American Idol Performance Finale Recap: Yes It's Ladies' Night and the Feeling's Right [Updated]

AMERICAN IDOL: Candice GloverTonight’s American Idol Season 12 performance finale began with a moment of pure F/X foolery: Candice Glover and Kree Harrison standing nose-to-nose with stern-eyed, tight-lipped, prize-fighter solemnity. Were we about to witness the unleashing of body-blows and hair-pulls, or had mischievous Uncle Nigel merely patched together two individual camera shots to promote the idea of a duel to the death for Phillip Phillips’ glittering tiara and confetti shower?

Um, of course it was the latter scenario — which became all too evident when Kree and Candice took the stage hand-in-hand, like sisters in The Hunger Games headed for a lottery draw that could change their lives forever. And if you needed a villain in the scenario, there were the SwayBots — who’d been dormant almost the entire season — invading the front rows of the Nokia Theater like so many rhythmless vermin. Candice and Kree, though, they didn’t care: They held steady to the beat, sang from their guts, and didn’t miss a single note over the course of three performances (Simon Fuller’s Pick; Coronation Single; Repeat of a Favorite Performance). Also on the plus side, the chatter from the judges was kept to a merciful minimum.

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Still, as congenial as the Candice-Kree relationship may be, and as evenly matched as the ladies appeared through the course of the night, it was Ms. Glover who ended the evening with a brutal (musical) left hook that should (but might not necessarily) put her in the history books alongside Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks — the franchise’s four previous female winners.

Indeed, Candice’s reprisal of “I (Who Have Nothing)” — with an opening verse delivered entirely a capella — was the kind of spectacular brazenness that the otherwise lovely performance finale was missing. And it emphasized the differences between the two vocalists: Kree, the smooth glass of pinot noir that’s perfect for just about any occasion, versus Candice, the eight-course haute cuisine meal that leaves your jaw on the floor, your heart in your throat and your brain as scrambled as a freshly whisked egg.

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But that’s just one man’s opinion. And speaking of which, shall we have a quick rundown of the night’s festivities? (I’ll be back overnight to update with full reviews of the final two performance, so bookmark this URL, refresh and enjoy!)

TONIGHT’S SET LIST & LETTER GRADES
Kree Harrison: Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” | I hate to say Randy was right, but since this was his final Idol performance show ever — unless his “stepping down” announcement was Part 1 of a cruel/elaborate hoax that will arrive like a lump of coal in our stockings come the holiday season — the dawg had a point that Simon Fuller’s picks for both Candice and Kree were “a little sleepy.” I mean, wouldn’t you think that, as a TV producer, Fuller would’ve attempted to give Kree a different kind of mood (i.e. something uptempo and deeply bluesy) from the other two numbers in her finale set? Plus, “Angel” just got covered on The Voice by Sarah Simmons — albeit not as effectively as Kree — last week! (So if he was just on a Lilith Leader bender, why not, say, “Building a Mystery”?) Anyhow…I digress! None of this is to say Kree didn’t deliver “Angel” with gossamer delicacy and a hauntingly straightforward approach to the melody. I liked that she didn’t mimic the angsty cry of Sarah McLachlan’s delivery — and yet managed to retain the song’s core of sadness. Yeah, I kinda wished she’d opted for a less piano-driven arrangement and amped up the steel guitar and harmonica, to put the ditty more squarely in her country pocket, but perhaps that’s just nitpickery. Grade: A-

Candice Glover: Adele’s “Chasing Pavements” | Candice, too, had to try to find a way to force some Red Bull down the gullet of a song that — while pretty enough — has a melody that never pulls out onto the highway and seriously opens up. I did enjoy hearing the muscularity of Candice’s lower register on the opening verse — no pitch problems at either end of her range, mmkay? — and she added some nice jazz inflections to the proceedigs (while managing not to be distracted by those foolios in the front row, clapping out of time with the music). All in all a good effort, but later this summer when you’re painting misty water colored memories of the way Season 12 was, I suspect this performance probably won’t make it onto the canvas. Grade: A-

Kree Harrison: Coronation Single — “All Cried Out” | First…let’s talk about the song. As far as Idol victory anthems go, this one definitely lands closer to the “Home”/”I Believe” end of the scale than “Do I Make You Proud?”/”No Boundaries.” Which is another way of saying that it shouldn’t be treated like an anthrax-filled envelope when it arrives at radio. Granted, the lyrics on the verse are a tad rote — “You know you’re gonna cross that line/
Who knows what you’re gonna find/
It’s only a matter of time” — but on the flip side, there’s an actual hook and a sense that the song was not written as a one-time-only novelty to be performed beneath a confetti shower. Plus, it suits Kree’s voice! (Not always a given in these instances; just ask Kris Allen and Adam Lambert.) That said, Kree seemed a bit dazed and not entirely connected in the first third of the performance — and didn’t really dig in till she got to the “on-ly CON-solation!” portion of the chorus. From there, it was solid and stirring — barring a handful of sharp notes that I detected on second listen — but I do wonder how Kree feels about the avalanche of depressing ditties the show’s producers have foisted on her in the last two weeks: “Here Comes Goodbye,” “Better Dig Two,” “Angel,” and “All Cried Out” sound like they ought to be gathered in an EP with a title like The Destabilitzation of KriKri or perhaps Black Friday: Serotonin Unloaded. I needed some “Ev-uh-dence” to break up the vibe, y’know? Grade: B+

Candice Glover: Coronation Single — “I Am Beautiful” | There was no shortage of emotional commitment during Candice’s coronation single, not judging from the fire in her voice or the tears that welled up in her eyes as she put down the mic and waited for Ryan Seacrest to dole out her voting numbers. Granted, “I Am Beautiful” might be a little too feel-good for radio programmers currently fancying “Thrift Shop” and “I Love It” (side note: Icona Pop’s raucous delivery does make crashing one’s car into a bridge seem like a healthy lifestyle choice, no?), but I doubt anybody ever succeeded in making a hit record while catering solely to whatever giant computer makes all the programming decisions at Clear Channel. (Well, except maybe will.i.am.) Anyhow, to my ears, Candice’s self-empowerment anthem was less about choosing a supportive suitor over her ne’er-do-well beau than it was about choosing to feed her heart and soul with a more spiritual love. I mean, let’s be honest, when you really listen carefully, it’s clear you’ve got to capitalize the H in ‘his’ on the line “in His eyes I’m so worthy,” right? What’s great about Candice, though, is how she manages to make every lyric part of a musical conversation; that whole intro — “You say I sound silly when I laugh real loud/Talk about my day and you tune me out” — turned Candice into an ambassador working to wake up every man, woman and adolescent who’s ever settled for less in a relationship. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that! Grade: A-

Kree Harrison: Patty Griffin’s “Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)” | Yowza! I’m not usually a fan of repeat performances on Idol, but Season 12 just might change my mind. Kree was flippin’ fantastic the first time she tackled Patty Griffin’s spiritual folk anthem, but there was an added urgency — and an undeniable ramping up of emotions — on the big Nokia stage and at the very end of the country gal’s “Idol journey.” It’s a testament to Kree’s command of the song (and that killer red gown) that I barely even looked at the Gospel choir that backed her on the tune — and merely focused on that salted caramel (with a glass of Malbec) tone of hers. She can go from subdued and introspective (“I could see all around me, everywhere”) to soaring and hopeful (“some days I look down, afraid, afraid I would fall”) to absolutely stirring (“and then I hear your SWEET voice!”) and you never feel the effort of Kree flipping the switch. Based on overall body of work, I’d personally give the Season 12 crown to Candice, but if Kree pulls off the upset and wins, this is the performance that sealed the deal (and will remove most of the sting from the CandiCane nation). But how come I can’t pre-order albums for the winner and runner-up? Grade: A

Candice Glover: Shirley Bassey’s “I (Who Have Nothing)” | I’m about to say something controversial: Not since David Cook said “no thanks” to a repeat performance in the Season 7 finale — and instead sealed his win with a devastating “The World I Know” — have we seen a finale move as bold and riveting as Candice performing the entire first verse of “I (Who Have Nothing)” a capella. Say what you want about Ms. Glover, but the woman knows how to take. her. sweet. time. with a melody. The whole intro was just so ridiculously sublime — “I-I-I, I who have (slight pause) no one,” she declared, making sure you knew the depths of her despair — that I thought I might need the smelling salts to stop myself from passing out and missing the rest of the performance. And once she kicked into the chorus, the stage lit up and the band kicked in, the excitement continued unabated right through to that monstrously big “SHE’LL NEVER LOVE YOU THE WAYYYY” leading into a dramatic gasp and then that almost Arabic ad lib Candice added to her final, haunting “I lo-o-o-o-ohve…you-ooh-oooh.” I know, I know, you want to call 1-800-Too-Much to report a case of a recapper going over the edge, but believe when I say you can look up this performance in the Idol filing cabinet under the letter ‘S’ — for “Shutting this S*** Down.” Click. Dialtone. Confetti shower. Grade: A++

And with that, let me turn things over to you. What did you think of the Season 12 Performance Finale? Who should win? Who will win? Were the judges on-point with their (mercifully reduced) comments? Did anyone get a big advantage on her coronation song? Take our polls below, then sound off in the comments, and for all my Idol-related news, recaps, interviews and videos, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!




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507 Comments
  1. Truly says:

    Whew, I was afraid they wouldn’t just do ballads.

    • Lydia's Bones says:

      While Candice was singing her possible coronation song, did anyone else notice the images of fireworks exploding on the screens behind her? Think the producers were trying to plant a subconscious “victory image” in people’s heads? Jeez.

      • JT says:

        GO CANDICE GO

        • MB says:

          My favorite was Angie but Candice was my second favorite. The thing is I really love Kree as a person and my heart aches for the little 10 year old who was on The Rosie O’Donnel’s Show before all the sad tragedies hit her family. She was full of fire and had such dreams. I had all intentions of giving her all my votes even though I find her performances to be a little sleepy for me. I just couldn’t after hearing both of them competing in the top 2 performances. It would be wrong if Candice did not receive the crown. She is without a doubt the deserving winner and I cast all my votes for her. She is the best and her performances, especially her final song left me in awe.

          • Miss Otis Regrets... says:

            I know, it’s crazy that I truly adore Kree but want Candice to win. Who would have ever thought I’d see a season of Idol where there’s not a person I wish I could vote against, not even of the top three. And for those who say it was a sucky season, they are out of their ever lovin’ minds or just can’t help but troll. I say that as a singer, musician, and manager.

            And no matter who wins, the first page of comments on MS’s blogpost will be filled with whining cynics talking of “manipulation” and “rigging.” Without one bit of evidence, even. I’m sick of it.

          • HTGR says:

            The top five has had weaker in the past, all top five this season were solid. And it has been a long time since the top three seemed to be the top three.

