American Idol Top 3 Results Recap: Better Dig (These) Two (Singers) [Updated]

American-Idol-Top-3-ResultsLife is not a fairytale. Yes, yes, that was the title of American Idol Season 3 champ Fantasia Barrino’s 2006 autobiographical Lifetime movie — don’t try to act like you didn’t watch it, too! — but it was also a subtitle that could be applied to any possible outcome on Season 12 Top 3 results night.

Indeed, whether you entered the night rooting for a Candice/Kree, Angie/Candice or Kree/Angie finale, there simply couldn’t be a 100 percent feel-good happy ending after the credits rolled, the “19” logo sparkled and twinkled and Fox switched over to the season finale of Glee.

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And that’s because, almost five months in to this current, often beleaguered Idol season, all three finalists had established themselves as genuinely worthy heirs to Phillip Phillips’ throne (and the platinum-selling status that comes with it).

I mean, honestly, try to imagine a finale without Candice Glover, the soft-spoken Southern gal with the awe-inspiring combo of vocal horsepower and almost other-worldly musicality that’s allowed her to effortlessly tackle everything from The Cure to Shirley Bassey to Drake. And would you really want to envision next Wednesday night sans Kree Harrison, the Nashville-based demo singer with a tone like 1,000 thread-count sheets and a personality that’s like a bowl of hot chili on the coldest winter day? Then again, how could a confetti shower not pour down on the head of Angie Miller, the New England teenager with a fire in her eyes, an undisputed range and the artistry to drive 3.7 million views to a YouTube video of her Hollywood Week rendition of the self-penned “You Set Me Free“?

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None of those options seemed particularly fun — not even to a Candice aficionado like myself. Yet after an incredibly poorly sound-mixed performance by Lauren Alaina and a good rendition of a sleepy song by Alicia Keys, it was time for Ryan to reveal the week’s voting tallies:

Sent First to Safety
Candice Glover

Sent Second to Safety
Kree Harrison

Angie Miller

As the tears began flowing — for all three contestants, for the fans in the Idoldome, even here at Casa Slezak — Angie gamely attempted to sing a farewell rendition of Colton Dixon’s “Never Gone,” but she just couldn’t get through it. Embraced by her family and her competitors, she giggled and sobbed until the screen cut to black. Whether or not Jimmy Iovine has the good sense to get her to a studio this weekend and cut a rendition of “You Set Me Free” for Christian and AC radio, well, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Next week: A Kree-vs.-Candice finale, the one I started dreaming about back in Hollywood Week, allowed myself to verbalize around Top 10, and had pretty much given up on sometime in mid-April. What are the chances? And what do you think of the Season 12 finale faceoff?

Before I pass the mic to all of you, a few other thoughts on the telecast:

* We’re not going to discuss that thing with that animated slug crawling across the screen/Ryan Seacrest’s face, okay? I know Uncle Nigel has a big lighting bill to pay, but at this rate, next season’s contestants are going to have to have advertiser logos tattooed to their foreheads. (Oh Lord, I’ve just put a Very Bad Idea out into the universe.)

* I can’t comment on that group rendition of Selena Gomez’s awful “Who Says,” seeing how Angie, Candice and Kree’s mics didn’t appear to actually be working. Or maybe the three divas pulled a fake-out in protest of having to sing a tune so far beneath their collective skill sets? (I’m choosing to believe that unconfirmed second theory until proven otherwise.)

* Is anyone actually going to the American Idol web site to vote on whether the S12 winner gets a Ford Focus, Fusion, Fiesta or Escape? Ain’t nobody got time for that! Then again, if only like 11 people weigh in, you and your coworkers could log on and totally skew the outcome. (Fun!)

* When Ryan kicked off the show by noting “We have the news that we’ve all been waiting months to hear,” I thought he was talking about Randy Jackson quitting the show. And then I was all, “Dude, we’ve been waiting for that announcement for 12 freakin’ years!”

* Was there anything more grim than Jimmy Iovine declaring that whoever gets signed to Interscope (presumably Angie, Kree and Candice, at a minimum) are in for a lifetime of his meddling with their song choices? Mariah had a point on Wednesday: When you write your own tunes, you take back a lot of power from The Man (Who Dresses Like Justin Bieber’s Stunt Double). Actually, wait, there was something more grim: Jimmy excitedly talking about Kree’s heartbreaking story of her parents’ death like it was just another marketing strategy. Hashtag: NO!

* It’s easy to make fun of Mariah’s ridiculous video for “Beautiful,” but if I had as little body fat as her, I’d probably film Idology half-naked on the back of a motorcycle, too. (Except then Melinda Doolittle would hit me with her pocketbook.)

And with that, let me turn things over to you. What did you think of Angie’s exit? Were you saddened to see her mixture of shock and grief as the news set in? Are you surprised it’s come down to Candice and Kree? Who’s got your vote next week — or will it come down to their final performances? 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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  1. Christina says:

    The Candice and Kree finale is going to happen!

    • It’s crazy. A finale I actually care about. The fact that Candice is in the finale is great. The fact that Kree Harrison has also made it is just unbelievable. I picked a Candice/Kree finale about 8 or 9 weeks ago, but have doubted it happening so many times. I thought Angie had some momentum. I’d put her as one of the best 3rd place finishers in Idol history. So that’s a pretty good spot. But Candice and Kree…Just fantastic.

      • GG says:

        @idolbethe judge

        These finale is FRIKIN FANTASTIC

        The best finale ever….will also be a suspensful finale

        The lovers of country music will vote for Kree

        For those who want Candice ….vote vote vote everyone…Go Candice

        I love both the girls left but I am a votee of Candice

        • Adeem says:

          In no world ever is this the best finale ever. And it wouldn’t have been with any combination of these singers.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Name a better final 2 in the show’s history. I can’t think of one. It’s always been one real singer and one poser, or two posers. This is the first time we’ve had two real singers battling it out. I’m so pleased.

          • JT says:

            Why do you watch this show? Just so you can come on here and talk about how awful it is every week?

          • Anna says:

            There has never been a finale where either one of the Top 2 was a “poser”. Just because someone isn’t to your personal taste, that doesn’t make them any less of a musician or an artist. That’s insulting to all of the Top 2 contestants — all of whom still are making their living in the music and/or entertainment industry, BTW…

            My favorite finales (in order of season, not in order of personal preference)

            Kelly vs Justin (simply because it was the 1st one)
            Ruben vs Clay
            Carrie vs Bo
            David vs David
            Kris vs Adam

            I wanted a Candice/Kree finale, so I’m excited. Hopefully they’ll be given great songs to perform. I’m also interested to see if the rumor about them getting to write or co-write their own coronation songs is true.

          • Jamie C. says:

            Emphatically agree!

          • Jamie C. says:

            with Adeem, that is.

        • Keith says:

          Best finale -Carrie vs. Bo

          • Made says:

            Best finale David vs David and IMO the right David won :)

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            I’ll give you that one. But also note that that was nearly a decade ago. In the last several years, this is the only battle of the “sangers” we’ve had. Amazing.

          • Amy says:

            Best finale for all AI time, David vs. David. Both fantastic and deserving of the top spots, and it didn’t matter who won.
            Same this year. …though we all have our favorites………. :)

          • Amy says:

            True what Angie_Overrated says though…even in D2 year we had the “sanger” vs. “rocker”, and the ever-longed-for on Idol rock vote won the day …this year we have two singer’s singers!

          • teatime says:

            @Amy, David Cook has one of the most powerful voices ever on Idol. The Music of the Night, Billie Jean, Eleanor Rigby, Always Be My Baby, Little Sparrow, The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face. That guy can sang!

          • Gale says:


          • Gale says:

            Yex to Carrie vs, Bo I mean. Best ever.

          • Amy says:

            After I posted that I knew I’d get at least one of those “DC has a voice!” comments…I agree. A rock voice, a dynamic performer…and…DA fan as I am, I thoroughly enjoyed ALL Cook had to offer that season and since…still love him.
            I was just “typing them”…DA was really the traditional, trained, technical singer’s singer. DC a different package entirely, albeit with rock vocal chops.
            Whereas, this year we tend to have two traditional, technically talented “singers”, even though suited for different type genres. With the two David’s it was beyond different genres…DA was the “singer” in the traditional sense with those two. I understand if you feel differently…but you’ll never convince me. ;-)

          • teatime says:

            @Amy, Kelly Clarkson is one of my top few favorite singers from Idol. She is also not a traditional, trained, technical singer. You have every right to prefer the technical singers, like Archuleta. No one is going to try to convince you to change your opinion. If someone wants to say, “most Idol winners and runners up are not traditionally trained technical singers,” then no one would disagree with that. I disagree with saying great singers and vocalists are not really singers unless they are ‘technically trained.”

      • Jacob P. says:

        “best” 4th place AND 3rd place finisher? for 3rd, my favorites are Allison Iraheta (;)), Melinda Doolittle, Haley Reinhart, Elliot Yamin, Joshua Ledet, and Jasmine Trias (KIDDING! :P) So no where near best for me.

      • no dawg says:

        @idolbethejudge – I agree. I expected Angie/Candice even though I prefer Kree. Angie seemed to have been improving while Kree was pretty much at an even keel for a while. Plus with the horrible song choices in Top 3 and lukewarm comments, I thought Kree will be out. Anyway I am happy that it is Candice/Kree.

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. I am actually looking forward the most evenly-matched Idol finale evah! Wow!

        • Circe 801 says:

          EVENLY MATCHED??? even candice/angie weren’t evenly matched! candice is SO obviously the more talented by a MILE. i am not saying a ‘country’ singer cannot be ‘talented’, but, come on–technically, candice blows EVERYONE ELSE in the competition away easily–and, if it were left up to me, it would be a candice/amber finale…

          • kaba says:

            If Kree brings the fire Candice brings then yea it should be evenly matched.
            If Kree does same old same old then Candice wins

          • HTGR says:

            Gonna be a really close vote I bet. Too hard to call now for sure and even after they perform most likely.
            Considering that Nigel apparently tweeted at the start or before the season began that he foresaw that this might be the year of a female R&B singer winning (there is a shock, him tweeting about the finale months ahead of time and it ending up there hah, at least this time his tweet is matching someone who has been one of the clear best) and various other things I think the show surely seems to greatly prefers a Candice win (I think Jimmy wanted Amber more than anyone though). She certainly has done very well and had a strong season, arguably the second strongest to Angie or the strongest. It might well happen.
            But Kree had a pretty strong early season and some really good ones here and there since (like her Rascal last week) and with all the pure country songs she did last week and everything her base has gotta be crazy energized and fired up so she could just as easily win it all, you can never discount that base. Some might even place her as the voting favorite. Candice has been strong and with the show seemingly wanting her to win and yet that Kree voting base just might be even stronger so maybe Kree is even a bit a slight favorite.
            Both are the sort not likely to be seen a negative light by the core voting audience so that is probably a wash between these two (safe, non-threatening, never talked back no matter if things seemed unfair or did anything to make the jealous types get upset, etc.) and both are Southern so both get the huge rally around their contestant thing.
            Could be down to every last vote counting. Whatever side goes crazy and dials every three seconds for four hours (have fun haha).

      • Nephtalia says:

        I started watching Idol 4 years ago and while it can be an extremely boring show, my competitive nature make it that once I choose a favorite I can’t stop watching. Unfortunately, Idol is not a real competition. It is a manipulated reality TV show. And now that they have been doing it for a decade they become a master at it. I don’t mind my favorite losing. But the manipulation just take the fun out of it. I am done for real. Not because my favorite did not win, but last night manipulation with the pimp spot, changing contestant choice to producers choice, the manipulated standing O, the judges statement that if u don’t vote for Candice you are stupid, I think that was it for me. I did not watched the results show today cause I knew Kree would receive the sympathy votes and Candice the pimpage votes. But, I am still happy for the people here, this was your dream finale and as Idol faithful, you deserved to have your dreams come true.

