Tonight on FOX is an all new episode of the hit singing competition “American Idol”. On tonight’s show, the top six competitors will be taking the stage to compete for America’s votes. Have you been keeping up with the competition? If not, then you can get caught up here.
Last week, we saw the exit of Burnell Taylor after the judges declined to use their save of the season. What did you think of the elimination? Did America send the right contestant home?
On tonight’s show, the contestants will perform two songs each. Left in the competition are Lazaro Arbos, Candice Glover, Kree Harrison, Amber Holcomb, Angie Miller and Janelle Arthur. Who are you rooting for in the competition?
Stay tuned for our live recap – it begins NOW!
The first theme are songs from the Burt Bacharach and Hal David songbook. The second theme is songs that they wish they’d written.
Angie Miller is up first doing her version of “Anyone Who Had A Heart”. Keith said she has such a great voice, but don’t rely on it alone. He was waiting to hear the passion and she makes it look too easy. Nicki said she agrees with Keith and her voice is so amazing. Maybe she wasn’t passionate about the song? It felt old-fashioned. Randy said he agrees with Keith and Nicki. She must digest the song like it’s something she wrote. Her voice is unbelievable. Mariah said she needs to immerse herself in the song and that might remedy the passion thing.
Amber Holcomb is up next performing her rendition of “I Say A Little Prayer”. Nicki said she is bowing down for her right now. She is unbelievable and she has just become her absolute favorite in the competition. She owned that song. Randy said the competition just started tonight. He’s looking to see who wants to win it. She wants to win it. Mariah said the transition she made was genius. It was legendary. She gave a stellar performance. Keith said that she never over-performs. It was like a summer breeze blew in when she began singing. It was beautiful.
Lazaro Arbos is singing his version of “Close To You”. Randy said he was speechless. He loves Lazaro the person and he’s inspirational to all of them, but it was horrible. That was the worst performance he’s had the show. Mariah said there’s no denying that he’s beyond courageous, but there cannot be a key change — they can’t go into one key and he’s in another key. Keith said they are honoring his story, but when you choose a key and it’s way too low for him. A key change comes and then he didn’t catch it until later. Nicki didn’t want to offer her opinion at all.
Kree Harrison is singing her version of “What The World Needs Now”. Mariah said she knows who she is and sings like herself. She doesn’t think she’s trying to produce an emotional response. She’s just being herself. Keith said they feel she has genuine compassion for people and that comes through in her voice. Her humanity comes through. Nicki said her voice is sweet, humble and endearing. She is ready to perform at the Country Music Awards next year. Randy said he loves that she can sing!!
Janelle Arthur is singing “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again”. Keith said he always sees a different side of her every week. There was a new side to her this week. Nicki said there’s no doubt that she would be a humungous commercial success, but that was really boring. Randy said it wasn’t her best. They know she can sing. Mariah said she loves her effervescence. Did she feel that she needed to push that second chorus?
Candice Miller is up next singing “Don’t Make Me Over”. Nicki said it didn’t sound old-fashioned. She felt like she wanted a women’s revival up in there. This is what she was born to do. Randy said this is what this show is all about. Candice is in it to win it and it was the best vocal of the night. Mariah said she took a classic and kept it current and it showed another side of who she is. Randy said she set the bar really high and is now in his top three.
Angie Miller is singing “Love Came Down” by Kari Jobe. Randy said it was amazing and she’s at her best at the piano. Mariah said she felt that – and it was perfect. Keith said she shines at the piano. Nicki said she will be remembered at the top of the pack. This is why people are voting for her.
Amber Holcomb is singing “Love On Top” by Beyonce. Mariah said America loves her just like the crowd. She was happy, but it wasn’t her favorite vocal from her. Keith said it always feels like a natural fit. Nicki said Beyonce better look out! She has arrived in every sense of the word. Randy said YES, YES, YES! This girl is in it to win it!
Lazaro Arbos is up next singing Robbie Williams’ song “Angels”. Keith said the girls are singing crazy good. Nicki said, “Okay…yeah, what he said”. Randy said it was slightly better this time. It’s a girls’ race right now. Mariah said he did redeem something from his last performance.
Kree Harrison is up next singing Kris Kristofferson’s song “Help Me Make It Through The Night”. Nicki said she’s at the head of the class. She can do a song and makes her fall in love with it. Randy said kudos to her and she is a natural, natural singer. She sells the story and sings the song… It’s the perfect match, it was so beautiful. Mariah said that is how the song should be sung. Keith said that was a buckle polisher there. He predicts she will become a member of the Grand Ole Opry very soon.
Janelle Arthur is up singing her rendition of Garth Brooks’ song “The Dance”. Randy said she did a good job, but it wasn’t her best performance ever. Mariah said she appreciated it when she sat there and sang the first verse and the chorus. Keith said she should’ve played guitar without any frills. Don’t forget the power of that kind of honesty, because it goes a long way. Nicki said her performance was a lot better for her. She has a really nice voice, but it wasn’t enough to get a leg up over the other girls tonight.
Candice Miller is closing the show with her rendition of “Love Song” by The Cure. Randy said on behalf of all of the judges that was one of the best performances in the 12-year history of the show! Standing ovation!
Which was your favorite performance of the evening? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!