          • Shel says:

            Kree and Candice are both so beautiful, both ridiculously talented, both so deserving to stand as final two – – CONGRATS to them both, and Brava to America for picking them both. A truly worthy finale.

      • Nisha says:

        It doesn’t matter, Candice was on fire and there is no denying it!

      • Vetle says:

        I’m honestly really sick of all these conspiracy theories about producer’s trying to propel her to the win. If it even is, it’s super subtle, few people actually care or notice and… she kinda deserves to win… I still remember three out of four + Jimmy not putting her in the top 3.

        • Jongirl says:

          THIS!! I didn’t even notice any fireworks on those screens. Some of us just concentrate on the singing. Imagine that in a singing competition!

        • Miss Otis Regrets... says:

          I am going to start asking for proof. Name the male singers who were sabotaged by the prods. I see no names. I see no proof whatsoever.

      • You didn’t notice the angel wings for Kree in the first round? If that wasn’t pandering to pandering to her country music fan base I don’t know what is.

    • Bobby says:

      One thing was clear tonight. Neither woman is an Idol. Both are just singers. Kree is downright sleepy in every single performance. Candice has all the presence & connection of the worlds best backup singer.

      This is what you get when you let ringers in and keep every heterosexual male out of the top 40. Its a tainted victory on a tainted season with a juding panel full of miserable taints produced by the biggest taint ever, Uncle Nigel.

      I’m not impressed with the contestants at all this season, I’m just glad its over and that the show may be retooled from the bottom.

      • Ethansnana says:

        I disagree. Were we watching the same singers?

        • ETG says:

          I agree with Bobby. This season left a LOT to be desired.

          • betsy says:

            I really can’t imagine either of these 2 headlining a tour and yet that’s what one of them will have to do this summer. I think this year’s idol live tour is going to set a new record (and not in a good way).

      • Miss Otis Regrets... says:

        Johnny Keyser was ROBBED

        (sarcasm)

        • AlyB says:

          LOL perfect. I find it incredibly amusing that people claiming the season was just terrible from the get go are still here commenting on finale night.

          • ETG says:

            It’s all relative. This season was not as good as many of the previous ones, but that doesn’t mean it was unwatchable.

      • al.dente says:

        I totally agree to the T!! The worst and most boring season ever! I bet Kree is going to win tomorrow. They’ve been pushing her from day one. She’s a good singer but she’s boring!

        • AI Addict says:

          They never pushed Kree. The producers always gave the spotlight to Angie and Amber. And they were kinda bussing Candice and Kree (especially Kree). And now both my favorites are in the finale. The bad news is I really can’t decide who should win this. Candice is the stronger singer. She has powerhouse vocals. Although Candice is more powerful, Kree has more vocal abilities. But I admit Kree has been straining a lil bit lately.

          • Maíra says:

            sorry, I don’t want to be belligerent, but you are MAD, sir or madam. yes you are. candice has more vocal ability, and in my opinion she has more musical ability, going beyond just the instrument. it is clear to me that she has an amazing ear for music and here’s the main thing: her runs and flourishes are not just singer’s antics, they are actual creative riffs on the melody. she borrows notes from other keys and does dissonance here and there (especially on past performances) and those are things kree just cannot do. I tend to like traditional country/folk more than soul and r&b, but on this one I’ve got to say candice is the musician and kree is the singer. I like them both, I wish kree all the best and I’ll look forward to her recordings, but candice should win and I’ll go pre-order that album right now!

          • kaba says:

            Please do not equate vocal gymnastics to musicality. Crystal bowersox had a less powerful voice than both girls and is more artistic and musical than they are on so many levels.

          • Maíra says:

            sometimes vocal gymnastics and musicality converge, and I believe candice is an example of that. she emotes, she is connected to the song, she gives soft beautiful moments, she plays with the different textures in her timbre… I mean, to me she’s got it all.

          • candicegloverfan says:

            @maira – word to your entire post!

          • teatime says:

            They did push Kree and all the girls until Top 6. Then that night no one had Janelle in their top 3 and only Mariah had Candice in her top 3. All 4 judges and Jimmy had Kree and Amber in their top 3 that week. They wanted Lazaro to go that week, and he did. And they apparently wanted Janelle to go the next week, and she did.
            It was only after that when they started flip flopping around with which of the top 4 girls they either pushed or bussed. In the end all of the top 4 contestants got some amount of out-of-nowhere negative feedback, depending on the night.

      • Lee says:

        @Bobby: Agree. I was totally bored with this finale. Maybe churchgoing people or adult contemporary listeners liked the songs, but they are not the type of songs that are topping the charts! I know it’s a singing competition, but does it have to be so boring. And I find both Candice and Kree lacking any kind of personality on stage.

        • Nisha says:

          Really! Well, we are entitled to our opinion. Candice was AMAZING in my opinion. They are not professional singers, but they are both very good in their own right. God bless them both because they have great careers ahead of them. If Willie Nelson can sell records, then Candice and Kree can sell just as many with their powerhouse voices.

          • Ty says:

            Ignore him, if Lee listens to Candice’s last song, and is bored by it, his taste is awful and to be dismissed as a rotting pustule of nothingness. Let him go into a Ke$ha coma.

          • Lee says:

            @Ty: FYI, other TALENTED recording artists are topping the chart besides Ke$ha, such as Gotye, Mumford & Sons, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Lumineers, et al. All of the artists I mentioned have either been nominated or won a Grammy. And IMO none of them consistently sing boring songs as was displayed in this year’s finale. Do you really think All Cried Out or I Am Beautiful will top the chart? If you do, then who is the one who has no taste in music?!

        • Nan says:

          You may have been bored but this finale is the highest rated finale ever according to the survey of the folks at What Not To Sing with Candice’s approval rating for IWHN at a whopping 90!

          • teatime says:

            They are probably just rating IWHN extremely high because Jordin won with that song. So they define it as a ‘winning’ song. Based on that logic, every year someone in the finale should redo a winning song from a different season because it is supposedly a proven winning song.

        • Nancy says:

          I don’t understand how you can say these are not the type of songs “topping the charts” when the country music charts are so different from say top 40. I know people are probably sick of the Candice to Adele comparisons, but I think Adele’s success proved that quality music can prevail as long as its unique, honest, and beautiful.

      • YowzaPowza says:

        @Bobby. For you to say keeping every heterosexual male out of the top 40 makes it a tainted season doesn’t make any sense, and is actually slightly sexist and homophobic. As if heterosexual men are the end-all, be-all’s of American Idol and competition. A competition between women, and presumably homosexual men is just as valid and tough as a competition between heterosexual men. Your comment is more reflective of a redundant ignorant fan base of which you are clearly a part of, than it is the talent on American Idol.

      • Ansa says:

        Although I hated the manipulation that created a very lopsided season in favor of the ladies….I totally disagree about the quality of the finalist. I am glad we have American Idol that showcased these women because it would be a travesty if these two voices would be relegated as Backup singers. I truly can say that they are two of the best voices out there today. I don’t like country but I will be buying Kree’s album.

        • Gata says:

          @Ansa – I couldn’t agree with you more. There is nothing left to say after that. (Well I thought of something). I loved several Idols along the way but I don’t always buy their CDs, but I will be buying what ever Candice and Kree puts out, I LOVE THEIR VOICES, their tone is phenomenal, and that is why I must support them post Idol.

      • Lydia's Bones says:

        You couldn’t be more right. Neither of these girls is a STAR.

      • dude says:

        Completely disagree. Candice is a star. Just because she’s not a twig, doesn’t make her a backup singer.

        • HTGR says:

          It’s not about twig vs not twig. Look at how Mariahs R&B style just pulls you in more she does so many extra little things beyond just singing well and as much as Mariah is a bit R&B run crazy too she doesn’t have the habit of tossing them in an awkward places. Look at how JHud commands the audience and sucks them in more too. Or Emeli Sande did. That said Candice is fresh on Idol and the others have been working out there for years so it’s not a fair comparison (well the Mariah one is since she was alrady much better when younger and with even less work, but that is still unfair in that it’s kind of a tall mtn there to match up against).
          .
          I think Candice might end up pretty successful and perhaps become great but she needs some work. Just singing R&B well these days won’t cut it, she needs to learn how to get more of that magic pull which she only pulled off fully a few bits during one part (when she started giving certain little extra things a hint of more hit or pull back etc.) of the late middle of the season. And to learn how to not toss in emotion and moment killing runs of the wrong type at the wrong time. Maybe she’ll pull it off.

      • karyn says:

        Your misogyny is showing through. I too deplore the manipulation that kept a few stronger males out, but that doesn’t mean any woman who got in didn’t deserve it. They still put in exactly the same number of women into the final 10. It’s clear from these comments that you and others decided a long time ago that women couldn’t be worthy to win. If, after all these weeks and a dozen great performances by both Kree & Candace, you still haven’t figured out you are wrong, I have no respect for your musical taste.

        Candace and Kree were amazing last night. I give the edge to Candace but will be happy for them both regardless of who wins.

      • Lola says:

        You know I think we did need more heterosexual males? Then maybe we could have had another Lee Dewyze!
        Really?
        Candice and Kree are no less “Idols” than P2 or Lee. AND they are no less Idols than Scottie.

        • Miss Otis Regrets... says:

          Thank you. I was happy for him when he managed to occasionally stay in tune. I expect more from the winner.

      • Ann VerWiebe says:

        As opposed to Kris Allen – both Kree and Candice rock!

      • tamara says:

        I ABSOLUTELY agree with you. None of them are idols.
        They bored me to death all seaosn long. Pff.. what a joke this season has been.
        While Kree puts me to sleep, Candice makes me not care about anything. So detatched, so meh,…
        I could care less who wins.
        Let’s all pretend this season never happened. I will completely forget about all of them a week after the finale.

        It is what it is.

        • natalie says:

          For someone who has been bored all season, I question why you would continue to watch. No one tied you and forced you to watch the show every week, I assume.

          • Mark says:

            At some point we all come to the realization that there is no Santa Claus, yet we still get up on Christmas morning hoping there is something for us under the tree.

          • Rob says:

            Have you heard of watching the songs online for a fraction of the time on TV?

      • Marilyn says:

        You almost make it sound like two women, without man, couldn’t be exciting. First, does it have to be exciting? Can’t we just enjoy two people who can really sing? Finally, if they were so dull, why were you still watching? Now, if you want to just critique the show, without the singers, go for it. But don’t malign these two magnificent singers.

      • Well that’s a backup singer I’d pay to see then!! I’ll admit, I’ve been pretty bored by most of the contestants this season. I’ll be on the computer with Idol going in the background, but the second I hear Candice, I am focused completely on her. I couldn’t tell you a single outfit she wore this season or whether she worked the stage because I am transfixed on her voice and her face—yes, her face. Whatever emotion Candice is conveying is all over her face. She emotes SO much, in my opinion. What she does with a song…the decisions she makes in how she sings it–where to pause, where to add a run, where to ad lib, where to full out belt and where to rein it in. She’s not just a great singer with an amazing voice. She’s a masterful interpreter.