        • Ansa says:

          I’m sorry but this show and the judges have been very good to Angie. If there was anyone that got the shaft in top 3 performance night it was Kree who only had one good song choice and her first song had really lousy production. Angie has had a lot of over the top praise and great video packages from the very beginning. I feel like Angie and Amber wer producers favorite from day one. What Kree has is a great voice that truly captures people’s heart even when she may not perform her best. She also has a personality that seems so genuine and warm that makes people want to cheer her on and support her. I know that this is a singing competition but I really felt for Kree…her very humble reaction, she had the most downscale homecoming ever and that made me love her more.

          I am so shocked and happy about this finale. I wanted this from the very beginning but thought it was impossible after the show started treating Kree like an after thought. This is soooo much sweeter since every blogger gave Angie the win!

          One of the best final 2 ….just like season 8 and 11 …. I really think both of them will be a deserving winner and its only really about what style of singing you like better. I really think Candice is the best singer and I am not a country fan….but there is something about Kree’s voice and her personality that made me love her….I will surely buy her Album when it comes out!

          • sean says:

            Here’s where you are wrong. Being from Beverly I saw Angie homecoming and the footage they chose to use. They set her up to look like (as Mariah pointed out), the homecoming queen. They gave the other two sympathetic treatment which is the one thing America can’t resist. For example, how often did you hear about Angie’s hearing loss? She did a moment of silence for the Boston marathon that brought complete silence to 1000’s of people (it was eerie how quiet it got). She sang the national anthem with her old high school choir. Instead they chose to highlight her going to a coffee shop and hugging her friends a la prom night. This show jumped the shark when it started over producing (and that’s saying something for the already over produced) the outcomes

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Interesting. In this case though, for all we know Angie asked that that stuff not be shown more than a touch on Idol out of respect though? Maybe the producers even begged her to let them use it like crazy? Or maybe they already heard people complaining about it the first time and figured the way people felt towards her that for that, for her, she’d just get blamed for exploitation? Or they simply felt the only right thing to do was the quick little bit and shoutout that they did (then again when have they ever wanted to shy away from anything)?
            I sort of wish none of the shows would get into any back story stuff for all sorts of reasons far beyond any possible effects on how contestants do or not.
            Although everyone from fans to contestants, do seem to enjoy the hometown visit thing which is sort of different so it would be a shame to get rid of those, keep those, do away with everything else.
            I know they do edit stuff a lot. A few seasons ago my relatives were in a contestant’s home town area and said they were shocked by what they saw on the local news coverage compared to the Idol edit which seemed a lot less homie and sweet. They even had the contestant re-shoot supposedly ‘live’ phone calls an re-enact stuff for the TV version all alone (which they felt seemed a lot colder and more aloof, if perhaps a touch more glamorous granted, than what originally happened and was shown locally and they kinda questioned what was up with it all since that contestant didn’t seemed to be best served by it considering everything that season).

          • Shel says:

            @sean Thanks for sharing the missing parts of Angie’s hometown visit that the producers left out. I wish I had seen it, but then again, I always want to see more of all the hometown visits. But it can feel very unfair at times, how they manipulate things. However, I don’t think they did that to hurt or disadvantage Angie. They did it, the whole homecoming queen thing, because that’s how they decided to sell her the whole season. They didn’t see it as a negative. I can also imagine that they might have been worried that some would see the moment of silence as a manipulative thing rather than a true heartfelt thing on her part.

            I think Angie was treated pretty dang well by the producers. Even Jimmy I, who claimed he wanted to give all three contestants a tough challenge with his song pick, still admitted that he had loaded a softball for Angie to get her “moment.”

          • Sean says:

            They may have thought that the moment of silence would be seen that way, but then wouldn’t Kree’s history be seen the same way? Also, Angie has partial hearing loss…wouldn’t that be a compelling story? Look I admit my own bias here, but I really think they do a disservice to all the girls by creating this unassailable image. In Angie’s case it was GET BEHIND THAT PIANO…DON’T LEAVE THAT PIANO…etc etc. Candace was church girl etc. I think Idol sort of crossed a line this year. They always had some of this, but the judges really shoved it down your throat this year. Hopefully a new judging panel will re-energize. :)

          • Sean says:

            Oh, also, look back at Jimmy’s feedback over the last few weeks. He was not as kind as you might think, and there again he wanted her to be behind the piano. She explained that pretty well as to why she wasn’t. Do you really think she had time to learn to sing the song AND play an Elton John song on the piano? Not a softball if you take into account that she didn’t know how to play the song already and they were in the middle of final week (homecomings etc).

          • JoMarch says:

            @Sean-we didn’t need a biased edit to show that Angie is a priveleged girl who’s very impressed with herself and her looks; that came through all season with her behavior. Gee, that darn Kree, dang her for having 2 dead parents and that stupid Candance for coming from a humble background. What manipulators those 2 are.

          • Chris says:

            @ Ansa – All true about Kree. Another thing that draws me to her is knowing she’s busted her butt in the music industry for over 10 years through all of her ups and downs. She has never given up.

          • Nephtalia says:

            My favorite show is DWTS. Instead of them trying to mind control the voters, they clearly give the judges way to grade each performance and tell you why they grade them that way. So u know exactly this is the judges score and the votes will make up the other half. This is a real competition. For ex Wednesday if after Randy say to Angie you regret not playing the piano don’t you but I still love it and she gets a 9/10. Then, Candice for the first round get an 8. Then in round 3, Candice get a 10 and Angie get an 8. This way, voters knows exactly what each judges really think of each performance. So even someone like Mariah that does not want to say mean things her grade will tell you that I don’t want to say anything mean but your performance is a 6. There would still be room for fan favorite. With that, things like pimp spot would not matter as much. But, I hate being mind played. The idol format is good and I love the way they did the Vegas round this year. Judges being allowed to grade will give them more possibility to say hey for you to get a 10 from me, you need to move more on stage, or connect more to the lyrics. Grades will tell someone like Kree. You need to step it up or u stalling. Even if they want the judges grade to count as 1/4 or 1/3 of the final results. That would definitely turn Idol around. Until then it is a scripted show. Not a real competition.

          • Sean says:

            @JoMarch Really, so you know so much about her that you can say she’s privileged? I live about a half mile from her. She comes from a very modest upbringing. Parents are preachers and everyone that knows her says she wasn’t one of the “in” crowd and didn’t put on any airs. She was your basic theater geek and was nice to everyone. But, you know, you JoMarch who see her on TV obviously know better than those who know her in real life must know better. You’ve proven in this one comment that you don’t know what you are talking about at all. I didn’t denigrate in any way Kree or Candace. These three girls are hugely talented and any one of them could have won this thing. But you just keep right on going with your mean spirited attacks on a girl you so clearly no nothing about.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Exactly and why did everyone think a drama club girl with preacher parents in MA was likely to be Miss HS popularity phony mean girl with a private jet anyway? I know I’ve said way too much for one person and I’ve probably just done more harm than good and shoulda kept my mouth shut since what I did probably usually does just backfire (sorry), but the lot of many here have all together posted in sum even more than I have trying to defend her with all of their little snipes about how Angie is supposedly this or that or the other thing. People went wild over the attacks on the top two the other week for like 15 pages.
            Heck even going back to Curtis Finch, everyone was hating on him as a person to nth degree. I stood up for him a few times and more or less got told I shouldn’t do that. Maybe he is nice, maybe not. How do you really tell from reality tv clips?? And as for the confidence thing, so what if he even did have an air of confidence? You’ll last ten minutes in this field if you don’t.
            And yes, I’m sure I’ve said things that have been the best too though and I’m probably at least a bit hypocritical here as has been probably most here to some degree or another.
            Hopefully Candice and Kree will do the best they ever have next week and give people a show and feel great about what they did.

          • Ansa says:

            @ Sean…I really think it was a good idea for the producers not to keep bringing out the partially deaf situation of Angie because she has clearly overcome it and is no longer really a handicap. With Lazaro in this season, it will be like attention getting ploy by Angie if that was brought up. I actually found her reaction to her friends really sweet and very relatable to other kids her age. It made Angie seem like a normal teenager too me which is not a bad thing with her demographics. Showing the minute of silence will seem like taking advantage of a tragedy that people already pointed out after her she dedicated a song to Boston. I think Angie’s package was perfect for what she is…a young vibrant and beautiful singer. That was no manipulation. Kree’s package was also about showing her true self. It truly explained why she seem so melancholy at times. Why she seem a bit older than her 22 years. The double tragedy is a huge part of what makes Kree who she is…and I only realized that after seeing the YouTube of her appearances in Rosies’s show when she was only 10 and 11 before the death of her parents. She was like an entirely different person. She was full of confidence, sassy and vivacious. I think if she didn’t lose her parents she would be more like Angie…but now she is the Kree we now have seen in American Idol…it gave her voice and her performance the added edge of maturity and pain that Angie is still trying to master IMO.

          • AI Addict says:

            I’m really pissed off with people saying that Candice and Kree, especially, made it to the finals because of the sad homecoming clips AI ‘set up’ and that the producers planned the Candice-Kree finale. I think that AI just wanted to keep that happy, crazy Angie, and I actually like that. I like Angie’s fun personality. I just don’t get why Angie’s fans are whining about her being shown as the giddy girl or being bussed through the no-sad-moment clip (even if she got bussed, that was only once. they bussed Kree in countless events) when KREE HAS BEEN THE ONE BEING BUSSED THE MOST. I’m so glad the deserving contestants (that literally means the best singers) made it this time. I’m so torn between Candice and Kree. But I personally like Kree more. Candice surely is stronger, she has powerhouse vocals, but Kree has an extra in her vocal abilities and that is doing the airy, soft notes.

          • bs’d
            Sorry to seem from another generation (oh wait! I am :) ) what does “bussed” mean?

          • bingham says:

            ^^^Bussed as is being thrown under the bus, as in being criticized when no criticism is warranted, as in being given horrendous songs to sing, as in being given little or no face time, as in being editted in an unfavorable light, etc. etc. etc.

        • Bob Norman says:

          I completely agree about the being done part. After the final results show I am removing Idol from series recording because I do not want to start watching it next season. I also completely agree that the manipulation has taken the fun out of the show. I actually believed after top 20 week that the top three would be Candice, Kree, & Angie in no particular order. It is difficult to say which of them should be the next idol because each one has a different style; however, all three are equally deserving and loaded with talent. I can’t even decide which one I like better; but I would have to say I envisioned a Candice/Kree finale. Candice has a beautiful and soulful voice and if it were only a singing competition she should probably win. Kree, however, also has a beautiful voice with a unique sound and, like it or not, there are songs that I would prefer to hear her voice on over Candice. Angie has talent galore, her own style, and I know that I will hear her songs, when they are produced and be unable to imagine anyone else singing them as well as Angie. That’s what is great about music and why the audience has to select who should be the next Idol. The manipulation this season (and the staged standing O’s among other things have irritated me more and more since the season of Adam Lambert) had taken the fun out of watching the show. The contestants will never really know for certain, which one of them, the public would have wanted. And while I would have been happy seeing any one of the three become the winner, I have grown tired of yelling at the television about the blatant manipulation that goes on. The television does not do anything about it but a 25% drop in ratings this season over last with a potentially larger drop next season over this one and Idol producers may need to wonder how to manipulate their way to a new program. And by the way, anyone who believes that there has been no attempt to manipulate the voting to secure a particular outcome is crazy. I do believe that it has backfired, however, because I actually thought that they were trying for an Amber/Angie finale and when they saw that was not going to work the quickly refocused for a Candice/Angie finale. Guess they lost the paddle somewhere down creek.

          • Diane says:

            I can certainly agree with you regarding the manipulation of votes. It makes me not want to watch the show anymore either. I also don’t like the super voting or the multiple voting. There is no true reflection of the people when one person can vote so many times. I also think some of the comments are scripted. I don’t know if you watched the week the judges gave their top three choices but I truly think it was manipulated because Keith seemed to feel the need to apologize to Candice in a subtle way by saying she is in his top three after her first song the next week. It wasn’t as if her singing had suddenly gotten better in a week. Although I may be biased I think Candice and Kree have been the most vocally consistent contestants this season. I thought he was trying to relieve himself of the guilt. But I do like him as a judge overall. I think the attempt at manipulation hurt Amber the most. I thought Janelle was more vocally consistent than Amber was and more creative with her song arrangements. I applaude all of these young people for the hard work that they do to make it this far. When it comes down to the bottom line they are all talented and its just a matter of musical preference and not personal. The sensible Idol watcher does not lower themselves to unnecessary insults of the contestants.

