American Idol Top 4 Results Recap (Redux): Don't Know Why...There's No Sun Up in the Sky

American-Idol-Top-4-Results-Recap-Kree-Harrison-Amber-HolcombIn an American Idol season that’s been almost entirely void of suspense — except maybe an intermittent/horrifying feeling of, “Lazaro Arbos isn’t really gonna live to forget his lyrics another week, is he?” — tonight’s Top 4 results telecast sure was an armchair-clenching affair.

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With only four ladies left in the competition, the cherished “hometown visits” on the line, and last Thursday’s non-elimination meaning that 38 million votes carried into this week’s tallies, it was one of the few moments in Season 12 where you could sincerely say that anything could happen.

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And indeed, by the end of the hour, just about everything did. We had David Cook serving up his delicious new single “Laying Me Low” with his usual brand of unassuming charm and muscular vocals. (That hand-clapping, foot-stomping breakdown was giving me everything I needed in my life today.) We had Harry Connick Jr. — keeping the runs to a minimum, naturally — singing “Every Man Should Know” and prompting my mother to send a flurry of texts including, “Love Harry Connick!!!” “OMG he is soooo good looking!!!!” and “Gives me chills!” [Those are direct quotes, by the bye.]

In other “news,” “will.i.am” “also” “took” “the stage” with a “song” from the Great Gatsby soundtrack. Oh, why am I being polite? Dude’s musical output was less appetizing than a chunk of three-day-old shawarma that’s been pecked to smithereens by pigeons. Uncle Nigel coulda booked Crystal Bowersox or Melinda Doolittle or Katelyn Epperly, and instead we got an old Cher song ripped limb from limb by a combine harvester.

American Idol Top 4 Results Recap David CookBut enough delaying…let’s get to the moment of truth (brought to you by some hideously painted Ford Fiestas):

SENT TO SAFETY (in no particular order)
Angie Miller
Candice Glover

LAST TWO IN JEOPARDY
Amber Holcomb
Kree Harrison

ELIMINATED
Amber Holcomb

After her ouster was announced, Amber offered a tearful rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Believe in You and Me” that stopped in its tracks after her adorable, weeping dad clambered up on stage to hug her. It was an emotional moment for the underdog contestant who’d received thunderous cheerleading from the judges’ panel in recent weeks, but who nevertheless proved to be a definitive No. 4 in a very tough quartet of contestants. Who knows, maybe Amber will prove Nicki correct, sell a gajillion albums and become the best friend of every girl in America, but for Season 12 of American Idol, I think she finished in the exact right position. Now dry those tears, girl! You’ve got a tour coming up (and an Idology interview to ace)!

A few other thoughts on the evening’s telecast:

* The Top 4’s performance of a big band-inspired “Crazy in Love” was pretty good on the verses, but the chorus — which I’m pretty sure was a backing track — made them sound like a 33 record played on 45. And on the fashion tip, was it me or did Angie and Amber’s outfits look inspired by Gatsby’s art-deco ad campaign?

* Weirdest retort of the night? Keith Urban muttering “Kree is Kree” while defending her from Jimmy’s implication that she was the contestant who deserved the boot this week.

* Best bon mot of the night? “You are gonna cry.” –David Cook, prepping the Top 3 for their hometown visits. But come on man, all of us are gonna cry, yes?

And with that, let me turn things over to you. What did you think of Season 12 Top 4 results? Are you heartbroken, or did the right decision get made? What did you think of Jimmy’s comments? And how about that David Cook fella? 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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546 Comments
  1. Rivky says:

    bs’d
    YAY!!!! :)

    • In my opinion, Amber is only behind Chris Daughtry as the best eliminated Top 4 contestant in any Idol season. Alison Iraheta and Jason Castro were also great, but Amber was really a great talent, albeit sometimes over-hyped. I am so happy about the fact that no matter what Kree or Candice will be in the finals. I predicted a Kree/Candice finale so it seems like a distinct possibility now. Kree needs to step it up, Angie needs to right herself a little and Candice just needs to keep doing what she’s doing.

      • Jacob P. says:

        Allison Iraheta didn’t come in 4th though ;D

        Also, what about Tamyra Gray?

        • Sandy says:

          IdolBetheJudge is correct. Allison Iraheta finished 4th in her season. Danny Gokey was 3rd. Adam Lambert was runner-up to winner Kris Allen.

          • Jacob P. says:

            I will never believe you, sorry. Allison came in 3rd!

          • deedee says:

            Psha! Allison came in 3rd just like most of my other favourite Idols.

          • Sara says:

            No, no, Danny Gokey never made it past Hollywood Week.

          • J. May says:

            Who’s Danny Gokey? ;)

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            Didn’t Allison win? ;-)

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Yup. It’s been on a roll, Allison, Haley, Elise and a good mix of male and female winners.

          • jeanann says:

            Sadly, Allison was 4th after that amazing Slow Ride duet with Adam Lambert. I think that has to be the best Idol duet, ever!

          • deedee says:

            That, and also the Joshua & Jessica’s “Knew You Were Waiting” duet.

          • BrazenSongBird says:

            If we’re talking duets, then the one that does it for me is Haley and Casey’s Moanin’. All kinds of jazz goodness!

          • LeahKittyS says:

            My Top 5 Idol duets, though 3 and 4 are sort of tied:
            1.) Adam and Allison “Slow Ride”
            2.) Haley and Casey “Moanin'”
            3.) Phillip and Elise “Somebody That I Used to Know”
            4.) Jessica and Joshua “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”
            5.) Lee and Crystal “Falling Slowly”

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            good ones (Although i dont recall #5, nothing against it, i may have simply missed it most likely), but I gotta swap #2 for #1, who else could toss out that sort of jazz stuff of that level on a show like this?

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Yeah I don’t think any beat that. And I can’t think of any else on Idol who coulda remotely popped out that sort of thing.

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            “Moanin'” was my all-time favorite. Much of that is because it was SO unexpected. Haley totally carried it but Casey’s personality topped it off.

          • Jay says:

            Lee and Crystal’s “Falling Slowly” gave me chills. Only Idol song I’ve ever purchased.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            And by that I meant moanin’. Damn I hate that it doesn’t let you see where your comment will go if you reply straight from email. And you never know if it will be in spot that makes it clear or have hti the nesting limit and not be clear withotu further explanation.

        • GG says:

          Yay Allison I ….best singer ever

          Yay Candice other best singer ever

        • gi perry says:

          Allison came in 4th with Danny 3rd Adam runner up and Kris winning and I think the best 4th were Tamyra Gray, Letoya London and Alison was decent

        • Anna says:

          yes she did. The Top 3 that season were Kris, Adam and Danny.

        • GMom100 says:

          Allison DID come in 4th. Danny, 3rd;, Adam, 2nd; and Kris the winner!! Fourth is not a bad place to finish! I would rather it had been Kree, tho. Only Candice and Amber could give me chills! “You’ve Changed” not only gave me chills but tears too. Awesome!

      • Adeem says:

        I’m guessing no.

      • Mafs95 says:

        Tamara and Latoya were a little bit better than Amber in my opinion. Oh and Alison Iraheta was 3rd place I don’t know what you’re talking about LOL

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        Castro? Really? Um… okay. Iraheta was light years ahead of both Castro and Amber. Glad she’s gone. It was long overdue.

        • JT says:

          no it wasn’t. it’s fair that she was the first of the final four to go, but there’s nobody that’s been eliminated already that’s performed better than Amber. so it’s pretty much just untrue to say her elimination came “long overdue” when it’s really right on schedule if anything

          • For me, For you says:

            For me, for you, I personally think Devin would have been a better final 4 than Amber. I know blasphemy … a boy in the top 4. I thought Devin had a lot of potential and would have grown had he stuck around longer. Amber is a good singer, but just never moved me personally and I don’t believe she grew as the show progressed.

          • Teeny Bikini says:

            That’s debatable, of course. It does amaze me how passionate Amber fans are though. I hope it translates to future success for her.

          • nhf7170 says:

            Totally agree about Devin. He was shafted.

      • Lydia M. says:

        Candice is, by far, the most talented singer but Angie will win it. She is simply the most popular contestant with Idol voters. Check the number of Twitter followers per singer and you’ll see what I mean.

        • rwfblog says:

          I disagree with you about Angie winning. Her “adds” are weak. By that I refer to fans of contestants who have gone home. Country fans could focus on Kree when Janelle went home, and now R&B fans can focus on Candice now that Amber has been eliminated.

          I absolutely agree with you about Candice’ talent, though.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Yup, although was Amber really all that R&B? With all those ballads in some ways she seemed more Angie-like than Candice-like to me. That said, I did see a couple Amber fans here say they are all in for Candice now.

        • Nab says:

          I disagree with Michael. Amber is 20X better than Angie. Angie can hit notes and make eyes at the camera but that’s about it. Soulless and ambitious. Amber’s voice, tone, stage presence are full of grace. Candice is my favorite but Amber comes in a close second. I agree that Angie will win because she’s made sure that those vapid robots who vote incessantly do so for her.

          • Goody says:

            Your ranking doesn’t matter. I like her even more than Jessica Sanchez. Her tone is better, just minimal coaching and she’ll be more fantastic. And all you Amber haters are going to eat your heart out!

          • tewence says:

            well one connected angie performance trumps all of amber’s bore-fests. to each their own.

        • JASon says:

          I disagree! Angie has been every bit as good a singer as Candice! Plus she has been more diverse in song choice and is more a musician and songwriter! If Angie wins she completely deserves it!!

          • michelle4jerusalem says:

            angie is a lovely singer and a musician, and definitely more of an all-around package ready for marketing…however, her vocals are NOT on par with candice’s on any day. candice has clearly devoted more of her time to her vocal development, and learning musical arrangement. angie is more of a copycat, someone who could become a pat pop star – candice is more original. i agree with harry connick jr’s advice – too many runs and it feels like everything has ‘gone gospel’ – and it’s almost kitschy…by getting candice away from that, he pointed her back in the direction of showing us her wide ranging skills, and how she can be more current. she is simply a bigger TALENT than angie…but that does not mean she is as salable. and if you can’t sell records, you do not have a recording career.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Pure vocally Cangie haha what am I typing I mean Candice has, overall, been more purely vocally impressive, yeah, and the most so of anyone this season. But Angie really does have some pretty remarkable vocals too and there have been times where she has simply been bringing more to things and Candice has gotten a little run happy and just had something missing. I’m not really a huge R&B person but I guess I’d admit Candice is maybe most deserving to win at this point (although Angie has done some stuff to well close the gap down and it still an open game) but I have a feeling I might not really be all that drawn into buying her stuff necessarily. And I thought Angie truly did take it from Candice last week.
            .
            I don’t know that it is fair to say that Candice is miles ahead in her ability to rearrange and be more diverse. They have both completely re-arranged things at times. And while Candice has done a few inventive things she really only has one way to rearrange, you can’t say she is more diverse, every last thing she takes, dance pop, sugar pop, rock, hip-hop rap it all goes the exact same style of R&B with sometimes even identical run sets. But some of the stuff has been inventive and shown skill. OTOH Angie has written songs from the ground up, very catchy ones that work extremely well. Candice has never done that. So I’m not sure your sort of talk is really being fair. It’s like Angie is more pop and looks more pop so it’s easy to trivialize her and credit Candice for depth, but it’s not really fair.

      • white lancer says:

        No way.
        1. Allison Iraheta
        2. LaToya London
        3. Tamyra Gray
        4. Chris Daughtry
        5. James Durbin
        6. Hollie Cavanagh
        7. LaKisha Jones
        8. Amber Holcomb
        9. Michael Lynche
        10. Jason Castro
        11. Josh Gracin
        12. Anthony Fedorov
        .
        A LOT of talented contestants have finished 4th on this show. Amber’s nothing special in these ranks.

        • Danny says:

          @White- I didn’t see the first 3 years. Other than I’d have Jason above Michael and Amber, I agree with the years I know about exactly in terms of the best #4s. Amber never once had a wow moment. If she was on last year she’d be tussling w/ DeAndre for 8th place. People have a tendancy to vote for what they see right now in higher spots because it’s fresh. A year from now more people will agree w/ your list.

        • MC says:

          Good, perceptive rankings. ITA.

