. Although, I do agree this is not her best song on the album. As a Carrie fan, I was disappointed this was chosen as there are at least 4 more much better songs on her album to choose from! Kree sang it almost the way I would have changed it but part of me was thinking, get Kelly Clarkson in here, she’d know what to do with it.

    • Thiago Macêdo Correia says:

      how good is Candice Glover?

      top 10 performances on American Idol season 12:
      1- Lovesong, by Candice Glover
      2- You’ve Changed, by Candice Glover
      3- I Who Have Nothing, by Candice Glover
      4- Don’t Make me Over, by Candice Glover
      5- When I Was Your Man, by Candice Glover
      6- Ordinary People, by Candice Glover
      7- I’m Going Down, by Candice Glover
      8- Crying, by Kree Harrison
      9- See You Again, by Kree Harrison
      10- She’s Leaving Home, by Amber Holcomb

      • white lancer says:

        1. Lovesong — Candice Glover
        2. Ordinary People — Candice Glover
        3. I (Who Have Nothing) — Candice Glover
        4. Don’t Make Me Over — Candice Glover
        5. You Keep Me Hangin’ On — Janelle Arthur
        6. You’ve Changed — Candice Glover
        7. Never Gone — Angie Miller
        8. Stronger — Kree Harrison
        9. Who You Are — Angie Miller
        10. Don’t Play That Song — Kree Harrison
        HM–See You Again, Straight Up, What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life, Bring Me To Life, I Will

    • E.Bell says:

      Your recap is so right-on! I just about died when Nicki asked Candice if she had lost weight, as if it had anything to do with her staggering talent! What is wrong with Nicki Minage? It is like she has some kind of arrested development that makes her totally unaware of how superficial and stupid she can be –

      Anyway, I agree with everything you said in your recap and your letter grades. I wish the show was as good as your articles. I don’t know if I’ll be able to watch American Idol next year…sadly.
      I think the top-four this year are phenomenal, which is why I’m still watching, but the judges’ antics have dragged the show so far down, I don’t know if anyone can take it seriously anymore.

  2. Danny says:

    Harry Connick Jr provided more insight in 5 minutes than the other 4 judges provided all season long. Bring this guy on board next year & AI can make a comeback.

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      +1

      • karenb says:

        +100000000

      • Tom22 says:

        + 10000001 Think how good this talent would be with real mentor’s each week like they’ve had other years .. .sheryl crow, gaga, Beyonce., Tony Bennet Dolly Parton…. people with long years and additionally broad music backgrounds.

        Unfortunately I’m left disappointed with the season as a whole for the very subtle things Harry Connic says,,, a great run in the wrong place.. the wrong beats/notes emphasizes and you suck the life out of songs while sounding fancy doing it.

        Grats to Kree on her fist song… so heart felt and delicate and expressive … I liked both of Candices pretty much too. … I won’t knock the other two.. wish all 4 had had more coaching from starts instead of vocal coaches who might have a little different angle as full time teachers and lose a different picture.

    • sg54 says:

      I for one definitely agreed with Harry when he talked about Kree. I thought she did wonderful on that last song, and knowing the root of the song probably helped a lot. Randy sounded stupid. I just hope choosing such a hard song will help instead of hurt her, cuz I thought tonight was great. I thought it was ridiculous for Amber to perform her best performance again. What happens if she goes to the finale? Does she perform it a third time? Stuff like that shouldn’t be allowed. I LOVED it the first time, but I seriously don’t need to hear it again. It just shows how short their list was. I honestly think Angie’s ok night won’t hurt her votes since she has more fans than anyone, and i thought that Candice’s second performance was absolutely stellar. The night in all didn’t feel like top 4 though, made me sad. I think the themes/song selections had to do with it, but I’ll blame the producers tiny song list and not the contestants for this night.

    • The Truth says:

      I completely disagree. What kind of advice is “Don’t sing runs”? For example, half of Whitney Houston’s “I will always love you” has unnecessary runs etc. – but if its organic for her, it’s her emotional truth and people will connect with it.

      Dont good critiques tell the artist to be “true to themselves” despite genre? Should Candace have sang monotonous and rapped Drake’s “Find Your Love”? Again, it may not be your preference, but if it doesn’t affect the emotion, who the hell cares.

      Harry can’t sing the way these girls sing. Not that he’s a bad singer – he just could not sing Mariah Carey’s “Hero.” And no one in their right mind would be saying “Bitch, sing it like a Mariah song. More runs and finger waves!!!” These contestants did not choose the theme “Standards.”

      I think he was a huge catty DIVA who was pissed when Candace slayed it with her runs and essentially said “Bitch please”

      • Hpl says:

        Yea . . . No. He didn’t say don’t do runs, he said know the song, sing the song, and don’t try to impress 14 year olds.

        • The Truth says:

          He told them to just “sing the melody because these are classics” essentially. Which removed the stylistic flair of most of the singers. This seems to be great, for some who probably like certain artists like Cash, Springsteen etc (AMAZING artists, don’t get me wrong) but…there are other singers that are popular these days. Take fantasia – she wouldn’t sing a melody straight if it was threatening to impregnate her again. But does she lose the emotion? Hell naw. I’m just saying that Harry needs to realize his critiques may have limited the singers from feeling like they should inject their styles in the song. If he had just told them “just feel the song”, the response would have been better

          • Hpl says:

            Fantasia? She’s your example? Wow. She’s someone who would greatly benefit from singing the song. I’ve heard her do it, but sh mostly just screams.

          • Macy says:

            You’re wrong about Fantasia — just go watch Summertime again. Harry was saying to avoid the runs on CLASSICS — their melody is why they’ve stood the test of time. Fantasia did that on the classic Summertime, to great success.

          • The Truth says:

            Yep Fantasia, number 2 album on the billboard charts. Michael Buble a “standards” singer is number 1. They are shockingly coexisting.
            Who knows, maybe the girls will survive in the pop world – even singing STANDARDS – their way, and succeed because people have different tastes in singers.
            Harry gave good feedback about connecting with the lyrics, but enforced his personal style on them under the guise of “Standards Singing 101.” Some would argue Fantasia’s “Sunmertime” is gorgeous. Others would say its like a thousand cats being skinned.
            Same way some thing Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” sounds like a shaky out of breath mess. Others think its a masterpiece.
            I like Candice’s style – I don’t want it to be Connickified

          • Hpl says:

            @Macy — yes, that’s one of the one I was thinking of where she sang the melody and did it great.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            I’m happy for Fantasia’s success and glad her album (do we still call them albums?) is doing well, but I still can’t stand to listen to her sing, LOL.

          • NYCBlkBeauty says:

            After reading all these comments, I believe you just intellectually wrote what all the judges were trying to say in reference to Connick’s runs comments. As Mariah would say “thank you for that piece” lmao….everyone needs to realize that these judges are paid to play a role on this show. Personally I think they are doing what they are told to do and getting a hefty salary to do it. So calling them idiots, no talents, etc. is not hindering the show or the judges from getting paid. they must be doing something right ‘cuz we are still watching the show…..

        • Lola says:

          The last four songs are classics. I think he was saying that they are so good, the melodies are so good, that they do not need all the vocal theatrics, and he is right. (Though I adore what Candice does with her voice). I find it disturbing when the melody is lost by runs. The music itself is lost. If you are a pianist you practice by doing finger exercises, and many of them showcase the technicality and virtuosity of the musician, but you don’t perform the finger exercises.

      • GG says:

        I agree Truth

        Harry Connick Jr confuses the contestants and is not funny

        Go Candice, Go Randy( I like you regardless of what the others say) and go Haley R

        • The Beach says:

          So Harry confused the contestants? How? By actually asking Amber what the lyrics meant to the song she chose (twice)? The poor child had no clue what she was singing about and was just mouthing meaningless words. No wonder people have complained that Amber doesn’t connect with her songs.

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        Some songs can use them to good effect, if you know what you are doing, but every last song does not need runs randomly tossed in every few notes and some don’t need any at all, that was his point.

      • toadily says:

        +10000000

      • tewence says:

        i think he was trying to get them to THINK about what they convey when they sing. they obviously all didn’t listen to him 100%, but his advice was spot-on. his purpose was to get them to understand the song fully so that they could portray it the way it was intended to be portrayed (style aside). these songs have great melodies that already do that and don’t need a ton of extra stuff. in my personal opinion, if you can intentionally use runs to convey feeling, i love it…but they are gratuitous a lot of times.

      • Sara says:

        These songs are Harry’s specialty. He is an expert when it comes to classic standards. He made an excellent point that before they can go doing all the vocal exercises, they have to know the song and what it means. Doing random vocal gymnastics without understanding the lyrics and the meaning behind the song is, quite frankly, lazy.

    • Scnst8 says:

      Amen! Sign him up for next season…keep Keith, add Harry, get Pink, and can nicki, Mariah, and most of all randy!!!!

      • Tom22 says:

        Maybe they should ditch the entire idea of judges, have all the judges be mentors with extended time with the contestants and let them be in the front row of the audience and maybe have more of a conversation. I guess the format requires judges for excitement but there is so much more they can give as mentor’s and so little that can be said in glib comments without looking like they were being negative on the performances they actually liked that it is painful to watch them try to take on the impossible task. Simon wasn’t much better with his pithy remarks on how he felt about it. At least though they were pithy and you could take them or leave them as a viewer.

      • Lola says:

        Yes Pink! Harry and Keith – they would be great. Hate Mariah … all she does is bat her eyes and call them dahling. Nicki has more constructive things to say. And Randy’s time is over.

    • Bob says:

      Absolutely.

    • TH says:

      Harry gave bad advice and i’m Glad Candice did not take it! They don’t need to mimic the standard but interpret them he took the part away from them. Understand the lyric and go where it takes you. He mimicked Frank Sinatra for a long time before he came into his own as vocalist. Sarah Vaughn and Billie Holiday never sang a song the same way twice the felt it. Harry did not win the argument Kree asked which map should she follow on her way to interpreting the song for her vocal style he said Lena and it was wrong for her in this competition.

      • TH says:

        just one more thing, the judges not getting along suck the fun out ot watching Idol. The voice is sooo much more fun to watch. No personality needs to be bigger than the other, they get up and discuss the contestant and the coaches decision afterward. Love it! Nikki must go!!!!

        • JJ says:

          If Nicki goes, Mariah should too. I feel like Mariah has ignored Nicki & Keith the WHOLE season only really ever talking to Randy. I feel like Nicki’s ego was bruised by Mariah’s slights and that’s why she acts defensivly. It creates a really negative vibe amongst the panel that is not fun to watch. Mariah has many accomplishments & years of experiences as a singer, but they were all hired on this panel with equal titles as judges. I feel like if she would have checked the diva attitude about not being the only female on the panel when she initially signed on and just given the respect to her peers (besides Randy) there would have been more harmony throughout the season. Nicki has a love her or hate her persona, but she’s made valid points all season. Some that Mariah wouldn’t even bother to acknowledge she agreed with due to silly pettiness.

      • CAM says:

        Seriously? If Amber doesn’t go home this week, it’s because Harry helped her to interpret her second song. But…it was not the “stellar” performance she was given credit for. Listen again…She looked amazing, and she has incredible potential, but she should go home.

        • The Beach says:

          Agree. Those runs she threw in that the judges were so enamored of were not good.

        • takakupo says:

          Couldn’t disagree more. I thought Amber sounded brilliant on ‘Valentine’ and had a sophisticated heir apparent to her after we saw the clip of Harry schooling the girl about the meaning of the lyrics.

        • Mary says:

          Nothing wrong with a mentor helps a contestant understand what she is singing. These songs are old – standard – and being a teen why would she. Everyone on this site is such an expert it is getting old. Please don’t say she should of picked something else because we all know the list is not long. Also she changed it up a little so it wasn’t the exact same way she did before. Do I think she has room to grow, definitly but it is getting iritating the way people on these sites demean her. Sorry she has the looks and voice and everyone finds it threatening. I thought AI was about finding an undiscover talent. Every single winner from this show has improved once off this reality show so give the girl a break.