          • Circe 801 says:

            Truthfully, i don’t go for shows like this and would never have started on season 12 had it not been for the fact that one of our best friends’ daughters made it to Hollywood (but no further, alas). I immediately saw the talent in Candice and figured “why not?” No one is forcing me to watch, and i can stop at any time.

            Having heard about “rigging”, etc. in past seasons and how the results are anything but random and honest definitely has something to do with why i’ve never watched–but the main reason is i have absolutely NO knowledge of ‘pop’ music and didn’t really wish to start.

            But, seriously, folks–if this were a real, true, honest TALENT competition, the outcome so far clearly would have been different. However, if you’ve got the audience voting, there will ALWAYS be ulterior motives–hometown pride, ANY reason OTHER than PURE, ABSOLUTE talent–that will prevent the actual BEST from actually WINNING.

            That being said, if Candice does not win, this will have been the first–and ONLY season of Idol i will EVER watch…

      • bs’d
        I have been hoping for a C & K finale for sometime & am so glad it is happening. I tried posting this before but for some reason it did not post. After watching Michael’s interview with Janelle, I checked out her video /watch?v=aiBqez2Y2Ig One of the first comments was from Angie “Angela Miller 2 months ago
        So beautiful.” She is a classy girl & I wish her well. :) I hope they get to pick at least one song for themselves. As for the Big Dawg news, like Laz, he stayed just a little too long.

      • Watcher says:

        I think Angie got the shaft.I think that the return home segment for Kree pushed her forward with that feel sorry for her background.I totally believe that helped her get feel sorry for votes.

        • Circe 801 says:

          I think, also, that the ‘anti-Angie’ thing might have something to do with the fact that anyone going on YouTube had the opportunity to see that Angie has posted MANY videos of herself performing previous to the competition–and the fact that a few of the songs she posted of herself performing were ‘reused’ on Idol. Perhaps people felt like this was sort of ‘cheating’, as it appears, on Idol, as if she were trying to pass some of these off as “new” ideas and arrangements of hers. Who knows??
          Or, perhaps, as a result of Kree having no such performance “records” of herself on YouTube, she is seen as more “genuine” and less, o, i don’t know–confident, perhaps, which may be seen as more humble and therefore more deserving of America’s votes–even though Kree is clearly much more vocally versatile and talented. And, as mentioned above (sorry, can’t recall who you are so can’t give credit where due), Kree’s ‘orphan’ status might be seen as a reason to ‘cut her a break’ (i was an orphan younger than she and it’s never gotten ME anything)–when clearly, as also stated above by another i cannot recall–mentioned the TRUE fact that Angie’s hearing difficulties have NEVER been brought up since the initial auditons.
          So, take it as you will, but i think the last thing America needs is another country singer…

          • AI Addict says:

            Kree never really mentioned her parents’ loss more than once. The first time she shared it was in the introduction montage on the night of top 9. I believe that they used the same recording for the home visit clip. And people talk about her story more than she does. And most of us Kreepers first fell in love with Kree when we first heard her beautiful tone. The love then grew when we heard the amazing and versatile vocals. And it grew even more when we found out about her parents and how she dealt the pain. And we admire her even stronger because of her mature, sweet personality, her genuiness.

    • the real wendy says:

      Good Grief! As great as this is I have TOTAL STRESS about the song choices next week! Please don’t fail these wondeful singers!

    • Name That Tune says:

      American got it right!

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        Really what recent week did Kree outsing Angie? Be honest.
        She didn;t outsing her this week either.

        • Mary says:

          I think Kree out sung Angie 90 percent of the time. She does need help in the stage production, but as for her voice and tone one of the top. I am estastic on these results.

          • WishesRandyCouldn'tSpeak says:

            Have u been watching the same show I have the past 5-6 weeks? What? Kree has lacked so much passion and honestly the only two performances in the past month – or more than that- that I can remember is that song she sang in 2nd round of last night and See You Again.

            Kree is good, amazing voice…but seriously, she has been middle-ground most of the competition whereas Angie has been fighting it out and giving amazing performance week after week. So no, I don’t believe for a second that Kree deserves that number 2 spot (cuz Candi is numba 1!) over Angie.

          • kaba says:

            Angie re emerged as a forerunner in top 5 and 4 week…. She came back halfway whereas Kree fell short halfway..They’re even

          • Gary says:

            Are you serious??? Angie has more raw talent than the other two combined…There are lots of people that can sing but to be able to write and sing now thats talent.Amber was also a better singer and performer than Cree.I am a Cree fan too but people voted for the wrong reasons

          • kaba says:

            More raw talent? No. Don’t go out of your way to put the other two down as though they were inferior to Angie. Not even remotely close.

        • JR says:

          it’s a personal thing. Angie seems too overwrought for me, whereas Kree’s tone is just more rich for me.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            She phoned in Pink and some other recent stuff.

          • Owen says:

            Yes, Angie seemed overwrought at times, but she had some incredible moments. Honestly, and I mean honestly, when has Kree had anything approaching a moment since “Up the Mountain”? For most of this competition she has either seemed checked out, on some drug combination, or completely ill-at-ease. People say Angie sailed through this competition on the strength of her Vegas song? My God, Kree has lacked presence and combustibility almost from the moment she entered the Idolrome. Sure she has a creamy tone to her voice, but there were so little dynamics to any of her songs I’m pretty sure most people are voting for the Kree they remember; an idealized Kree. Not to say she might not have something of a mid-level career, however. You can tell even Slezak, loyal till the end to his “picks” has run out of gas about her and is typing about her on auto-pilot. No passion to his reviews when it comes to Kree. Now, personally I don’t love Angie either, but that girl wanted to be there and had the talent to be there. I can’t exactly say they same about Kree Harrison.

          • JR, you just hit the nail on the head. I can’t deny that Angie is talented, but there has always been something off-putting to me re her performances. They were all overwrought, and they all felt very similar to me. I am ecstatic with the results, and look forward to Kree vs Candice.

          • Mercedes S says:

            Angie reminded me of a happy show pony, always eager to please

        • ben says:

          Every week of the entire season. That is my honest (subjective) view. Having said that, I expected to be the minority view.

          • JR says:

            I think a lot of what is happening is that people who typically don’t vote for the show are connecting with Candice and Kree because they come across as the more authentic “artists” of the show. When there are no tween-throb boys in the competition you get really great finales I feel like.

          • Matrix says:

            I’m with you Ben

          • Sean says:

            What does “more authentic artists” mean? Angie writes her own music, plays an instrument, and can sing. All these girls get over produced for the show, and we really won’t know who they are until they go mainstream. That’s actually what I don’t like about idol now. If you recall in prior years, the judges stopped really having criticism for the contestants in the final 3. They, at this point, really started to leave it to America. Now you have the judges and Jimmy actively campaigning right up until the end. It will be interesting to see if they do critiques next week for the top two. I don’t think they should. At any rate, I think your “more authentic artist” thing is ridiculous at its face considering Angie was never in the bottom 2. If these so called people were voting based on this notion of “most authentic” and your contention is that Angie isn’t authentic…did these people just start voting this week?

          • Shel says:

            @Ben – I am also with you. Personally, subjectively, I always preferred Kree each week over Angie, while still appreciating what Angie was doing and her talent.

      • WiserView says:

        Don’t think so.

    • B says:

      Angie lost to kree? Everyone knows that just sets up candance for the win. Makes you wonder who REALLY voted for kree? Lets bet the farm that you will hear from Angie a whole lot more than either of the other two. The judges were STUNNED that she lost to kree. Kree is a very,very good talent,but she has not performed as good as either of the other two girls. Candance is great not to take anything from her because she is awesome,but lets see who will be on the radio longest and more often, want to bet its Angie? Ask jennifer Hudson and Daughtry!!!!!

      • dude says:

        Jennifer Hudson is never on the radio. In fact, if it wasn’t for her Weight Watchers commercials, she’d barely be in the media at all.

        • nhf7170 says:

          Seriously, what’s up with JHud and the Weight Watchers? Her talent is being wasted. She needs to get some material worthy of her pipes and get her svelte ass into a studio.

        • ejones says:

          Talking about Weight Watchers, something has happened to Laura Alaina’s weight since AI, she has even been made to look like Kelly Pickler. Warning to Candice and Kree, get prepared for an enforced diet whichever wins next week.

      • C says:

        Your last sentence is such a fallacy. Daughtry has not had great success lately. But let’s be honest, who could not top Taylor Hicks? And Fantasia’s albums and singles have performed much better than Jennifer’s. Sure, Jennifer has the Oscar, but Fantasia has ultimately had the more successful music career. All of her albums have at least gone Gold and she’s spawned at least one big r&b hit per album.

      • Joy says:

        They were all really good but I was rooting for a Candice/Angie finale after their duet I wanted to see what they would bring. Also I just like more variety. Angie and Candice have such different styles that it would have been so much more entertaining. If going on just voice Candice will kill Kree. If was Candice and Angie you have voice and style from both artists so I think would have been more entertaining

        • Kait says:

          Totally agree. From the beginning I had thought that I wanted Kree in the finale for sure…but after their duet on “Stay”, I started getting REALLY excited about the possibility of a Candice/Angie finale. I think it would have been a much more exciting show. Kree has a wonderful voice that will sound as lovely as ever on her album…But Angie would have brought 110% to both her vocal AND her performance. I feel for her, I think she really wanted it, maybe more than any of them.

          • AI Addict says:

            Am I the only one who thinks their ‘Stay’ duet was vocally awful? I wouldn’t blame Candice, she had terrible cold. But, Angie was forcing, and I hate her attempt on doing the growls.

      • ThatBob says:

        Don’t want to burst your bubble, but… Ryan very clearly announced that the results were “In no particular order” — which means they didn’t want to admit that the bottom two were actually Angie and Candice. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have stressed that.

        • MamaLis says:

          Not true, Dude. They didn’t “stress” anything. Ryan made the same statement he’s been making for weeks. Party Line is that Idol hasn’t been wanting to give away – at least directly – who has been placing first, second, and so on. Certainly, certainly, with one week left – he’s not going to give away the front runner. Even Idol has more sense than that.

          • ThatBob says:

            This has been the most manipulative season of Idol ever — and you’re falling for it. Party Line indeed. They do whatever they think will influence the voting from week to week (like stating “no particular order” a week ago, then putting Kree in the last two, and asking the judges if “the right two are standing here” implying it was the traditional bottom two — all to make you think Kree has less support than Angie or Candice. And now, oh look, Angie goes home this week and not Kree.) Just look at the OP above who assumes that this week’s result actually means Candice got more votes. You are being played.

        • syb says:

          You’re calling it “the most manipulative season ever.” Did you get a decoder ring in a cereal box to uncover this devious plot?

          Lol That’s hilarious.

      • rio says:

        That home visit video sealed it for Kree. Her performances have been boring–for some time and for various reasons–but it’s impossible not to have your heart go out to her. I think that won her a lot of votes. But there’s no way she should beat Candice. Angie beating Candice I could see. But not Kree.

        • kaba says:

          Why did such an idea start off as thoroughly possible to illogical? Kree’s earlier stuff had people claiming Candice would have to work for her money now suddenly Angie can take Candice? But not Kree? No ty

        • WiserView says:

          I feel otherwise. I didn’t have goosebumps on any Candice performance, her style is predictable. her runs and riffs are always like that. And that finale Somewehere is not great. Excuse me, but Streisand’s version is excellent, hers was not. I even appreciated more Amber’s version of a Streisand weeks before. I actually want an Angie-Kree finale.

      • Anna says:

        Unless you listen to Christian music stations, you probably won;t be hearing Angie on the radio. That is the genre she belongs in. Did you hear her tonight? She picked Colton Dixon’s song to perform as her sing out — to me, that clearly shows she wants to be a CCM artist. I even saw a rumor today that she has been working on a Christian album. So maybe it’s just as well that she finished 3rd — now she won;t have to worry about a label trying to push her into being a pop artist.