        • JASon says:

          Id put Castro at number 2 behind Daughtry as number 1. Both should have been in the finale that season and Daughtry should have won !!!

        • Mafs95 says:

          I kinda agree with that ranking, except that I don’t find James Durbin better than Hollie, Lakisha and Amber at all. He’s very entertaining and he knows how to put a show, but it’s also true that we had performances from him where his pitch was more than 50% of times completely off. We never had that kind of thing happening with those 3 ladies I referred. But if your point was to show that Amber was not the best Idol 4th finisher ever, than I agree and your Top 4 is enough proof.

      • Trouty Mouth says:

        Amber was a glorified pageant singer. She will never come close to the talent and uniqueness of Castro and Iraheta.

      • Ted Sutton says:

        Alison Iraheta would eat Amber’s lunch 8 days a week!

    • marie says:

      Rivky, I’m curious; may I ask what “bs’d” means at the top of your posts?

      • Rivky says:

        bs’d
        It is an abbreviation for the Aramaic phrase that translates “Everything is from Heaven”. It is supposed to remind us that G-d sees, hears and knows everything we do, think & say. It is supposed to remind us we should speak or write as we wish to be spoken to. I fail miserably sometimes :(

    • The Beach says:

      What does “bs’d” mean?

    • This whole show is a farce. The public votes do not even count. It is the Sponsors that decide what Venue of Music they want to win and the show provides it.

      • Ted Sutton says:

        Is Alex Jones commenting about American Idol now? And just what sponsors would that be that decide what “Venue Of Music” they want? The auto industry? Campbell’s Soup? Soft drinks?

        Warren Stilwell…there is no real evidence, of a conspiracy. Just people who don’t get out of the house enough. Time to come up from the basement and clean your room.

  2. Jacob P. says:

    Goobye, Amber. It was your time to go. Did anyone else cry? )':

    • GG says:

      One of the most touching scenes on idol

      I cried and cried when Amber’s Father walked on stage

      My heart goes out to Amber and her father. My hope is that with Amber’s ravishing physical beauty and her incredible voice that good and honest opportunities will come to her from the BIZ

      Amber, I’m wishing You and your father the best

      • I agree-Amber and her father. That was the most touching moment in Idol history. Amber is beautiful and talented,but I think the rejection beat her down at the end. She needs rest and the tour will be great for her.

      • JoMarch says:

        I save the phrase “my heart goes out to…” for people who have lost a child, or have been in a tragedy, or something of that level. Amber lost a singing competition and will probably end up making millions. My heart stayed in my chest.

        • Goody says:

          Producers please start making recordings for Amber. Sign her up, we love to listen to original songs by Amber. Groom her in the likes of Beyonce, she’ll fit this arena very well. With that gorgeous body and classy moves, wow!

    • Mike says:

      me…and I really didn’t expect to. She was the one I wanted to go home. Go figure.

      • Amy says:

        You’re not alone…I said the same thing to myself…I wanted her to go home, yet I cried! (and I wasn’t going to admit it here, until I saw all your posts. ;) ) But I cry whenever any of the constestants cry during elimination…I’m just a total sap that way. And…I just feel for them in that moment. I’ve loved watching her father watch her so proudly each week…and loved that they had him go up on stage. But she really looked crushed and inconsolable in that moment. :(
        Meanwhile…so relieved Kree made it (I was having the feeling she’d be the one to go home even before seeing bottom 2)…also SO GLAD there was no unfair Candice shocker! Candice deserves to win. Candice and Kree…two best voices of this season for me. But Angie is so popular, and has that winner air about her, she could take it. Still, I’m hoping we’re all surprised by a Candice win…because great as she’s been, it’ll still surprise me if she does.

        • HitTheGroundRunning says:

          I don’t think they said Kree was bottom two. They just said here are the results, in no particular order. First safe. Second safe. And now the final one safe is…. Kree.

          • TheGirlsRock says:

            No..but Ryan may have slipped up when he asked Randy if these are the two he expected to be there…. lke they were the bottom two.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            hmm, i missed that, perhaps so. He seemed to also keep stressing that remember this was the total of BOTH weeks almost implying that ordering for how people voted this week didn’t at all match how people voted the previous week (could it be that Amber even finished maybe third this week? although Kree would’e had to fall far for that to happen if she was bottom two this week and it’s hard to see Candice falling to fourth this week after a strong week relatively; maybe he was just easing the blow for Amber, making her feel better?). Jimmy seemed to hint that Angie had been really solid and up there the week before but slipped into the pack this week? Hard to say.

          • Goody says:

            So? That’s obvious, whether Ryan said that or not. Come on, what’s the big deal with those words? LOL!

    • Nab says:

      It was not Amber’s time to go. Her rendition of Funny Valentine was gorgeous. Harry Connick Jr. is pure white bread. In the real world, it was time for Angie or Kree to go. I love Kree as a person but she has been unable to pull it through week to week. Angie just shouts. Does not take the time to understand the meaning of what she is singing. Her “Someone to Watch Over Me” was a snooze And that is a beautiful song. It takes a special robot quality to make that melody boring.

      • pmcd says:

        I agree completely. Angie not only just shouts, but she bangs at the piano as though she is using hammers to chord along. Amber’s My Funny Valentine was exquisite. Angie gave a competent, but totally lacking in style, performance one of the all time great Gershwin songs. Candice is a very good singer but the licks are becoming predictable and are too widely used. Kree is kind of in a trance. I would have liked a Candice and Amber finale but that’s the way it goes.

      • Cali Girl says:

        Please, Amber didn’t even know what the lyrics to My Funny Valentine meant. SMH.

        • Nab says:

          I thought it was so interesting that Harry Connick made this point about Amber when speaking to the camera– I actually found it to be a bit mean-spirited because I knew there would be small-minded people like Cali Girl mocking Amber for not thinking through the meaning of the lyrics. Interestingly, he said nothing about how Angie sang her golden oldie. To me, Amber got the message and then delivered a heartfelt passionate tribute to love. But it was clear that Angie did not think through the meaning of her song–she failed to deliver any sense of yearning/hope that goes along with the point of her song–wanting to have someone to watch over us. Zero poignancy.

          • dj says:

            I don’t think Harry meant to be mean-spirited. They film the entire mentoring session, and TPTB decide which parts will be shown. I think Harry was just trying to help, not trying to embarrass. It’s not his fault they decided to feature that part of the process with Amber.

        • Ted Sutton says:

          You got that right! Amber didn’t have a clue what My Funny Valentine was about, even after coaching. Matt Giraud did a way better job on that song the year Kris Allen won.

        • donito says:

          And so are all of them, you also i’m sure.

  3. Rivky says:

    bs’d
    Did anyone else find that Will I Am song a bit, um, offensive? :(

    • Rivky says:

      bs’d
      I am sorry that Amber left, but it was the right decision. America got it right. IMHO. Mr S, what do you have against shwarma? I loves me my shwarma, :) but did not care for that “song” by Mr I Am. I would have preferred three day old shwarma to that bit of nonsense. Is it me or did it border on being a bit (dare I say it) racist? Well it’s 420 AM in Jerusalem. See y’all tomorrow :)

    • LeahKittyS says:

      You are not alone. I still kind of want to see that movie, but I will not be buying the soundtrack.

    • marie says:

      I wouldn’t know; I wasn’t watching in real time so happily I got to fast forward after about three “notes.” What I heard was garbage. Didn’t like the group number from the film either; I don’t like an anachronistic contemporary-sounding music in a period piece.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        So you probably didn’t like “A Knight’s Tale”, marie – one of my sister’s favorite movies!

    • marygrace says:

      me too and just not very good

    • Amy says:

      Just utterly boring and insufferable…so I switched the channel. ….and kept switching back thinking it was over, but it apparently went on for days. Yawn.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      I am watching the program on DVR right now as I had a meeting tonight. Not sure why this song would be considered offensive – Is this new version of “The Great Gatsby” going to be a musical? I would call it, oh I don’t know, “odd”?

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      Oh, I get it. Just saw a commercial for “Gatsby” and it’s a Baz Luhrmann movie, so it will be a bit like “Moulin Rouge”, which I LOVED!

    • Nephtalia says:

      So this board and Michael did not like Will.I.Am performance. Explain a lot about who people in this board think will be successful. Personally, I found, David and Harry’s performances to be so boring. Will.I.Am was the only performance that got me excited. To me, that’s how one performs in 2013. Sitting down or standing in one place and sing is such a waste of my HD TV. I usually have my computer, my iPad, my phone in front of me. So to get me to rewind your performance and watch it for real, you got to give me more than just good vocals. The only ex-Idol performance that made me buy her album was Jessica Sanchez. Now, that was a performance worth watching 20 times.

      • The Beach says:

        I think the operative word here is “vocals”….something Will I Am was woefully lacking in.

        • Rivky says:

          bs’d
          Since I watched that Will I Am mess at 330 AM I just re-watched it to see if, in fact, it was as dreadful as I thought. It is downright offensive and just an unpleasant bit of fluff. UGH :(

          • darcy's evil twin says:

            I think it’s a bit unfair to refer to the performance as “offensive”. First of all, everything offends everyone these days, but keep in mind “The Great Gatsby” takes place in the 1920s.

      • ssg says:

        I thought David Cook was the best thing on this AI results show! I’m lovin’ “Laying Me Low”!!

    • Danny says:

      @Rivky- No, because I didn’t listen to it. That’s what the Fast Forward button is for. No way should he have sang after David Cook.

    • JoMarch says:

      You know, now that you mentioned it, it made me uncomfortable. I’m of the generation that had to learn that black faced minstrel shows were offensive, and it kind of took me back there with the way he was dressed and his dance moves. That said, I got over it quickly, because he is black and he has a right to dress that way and use the type of dance steps that were popular in the 1800s with the slaves (learned that from an explanation of why the choreography in “Showboat” was so trend setting; it used dance steps made popular by slaves). If a white person had been performing it, yes, it would have been offensive.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        I think we’re all of the generations that learned black faced minstrel shows are offensive – unless somebody here is 97 or so! :-)
        Ever seen the movie “Funny Lady”? Isn’t there a blackface number in there? (someone help me out – marie?). The movie was made in the 70s but takes place in the late 20s or early 30s, I think.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          Okay, nevermind, it’s not a blackface number. It’s a black performer singing. That’s what I recall, anyway.

  4. Brendan says:

    The judges sent Amber up for that heartbreak by constantly praising everything and anything she did while bashing the other girls for the slightest mistakes. They told Amber she was perfection and genius and amazing and out of this world…. so naturally when the world comes crumbling down and she gets the boot, she is going to cry and not take it well. I personally am glad that she got sent home because she (and Burnell) were very overrated and did not deserve a spot in the final ten. I never really liked her style of singing or the way she dressed and her being forced down our throats made it worse. Bye Amber, Hello Final Three!!

    • BA says:

      Wow, negative Nancy! Amber made it to the top 4; that’s nothing to be ashamed of. And her emotional response doesn’t mean that “she didn’t take it well.” She took it like a human being who’s been on a mission for weeks with people with whom she’s now loves, and it came to a sudden end. I’m proud of her. What have you done in your life that compares?

      • GG says:

        @BA
        I agree with what you said about Amber, BA. Last night Amber’s father was crying in the audiance, Seeing her father compelled Amber to cry. Tonight, like they all do when leaving, Amber cried as a release of pressure

        GIve the girl (Amber) and her father a break

      • Noah Coleman says:

        Amen.

      • gi perry says:

        I am glad you said that. Some people are being really mean about Amber. it is not her fault that the judges liked some of her vocals. She is a great talent that picked the wrong songs at times, like the other girls and I hope she continues on with her talent

      • Brendan says:

        My opinion on a television show that is centered on viewers voicing their opinions in order to pick a winner is valid regardless of what I have done with my life. I stand by my opinions and will be looking forward to seeing next week’s show without tacky jean cutoffs.

        • tewence says:

          i agree with everything you have said about amber. if these people think that somebody behind a computer screen is being too harsh, then they should be doing everything they can to stop her from entering an industry where hearing “no” is more common than “yes.” not to mention the constant push and pull and stripping of any originality she might have.

        • indrawathie says:

          Wat’s with you Brendan. U don’t have the talent Amber has, such good vocals as the judges put it so why don’t you just pretty much shut up and keep your views to yourself.