    • Z Z Z z z z says:

      LOL. How fitting… 6 boring ballads in a row to end the most boring season of idol in forever… don’t even care who wins… yawn, yawn, yawn.

      • BillyBob says:

        The best performance of the night was Carly Rae, her performance woke me up from a deep sleep of a snooze fest.

        • Vivi says:

          For you to say that the best performance was from Carly Rae Jespen just shows what musical taste you possess. Also, it makes your opinion an automatic non-factor.

        • Ethansnana says:

          All I can say about that performance is maybe 8 year old kids would enjoy it. THAT was boring. Had to fast forward after a minute, but to each his/her own.

          • HTGR says:

            While it’s certainly no Mozart, all the same it is pretty fun and catchy (at least for some people). There is a place for all sorts of things. Hell everyone from Olympic teams to Ivy league teams were posting fun covers of her stuff all last summer (heck Candice too don’t forget) and they were actually all older than 8 and they all seemed to love it and have a blast with it.

      • MamaLis says:

        Yes… it was a boring season that just had to keep talking about it and reading about it and writing about it and mingling with people that love it. So bad. So so bad. ;)

        • Danny says:

          @Mama- A lot of people have been coming here for years. This is my 3rd. It’s like when your favorite football team has a terrible year, ya don’t just stop talking about them. Last year the talk was about things like “is this the best Idol season ever?” and those types of topics. There was some grumbling about Jessica’s fans, and of course JBlow, but overall the topics were pretty positive in nature. This year stunk, so a lot of the topics are more negative in nature.
          Most of us want Idol to be good. We’d love for it to come back strong next year w/ great talent, great judges, fair treatment for all contestants, etc. If we take the time to watch the show, then we have the right to give an honest opinion about what we saw rather than just blowing happy smoke up everyone’s backside.

          • MamaLis says:

            I hear ya, Danny. If you didn’t like it, you didn’t like it. I’ve had plenty of Idol years where I couldn’t bare the talent. Honestly, I loved this year but mostly because I really liked Candice and was rooting for her since the beginning. I truly believe she’s going to have some longevity in the industry. Time will tell.
            But ya… that’s cool.

    • One of the best finales in American Idol history. Was it the most high energy or electrifying? No. But those girls sang the crap out of each of their songs. Candice killed it her last performance and I think her going last and doing slightly better on 2 of 3 performances was enough for the win. If Kree wins that’s ok, but Candice I think should get the Season 12 crown.

      • karyn says:

        ITA with all you said. I really had to wonder what Kree was thinking choosing to go first after she won the coin toss. Surely she knows going last is the “pimp spot” yet she voluntarily gave it to Candace.

        • Marilyn says:

          Oh, on EW, it explains the coin toss. As the coin toss was going on, Kree asked Candice which one Candice would rather have and Candice said, “Second” so when Kree won, she gave that slot to Candice. Maybe doesn’t show competitive spirit, but does show consideration for others.

          • betsy says:

            Hmm, it’s like she’s rooting for Candice more than she’s rooting for herself. Maybe Kree already knows something, like maybe she’s getting a record deal whether she wins or not. Or maybe I’m just cynical and she really is just a good hearted, unselfish, kind person.

          • candicegloverfan says:

            i know it’s tv and we only see what they show us, but i honestly get the impression that kree if just that lovely of a person. also, she and candice seem quite close. i had a hunch she chose first to give the last song to candice, but hearing that she asked for candice’s preference and chose accordingly just confirms my sense that she’s a really supportive and giving person. and i say all of this as a candice glover mega-fan. i also really like kree’s voice and will buy her albums, too, and the seeming closeness between them has only made this season sweeter for me.

        • tewence says:

          maybe she can see the bigger picture? doesn’t really matter if she wins or not.

          • Miss Otis Regrets... says:

            Seriously. Second on Idol doesn’t mean you are forgotten. But just like First prize, Second is what you make of it.

          • tewence says:

            this is true. there are plenty of second place idol finishers who have had prolific careers (even 3, 4, or 5th place finishers)

    • PAL says:

      What people apparently don’t get is the subtle metaphor of Candice a capella intro: …. I who have nothing; I who have no one…. she doesn’t even have a band, music or chorus and yet she immerse us in her pain. Simply masterful (I never though I would have said that from a song repeated by a contestant).

    • Mark says:

      This was an appropriate ending to the dullest, most frustrating season in Idol history. At least they had the good sense not to stretch it out to two hours, as I feared. B-O-R-I-N-G. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike either of the two finalists, and I have no attachment to any other competitor. We saw two lovely young women with pretty voices singing sweetly. But the song selections were dull and sleepy. Safe, safe, safe. There was nothing special about the evening. Scoring them is pointless, since most voters have made up their minds based on region, genre, race, and backstory, but for the record I would have scored as follows: Kree B/C/B+, Candice B/C/A-. In retrospect, I can’t remember a finale that wasn’t boring. The coronation songs are always insipid, the reprise songs are always safe, and the assigned song is always a ballad. It’s a formula that has been worked to death. I hope that among the changes to be implemented next year is a real effort to make the finale show more lively.

    • Huey says:

      Nothing can top Phillip Phillips’ HOME as not only the best coronation song, but the best selling Idol song of all time.

      • HTGR says:

        Ironically word is that he wasn’t entirely happy with it and said it wasn’t his thing. It was pretty catchy though and does kinda draw you in. Having NBC use it the way they did man that is what any contestant could only dream of. I believe it would have done pretty well even without that, but that just put it through the roof and beyond. It was like it was literally written to match the script of the gymnastics team too, almost eerie.

    • Hort says:

      Kree’s voice is lovely. When she sings I listen. Candice may have a ” bigger ” voice but that’s about it.

    • Susan says:

      This was the first year since American Idol’s inception that I did not watch. I was a devoted fan and even went to the concerts. The judges were awful and turned me off. If the judges are better next year I might come back as a fan. It is awful what has happened to a once quality show. If it doesn’t get better I think this show should go off the air. The Voice is such a better show and so much more entertaining.

  2. Danny says:

    Ugggh- I know I’m a downer, but I’m glad this season is over. I feel Candice deserves to win. At the same time, her doing I Who Have Nothing reminded me that Haley and Jordan were better. This season just hasn’t resonated w/ me. The talent wasn’t that great. With the exception of Keith, the judges were brutal all year long. Way to many sleepy songs. There weren’t any moments all year long.
    Of course the judges are going to say it’s the most talented season ever. They picked the singers. It’s not like they’re going to say season X was better when they weren’t around. I bet Randy will say this was probably the worst year once he gets away from it some.
    Nikki has to go. I think her more than anything has ruined this season.

    • Raven says:

      Rubbish. Complete rubbish.

      Blaming it all on Nicki? What about Mariah’s overly worded comments that never made sense until now?

      Comparing Candice to Haley and Jordin? They don’t even come close to this performance. And I love Haley…

      • Danny says:

        What part of the post didn’t you comprehend? Blaming it all on Nikki? No. Three of the judges were brutal. Nikki just more so. In addition there were way too many sleepy songs. There were zero moments. So there’s a lot of reasons, just Nikki was the #1 reason.
        One thing you’re right on is that they don’t even come close to this performance. That’s because both Haley and Jordin were miles better.
        People tend to think what they’ve recently seen is the best. That’s not a knock on anyone, it’s just how people perceive things. The best of all time (any list, sports, music, etc) tends to be weighed heavily towards the recent.
        I think once people get some distance from this season, it’ll be regarded as the worst of them all. Even season 9 had Siobhan & Crystal. Either one of those 2 would have won this year hands down. Check that, w/ the voting the way it is, they should have won hands down had they been competing this year. This year just lacked. There’s a reason some 9 million people quit watching. There’s a reason that as weeks went by less rather than more people were watching. This season wasn’t that good. Only the Die Hards stuck with it.

        • Timmah says:

          I agree. When Jordin sang that song, I felt I was right there with her and moved by it. When Candice sings it, it feels like she’s performing it for herself.

          • AlyB says:

            I think you’re both wrong. An awful lot of people disagree with you. Candice slayed that song. And as for the comment that there were no “moments”, that’s nonsense. There were plenty. I know there are people who have had a desire to do nothing but bash this season from start to finish. I enjoyed it. Candice is one of the best vocalists I’ve ever heard. I’m sorry you don’t get it. Maybe you’re more Lee Dewyze fans.

          • My Alter Ego says:

            Really?? Jordan was what –16??? And her singing a song like this made some sort of sense to you???? OK – then…
            ~~~
            While, frankly, I dislike the song/message, your comment displays nothing but your own shallowness.

            Jordan was a young girl when she tackled this song — frankly, while a great many people seemed to think she was fabulous, the reality is: Jordan is the one who “performed” — from a perspective she probably hadn’t really known.

            So if Jordan’s performance of this is your high bar, how sad. Cuz it’s awfully low.

          • HTGR says:

            Well Jordin may have been young but she knew how to stay in an emotion and not start thinking about what crazy run can I tag in here for no reason.

          • Danny says:

            @AlyB- Nice try on the put down. I got a grin out of the Lee DeWyze comment. No, he wasn’t nearly as good as Siobhan or Crystal. He wasn’t as good as Didi either. But guess what? He WAS better than any guy this year.
            And how many people disagree w/ me? Sure there’s some. But there’s also some 9 million people who quit watching the show. They’re not around to agree w/ me. It’s not like we wanted to bash the show. We were hoping for another great year like last year was. It didn’t play out that way though. This year stunk pretty much from start to finish. Last year started out slow too. It sure picked up though. This year that didn’t happen. That’s life. It’s not like we wished it though. It’s like if your football team sucks. Ya want them to do well. If they don’t, it’s not like ya can say they won when they got crushed 49-7. That’s pretty much what happened w/ this years AI. It wasn’t a good year. Millions of people stopped watching. If too many more stop watching, the show will go off the air. So it’s up to Idol to put on a good show.

          • AlyB says:

            @Danny. I like your football analogy so let’s go with it. Your team didn’t make the playoffs this year and here you are at the Superbowl not only STILL complaining about it and trashing the league but tearing down the other teams. It’s tiresome. I get it. I like your team (rockers & WGWG) too but can appreciate the finesse and talent our two powerhouse finalists brought to the table. It didn’t ruin the season for me. To those of us who are fans it was still an epic game. I’m sorry you didn’t like the teams that ended up playing but I don’t think you realize how annoying it is to hear you still beating the same dead horse all the way to the Superbowl. The show is in no danger of going off the air so better luck next year.