      • Karenr says:

        I’m with you totally. Everyone was stunned when Angie lost, they showed everyone’s faces including Kree who couldn’t believe it. Kree has been in the bottom two prior and Angie never was. How is that possible that she suddently falls below Kree on votes. I’m not buying it. I think it was a setup to make sure Candice wins, Kree doesn’t have a chance against her. But if it had been Angie and Candice finally, not sure if Candice could have beat her.

        • AlyB says:

          The week Lazaro left Candice & Kree were top 2. We don’t really know where Angie has been placing since then. Everyone just assumed she was running away with it based on her twitter followers. It was just written here, there and everywhere that she was the vote leader even though no one really knew that and people kept repeating it till it was accepted as reality. Clearly it wasn’t the case. I’m not saying she didn’t come in 1st a few weeks, again we just don’t know but we do know that at least one week Candice & Kree both placed above her in the vote counts and now they did it again. I suspect that it’s always been a lot closer than everyone assumed it was.

        • My Alter Ego says:

          Karenr, Kree will have, at minimum the state of Texas behind her, as well as all other country music fans. (Remember the Scotty/Lauren “one/two” punch 2 seasons ago?) That’s sizeable. In no way, is this a given for Candice.

        • karyn says:

          Vote manipulation and other conspiracy theories make no sense here. History has shown that country voters have a ton of power. Did the Scotty/Lauren finale teach us nothing?! I was a bit surprised at the results b/c I thought the bloggers were right about Angie winning this thing, but the results really make perfect sense.

          Not trying to be mean, but the Angie fanatics need to get a grip. All three of these singers are great and some fan group was going to be crushed regardless of the outcome. Angie is my least favorite of the three (she really does over-emote) but nevertheless, part of me is sad to see her leave. There is plenty of reason to complain about manipulation in this show but this particular week doesn’t even stand out in that regard

          As for the contestants’ sob stories: It is always irritating that the show latches onto the sympathy angle and plays it for all it’s worth but I don’t think that is coming from the contestants, especially these three. And I don’t think Kree got a bunch of support b/c of her orphan story. I think she won over a lot of fans when they did that thing about her hugging everyone a few weeks back. Say what you want, but she just seems like such a genuinely loving person that the fans want to love her back. Angie’s genuineness has often been questioned, although I believe she is actually a very nice girl.

      • MamaLis says:

        You’re right-on about the Judges being stunned. I just watched that all back a couple of times in slow-motion and make no mistake, they were STUNNED! Keith and Nicki IMMEDIATELY turned around and looked at someone with shock on their faces. Everyone put their hand to their mouths or were mouthing, “OMG! Omg.” Then Nicki apparently forgot she was on television and went momentarily apoplectic as she spoke to Uncle Nigel or Jimmy on the sidelines.

        No one appeared more stunned, however, than Angie herself.
        It was like the whole group was thinking/saying, “WHAT? I thought we said it was gonna be a Candice/ANGIE finale?????”

        I mean, really.

      • Karen says:

        “The judges were STUNNED that she lost to kree.” they weren’t. They knew before the show who was in and who was out.

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      Best finale matchup possible. Kudos to voters for getting the correct final 2. This finale has the potential to be ridiculously good.

    • ben says:

      Wow! I’m so surprised and so pleased. I mean, I could have taken Amber or Kree in the finale, but I knew that Amber didn’t have the chance, so I’ve been backing a Candice/Kree finale for a long time. But I can’t believe I actually got it! So pleased.

    • Will says:

      I’m really sad that I won’t get my dream of an Angie/Candice Finale, but hopefully a Candice win has become inevitable. Then again, you never know what Angie’s demo shift will do, so i can only hope it shifts in favor of Candice.

    • Uriel Medellin says:

      It should have been a Candice-Amber finale! Amber is far better than Kree and Angie voice wise because this a song contest not a beauty contest dude!!!! What happen America????

      • kaba says:

        People need to accept the fact that this show HAS to be a popularity contest. It’s stupid that people insinuate that millions of people should make unbiased opinions strictly based on vocals.
        Sorry, but having a better voice doesn’t make one a better vocalist and people didn’t like amber enough

      • AI Addict says:

        Are you mad?! Vocal wise, no one beats Kree except Candice. But I thought Amber was better than Angie too. Amber was always in my top 3 with Candice and Kree. But her fans (and Angie’s fans) need to stop being mean and biassed against Kree. But I like Angie, though, not as a singer. Angie is one of the best performer the show has ever had.

        • Becky says:

          I am excited about the finale. I am not a big country fan but I am a Kree fan. However, if she loses to Candice I will be okay with that. As for Angie, it never crossed her mind that she would lose. It is a little off putting for someone to assume they were the only choice. And I think this is the first time she may not have achieved what she expected to achieve.

    • forrest says:

      So much for all the twitter follower counters. Angie’s fanbase wasn’t large enough to carry her to the finals. She’ll release a debut album, but I don’t expect much more than that for mainstream airplay IMHO. Coulton who?

      • Name That Tune says:

        It’s more like the people who like Candice and Kree are not using Twitter, but they do vote. All those Twitter followers weren’t enough.

      • Natou says:

        Phillip who? Scotty who? What people don’t get no matter how big your fanbase is. Each contestant voted off the people that are voting for them have to go somewhere and that usually reverse the balance. Early on, fanbase helped but later on contestants need more. And that’s when Idol producers have realized how to manipulate America so those extra votes goes to the contestant of their choice. In a competition where song choice is everything, idol has decided in top 3 to not give them the choice. How is that even legal? And to be honest, I don’t think they care whether Kree or Angie made the finals. They just want Candice to be there. Kree did not even have much Hollywood face time and Angie like Nikki said was not on top of their list until she had ‘You set me free’. But, Candice was Nigel chosen one since end of last season. He himself stated Joshua was his favorite last year. Candice had receive the most facetime all season. She had been call the voice. He has done everything. Having everyone mentionning who is their top 3 to give her an underdog status. Pimping Amber cause he knows that would bring a fanbase that later will move to Candice. Nigel thinks having a black woman winner will validate the show and remove WGWG reputation forever.

        • kaba says:

          Phillip just went quadruple platinum.
          Scotty and Lauren are doing exceptionally well. Listen to country and you’ll see lmao.

        • MB says:

          Nigel also stated way back that he thought a girl RB singer would win this year and I think that was even before Hollywood week.

    • roxy says:

      Off topic: Mariah’s video was humiliating. It wasn’t the fact that she showed skin–it was how she did it–pumping her a-s-s and those dazed fakey flirty expressions. GAWD!! It all felt desperate. When new female singers porn up their videos you think, well ok, irritating but the market demands this crap, etc. Mariah does not need to sexify to sell. C’mon Mariah. Respect yourself and show some leadership.

    • Ansa says:

      This was my early pick as well. But when they finally got rid of Janelle and there was such an uproar when the judges (except Mariah) failed to put Candace in the top three…it was obvious that Kree was the next sacrificial lamb…I really didn’t think it was going to happen. I do believe the two best vocalists is at the top. I do love Kree…her voice and personality just touch my heart. But I truly hope she does not win. I think there would be such a backlash if this happens that it will tarnish her win. I really think she will get to do her record and she will make it big in Country music without the win. I am not a Candace fan…but she is a fantastic vocalist and performer….I hope her fans vote their fingers off!

  2. Kristi says:

    Well, the producers got what they wanted. Congrats to Kree and Candice. I personally think that Candice has one of the best, rich, soulful voices I’ve ever heard on AI and she no doubt deserves to be in the finale. I just think Angie is a more dynamic performer than Kree. I guess the trend of southern contestants making it over northern ones continues. What is up with that?

    • Dan says:

      Agreed. The only options tonight were either a Kree/Angie or Kree/Candice final 2, because the entire South votes country every year. It’s a shame, because a Candice/Angie would be the best finale.

      • Joy says:

        Huh? I know the conventional wisdom is that Southerners have the edge, but that doesn’t mean just country — voters from the South have supported plenty of non-country Southern contestants (Kelly, Clay, Ruben, Fantasia, Taylor, Kris, Josh, Phil). Kree, being both Southern AND country, may have some kind of edge, but certainly not the “entire South” — there are loads of Southerners supporting Candice right now, too.

        • Maddie says:

          I am a southerner and firmly supporting Candice! I am not a fan of country music at all!

        • The Beach says:

          Candice is from the low country of South Carolina. It doesn’t get more Southern than that. (Aside: low country cooking is some of the best in the country)

        • Uriel Medellin says:

          We should vote on who should be winners in the first place voice wise because this is a song contest not a popularity contest. Look at previous winners who did’nt make it to fame?????

      • Lana says:

        I’ve always felt Kree’s voice was soo much better than Angie’s on any given day and I could careless that she can’t wink at the camera cause her singing just melts me like butter. Angie is good and I do hope she has a career, but she does need to mature and get the pageantry out of her to become a viable pop star. Of course I know nothing about being a Christian star, though I would think the heavy make up and revealing clothing might be a no no but what do I know. I was shocked because I thought my Kree didn’t stand a chance and I ended up screaming. I can not wait for this finale as Candice is my other favorite. I don’t care who wins, I will be voting for whoever has the best night next week.

      • Tess says:

        What makes you think the South only votes for Country singers? Perhaps there are people in the South that love jazz infused R&B or Christian Rock or another genre altogether. And just because you love a certain genre of music doesn’t mean you support the person who represents that genre on the show.

        And how about this – I am from the Northeast and I’m not a Country music fan but I like Kree and I voted for her. I was pulling for a Kree/Candice finale since Vegas because to me they were the top two singers this season (I’m not into R&B either, by the way). I’m pleasantly surprised by the results tonight and for the first time all season, look forward to seeing the show next week – and voting for Kree to win!

      • Name That Tune says:

        What you are forgetting is that both Candice and Kree are from the South. So it’s not the style of music, it’s the region. And let us not forget that many fine singers who are not country artists are from the South. For example, Harry Connick, Jr.

    • MB says:

      Maybe next year Idol should manipulate the playing field do that only northern contestants are worthy of winning by eliminating any contestants from the south. That sounds fair doesn’t it because they manipulated so much this year to get a girl winner why not throw a bone to us in the north. Just kidding but it does stink that no one from the north has a shot at winning this thing.
      I knew Angie was a gonna when he gave her the first round but the way he put it made it sound like she made a big mistake by not playing the piano. He said it last night bit not as strong as he did tonight. Then when went against the judges about Kree’s last song and said she gave attitude it was sealed. Especially when he emphasized Angie did well but she did not have a moment. Remember how he apologized to Joshua for giving him No More Drama last year that something was missing yet the night before he praised him. Yeah I knew.
      Angie was my favorite and my heart broke for her tonight. We saw a dream crushed before our eyes. I like Kree I just feel Angie was a more exciting performer than Kree. That being said no one should win this thing but Candice. Go Candice.

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        The second he made such a huge deal about the piano again I knew she was likely gone. When they called Candice safe first it was a done deal.
        I kept telling everyone it was nonsense Angie had it in the bag and had run away with it.
        For crying out loud she had already been below both.
        She is from the Northeast! Even worse than just being from outside of the South. The worst spot of all to be from for Idol, especially these days.
        She doesn’t do country.
        She got the princess, prom girl call outs the last two weeks. That gets all the jealous hater types against her and calling her fake, mean, girl,etc. and zero sympathy, emotional pull votes.
        She had no powerful backstory. Don’t think that can’t make a big difference if things are even slightly close.
        Why didn’t producers give her the song she wrote for the last song to let her get a moment there? And not one from an old Elton song that many find cloying.
        She had no huge base to draw from the last two elimated contestants. Janelle was country so Kree takes a lot. Amber was sort of a mix of Angie and Candice but most of her fans didn’t post much in favor of Angie and did praise Candice some so Candice got most of that it seems so how does that set up Angie well?
        Every darn person on every sight keeps saying Angie has it won, it’s a lock, every time that happens there is a suprise elim!!! Last night they said she will be there next week. Nobody thinks they need to be silly and vote two hours non-stop. While Krees voters are scared to death and P.O. this week on top. Candice’s voters got the scare put in them, PO and then she got the huge over praise and pimp spot.