          • tewence says:

            i understood “my funny valentine” as a teenager. and if that wasn’t the only song on the list, she should have chosen something different.

          • Brent says:

            Thank you Mary! I mean come on people the girl can sing. And frankly, she has the most universal appeal. Think about it, what contestent could be on Mtv, BET, Vh1, and be in fashion magazines ranging from Vouge to Elle to Ebony? And while I think they are all super talented, I do think Amber has the most potential to be a superstar. Is she that now? No but neither were Kelly or Carrie when they won.

        • tonya says:

          lady am sure she would glad to go at this point. Yall talk all this crap about amber because either yall want cree or angie to win. But yall are not thinking you see if amber goes home this will be the final three right which means majority of amber votes are going to Candice. Oh and trust me amber fans VOTE meaning we go all night.Dont forget weve brought her out of the bottom and we put cree in the bottom.So in the end Candice is going to win this idol sorry for kree fans and angie for not relizing that.And oh yall want have amber around to down to get people to vote for them. CANDICE ALL THE WAY BABY!!!!!WE ARE GOING TO COBINED WITH CANDICE FANS AND SHE IS GOING TO WIN!!!! AND AMBER WILL DO JUST FINE WIN SHE GETS FROM ALL THESE HATERS AND CONSONTRATES ON HER CAREER!!!! haters!!!!

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            This site has a bit on the harsher side towards Amber but where on earth do you come up with nobody here wants Candice to win?!!?? It’s a bit more mixed this season, but if there is a consensus here, it is clearly for Candice among those posting to this forum and you sure as heck have to be blind if you don’t think the blogger here who writes this page isn’t 100% for Candice. No way he prefers Kree over Candice and it’s beyond a joke to think he prefers Angie over Candice! Angie is lucky to even get a mention in a video for crying out loud. How can you keep pulling the race card when it is Amber and ANGIE who get the most disses on this site and a seemingly majority here favor Candice and the when the guy making the page CLEARLY favors Candice big time.

    • Erin says:

      It would break my heart to watch him succumb to the puppet strings of Nigel. Why does AI have to be so manipulated, it’s just depressing.

    • Hillary C. says:

      AMEN!

    • CAM says:

      And he gave Amber a gift when he told her what the song was about with My Funny Valentine. I can’t even believe what she thought the song meant.

      • Nan says:

        Maybe Amber did know what the song was about and was just flustered because she didn’t expect Harry to ask her about it. She had no problem singing it the first time she did it on the show. I think Harry may have been a little pissed at her for coming to the rehearsal without knowing the words to her first song. He only seems to gotten along with Angie–the other girls didn’t seem to excited about his mentoring.

    • The Beach says:

      Yes, Yes and Yes

    • I completly agree. Plus him telling Randy that he didn’t make sense was perfect for me. Come back any time.

    • syb says:

      I agree that Harry’s advice was great. I just think it’s a little too late in the game unfortunately for them to internalize it and incorporate it fully. Too bad he wasn’t mentor in Rounds T- 10 through 4.

    • Nan says:

      I felt that Harry just wanted them to sing the songs the way Harry would sing them. These girls have earned the right to sing the songs they way they want to. harry has a pleasant voice but he doesn’t have the vocal pyrotechnics that these Idol singers have.

      • Fernando says:

        but his point was that those songs didn’t need pyrotechnics, and in fact might be diminished by them.

    • TVDIVA says:

      Harry Connick Jr knows how to tell a story when he sings. That is the hardest thing remember and learn. You can’t just dance, bump and grind, and strut back and forth across the stage. People are paying for your music, and it has to be entertaining and if you are a vocalist, you need to draw people in emotionally with your story/song. Harry is desperately needed on AI to help the contestants. And the AI showrunners need to get all the judges to sign an agreement that the show is not about them and to focus on helping the contestants, and stop helping their own egos.

      • Natou says:

        Here is my problem right there. It is not about bump and grind, you say. But, the ones that sell tickets in today’s market are a lot of bump and grind.

      • Nan says:

        If Candice and Kree are bumping and grinding, I’ve been tuned to the wrong channel. And I guess Katy Perry and Rihanna aren’t successful.

      • candicegloverfan says:

        interestingly, i think that candice tells the story of each song she’s singing quite well – as i think slezak said once, she inhabits a song – and at the same time she puts her own vocal spin on it, with a huge range, dynamics, and appropriate embellishments. i find myself mesmerized by her performances and impressed with how much feeling she puts into them.

    • Jasmine Porter says:

      Yes. Yes. YES! THAT WOULD BE PERFECT! say yes to Harry Connick, Jr. I love the way he thinks.

    • Lola says:

      I could not agree more.

  3. Kristi says:

    Thank you Harry Connick Jr. for being a true mentor and pointing out all those unnecessary runs that the contestants often do.
    Also, something else I wanted to point out. As much as we gripe about what the judges say (or don’t say), who they throw under the bus, and who they give the pimp spot to, we need to remember that this is a tv show. There WILL be drama, shock eliminations, and unfair judgements all designed to get us talking and bring in ratings (which they’ve obviously failed at this year, but that’s another issue).
    And how awesome was it to see Harry put Randy in his place near the end of the show? :)

    • Gailer says:

      I hate the runs

    • Danny says:

      ^5 Kristi!!! (that’s a high 5, as in a good thing). That was effin AWESOME!!!! Also, there was a little subtlety in there in that NM wasn’t gonna run her flippin mouth too much w/ Harry there. It was like she was looking over her shoulder (not literally) as in she didn’t want to say anything that would open her up to him making her look stupid. The less she says the better.

      Bring Harry on the show next year!!!

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      Yes ever since a few years into the 90s it started being about nothing but runs, runs, runs, and sinngigngng and alll oveererer all voerer hereer and theerrre and nobody can stick to a melody anymore, not on anything. (still recall Randy bashing Haley off the stage saying that she needed to add all sorts of runs (to a song from the ‘great’ Michael Jackson) and to do what he ‘did’ with it, yeahhhhh because that is sooo what he did to that song of his, suuuure)

      • Sally says:

        Could that be why Adele is considered a great singer? Because she doesn’t do runs?

        • ben says:

          Adele has a great voice. I find most of what she sings dull as all heck though. Perhaps she could be even greater if she embellished a little more.
          -
          Corinne Bailey Rae is my role model for how much music should be embellished. She doesn’t go on huge runs. She just embeliishes in little ways.

    • Sally says:

      The judge’s job is foremost to find the best talent that will be come “stars” and recording artists. I give the AI judges props for doing that for almost all their seasons. And I think they found the best 4-5 girls and 1-2 of them will become recording artists. I predict that Candice will become a great song stylist and record great jazz tunes. Please Jimmy, do not put that girl in the R&B Hip hop category. She’s a natural jazz singer.

    • kim boutte' says:

      Nutty Buddy!!! Harry u know ur my boy. Please don’t ever suppress soul singing. Get back in the Sinatra Lane.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      I could do with 50% less runs. It really is getting out of hand. I love when Harry asked Amber what the words meant. It was cruel but oh-so-necessary. Someone should have done that ages ago – that would have really helped her. It’s not about just singing the right notes – you have to know what the words *mean* as well.

      • The Beach says:

        I totally agree except I don’t think it was cruel. I think it’s perfectly reasonable to expect a contestant to not only know but understand the meaning of the lyrics they are singing, especially a song that you’re trying to make your defining Idol moment by singing it twice.

        • Nan says:

          I thought Candice did a terrific job with Come Together and she said that she had no idea what the song was about. Jimmy told her no one knows what the lyrics mean.

          • daynamonet says:

            tooshay

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            If you can bring some feeling to a song, in some sense it doesn’t matter.
            .
            It may be easier to do that if you know what it means since the tones and melodies of songs may be written towards certain moods, but you may be able to get their anyway and sense it from the melodies and tones and keys alone or you may be able to match new emotions to a song perfectly well. If you are someone who lives by lyrics it might annoy you, depending, but if you are more of a tone/melody lover and not so much into lyrics it may not matter a whit, no matter what. I think I tend more toward the latter. Heck some songs you cant even understand the lyrics. And on crappy audio equipment sometimes you can still like a song even though it;s hard to distinguish lyrics clearly.

        • Fernando says:

          I didn’t think it was cruel, either. I doubt he expected her to be as clueless as she was. Even if he did, he was there to help her. I think Amber mostly just imitates Whitney, et. al., but being a “true artist” (as the judges always say they want) requires more than just singing something by rote. He did her a huge favor.

      • mikey says:

        Makes me wonder what the vocal coaches on this show are doing? Shouldn’t they be giving the same advice to the contestants? It’s obvious they aren’t doing enough to help the contestants be the best they can be.

    • The Beach says:

      Harry schooling Randy was my favorite part of the show.

  4. Dan (Haleyloony) says:

    When they said they has a special performance, I was hopeful Haley would perform. Ryan completely ignored her!

    • marie says:

      That was SO WEIRD! Why did her just ignore her? I’m sure it wasn’t Ryan’s choice; I’m sure he was instructed not to acknowledge her being there. Was that the first time he has ever just walked right past an Idol alum without at least a Hello, how are you doing?

      • GG says:

        I agree Marie…weird

        Remember during the Haley season, Haley’s hometown visit was barely shown

        I don’t believe in every conspiracy theory, but the Powers That Be do not like something about Haley

        I voted like crazy for Haley

        • Jasmine Porter says:

          You ain’t the only way. I literally voted the whole two hours every Wednesday night for Haley. I also did it for Elise Testone. Just gems these girls were. (Sighs) Too bad they never got all the credit they deserved. One octave range Scotty McCreery, such a disgrace.

      • Anna says:

        No, he has done it before.

      • AlyB says:

        I couldn’t believe it when he walked right past her then stopped a step below her row without even so much as a glance. It was just terrible. They never treated her right and she deserved so much better.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        That was odd. I fully expected Ryan to say something about Haley and speak to her. How disappointing.

        • Tom22 says:

          Actually, I was really hoping Harry would go up on stage to show how Stormy Weather should be done, sat down at the piano and called Haley up to sing it. Damn Haley would have sounded good at that an he wouldn’t have a thing to teach.

      • The Beach says:

        I was floored. I kept thinking..ok, next time Ryan is in the audience he’s going to chat with Haley and it never happened. Unthinkably rude!

        • jefferson says:

          THIS! I was so looking forward to just even hearing Haley say ‘Hi’ but then nothing… absolutely nothing… complete BS!

          • Jasmine Porter says:

            That made me mad too. It was awkward. I’m sure Haley was waiting for Ryan to say something to her. It’s nice to know that everyone loves Haley Reinhart!

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      Yeah when I saw here there and no mention and then say the show was running wayy early and then they were special performance I was like could it be? (to be fair, it probably wouldn’t be fair to have anyone else sing on contestants singing night though so I’m hardly upset it wasn’t her; I will be beyond upset if they don’t let her sing over the next few weeks and just leave it at a rude walk by though, do they really want stick one last stake in that fashion?)

      • trimaran12 says:

        Are you serious? Hayley was great but she had her moment on the show already. Isn’t there a fansite for her somewhere?

        • HitTheGroundRunning says:

          her moment as the contestant run over by the largest fleet of greyhound buses yet….
          others from her season alone have been back a few times and finished lower, and they didn’t even get bused

    • dj says:

      Yeah, I forgot about seeing her at the beginning of the show. Ryan should have talked with her. I wonder why they snubbed her?

    • analythinker says:

      Especially when she just got back from promoting American Idol Season 12 on Star World (a cable channel in Asia) in Japan, Malaysia & Indonesia. Why not acknowledge THAT??