          • teatime says:

            @AlyB in your analogy you would have the league see to it that the entire season is lack luster just so they could control who gets to the super bowl. That’s the type of manipulation that will end up getting the show cancelled. For the voting portion of the show the ratings are down about 30% from last year to this year. It is no longer the highest rated show on TV. Another drop like that and the future of this great show might really be in question. The lack of variety among the contestants and performances is the reason for that drop. They tried to control the winner by controlling the entire field and filling the season with contestants they did not think could generate a lot of enthusiasm.
            The biggest issue with the dead horse wgwg complaints is that it is all about the winner. Those complaints come from fans who don’t care how great the season was or how much they enjoyed one or more contestants. In fact the complaints come from people who adored some contestants so much they just can not get over the fact their special snowflake didn’t win (because of a wgwg.) In many/most cases their contestant(s) stayed until late in the season and usually got an album contract or at least a single, and launched a nice new era of their careers. They just did not win the superbowl.

        • natalie says:

          Agree to disagree.

          I listened to Jordin’s and Haley’s versions.recently (i didn’t watch their seasons). Candice’s performance was eons above theirs. Vocally and emotionally.
          I agree with you on the judges, but not on the level of talent. People aren’t watching because of the contestants but because the judges (except for Keith IMO) are simply annoying.

          • NJ idoloonie says:

            Slezak!!!! Put together an Idology comparing all the versions of “I who have nothing” and all the other songs that have been repeated on AI.

          • Emma says:

            Haley wins the battle of the “I Who Have Nothing”s hand’s down.

          • kaba says:

            Finally. Some sanity.
            IWHN is a song about a psycho and should be done as such.
            Halen wins

        • Jase says:

          ZERO moments??? Were you blind and deaf during “Love Song?” That was phenomenal and comparing Candice’s raw/funky soul to Jordin’s vanilla pop is ridiculous.

          • Danny says:

            @Laba- I don’t even remember which one that was. So yea, probably both blind & deaf. The closest to a “moment” for me this season was Angela’s original before the live shows & a couple from Janelle. There isn’t one song this year that I played back over & over & over. A few I played back 1 or 2 times, but nothing like last year.
            -This year I played last years whole episodes back week to week a lot of times. I didn’t do it top 3 or final 2, but last year beat this year every week from top 9 to top 4. Yea, the themes didn’t always line up, but there was no comparison. Last year was energetic, lots of moments. The whole top 7 had at least 1. Many had more. This year’s had zero. Yes, zero.
            -I know it may come off as I don’t like Candice, but her & Janelle were my top 2 this year. I wish them well. I just don’t think they’re great singers. There’s no Idol’s that I dislike as people. I hope both Candice and Janelle (and for that matter the whole top 5 or even top 10) go on to huge things. Having said that, I believe they both rightfully got cut last year because at best they would have been in about 8th place w/ Deandre. They’re solid singers, but not great.
            -The only good shows this whole year were top 7, top 5, & top 3.
            -Last but not least I also compared her version to Haley. IWHN was done best by Haley, then Jordin, then Candice.

        • Ella says:

          Danny, I agree with you on your every point and thank you for mentioning Siobhan! Even though she finished 6th and she wasn’t perfect, she was MILES more interesting and unique than any of the contestants this season. What a snoozer of a season1

          • Timmah says:

            Even Didi was more interesting than anyone on this season.

          • HTGR says:

            She did a cool Rhiannon.

          • Danny says:

            @Ella- Yea, I thought she was awesome. Her and Allison are my 2nd & 3rd favorite Idols of all time. Paint it Black is my all time #1 Idol song. I’ve watched that I dunno.. 200, maybe 500 times.. I really have no clue. I just know it’s a lot. I wish she’d have gotten better feedback. She couldn’t win no matter what she did. I was really hoping for a Siobhan/Crystal final. It slays me to see Simon on his other show try to tell us how great this boy band (+ other crappy acts) are when it wasn’t that long ago that he was telling us Siobhan couldn’t sing.
            @Timmah- Agree w/ ya on Didi. She was another one that always got reamed no matter what she did. I wouldn’t put her in the same category as Siobhan & Crystal (not that you did) but I think she had more good songs in her short time on AI than anyone this year did over the course of a full season. Off the top of my head, no looking up anything. Didi did real well on Rhiannon and Play w/ Fire. I also remember her singing You’re No Good and thinking how Simon was going to rip her a new one. It’s like she left herself open by singing that song w/ those lyrics in it. That’s 3 songs I remember from 4 years ago. I can’t remember 3 songs from anyone this year.

          • deedee says:

            Ugh, Siobhan was so annoying to my ears. Her weird, gimmicky screams drove me crazy in the worst way! They were almost nightmarish creepy. Season 9 was the Twilight Zone for me because everyone was in love with Siobhan and Bowersox, and I just had no interest in any of them. It was like the whole Idolverse was playing a joke on me, and I was waiting for Simon to pop up and say “juuust kidding!”. As much as I didn’t think this year was a good season, it could never even approach the hate I have for season 9 :) .

        • kaba says:

          You felt Siobhan was robbed too? God bless you. They did to Siobhan what they then did to Haley. So horrid

        • carol522 says:

          I’ve seen the Haley and Jordin performances. Candice was in a different league. Haley and Jordin were good, but they didn’t come close to Candice’s performance.

          • kaba says:

            God no. Candice did nothing to it aside from provide powerhouse vocals. Nothing else. Haley stands on top because that song is in everything sense dramatic. The lyrics and especially the instrumentation.
            Haleys left the right effect while still leaving a powerful affect.

      • HTGR says:

        I’m with Danny. Just when Candice was ending on desperate power emotionally instead of just belting power earlier, she goes into to tossing in a bunch of R&B runs that didn’t match the moment or emotion and took a bit of the fire out of it. It was technically amazing, she did some interesting musical things with it in the earlier parts that say Jordin certainly didn’t do, great tone, but I’m with Dan that that still didn’t add up to certain things S10 (no runs added in just to be there, a bit more desperation throughout that just reaches into you, able to hit some grit at parts of it) and S6 (certain things about Candice were vocally more powerful and she did a few little interesting things to start but Jordin didn’t add runs at the wrong times so in the end it sort of kept true power better) brought to it and made those just a bit more of that it factor type performances.
        .
        Like how Bocelli has a superb voice but he ain’t Pavarotti if you get what I am saying.
        .
        But they did do well tonight and we haven’t had six vocals like that in the finale for a while since both were pure singers this time.

        • HTGR says:

          It’s that reaches out and just grabs you thing he is referring too. Jordin;s had a simpler start musically but she just was torn apart and it was real and in the audience too and she didn’t add stuff to get in the way of that it was more than just powerfully belted out or stunningly hit and same with Haley although in a bit different way. All three were great at it, but the earlier two I think that gave it that magic xfactor to use that nasty term hah. Like if Candice was really feeling that for real would she suddenly add in acrobatic runs of that sort after that last note and earlier it was more just pure and belted than OMG ahhhhhhhhh if you know what I’m saying. Anyway said too much, this is S12 and there were some beautiful tones there and some excellent vocals.

      • ejones says:

        Was surprised that IWHN had so many pitch issues, therefore, fails to be an A let alone an A++.

    • Rac says:

      agree agree the finale was a snooze fest… kept saying to my hubby –they both can sing but they have no personality at all. Next time one of the rounds should be the uptempo round. Glad it’s over too I don’t care who wins this year,,haven’t since final 10. The thing with Idol is you want to be rooting hard for someone

  3. Christina says:

    Both final performances were amazing. Both deserve to win, but I’m rooting for Kree!

  4. Greg says:

    Can’t wait for Candice to win and sell 40,000 records. Serves the you-know-whats right for voting for her.

    • sara says:

      the you know whats??? What is your problem?

    • Michael says:

      What a mean spirited and unnecessary comment.

    • Raven says:

      I could care less how many records Ms. Glover sells. In this world full of platinum-selling Ke$has, Biebs and Carly Rae Jepsens, who cares?!!!! I would rather listen to the outstanding vocals of Ms. Glover than any of those three I mentioned above.

      • Marcie says:

        I wish I could “Like” this comment!

      • JoMarch says:

        Amen; thanks for your commentr; you said it all.

      • Hal Jordan says:

        Check the discount bin at Christmas when Glover’s record will be selling for under three bucks.

      • My Alter Ego says:

        Yes, I’m waiting for the Lady Glover’s recordings. I will be purchasing them!

      • Ethansnana says:

        Wish I could like it too. Not sure why all the boring comments concerning Candice but vocally she is way above those mentioned above. I like Kree. Just think Candice has the best voice.

      • Karen says:

        I’m with you Raven and will be buying her albums for many years to come. She is a singers
        singer. She doesn’t interpet the music. She is the music. She’s the whole package. She
        is Adele to Ella Fitzgerald all in one. Her rifts and runs are what a musican would do on horn.
        Her chord changes and note placement are genius. Win or lose she’s the deal.

      • Lola says:

        Completely agree with Raven. She is better than the current crop of popsters (where Angie would have fit in nicely). She can have a much more important impact on music than that with her amazing vocals. And you know what? I can see her recording duets with, or even singing backup for big artists, or maybe doind Broadway, which is a much better place to be than hocking mp3s to 14-somethings.

      • tewence says:

        the problem is that she is going to be forced to put out music that has nothing to do with her and that is trying to keep up with the artists you mentioned….yes she is better than them by far, but the music they shove down her throat is gonna put the nail in the coffin for her. it’s sad, but it happens all the time.

        • Music Lover says:

          I somewhat agree. Interscope toned down her covers when they recorded them. They made them cookie cutter songs… songs that anyone could sing. They left her personality on the cutting board. So sad. I just hope she is bold enough to stand up for herself and her fans to make her album uniquely Candice. I heard her AL studio songs in Walmart the other day. I recognized her voice but the songs were so watered down that I was left wanting.

    • Jay says:

      Awesome- this cool site now has racists on it-I guess it was only a matter of time

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      Just because he doesn’t care for Candice and he’s mean-spirited doesn’t mean he’s racist.
      I would rather listen to cats fight than listen to Fantasia. Can’t stand her. Never could. But I’m happy for her success and I’m certainly no racist.

      • AlyB says:

        Really? What do you think he meant by “the you know what’s”? Obviously a word he couldn’t post here. The sneering condescension in that statement made it straight up racist. And for the record I didn’t care for Fantasia either. That has nothing to do with what his statement was.

        • darcy's evil twin says:

          Well, I don’t know. I got fired from my job at Psychic Hotline Maybe it indicated a racist word and maybe not. There are all sorts of nasty nouns that aren’t racist. I do find it interesting a hateful and/or racist person would be on these message boards – Mr. Slezak is gay, Melinda Doolittle is obviously black, and there have certainly been plenty of minority contestants on this program. But, whatever.