        • jflkdsjlkfdsjkl says:

          I didnt read your whole comment. Just some. But Angie had that whole “I’m 80% deaf” story. Kree’s story wasn’t even featured until later and Candice had no story. And Angie has never been in the bottom like kree and candice

        • Trouty Mouth says:

          You lost all credibility when you used the expression “jealous haters”.

          • ben says:

            Yeah. She did come across to me as fake. I’m not a ‘jealous hater’, indeed I don’t hate anyone on Idol (not even the judges!). I am still entitled to an opinion about who is the best singer and why.

          • WishesRandyCouldn'tSpeak says:

            Making that prom queen, princess comment or whatever typically does come from a bit of insecurity and jealousy. Mostly from middle aged women who weren’t popular in high school who just associate a pretty girl with every bad associated stereotype there is. When in fact, Angie is NOT a prom queen type of girl – she’s that cool and edgy chick that will do wtv she wants and doesn’t give a crap about being nice and proper, hence the artistry and risks she has shown week after week on this show.

          • AI Addict says:

            I don’t know if anyone would agree with me, but I think HitTheGroundRunning has been quite biassed but also trying to sound nice so as to prevent negative replies. And he/she thinks Kree isn’t good and always tries to make Kree sound like she’s getting sympathy/country/Janelle’s votes and doesn’t have great singing talent. I know he/she loves Angie so much but, jeez…

          • Jamie C. says:

            I’m middle-aged, was popular in high school, and reasonably attractive. I’m certainly not jealous of a teenager. I do not deny Angie’s talent. I also don’t think she’s fake. I think Angie loves attention, mugs for the camera too much, and comes off as disingenuine. IMO, Kree and Candace come off as genuine, hardworking talents who, maybe didn’t turn people off as much as Angie. Last night was the most emotion I’ve seen from Angie all season. And maybe this loss for Angie will be the best thing that could have happened to her. We all need a little humility in life to bring us down a notch so we don’t get too full of ourselves. Although she’s turned me off all season, I genuinly felt sorry for her last night and shed a few tears with her. She was definately shocked and did not see this coming. More’s the pity that she didn’t think it possible that she could be the one eliminated.
            But, she has a beautiful voice and is beautiful. I’m sure she will be fine and very successful.

        • Newbie says:

          Also, that honey pie Nicki pointed out Angie is a dead ringer for Miley Cyrus. That’s either will help or a curse. Because there’s a like of Miley haters out there.

        • mike says:

          hit……you are and always have been very very annoying….go to your room….now….and do not post as often as you do….go!

          • bingham says:


          • bs’d
            I disagree. HTGR is entitles to his opinion. I am a 63 year old, pleasant looking woman who was pretty & popular in both high school and college. My favourites this season were Candice & Kree. I enjoyed Angie, very much though & mention, again, her classy act in being the first to comment on Janelle’s “Ypung & Restless” on youtube. HTGR, post away, but please remember that just as you are entity;led to your opinion, so is everyone else & by belittling the other contestants, you belittle yourself & Angie. Just saying :)

        • Gary says:

          you got it right!!

        • AI Addict says:

          I don’t agree with you on most of the points u made. But I really really hate what people say about her character. She is fun. I like her personality a lot. And I love Krangie (I can’t think of a better name lol) friendship.

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        Plus Angie has clearly outperformed Kree recently. And no matter what she adapted. Kree got stuff she didn’t like, which wasn’t great for her, but she folded and didn’t even try.
        Being 100% honest can you say Kree has been outsinging Angie any recent weeks?
        Can you say she has been a better performer?
        Angie is the only one who didn’t sink with her Pink challenge.

        • jflkdsjlkfdsjkl says:

          Oh please. Angie is a self entitled BlTCH. Crying like a baby as if she deserved the finale. GTFO

          • Erika says:

            Ah, resorting to sexist name-calling. You’re quite a good person, I can tell.

          • Jill says:

            What are you? 12? Name calling and cussing. Grow up.

          • Ed says:

            She had every right to cry. She is only human.

          • Jasmine says:

            Nothing about Angie Miller screams BITCH! you haters have no justifiable reasons to say the things that you guys say about her. she cried because this was her world for months and now it’s just gone….other contestants cried too. Angie really wanted this! She wanted it! She wanted it more! stop posting such mean things. Angie Miller is the best! regardless of this stupid vote. Dust off your shoulders ANGIE, leave the mourning to us and go out there and kill it and make people see that they made the wrong choices. I know this girl can do it! I know she can! Love you Angela Miller! Wooh!

          • karyn says:

            Obnoxious posts like this are the reason Angie fanatics feel justified in calling all of us non-Angie-fanatics “haters.” Neither is fair! IMO, Angie isn’t as good as Candace and Kree and the right 2 people got to the finale. I am not a hater and shouldn’t have to feel bad because jerks like jflkdsjlkfdsjk exist in the world.

            Stop with the personal attacks and just vote/root for the person you think should win.

        • MC says:

          ITA. I saw the writing on the wall, however. The most dedicated fans and intense power voters are from the South and especially the twenty-seven million people in Texas. That voting bloc determines many, if not all, of these singing comps. Carly lost out to Tate Stevens and I knew Angie was in deep trouble. It absolutely makes no difference how well anyone (such as Angie or Carly or Haley) performs when the most dominant voting block is not going to support her. It should be added that Haley, in particular, was steamrolled by the voting trends in favor of Scotty and Lauren. Remember the judges have complete access to the voting margins every week. They knew that Scotty and Lauren were already blowing everybody out in the voting (before the finale). This is why AI steadfastly supported Scotty and Lauren throughout that season, but especially in the final weeks of that year. They knew the voting results were a foregone conclusion and you have to build the perception that Lauren and Scotty are “artists.” Perception often becomes reality in the world of marketing. AI, if nothing else, provides a lesson in marketing products and people every year. Incidentally, anyone who thinks Candice is a lock to win this thing is probably in for a shock (and I’m a huge Candice fan).

          • nhf7170 says:

            You’re probably right. Being from the Northeast doesn’t exactly help. Being a Christian won’t save you on AI when you’re from Gommorah. That said I’m just glad Candice is in the finale, so at least there’ll be some real SANGing next week. I also love the fact that she’s from such a culturally rich part of the country. They didn’t really make much of it, but I’d bet the Gullah culture had a significant influence on her musical sensibilities. I gotta watch “Daughters of the Dust” again.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            yeah, although Idol said that she all but caught Lauren at the end, at one point they put out a comment as they occasionally do and said the second spot contest had been extremely close. Lauren was probably miles ahead for a lot of the season though. But Scotty was always like a zillion more votes than her or maybe even everyone combined. THAT was a runaway season at the end. As I said this season was way too close. And even for the finale now people say Candice has it in the bag. No way. It could absolutely go either way and I’d even lean Kree FTW. It was clear that a little push or something could shift any of the three out or to the top.

          • candicegloverfan says:

            @nhf7170 – glad to see i’m not the only one who was reminded of ‘daughters of the dust’ last night during candice’s home visit video – huge fan of that film! and @MC – i think you’re probably on to something in your analysis, which is why i will vote every second of the window next week for candice. kree has a beautiful voice and i actually like her a lot, but candice so often reaches me on such a deep level with her performances. btw, i’m a white southern chick – and not a country-music hater – but it’s candice and her adele-meets-maryjblige-meets-billie holiday slice of heaven which has captivated me and which i would love to see rewarded with a win next week!

        • C says:

          Angie was bad on Try. I don’t even know what people were hearing, but she was literally shouting her way through at points. She didn’t connect with the lyrics at all and the vocal was spotty. None of the contestants rose to the Pink challenge. None of them connected.

          • Ansa says:

            Yes…Angie had great song choices but was only good on the Elton John song. Try was all performance but vocals was baaad. And the third song…just all straining and her emoting on the piano was just too much. I admit Kree’s performance on Perfect was awkward and better dig two was just not a top three song choice….stupid Nigel…but her vocals was spot on for all three. With Candice, her vocals was bad on the first…I love her second…I didn’t find her third was one of her best….too much strain in her voice…but it was the best performance of the night.

        • mike says:


    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      Yup they got their show. Well done again Nigel. Congrats! :(

      • alia says:

        Now you can talk about angie being robbed for a zillion years like you do Haley, am I looking forward to that! *sarcasm*

        • Danny says:

          Alia, why would you make your first ever post an attack on someone? Hit at least adds something to this board. You’ve never added anything.

        • WishesRandyCouldn'tSpeak says:

          Haha, you just got served. Royally wrecked.

    • Cheryl says:

      If the producers wanted Kree in the finale they wouldn’t have given her the song they did to sing. And Jimmy gave her one that didn’t suit her and the judges were very lukewarm with Kree. I like all three but I honestly think America got it right – no thanks to the producer, Jimmy or the judges.

      • Ansa says:

        ITA on performance night it felt like everyone was simply paving a way for a Candice/Angie finale. I was very sorry for Kree. I think Kree was quite ready to go home so she was sooo shocked to hear her name. Kree may have been an early fave….but I think the producers wanted a Candace/ Angie/Amber top three….so thanks America for getting it right!

    • Shirley says:

      I totally agree. I also think Cree is getting the sympathy votes since in her profile She stated her parents were dead.

    • Anna says:

      I don’t think this is what the producers wanted. They had been pimping Angie hard for the last few weeks. And Jimmy Iovine seemed to really be backing Amber.

    • Mark says:

      No, the producers wanted an Amber/Angie finale. The viewers screwed that up and gave them what they considered their worst case scenario (after a Lazaro/anyone travesty)–two not current, not now, not marketable plus-sized finalists. I’m happy for both ladies, and would have been satisfied with any combination of Kree/Angie/Candice, but I guarantee you, this is not the ending that Nigel envisioned.

  3. karenb says:

    Holy crap! I sure didn’t see that one coming!

    • the real wendy says:


    • GG says:


      I too was in total shock about Kree over Angie…but me loves an American Idol surprise

      Go Candice….yay

      I like Kree and I will be happy for her is she comes in second. I have to keep voting for my girl Candice

      • derik says:

        I saw it coming pretty clearly. At top 5 we had vote splits by Kree/Janelle and Amber/Candice. At top four Kree wasn’t splitting the country vote and we saw Amber/Candice in the bottom because they were still splitting, but then a non elimination. That gave Candice a week to be amazing while Kree fans got complacent, leading her to be in bottom 2 for the redux. I sort of worried about whether Amber fans would split to Candice or Angie, but looks like my first instincts were right and they went with the former. Which left Angie with her usuals while Candice got an R ‘n B spike from Amber’s crew and Kree got a re-energized country spike. No worries though, Angie wants a Colton Dixon/Mandisa/Jason Castro career, so she’s set.

        • rwfblog says:

          Excellent critique.
          It’s a mystery to me why so many folks believed the Angie myth due to her Twitter and Facebook followers. (Don’t get me wrong — Angie is a great singer. But her winning? Wasn’t going to happen.) You guys never heard of zombie “friends”? Press agent and/or gamblers throw smoke at someone’s apparent popularity by by friending them with tens of thousands of fake Twitter/Facebook accounts. It’s meaningless, but I guess lots of folks don’t realize that yet.

          • ETG says:

            Yes, a lot of people really like Angie’s voice. I am NOT one of them; to me, her voice sounds like about half the women who are charting right now; nothing unique about it. Her high-pitched wail/shriek is what finally did it for me. If she would just stay in her lower register more, she would be a LOT easier to listen to.

  4. Vince says:

    I can now see Candice winning this thing!

    • Sg. Grant says:

      Angie went home because the producers know she could put out a successful record tomorrow and it would sell; and, she is ready to do just that. Kree could put out a country album and it would do moderately well because country music fans still actually buy music. Candice needs to win to get the label backing, otherwise she just isn’t main-stream enough to make it. Pia Toscano says hello from obscurity.

      • ETG says:

        Angie went home because Candice and Kree got the most votes. I think many people started to see Angie as very annoying and stuck in a rut musically.

  5. Timmah says:

    Seems like third place is always the shocking elimination. Even caught me by surprise this time.