          • @indrawathie… Brendan doesn’t need to have the “talent” Amber has in order to critically analyse her

          • donito says:

            Obviously these Amber haters won’t stop hating Amber. The girl is not doing you any wrong, she doesn’t know you at all. Check yourselves people, maybe you’re robots who don’t have feelings. yeah let us criticize, but there is such thing we call boundaries you know! even in a democratic society, there are boundaries where we respect others as well.

          • donito says:

            Yeah, and this Aching girl below is absurd. Of course you need to understand that to criticize a talent you should have that talent as well. Or else, your criticism is invalid. If you still don’t get it, then why do producers get these 4 talented judges, huh. If you still insist that, then submit an application to Nigel, tell him you want to judge even you don’t have a talent. Then Nigel will kick you out. LOL!!!

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      Whoa crazy talk she didn’t even deserve top 10? She totally took that fourth.

    • ben says:

      She and Burnell were both absolutely phenomenal singers, and not only did Burnell deserve his spot in the top 10 but he was easily the best guy of the season (I’d have said he should come in 5th, ahead of Janelle and Lazaro).

      • donito says:

        A thousand per cent agree. Burnell and Amber, being the youngest in the top 10 were both promising to make it great. Their voices were recognizable as theirs. Unlike the rest.

        • LeahKittyS says:

          Actually, Devin was the youngest of all the Top 10; Amber was just the youngest girl. Based on what I’ve collected on the Internet, I’m 99% certain this is the order of the Top 10 from oldest to youngest:
          Curtis, Candice, Janelle, Paul, Kree, Lazaro, Burnell, Angie, Amber, Devin
          But I bet that’s not how most of us would assume they would be ordered based on their levels of maturity.

          • AlyB says:

            Yes. Devin is 18, Angie & Amber are 19, Kree & Lazaro are 22, Candice, Janelle & Paul are 23 and Curtis is 24.

      • Brendan says:

        Sorry but I did not like their voices. I personally found Burnell’s back story to be more compelling than his vocals… and we all know that the five guys that were in the top ten were NOT the strongest five guys among the top 20. They were just the five guys that producers knew the girls could beat. If you think otherwise, then you are very naive. There is NO way that all five guys would be eliminated one after the other without a little planning from the producers.

        And Amber was not a phenomenal singer, she was an okay singer that needs time an training to be as good as the judges said she is. She had good breath control and could really work the stage but she often hit flat notes when she tried to change things up too much and that’s why she struck to slow ballad songs — even during ‘Rock Week, No Ballads’ she somehow managed to be allowed to sing a ballad. She was also given major producer favoritism (she was last or second to last when singing more than any other contestant this season) and the judges only recently started to actually give her true critiques. I’m not trying to hate on her but I can’t lie and say that I’m a fan of hers when I am not. It’s my opinion and harsh or not, I am glad that she won’t be singing next week because I think the remaining three girls are consistently better than her.

        • Rivky says:

          bs’d
          “If I was heartless, I would say that she often dressed like a street walker that stole some clothes out of the wife’s closet of her last client… But I’m not heartless, so I didn’t say that.” This was uncalled for.

          • Tom22 says:

            It certainly was a good example of a level of bitterness that’s taken over the comments here and probably turning many people off from visiting. Its more about word choice and tone than anything. The opinions were well backed up but somehow the overflow came off as admonishing the prior poster for hard to define reasons. The “sorry but” lead in and the beleaguering of the point about the opinion that they though the stage clothes looked sleazy (all of the “If I were heartless, but I’m not heartless so I didn’t say it) certainly came across as a far more personal disparagement than a critique….and seemed to sweep wider to impune others for liking her outfits with the hyperbole.

        • Tom22 says:

          I’ll also add that I bought 3 of Amber’s iTunes recordings and none of the others. Your comments about where and how she can improve her singing are valid. With the luxury of the retakes of verses that went wrong the studio’s recordings were much better than live. They also had warmer fuller accompaniment than the large orchestra on a few of the songs..

          The studio versions were playing on the parts of the live performance that went right, but its certainly fair to judge and vote on what went wrong – that is most peoples approach. I’m looking more for moments that really lift me rather than over all quality …

          ….. it also helped that I liked the songs a lot: “I say a little prayer” “MacArthur Park” and “She’s Leaving Home” . All three of the studio versions were a fair bit better than live, but I listened to them because of the promise in them I heard live.

          Regardless of anyone else s opinion.. I am the one listening to them, and I do find all three of them fresh in a way that fits 2013 better than the other recordings – which may bet better in many ways, but in my ear carry more subtle types of overtones that make jar me into knowing the singer was performing long ago, not somewhere around the corner or something….even if the songs are older and the songs themselves carry a message of a different time into the present.

          In the end, I judge performers on the show.. not by how well the sung given songs but whether they brought anything to the songs that would have me listening to them singing the songs in a song rotation, and also if I’d prefer to sometimes hear their version instead of other people who sung the same song.

          Candice is a great singer … farm more polished and consistent than Amber and I believe a fair number of her performances … same with Cree and Angie. None of their the Songs/performances happen to appeal to me … not a judgement of quality … just appeal.

          In the end, the success or failure of a season to me isn’t who gets named the “winner” but how many songs that were done by singers during the span of the show will be worth listening to a year later .. or two or three years later.

          This seasons 3 is a very low number.

          I have 12 from last season’s The voice that I listen to regularly.

          I wonder how the season fairs for others if they applied that perspective to it, whether or not that is their way of weighing things.

    • deedee says:

      Brendan, Amber was in the bottom 2 last week, and was in the bottom 3 several other weeks during the competition. When she stood there tonight with Kree, she looked fully ready to hear her name as the one being sent home. I highly doubt her tears were because the world unexpectedly crashed around her. She was emotional. Heck, she was emotional the night before, too. Didn’t she have a right to be?

    • donito says:

      That’s rude. Only a few will agree on you, ifever there is.

    • waterbug says:

      You really sound petty and jealous.

    • Lola says:

      OK. She has an amazing amazing voice. She doesn’t have the stage presence or maturity that goes with it, but she will. She cried because, well, they all cry! I loved her. Now Angie – there is someone who is ridiculously overrated. She’s done a couple of power-house songs that were great; her voice is not great however. I wanted to see a Candice/Kree/Amber trio next week.

      • I so agree – Angie, for the most part, has left me cold. In terms of talent, she was a self-consciously good performer, playing to the camera and the audience. Her voice is, we’ll, meh…
        I, too, was hoping for a Candice, Kree and Amber finale. Well, I got two out of three and that’s okay…

    • karyn says:

      I think that’s too harsh. Like most people on this board, I think Amber left at exactly the right point. I’d have been upset if she’d be cut before some other people who were not as talented and bummed if she’d stayed tonight in lieu of others that I think deserve it more.

      It’s odd how negative people are about Amber now when just two weeks ago it was pretty much universally agreed that these 4 deserved to be the final 4. Sorry, but you lose all credibility when you suggest Amber should have gone before e.g., Lazaro. I think you are letting your irritation with the judge’s pimping skew your judgment a little.

    • Jake says:

      FO!!!!! Brendan……pathetic piece of trash

    • Terry Hale says:

      I couldn’t agree more!! They never gave her a authentic critique of her performances and there were SEVERAL that were bad!! She does old fashioned songs very well but cant sing contemporary songs to save her soul. I have been saying that from the start and like you, I was sick of hearing how wonderful she was when she wasn’t. And to top it off the judges couldn’t even let Candice hear her critique without bringing Amber into it. What a disservice to Candice. Kree has NEVER had a bad performance.

  5. Dan (Haleyloony) says:

    Kree needs an A+ if she wants to get to the finale. Angie is a lock unless Candice and Kree are both amazing.

    • Brian says:

      I think Kree got the most votes this round with Janelle gone. Amber leaving may help Candice. Would love to see Kree and Candice in finale.

      • GG says:

        Vote Vote Vore for Candance if you want to see Candice in the finale. Angie has a huge fan base so you have to keep voting if you want to hold onto our girl Candice

        • Angie is currently the only contestant left who has not been in Bottom 2 or 3 at any point in the competition. Only maybe 1 or 2 Idol winners has ever been in Bottom 2 and won. So Angie obviously has a big following and has good odds to make the finale. Kree and Candice have to really step it up next week.

          • AlyB says:

            Kree and Candice did have a week that they were top 2. Angie and Janelle were middle two that week (Angie was probably 3rd) and Amber & Lazaro were bottom 2 the week Lazaro went home. The two of them did it before so they CAN do it again. I’m hoping for that Candice/Kree finale.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Yes and that is why Angie is hardly the given. Plus Kree has maybe a lot of Janelle’s votes now. Not quite sure where Amber’s votes go to although some here are already saying Candice but it might spread a bit to the others, in certain ways Angie is more similar but I have seen more here seeming to now go for Candice.
            .
            And just the fact of being called out first and having not been in the bottom the last two weeks can lead to complacency in voting. It’s a wide open game. Angie maybe has some strength but it’s a wide open game.

    • karyn says:

      No one’s a lock – it’s all about who has a good night at this point (and whether the judges will admit it or blow smoke to forward some agenda). The last three eliminations have been spot on in my mind, and all three seemed inevitable after watching the performance night. After each results night, I feel like I’d be happy if any of the remaining contestants win, but then after the next performance night, it seems just as obvious who should go next based on their latest performances.

      This may mean I (and most voters on the show) have a short attention span but it may also be exactly how this should work. The contestants have all proven at this point that they are strong singers and capable of hitting a home run, so now it’s a question of who can keep doing it week after week (as you have to be able to do if you want to make it in the music business). My bet at this point is Candace, but who knows?

    • I agree….Angie has that fan base….i think she may win, but i would really LOVE a Kree/Candice finale! wouldn’t that be like the best, most unpredictable top2 to determine the winner ever on AI?

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        Not really. Since Kree’s performances have seemed a bit flat for some weeks. Not really brought to life quite like often happens at this stage. Although I think she has more vocals and life and diversity in performance than the winner from the season before last.
        She is very good but I feel something is missing too often. Angie has pretty solid vocals too and has been bringing some more of that something missing lately, although maybe not quite as much this week.

        • MB says:

          Every year I purchase all the idol albums. (A die hard fan). I then make playlist of my favorites and listen to them with my headsets on. That’s how I choose Phillip as my favorite last year. Even though Jessica, Holly and Joshua had amazing voices, Phillip stood out for me. I fell in love with his music and still constantly listen to him more than anyone else. The year before I chose Haley and still listen to everything she has ever done.
          This year I made playlist of Candice, Kree and Angie. I listened to all Candice’s performances and was grooving to them. Love her. I listened to Kree and though I think her voice is beautiful she put me to sleep. I swear. Listening to Angie and loving her. She stirs something inside of me. Her voice is so beautiful and pure in her studios and she draws me in.
          Candice and Angie for the finale and will be okay with whoever wins though I prefer Angie.

          • Tom22 says:

            That’s very similar to myself. I put a long post above about it. I did not buy the album for the season which is a very strong method of yours. I’m not big into play lists and really like to hear at least 3 performances in a row by a given artist (preferably an album with all good songs). My ear and mind gets into a groove of their personality and styling s which makes each better than one standing alone (and I’ll often rotate through so I can hear the first one’s twice).
            They don’t put out whole seasons recordings do they ? they seem to pick and choose using different criteria/preference than my own. Still, I bet I could find a way to hear the samplers of all of them and see which ones I wanted to hear more of for the first parse.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            I’m the opposite. I don’t mind playlists that mix things up.
            .
            Anyway as for A.I. they do put out whole season recording discs for some. They had them for each of the top four for S10 I believe and they have probably done it at times for others as well, probably mostly onyl for those right at the top 2-5 or so.

          • MB says:

            They did put out an album for each of the top 5 last year at Walmart but it was after the season was over. I think it was like 10 songs per album. Philip’s was really the only one that sold well last year. I normally buy the weekly album from iTunes. I have all of season 10, 11 and am up to date with season 12. It is my guilty pleasure.

  6. Dee says:

    Happy with final 3. And about that David Cook….wow!! He was incredible and I’m loving the new song! He is what is right about Idol. The man can sing something fierce and deserves all the success in the world! Awesome singer, performer and human being.

    • rwfblog says:

      I liked David’s song. The music, though, seemed very familiar. Is it also the music to some other song?