      • bs’d
        Yes, DET, but saying “you-know-whats ” voted for her is definitely not kind and loving.

    • AlyB says:

      What an ignorant comment. Go screech into the wind. Candice doesn’t need you. Her voice assures her a solid career.

    • bs’d
      This little 63 year old Jewish Grandma voted for Candice (and a few for Kree) so I am guessing by “you-know-whats”, you are referring to Jewish Grandmas, correct? :) Unkind human!

      • Danny says:

        LOL!! Yea, those pesky Jewish Grandma’s!! Always stirring up trouble.

      • fanology says:

        Will you adopt me?! You tell him, Grandma!! This thirty-nothing alt pop rock loving white chick just spent an embarrassing amount of time texting in votes for Candice. (I voted for a ‘you-know-who’ president too.) I love democracy. And my new Jewish Grandma.

    • Ted Sutton says:

      Hey Greg…that number is pretty close to what Cris Allen sold on his first CD. Did you like him?

    • Aly says:

      Jealous! LOL serves YOU right, you are just a troll on the internet!

  5. Vince says:

    Candice should DEFINITELY win. Based on all of her performances this season. She’s just amazing.

  6. Zach says:

    Candice shut it down tonight. Astounding.

    • Amy says:

      WORD. THAT “I Who Have Nothing” ….I think I got blown out through my living-room roof, and just came back down to earth…W.O.W. just wow.
      She is easily one of THE best singers this show has ever seen. Her power, control, phrasing and melody choices are impeccable. Wow. just Wow.
      That said…I love them both. I really believe Candice, though, deserves the title…she’s just in another league from everyone this year. Unfortunately, I missed first half of the show so will have to YouTube or wait for tomorrow for On Demand(arrrgh!) I loved that I saw Kree did “Angel.” Sounded beautiful.

  7. Jacob P. says:

    Round 1:

    Kree: B+
    Candice: A-

    Candice wins Round 1

    Round 2:

    Kree: B
    Candice: A-

    Candice Wins Round 2

    Round 3:
    Kree: A-
    Candice: A++

    Candice wins the competition.

    Sorry for no explanations, too busy powerdialing for Candice

  8. ohmar says:

    i liked better the kree´s single than candice´s…

    • The Beach says:

      I did also. Candice’s lyrics were just “He thinks I’m beautiful” over and over again.

      • kreedom prince says:

        i like Kree to win..

      • Flygrrl says:

        Oh, and how bout the fact that both songs were these treacly messes about “love gone bad” or something-something BOY, something-something HIM. Like there’s no other topic to write about or certainly, no other way to do it than non-tritely. And TEARS? Was Kree really singing about tears? On Finale night? i just thought, Oh please CarlyRae…. do better.

    • HTGR says:

      If they could retool a bit of the middle of Candice’s single then I like Candice’s single better. I might still like it better anyway. I liked Kree better on her first and third than her middle tonight.

      • The Beach says:

        I can’t stand hearing “Angel” anymore…no matter who is singing it. So I definitely preferred Kree’s second and third songs.

        • Becky says:

          Kree wouldn’t have picked it. And as for ballads. Yawn is right. I personally rarely listen to ballads. But the song crazy would have been off the charts for kree.
          But both girls will do something different once they start recording. And they both are going to record. I think Kree looked amazing tonight during first and third round. Candice looked stunning in the dress at the end. But needs to bury the all black look. Both need to wear color. Pops their faces, brings more energy. Candice ditch the jewelry. It ages you.
          They have a different fan base. I am sure Nashville will be knocking on Kree’s door on Friday if she is not the chosen one. And gosh give the girl some uptempos. She has a couple on YouTube and they are quite good and fun!
          As for Candice, it was not her finest hour. Mainly cuz she sang the same thing over and over tonight. I liked her second song during Vegas week. That is the one I would want to hear. Personally I am tired of them always trying to capture a moment. Have some fun field. Your young not deAd.

    • Emma says:

      They’re both complete duds. The singles I mean, not the singers, hahah. Really too bad they couldn’t come up with better coronations songs after Home did so well last season.

      • tewence says:

        i liked kree’s better than candice’s. i am definitely concerned for candice because i don’t think that is the style of music she wants to make, or at least i hope not. and i’d be willing to bet that the olympics had a lot to do with the success of the song written for peepee.

        • betsy says:

          Ya, you’re right, he really lucked out with it getting chosen for the Olympics, what a boost he got right off the bat.

        • Music Lover says:

          It is not her style, too popish … but it was the words that caught her attention. There are 3 verses. (The first verse says: “You say I sound silly when I laugh out loud/Talk about my day and you tune me out/You keep telling me lies to make thing worse/But I don’t hear you cause I’m listening to his words.” Chorus: “He says I’m beautiful and when I fall, it don’t matter that I’m not perfect. I am beautiful. I’m not alone. And in his eyes I’m worth it. I’m worth every tear and every scar. And even when you say I’m not, He says I’m beautiful.”) I understand the pain of being abused by someone that I have allowed to have a special place in my life. I know how it feels to have someone help me to validate myself as a human being and as being worthy to think well of myself. This song touches me, and I’m sure that I am not the only one that it speaks to or will speak to.

    • karyn says:

      I agree.

      Candace won Round 1 (they both sounded great but were a bit stiff, Kree a little more stiff than Candace), Kree won Round 2, and Candace barely edged out Kree in Round 3 (but both were amazingly fantastic).

      I think Candace will pull it off but I won’t be disappointed either way.

  9. efe says:

    one of the best finales. easily the best finale since season 7. actually 2nd best finael ever behind season 7.

  10. The best finale and perhaps best episode in all 12 seasons. I personally prefer Kree but I feel like both girls have proven themselves worthy and I wouldn’t be mad if either one won.

  11. darcy's evil twin says:

    The finale was quite good. I wish Candice’s original song had been a little more jazzy and a less “pop” but it was still good. I just wish there had been more upbeat performances. And I would rather poke out my ears with pencils than listen to anything by Sarah McLachlan. Ick.

    • marie says:

      I found myself thinking the same about the original song given to Candice. We heard a hint of her jazzy side in “Chasing Pavements,” but I could have used more. She IS a jazz singer.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        I actually liked “Chasing Pavements”.

        • marie says:

          I did too; it was the only opportunity she had to showcase her jazz stylings at all. I just meant I wish the material for the night overall had been more jazz-oriented, just because I like that and Candice is SO good at it.

    • deedee says:

      I really didn’t like Candice’s original song. I didn’t hear any potential for a hit, which is such a waste of an opportunity. Kree’s was just ok, but I could hear that sort of song on Country radio. Mind you, I don’t listen to country, so I could be way off.

      • The Beach says:

        Nope, I don’t think you were way off at all, deedee. Kree’s song was a pretty decent country song and she sang it beautifully. Candice’s original was banal with repetitive lyrics that didn’t take advantage of her innate talent and style. I hope that’s not what they’re planning to stick her with when her music comes out. She deserves so much better.

        • deedee says:

          If Candice wins, she is stuck with this as her first single, and that’s a shame. My only hope is that it sounds better recorded, and is the kind of song that grows on you. Last year I liked “Home” the first time P2 sang it, so I was hoping for that same instant recognition of a hit.

        • marie says:

          Agree with Beach about the two songs. Re deedee’s comment below, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Candice’s first record turned out to be ten or twelve substandard nothings unworthy of her talent; IMO, that’s been largely true for most Idol alums. Phillip’s album last season was a welcome exception.

          • tewence says:

            i think you’re dead on about candice’s first record. i’m scared for her. she has a LOT to offer, and if she wins and gets bulldozed into all this fluffy pop crap, she will have a hard time recovering and making a comeback with stuff SHE loves to do.

    • The Beach says:

      I’m with you on “Angel”…so overdone and it conjures up images of mistreated animals….just no!

  12. Sam says:

    Might be the most overrated Final 2 in the show’s history. Technically they’re great, but they lack any kind of star power and leave you feeling empty. If they looked like Amber and Angie they wouldn’t get near the amount of praise they receive.

    • JoMarch says:

      What? You comment doesn’t make any sense. Unless, of course, I read between the lines that Kree and Candace are “hot” looking enough for you. Shallow Sam!

    • Miss Otis Regrets... says:

      More like, if they looked like Amber and Angie you wouldn’t be complaining about “star power.”

      • HTGR says:

        I definitely don’t think they are the two most over-rated in finale history by any means.
        .
        Anyway his point, I think, was that if you had never seen what Amber and Angie looked like that they might have gotten a bit more credit for some things from a certain chunk of the viewing population (although certainly many would’ve felt the same way, no matter what that way was).

        • Lee says:

          I would definitely say this was the most overrated finale ever. But it’s a good episode to watch if you ever have trouble falling asleep!

  13. LeahKittyS says:

    Wow wow wow what a tight race. I know Candice blew the roof off with the last number, but the best vocal of the night doesn’t always lock in the win. I don’t think I’ll vote at all, especially since when I vote hard for one person, the other almost always ends up winning. I would be totally happy with either of them winning, I plan to buy both their records, and I can’t wait until the tour comes to Manchester on August 20.

  14. kaba says:

    Such a boring finale.
    I thought round 1 was boring.
    I gave round 2 to Candice solely because of the lyrics of the song
    Round 3 goes to Candice because you’d be every kind of ignorant not to give that to her

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Goodness, that was a snore. Kree hit her notes but seemed tired and missing a spark. And I only really liked Candace’s last song. Eh. This is my last season of Idol. I just think the show and it’s premise is irrevocably broken.

      • Danny says:

        @Teeny- I hope ya peek in here once in awhile though. You’re one of the friendlier faces around here. Yea, I can’t see ya, but hope ya get the meaning. If Nikki’s not around next year I’ll give it another shot. If next year is also terrible I won’t keep watching like I did this year.

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          Thanks, Danny. I appreciate it. :) I am hoping Nikki doesn’t come back. In the beginning, I really liked her, and then it just became grating. It will be interesting who the new judges will be and if they get new producers. They need new producers – they are the problem.

      • kaba says:

        The production is too old now. They need a new set. But nothing that aims for Xfactor stuff

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          X Factor is waaaaaay over the top. I am looking for some middle ground. Rule changes. Song changes. Anything remotely interesting.

          • kaba says:

            Xfactor us needs to take notes from UK.
            Stop force feeding backup dancers and choreo into every song, and enough with trying too hard to make songs that are dead, and current. Over the top stage production

      • BillyBob says:

        @Teeny Bikini: Even I would rather watch the Snore Brothers than this snore snooze fest finale. I would pain myself to watch Josiah and his smirk smile than this no energy mess. I rather watch paint dry than this yawn fest… LOL! BTW the best performance of the night goes to Carly Rae “Call Me Maybe” Jepson. She woke me up from a sleep induce state. Oh me Oh my!