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      Nah they kept calling Angie first and Kree last (while saying in no particular order) and all it was setting up Angie for the complacent fall. Plus nobody from her region ever wins. Country and southern blocks dominate. I said again and again the voters are not the young twiitter user types everyone kept going on about. Why do you think Idol is desperate? Because they are down to a largely southern and old viewership.
      And who got eliminated recently? Amber whose fans seemed to not go for Angie much at all and Janelle’s fans who surely would go Kree more than the other two.
      Those regions also vote like wild. Big cities like LA, NYC, Boston, etc. too much going on in the entertainment world, too many people from those areas already crazy famous for it to be the huge exciting thing.
      Who had backstory with no compelling drama? Who got called a princess, a beauty pagent, prom girl the last few weeks? Votes rebel against that and don’t go for it.
      Which two voter bases did they most annoy and scare the last few weeks? Candice and Kree

      • Deanna Vajon says:

        People like you are why Kree and Candice are in the finale over Angie. You’re over zealous response to Angie’s elimination isn’t just annoying… it is embarrassing.

        • bingham says:

          I agree, it’s extremely annoying!!! Plus he/she makes me embarrassed to be a Haley fan if that’s how Haley fans act. I wish he/she would do what his/her user name says and HTGR… far far away.

      • mike says:

        hit the ground running…….. I told you to shussss……..and no coloring book for you the rest of the year……

  6. Mamamitzvah says:

    My internet connection went & I missed the entire show. Whaaaaa and it is 4/20 once again :( Fill me in in detail, please. I’ll owe you big time :)

    • Lana says:

      @Mamamitzvah, Candice and Kree are going to finale. Angie fans are mad and blaming the Southerners again. Anytime things don’t go someone’s way the South gets blamed, again.

  7. Greg says:

    Candice will win and join the long list of winners who have no real industry success.

    • chaka says:

      just because you said, watch her prove you wrong sooner or later :)

    • GG says:

      @GREG You can’t be too sure Greg. Kree has a huge fan base. If we want to see the confetti drop on Candice, we will have to vote vote vore

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      not sure they are both from the South so that washes out but country man the country vote is big.
      Only thing Candice has going is that Kree hasn;t beaten her overall in a week since who remembers when (not that that helped Angie any)

    • Nana says:

      I think you are entirely wrong. Big voice. Big talent.

    • nhf7170 says:

      That would be sad because she’s an awesome singer.

    • MamaLis says:

      First of all, I’m alway blown away by comments as ignorantly negative as one like this.
      Second, I believe wholeheartedly that Candice WILL have a long career ahead of her. I have posted for WEEKS – amid all the smack talk in the this room – that Candice would be in the finale.

      This is a girl that came from a town of nothing; was rejected twice and took it upon herself to not only persevere, but study and improve and plan and perfect her craft as best she could. She came back to Idol with great determination. A quiet, inner core of strength and determination. I watched this girl… In the beginning, when she would KILL a song but bloggers would rag about her “nasty, pouty face” or something of that nature. It did not get her down. She came back stronger – and then she began SMILING more, week after week. When she KILLED the songs again – but every Judge but Mariah left her out of the “Top Three.” It did NOT get Candice down! She came back AGAIN even stronger… she did not miss a beat!

      So whether she will have a career? Absolutely! There are MANY markets to choose from and many genres of music. Personally, I think she could also tap into jazz someday, if she wanted to.
      The point is, Candy Girl is WAY talented and she has good instincts and she has TENACITY.

      If you have talent AND you’re willing to work hard – PLUS you get a few great breaks in this life?
      We’ll… that’s usually something you have to throw away to screw-up and I’m thinking Candice isn’t about to do that!

      • teatime says:

        Excellent post. I agree with your assessment. Candice is one determined later. No matter where she finishes next week she will use this platform to get to her goals.
        If I were a music producer I would want to work with Candice.

  8. Nicole says:

    Welp, Candice has this in the bag.

    • GG says:


      Don’t be too sure Nicole we have to vote our fingers off for Candice. Angie in 3rd was a big surprise, we don’t want another one

    • forrest says:

      Candice = America’s Adele. Someone else came up with this title and I agree Candice has a real chance of winning this thing in spite off the judges continually putting her down throughout the season: Randy’s church girl, Nikki asking about her weight, Keith not having Candice on his favorite’s list, etc.

  9. Sam says:

    LOL, enjoy your worst sales ever Idol. Next time let them pick their own damn songs in the Top 3 week.

    • ejones says:

      It was such an underwhelming top 3 performance night, but, thereagain the votes at this stage do not necessarily correspond to performance. Even Candice’s ‘Somewhere’ had its issues, nowhere near as spectacular as PJProby’s version of many years ago.

    • Jill says:

      AGREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Stupid songs choices and sympathy votes edged out Angie.

  10. Biggest shocker since Pia Toscano, IMHO. We were all saying “oh, wah wah, all these results shows are boring this year”. Well, we got what we wanted. WOW.

    I’ll enjoy an Idol finale for the first time since season 8 and anxiously await the result. And be happy with the outcome either way. Even though Candice has been my clear favorite since her audition in January.


  11. Mindy says:

    So happy about the finale. My two favorites.

    • Ed says:

      Mine too. And America’s too (except for those of you who believe in the “grassy knoll” theory, lol).

  12. Adam Fachry says:

    O…EM…GEE!!!!! WERK WERK WERK!!! The producers’ manipulation to get rid of Kree is proved unsuccessful, and she’s now competing against Candice!! Bye…Miley, like you said “sometimes you’re gonna have to loooseeee”

    • Bre218 says:

      Lmaooooo @ that Miley comment hahahha

    • Jasmine says:

      I am so sick of people comparing her to Miley and just dismissing her like she’s worth nothing, like she’s going to turn out like Miley. That’s so illogical. Miley Cyrus was an inspiration at some point. She just had to grow up and learn from whatever mistake’s she’s made. She’s no Lindsay Lohan. People say Miley Cyrus’s name like it’s a bad thing. Anyways….back to Angela. Like I said, for hundreds of times since it was announced that Angie was gone, I miss her, but this is not the end. I’ll always remember Angie’s moments on this show. They were truly gems. loved this season because of Angie Miller, that’s it. SHE made the season for me.

  13. Wesley says:

    I wanted Kree/Candice finale since Vegas! So freaking excited for next week! This is the first time that whoever wins I am pleased with the result! YAY! Go Kree! Go Candice!

    • GG says:


      Me too

    • Joe says:

      I’m at a loss. This is the first time I can remember the 2 contestants I wanted in the finals made it to the finals. I can’t wait for the show. I want Candice to win because I think she’s so special, but she has to go take it and if Kree amps it up next week it might be closer than we all think.

  14. Mari says:

    I think this was a plot to make Candice win. Now I’m voting all the way for Kree.

    • Timmah says:

      I agree. They desperately wanted a female to win, and if it’s an African American one that’s a big bonus. Not that I’m cynical or anything :).

    • chaka says:

      STOP! with the conspiracy theory, just vote for who you want to vote for! its it kree then vote kree,, if its Candice then vote Candice! sheesh!

  15. Does it have anything to do with “You Set Me Free“ song copyright??

  16. debbie says:

    Screw this crap. I’m done with Idol until next year. Angie got robbed. I’m so sick of the country crap.

  17. Lynn says:

    YES! Candice and Kree in the finale, as it should be. Angie has nothing to be ashamed of, she did spectacularly well all season long.

    Candice and Kree in the finale though, feels like justice after the inauthentic, biased, and dishonorable season AI has strung together this year.

  18. Carol says:

    No doubt the best voices will be in the finale. But I can’t help but think it will lack the natural starpower Angie would bring to it. She just got IT.

    • Maddie says:

      I think the problem for Angie is that her “star power” never seemed natural, bur rather came across as forced and calculated.

      • AlyB says:

        That is exactly her problem. Her supporters can’t seem to accept that that’s the way she came across to an awful lot of people. You see it all over. Angie couldn’t shake the put on persona that came over her when she stepped on stage. People couldn’t get past it, no matter how well she sang.

      • Ansa says:

        This is my impression too. She is a good performer…but it never feels organic.

      • Brenda says:

        Exactly! I was so excited about the unexpected (to me) results that I screamed. I never warmed up to Angie “I liked her better when she was Angela” Miller. Kree and Candice were my dream Final 2 and I got it! The PTB tried to push the “young, skinny, and hot” (read: more marketable) contestants on us, but the voters weren’t buying what they were selling…

  19. Jacob P. says:

    So shocked right now. #TeamCandice

  20. Danny says:

    I figured it would be Kree who left, but this works. For that matter, I would have been happy w/ any combination of the top 5 (though Amber did crack some during top 4 week). I don’t recall a more sad goodbye song than what this was.

  21. Marcos says:

    I’m sure the producers is manipulating for Candice to win urrrrrrrrrrgh

  22. Zach says:


    • Danny says:

      They were the best 2 this year. IMO not even close to best final 2 in history. I’ve only been watching since season 4. Since then Bo/Carrie, Kris/Adam, Phillip/Jessica had both better than these 2. Crystal was better than these 2, though Lee wasn’t. David Cook was better than these 2, David A was about even. The only final I think these 2 are clearly better than was the Scott/Lauren one. The ones I didn’t mention were about even w/ this years.

  23. Candice/Kree finale, didn’t think it was possible! So happy!

  24. carsonlea says:

    I’m stunned. So is Angie; she practically had Kree’s bags packed and waiting in a cab outside.

  25. Melanie Desi says:

    All I really wanted was Candice in the finale, so I got my wish. I was a little surprised that it wasn’t Candice/Angie because I really thought Angie had the momentum, but Candice and Kree have the best voices.

  26. Trouty Mouth says:

    It’s definitely the right final two. #TeamCandice

  27. CJS says:

    And all it took was the most blatant and obvious manipulation from TPTB to make this finale happen. And the voting public fell for it hook, line, and sinker. I hope you are all proud of yourselves; you didn’t even vote for the attractive women (and inner beauty doesn’t count.) I’d actually prefer a WGWG winner or no winner at all at this point.

    • Lynn says:

      What are you talking about? TPTB, Idol producers, judges, have been manipulating this season to ensure an Amber and Angie finale. How about the last two or three weeks (not counting last night of course) that Candice and Kree (especially Kree) were thrown under the bus, while Amber gets a standing ovation for Macarthur Park and Angie gets a standing ovation every time she sits behind a piano (sometimes it was deserved, but most of the time it wasn’t). I’m sorry but the right two made it DESPITE the blatant manipulation of TPTB, not because of said manipulation.

      • derik says:

        Ever heard of reverse psychology? TPTB aren’t stupid and they monitor how peeps react to their ploys. Everything I’ve seen in the past three weeks points to TPTB having learned their lesson from over-pimping Adam and trying to sabotage Haley and using that to get us where we are in the finale. Not that I care, because this is the finale I want as well, but they were a lot more subtle in their girl manipulation than they were with the boys.

        • Ramification says:

          People see manipulation if the result they want does not arrive. Everyone yesterday was saying how much the producers were trying to bus Kree, now they tried to bus Angie? What ?

          • Ansa says:

            This is sooo true! So typical of Idol fans…if their favorite gets eliminated suddenly its manipulation and now it’s all reverse psychology when Angie has been a producers fave from auditions? That is just the most ridiculous statement ever. Angie may not have been Jimmy’s fave because he is not in the Christian music biz….but Nigel sure loved her!

      • karyn says:

        You are giving Nigel et al. way too much credit. They are not thinking through their manipulations 10 steps ahead. They assume people are sheep and will vote for the person the judges rave about each week. All too often they are right.

        This season the producers’ anti-boy manipulation was appallingly blatant and obviously successful. But once they got the top 4 they wanted, I’m rather proud that the voting public stopped listening. Despite the over-the-top pimping by the judges of Amber and then Angie, the voters didn’t buy it and voted for the best performers. Miraculously, they’ve gotten all the eliminations exactly right. I liked Amber and Angie but they were clearly 4th and 3rd to Kree (2nd) and Candace (1st).