      • jefferson says:

        Ya, exactly! Haley was over seas for two and a half weeks promoting their stoopid show! At the very least Ryan could have took one bleeping minute to say… ‘hey look, Haley Reinhart’s in da house tonight’. I’m still so mad cuz I stuck it out through the whole infuriating show just for the hope that they were gonna talk to Haley and they never did. :(

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      There are tons of former AI contestants in the audience. They are not always acknowledged. I see no conspiracy here. However, the voting this week stinks of manipulation. I just don’t believe when they are adding last week and this week – that they will be using calculators that work…

      • Tusk says:

        No conspiracy…at least he paused by her for some face time….A couple of weeks ago, Pia, James and Casey were all there, but we never saw them on TV . Only found out they were there from post show tweets.
        Haley has just returned from a short tour of SE Asia promoting AI S12, stayed at some luxury accomidations, on FOX’s dime, all the while spreading positivity about AI and her brand.
        Also, this season they have had three of her songs used on the show as well as a cameo in Chicago….
        Im certain Haley and Fox/AI are fine with each other :D

        • Nephtalia says:

          Thank you Tusk! The paranoia about Haley over here is driving me crazy.

          • Tusk says:

            If anything, since after S10, I’ve been feeling that AI has been on a sort of ‘make up’ mode with Haley.
            .
            That was especially obvious to me when she returned during S11 to perform “Free”. They wanted to ‘treat her right’ so much that they went OTT with the production, pulled out all the stops, gave her ‘the works’ that a star should be afforded.
            .
            Unfortunately, the OTT production worked against the performance, IMO. Too many distractions (The Cage, her ‘windswept’ hair, the stars etc..). All Haley needed was a simple set up to highlight her voice and her performance…. Even so, I appreciated that they really went all out to make her look good.
            .

            This year, S12, Haley has really had exceptional (regarding reference to returning alumni, and a ‘non winner’) exposure even without performing. Outside of Kelly, Carrie and PP, she has had the most mentions of the alumni….

            TWO finalists sang her song “Undone” and that was never released as a single (although it appears to be HUGELY popular, overseas thnx to it’s inclusion in the movie “Step Up Revolution”)
            .
            I still think there is a fair chance she get’s to perform (in the Finale?)

            ^All My opinion of course. :D

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Yeah I hope they are setting her up for a big showcasing on the finale, that might make up for it and set things right.
            .
            They did give a lot of production to Free, but as you, I felt they kinda ruined it a bit. I was almost thinking they over-produced it to make it seem silly so we got to see Randy laugh at her all again. But maybe you are right and they thought they were doing something extra special for it. Not the best result but perhaps it was the best intentions, maybe. I don’t think it worked to help sell her album much. Something simple and even better one of her own songs, now that may have given her a real spring board. But maybe they did try to do right and best, even if in a seemingly misguided way.
            .
            She sounded soo much better doing it elsewhere and even so much better still on her own songs, none of which they ever released as singles or put out there. On Real Music Live (a few shows, crazy late on Saturday nights, in a few big markets) they invited her on and doing her down stuff with stripped down production she totally shown. She needs to be let to do what she did there on the Idol stage.
            .
            They let others come back who placed below her and didn’t get bused and to do their own thing more than once already.
            .
            Anyway who knows, I still believe (perhaps foolishly) they are holding her for something big top 3 or finale week. I pray it’s an ideal song choice (or two) for her and the production and arrangement suite her, if so, since she sure is need at this point to take full advantage of anything like that. I’m sort of afraid they wouldn’t let her do any stuff she wrote on her album, that is proven and proven in stage delivery though since if it went over well then they will look bad for dropping the record. I’d hope in good spirit they’d ignore such concerns if need be.
            .
            Anyway we need to get back to the current top four, since it was their song night. (and once I again I will say that is made every bit of sense that Haley was not the surprise special performance at the end of last night since that would’ve be a dump on the top four for this season to have that on their own performance night, results nights are a different story).

          • Tusk says:

            I forgot, Colton got a bunch of mentions too thnx to his connection with Angie (and her singing his song) :P

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            @Tusk, yeah they did use her music in the background a bit early on which was cool (I could swear that Randy started laughing about awful song choice, wrong song/terrible mood/not what we need each time someone did Unsung though, they mostly cut out showing everyone who did her song on the TV show though and it was hard to quite make out what he was going on abotu for sure though, perhaps he just meant that the singer couldn’t handle such a song or were taking it in too maudlin of a direction, but it almost seemed like more him hating on anything to do with her) and they did showcase tht and the P2 song as the two had a sing-off at the end (although didn;t Rachel also say something about too bad I can’t change my song now since you hated it? it was sort of confusing how they edited that part though).
            .
            but anyone back to the current four

        • marie says:

          Thanks, Tusk. I honestly didn’t notice Pia, James and Casey whenever they were in the audience.
          I am reassured.

        • dream on says:

          except that no one was saying it was a conspiracy, they were just saying it was rude, which it was, it was rude. But whatever dude, carry on with your delusional fantasies of Haley’s song being hugely popular overseas based on a couple of tweets out of a billion. LOL. Oh and Haley performing on the finale. LOL. Haliens are nothing if not delusional.

          • Tusk says:

            No one? people are saying AI has something against Haley, I’m merely saying that their relationship is not antagonistic otherwise they wouldn’t have chosen Haley to represent them in Asia.
            .
            Undone is doing remarkably well considering there has been no push to support it other than being included in a movie. It’s a good response for a song that wasn’t released as a single
            .
            Finally, Haley just tweeted this:
            .
            “Haley Reinhart ‏@HaleyReinhart 19m
            @Pat5533 @zegrowl You guys always have my back;) I was already at CBS studios and decided to stay for the show last minute.. So it figures.”
            .
            “Haley Reinhart ‏@HaleyReinhart 17m
            @Pat5533 @zegrowl Also the producers want me to perform this season, but I’m traveling so much. There’s not enough time to get it together.”
            .
            So they want her to perform this season, it’s her end of the schedule that she can’t do it.
            Like I said, there’s no bad blood between them. They WANT Haley to perform….
            .

            Delusional huh? :P

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Well it’s cool they want her on then now at least!
            .
            Man, it’s a shame though she seems to have to pass it up. If they gave her a top three or even more so, finale spot and she brought it like she has on real music live and such that would be quite a boost. Man, if I was her I’d be trying every which way to make sure it could happen, that is a heck of large U.S. audience to go before, such chances are not every day. Next season is a lonnnnng way away and long way from the album release. And that is the sort of thing, one of the last shows or two, that sort of stage, you don’t wanna pass up that level of promo. I guess got the invite too late in the game. (it’s also true you don’t wanna get that promo and make a mess of it, although she seems well enough practiced with stuff from her current album….)

          • dream on says:

            Uh, no one was saying that. And you said perform on the ‘finale’, so yes, completely delusional. LOL.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            @dream on – finale gets brought up at this point simply because there are only two more shows left and it sure would seal the deal in soothing over all those they alienated over her season, so while, as I and other said, it was kinda quite the dream of course, it wasn’t utterly impossible. And for top three certainly not.

          • Tusk says:

            @dream on

            Reading comprehension a problem?
            My reply of “no conspiracy” was to agree with Teeny Bikini so I wasn’t the first to say that
            and as far as in the Finale….
            .
            they wanted her on, there are only a few shows left and I said “IMO” there’s a fair chance that might happen…. I didn’t say it will happen, I said there’s a chance, and the facts back that up re: few shows left including the Finale and the FACT they wanted her to perform THIS season.

            If you take off whatever bitterness glasses you are wearing, your reading comprehension might improve.

          • dream on says:

            @Tusk
            Reality a problem?
            My comprehension is fine, maybe you should take off your delusional glasses. LOL.
            Feel free to have the last word, I’m out.

          • Tusk says:

            @HTGR

            From the interviews in Asia (she seems to be much more forthcoming overseas :P ) It sounds like she’s waiting to wrap up the EP before she makes her next ‘career’ move.
            .
            I also know of some upcoming appearances that haven’t been announced yet, so it’s clear she is booked up and doesn’t have a lot of ‘spare time’, and with such short notice for this Season, it’s easy to see that maybe she wanted to perform this season, but without her EP done (no new product to promote), her schedule, and the timing of the show, it just was not possible.
            .
            I’m just happy to hear the impact she’s made with everyone she’s worked with (including AI/Fox), she’s still working on new music and not letting the Interscope era drag her down.
            .
            Can’t wait ’til I get to see her next live performance :D

            (Sorry I would have an opinion about this season, but I’m little more than a spectator, at this point, no horse in the race. I was partially checked out early, and fully checked out during the Lazaro cl*sterf*ck…more than I could stomach and not entertaining at all :P )

  5. Atlgal2013 says:

    Candice!!! Yes darling ….. Simply beautiful. I see the judges are back on her bandwagon. Amber, I’m going to need you to leave Funny Valentine where it needs to be and that is to a grown woman like Miss Melinda Dolittle! At least it was better than her 1st performance which was a train wreck to me. The tears? Genuine vs. ploy for votes…. Who knows. Why another verbal spat between Nicki and Mariah? Ugh….. Nice to see, finally the celebrity mentor is back this season! Why in the world does American Idol continue to play my girl Hayley Reinhart, just tacky and awkward to have Ryan walk right past her without introduction ( and then stand in front of her). She was a top three contestant…. Perhaps I missed her introduction since I watch on DVR to fast toward through the bull?

    • Danny says:

      @Atl, I was wondering about that too. I FF thru the commercials, so I thought maybe I missed Ryan saying she was in the audience upon the show starting back up. If anyone knows if she was introduced or not, please let us know. Thanks.

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        She wasn’t introduced. The camera did focus on her when the contestants walked out as she stood up and clapped for them. But nope, not a peep. I do recall them going into the stands and sitting with and mentioning other contestants in the stands other weeks. hmmmmmm. This is the second time she has been there and not been on stage yet.
        .
        I’m choosing to think,and do think, it is just because she will go tomorrow (but I have a feeling Harry Connick might get two songs though). Maybe they are holding her for the top three or finale for a really big push? Maybe a couple featured songs on the finale results night??
        .
        If not, then I will be even more disgusted with them over the whole Haley affair. Then she’d get not only no stage slots, but not even a spare second to mention her name, never mind sit down with her as they did with all the others so far.

        • Anna says:

          I like Haley well enough, but still…

          1. She performed on Idol last season, so it’s not like they have ignored her. They have also used some of her songs as background music during the early rounds
          2. She doesn’t have anything to promote now, so there’s really no reason for her to get a performance slot over ex-Idols who have new music out.
          3. They have ignored Idols sitting in the audience many times before. Most notably they ignored Lee at the S10 finale — and he was the reigning Idol.

          • trimaran12 says:

            This.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            they have had contestants who didn’t even get bused and who finished below her from her own season alone, to sing multiple times….

          • Tusk says:

            Even though I agree, they are not being intentionally disrespectful to her, I will counter your second point, it isn’t necessary to have a something to promote to perform this season. Not only did Casey Abrams not have something new to promote (I guess he did have a new video shortly before, but for a song that has been out for some time), but they brought Casey back to perform a Beatles’ cover, “I Saw Her Standing There”….and not eventhe one that was on his album, “Eleanor Rigby”, which Paul Jolley performed.

            I think Haley built up a bunch of credit with AI promoting it in Asia which makes me think a performance from her is not out of the question as a ‘Thanks for your hard work” (wishful thinking, perhaps, but certainly possible :P )

      • marie says:

        The camera focused on Haley in the audience two separate times including when Ryan walked right past her, but no, Ryan never even said hello to her. She was not acknowledged at all.