      • Kay says:

        When the band first started playing and David started singing the intro I thought the song was going to be “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley, then the similarity ended. Maybe that’s what sounded familiar to you?

        • rwfblog says:

          Kay, you are right. Thank you. Using Google to find and compare performances, they do start out very similar. The two songs would make an interesting medley at some point.
          The first performance I found of Crazy was when the mentors of The Voice did it. That version as more melodic, especially at the beginning, and it didn’t remind me of what David did. But when I found an original video of Crazy, it was clear that it was what David’s song reminded me of.

          • Kay says:

            Happy to help! I wondered if it was just my imagination that I heard the similarity!

  7. Brendan says:

    Next week Angie needs to go. I am done with her piano playing and big gums… every song she does with a piano sounded the same and she even moves the same way while playing. Besides, we don’t need a W.G.W.P. to with this year. CANDICE and KREE for the final two!!!

    • Lynn says:

      It should definitely be Candice and Kree in the finale, but was it really necessary to insult Angie’s looks?

      It would be just our luck to have a W.G.W.P. winning.

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      We’ve never had a WGWP win before though. We’ve had country/countryish female and R&B-ish female though.

      • ben says:

        True, but Angie is genreically the same as a WGWG (excuse the pun).

        • HitTheGroundRunning says:

          I don’t know. And you could say Kree is even far more generically if you ain’t country or male you don’t win.

        • Hpl says:

          No, not at all. If you expand the meaning of WGWG to include her, you indicate that the category had no meaning at all (which of course it probably doesn’t).

    • GG says:

      It wil take a lot of votes so keep voting

      Go Candice

    • paula says:

      Quite tough to expect Angie to go home next week. She’s never been in bottom 2.

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        Angie hasn’t been ahead of them every week though. She was out of the top group once. At least once she wasn’t ahead of at least one and it may have even been both that week. She was definitely both ahead of them at least once. I think it is all very close. She didn’t have someone go out as likely to funnel a huge percentage of votes to her either, like with Kree. I think each of them has been ahead of the other at least once.

        • Will says:

          Yes, but has has the pattern been most recently? When it was split among 10-6, that’s a lot different than between 5-2. The more recent stats matter a lot more, and all we know for sure is that recently, Kree and Candice have been behind and Angie has yet to be low. What happened earlier in the season is much farther from being relevant.

        • ejones says:

          It will be a big surprise if Angie doesn’t win the whole thing, like PP last season she has been the front runner before the live shows even started. Not particularly impressed with either Angie or PP but a win is a win is a win.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Didn’t the judges say something about her Hollywood song taking them by total surprise. they almost made it sound like she had been on chopping block before taking a sudden turn to potential favorite. I didn’t see anything pre-Hollywood though so maybe she was packaged up from the start. (after the S10 Haley mess I was too disgusted to feel like watching complete seasons anymore so I more or less skip most of the pre-Hollywood weeks and even parts of Hollywood and wait to see who makes it before watching regularly)

      • Neither had Melinda or Gokey

      • donito says:

        Agree, plus she’s the only physically pleasant to see. though i am not playing faves .candice and kree are big on screen…

    • TheGirlsRock says:

      Fortunately for Angie…. there is a very large group of people that disagree with you I’ll give you that the teeth can be over-whelming. Angie/Candice for the finale.

      • Joy says:

        Angie and Candice in finale would be great…both different styles and both memorable performances.. As much as I like Kree she has really blended every week. Can’t really tell one week from the next

    • MamaLis says:

      Ya.. I’m not an Angie fan at all, but I think the WGWP is a stretch, too. Really – since this is the first female in ages – the only similarity would be that she’s an artist that plays an “instrument,”… or her whiteness. Since I believe that a “chick that plays the piano” is essentially nothing like the dudes of the last few years…. maybe it’s the “whiteness” that you’re taking issue with. I dunno.
      (I speculate as a white female, voting for Candice all the way, btw.)

    • Trouty Mouth says:

      Agreed. The world does not need another Colton Dixon; one is bad enough.

    • Mary says:

      Brendan you can have your favorites but do you have to insult everyone you do not like. Some people might actually enjoy that type of music more than country and R&B. Maybe you need to count to ten and use your words.

      • Brendan says:

        It’s called snark. Sheesh. When did people get so sensitive. >_<

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          I think it happened in the 90s.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Things did start going crazy PC in the 90s. In some ways it was for the good, but in some ways it was for the bad too I think and can get a little outta control.
            .
            But saying someone runs around like a cheap looking ho is a bit snarky even for snark. I don’t know that that is even snark at all. (for the record she looked like any old girl you could see at the mall, other than that they put them in high heels on the show which not many run around the mall in)

  8. I am heart-broken, but it was the best decision by America…who isn’t known for great decisions

  9. Candice and Kree for Top 2!!! Angie sounds the same every time she sings/plays piano

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      No more than the other two. And she did pull off some uptempo.

    • Will says:

      Candice and Kree also sound the same everytime they sing. So do most very talented professional musicians, because every singer has a voice that they bring into every song they sing. No one should begrudge someone who sounds great for sounding great all the time, which is why you probably don’t begrudge Candice and Kree for it. It’s okay not to like someone’s voice, but your excuse for ejecting her is wrong.

      It’s like saying to a restaurant’s regulars “You should stop coming here. They cook and season their food the same way every time.”

      • Nephtalia says:

        Thank you Will and HitTheGroundRunning, she sounds the same all the time is a weird critique. I don’t think one can change how they sound.

        • Lunakit says:

          And yet I fully understand what that means… She DOES sound the same on every song. It has to do with the way that she approaches each song, I guess. Every note get hits the same way in the same order.

          • Will says:

            Then the critique must be made of Candice too. She uses the same series of runs a lot, and brings her distinctive voice to every performance. Her final run on Come Together was the same run she used during her audition, and I recognized that right off the bat. The only difference is that I love Candice and Angie, so I don’t have a bias towards using the fact that they sing their songs using their distinctive voices and styles as a negative trait, because I’m not grasping at straws for something negative to say..

          • Hpl says:

            Lunakit — you’ve just described the entire top 4 this season.

          • Exactly…she tackles every song in the same exact way. At least Kree and Canice change it up!

  10. Vince says:

    Pretty happy about the results.

  11. paula says:

    I’m so happy!!! This is the right top 3.

    • Amy says:

      I agree…the right top 3.
      Kree, stunningly beautiful voice…my kind of singer in many ways, singing types of music I like.
      But Candice, she has wowed me all season…singing types of music I don’t usually gravitate toward (jazzy, r&b)…and has won me over with her voice and singing style each and every time. Not one complaint about her, often gave me chills. That’s how good she is. Last night she was perfection on both songs. I said same of P2 last year who I enjoyed all season, while admitting I was not a Dave Matthews fan, who everyone likened him to, and he wasn’t doing a musical style I’d usually like from others…yet he had me mesmerized all season. Same deal with Candice this year. That’s the talent and uniqueness of a performer who can move and influence you beyond your usual tastes.

  12. forwarddad says:

    The hatred for a 19 year old is just awful. Including Michael as well. The Internet and bloggers were so vindictive she never had a chance. You have the right to root for anyone you want but the vitriol that has been spewed against her is just bad. People it’s a TV show.

    • Cunegonde says:

      I agree! These are the same writers who cry foul about conspiracy theories and about manipulations and yet are the perpetrators themselves of (over)praising their favorites at the expense of others. I love Amber’s timbre and breezy voice but I also love the other girls but will never put them down in online blogs or comments.

      • MC says:

        Okay, is it possible there were Amber fans who overpraised her at the expense of others? The answer is yes because I personally read dozens of those comments throughout the season. Also, I think of Kellie Pickler, Katie Stevens, Kat McPhee, Colton Dixon, Jessica Sanchez and Lazaro (among others) who endured much more vicious season-long abuse from bloggers and commentators on the internet. Amber just experienced a very natual backlash from the show overpromoting and overhyping her during the last few weeks. Some of those people (including me) really liked her until the show’s producers decided to “overpraise her at the expense of others.” Hmmm, where have I heard that phrase before?

        • Nephtalia says:

          Bloggers like Micheal has much greater influence. The fact that he gets to interview the Idols after they leave increases his influence even more. And I seriously believe this board is the most closely watch by TPTB so I understand how one will want him to be a little more objective. But, life has never been fair. When one shares the same favorite as Michael like it was for me last year, this place is heaven. But, this is his blog and is allowed to have its bias. And everyone has to agree, that Amber was over praised

        • Mary says:

          @MC that is sad if you changed your opinion because of the producers and judges. I would hope that everyone has a mind of their own and ignore the talk. Amber had no control over what they did and should not be penalized for it. Everyone on this board and Micheal should be happy now, she is gone, yet they still have to put her down. All four girls have talent.

          • MC says:

            I should clarify that I liked Amber’s innocence and sweet nature more than her actual singing ability. Amber was the best one in this competition at the glory notes, hands down. The problem with watching these shows religiously is it becomes all about the glory notes, especially for the audience. I wish AI lovers (especially teenagers) would concentrate on watching/listening to indie artists for a week or a month at a time and expand their horizons. There’s more to music than what Amber is offering. Candice gives me some of that subtlety, soul and finesse that I crave. Also, listen to Pink on Just Give Me A Reason and that moves my soul more than anything that Amber is capable of at this time. Sorry if this seems to be politically incorrect, but that’s my honest perspective.

    • luvthetop5 says:

      Yeah, i agree with you 100%, due to the failure of the judges actually critiquing her performances people have unfairly turned on Amber instead of the judges themselves. I have read some of the harshest statements I have ever heard about any contestant on AI on multiple blogs, which id totally not cool, especially when the person ridicule is actually talented for once.

      • WishesRandyCouldn'tSpeak says:

        I completely agree. It’s one thing if she was a bad singer but seriously the nasty hatred and cattiness from Michael and all these other posters was just annoying and very immature. Grow the f*** up, it’s TV.

        Besides, it’s pointless anyway, we all know this year was Angie’s for the taking from the beginning, ha!

        • waterbug says:

          I couldn’t have put it better myself. I agree WRCS

        • MC says:

          I’m not sure you’re watching the same season that I have watched. The judges and Jimmy Iovine basically told America that Candice was not worthy of the top three because she is not marketable (read skinny). They offered, in the place of Candice, Amber as the “marketable” alternative. Seriously? That is the most offensive, outrageous and blatant example of discrimination and manipulation in the history of American Idol. People who wanted to split their votes between Candice and Amber were forced to double up on their support of Candice (both on blogs and in voting) in order to combat this discrimination against Candice. Amber got caught in the middle, but ultimately Candice is a better performer/singer than Amber. The voters have to make hard choices when the show’s producers are manipulating perceptions of who is “marketable.” I saw very few comments that were personally unfair to Amber, but many just emphasized that Amber still is growing and learning. She simply cannot interpret a variety of songs as easily or as smartly as Candice (or even Kree) does.

          • Teeny Bikini says:

            Finally. The voice of reason. Well said.

          • Trouty Mouth says:

            Candice is also more “current” than Amber. I see Candice as fitting in more with modern R&B music, while Amber just sings ballad after ballad.

          • Mary says:

            That is how you and Michael interpret them not picking her as the top three. Jimmy has been in the music business for a long time can’t say the same for you, Michael and other posters here.
            Yes Candice is very talented for that fact so are all the other girls, but being an insider maybe Jimmy might know a little more. I am not saying he is right or it is fair but none of us have the expertise to say he is wrong. Just because you can change an arrangement does not make you a better artist. Time will tell on how these girls do out in the real world. I think it is a shame that everyone attacks Amber , who had no control over the situation, because she is a beautiful girl.
            The fact remains she can sing.

          • MC says:

            @Mary – Quite the opposite. The reason I was in Amber’s corner for so long was because of her beauty and attractiveness. I actually wanted her to be great, but I ultimately found her to be lacking the qualities of a great artist. Marketability is a completely different subject and the judges (and Jimmy) are right that Amber is the most easily marketable person from this group. It doesn’t also mean that Amber is automatically a great artist. Those are two completely different things. Amber might get there someday, but right now I don’t get shivers when she sings. She’s a pretty good belter, but that’s all at this point imo.