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      And they tossed out the Disney Princess, Miley Cyrus, Prom Queen, etc.
      they kept saying she had almost run away with it, they riled up the other fan bases and gave Candice the huge pimping on the critical night
      I posted a thousand times the last few weeks that Angie was in huge danger and for everyone to stop saying she ran away with it since that would kill the last few extra votes she’d desperately need. Everyone kept saying that was nonsense and I was full of it and well here you go….
      she had the weakest base, had her fans set up for complacency, other riled up to the max.
      And yeah now perhaps she will get buried in CC which stinks because it is NOT where she wanted go (despite everyone trying lock her in that box) and not really want to hear from her at all. Kree had her country thing for sure no matter what and that is waht she wants to do.

      • MB says:

        So agree with your whole post. I gave Angie all my 50 votes last night plus voted for her till my fingers felt like they were going to bleed because after Candice’s Somewhere and Kree’s emotionl package I knew she was in trouble. Also I know from an interview of hers she wanted to go main stream and she would have been great. I only hope she gets the chance.

        • WishesRandyCouldn'tSpeak says:

          Me too. My heart litterally broke watching her. So glad my TV cut her off mid-song for Glee, I just couldn’t take it anymore – we saw a sweet, innocent and amazingly talented young girl get her heart broken tonight. I can’t wait for her to show all these annoying posters and rise on top.

          • MC says:

            ITA. It’s interesting that the “down home” girl with the extremely pageanty personality (Lauren Alaina) wasn’t scrutinized and dissected nearly as much as Angie on message boards like this one. Angie at least made a genuine effort to tone down her theatricality during this season. My respect for Angie grew when I saw her make that effort. I think Angie did very well to make the top three and she should be proud of herself. It was a real pleasure for me over the last six or more months to see two great girls (Carly was the other one) from the northeast make such strong runs on these talent shows. I think they will both be successful going forward and that’s all that matters.

          • HitTheGroundRunning says:

            Yeah it was impressive how she’d adjust like that. Compare Shop Around from way back when to Try. Adjusted a lot of body language and so on even just this last week. She adapted and rose to all the challenges and brought it like mad the last few weeks. .
            I didn’t see really anyone else adapt to uptemo stuff and perfect it like she did this week. She seemed 100% in it to the end and didn’t seem to check out whatever the challenge. Sure maybe she is still not your thing but she didn’t exactly suck compared to the other two as is being claimed by many here.

      • mike says:

        hit the ground………hey you will be ok …cartoons in the morning

      • Name That Tune says:

        HTGR, we understand that you are a passionate fan of Angie’s but the people who voted don’t agree with you. Last night, you were all over the place, telling us how Angie won this round & that round, insisting that Candice missed notes she didn’t. I don’t always think Kree connects emotionally on her songs, but last night she did. She rarely misses a note and she has been asked to sing things that don’t suit her. More than anything, people are responding to the sense that both Candice and Kree are underdogs. How is it that neither one of them hasn’t been signed by someone before Idol? How can you not feel for both of these girls
        I don’t dislike Angie. She has a good voice but she is young pretty and will find her way in the music business. But the right singers are in the finale.

        • marie says:

          “Underdogs…” maybe, just a small factor. More importantly, I think the voters simply responded to the more polished and mature singing talent.

        • DonB says:

          There are no right or wrong singers in the finale. Only the two with the most votes. That is all that counts. Most revealing and which no one talks about is Iovine’s take on the first round of voting. He said he made the songs difficult because that is the situation the women would face post Idol. It was a test of sorts. Who passed the test? Angie with a nine out of ten. But Iovine damned with faint praise, telling everyone Angie should have had a moment, like moments can be had on demand like the hit records he produces on demand. Well no one had a moment in that test, but Angie was the one who brought it, taking judges’ and mentor’s suggestions into play, growing in front of our eyes. Candice and Kree mailed it in with zero on the adaptability and performance scale, and zero on the musical scale for Candice. They basically failed the test. But Iovine is incapable of evaluating the results related to the purpose for which he set up the song choices. He is incapable of going from A to B and keep a coherent thought in his head over two sentences. He just had to find a way to say something lousy about Angie while saying she won. That’s about how the Finale will go. It’s why I wouldn’t watch. You know that energy and attitude that Angie and Candice brought to Stay? You know the crappy night Candice was having until Angie jerked her back to something like normal. Ain’t going to happen in the finale. Kree will lull everyone to sleep and Candice will sing off key and get a standing ovation.

          • Name That Tune says:

            That’s assuming there’s only one round and that voters are only responding to that one round. There were 3 rounds and Jimmy gave a round to each girl. If you’re basing it on Jimmy’s evaluation, then it’s a tie with “Candice shutting it down” with Somewhere.
            If it’s a tie, then the voters took other things into consideration. Some of us have dreamed of a Candice and Kree finale since the top 20. Some of us responded to the heartfelt RascalI Flatts song. Some ofI us just believe Kree is the best singer.
            It ends with Kree edging out Angie in a close decision. Just like a boxing match.

          • DonB says:

            You can go back and listen to Somewhere. I think Candice has a terrific natural voice and style, but she is not trained in any way and has had a number of iffy performances. Candice was iffy in the beginning of Somewhere, off key at the end, about the same as Angie’s Sande take. She was MIA on One in a professional sense, which is what Jimmy was after from all of them and then ignored when push came to shove. Jimmy had pre-ordained Candice and Somewhere though, as had Seacrest in the Candace tease before the break. I knew I didn’t even have to watch. Candice could have sung Mary Had a Little Lamb with runs in a bad minor key and Jimmy would have responded the same as he did for Somewhere. Slezak for that matter in the same way also. They are both as disingenuous and intellectually dishonest as they come when it comes to Candice. Jimmy and Slezak will find a way to do the same thing again on Wednesday night. Love is blind.

          • bs’d
            Just because the judges and producers think they have their finger on our pulse does not make it so. I think that Angie was terrific & will look for her first CD. My opinion is that Kree & Candice are the right choice. I am sorry if that disappoints TPTB, the judges and HTGR. I love R&B & country. I even like CC. If music is good, it is good. Stop dissing other people’s opinions. It just makes your opinion less & the contestants you defend smaller.

          • WishesRandyCouldn'tSpeak says:

            Amazing post. Very well said, honest and you did not need to resort to any negative personal attacks on the contestants. I’ve noticed other posts you have made and same thing goes with them as well. I wish more posters would comment constructively like you.

          • DonB says:


            If that were directed toward me, thank you very much.

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      And who can honestly say that Kree brought better performances the last few weeks or even last night? Everyone goes yes finally it’s about the performances for once! Is it really? Which recent week did Kree outperform either Candice or Angie??

      • Aly says:

        Broadway will love Angie. She has a great future ahead of her.

        • marie says:

          Can she act? Musical theater is more than just singing.

          • Aly says:

            I don’t know Marie but she said she was really into drama in school. She might actually be better live than on tv because the stage requires more “overacting”. I’m sure she’ll be great! I wish it to her anyway.

      • Thinsperation says:

        How many times you gonna post this same comment? LOL. And to answer your question — most weeks.

      • AlyB says:

        Kree outsang her flat out last night with her Rascal Flatts song and last week with “See You Again”. So there’s that…

        • HitTheGroundRunning says:

          Yeah her Rascall Flatts song was awesome. I was happy to see that because if she did leave (and I was starting to seriously think she actually wouldn’t due to certain things) she’d have that one to really be happy about. That ONE I felt and she seemed to finally go full out and connect and bring it again. But overall…. (Try was very good that round too though)

      • mike says:

        hit the ground……now now……calm down……most posters here are really cheering for you to get a good night’s sleep…….sleepy sleep hit….sleeeeeeepy sleeepy

      • Ansa says:

        I make a distinction with performances and vocals. Kree has always been consistent with her vocals. But I think she was not that comfortable getting all dolled up and styled. On vocals alone I would say Kree out sang Angie almost every time. Angie….with all her theatricality is a better performer than Kree…but I never connect to that. I always like the laid back….very authentic styles like Kris Allen and Phillip Phillips….and they both ended up winning over people that were better performers….

    • Miss Otis Regrets... says:

      WAAAAH, how dare we vote for the best singers.

    • Anna says:

      First of all, both Candice and Kree are very attractive. Just because someone isn’t stick thin doesn’t mean they can’t be attractive.

      Secondly, you’re wrong. TPTB were blatantly pimping Angie and Amber in recent weeks. NOT Candice or Kree.

      Thirdly, lots of people obviously think Candice and Kree are the most talented contestants and deserve to be the Top 2.

      • Lizabeth says:

        I agree! Kree and Candice are both beautiful women! Apparently CJS thinks we are watching Americas Next Top Model! Even then, Kree and Candice could be viable front runners! People keep calling manipulation and “reverse psychology” by the show, and yeah, they are totally manipulative and have their agenda, but if you look back over this season, Candice and Kree have had the most strong, original (even on song choices) and beautiful performances. Angie is a wonderful performer and singer. She is crazy-talented and I hope she has great success…but like someone said before me, I think if her desire is to be on Christian radio, this is the best thing that could have happened to her.

      • WishesRandyCouldn'tSpeak says:

        How can you say that if you are not sexually attracted to them in any way? Lol, I’m a 21 year old straight man and yes, I believe they are both beautiful – but keep in mind they have also grown on me for a few months now and I know them deeper, personally I mean.

        But if you are going to be completely honest, I am a Candice fan BTW…
        If I saw Candice and Kree on the street or in a club I wouldn’t even think of going for them – not to say they are not beautiful in their own way, but generally speaking, they would not be on my radar – that would have been Amber and Angie, and Janelle too sometimes.

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      Believe it or not, many people wanted this outcome far before there was any producer manipulation. Candice and Kree were both early favorites. Not sure why you think this was a manufactured final 2. Sorry your girl Angie lost, but she kind of sucked compared to these 2.

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        So her adapting from an early Shop Around to Try (a tougher song too boot) = sucks. And Kree doing a Shop Around level performance on Perfect this late in the game (plus looking totally checked out of it for the last half of it) = infinitely better than Angie?
        Although it was a good performance, Candice did miss some notes, added a couple odd runs and did yell/shout on Somewhere and it is the best performance in Idol history and Angie gets a bit belty and misses a couple notes and it is a shouty train wreck.
        None of the top three sucked.

        • Angie_Overrated says:

          Kree did not do a “Shop Around” performance on “Perfect” this week. Kree was on pitch. Angie was all over the place in multiple different keys, so much so that I’m not sure she even knew what key she was in by the end.

  28. Billie says:


    6th place – Carly Smithson (season 7)
    5th place – Skylar Laine (season 11)
    4th place – Allison Iraheta (season 8)
    3rd place – Haley Reinhart (season 10)
    2nd place – Crystal Bowersox (season 9)
    1st place – Candice Glover (season 11) ???


    • Typo Police says:

      Candice Glover is on season 12

    • Natou says:

      I am sorry to break the news but Candice would not win American Idol. Country votes/sympathy votes would not allow that to happen. Add to that Kree would pick up all Angie’s votes. And we will get WGWG again cause Kree plays guitar. It’s White Girl With Guitar.

  29. Chris says:

    OVERJOYED!!!! I can’t wait for Candice’s & Kree’s album! Perfect finale!!!! PERFECT!

    WOOOO HOOOO!!!!!!

    I mean WOW! I get to hear their first singles next week – WOOOO HOOOOO!!!

  30. marie says:

    Yes. That’s all I need to say tonight.

  31. JonGirl says:

    I was rooting for Angie so hard; it figures that she didn’t make it to the finale. I am very sad about that, but I will still watch next week because I’m loyal. But, now all the suspense is pretty much gone. Candice will wipe the floor with Kree.

    • Mary says:

      Don’t be so sure. Both have great voices it depends on the genre you like more and what fan group wants to spend their time voting. I like both but to be honest I prefer Kree a tad more.

      • The Beach says:

        Don’t they two finalists reprise one of their past songs on finale night? My guess is Candice will sing “Love Song” and Kree will sing “Up to the Mountain” Anyone else got a guess?