  6. HitTheGroundRunning says:

    Haley in the house! Hope they let her sing at some point. She’s been in the house in one way or another at least twice now, but never yet featured on stage. Hope they are just holding her back for these last few big weeks.
    .
    1st round:
    a bit like they were planning the Candice redemption act after all, last week votes don’t count, people vote less, they did some 180s on what they said to who when what why what why what when what (about as much sense as AI there at the end) they can just be so contradictor from singe to singer, week to week, it’s gotta be a good deal of all just phony arc building
    .
    1. Candice (had some shaky/off and strained notes though, but had the most kinda it factor to it all so I think she took the round regardless)
    .
    2. Angie (it was a touch of same, same arrangement as they said, but sung very beautifully)
    .
    3. Kree (alright, but not all that by any means)
    .
    4. Amber (awesome to get a Pink song, Pink is deceptively insanely tough though and Amber does a bit better on ballads and pure singing and she did seem a lot more something in the rehearsals.)
    ———
    2nd:
    1. Candice (well done!)
    .
    2. Angie (well done, some beautiful tones there, good)
    .
    3. Amber (it was good, sad to see her cry)
    .
    4. Kree (it was good, a little sleepy and not quite all there yet though)
    ————————————
    I did like Harry Connick saying how you need the song and melody first and don’t have to be all 90s, when the runs galore became the big thing, and put runs all over the place for everything no matter what. So many singers today just always go alll overerer all over the place with every song these days no matter the type, style, mood whatever.
    .
    Hah Harry Connick getting all over the dog, much needed.
    ——
    Such tough calls this season but I think I will say again Candice and Angie for the finale. I think Angie took last week and Candice took this week. Neither did the single best work this week that either has done.

    I AM THE STIG!!!!!!!

    • Danny says:

      That’s who I hope makes the finals. It’s also the 2 who I think deserve to make it. I’m rooting for Candice but I think Angela’s gonna take it down. If she does I’ll have no problems w/ it. It wouldn’t be like a Lee/Crystal finish. If Kree gets in there I could live w/ that too. I’d have some problems if Amber won it. IMO she’s way behind at this stage of the game.
      What does the Stig comment mean? I saw Keith wearing the shirt, but not sure what the meaning is.

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        He is the secret pro driver who puts beasts through their paces on the British car show Top Gear. Check it out.

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        They way they dinged Angie so hard first round and did some 180s I think means she has some work cut out to make the finale now.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      I could live with a Candice/Angie finale. Kree lost me somewhere along the way…

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        Not quire sure what happened with Kree but she did seem to sort of fade out the last few weeks.

      • The Beach says:

        It’s looking like a Candice/Angie finale is probably how it will play out. I’m ok with that. As long as the superb Ms Glover is there I won’t quibble too much if it’s either Angie or Kree.

  7. Danny says:

    I had round 1 as 1) Angela 2) Candice 3) Kree 4) Amber. Round 2 I’m not so sure about. I don’t listen to that style of music enough to have an opinion on who did well & who didn’t. I’d give round 2 to Harry Connick Jr. Dang he was entertaining. I loved when he pawned Randy. I thought it was great when after Amber got that standing O, he critiqued her w/out being a dink. He basically pawned the judges on that.

  8. I Heart Damon Salvatore says:

    I loved Harry calling Randy out on telling Kree to do someone else’s version as opposed to finding hte truth of the song and her own ground within it. Kudos, Harry! #replacethedawgwithHarry

    • I Heart Damon Salvatore says:

      *the

    • AlyB says:

      The thing is, I don’t think Kree took his advice at all and the song suffered for it. She added all kinds of runs at the back end of that song and it did take away from the deep mournful pathos of that song. I do think Candice did a great job on her Billie Holiday song. That was absolutely epic and I glad she did it exactly the way she did it. Kree actually sounds better if she sticks to the melody line because that beautiful honey rich tone she has doesn’t carry into the runs with her for some reason. Candice’s runs somehow incorporate the rich tones of her voice on every note.

      I love Kree. i think her 1st song was spectacular. I didn’t like her version of Stormy Weather very much and think she should have listened to Harry and stuck with the melody line for it.

      • The Truth says:

        Lol Harry Fanatics in full force tonight. He gave a lot of critiques which were fantastic – stick to the emotional truth, sometimes simple is better, don’t veer too off the melody (disagree with this one – Candace takes the melody to amazing classic jazz places – and I like it.)
        He also said “Stormy weather was a fine choice! This is the man that wrote Somewhere over the rainbow!” U2 wrote “Angel of Harlem” – the worst song – so because of their classics, it should be ok to sing any song by them?

        It was such simplistic logic which spoke to something else: he seems to have pretty limited musical tastes and seemed inflexible. A classic has a great melody and emotionally-based interpretation – Adele’s songs could be “classics.” But you can add runs, a rock edge, or rap it and if its emotionally true it will resonate with someone. Stop being such a purist! If you want someone to just sing the melody – groom a standards singer and have them perform in smaller venues/old age homes across America. Let these girls do their thing

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        Kree murdered that song. The runs where actually painful. She blew it.

    • Nan says:

      But Harry told her to do HIS version of the song instead of letting her do her version. Randy only meant that she’s more Etta James than Lena Horn, something Harry would have known if he’s actually been watching the show. Both Amber and Kree seemed uncomfortable singing the way Harry wanted them to. And Angie had one of her worst nights despite being a great singer. Candice is the only one he didn’t sabotage. I don’t know how this is good mentoring.

  9. HitTheGroundRunning says:

    The full Moby Dick length version:
    .
    Haley in the house! Hope they let her sing at some point. She’s been in the house in one way or another at least twice now, but never yet featured on stage. Hope they are just holding her back for these last few big weeks.
    .
    1st round:
    a bit like they were planning the Candice redemption act after all, last week votes don’t count, people vote less, tear her down and Kree down and get their fans angry and pumped and then go to the 100% perfection for Candice this week, she even lost weight in just one week and is now the most current of them all, etc.
    .
    1. Candice (had some shaky/off and strained notes though, but had the most kinda it factor to it all so I think she took the round regardless (it was a bit fake that Randy gave Candice credit for a 100% flawless vocal though, considering and not a peep about Angie’s vocals and dogging Angie on her arrangement only to say the arrangement doesn’t matter one whit to the next singers), very well done other than a couple bits of wonk here and there)
    .
    2. Angie (it was a touch of same, same arrangement as they said, but sung very beautifully, which they gave zero credit for and they did a kinda 180 on her)
    .
    3. Kree (alright, but not all that by any means, didn’t seem a match for Angie even though they gave it more praise for pure vocals which didn’t really fit, Nicki and even more so Randy’s comments didn’t match how they treated Angie this round quite fully and what they said to Candice and Amber and Angie last week vs. this week, Nicki seemed to be looking at notes a lot and not acting like she was feeling her own notes when they spoke to Angie and Kree?)
    .
    4. Amber (awesome to get a Pink song, Pink is deceptively insanely tough though, now that I think about it none of the few who have done her on these shows has made you forget about Pink, she has a sort of gritty pop/rock voice and can really hit things hard and has a lot crazy skills than people thing and insane energy and stage presence, and Amber does a bit better on ballads and pure singing and she did seem a lot more something in the rehearsals.)
    ———
    2nd:
    1. Candice (well done!)
    .
    2. Angie (well done but probably not as spectacular as Candice but some beautiful tones there, good)
    .
    3. Amber (it was good, sad to see her cry)
    .
    4. Kree (it was good, a little sleepy and not quite all there yet)

    I did like Harry Connick saying how you need the song and melody first and don’t have to be all 90s and put runs all over the place for everything no matter what.
    .
    Hah Harry Connick getting all over the dog, much needed.
    ——
    Such tough calls this season but I think I will say again Candice and Angie for the finale. I think Angie took last week and Candice took this week. Neither did the single best work this week that either has done.

    I AM THE STIG!!!!!!!

  10. The Truth says:

    Harry should have been on “Divas Week” – he would have known a thing or two. He’s a good singer but he needs to learn about different STYLES of singing – just because its not your favourite style, calm down. It’s actually more limiting to say “This is a standard – sing it like a ‘standard’.” Would anyone tell “Harry, sing this Fantasia song. And you best sing it like Fantasia mofo!!!”

    Amber was a favorite before, but her rendition of FV was off – rhythm was not as free and “updated” as her initial performance, which had an R&B edge..this was her “Standard” version of the song and proves the point that Harry’s comments may have removed the flair from everyone’s performance.

    Candace (who sometimes has boring performances…but epic jazz inspired ones) sold me today – she’s a woman with the experience and muscial smarts to establish herself as an artist. Same with Kree, if she’s able to fix her dead eyes.

    “Leave them girls Amber and Angie (aka Broadway Extraordinaire) in the dust, they ain’t ready” – Harry as Fantasia Barrino

    • Willow says:

      I understood his point about standards. Like, they are the most classic of melodies and examples of songwriting— and if you’ve made it to the Top 4 of Idol, you should be able to flat out sing them with no gimmicks added. Once you understand the lyrics and meaning, your own personal style will shine through without you forcing a “schtick”. LOVED him calling Amber out on “My Funny Valentine”- she needed a lesson!

      • marie says:

        OMG, I like Amber, don’t get me wrong, but Harry was SO on the mark with his comment about how she unwisely chose to embellish the ending. This man is a MASTER of the standards/jazz; he is a consummate musician who had been performing in these genres for some thirty years and I dare say he knows quite a lot more about this music than Randy Jackson.

      • The Truth says:

        I understand your point, but I don’t know how a run has become a “gimmick” – I can see how it may be the case with Amber (with her not understanding the lyrics and all) but I use Adele as an example – on “Fire to the Rain”, her last line is “Let it burn…. Urn… Urn” with elevating pitch and runs. Is it necessary? No. She could just hold out a long anguished burn – which is what Harry would do because that’s his style. But some use runs to capitalize and heighten emotions. I don’t want to read too much into the psychology of runs LOL, but I think it just speaks to how narrow Harry is in his thinking. It’s the purist thinking that says “I miss when people just sing the melody.”

        Well Rihanna just sings the melody. And pretty emotionally in “Diamonds.” You happy boo?

        • Willow says:

          Yes yes….. We need to look no further on the topic of runs than Amber vs. Candice (tonight and honestly the whole season….). Where Amber’s vocal gymnastics can come off as copy-catish and unemotional, Candice strategically uses her runs to showcase her musicality and connection to the song.
          And suprirse surprise, I am Team Candice and am ready for Amber to hit the road….. :)

          • The Truth says:

            I agree. Candace is the master…I was on board with Amber with FV version 1 with the “stayehh-eh-hey” run LOL, but Candace is such a precise singer. Feels it still though.

            Amber you had a good run. Was waiting for a huge R&B performance, never happened. Candace takes it

          • Willow says:

            Same here. After her out-of-nowhere awesomeness in Vegas, I was hoping for a Jordin Sparks type trajectory. Like sooooo easy to root for it kinda made ya sick. And once I got wind of the Slezak diss, I was OVER trying to be in her corner.

          • Jen says:

            I’ve never heard Amber give a “copy-catish” run. If you don’t like the girl that’s fine, but don’t suggest she’s copying vocal technique, but that is entirely false.

        • HitTheGroundRunning says:

          But that is a pretty mild run and she doens’t stick in them every two notes and be 90% runs and 10% melody. And there is difference between using lots in some songs and lots in all songs.

          • The Truth says:

            I agree, but I think we know the difference between excessive (Amber: “I believe in you-u-u-u an-d-da me-eeeeee” and Kree-isms where notes flutter at the end of phrases. I think Harry was exaggerating a bit… If you listen to his songs, he has a crisp, straight delivery. Mariah Carey does not. I’d be interested to see Harry judge “Divas Week” to see what his feedback would be…I think he would probably just be bored. This style of singing just doesn’t make sense to him – but he needs to realize its a matter of personal taste and people are voting for thenm afterall. How jarring would it be if Candice just sang Ella Fitzgerald’s “Strange Fruit” as “straight” as possible, being mindful of keeping to the melody always – I think it restrains the genuine emotion and intepretation.