  15. OMG I’m inlove with that finale dress KREE reminds me of carrie underwood & jordin sparks dress..plus her voice fits it all

  16. Marisa says:

    I want to believe America will do the right thing and give Miss Candice the win, but I have been watching for 12 seasons and I am hesitant about everything.

  17. ETG says:

    I was totally underwhelmed tonight. First, there seemed to be some sort of “funk” hanging over the theater; don’t know if it had to do with Randy or other judges leaving, or what….. but it was definitely there.

    I didn’t care for the song choices. ANY of them. I could’ve snored through the first two performances for both women. Technically OK, songs totally boring. The final songs were much better; I liked the arrangement for Kree’s song more, but I thought that Candice did the better job vocally.

    One final note: I wish they would retire “I Who Have Nothing” from the Idol playbook. The arrangement they use totally sucks; Jordin Sparks did an almost identical arrangement and it was lacking. It is just WAY too chopped up to perform well in the time they are given. And, NOBODY does it better than the incomparable Tom Jones; listen to his version sometime, and get blown away.

    I don’t care who wins. They are both good enough, but I won’t be buying any of their recordings.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Pretty much agree with this. I thought the same thing when Candace was singing “I Who Have Nothing” – I wish to never hear that song again. Ever. I love the voices of both. I am sure they will both have fine careers, and justifiably so. But neither has X Factor to me. There is something missing that I can’t put my finger on. Definitely underwhelming.

      • Danny says:

        @ETG & Teeny- Both you two pretty much summed up my thoughts except for one lil thing. I thought Jordan was great w/ I Who Have Nothing. Plus, I get that these are kids & they’re not pros. So I’m ok if they’re not as good as some legend. I compare it to watching HS or college football vs the NFL. I actually like college better.
        Overall though, you 2 nailed it.

    • Miss Otis Regrets... says:

      If it was up to me, I would have had Candice sing “Jenny the Pirate.”

      • marie says:

        “Pirate Jenny”? From “Threepenny Opera”? Good heavens, why? (And how in the world could THAT song be condensed into 90 seconds?)

        • ETG says:

          I don’t understand why they don’t let finalists sing the FULL version of songs. SURELY they could give up an extra 90 seconds of airtime each; I mean, I could’ve done without the Carly Rae performance last night to watch Candice do the uncut version of IWHN…..

          • deedee says:

            Yeah, the Carly Rae performance was so misplaced. If it HAD to be done, then it belonged on the finale, not on the competition night! Yup, chalk it up to another boneheaded decision for Season 12. *sigh*

    • Mark says:

      Yes! I forgot to mention that in my earlier post. The whole show seemed to be weighed down by the cloud of undertainty hanging over the judges panel and the production team. It was tense, but not like before the super bowl or a playoff game where both sides want it so bad. Rather, it was more like going to work when you know the company is laying off…somebody. I was glad that, for the first time all season, the focus was more on the contestants than the judges, but that was just weird. They were so marginalized, as if they knew they were all lame ducks–and Ryan and everyone in the audience knew it too. This season can’t end soon enough. Can they just tweet the results instead of doing a results show?

  18. Tom says:

    Kree should win this hands down. I think her “Up to the Mountain” was the best performance of the season. Kree is more subtle than Candice and there is something so beautiful to subtlety. Candice is just to over wrought for my tastes. Great voice, just to busy.

    Over all, I think Kree has by far the best chance for a real great career outside of Idol and could become a major player in country music.

    • kreedom prince says:

      i remember Kree during initial selections in hollywood week. she got my attention quickly, hope she wins…

      • Will.im.not says:

        I remember the first time I saw Kree at the auditions. I was looking at my list of spoilers for who would make the top 48 and I could’nt believe she was going to get that far while some of the more impressive contestants were not.

    • Mary says:

      I am with you, could not have said it better.

    • Ethansnana says:

      I really like Kree and I think someone will sign her, but I prefer Candice’s voice. Stopped me in my tracks on several songs. Both amazing, but I vote for Candince.

  19. paula says:

    I thought Kree did well, but she was obviously straining on that first song. Candice was amazing on all three of her songs.

    One question: did her coronation song remind anyone else of that Orianthi song, “According to You”? I mean the lyrics, not the melody.

    Anyway, go Candice!

    • deedee says:

      Yes, that was my first thought, but “According To You” is a much better song.

      • Adam Fachry says:

        It actually could be a continuation of your reimagining of When I Was Your Girl, deedee. Remember that week, you wrote a suggestion on singing the song from a different perspective?

        • deedee says:

          True, Adam! It’s a similar theme. Too bad the coronation song isn’t as gorgeous as the Bruno Mars song :-\

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      yes, it reminded me of “According to You” and something else that I can’t quite put my finger on. It will come to me at 2 a.m., LOL.

    • Flygrrl says:

      Yes, Yes, Yes!!! And I TOTALLY think CarlyRae ripped off the whole 2nd-person perspective thing on that. Totally.

  20. j says:

    I didn’t think I’d get goosebumps from a redone song. But wow, what Candice did in “I Who Have Nothing” was AMAZING. That performance might have won her the show.

    I hope she wins too. She gave a season worth of great performances. Best of luck Candice!

  21. I8A4RE says:

    The promotions has the R&B DIVA vs The Country Girl!
    I have not watched it yet (West Coast). Sounds like Candice is the unanimous winner. Hopefully, the country voters turned out.

  22. Mika02 says:

    Round 1:
    Kree: B-
    Candice: B+
    Candice wins Round 1

    Round 2:
    Kree: B
    Candice: A-
    Candice Wins Round 2

    Round 3:
    Kree: A-
    Candice: A++
    Candice wins the competition.

    Dialing for Candice so I can preorder her album for tomorrow

    • Nisha says:

      I know that’s right!! I’m really tired of the country white boys winning every year. I’m just sick and tire of hillbilly country music altogether. Sorry, but that is what is pushed on me everytime I listen to the radio. If you play country music on every station, then how can you listen to anything else. I am tired of it and hope DJ’s will start playing other types of music more like jazz for example. Love me some Natalie Cole, Michael Buble, and Harry Connick Jr.

      • marie says:

        Depends on where you’re listening to the radio. Where I am, there isn’t one broadcast country station; you have to go to satellite radio for that.

      • Mika02 says:

        I don’t mind country if it’s good like I love Home by Philip Philips and that song that Lee Dewyze song on Idol the other day. I love Kree and she could definitely win would i preorder her album nope but I might buy it down the road. But Candice make me really feel everything she sings I think she could do a Country album and be awesome. I can’t wait to see her in concert.

  23. Michael says:

    Candice won all 3 rounds, the only difference is her winners song, is better than Candice’s but Candice sung hers better.

  24. Amber says:

    So glad this season is almost done. Its been the worst season they’ve ever had IMO. There has always been at least one person I half way liked that I would root for, but I have detested all of them this year.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Agree. This season wore me out. I hope the final show is fun with the guest stars and stuff. Honestly, I wish to never hear another ballad on TV. Ugh.

    • Nan says:

      You honestly think this season was worse than the Lee DeWyze one? Lee couldn’t sing in tune for most of the season and Crystal had the narrowest range of any second place singer. Simon spent the year phoning in his [art.

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        I disagree. Crystal was wonderful, IMO. I loved her!

      • kaba says:

        Narrow range is all you have to say about crystal? I’m sorry, but the show is called “American idol” which entails that the winner is the one who’s voice captured the audience the most.
        Just because someone isn’t on stage showing off vocal pyrotechnics and gymnastics doesn’t mean they’re undeserving of a win

        • Nan says:

          When I said range, I meant her ability to hit notes, not her creativity. She just doesn’t have a very big vocal range which was acknowledged during her season. She was my favorite that year but her voice is not as good as Justin’s, Clay’s, Diana’s, Bo’s, Kat’s, Adam’s, or Jessica’s.

          • kaba says:

            That shouldn’t matter. Her range was still captivating. She was with ease the most artistic finalist to grace the stage. She proved that she can captivate an audience with her musical and artistic and superiority and intimacy rather than stunning the stage with mere vocal gymnastics

      • Lola says:

        Did you see her duet with Joe Cocker??? Out of the ball park

    • teatime says:

      I think Season 9 was was better than this. 9 was just dull compared to the seasons before and after it.
      Like this season, season 9 had too many similar contestants in the top 10 singing similar songs.
      Like this season, season 9 had too many contestants in the top 10 who were not that dynamic, just stood at the mic every week delivering similar performances, and who would have gone home by 9th or 10th in most other seasons. But since only 1 goes home each week, it dragged on for too many weeks with too many contestants that gave similar performances week to week.
      Like this season, season 9 had 4 judges and much too much talking from the judges. It might be a toss up as to which of these seasons had worse judging manipulation during the Top 10.

      Unlike season 12, season 9 was fine until top 10.
      Also season 9’s top 10 had many, many, more good performances IMO. Crystal was always good. If you didn’t mind his off-pitch style, Lee was always good. Siobhan had several great performances and just had a couple dull performances like during Elvis week. Most or ALL of the rest of the top 10 had 1 or more very good performances, like Casey James, Michael Lynch, Didi Benami. Even Andrew Garcia had a standout Hollywood performance so you could understand why he got into the top 10.

  25. Adam Fachry says:

    Who I want to win?: Candice. Who would win?: Kree.

    Would I be mad: No.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Yup, I am happy if either wins. This last show didn’t sway me in either direction. Probably because both equally bored me. They are both great singers though… I think I am just over this season.

    • marie says:

      Just about what I was thinking, Adam. I had wondered beforehand if I’d actually vote, because I really do like both of them, but in the end I found I wanted to vote for Candice and so I did. But I’ll be perfectly happy if Kree wins.

      • deedee says:

        Isn’t it funny that most fans of these ladies would be ok with either winning? I don’t remember there ever being such a congenial rivalry – almost totally sans fan wars.

  26. lucy27lucy says:

    And that ladies and gentlemen is a wrap to a most boring season. While Candice and Kree were excellent in the finale, it was a pretty lackluster show – just as the entire season was. As stated above, very few thrilling moments – good technical singers but little star quality as presented on AI. I think they both will release a great hit however. Kree’s voice seemed just a little strained from the season, actually a lot. Candice still summoned great power and control.

  27. Georgia Shiver says:

    I’ll vote for CANDICE GLOVER! :) CANDICE DESERVES TO WIN THE COMPETITION MORE THAN ANYBODY ELSE! SO, VOTE FOR CANDICE!!!! :) She showed everything!!!

  28. Tom says:

    I can see Kree having a good sized hit with her single. Can’t say the same for Candice.

    • The Beach says:

      Yep, Kree’s original song was much better written than Candice’s.