        • candicegloverfan says:

          strangely, i find myself hoping that they *don’t* do this, even though i absolutely love both of the performances/songs you mention. it’s just that i want so much to see what candice will do with some songs i haven’t yet heard her sing – i don’t even want one slot to be a repeat. not to mention – ‘love song’ was just so beyond amazing in its first incarnation – she’ll be competing with that, which i wouldn’t want. let that moment stand without trying to recreate it. i really hope they get all new songs that they haven’t performed on the show yet – when are the deets on the themes/song choices released?

          • JonGirl says:

            I remember when Adam Lambert repeated “Mad World” on the final night, it didn’t have half the impact that it had the first time around.

        • Name That Tune says:

          Candice is asking her followers on Twitter what they want to hear again. It’s pretty evenly split between Lovesong, IWHN, & Somewhere. I hope she chooses wisely and picks Lovesong.

        • karyn says:

          I hope Candace does IWHN. They had already started touting her as a favorite but I wasn’t into her until this song, which gave me goosebumps and made me say WOW.

  32. Valerie says:

    SOOOOO happy about the results, as I never could stand Angie; I never could understand why the judges were so hot for her. She seemed so fake to me somehow; I don’t know if it has to do with the Farrah Fawcett hair or the way she makes googoo eyes at the camera or the way she doesn’t always hit her notes (but the judges don’t care to mention)…

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      riight because Candice or Kree never mentioned a note. But because they don’t have camera eyes or get called princess all the time people think that only their vocals can be perfect or artistic.

      • TinaTina says:

        Angie gladly played into the persona they set up for her. You can’t be upset about that eliminating her when she ate it up week after week.

        Angie still seems inauthentic to me. She’s got the talent, and she’ll be a big star – but she needs time to develop more. If she peaks now, I think it would be worse for her overall career.

  33. Mafs95 says:

    OMG when I found out Candice was in the finale I was like jebnd8i454f58yuu54u4hy6t#fta3t7yed47uf5 and when I found Kree was also in the finale I was like “Oh NOOOO!!!! SHOCK OF THE SEASON!” :O

    • Mafs95 says:

      The “Oh NOOOOO!” was a surprise thing, not because I didn’t want her in the finale. I was like… wait??? Angie is not in the finale? WHAT?!

  34. Nedsdag says:

    The results show proved the argument that Northeast contestants, even one as polished and poised as Angie, can only go so far on this show as south of the Mason-Dixon line rules again.

    I was never a huge fan of Angie’s, but for the first time during this season I wanted to go up and give her a hug when she couldn’t get through what she thought would be her “coronation song.”

    Regardless of who wins next week, I’ll be happy with the result. Hopefully, Jimmy & Co. will find the perfect coronation song for the winner.

  35. RW says:

    This really stinks. Kree has a beautiful voice but she puts me to sleep. Candice deserves this but neither one of those two are in the same realm as Angie. Her looks, her voice, her stage presence not to mention her song writing talents and Piano skills. Maybe she acted too cocky but this is as disappointing as Hollie and Halley.

  36. Amy says:

    YES! YES! YES!!! “In a perfect world”….I got my wish! And many others here did too, I know. I cannot believe it, I was truly shocked. But not as shocked as Angie…she looked heartbroken. They should not make them try to sing. I felt for her.
    But, I can’t help feeling the two most deserving singers are in the Finale…and just for me, personally, I’m loving that I will see them both compete in it and sing again to the end!
    I will be happy for either to win; love them both…but am hoping for a Candice win.
    On a side note…my thoughts on Kree & Idol machine were spurred on by seeing Lauren Alaina tonight, who they look like they’ve tried to turn into “Carrie 2.0” Not that she didn’t look polished and pretty, but they(TPTB) are so “one note” in their vision, it seems… they glammed her up, in the way they do all of them, to the point of her feeling less like “Lauren” and more like some pop clone. Afraid they’d try to do the same with Kree…so she may be better going independent anyway.
    Ok, that said…back to celebrating! I’m still shocked.

    • chaka says:

      yeah I kinda agree on what you said about lauren alaina. but I feel like when she was on the show that’s what she was trying to be like, a pop country singer, and she had said her idol is carrie underwood so not really that surprised.

      • Shel says:

        I couldn’t stand the Lauren Alaina make-over. She wasn’t my pick for the finale anyway, but I seriously spent most of the interview with her marveling at how she didn’t look at all like herself.

  37. Vighorois says:

    Wow! That was shocking! If I remember correctly, Angie has never been in the bottom 2 before, right?

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      but she had been out of the top two and she had her voting base setup for total complacency, didn’t get much votes from the last two eliminated contestant bases, is from the northeast, had no emotional back story, got called pageant drama princess

  38. Tedatbent says:

    This is the first time my two favorites are in the finale. No wonder why AI’s ratings are slipping. My favorites rarely make it to top 3. Elliott Yamin was the last one.

  39. Amy says:

    CANDICE & KREE BABYYYYY!….have I said….YES!!!! :)

  40. Pat says:

    I disliked Angie, I found her manipulative and calculated for the entire season. Way too hard trying to play for votes. I also found her genre of music way too bland and pageanty. So I’m happy.

    Not a bad finale, I’ll be rooting for Candice, I guess. I really dislike this season though.

    • Lucy27Lucy says:

      I can understand why so many find Angie ‘pageanty’…she had been trained and brought up singing a lot in drama and high school musicals – can’t knock her for that, it is what she was performing then. She did have the tough time dropping the overdramatizaton for the TV pop stage. But I never really found her to be a phony or fake, just trying to emote – which was way overdone. I think the judges had one comment right on her – she would be brilliant on a Disney track – and what’s wrong with that, some of the best vocalists have done amazing Disney works. And a problem with Broadway, like the only thing that matters is if you have big iTune sales?

      All that being said, I do think the best two vocalists are in the finals….if only Kree could get something she likes and wants to perform it will be a great finale, though I still didn’t see anyone close to the abilities Candice has.

    • WishesRandyCouldn'tSpeak says:

      Too hard trying to play for votes? Manipulative? Ya know like she can actually control America LMFAO anyway….

  41. marygrace says:

    Thrilled to see Candice and Kree in the finale! Cannot wait till next week!!
    p.s……good by Randy..time to go!

  42. julia says:

    well angie certainly finds herself in amazing company elliot yamin, melinda doolittle, allison iraheta, haley reinhart, casey james, joshua ledet. hopefully she can break the trend of these amazing singers not being very succesful.
    congrats to kree and candice and all their fans (it will be an excellent finale)
    on a bum note i was really looking forward to angie singing set me free in the finale.
    on a plus note maybe now she can release that song almost immediately and it may end up being much more succesful then her winners conration song would have been.

    • Noah Coleman says:

      Danny Gokey was 3rd; Allison Iraheta was 4th.

      • Lulu says:

        Hogwash. Everyone who watched AI8 knows Alison Iraheta was in top 3. It is canon. Speaking of putting the go in Gokey – where is Jason Averett?? I love Michael and Melinda but I really miss Jason’s clips.

    • Joey Simison says:

      i think you would be surprised to see how much,( these so called less than successful), money they make. goggle idols net worth by their names and many of them are millionaires after a year or two from their departure from the show. It seems if you make top 10 you can make a living in the music industry, now being famous is another thing all together. so is fame success, or is making a good living success ?

      • Joey Simison says:

        p.s. Haley Reinhart is said to be worth 1.5 million already.

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        Good point. Even now with the albums not doing so well most of the top few still seem to make some decent bucks and can likely stay in music for at least a decade of fun (if they are careful with money) even if they never break out. I was surprised to read that a great many are low level milionaires and shocked to see that even Haley is supposedly at $1.5 mil. If you can spend 10-15 years making music you love (and even better if some others enjoy) with a liveable salary well many people wish they were so lucky. So I guess a good number of them will be really set after this so long as you ignore the top 10 or failure talk.

  43. Vetle says:

    Am I the only one that feels like this is Adam vs Kris again (sliiiightest edge to Adam)? I was happy with either one winning, and I will be happy with either one this year as well (slightest edge to Candice).

    That said, super sad that we won’t see “You Set Me Free” on a voting night. And I would be really happy with a Angie vs Candice as well.

  44. DonB says:

    It will be the most interesting finale in AI’s history. Four judges with Candice masks and pom poms will be cheerleading for Candice. Kree will fall asleep in the middle of singing Crazy and Candice will shatter every television set tuned in with a reprise of her god awful sharp notes of One and Somewhere so no one will ever know how the finale ends except those in the audience.

  45. bigby_wolf says:

    Perfect. This has really been a long time coming for American Idol – the first season where the two best SINGERS are in the Final Two.

    • GG says:


      I agree Bigby Yay……

      Go Candice

    • marie says:

      Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes! (Dancing around the room for utter joy right now!)

    • HitTheGroundRunning says:

      even though Angie has clearly outperformed Kree for some weeks now??

      • HitTheGroundRunning says:

        Kree didnt even try on her pink song, I get whys he was down about it but….

        • Elizabeth Winters Thompson says:

          Angie has no real class with her voice. Just big… and at times it seems she’s just shouting. I’m glad that America chose right for once and eliminated the weakest artist of the top 3. Sorry about it – but Angie just doesn’t make the grade.

        • mike says:

          hit……we have the bottle for you now……..ooook

      • WishesRandyCouldn'tSpeak says:

        THIS! SEriously, Angie has been on her freaking A game the entire season man. Kree peaked high and then stayed at the same level and coasted at middle ground. And you’re second post about her just sorta giving up on the Pink song, I completely agree. She couldn’t deal with a song she was given to her and didn’t bother to try to change it at all. Whereas, Angie felt “Try” and poured her heart out. Ugh. Go Candice.

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        Good god. Give it up, sweetie. Your girl Angie outsang Lazaro and that’s about it. She never once outsang Kree or Angie or Amber or most of the final 10.

      • AI Addict says:

        It’s clearly written: best SINGERS. Kree is a better singer than Angie. Angie is good, but her vocals aren’t great. She isn’t a great singer to me. But I know her concerts will be superb.

  46. Nak8 says:

    Not enough people voted for Angie. No need to bash the other contestants for stuff that has nothing to do with them. #TeamCandice! The best 2 made it to the top.

    • Ed says:

      +1, except to be more accurate, the two with the most votes ended up on top. At this point, to say that one is “better” than the other is purely subjective.

    • DonB says:

      Michael does with his ever present sarcasm. Why can’t we?

  47. HitTheGroundRunning says:

    dammit I told everyone all this Angie is a lock stuff was utter nonsense again and again and again and that it was gonna kill her chances too, you could just see it building to the shock elim! Everyone getting nobody to think they needed to even bother voting.
    There were so many signs.

  48. Scott says:

    I’m surprised. Angie had so much more momentum, and Kree has just been un-spectacular. But I guess good enough for the Country fans. Kree has a great voice, but not a great way of connecting with a song, with a couple exceptions.

    • Matrix says:

      Kree has gotten a bad rap. Most of the problem for her has been song choice (some of that has been her fault- except last night). If she gets the right songs, she ay very well win. This week she got saddled with two limiting song choices. Grad she is in the finale. She is a real pro.

      • karyn says:

        I agree with Matrix. Kree has gotten a lot of gripes that she doesn’t connect or have “wow” moments in songs, but she is always great to listen to. She has never “missed” in any performance. Her stage presence is unexciting to some but always unobjectionable when she is being herself. The only times I think she has looked awkward is when she tries to give the judges something they want but which isn’t in her naturally. She just has a very quiet, laid-back style that is soooo relaxing to listen to but not necessarily conducive to a big audience. I think she should be playing smaller venues and her intimate style will result in a show that is amazing to be present for. I don’t even like country generally, but I’d buy a ticket to that.

  49. Kat says:

    Candice vs Angie would have been EPIC! Kree is getting boring which sucks cuz she was one of my favorites! Hopefully Candice will win! she deserves it.

    • Newbie says:

      Candice vs Angie would of been super duper Epic! I agree with Kree, the past weeks she looks like she doesn’t care and boring. I will accept and back KREEdom anyways. Because of her parents being gone and not here. Candice just doesn’t connect with me all season.

  50. Fran V says:

    For all the seasons I’ve watched Idol (6), is is the first time I feel the two best singers are in the finale. AI voters rock!