          • marie says:

            @ Truth: Strange Fruit was Billie Holliday’s song.

        • trimaran12 says:

          It’s not that runs are good/bad. It’s that people use them in place of actual connection or emotion. Or because they can’t hold an actual note without going out of tune.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Hm… I think his point was “learn” the standard, understand the meaning and words *before* you add runs just because you *can.* Runs without purpose and intention are gratuitous. I think Candice does it best but there is also tons of subtlety and texture that make her runs work better. She is amazing.

  11. marie says:

    Can I just say I love Harry Connick, Jr.? Now THAT’S superb mentoring!

  12. Scott says:

    (1) Candice on You’ve Changed was stellar. Total agreement with Mariah: DOWNLOAD THIS! Holy Buckets, was that good!!!
    (2) Kree’s Stormy weather was a wreck. The arrangement overwhelmed her, and her voice was lost.
    (3) I wish Amber would e-nun-ci-ate. One of the phrases in My Funny Valentine was just lost in a mush of mumbling. She seems to be teetering on the edge, so I’ll add that her voice sounded great, but not standing-O great.
    (4) Angela needed a little more pleading in her voice on Someone to Watch over Me. Too smiley.

    Harry Connick looked pissed. I wonder if he’ll mentor again.

    • dj says:

      I thought the same thing on “Someone to Watch Over Me.” The mood of the song wasn’t right.

      • marie says:

        She was forced to tonight, but Angie should never sing the standards. She has no feel for them. She is a pop singer and not all pop singers can sing standards (some can).

      • The Beach says:

        Angie has been criticized (sometimes unfairly) for coming across as too “beauty pagenty” but that’s kind of the vibe I got tonight with her standard…the gown, the arrangement, the expressions. I did like her Rhianna song and didn’t mind at all that she made it more of a sweet love song.

        • Jasmine Porter says:

          That red dress did not flatter her at all and Angela’s a beautiful, gorgeous girl. She needs to stick to black. That’s what she wears all the time anyways.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Yup, the only one who nailed the classic was Candice. I just didn’t believe Angie’s version. And Kree and Amber murdered their versions.

  13. NJ idoloonie says:

    I am voting for Candice and Kree, but i am suspicious how the recorded voice does not tell you what number contestant you are voting for.

    • Atlgal2013 says:

      Agreed! This is the first time I don’t remember them thanking me for voting for contestant number x. Feels very weird.

    • MB says:

      I voted for Angie and they also did not say who you are voting for.

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      yeah it is curious especially with how they went 180 on some contestants this week

      • Jasmine Porter says:

        My thoughts exactly. I just felt like they were just trying to get everyone under that bus. Last week it was Kree and Candice. This week it’s Amber and Angela. “It’s no biggie. It’s what we, the powers that be, here on idol do. We throw people under the bus, and everyone has to have a turn.” These people…these people…(shaking my head and sighing). I just don’t understand why we had to have all this manipulation this season. It’s just truly sad.

    • paula says:

      Yes! I just tweeted this same thing. Very suspicious. >:(

    • GG says:

      I too was suspicious NJ

      • Guitar Blue says:

        The Judges are using the manipulation techniques, because TPTB “suggested” what they want to see in the finale – which is assuming, on their part, that they actually know what they are doing. …….

        But they do use data such as twitter followers, YouTube hits, downloads of songs over the span so far, and other regional polls to help decide who they think will keep the most viewers interested.

    • MC says:

      Exactly, God only knows who is actually receiving my phone votes from tonight.

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        Midas Whale

        • MC says:

          I hope, at a minimum, they go to one of the four young women on this show! Lol.

        • Joy says:

          *rofl*

        • Rivky says:

          bs’d
          Good one HTGR, :)

        • Jasmine Porter says:

          hilarious! Do you happen, by any chance, read all of Lyndsey Parker’s reviews over on Reality Rocks. She loved her some Midas Whale. They weren’t even that good, though.

          • MC says:

            Agreed. Unfortunately, I didn’t care for them. They were a novelty act imo. I know there are plenty of folks who loved them, though. I wasn’t ready for another one of those annoying bromances on Adam’s team. Patrick, a close friend of the Midas Whale duo, is a spectacular singer. It’s ironic he didn’t go farther on a show called The Voice.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            And yet all your votes went to Midas Whale all the same hah. All your votes are belong to whale.
            .
            (to be honest I picked them because they have a direct Idol tie and the name is awesome and it made for something funnier than anyone else I could think of using)

    • Mary says:

      So if by some miracle Amber gets into the top three it will be a conspiracy because the phone lines didn’t have a recorded voice. Come on people get a life.

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        Oh when Midas Whale makes a shocking appearance in the top three then you’ll believe us!! haha

        • Rivky says:

          bs’d
          I loves me some Midas Whale. They are cross between The Smothers Bros & The Kingston Trio :)

  14. MB says:

    For years so many of us have been saying Harry Connick Jr. Should be a judge. He knows what he is talking about. Why don’t TPTB listen to us.

    • marie says:

      Harry has a very successful career as a touring musician, composer, and sometime actor. Maybe he wouldn’t want the job or even have time for it.

      • Joy says:

        I thought he’d publicly expressed interest when they were rebooting the panel after S9? But I’ve finally quit hoping for him, or anyone else I like, to get a seat at the judging table. If the judges are going to be obliged to serve as nothing more than mouthpieces for the producers, the insight they bring doesn’t matter, and no matter how appealing their on-screen persona, I’m only going to end up hating them for the BS they’ll spout. So I’d rather be spared the disappointment.

        • marie says:

          You could be right re Harry having expressed interest; I honestly don’t know. But I totally get your point about potential disappointment at judges who agree to become just producer puppets; I’ve come to feel that way about Keith this season, sadly.

    • Sally says:

      Harry was asked and he refused.

    • Robin says:

      I would love to see Harry, Stevie Nicks, Shania and Smokey Robinson as the panel. They have been the ones mentoring to give some of the best feedback to the contestants.

  15. Marta says:

    The Randy/Harry pissing contest reminded me of when I’m at a bar or party and really don’t care about an argument two people are having….until my ears perk up with one debater totally OWNS the other. That last aside Harry gave, “….be you…but sing the Billie Holiday version” was in the Top 5 moments of the season for me. The other 4 involve Candice being a beast.

  16. Gailer says:

    I saw the divas fighting again tonight. They won’t be back next year.

  17. Lauren says:

    What was up with Ryan dissing Haley?

    • Trouty Mouth says:

      He didn’t. She was sitting in the audience and because he didn’t give her some grand introduction or mention, that’s “dissing” her.

      • cupcake says:

        good point. Ryan didn’t have to walk by her and let her be seen on TV. He could have steered away from her completely. She got a couple seconds of face time on national TV, which is better than nothing. And, Oh My!, she’s looking as hot as ever! ;)

  18. NJ idoloonie says:

    For me (for you) angie has that Anne Hathaway effect – there’s just something a little offputting about her, altho i would like to see her last another week.

    • Gailer says:

      Is it the Miley Cyrus resemblance?

    • Willow says:

      Perfect comparison! Like, even when she attempts to be nitty gritty and a bit silly/unpretty/imperfect, it just comes off as a pretty, entitled, WASPy girl trying to be gritty. And I don’t think you ever grow out of that affect and public perception. (Just as Hathaway…)

    • Nedsdag says:

      More like the Zombie Apocalypse effect for me.

    • Nephtalia says:

      Anne Hathaway, now, a Oscar winner is one of the best actress of her generation. She is also very warm and her TV show appearance are very funny. I guess saying Angie looks like her is actually a compliment. But, it looks like for you, NJ Idoloonie, being a nice happy girl is some type of default. And Willow (entitled!?)

  19. Noel says:

    Beautiful+Flawless=Candice!!

  20. Mafs95 says:

    2013 Hits:
    Angie – B
    Amber – C+
    Candice – A-
    Kree – A
    .
    Standards
    Angie – B-
    Amber – B+
    Candice – A+
    Kree – B

  21. Vetle says:

    Throw all your votes at Candice please! <3 I can't vote.

  22. LLA says:

    I think Harry C did a great job mentoring. The great standards actually do have real melodies and they don’t need a lot of embellishment with runs all over the place. I almost fell over when he was telling Amber about Lorenz Hart. I feel bad that these young singers don’t know anything about the great songwriters. Not really their fault. But, when I was a kid –I did know about them.
    I enjoyed the little spat between Randy and Harry. Keith did bring him up there–its not like he just came up and tried to hijacked Kree’s critique on purpose. He was right though–she would have done much better if she just stuck to the melody. I think he was pissed-cause he was giving some good advice-but the judges would contradict him But, Kree looked so sad–I felt bad for her.
    Anyway, Candice clearly won the night–and she always does. I say Kree was next. Didn’t care for either performance by Amber or Angie
    PS–Again with Candice is a church singer from Randy? I don’t get it. She’s a jazz singer to me

    • Willow says:

      Randy totally just lumped the two black girls as “church singers” tonight. Ummmmm….Angie is absolutely a “church singer” (a different kind) and has never hid it. Ahhhhh American Christianity and its many forms and its perceptions in pop culture….

    • marie says:

      Thank you! There really isn’t anything gospel about Candice; I agree, she is primarily a jazz singer, with a liberal dash of blues and R&B too.

  23. takakupo says:

    I feel like all of the shenanigans with the judges have made it impossible for anyone to look at Amber fairly. Even the B+ given this week to her better performance seemed harsh since we know that reprises must be done each season. Is it really too much to give it a chance based on whether she did better than the last or do we not like her anymore because the judges love her?

    Let’s not forget that the judges in past seasons have all went out of their way before to give contestants more praise than they deserve, but those contestants were both front runners AND winners and had never been in the bottom 3 (Danny Gokey, Adam Lambert, Lee Dewyze, Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Phil Philips, etc;).

    That being said, happy singing everyone and may the judges be ever in your favor :D No? A Hunger Games reference is not happening right now? Alright .__.

    • dani n. says:

      This is so simply&beautifully said. I love Amber. She’s been the underdog from the beginning.She broke my heart with her first version of MVF aether she understood it or not
      The only othe performance that came close to moving me that sweetly was Candice’s Love Song. With that said. I am in love with Kree’s tone, Candice’s ability to climb in and around a song and Angie’s verve. To reiterate your point for Michael to slam someone who has been in the bottom for a long time And does Have some major talent is pathetic
      If she were a joke contestant and getting a tongue bath that would be something else.As far as Harry Jr. HE gave them good criticism and when he made his point with Kerr via showing what runs sound like on a piano & what that does to melody that was so smart. It’s too bad he didn’t use that example with all the girls (unless it was edited out) AND WORSE TOO BAD HE DIDN’T WORK WITH THEM 6MONTHS ago so they could digest all this. Amber was totally embarrassed for millions of people to see her so exposed.

    • Jen says:

      I agree wholeheartedly. I couldn’t have said it better myself… it seems like most of America suddenly hates Amber all of a sudden. I’m over it.

    • luvthetop5 says:

      Thank you I agree with you so much. I honestly feel that the viewers are not being fair to Amber. She obviously the underdog of this contestant, considering the fact that Amber was mostly unnoticed by America until the Vegas round. Even earlier in the competition when she was consistently one of the top performers of the night she has yet to receive a good voting fanbase. So i feel that the judges saw the potential she had and as a result buttered her up in hopes that America will see the star we have. The good thing about what has occurred is that we at least received an accurate top 5 and in my opinion top 4. But not only that, we have seen quite a good bit of growth from this girl. She really has gained some confidence on the shown and that she deserves to be where she is at. But for the past two weeks or so people have been outraged as this girl due to the judges critiques or lack of critiques. Which is unfair to Amber, because they aren’t providing her the proper critiques that is required for her to grow as an artist. A good example would be Harry Connick Jr.’s comment on Amber’s lack of knowledge on My Funny Valentine. Which she took to heart, and as we saw tonight she surprisingly did a better than her first rendition it. So with the proper critiques these girls can really be something, so i wish the hate directed more toward the judges than to Amber.
      Also no offense Mr. Slezak i’m a big fan of your blogs and critiques, but i think you may have fallen in the trap of the Amber hate due to the judges as well, and i really believe that My Funny Valentine was a stellar performance and despite it being a second attempt it deserved an A rating. It’s seems unfair to give Angie praise to reattempt the same Jessie J song with praise while Amber does the same thing and gets penalized for it. Sorry for my rant, i’m still a fan.