      • scooby says:

        I just don’t get that assessment. The opening lyrics of Kree’s song made no sense whatsoever. It wasn’t that she didn’t get it well, but I was underwhelmed. Found Candice’s song more repetitive and lyrically simplistic but catchier. Neither was as good as “Home” but I’d place “I Am Beautiful” above the “This is My Now” and “Flying Without Wings” types of songs. “Inside Your Heaven” grows on you but wasn’t particularly awesome on first hearing and yet Carrie went on to the career she did. I say we need to listen to the studio versions of both since they’ll have had the chance to try it a few times and become more comfortable. Most coronation songs seem off in part because we’re hearing a song for the first time and putting it under the highest level of scrutiny. I think both could qualify as useful singles, but let’s face it, Jessica Sanchez on “Tonight” deserves to blow both of them away on the charts. Also, Carly Rae Jepson’s song was a hot lip synced mess.

        • scooby says:

          Correction: It wasn’t that she didn’t *sing it well. Geez how the word “get” got in there, God and autocorrect only know.

  29. marie says:

    “Rhythmless vermin”! LOL! At the sight of the limply-waving hands of the Swaybots, I was hissing, “Where’s my machete?”

  30. JP says:

    Lovesong?

  31. Dimitri says:

    Kree fan here. However, if we are being totally honest and unbiased, Candice was the winner in tonight’s head to head finale.

    What I am curious about is why Kree decided to go first after she won the coin toss. From a strategic standpoint, going second would have been the better choice.

    • marie says:

      That had me scratching my head too. Kree handed the better spot to Candice on a silver platter.

    • TheKimLab says:

      I thought the same thing initially until we got to the end of the show and Candice blew her final song out of the water. Kree got the chance to have a great final number that upped the ante of the show, She received standing ovation without having been compared to Candice’s final song which for the majority of the viewing public was in a league of its own.

      • ETG says:

        Not to me it wasn’t. And I am a part of the viewing public. The song has been butchered too many times, and tonight was no exception. I actually thought that Jordin did a better job, albeit in a lower key.

    • Mary says:

      I think at this stage it doesn’t matter. fan bases have been formed, two totally different singers.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      I know. Right? I hate when contestants don’t understand the strategy of the shows they are on. The idea is to sing last. Duh. Last impression with a killer song. This is not rocket science. It’s like they don’t *want* to win.

      • tewence says:

        i wonder if she knew candice was gonna kill it in the end and new that she would be compared to “IHHN.” she probably thought she would have a more memorable moment if she went before that as opposed to after so they wouldn’t say “it wasn’t as good as candice.”

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          Could be… It will be interesting to see who wins. I actually don’t care all that much. I am more curious about the celeb/contestant duets on the finale show. Maybe some professionals can add some much-needed excitement to this boring show.

    • Miss Otis Regrets... says:

      It would have…if she really wanted to win.

    • Jushi says:

      I think it’s keeping the confidence intact rather than being stressed with probable comparison. She knows how good Candice is and with competitions like this subtlety isn’t really the game.

      Whatever the reason is, Kree did the right choice to sing first. It definitely benefited the audience having to hear an understated performance first before a power vocal one.

      I’m a fan of both but musicality wise, I am more of a Kree fan. If she penetrates Americana scene as well then I am on board with Kree all the way. Her personality is more of a stripped-down performer rather than Carrie-country so…

      But I have to say it is Candice who deserves the win for AI. After all ‘ve said about Kree (Hahaha).

  32. Glad I’m not American, because I would have so much trouble choosing between these two ladies! Kree and Candice are both incredibly talented singers and deserving Idol winners. Such an amazing Top 2!

  33. HTGR says:

    Watching it quickly on DVR now. No Angie, no favorite once again, no spending an hour on it. On DVR I can bust through it in like 15minutes.
    .
    So far round 1:
    .
    Liked that Kree just kept it simple and beautiful on Angel and didn’t make an overdone mess like happened to it on The Voice last week. See that is what Harry Jr was saying. Just do it like that, simple, melodic and beautiful. A couple times she may have used a trace more extra emotional power into the voice to give it a bit more umph and connection (while still keeping it the same exact simple style, just talking micro hits of dynamics to just completely utterly grab you in) which is her weak point, but well done, lovely tone. Good song.
    .
    Candice very nicely done. Really nice. Good song.
    .
    Personally, nothing to do with vocals, I prefer a bit more of the pop styling and other styles than bits of country and R&B styling to everything though (sometimes Kree 100% gets away from any of the country shadings though, Candice basically makes anything and everything 100% R&B), but they did very well. Nice start.
    .
    I’m sure everyone here despises Carly Rae hah, but she is pretty damn catchy. I liked it a real lot.

    • HTGR says:

      Yeah the DVR worked, saved so much time. Wsn’t fired up enough to bother watching it 60 min straight with blather and commercials and all.

      • The Beach says:

        I always watch these network shows on DVR. One 90 second song then 7 minutes of commercials, rinse, repeat…no thanks. (I’m sure advertisers hate people like me)

      • Name That Tune says:

        Better still, I caught the performances on mjsbigblog. Took about 15 minutes to watch the whole thing including judges comments. Only way to go.

    • Danny says:

      @Hit- I FF through Carly too. I don’t despise her though. If there’s an audience for her I wish her well.

      • HTGR says:

        Actually there is, I think she was #1 seller for summer of 2012. Although that drives many here beyond insane haha. But hey it was kinda catchy and fun, there is a place for Vivaldi and a place for Carly hah (at least for some). And heck, even Candice, everyone’s favorite love here, decided to cover Carly last summer.

      • HTGR says:

        This reminds of a funny video posted on The New York Times where all these hyper serious critics (all over 20 and some over 50) ended up one by one secretly admitting their biggest guilty pleasures and her song kept coming up and they knew all the words hah.

  34. julia says:

    i think its kind of sad that even though suppsoedly idol got the best songwriters in the business to write candice and kree’s cornation song. angie miller can still write a better one, heck even kree can “you would have wanted it that way”. probably would have been better if angie wrote their songs for them or they wrote them for themselves. both ladies are fanstatic singers, but i found the finale rather boring and lacking in energy.

  35. Dan says:

    Not surprisingly to me, Candice won the night easily. Though Kree may still win because of the kazillion country voters. I’m still annoyed Angie didn’t make it. Her original song would have been better competition for Candice.

  36. sg54 says:

    I feel like I don’t belong on this blog with all this Candice love- but I guess I also should be here so SOMEONE could recognize how beautiful Kree was tonight. Candice was somewhat static during the season: She gave me heart attack on her audition song, and it always just stayed amazing. But I truly believe that Kree used the good of the show to find herself as an artist and improve as a performer, and to see her from “Stars” to “Angel” was just wow. A journey has come full circle, whether she wins or not, and i don’t think she will since the judges obviously pushed for candice and she got the final slot-and slayed it, no less. But that doesn’t mean Kree wasn’t her absolute best and one of the most beautiful voices ever on the Idol stage tonight.

    • deedee says:

      The judges pushing someone during the finals means nothing. Kree still has an excellent chance to take the whole thing. I won’t be surprised either way, to be honest.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Aw… that was sweet. Kree is the sweetest. I don’t know if it was her best night but she did look beautiful. She’s always been a beautiful woman. I just see so much sadness in her eyes that it drowns out the sparkle most of the time. Sometimes I wonder if all of the perkiness is to hide a very sad girl. Nevertheless, I wish only good things for her with or without Idol. She is still my waffle.

    • teatime says:

      I am surprised at the poll results. I have been reading these comment sections all season and I never picked up on an overall preference for Candice over Kree. Yet the poll results currently have Candice at almost 76% for should win and at about 66% for will win.

      • HTGR says:

        I’m not surprised at all by the poll here placing Candice ahead of Kree. Candice was always the clear favorite on this blog this season and I think she did bring more top performance than Kree did and sometimes managed a bit of that extra sort of magic pull.

  37. Georgia Shiver says:

    Everyone call 1 (866) 436-5708 to vote for Candice Glover to be the 2013 American Idol. Winner will be announced tomorrow night

  38. The Beach says:

    I call bull sh*! Last week and tonight were the most important in this entire contest and except for being able to pick which song they had already sung to sing again, all choice of songs were totally stripped from these girls. Last week we had Iovine, judges and “producers” choices and then tonight Simon Fullers choice? Give me a break. Why they couldn’t let them pick at least one new song that was their choice was infuriating.

  39. bs’d
    Going to watch now…Too excited :)

  40. Davey says:

    I thought Candice sang more forcefull but I’m sorry I Who Have Nothing is a strange way to win the night. Not inspirational at all. Kree should have sang last with Up on the Mountain. But for some reason she chose to sing first.

    I definitely liked Kree’s new song better too.

    But it was obvious the judges want Candice to win.

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Yup, Kree clearly didn’t get that the best strategy is *to sing last.* Who the heck wants to go first? But I bet they are so tired at this point they’re not thinking straight anymore. Oh well.

      • Nephtalia says:

        Kree did not want to win ‘American Idol’. She just wanted the exposure.

        • ThatBob says:

          This I can believe. By not winning she can get the 19/Interscope albatross off from around her neck that much sooner and negotiate better contracts.

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          She definitely *looks* like she doesn’t want to win. So mission accomplished. If you read that somewhere I would love to read it. Do you have a link? Thanks.

      • HTGR says:

        OTOH if you pick last then you get called out as selfish B by like a third of the Idol viewership these days. Although she is one who actually might have been immune to the charge.

  41. Adam Fachry says:

    Candice Glover’s “23”: An EP that tells the story of a happy-turns-troubled relationship,with a happy ending on its way.

    Tracklist:
    1. Lovesong
    2. You’ve Changed
    3. Don’t Make Me Over
    4. I (Who Have Nothing)
    5. I Am Beautiful

    Lol, sorry for being so cheesy.

    • candicegloverfan says:

      love this – and i’d add ‘ordinary people’ to the track list, too!

      • MC says:

        There are some brilliant performances on that list. Candice is one of the few finalists in the history of AI who will interest me with her post-Idol career. I love her jazzy, sophisticated sound. Candice battled through nerves and fatigue tonight, but still had a good night. Kree will probably win due to the demographics of the show, but I am only interested in the post-Idol careers. The game show power voting is always the worst aspect (and a major turn-off) of American Idol. I will also be very interested in the music that Janelle and Angie record. Angie just said that she will be releasing a single tomorrow (Thursday). Angie was interviewed on some Fox affiliates shortly after the show ended.

    • The Beach says:

      Pretty damn clever!

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      Jealous of your cleverness!