          • donito says:

            Those people who describe what marketable is are people long in the business, FYI. I suggest you market Candice yourself and let us see. prove it.

          • MC says:

            @donito – You’re missing the point. I agree that Amber is the most marketable, but the name of this contest is not “America’s youngest and most marketable singer based on potential and looks.” Those top three placements that excluded Candice were intended to dissuade folks from considering Candice as the possible winner of this show. We were supposed to take Candice less seriously because she is not as marketable as Amber. That, in my book, is very wrong. You may have noticed that Nicki and Jimmy have changed their tunes regarding Candice in recent weeks. She has “lost weight” and is more marketable very suddenly. Talent and artistry make an impact on people and it may not always be in the most ideally marketable package. Amber is the ideal package, but Candice to me is closer to the ideal artist.

      • karyn says:

        I agree you shouldn’t criticize someone unfairly just because TPTB have been pimping them, and the hatred-filled critiques are always wrong IMO. But there is nothing wrong with critiquing the actual performances. With a few exceptions, most on this board (including Slezak) have never shown anger directed AT Amber; we are only saying things about the performances that the judge’s should have said.

        Even die-hard Amber fans have to hear the huge flaws in several of her performance over the past few weeks. I loved the quality of her voice in earlier rounds, but recent stuff like MacArthur Park were actually unpleasant to listen to b/c of the vocal problems. Maybe it’s the stress on her voice from singing so much, emotional issues with the pressure they’re under, or issues with song selection, but the others have endured the same challenges and they have simply done better than Amber. It’s not fair to say viewers “turned” on Amber because they think she is the right person to eliminate at this point. She deserved to make the top 4, she doesn’t deserve to be top 3 over these other competitors.

    • dani n. says:

      Thank-you!

  13. Lynn says:

    We’re one step closer to that Candice and Kree finale!! But I have a really bad feeling that won’t be happening… I hope I’m wrong. Please let me be wrong, it has to be Candice and Kree in the finale!

  14. Cunegonde says:

    I was actually sad to see Amber go. She made so many unwise and questionable song choices to include in her repertoire but boy can she sing! I have a feeling she will have a a good post-Idol career if she is managed well by someone who understands her strengths as a singer and performer. And in a few years’ time, maybe emerge victorious when her voice (and she herself) matures beautifully.

    • takakupo says:

      I agree. I can see why the producers and singers of the show praised her so much whenever she just sang on set acapella (Like with Harry Connick Jr.). She has to work on herself in understanding the music and how it relates to her, on her acting when performing and then she can be a great artist.

    • Nephtalia says:

      She has the talent, but she has a hard time to built the fanbase. It’s the same problem Joshua had last year. Coton for ex was voted off early but had the fanbase to be successful. This year, no matter what one think if they did not destroy Lazaro as much, he could be very successful. With Twitter followers, he is second only to Angie.

      • Mary says:

        Twitter followers does not equal fanbase. Many of people and lets face it AI is way down in ratings do not support the artist once the show is over. Many of TV viewers look at this as entertainment not support for the artist. They have a shot but lets be real this is just a stepping stone to a career and truthfully many have it tough due to the fact they came from a reality show.

        • HitTheGroundRunning says:

          True, just look at xfactor. Tate would’ve been gone early on if yourube view, music downloads, twitter counted. Carly woulda demolished him, she had billions more downloads, views, etc. and yet Tate somehow won. So it’s certainly more than twitter or what not. (OTOH I think Cassidee on The Voice did lead in downloads and twitter and such and she won.)

  15. Best Top 3 Ever? I think so.

    • Adeem says:

      That’s absurd. They can sing, but there are 1000s like them all over America. They arent original at all, they all sound basically alike, and they’re boring.

      • sherab says:

        sorry adeem ~ from a woman’s point of view : boring they AIN’T-!!

        • Adeem says:

          Go to most high school or college you will find people who sing exactly like them — they are ok, but this over-praise is silly. The all have trouble in the higher notes, and they don’t do anything original. That’s being honest not being negative.

      • paula says:

        Negativity

      • Find me another teenage girl who can sing like Candice then. These three are seriously talented and, not only that, they seem like genuinely nice people. That’s what I mean by best Top 3. Usually I dislike one, two or all three of the contestants left at this stage for various reasons. Here, I have no reason to dislike any of them.

    • donito says:

      The season of Adam Lambert is better than this season’s top 3.

  16. Christina says:

    Awesome top 3! Pulling for a Candice/Kree finale

  17. takakupo says:

    I think America got it wrong. I think Angie has been consistently artistic, but bad at execution and that Kree has had a very mild and boring past 3 or 4 weeks. If only the judges actually had a brain and gave these contestants some constructive criticism they could use.

  18. Vicki says:

    It was hard for anybody leaving but someone had to. America has been right and surely, they will get it right since Candice has been dominating all season, and wins it all. But surely there wasn’t a dry eye watching Amber struggle to sing and then give in to the emotion.

  19. PomWellington says:

    Thank goodness for David Cook! He looked and sounded awesome. Love his new song! He’s really the only reason I tuned in to be honest. Other than that it was pretty much a snooze fest. I like Harry Connick Jr just fine but this particular song, uh no. And Will.I.Am. – I don’t know what to say about that. Happy enough about final 3.

    • Fran V says:

      I loved David’s new song as well. It would be great to see him have a hit again. I think he’s the most talented musician Idol has ever had.

  20. HitTheGroundRunning says:

    Sad to see one of them go.

  21. HitTheGroundRunning says:

    I have zero clue who makes it to the finale. It literally could be any pairing.

  22. HitTheGroundRunning says:

    Personally, I’d go with Candice and Angie at this point.

  23. dj says:

    It was tough to see anyone go, but I feel that Amber will definitely get signed. She has so much talent and she is gorgeous.

  24. MB says:

    So happy, this was my top 3 but do feel bad for Amber. Next week is going to be exciting. Can’t wait to see what song choices they get. I can’t imagine what that mixed bag of judges are going to select for these girls. Keith will probably select for Kree and Mariah and Randy for Candice but then what will Nicki pick for Angie. Yikes! Unless it will be a joint choice and all the judges agree. I can’t imagine them agreeing on anything.

    • TheGirlsRock says:

      I think Keith or Randy might pick for Angie. Nicki or Keith for Kreedom. Mariah won’t pick for anybody but Candice. It will be interesting and may determine the final two.

  25. Mafs95 says:

    Did you notice how Candice and Kree were crying while Angie was smiling? Maybe she’s the girl who Lazaro told the press that was acting like she’s in the Hunger Games LOL.

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      Oh my god! Not the so and so wasn’t crying BS again. First the fake nonsense about Haley and now for Angie. She was smiling for her! Whenever Amber started hitting something and getting into it Angie would smile more, happy heartfelt smiles for her! She was clapping for her the whole time. AND became even more overcome and started just swaying instead. AND then she couldn’t get out smiles for anymore and was even more overcome and, yes, she too started crying too and couldn’t hold it in any longer.
      .
      Wow. If you stopped hating and paid attention maybe you’d have seen she was balling away with the others. And the focus should be on Amber not whoever else at the moment anyway.
      .
      And even if someone didn’t cry or this or that it’s crazy to start reading things into little bits on TV under bright lights. All the stuff about Candice and her mean face is totally stupid too. All of it.

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        Of course any cute girl just has to be one of the mean girls though….

      • Noah Coleman says:

        I agree.

      • Danny says:

        @Hit- Exactly. What gets forgotten is Haley liked Stefano. So more than likely it wasn’t her smiling that Pia was gone, it was that she was happy for Stefano. You’re spot on about overall who cries and who smiles is over analyzed.

        • HitTheGroundRunning says:

          I forget the details now but I seem to recall she was actually smiling at something else related to the goings on and that it was a positive smile actually and not a muahahahahhahaha less competition smile or at Pia or Pia getting booted (and even if it had been, which it wasn’t, it is a competition anyway). It was also funny that, and not that I blame her she was plenty good to Haley even publicly calling out the judge’s and production’s actions and saying stuff like most of the contestants knew she was easily the best, but when it was down to her and Haley and Lauren made it she was all jumping and smiling and excited she made it and yet none of the same group got on Lauren (not that I think they should have at all) but they STILL found a way to get on Haley haha, because she looked disappointed and a trace upset for an instant before recovering! Wow.
          .
          And so many other times someone will smile for someone try to cheer them on keep their spirits going, smile at memories of them but then if someone doesn’t like that contestant, boom they get all over them and project all sorts of negative stuff into their heads.
          .
          And I mean for crying out loud, every week she’d dust off her bottom three stool with a laugh and smile for so many weeks, some other broke down into near tantrums at a single stool appearance, and yet they wrote it all into some ridiculous fake tale about Haley. I mean the vocal coach wouldn’t go to bat for her if she wasn’t good to work with and all her teachers back home, people back there from her school, etc. say great stuff about her and say the Idol-slant and how people were claiming she was on boards was beyond off-base (I have distant cousins out there, not exactly first or even second hand info, granted, but some local news reports there with former teachers on seemed to be in agreement).
          .
          Just in general it’s dangerous to judge off of reality shows. Just look how different so many seem in the Idol interviews on this site.
          .
          (Do keep in mind that Mafs95 wasn’t actually doing that in this case, although did miss Angie crying. Although someone else below did pull this stunt again for real quite a number of posts down.)

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      Although then again you want angie/candice top two so I take that back, no out to get Angie sort of thing then.
      .
      I guess you were just having fun with it (although you did read it wrong and it could be just what plays into backlash).

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      And actually very sorry. Your position is even more refreshing, since even if someone was all hunger games, you wouldn’t even care and would just go by what you thought of the performances.

      • Mafs95 says:

        LOOOOOOOL I read all your replies and I was like ??????????? I love Angie, I just thought funny one comment that was made in another blog regards Angie being in the Hunger Games and I definitely think she’s the most competitive girl. She seems cute and a nice girl, even if sometimes it kinda irritates me that she’s always smiling LMAO

        • HitTheGroundRunning says:

          Yeah my mistake I was just reading some Haley stuff and then some people going on about each contestants character and was in the wrong mindset when I hit your post haha.
          .
          Once again sorry, took that way out of line and in the wrong way.
          .
          With all her gleeful clapping and smiling all the time you could put together a really funny (and totally FAKE, fake everyone) Hunger Games video. Each contestant down one by one and then her clips taken totally out of place as each goes. OK that would be awful.

        • Danny says:

          @Mafs- I never saw Hunger Games so I didn’t get ya were making a joke. My fault on that one.

        • Trouty Mouth says:

          Angie = future Stepford wife.

  26. Scott says:

    The same people behind the pushing of Amber are apparently also all jonesing for Gatsby, and I’m all Meh about that movie. Neither one of those songs appealed, and Will.i.am’s performance was embarrassing.
    I think the right person went home. I would not be surprised if Amber has a great career — BUT — she needs to grow up and live a little.
    So — who will be torpedoed by Judges’ choice songs this year? I’m looking forward to reading the tea leaves by way of the Home Town visits.

    • paula says:

      Word! And oh God, their voices better hold up performing after the home town visits

    • scooby says:

      You’re kidding, right? I’m a fan of Amber (while acknowledging she needs to get connect better emotionally to her material). I have no intention of seeing The Great Gatsby. So much for whatever weird theory you’ve got linking the two.

  27. dani n. says:

    Amber was unnecessarily bagged on with such viciousness. Hope those of you who took pleasure on crucifying a 19 year old kid w/more talent than many other contestants her age who actually won are happy with all your cynicism.

    • WishesRandyCouldn'tSpeak says:

      Agreed. It’s very annoying to see the post-elimination condolences/being nice – that doesn’t take back what was said.

  28. Babybop says:

    I’m pulling for Candice and Kree in the top 2, but definitely Kree. She has the most unique voice, IMO.

    • Timmah says:

      Well, I’ll break it to you now. You’re not going to get your wish, because Angie is lock for the top 2 and probably for the win. I don’t particularly like it, but that’s the way it’s headed.

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        I don’t think so. I think it’s a really close race all three ways. I’d go Candice/Angie. But man it could really be anything.

      • marie says:

        I’m not happy about it either but I’d tend to agree.

      • deedee says:

        Yup, that’s the way it’s been heading all season :-( .

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        I also think Angie will win but would LOVE to see a Candice/Kree finale!