      BTW- I had mixed feelings on Connick’s critiques. I understand that he is great at what he does, but this is a singing competition and unfortunately these contestants need to impress the teenagers with their vocal ability, instead of the few musically inclined individuals that watch and vote on the show. So i feel that in some ways he was detrimental to contestants by hindering them from doing runs and big notes, because its not his style. I just feel that he should be more open toward alternate ways to approach these standards. I feel his comments is what lead to what i consider a poor and lackluster second performance from Kree which is high;u unfair to her.

      Overall, there was some great performances and all of these girls are great. Good luck to them all because this can easily become the most commercially successful top 4 ever. And it’s always good to Haley Reinhart back on idol.

      • MB says:

        Angie did not do the same thing. She only sang a few snippets of the song during Hollywood week and she sang it Capella. She did not repeat a complete performance like amber did.

        • luvthetop5 says:

          Ok she (Angie) sung more than what’s shown on tv, because it was in hollywood week but she still had a 90 second performance of the same song. And if you wanna be all specific about how the song was sung, the arrangement and the underlying tone in both of Amber’s performance was definitely different. Which still undermines the idea that both girls sung the same song twice, but people only seems to care about Amber’s. Just saying if you’re going to penalize one, then penalize the other as well. Still have strong support for these four girls though.

          • Jasmine Porter says:

            You obviously don’t understand, though. That snippet of Angela singing that song was literally like 10 seconds. And that was not when the girls were competing for the top 5 girls (like Amber), that was way early in the competition, even before her breakout moment “You Set Me Free.” That doesn’t count at all! Okay, maybe it was a 90 second performance, but WE didn’t see it all, like we saw all of Amber’s.

      • Haidee says:

        totally agree!

    • Name That Tune says:

      Many of us have said that Amber has a world of potential. That means she has areas where she needs to grow. If she wants to be a professional singer, she needs to hear what she has to work on. Harry gave her excellent advice on MFV. Part of singing is acting a part. We see this every week from Candice. Understand the poin of view of the songwriter and tell the story. Your performance will always suffer if you can’t do that. It’s an element that has been missing from Amber’s performances.
      ;————–
      It’s okay for Amber to tear up. She’s young and she is under a lot of pressure. Her journey as a singer is not over but her journey on Idol is coming to an end. The 3 other girls are simply better at this stage of their careers. She will recover from this. Tears are part of growing up and accepting loss.

  24. LeahKittyS says:

    Ugh. Can these judges PLEASE stop hijacking the show during contestant critiques? Poor Kree was just as confused as Candice was last week! Seriously, if they’re clean sweeping the judges’ panel next year, I strongly suggest bringing in at least one person who isn’t a big household name, if only to avoid the spotlight shift away from who matters.
    I still think it’s Amber’s time to go. After the weakest performance in the first set (Angie missed a big note but at least did something cool with the arrangement) and a rehash in the second set, she has done herself no favors. Candice and Kree sure came back strong after last week’s injustices. I agree with Nicki that Angie gives off a strong Disney princess vibe, but that’s one of the things I love about her, that charming innocence. If anyone but Amber goes tomorrow I will be shocked.
    Oh, and that group number at the end? Sweetness!

  25. julia says:

    i am someone who has thought this season has been for the most part very solid but honestly this might have been the worst night of idol i have ever seen. almost all the now songs were dissapoitning and the then songs were beyond boring a couple thoughts
    1) “when i was your man” was not good it was compltely over sung and the arrangement was weird. the songs beauty is it subtleness and pleading. i wish candice would have sang it like that. (and candice is my second favorite)
    2) “see you again” was ok, but not an “A” i would give it a B
    3) pink should only be sung if one has the neccesary grit and edge, amber does not have this and that was awful.
    4) diamonds is not an amazing song, judges. it’s a crappy song that is only popular because its by rihanna and people can dance to it
    5) the “then” songs were so unbelievably boring. i guess candice sang hers great, but it was still an incredibly boring performance. “dont make me over” is an old song but she made it sound current, this was sung great but was still extremely boring. still i guess she won round two.
    6) and i’d say angie one round one because at least she tried something different and made it sound like an angie performance. and i wish the judges hadn’t gone on about how she should have sung higher and gone crazy, you don’t have to do that for every freakin song.
    7) but honestly this night sucked. based on this night and last week i would send amber home, and have kree join her in the bottom 2.

  26. forwarddad says:

    Seriously you downgrade Amber because she sang the song before????? Angie sang back to back Rihanna. Boy you really hate Amber.

    • MB says:

      Angie did not sing back to back Rihanna. She sang it as a duet last week which probably was not her choice.. That is not the same thing.

    • trimaran12 says:

      It’s not about hate. Does Amber only know five songs or something? Song repeats should not be allowed.

      • Jen says:

        But song repeats have been done before. I don’t know why everyone’s acting so shocked and disgusted by it now. “Simmer down sir.”

        • Joy says:

          I don’t remember another time when a contestant repeated a song from a previous live show before the top 2 (when it’s required). Doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened — but it’s certainly not common. There are cases where people have repeated songs from auditions or Hollywood, but those weren’t previously aired in full, and often were only done without the band, staging, etc. — and even then, critics do usually call out the unoriginal choice. I don’t think Amber’s being unreasonably singled out here, at all.

    • JT says:

      i thought Amber sounded amazing on that song, like one of the best of the entire season from anyone. but i guess i’m in the minority on that one…

  27. dj says:

    Candice totally deserves that A+ you gave her on “You’ve Changed.” That vocal was exquisite. I really enjoyed Harry’s mentoring. I feel like Candice was the only one who took his advice. I think the others tried to, in different ways, but without as amazing of a result. I have heard Tony Bennett give the same advice when mentoring, and look at the longevity of his amazing career singing standards.

    I feel bad for Kree on the second performance. I do feel like she got off track somehow. I think she tried to follow Harry’s advice, but it was impossible for her to do it and be natural, and it just didn’t work out very well.

    I don’t think Angie had as good as a night as last week. That and going first may hurt her, but she has a pretty solid fan base, so maybe not. As for me, after seeing Candice almost go home last week, I am voting my fingers off for her and not splitting my vote.

    • marie says:

      Yes! Both Harry Connick and Tony Bennett have had long, successful careers singing the standards as they were written. Candice was wise enough to realize the value of Harry’s advice. I think Kree’s problem was sing choice; she was just not comfortable singing the song straight. Who suggested God Bless the Child? That could have worked better for her.

      • The Truth says:

        Candice didnt listen to a word that damn fool said. She did HER and nailed it… Didn’t you hear the pre-performance footage with him telling her not to do the held note she actually did?
        I agree it was poor song choice for Kree. But she was visibly and audibly restraining Kree-isms (including the lilt and ad-libs)…

      • Nan says:

        Were you watching the whole time, Marie? Because Candice did not follow Harry’s advice. And Kree said she grew up listening to Stormy Weather and songs like it. She ha a mentor problem, not a song choice problem. Harry sucked all the life out of her performance.

  28. Marlex says:

    If I had to rank the girls, it would as follows:
    1) Candice. Easy. She won both rounds hands down.
    2) Angie. This was very, very close. I enjoyed that she completely took the Rihanna in a totally different direction. Totally didn’t get enough credit for that. I really liked her second song. Was it theatrical? Yes. Was it Broadway-esque? Probably. But, you know what? I like theatrical. I like Broadway. I could totally see her putting out a singer/songwriter, piano driven album, and do Broadway between tours.
    3) Kree. I’ve been calling for a Candice/Kree finale for weeks now, and although she’s in third place here, I would still enjoy the heck out of that. I thought she connected very nicely with the Carrie song, although I could understand Keith’s critique about the staging disconnect. They second song, like I think Mariah said, I was thinking about what Harry said and how she wasn’t following his advice. Still, she sang the heck out of the song in her own way.
    4) Amber. Yes, My Funny Valentine was very well done. But her first song was not good to me. I still think she should go home.
    If Amber goes home this week, I don’t think I could complain too hard about anything that happens after that, not counting stupidity bursting forth from the judges’ mouths, like Nikki’s comment about Candice’s weight. Totally uncalled for and I hope she gets some grief about it this week and apologizes tomorrow night.

  29. RodPod says:

    Amber not knowing the meaning of the song “My Funny Valentine’s” lyrics only validated some of you guys’ suspicions that she hasn’t a clue about what it is she sings. Congrats! You are all more right than wrong.
    .
    That really ticked me off, because she sang it so well in Vegas, although, even then she just smiled and swayed mindlessly.
    .
    It would appear that none of the finalists of this show actually watch it and assess and evaluate it before auditioning.
    .
    Anywhore…my tame rant ends here. Lol. :P

  30. Evan says:

    Amber’s Pink song was Grade-A ATROCHE. She was horrrrrribly out-of-breath. I came here thinking Slezak would have his claws out. I’m shocked to see it garnered as high as a B-. More like D+ from me.

    • Evan says:

      Just finished watching the rest. I’m going to go out on a limb and say it: Kree was astoundingly boring tonight. Truly horrid. (Though nothing could be worse than Amber’s Just Give Me A Reason.”)

      Candice wins the night. No shock there.

    • LeahKittyS says:

      I wouldn’t say Amber’s first song was that bad, but P!nk she is most definitely not. It takes a woman with true vocal grit, like Allison Iraheta or Erika Van Pelt, to pull off those songs. Even Hollie Cavanagh’s “Perfect” last year, though pretty, was lacking.
      Speaking of Allison, people are saying how her rendition of “Someone to Watch Over Me” was so much better than Angie’s tonight. I don’t think Angie’s was worse; it was just different. More theatrical and less emotional, but I like theatrics, so I never minded that about Angie. She’s been sheltered and hasn’t had a ton of life experience. There are things we shouldn’t expect from her.

      • Evan says:

        Well, glad someone enjoyed Amber. I did not. At all.

        And Katharine McPhee’s “Someone To Watch Over Me” is better than both Angie’s and Allison’s, the latter of which doesn’t capture the correct mood if you ask me.

        • MC says:

          Kat had some great moments that season and that was one of them. Of course, Kat makes most of the AI contestants in recent years look silly by comparison imo.

  31. RealityCheck says:

    i keep getting all circuits busy for Candice…I hope this is a good sign! I cant get with the Amber love, boring. I am starting to believe the rumors about mean girl Angie, detecting a little arrogance there. I still love Kree and I am hoping for a K & C finale! Sorry but I cant stand Nikki! did anyone else see her writing notes to Keith during Mariah”s critique? So high school!

    • Trouty Mouth says:

      Something about Angie screams “unbelievably arrogant”, and also “shameless kiss-arse”.

      • Pouty says:

        She’s young and eager to please. This is the dream she’s had for her MANY 18 years (sarcasm) and she’s hungry. And shes a self confessed fan of broadway – she defaults to theatricality instead of emotion sometimes, and we as humans for some reason HATE or Love that (think of people’s violent response to glee…you either hate it or love it.) I think as a result, she seems annoying in comparison to someone like Candice – cool, confident and knows herself. Angie would have benefited from a golden ticket in a few years instead – she would have been so much more mature and self-assured. Even though American idol is about growth and development, it would have made her more likeable

    • WishesRandyCouldn'tSpeak says:

      Based on your name, and what u said about Angie, I think you need one.