  42. HTGR says:

    Round 2:
    Kree – pretty good, a little straining for the high parts perhaps. Song is a bit sleepy to start and a bit country in the end for me but it is a country song I could listen to doesn’t make me go crazy though and all wow.
    .
    Candice – good start to song and vocal, not quite a fan of how the song was written in the middle (nothing on Candice on that directly, although for a true 100% star power level like where they just suck you in totally, she needed to really hit punch some of that stretch and not make it all even, give a few wrenching punches to bits of it to bring that total star power to it and the the entire song just grabs you through and through) but it was better again the last part and she did really well on that whole last part. Beautiful tone and technically perfect all the way though. Candice’s voice seemed less strained than Kree’s.

  43. Terrell Owens says:

    I’m sorry, but Candice doesn’t have the personality to sell records. It literally looks like it hurts for her to smile. Kree will sell circles around her. They both did amazing.

    • ETG says:

      I would tend to agree with you; however, Carrie Underwood had absolutely ZERO personality when she was on the show. Need I say more?? :-)

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      They both still have a lot to learn on the personality front. That is a skill anyone can learn.

    • HateCountryMusic says:

      I don’t agree with anything you wrote except that they both did amazing. Kree might sell more records because there’s a lot of s**t kickers out there who buy a lot of records to play on the way to the rodeo after they leave the tea party rally in their pick up trucks

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        I hate to crap in your Post Toasties but I consider myself to be fairly conservative, I like rodeos, and I own a pickup truck, and prefer Candice to Kree. Please don’t “assume” anything. Yes, country music is incredibly popular and I do like it but it doesn’t mean I don’t listen to other genres of music. I do like Kree – a lot! She reminds me a bit of Trisha Yearwood, but I voted for Candice.

    • Oh! What personality does Kree have? Watch Candice sell those records!!!! Americans would have us believe that there is no racism in that country<! What a load of crap, they are the more racist than South African whites!!!!!!!!!!!!

  44. marie says:

    That song-by-committee for Carly Rae Jeppson (I may be misspelling her name; not interested enough to Google) was awful, and if Ms. Jeppson lip-synchs only to produce such a poor vocal, I’d hate to heard what she sounds like live. All top 5 ladies were a lot better than she.

    • JoMarch says:

      For sure; I wish they had “like”options.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      I think it’s “Jepsen”, marie – just in case you decide to care!
      I put her in the same category with Rhianna and Katy Perry. And I actually like some of Katy Perry’s songs – with somebody else singing them.

      • Nephtalia says:

        I did not watch the show, decided to even work tonight. But, I love Slezak enough to come here on my break. First off, Candice/Kree finale was Idologie nation dream. Why am I not feeling the love right now? And if most Idol fans are feeling that way about the most successful entertainers of our time, (Rihanna, Katy Perry, Carly, Bieber), I understand why the Idol winners do not do well at all. I wish Kree and Candice all the luck in the world. And no matter what happen post Idol, they are winners cause they have to be signed no matter what. But, I see Candice does not have 100 000 twitter followers even after the Finale. And Kree even less! By this time last year, Jessica was at 600 000 followers and Phillips 580 000. The year before, Scotty and Lauren were at 250 000 followers by the time you reach the Finale. So, it is clear Kree/Candice are not connecting. Of course, Idol low ratings might be a factor but still something is not working.

        • teatime says:

          It is not that Idols do not do well. It is just that the competition never ends for them. No matter what they accomplish they are compared to to literally the most successful people in the entire industry and are criticised for not making more money or selling more singles. For instance, Carly Rae had the song of the summer last year but Home was also one of the biggest hits of last year. Personally I like Home better and would rather see Phillip in concert, but there is room in the world for all different types of artists.

    • teatime says:

      I thought Carly Rae seemed much more like an X-Factor contestant than an Idol. Her performance was all about the cute outfit and strutting around the stage. It sounded so auto-tuned I think it mush have been lip-synched. There was nothing complicated or interesting about the lyrics, the music, or the vocals.

  45. Mary says:

    Both did really well tonight, I think it depends on how big their fan base is and who is willing to vote their fingers off. I think they are evenly match but to be honest I prefer Kree’s style more. I really don’t care who wins, both are deserving. Their singles are not Home worthy but I will say I prefer Kree a nit more than Candice. I wish both girls luck.
    For some reason, this show just seem a little lack lusting.

  46. Bartleby says:

    Everything worked for me tonight…except Simon picking the neglected puppies song for Kree. Sorry, but I can’t think of anything other than the most depressing commercial in the history of TV when I hear that song.

    • Nan says:

      That was my reaction as well.

    • darcy's evil twin says:

      And that song sucked BEFORE they used it on the ASPCA commercials.

      • deedee says:

        LOL, DET, between Joni Mitchell, Sarah Mclachlan, and Carly Rae Jepsen – what do you have against Canadian female singers?! :)

    • The Beach says:

      Being an animal-lover, I have to fast forward or change the channel whenever that comes on so I have a very negative view of “Angel” there have been two versions in the last week alone (both times picked by someone other than the contestant)…arrrrgggg!

      • darcy's evil twin says:

        I’m an animal lover as well but that song/commercial makes me want to hate animals, LOL.
        As if that wasn’t bad enough they started using Willie Nelson’s “You were Always On My Mind”, and I LOVE that song. Thank goodness it didn’t get as overplayed as “Angel”.

      • deedee says:

        Oh, I’m with you! As soon as that commercial comes on, I reach for the remote and avert my eyes. Can’t handle it.

        • AlyB says:

          I do exactly the same thing. I can’t take it. All those sad eyes staring at you is just too much and I volunteered for a long time with a rescue organization. I just can’t with that commercial.

  47. Connor says:

    I think Candice should win. I wish Angie would have been in the finals. The first round was boring. Third round was way better. I castes my votes for Candice. I’m excited for Angie’s performance tomorrow.

    • ETG says:

      You don’t need to grieve for Angie; she will do just fine.

      • I8A4RE says:

        Ditto! Angie will out do these two.

        • Nedsdag says:

          Just like Haley was supposed to outsell Scotty & Lauren, right?

          • betsy says:

            Oh SNAP! lol. I do remember all those smug Haley fans after she was eliminated saying that she would sell more the 2 country kids combined. As it turned out she couldn’t even sell half as much as James, nevermind come anywhere near Lauren & Scotty. No wonder Interscope dropped her.

          • tewence says:

            i am about to banish myself to hater-land forever by saying this, but haley was tooooooooootally unlikeable (even though i thought she was amazing and should have won) i think that is one thing angie has going for her. she has a broader appeal. some may find her annoying, but she never came across like an arrogant b**** like haley did on multiple occasions.

          • HTGR says:

            You are coming from hater land. Can that nonsense just be dropped once and for all? (and as far it goes in that regard for other contestants too) Don’t forget the show even had her re-film scenes from even her home town visit! Making her the isolated diva instead of being out in the elements surrounded by fans and thanking them like crazy, etc. The local footage shown in Chicago was different than what Idol showed. Listen to all the interviews from her former teachers, people from her town, etc. Even the Idol vocal coach, the ‘mean’ one, stood up for her, etc. It was all BS editing and putting her in absurdly unfair spots and pushing her till she cracked (And good for her, more real than being a little suck up). And don’t forget how she always dusted off her bottom three stool with a smile. All the contestants were fine that year but it is ridiculous that some flipped out and balled when they hit bottom three first time or said their spot had been stolen etc. (whatever) or jumped and clapped when they made it to the next round (not that I had a problem with all of it other than oen little thing) and yet it all got dumped on Haley. Come on. I didnt even want to bring her up again, but come on.

          • tewence says:

            oh poor poor haley…they forced her to be arrogant when nobody else was. plenty of contestants had it worse than her and handled themselves better. and “dusting off” the bottom three chair is in poor taste in my opinion. anyways, my comment was about angie. not to mention i said i thought haley should have won. no matter what was edited, on the live shows, she was arrogant.

          • HTGR says:

            yeah whatever

          • HTGR says:

            I don’t know that all that many said that since country had such a history of selling well and most people who win sell better than those who don’t. Many were saying she’d sell very well though, true. Still an open question. She has yet to have a song she had a part in creating get pushed onto the market. Whatever the case she made an album that many of her fans liked and it was one of the best reviewed idol albums. It didn’t sell a ton but what can you do. It’s a tough business and lots luck needed too.
            .
            In some ways it literally has to be harder for anyone coming out of these shows to do as well these days, especially without 100% full on label backing and luck. With 12 seasons of this two of xfactor and then the voice and so on, I mean look at how many top 12 contestants are out there. It’s mathematically impossible for them, even if not another singer in the world existed, to do super well on the carts.

    • HTGR says:

      Yeah I woulda liked to see some of that Angie spark there tonight. Tomorrow night though as you say. Or some Elise rocking it crazy with Whole Lotta or some S10 IWHN. But there was beautiful tone on hand tonight and they did sing well.

  48. jaime says:

    I couldn’t watch bc I miss Angie. but I’m pulling for Candice

  49. HTGR says:

    Round 3:
    Kree – beautifully done. In some ways I actually thought this held with Candice a lot more than Michael thought.
    .
    Candice – very good, technically fantastic, but not my favorite style and we had amazing versions before too so it’s harder for me to go all A++++++++++ crazy. Candice really hit those notes with power but there wasn’t quite the desperate grit of S10 version. It was technically great, strongly powered, she did some fine musical things with it but it was more belting in purity and runs than pure emotional desperation and grit toning. Like I thought she hits that amazing last note and even got some real desperation there but then instead of going with it and just ending it so perfectly and powerfully she tosses in all sorts of runs and little R&B things which IMO took it back a bit and instead of the insanity ending it was a touch overcooked with runs with took a bit away from the true emotion and impact.
    Seeing the A+++++++++++ before listening may have made me expect too much though and colored my take perhaps.
    .
    There does tend to be just a weird sort of not quite that 100% electric energy to them though, although beautiful tone and great technique. Candice was getting there but would sometimes toss in some needless runs take actually take a bit away for emotional power and energy.
    .
    There was some beautiful tone and power on hand tonight.

    • Timmah says:

      This is exactly my problem with Candice all along. She substitutes technical runs for being emotionally connected with the song and the audience. When Jordin performed that song the desperation was palpable and I was practically moved to tears. It’s like Harry said, the melodies on these standards are great, leave ‘em alone!

      • Nan says:

        Harry was wrong.

      • Jongirl says:

        Absolutely agreed on all points. Jordin almost moved me to tears, too. And Harry is SOOOOO right. I’m sick to death of runs and melisma. Those little black dots on the grids are not suggestions. They are there for a reason!!!!!

  50. Raphael says:

    For me:

    Round 1

    Kree: A-
    Candice: B+

    Round 2:
    Kree: A
    Candice: A-

    Round 3:
    Kree: A
    Candice: A+

    Best performance of the night: I Who have nothing
    Best overall tonight: Kree

    Best in the season: Candice

    Who deserves the title? I just can’t decide!

    But I’d say one thing: I’m glad that Angie got sent back home!!!!!!! They made an AMAZING final 2.

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