      • TheGirlsRock says:

        Because Candice and Angie have been the most dynamic all season. Kree has a beautiful voice and has been the most consistent. Unfortunately… consistent boring.

  29. NEMO says:

    David Cook for the win! So glad to see this guy on my TV and that new single is hot, hot, hot.

  30. Kait says:

    For a long time I thought I wanted Kree in the finale for sure…but the last several weeks her performances have been good, but somewhat forgettable for me. After hearing Candice and Angie duet together last week, I’m thinking a Candice/Angie finale would be a really great show!

  31. marie says:

    Well, for all the conspiracy theorizing and producer manipulation, I guess at least we can be pretty confident they’re at least not out-and-out monkeying with the actual voting results.

  32. Tiff says:

    I can’t believe I was crying over Amber, but I was. She clearly really wanted it. And her dad was so sweet.

    At this point, I just want Candice to win. I like Angie better than Kree (I find Kree a little boring, at least Angie seems to try), but I did think Kree did better this week, so it’s hard for me to say. As long as Candice is in the final and WINS, I pretty much don’t care either way.

    And after Candice wins, I’d like to have a talk with last year’s judges about cutting her. =p

    • GG says:

      TIff
      I agree with everything you said

      Go Candice

      Amber, The best to and your father

    • My Alter Ego says:

      Tiff, if it makes you feel, better go ahead and have that chat with the judges. But while doing so, bear in mind that Candice might not have made it to the voting rounds last year (if she hadn’t been cut when she was) and she certainly didn’t have the personality to stand up against an EVP (and remember how quickly Erica was voted out?), Elise, or Joshua, had she made it that far. She would have been voted out so fast, it would have made your head spin!

      Before the live shows started this year, I went back and watched that Vegas group song — and this time I recognized why she was cut when she was. The good thing was that she’s learned a lot about herself in the past year, and she came back, perhaps on a mission, but, at the very least with an extraordinary determination and really has set herself apart from the rest of the contestants this year. It’s her year to shine.

  33. jefferson says:

    YES. One singer whose first name starts with ‘A’ down, one to go.

  34. waffles says:

    The right one went home tonight. It’s a good top three but none of them are as good as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Melinda Doolittle or Kat McPhee. Whoever wins will have as much chart success as Taylor Hicks or Ruben Studdard.

    • MC says:

      You have a crystal ball?

    • Mafs95 says:

      Kat McPhee? The one who has “Open Toes” as a single? Are you sure none of these girls can do better than that? I think that at least Candice and Angie can and I bet they will do better than that, for sure!

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        As much as I love Kat McPhee on the show, man I was I disappointed with her first album. I honestly tried to find a track to listen to and sorta found one track I could play. I don’t know what happened.
        .
        I was cringing when Haley’s came out, although tentatively hopefully since rumors beforehand claimed she had a big hand in it (but still fearful since some Idol family type albums have been odd and even just thinking to the first single/winners song they gave Scotty, that is maybe the most horrendous song I’ve ever heard I felt bad for him) and was amazed that not only could I quickly find songs I liked, but I found more on a single album than I have on any from anyone since I don’t even know when. So many albums have like that one great hit and then maybe one or two others that are OK, if you are lucky even, and then….

        • HitTheGroundRunning says:

          I haven’t heard P2’s yet but I hear it is solid (limited vocals of course but apparently catchy and well written, or so I hear). So maybe they are letting them produce some better stuff these days to start (although good gried do they cut them loose even faster than ever, total travesties, they never even explored any of Haley’s own songs, a goldmine of choices and they tossed it all away). Then again P2 and Haley had some musical song-writing skills, so that may have helped save their initial albums and they knew what they were and were stick to it types so that may have all helped them avoid initial album messes.

        • Mafs95 says:

          I like Haley’s album even though it’s not on the top of the charts. My personal favourites are “Undone”, “Spiderweb”, “Free” and “Hit The Ground Running”.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Really? Hit The Ground Running?? Man, I CAN’T stand that track!

          • AlyB says:

            I love both Undone and Spiderweb. The rest for me were just kind of meh and I thought the CD was all over the place musically. It lacked cohesion and I found that really surprising. It’s like she tried to do a whole bunch of different things to see what would take off. I wish Undone & Spiderweb were the 1st two singles released instead of Free and Oh My. i do adore Haley’s voice & hope her next CD is more like Undone & Spiderweb than the more overproduced pop stuff.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            No, sadly Oh My! never made it out as a single. Nor HTGR or Undone or anything else.
            They dumped it off ridiculously quickly. Didn’t push for radio buys much that I saw. The problem with Free is that is wasn’t really old school Adele/Winehouse but it wasn’t Katy Perry/Carly Rae either.
            .
            I loved that it wasn’t 100% uniform with every last song the exact same style. Made it more interesting.
            .
            I don;t know that stuff like Hit The Ground RUnning, Liar, Wonderland, etc. are typical over-produced pop stuff! They have a lot more retro feel but brought into the modern age sorta.

          • bingham says:

            ^Oh My! was never a single. She only got one single & one album and then Interscope dumped her because it flopped. BTW, you sound like Randy Jackson with your critique of Haley’s album, LOL. I guess he was right after all to rag on her about not knowing who she is as an artist. Personally I like the diversity on ‘Listen Up!’ but there’s no denying it was a commercial failure.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            But it was barely even pushed. Nobody ever heard it. Sometiems it just takes the right push. Heck look at Carly Rae, biggest hit of the summer, a billion sales, and yet her song/album were sitting there doing nothing, nothing beyond nothing for months and then apaprently Bieber posted some cover and suddenly enough people heard it and it went viral and the rest is history.
            .
            I think was Pearl Jam that barely sold more than Haley did for months upon months upon months and then MTV got talked into tossing it into a few late night and evening showcases and millions saw it and boom. I think I saw something on TV where they said it was such a flop that most on the label were trying to force them to be dropped. And then well they ended up selling like a billion records.
            .
            Even Adele went the first six months without all that much going on, if I am not mistaken.
            .
            So dumped after six months, with only one single which wasn’t pushed on the most major channels and may not have been the best hook for the album. I don’t think you can say it was an album that couldn’t have been commercially successful.
            .
            A lot is luck and the right kind of major promotion. If they decide to go all crazy in it can help a ton, although nothing is a 100% guarantee.
            .
            Some things manage to hit and go viral without giant pushes in the right way, but it’s actually quite rare.
            .
            I even saw a study on music albums and what people liked and what made it and they studied all sorts of things and it turned out to be so random. And many a failed album could’ve been huge. etc.

          • AlyB says:

            Oh My was supposed to be the next single released. I’m not sure what the plan is now, if there is one. There is a video out for Undone and it was mentioned that it was a surprise since Oh My is supposed to come out next. Undone was featured in the Step Up Revolution movie so they released a video for it. Don’t get me wrong, I love Haley. Absolutely love her. I just want to hear more in the direction of Undone than some of the other stuff on her 1st album. I know she was dropped but she’s making so many connections in the industry and she is touring internationally. If you want to see something awesome, go to the tubey and find Haley singing Wild Horses with Myles Kennedy and Slash on guitar. It was amazing.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Wow, so they made a video for Undone? I have to check youtube again.
            .
            Yeah she has hit some pretty big invites- Lollapalooza, Carnegie Hall, Muhammad Ali’s birthday bash, etc. Real musician type stuff. Not so much MTV/Popular music awards type stuff though which is what I guess pops you onto top ten sorta charts, but whatever. And the deep connections might still yet one day get her to that and maybe in a deeper way.

          • bingham says:

            I don’t believe Oh My was ever going to be the next single. I know Haley wanted it to be the next single and Haley even stated in an interview that “there will most definitely be a second single” but I think that was just hopeful dreaming on her part. I think the minute the first week sales for Listen Up came out that Interscope made the decision that there wouldn’t be a second single and that they weren’t going to spend another dime promoting the album. I don’t blame them really, I mean the sales were so poor and a lot of it had to do with her insisting on waiting until after the tour was over to record it. And based on an article I just read, I see that Interscope has learned their lesson from Haley’s failure and they’re making whomever they sign this year get their album done within six weeks of the show ending.

          • MB says:

            If they learned their lesson with Haley then why did they wait so long to release Jessica’s album. Her sales this week is the lowest of any idol runner up ever.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            There doens’t seem to be much push or promo unless you win. Nobody I know who hasn’t watched Idol has ever heard of any of them. Hard to buy stuff you don’t even know exists.
            .
            And the Idol fanbase is skewed old and southern now so it’s not enough alone to get people easily going viral, especially if you don’t get landslide win in the finale or if they do anything during the show to sabotage contestants in ways that get some portion of the Idol audience seeing someone in a negative light.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            OK, being serious I’d say:
            Hit The Ground Running (some friends said this one as a first single would’ve most grabbed their attention, they said a lot more than Free)
            Liar
            Wonderland
            Undone

            Walking on Heaven
            Let’s Run Away – I know it’s kinda silly maybe but in such a fun happy way, 80s happy when it was ok to be happy and light (not for the grunge or gansta rap crowds though hahahaha) and it’s really pretty catchy

            Spiderwebs is good too. Free is good but a little neither here nor there not quite old retro pop and not really current either.
            .
            Oh My! sounded really awesome when she did it live on Real Music Live in a very stripped down version. On the CD it’s both cool and yet something about the Oh My! stuff on it is a tricky thing, it could suck people in or it could turn them away depending upon how the song hit people, maybe it would fall on the plus side and maybe not.

          • James says:

            @MB – Jessica’s sales haven’t been announced yet, so we’ll have to wait and see on that. I’m sure she will sell more than Haley, it would be hard to do worse.

          • MB says:

            Projected sales are between 15,000 and 17,000. They already said it is the worse debut of any Idol runner up yet. Haley was not the runner up.
            I am hoping for her sake that once she appears and sings on Glee next week it will boast her sales. It’s a shame because she has a beautiful voice. I did not buy her album because I hate dance music but I did buy a couple of tracts from it that are more to my liking.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Haley’s first week sales, that far out (from season’s end), with no promo, this late in the Idol game (where simply being in the top ten isn’t as much of a huge bump) were actually considered to be quite decent I thought. The problem was that it went much lower week two.
            .
            Nobody who didn’t make the finale and get the top two push has had any big sales since S8 (when Idol had better ratings, was fresher, was more of a boost to all sorts of contestants).
            .
            Post S8 for those who didn’t make the finale – ranks for single album sales:
            1. James Durbin
            2. Colton Dixon
            3. Casey James
            4. Haley Reinhart
            .
            Post S8 for those who didn’t make the finale – ranks for total album sales:
            1. James Durbin
            2. Haley Reinhart
            3. Colton Dixon
            4. Casey James
            .
            So nobody without big two push has been able to do much chart wise on any recent season. Haley also had a very late release (on the one hand it may have helped make it perhaps the best critically rated Idol album in a long while though).
            .
            Early seasons even some way back managed sales that would swamp anything even the best non-finale makers do now.
            .
            In fact barely any seemed to have even been able to launch albums the last few seasons at all, although Casey Abrams also managed to. And Jessica is just now. Perhaps Stefano is just about to. And I guess Pia is still going to manage it.
            .
            The old toss it out there and rely and big Idol push doesn’t work. They gotta work to market them now. Go in and go in full like they are trying to support their next star.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            A rush album might not be wise for some contestants though. Maybe for Interscope though. If the contestant truly has some talent and some songwriting skills and has some unique catch, voice skill, that is a bit different, or such, then since if you are not top two you will not get much push from them or any big finale bump even a quick release probably won’t get you to go viral enough to truly start a sustained career and you might get crappy reviews and lose all industry contacts not get cool invites, maybe just fade away. Although perhaps Interscope gets a bit bigger take before the nearly assured dump.
            .
            Taking longer might really insure you won’t go viral since first sales will probably get hurt (since, again, not top two, don’t even think of an all out next star push for the album) but at least you might get some decent reviews and be able to sustain some cred and then work into the industry and eventually maybe, with luck and someone giving a push eventually, make it.
            .
            Hard to say for sure though.
            .
            In a specific case, could’ve Haley gone viral with an earlier release? With that level push and the way Idol audience doesn’t launch people so easily anymore, I don’t know. Definitely not if the quality was no match. I’m not quite what the full story on her album was either, some claimed even after the late finish it get held back by them for a while on top????