      • RealityCheck says:

        don’t get me wrong, i think Angie ruled last week. But even then there was a glimmer of arrogance (desparation?) starting to show.

        @wishes – you are entitled to your opinion & I am entitled to my opinion, mine just happens to be right! LOL

    • Jasmine Porter says:

      Oh my gosh, you’re so stupid. Harry was joking when he said Angela was mean. Sarcasm, duh! She strikes me as a person who doesn’t have a mean bone in her body, that girl. Angela is humble as it gets and she really has a good personality as shown in her funny sessions with Harry. Angie’s not arrogant at all. I don’t see it. Dramatic? Just a little, but since when does that constitute “conceited or arrogant”. You Angie haters are such idiots! I can’t take it anymore. (But I will because I have to support Angie)

  32. Caitlin says:

    I miss the intensity of Simon Cowell, who would watch back every single performance from the performance shows and then, if he heard it differently (i.e., the way viewers hear the songs and not the ‘in house’ version) he would comment back on it whether he had to eat his words or not. I feel like that intensity is missing; they tried to get it by adding Nicki and Mariah but I still don’t feel as though any of the judges (as much as I like/dislike them in their professional careers) are truly that invested and that’s a major problem for this show. The only reason I stuck around for this season is because I adore Keith Urban and thought perhaps Mariah would be more of a force than Jennifer Lopez was (which makes the story about TPTB trying to replace her midseason even more laughable).

    As to the performances, I thought there were a lot of problems with both of Amber’s performances. I hate the re-do on “My Funny Valentine” and thought her audition round version was better. I think Angie did really well on “Diamonds” and the beginning of “Someone…” was gorgeous but the arrangement was a train wreck in the middle. I think Candace and Kree won the night for me; I appreciate both of Candace’s performances (I think she over-did “You’ve Changed” a bit but it was still beautiful; I don’t love that Bruno Mars song but she sang it well) but Kree’s voice just does something to me. I close my eyes and listen to her sing and it just moves me. Should be an interesting results show.

    • marie says:

      I’m hoping Candice’s recording of You’ve Changed shows a little more subtlety and restraint. I wonder if just as a general rule the temptation is always there for contestants to be dramatic, make a “Wow!” impression for the judges, the audience, and the voters. I KNOW she is capable of blowing it right out of the water; she almost was there tonight.

    • waterbug says:

      yeah, yeah…you hate Amber’s songs because the judges “pimped” her….yeah, yeah…let’s all just imagine a kick-Amber-in-the forehead moments…now breath out…

  33. BummedOut says:

    Could Keith urban come up with any more excuses for Amber? “Pink writes hard songs to sing. It’s hard to earn all the words on a new song. Tree I o much to think about…”

    • Hpl says:

      I like Keith but honestly every time he speaks I lose more respect for him. He’s not Randy stupid, but I don’t think he’s too bright.

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      I think he was just letting her down easy with the words thing. But I suppose it’s not fair at this point to do that when others are in the game. I think he did add at the end but then again everyone has to do that though.
      .
      He is correct that her songs are hard to sing. SOme people toss all pop off as fluff, but you need a certain grit, rock ability to hit on things, mad stage energy and presence and amazing range and vocals to do her songs full justice. Look at the contestants who have tried and how none yet match up. Amber doesnt have a grit, hit it rock voice for it to make it easy for her to pull it off, it ws a cool choice though, the most interestng of the choices, but it was tough and not the easiest fit for her.

      • The Beach says:

        My question is why would Amber pick a song that she didn’t know? She’s 19 and I’m sure she knows the words to quite a few current songs so why pick this one?

        • HitTheGroundRunning says:

          Maybe because we have all been going on about wanting a Pink theme? Who knows. I’m sure they don’t clear every last song. Maybe she felt she needed a big risk song at this point. Go big or go home? I liked the choice but it was a tough sort of song for her style and voice. She also did seem sort of deflated on stage compared to rehearsal so maybe the whole thing just got to her and hit her and hurt it.

    • MC says:

      The excuses he made for Amber were ridiculous. Did Keith use the word “fantastic” near the end of his critique for Amber’s first song? That was one of the most un-fantastic (to put it kindly)performances of the season.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        Judges making excuses? See, I told you they were under the influence of Lazaro’s mind control powers!

    • Jen says:

      Actually he was pretty spot on imo in his critique. I don’t think anybody can do Pink like Pink.

      • Name That Tune says:

        Ah but that’s the point. Don’t do Pink. Do you. Amber is not at a place in her musical career to know who she is. It is the difference between Angie and Amber. Angie is not Rihanna and she didn’t try to be. So Angie was more successful on Diamonds (not perfect) than Amber was on Pink.

  34. jax says:

    Did anyone else think of Allison Iraheta when hearing “Someone to Watch Over Me?” She did a wonderful version back in season 8.

    LOVE Harry Connick, Jr. I was amused by how often he said “that doesn’t make any sense” tonight. And he was right every time!

    Keith Urban was right on the mark when he noted the lack of energy from the audience. The whole show seemed sleepy and slow … probably because 8 songs were stretched into a TWO HOUR show. Seriously? Idol needs to return to the days when the show got shorter as the weeks went on.

    • Sally says:

      Love Keith, love Harry….honesty personified.

    • GG says:

      Allison Irahetta

      What a beautiful beautiful singer. Simon did not get Allison and was mean to her. Allison is the one who I wish they would allow sing a song in addition to Haley

      • Danny says:

        @GG- I’d add Siobhan to the list of the ones who got hammered way beyond belief. Those are my favorite 3 of all time. I wonder if there’s a pattern here.

        • HitTheGroundRunning says:

          yeah and add Elise to the list, she really didn’t get all that much love (although I heard Randy whisper stuff in her ear when she left that sounded a lot more positive and honest, now if only he said that WHILE JUDGING!).

        • GG says:

          Danny,
          Some people praise Simon, but Simon was utterly ruthless toward Allison Irahetta because he just could not wrap his mind around the way she looked or whatever

          Allison was the best singer on AI ever in addition to Candice

          Allison channelled her hurt through the song Cry Baby, you could see how hurt she felf by the harsh criticisms

          After seeing Simon’s unnecessary meaness toward Allison, I was glad that Simon left the show

          I remember Siobhan and I liked her. I just don’t remember the judges dogging her . I think Siobhan lost because Siobhan appeared during a year when the tweens voted a million times for WGWG

          • Danny says:

            @GG- I never cared for Simon either. I didn’t see him as honest in the least. I saw him as a bully. I never liked all the “he’s the only honest judge” comments. Then seeing him on X Factor, he looked pathetic. Him trying to push that boy band as being great when he was trying to tell us all that Allison, Siobhan, Carly, & a slew of others were no good back in the Idol days didn’t make sense.
            Well, it didn’t make sense until it came out that he’s good friends w/ the father and uncle of the band members. Uggh.
            He didn’t just start lying when he became an X Factor judge. That’s a characteristic that he’s had for a long time.
            To the Simon lovers, I’ll acknowledge he’s better than pretty much any judge who’s followed him on AI. He’s lucky he wasn’t followed by Adam, Blake, Usher, & Shakira though. Had he been followed by those types of people, no one would be missing him in the least.

          • GG says:

            I agree Danny

            I honestly do not mind Jennifer Lopez, S Tyler and even some of the judges who are appearing this year. I was just mortified at how Simon treated the incredibly talend Allison Iraheta.. Allison was in shock by some of Devil’s I mean Simon’s comments. Danny, my eyes are rapidly closing and turning into slits, so I better shut off. But thanks for sharing and for agreeing

    • Sarah says:

      Yes, I LOVE Allison’s version, thought of it immediately.

    • Danny says:

      I’d forgotten about Allison doing that. Thanks for the reminder. I’m gonna go YouTube it now & compare.

    • Scott says:

      What was up with the audience. I was amazed at how sleepy the show was. There must be a backstory there about it. Let me add though that the multiple camera shots of Amber’s dad with tears on his cheeks was great TV. Don’t know if it will help her, but it was great TV.

    • Danny says:

      @Jax- I just went back and listened to both Allison & Angela’s versions. At first I was wondering if it was the same song. I liked Allisons more. Allisons version was more raw. There were other things that had nothing to do w/ the singers though.
      It seems that the stage is a lot bigger now. This years singers have way too much space to cover for a 1.5 minute song. Allison was pretty much alone on the stage. Most of the camera was focused on only her. W/ Angela she had that orchestra w/ her. I didn’t care for that. There were also a lot of far away camera shots of her. Then a close up. Then they’d pan over to the violin players. This isn’t her fault, but it made for a more sleepy performance.

  35. RealityCheck says:

    oh and forgot to mention that i think they are courting BabyFace as a judge for next season. He will replace Randy as the producer type on the panel. XFactor had LA Reid so why not BF on AI? you heard it here first!

  36. John says:

    Good show as a whole. I feel like Candice won the night, and Angie had a solid night. It’s funny that Harry is such a fan of Kree, because I think he unintentionally short-circuited her on the second half of the song.

  37. Lue says:

    The joy of seeing Haley’s beautiful face was quickly extinguished when nothing was sad about her presence. Angie was very nice. Actually, I got chills on her last performance. Candice was sweet, you know the usual. Amber disappointed until her last performance. That was great. Kree was good, but it’s getting a tad bit old. Love all four of them though.

  38. Eric says:

    Candice and Amber owned the night, artist & emotion sums up those two performances for me. Now on to another point; Kree was the worst of the 4 by far tonight, it’s like she’s giving a top 20 performance during the Top 4. Kree gave me nothing during that first song, so why the hell you’re giving this girl an A for it, your even worst than the judges, stop blowing smoke up this girls ass, she desered a B+ at best. Her second song was even worse, why the hell are you going to add a big ass high note into Stormy Weather without having passion to back it up, clearly deserved a C, she killed that song in a bad way. The problem with the show this year is that it’s not fun anymore, the producers, fans, and even critics like you Michale are all about picking sides, and never giving props where props is due. Stop personally bashing all these girls, there all good, and they all have flaws in there vocals, and I mean why are we now, in Top 4, finally starting to go in on these 4 girls like we should have in the beginning. Don’t get mad if someone’s getting pimped, cause all these girls got pimped form the start, and none of you guys were mad at them for that, but now when they find a girl they liked, you all want to go in on her and bash her on the personal things like speech, weight, color of there skin, like we’re not in 2013. Next season we only need 3 judges, to many voices talking during this season. We need both stron Boys and Girls competing, no more Lazeros. And last change we all need to give constructive criticisms at the beginnings, and not when were in the top 4.

    • kaba says:

      Quit blowing smoke up ambers ass. She sang well on one song. Her first song was dismal.
      Funny valentine gave me nothing cause nothing is ever intriguing about singing the same song twice. Ever.
      Katherine McPhee did it and lost. All it does it dochotomize thoughts.
      Amber was bleh

      • Eric says:

        Oh that’s where your wrong, you got it in your head that no singer should ever sing a song more then once. If you look at both My Funny Valentine performances, you’ll see that this time around she felt the song, she had a connection to the song, the first time she has shown raw emotion to the song. To bag her on the fact that she’s already sung the song is dumb ass thing, artist performs songs over and over again, and each time gives the song new layers that were never seen before. That’s what makes a good artist, not by you singing a new song every 10 to 15 min, but by taking what you’ve already done and top yourself. Candies was great as always; Amber has shown a new side to her ever growing star dome; Angie grew last week, but she doesn’t know where to go next; and Kree has official lost herself and needs to find it again.