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Came upon some interesting comments by a couple of others on some blog:
            “I think the lack of gigs is what eventually did her in, it was the final nail in the coffin. What else can you do if you fail to catch on at radio? Casey James, James Durbin and Casey Abrams have all been kept busy touring by doing various gigs and I don’t understand why Haley’s team didn’t follow this strategy for her. Durbin for example managed to get his album to go from 28k to over 150k in just under a year thanks largely to touring and now he’s working on his 2nd album.”
            .
            Does make you wonder. If that boosted his from even a bit under her start to well above her why no gigs and tours for her? Another part of the blog said they booked her with stuff like Teen Vogue to talk about shoes and shopping and such instead. That does sound kinda sucky. I mean they give James all these gigs and he quadruples his sales. Haley talks about shopping and her sales never build again and go nowhere. If that is true it seems that someone didn’t calculate it out too well.
            .
            AND ALSO
            .
            “”So, after all that delay, the greedy, shortsighted suits at Interscope decided, “Hey, let’s release the one song on the album Haley gets no writing credits on so we can keep all the money ourselves. So what if it’s not radio friendly.”
            Shockingly enough, this “Mature breakup song” never resonated on radio, “”
            .
            I always did wonder about Free as the first push. It seemed neither quite here not there to me. I just don’t think it was the one to grab people in on a quick radio listen. I even tested stuff out on some friends and the other stuff is what they said would grab them in right away. It was neither as Winehouse as some others and yet not Katy Perry either. I kinda wondered about why the one song she had no part in writing would get picked and if maybe it wasn’t all about the money and a dump and run strategy at that point. I mean who knows though. But perhaps not the most radio friendly first song of the lot and then no big buys….
            .
            they also talked a lot about the costly delay and her not marketing herself like mad to fans and on the net right after and they also said that they rarely gave her a full band and then all of a sudden they’d give her one and they’d not have enough experience working together and they wouldn’t read her well and she’d be nervous and tentative (I don’t know if this is true, just what one guy was saying) and that she often did better with just her guitar player who she worked with a lot more. She seemed pretty on the mark and working well with a band on Real Music Live, that was right at the end though.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Last somewhat off-topic msg about this. It said at one point they had her twitter follow 70,000 One Direction and Bieber fans, supposedly at the cost of her core or something, I do get they want to suck in the young record buying crowd, but it seems a bit odd to not say maybe target Adele/Winehouse crowd instead???? (and then try to expand eventually, maybe?) It just seems off-base.
            .
            Anyway forget to mention another song of her I live is her Baby It’s Cold Outside cover with Casey Abrams. That was awesome.

          • let it be says:

            Holy doodle! Obsessed much?!?! Good bloody grief, this article doesn’t even have anything to do with her FFS!

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            @LIB – hah, well she did appear this week, even if for a few seconds and there is no general discussion forum here and Jessica was on the other week and just dropped an album.
            .
            Anyway, more generally though it shows that unlike in the early season, in particular, and even middle seasons, simply making it near top 5 or 6 used to be enough to give quite a few a huge and easy boost to launch a first album but in the last few seasons not one outside of the top two has managed that. You need full on top two exposure and level or marketing push to have a chance now.

          • let it be says:

            Well then join a fan site FFS! It’s really annoying the way you hijack all these TV Line articles and go on crazy rampages about her. Especially when she isn’t even mentioned in the article. Seriously, give it a rest, please!

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            you’ll live

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            And the constant theme of half the blog articles here has been manipulations and production meddlings with this or that so and S10 was when it really started going off the rails so it comes up. OK, maybe a bit much at times yeah I know, but it’s not been the absolute end of world and I think you’ll survive.

    • donito says:

      Agree on your last statement, but all 4 are equally talented. Nobody is worth walking home more than the rest. Amber’s performance i feel was affected by all the haters and so she looked defeated. About Melinda, yeah she’s a good singer but she’s bit old when she joined AI, plus she’s not looking good. America wants X factor and she lacks that, no wonder she’s a nobody in the music charts.

  35. Pattygale says:

    I’m glad Amber is gone only because of the pimping the judges employed for weeks. It was shameful. I hope Kree is next. Kree was my favorite in the beginning, but her total lack of personality does not bode well for success in the music industry. I’m kind of rooting for Angie, but will not be at all upset if Candice wins. Apples and oranges.

    • dani n. says:

      Carrie Underwood had zero personality during her run on idol. She’s doing ok. If it were based on personality as well as voice BO should have won & be super successful. And I did want Bo to win.

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        yeah it’s true, because of her wild country success and how she grew into a lot more presence everyone forgets that she was almost a total robot on most of her Idol run, more than any of these top four, if I recall correctly

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          Oh, I remember telling my husband I didn’t think Carrie would have much of a career, LOL.

          • AlyB says:

            LOL Hilarious because I felt the same way at the time. Of course I was a huge Bo fan so I guess I was looking at Carrie as competition. Still, I remember thinking she was alternating between being completely bland to looking terrified and thought wow, she’s never going to go anywhere like that. All it took was some time for her to blossom and boy did she ever. Amazing career and an amazing talent. I was just dead wrong about her.

      • donito says:

        Disagree, Carrie though looks lacking in personality then, was already pretty, slim, and with a great voice. Very ripe to enhance, personality wise. Where is Bo Vice now? Haven’t heard of him since…

        • MC says:

          It seems that every person has a different definition of “personality.” I remember Carrie talking about how much she liked Rascal Flatts when she was on Idol. She was the sweet, likeable and innocent girl from Oklahoma. She also wasn’t afraid to tackle other genres when she was on the show. I was always impressed by that, especially when one thinks of how uncomfortable others have been when outside their “comfort zone” in recent years. Does Carrie own the stage more these days? Probably, but that’s a natural outgrowth of greater experience and working as a headlining professional. I always thought she had some personality, even back on season four of Idol.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Yeah that was back when they had a genre week contestants tried to change style and would even be more or less called out if they didn’t. So yeah wayy different than country singers later on who would be pure country be it musicals, hard rock, heavy metal, opera, auto-tuned pop, you name it week. Kree is a bit different, not a pure country singer.

        • Adam Fachry says:

          Why did you guys all of a sudden become TYRA BANKS? LOL, on ANTM she always eliminated models who lack of even though their physical appearances are very modelesque. It’s also vice versa most of the time (meaning, the ones who are not modelesque, but have ‘personality’, basically survive).

          • AlyB says:

            I think that’s because the “personality” often, but not always, translates into being able to deliver a great photo and being engaging in commercial work and go sees. Remember mouse like (or should I say insect thin) Ann won despite being extremely introverted. That’s because she was able to deliver. It’s the same thing with Idol. A contestant might be really shy and reserved but if they can channel emotion and power into their songs, they can still go far. Both Kree & Candice strike me as being reserved and kind of shy though really nice people. That doesn’t stop them from being able to grab you with a song and take you along for a wild ride. Candice more consistently than Kree imo. The star presence is something that can be worked on. The talent is certainly there. Look at Carrie. I talked about this above. I didn’t think she had star quality though definitely she had vocal talent. She’s a megastar and really good at being one. I don’t think all musicians need to be extroverts or “super sparkly” lol. Though it definitely helps build a fan base out of the box on a show like Idol. I think that’s what’s working in Angie’s advantage.

  36. Tom says:

    I’m so saddened, amber is simply amazing. For me it’s Candice all the way but history shows the subpar Angie will win– no singer except for fantasia has won if they have been in the bottom 2

  37. Guitar Blue says:

    One good thing is that Idol Alum generally stay out of the drug and alcohol addictions that many young artists fall victim to with a rise to fame. Making top 4 has been a great training ground and boot camp for all 4 at this point.

    I picked Amber for elim this week in the pool, but It could be an unpredictable battle next week –

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      Hmm that is a good point. A great thing. They do seem to navigate that pretty well. (although most haven’t really had that complete, in your face, outta control level of fame hit them which helps a bit too, although Kelly did for sure; and most of the winners, I think have been at least 18 already, I think all probably? which probably helps a bit too)

  38. lori says:

    I cried for amber and I too thought she would be the one going home. All four are very talented and will probably get a shot at making music.

    David Cook still rocks! Great new music and hopefully there will be more soon. Both of his previous records are great and worth having in your collection.

  39. Bob says:

    Here’s something I never thought I would hear myself say: I liked David Cook a lot better than Harry Connick, Jr. tonight.

  40. marygrace says:

    Amber is an incredible looking young lady and sings very well but I never thought on the same level as Candice and Kree. Feel same about Angie. Looking forward to a Candace and Kree finale!

  41. LeahKittyS says:

    And now, a continuation of “American Idol Horror Story”
    (Scene: the dark tunnel. Amber, Angie, Candice, and Kree hold hands as they feel their way along the secret passage. The floor is abnormally hard and crusty, and their faces keep brushing up against spider webs.)
    Amber: I’m feeling sick. Can we go back? There’s gotta be some reinforcements out there-
    Kree: Just keep your eyes forward. We’ll be out of here soon enough.
    Candice: Man, Nigel sure knows how to take care of himself.
    Angie: That’s something I have to say scares me. What if it isn’t Nigel behind this? What if somebody wrote his name on the wall to throw us off?
    Kree: Nah, it’s definitely him. Who else would be so cruel?
    Amber: But the writing on the wall just seems so…strange. I mean, last I checked, dead people can’t write.
    Candice: Dead people didn’t write that. Here’s what I think happened. Curtis was the first one to disappear, remember? What happened was, Nigel and whoever’s helping him brought him to the basement and gave him a good thrashing, but when they left him he wasn’t fully dead. He tried to write Nigel’s name on the wall in case anybody found him down there, but only had enough strength to get one letter down. Then when they brought Paul in and tore him up, the same thing happened. He looked at the wall, saw what Curtis was trying to do, and tried to finish the name. But he could only get one letter out. And so on.
    Angie: I hate to think about it, but you’re probably right. I knew there was something wrong about him, but I never imagined this.
    (She stops in her tracks. The wall she was feeling along has disappeared, and the tunnel forks in two different directions.)
    Amber: Great. So which one leads to the killer’s hideaway?
    Candice: There’s gotta be some hint. Look around.
    Kree: With what? We left our flashlights in the basement. Mine’s dead, anyway.
    Angie: Wait! Did you hear that?
    (The four of them stand perfectly still. A scream rings out from down the tunnel on the right.)
    Amber: It sounded like Janelle! (Calls down the tunnel) Hang on, Janelle, we’re coming! (Runs down the tunnel)
    Kree: Wait! Amber! No!
    (The other three take off after her. They run until Angie falls flat on her face. Candice and Kree stop and help her up. There is a dim lantern hanging high on the wall.)
    Candice: You okay?
    Angie: (Shaking) Yeah, I’m fine, but…the girl on the floor is dead.
    (Candice and Kree gasp.)
    Kree: (Nervous) Well, who is it? Amber or Janelle?
    Angie: I can’t tell. Shame we can’t get that lantern down, we could hold it to her face. I’d rather not pick her up.
    Candice: (picks up a sharp rock) Here. Cut off a piece of her hair and hold it to the lamp.
    (Angie takes the rock and cuts off a lock of the dead girl’s hair. When she holds it up to the light, they see that it is dark. Looking down at the shadowed corpse, they try to fight back tears. A small white wisp floats up out of Amber’s partially open mouth. The other three are startled when a shadowy hands reaches out of the blackness and snatches it. As the wisp struggles in the shadow’s grasp, it is placed into a glass sphere and carried away. The other girls stare in the direction the shadow man moves, mystified.)
    Angie: Okay…they was freaky. Maybe we should go get help after all.
    Candice: No way. Who’s going to believe a story about a soul-stealing shadow guy?
    Kree: We can’t wait any longer. We’ve gotta face Nigel on our own. I’m not letting him stay free now that he’s got the blood of five brothers and two sisters on his hands.
    Angie: You’re right. It’s time to take him down, once and for all.
    Candice: Come on!
    (The three of them walk as quickly as they can along the shadow man’s path.)
    TO BE CONTINUED…

    • Guitar Blue says:

      Do you write books or stories for mag’s? Seems like you could get into the market, if you are not in it yet.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        I don’t write for any publications, but this summer I will be setting up a Deviant Art account where you can read all of my full-length American Idol fan fictions and the full Cliff-notes for the ones I have not yet completed. This one is just a teaser for you all; my real Season 12 story is much different and the characters have lots of musical numbers. If you want the plots of all my stories I can post them here.

        • Guitar Blue says:

          You set-up the actor’s motions, scenes – as in script writing for a production. Are you familiar with a book called “Writer’s Market”? Perhaps your skills and creative thinking could make you some extra money. Available at most book stores.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Thanks; I’ll keep that in mind. I do write more than just fan fiction, but my Idol stories are my favorites. Look for the plots of all 12 stories in another post here.

    • MB says:

      Wow, you are scaring me half to death.

      • LeahKittyS says:

        Well, it’s a horror story, so that’s the point. Don’t worry; it should have a happy ending (except for our friend “P”).

        • MB says:

          :) love it.

        • MB says:

          Hoping “P” isn’ t Phillip. I would be real upset if you kill him off.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            No, not at all! Remember the previous installments? “P” stands for “Producers!” Nigel is the one who arranged the murders of Curtis, Paul, Devin, Burnell, and Lazaro, and then had to kill Janelle and Amber. I can tell you he will claim two more victims before the last one standing takes her revenge and sets the imprisoned souls free (more on that next week).

          • MB says:

            Oh right thanks for clearing that up. I must have missed something. I remember Nigel written in blood on the wall but I must have missed “p” standing for producers. I say good get those evil producers. LOL. I was thinking that the new idol winner had to defeat the old one for the crown. My bad.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Actually, in my real AI fan fictions, I have a strict policy: no killing off characters based on finalists. If a finalist character dies for plot’s sake I find a way to bring him/her back to life. The only exception is in Season 11’s “Forever Home”; Jermaine’s character dies at the end because of his “special circumstances” on the actual show, but he dies a hero.

    • Danny says:

      @ Leah- Pretty good overall. A little pitchy in spots, but we’ll let that slide since you’re IN IT TO WIN IT!!!!!!!

  42. kwilliams says:

    Amber will be a real star long after Kree is playing local bars. I hope Candice wins now; the only real singer left.

  43. Adam Fachry says:

    David Cook is one of the most interesting contestants in his season. But I can’t get past behind the post-grunge, pseudo-emo brand he demonstrates in his albums. The kind of Our Lady Peace, Nickelback aesthetic is my least favorite in the plethora of rock sub-genres. Dare I say, I despise those kinds of artists. Not my cup of tea, just saying.

    • Guitar Blue says:

      Cook has a very good voice with range and control — but doesn’t use it on a lot of his work — he’s attracted to that Nickelback, etc. area of modern rock.

      He has played some gigs at college performance halls where he was able to appeal to a wider audience age with some of the material he used – but for recording; he’s usually trying to find a hit in the Nickelback type of related genre.

      • Adam Fachry says:

        Which is so unfortunate since Nickelback is god-awful. Huge production yet remains polished and pointless. Don’t get me started on their laughable lyrics too.

    • gailer says:

      I agree, he was good for Idol, but that type of music is in the past. He has an Idol fanbase and that’s about it.

  44. dani n. says:

    Man, Harry for all his intelligent feedback last night really sucked tonight.

    • Guitar Blue says:

      It was good for the new puppy – he slept through Harry’s song, right next to the TV.

      • AlyB says:

        omg thank you for saying that. I know people just adore him but that song was so repetitive and slooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow without grabbing me emotionally. I really didn’t like it at all. I’m so glad to hear someone else say so.

  45. Joe says:

    Up until last night I had been routinely splitting my votes between Candice, Amber and Kree. Most weeks I’d give a few extra to Amber because I felt she needed them. Last night was the first night I didn’t split and gave all 50 to Candice. If Amber fans are like me, they are going to throw all their votes to Candice unless she’s awful next week. I think Candice might get the big enough bump to get to the finals, but when one of the Kree/Angie get eliminated, the other will win this whole thing picking up the others votes. Hence, Kree or Angie (probably Angie, especially with her returning to Boston) is going to win Idol vs. Candice.

    • Guitar Blue says:

      That’s a most likely scenario – Candice will have the R&B and Diva ballad fans on her side, Angie will have to do some A rated piano songs to hold-off a somewhat slow but steady approach by Kree………….

      Kree is a little better over-all singer than Angie, IMO, but Angie is a more dynamic, assertive, engaging performer.

    • Mary says:

      Or Amber fans will not vote for anyone because they do not care who wins.

      • Goody says:

        Agree, Amber’s fans no longer cares whoever wins. Surely, these three left would be forgotten months later. But Amber will go places and makes it to the charts.

  46. Sarah says:

    Thank goodness for David Cook! Loved seeing him back on the stage and loved his new song. I think Amber was the right one to be eliminated. I have no idea who’s going to make the top 2, but I really hope it’s Candice and Angela.

  47. donito says:

    Whew!!! Finally, Amber will no longer be the subject of hatred. She can now move on to deal with producers who will help her start her stardom. At 18 with all her package, she is destined to make it big. Look at Chris Daughtry, Alison Iraheta, JHudson, etc. She’d definitely follow their footsteps. And to those who support the rest three ladies, hope your relentless support will result to something that is worth it. The rest have equally great talents but i find them not completely marketable. Angie looks better though, but her tone is ordinary to me, she needs to belt her voice before you notice her. And here; i really hope the jinx of the AI title stops.

    • Will says:

      “she needs to belt her voice before you notice her”

      Tell that to me (and the judges) during the first lines of You Set Me Free in Hollywood.

    • Adam Fachry says:

      As much as I think Allison had a stellar run in her season, her album was all sorts of no tbh. The producers clearly wanted her to follow in the footsteps of pop-rock tweens such as Miley, Demi, and Orianthi back then which was a mistake since this girl has more grit and a better grasp at classic rock (except for Orianthi, but I think she’s more adept at guitar playing than singing anyway) than some of these manufactured, polished kids. Her album is such a waste of talent, imo.

  48. LeahKittyS says:

    For those of you who are enjoying the “American Idol Horror Story”
    Here is the rundown of all 12 of my American Idol fan fictions, which star all the finalists of each season and feature musical numbers they did on the show that were recorded (forgive some lame, cheesy titles).
    Season 1: “Moments Like This” Present day. Kelly is a small-town waitress who wants to live the big life; Justin is a corporate heir who wants out of it. When the two meet, shenanigans ensue.
    Season 2: “Love in America” Present day. Ruben, Clay, and Kimberly are a trio of best friends who each have their own romantic issues (Ruben is trying to save a relationship, Clay is coming to terms with being gay, Kimberley is looking for love)
    Season 3: “All About Soul” Takes place in the 1960s. Fantasia, LaToya, and Jennifer were once Motown’s greatest trio, but they have split and Fantasia has fallen into one crisis after another. When young Diana comes under her wing, dreaming of being a famous singer, she is able to pull herself together and return to stardom.
    Season 4: “The Showstoppers” An Old Western retelling of “Robin Hood.” Carrie is Robin Hood, and Bo is Little John, as they try to help the poor, innocent citizens of their wild west town under a corrupt governor.
    Season 5: “Encore” Taylor is a detective in a small Southern town, who, with the help of the well-intentioned Elliot and the wrongfully convicted Chris, investigate a sudden spike of violence against women in their town (the beautiful Katharine is a perfect target.)
    Season 6: “In the Now” The fictional land of Terramar. An evil overlord rules, and a prophesy tells of three women of color who will defeat him. Young Jordin follows her dream of going to the magical city of Reyna, only to discover that she is the chosen one who must help the Leading Ladies, Melinda and LaKisha (Blake is their head guard) fight the force of evil.
    Season 7: “Time of a Life” A medieval kingdom America. Simon is king, Randy and Paula are prince and princess, and The Top 12 with David Cook as their leader are the esteemed Knights of the Idol Crown, who work to maintain peace and prosperity in the land. They face many challenges in their line of duty.
    Season 8: “No Boundaries” A present day “Muppet Movie” without puppets. Kris, Adam, and Allison are a trio of rock stars in a small town who travel to Hollywood to make it big; along the way they meet the other members of the Top 10, who also dream of being famous singers. They make the trip together.
    Season 9: “Beautiful Days” Present day. The six men of the Top 12 go on a camping trip together in the woods and stumble into a fairy kingdom, where Mother Nature (Crystal) is queen.
    Season 10: “A Love This Big” Futuristic dystopia. Scotty and Lauren live happy, carefree lives until they realize the horrors their totalitarian government is carrying out. They join an underground resistance movement, led by Haley and James and including all the Top 13 finalists.
    Season 11: “Forever Home” Phillip, Jessica, and the rest of the Top 13 live in a small city where they want to make the world a better place but are in no position to do so, until a meteor crashes into the Earth and gives them all superpowers.
    Season 12: (No Title Yet) Present day. Mariah is queen of a planet called Aria in the next galaxy over, called Aria, who is at war with a dangerous enemy. She is too busy fighting with her heiress, Nicki, to protect the planet, so their head guard, Keith, travels to Earth in secret and recruits an army of strangers (the Top 10) to help maintain peace in the royal house.

    • Guitar Blue says:

      What an imagination – you got it goin’ on, great creative thinking!

      • LeahKittyS says:

        Aw, thank you. I hope to have them up on Deviant Art this summer. “Time of a Life,” “No Boundaries,” and “Beautiful Days” are complete, and I have full Cliff-notes for “Encore,” “In the Now,” “A Love This Big,” and “Forever Home” (the Cliff-notes for the Season 12 one will be done shortly after the season is over). “Moments Like This,” “Love in America,” “All About Soul,” and “The Showstoppers” are just ideas for now; I haven’t incorporated the music yet.

        • My Alter Ego says:

          Be sure to let us know when you’ve got them posted.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            Will do. Be warned, though; the complete are very long. Like, novel size. And some content in the later ones is NSFW.

        • Lana says:

          @LeahKitty,what is NSFW? If I could maneuver online as well as everyone here I would definitely like to follow up on your stories, however I can’t even figure out where all the other Idol websites are much less any web site you are going to put your stories on. LOL Oh well.

          • LeahKittyS says:

            @Lana, “NSFW” stands for “Not Safe For Work.” I censor swear words with asterisk, but it’s a matter of content. In “Beautiful Days” Lee and Crystal have a one-night stand. In “A Love This Big” Haley and Casey have some sex scenes, and in “Forever Home,” there is some adult stuff between Phillip and Elise. So those parts aren’t good for young audiences. None of these are really children’s stories (except maybe “In the Now”).

    • Jill says:

      This really isn’t an appropriate place to flog your fanfic. It’s for discussion of the show. Maybe at least limit yourself to a link to your fic instead of creating a big scroll spot. when i’m reading on my phone this is a hassle i could live without.

    • Mamamitzvah says:

      bs’d
      Am loving your writing but wondering why you left Danny out of season 8 :) You are very good.

  49. duke says:

    The most annoying thing is the satisfaction that Michael is going to get from this elimination! Michael since a fortnight ago has been harsh on Amber when it was really the judges he was supposed to aim his frustrations at. Amber is talented and marketable I don’t know why that is problem. Yes Candice is gifted vocally more than anyone but we all know is going to be difficult to market her in this age. Please don’t talk about Adele she is an exception just like anything in a “trend”. Anyway ow that Amer is gone go Kree and Candice

    • Mafs95 says:

      I agree that Amber is amazing and she has superb vocals, but what is so current about her that Candice (for instance) doesn’t have? The only thing is image. It’s true that Amber is gorgeous and extremely hot but that’s not enough in the music business and definitely not what matters the most. No, I’m not talking about Adele… there are many other (female) artists that are still living proof that image is not what matters the most.

    • Goody says:

      Agree! Michael is soooo happy, smiling ear to ear.

  50. Lucille says:

    Just sayin.’ If you want Candice in the finale, vote vote vote next week! She has an uphill battle against the perceived front runner with the big online fanbase, and the country singer with the country fan base.

    • dj says:

      Agree. It’s down to the wire. Gotta do the full two hours of phone votes.

    • TheGirlsRock says:

      I don’t think Kree will get a huge country vote unless Keith picks for her and she kills it. I think Candice is a lock because she’ll get all those uncommitted votes.

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