        • Kaba says:

          No, it didn’t help Ambers case at all to sing one song vastly horrific then the other well when the fact is she performed it well the first time to begin with.
          Don’t put words in my mouth and assume that artistry can only be achieved by singing a new song every week. But it doesn’t do much if you come out and sing a song we’ve heard you sing before again. Especially since that was the song that put her out there to be frank.
          Artists sing their songs over and over because they are working and that’s their job. She’s on a competition, don’t try and compare the two.
          I will say that she performed the song amazingly, but it didn’t do anything for me. Literally all I can recall is her singing it the first time and trying to compare them aimlessly. It does more distraction from her in the long run than anything else

        • WishesRandyCouldn'tSpeak says:

          Great post! Agree, except I think Angie’s vocal on her second one was amazing – she’s proven she’s more of a “piano” singer despite what the judges like to say.

          And yeah, Amber’s version now was SO much different than the first – before it was the first time we ever even knew she existed and it just sounded flawless. This time however, she really felt the song and was so IN the song that it was so captivating. Best one of the night for me.

    • waterbug says:

      Well said Eric! Michael S.

  39. Davey says:

    I don’t get Angie at all. Go do a Disney movie.

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      And that is why they said it, to now set her up as the Disney Princess, Anne Hathaway so she can be a shock drama elimination. Or maybe not. Who the heck knows with this show anymore. They’ve turned everyone into tin foil hat wearing paranoids by this point.

    • Trouty Mouth says:

      I agree. She’s like the lead in a Disney Channel original movie.

      • Maddie says:

        I can only hope for that! I will never have to endure her again! She is the singer in this competition that I enjoy the least….lovely voice but I just don’t enjoy her.

    • JJ says:

      OMG Thank you! She’s so Disney all the way. I don’t see her having big mainstream success although I keep reading how everyone believes she is the most marketable out of this bunch

    • Jasmine Porter says:

      There is nothing wrong with that, though! She can do it all if she wanted to. Broadway, mainstream, and Disney! She’s versatile. Go Angela!

  40. forrest says:

    C’mon, by this stage of the competition the singers know what the judges want: vocal acrobatics. Oversinging gets you standing ovations, in it to win it critiques and shouts from the audience. Wow everyone liked it so I’m obviously going to call in and vote for the best mentality gets results.

  41. Blinged Up says:

    Can we replace Randy with Harry Connick, Jr.? Harry is 1)knowledgeable 2) funny 3) honest and 4) not afraid to speak his mind. I don’t mind Nicki and I like Keith. How about that: Keith, Nicki, and Harry. There doesn’t need to be four judges anyway.

  42. waterbug says:

    This was not the Harry Connick Jr. show, this is AI. I liked some, just some of his critique, but he was overbearing at times and obviously partial. I think all those that think he did a “slap bang good ole job” was because he showed partiality to your favorites.
    At this point in the competition all the girls are truly talented, and finding one to trash and beat up each week because you don’t like what the judges say is really petty and mean. I have a feeling Amber has been reading some of the “comments.” And that goes for you too Michael S.

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      It was sad to see Amber looking a bit beaten down since she does have quite a helluva voice.

      • GG says:

        I think that Amber was actually crying becuase she saw her father crying in the audiance

        I think that Nikki misinterpreted why Amber was crying. Mikki could not see Amber’s Dad

    • trimaran12 says:

      Love him or hate him, Harry gave actual constructive criticism to all the contestants. Which was his job as mentor.

  43. april says:

    I think Michael Slezak is very biased especially when it comes to candice, I love candice as well and I think she was the best tonight, but you shouldn’t suggest to us how we should feel about the contestants. Its realy unfair. Amber’s 1st song was average but vocals were good and although I have heard my funny valentine before from her during vegas week but it still sounded fresh to me cuz truth be told she sounded beautiful and looked great as well and I love that she got emotional and that was real and showed her vulnerability . Kree is amazing but she’s boring but I still won’t rate her less at all . Angie is always great but tonight the other girls outshined her! Again her fanbase will kepp her from going home am pretty sure of that.

    • syb says:

      Why wouldn’t Michael Slezak have a right to a biased opinion based on which contestants he thinks are best? Isn’t that the point? I mean unless he’s related to her, you have to assume the bias comes from an appreciation for what she accomplished.

      • Mary says:

        Then that should go for the judges also. If they don’t pick your favorite why does Michael and 80% of the board bashes them. I know they should be neutral but when have they ever. Simon sure in hell wasn’t. If he didn’t like you, you knew it. If anything I think these judges have been pretty good on the their critiques.

        • Nan says:

          Michael gets paid to have an opinion. I know his column is under recaps but he is writing commentary for those that choose to read it. Judges should be impartial and everyone watching the show gets to hear their comments. Michael’s objection, and many of the posters’, is when the comments made by the judges are so out of whack with the performance that it’s not believable that they are the actual thoughts of the judges–that they are, in fact, parroting words given them by someone else.

  44. julia says:

    oh yeah one last gripe!
    why the heck are these shows 2 hrs long. i remeber it used to be that once they got to top 9. they were only an hour long. on a borning night like tonight it makes the show unbearably dull.
    i think most of the show is just the stupid judges talking and screaming, with occasional singing thrown in. please take it back to one hour or an hour and a half.
    and don’t just have the contestants have to sing stupid group numbers and duets just to fill time, it takes away time they could be focusing on their solos! (there has only been one decent duet the whole season “stay” with candice and angie).

    • LeahKittyS says:

      I agree that American Idol is running too long per episode, and I will add that results shows only ever need to be half an hour. But here’s the thing with the time slots: American Idol is essentially what’s keeping FOX alive at this point. It has no programming to offer that can draw in the same ratings as Idol. This is also why, no matter how low Idol’s rating sink, they will not cancel the show until they can come up with something to replace it with that will pull in the same, or better, ratings.

  45. Chris says:

    I’ve always liked Harry. I’ve gone to see him live a few times and he’s not a “runner” for sure, but tonight I have another level of respect for him. I think we could free up a seat for him at the judges table (please Nigel?)

    Candice you are remarkable – the end.

  46. Stacy says:

    It was a great night for Candice and half a great night each for Kree and Amber. Have to admit I was most excited about seeing the ladies cover Wings. I wish they had credited Little Mix on air, though :-/

  47. dj says:

    I agree. All of the contestants left are great, but Candice is in a different league already.

    • dj says:

      That post isn’t where it was supposed to be. It’s a reply to another post about Candice showing why she should win the season tonight.

  48. Bob says:

    Man oh man, Candice is so far ahead of the other three girls in this competition, it’s not even funny. And, honestly, I think all of them are decent singers. Harry Connick, Jr. was indeed terrific tonight. I bet most of the girls were shocked to hear actual criticism and concrete advice. But back to Candice, it really isn’t a matter of runs or no runs; it’s about interpreting the song and making the RIGHT choices when you embellish. Candice does that better than anybody since Melinda. When she sings a song, it comes off as a complete, coherent. polished performance. There are never places where I cringe or roll my eyes. Mariah nailed it tonight: It’s about the textures and the nuances with Candice. Amber lacks nuance. If you want a specific example, listen to how Amber sings the line “work of art” in MFV. Then go to YouTube and listen to how Melinda sings that line. Melinda’s enunciation of that phrase is an absolute thing of beauty. Amber’s sounds like a semi-mumbled “wuhk of aht.” Amber’s butchering of the final “stay” in that same song is another example. As I said, I think Amber has potential–even though many of her notes sound strained and her tone is sometimes less than pleasing–but she is not yet in the same league as Candice.

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      Last week she did do a ridiculous amount of random runs on one of her songs though (talking about Candice).

      • Name That Tune says:

        She sang a lot of runs because of song choice. Drake’s Find Your Love has virtually no melody and very limited lyrics. For a singer of Candice caliber, it gave her very little to do. She tried to fill in the gaps with runs. This was her weakest song choice of the season.
        And Emotion. Candice will always make the background singers sound weird because she has such a powerful voice.
        This week, she had better material and the balance of runs was perfection. She used them sparingly. Nothing about those 2 songs was overdone.

    • marie says:

      Agree completely, Bob!

    • syb says:

      I completely agree. On the Idol board, we were talking about how we’d like to have heard Candice sing all 4 of the the standards. And she would have killed them all. I agree in regard to the Melinda comparison. Mindy, I never thought an Idol singer would pass you for my favorite vocalist, but Candice has you at the pole.

    • Jongirl says:

      I thought I was the only one that noticed how badly Amber did with her words, especially the way she held the diphthong “ee” sound of the word “stay” instead of the “aa” sound. If Harry hadn’t said a couple of those middle lines in the video clip before she sang, I never would have known what they were. She’s been a mumbler all season, but last night was really bad.

  49. Trouty Mouth says:

    STWOM was Allison’s song. Full Stop. Why would Angie even think of covering it???

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      You would’ve hated anything she sang even if it was the best Idol performance ever though….

      • Trouty Mouth says:

        Angie wouldn’t be capable of anything of that calibre, because everything she sings comes from a place of theatricality rather than from genuine emotion, and therefore it comes off as fake and affects her performances. I don’t like her, and I’m allowed to not like her. Deal with it.

        • HitTheGroundRunning says:

          Yeah but you didn’t like her before she even opened her mouth, for reasons nothing to do with the competition at all. Of course that is your right, but when you spout so much hate over who someone is or more who you think someone is…. well it is no wonder that every note of hers is out of tune or shriek to you regardless.

    • marie says:

      I hadn’t watched Allison’s performance in some time so just YouTubed it. Wow, I’d forgotten how good it was, especially considering she was actually a couple years younger at the time than Angie is now (or maybe she had JUST turned 17; I think I remember her 17th birthday happened during the season), and that she is primarily a rock singer. Yes, Allison’s performance contained some breath issues and odd “H” sounds, but her pitch was spot-on and, importantly, she has an innate feel for this kind of material, which Angie simply does not (I don’t think that’s something you can study and learn, either; you have it or you don’t). Plus, Allison appreciated and highlighted the very clever interior rhyme at “…may not be the MAN SOME / girls think of as HANDSOME”; that shows a good musical intuitiveness and style that singing the more common “…the maaaaaaaaaaaaan / some girls think of / as handsome,” as Angie did, does not.
      Allison is the only teenager I’ve every enjoyed on Idol; she was truly an exception to the rule.

  50. kaba says:

    okay now this is how I feel about kree I think that we’re getting to the point of the show where everyone everything to be a big ass songevery note needs to be big this big production quality and think people forget she isn’t a means to be a big old singer does anyone remember which genre she generally sings? That doesn’t call for big ole everything. I feel like people look at kree with the expectation that she needs to sing as if she’s going to be spammed on mainstream radio. She doesn’t need to do that, country doesn’t demand big.
    I don’t see what emotion she didn’t give in her first performance. If we can rush to the defense of Angie and banshee screech “ITS IN HER EYES SHE PERFORMS WITH HER EYES” why not kree when she did the same?

    I feel as though kree has been reduced to the position of always being approached apprehensively and with the expectation of lackluster results which is why I think so many are attacking her emotion for tonight and all.

    I’m no country fan nor a kree one but I don’t watch her perform expecting her to fail.

    Anyone notice that the moment Jennel left SUDDENLY kree has all these problems that were never evident before?
    Jesus I’m lost

    • MB says:

      Why is it throwing I someone under the bus if the judge was not wild over someone’s performance? Last week they were not wild about Candice and Kree and I understood why. This week it was Angie and Amber and again I could understand why. Just the fact that it is not the American person week after weeks proves they are sincere. Angie is my favorite and I voted for her regardless but Candice won the night last night. Now if you are the OTT pimping of Amber last week I totally agree but unfortunately for her it backfired on her. All the girls are really good and whoever wins it is deserved no matter who. I like Angie best because to me she is the most marketable but that is my opinion. I don’t get why she is being labeled phony or mean girl. Where did that come from. I love her personality and she seems very close to the other girls. I truly believe no matter who wins the other girls will support her and be happy for her.