During tonight’s episode of American Idol, the final three girls each sang three songs: the first round of songs was selected by Jimmy Iovine, the judges chose the songs for the second round, and the production team chose the songs for the third and final round.
Kree was up first, with Pink’s “Perfect.” Keith thought the song choice only proved one thing – she is a country singer. Nicki liked that she went back to her easygoing Kreedom feel and suggested Kree wear flat cowboy boots, instead of heels, so that she could move around more, but she loved it. Randy didn’t love the song. He thought she sounded good, but it laid a little flat for him. Mariah liked the message coming from Kree and thought she could have gone further, but she also knew she had to sing later on and give it her everything.
Candice Glover sang U2’s “One.” Nicki was a fan of the song choice and said it felt like she was at Candice’s show, not American Idol. Randy agreed and thought the emotion was on point. Mariah couldn’t believe Candice used to be a travel agent, loved the song choice, and really felt it. Keith also loved the song choice and the power in her voice. Ryan revealed Candice had never heard any rendition of the song before she sang it this week.
Angie wrapped up the first round with Elton John’s “Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word.” Randy asked if it was hard to sing without being at the piano. Angie didn’t think she could have learned it in time to play it well, but she liked being away from the piano. Randy said he really liked it. Mariah also expected the piano, but she thought it was one of Angie’s best performances because she lost herself in the song. Keith told Angie not to underestimate the power of singing really gently and holding back a little. Nicki said it was a stellar vocal, but it didn’t hit her emotionally like she wanted it to. That didn’t take away from the fact that she was clearly in it to win it.
In the second round, they played footage of each of the girl’s trips back home. Candice went back where she used to work in South Carolina, rode a moped, and went home to see her family and six younger siblings before performing for the town. For Candice’s second song, the judges chose Emeli Sande’s “Next To Me.” Mariah thought Candice was re-energized after going home, and she gave an A+ performance. Keith liked that the beginning was like a clear confession about her man, and at the end, she stayed where she was and just sang. Nicki told Candice she has come out swinging in the competition and is so proud of her. She congratulated Candice and tried to hold back tears. Randy said it was amazing vocally and loved that it showed people how she could be as a modern artist. Nicki continued to go on and say that Candice goes on stage every week with the most confidence of anyone.
Angie was joined on stage with her brother, who was growing a “playoff beard.” He has been growing his beard since the top ten was announced and will keep it until she wins or the competition ended. During her hometown visit to Beverly, Massachusetts, Angie visited her local news station and helped out with the weather before taking a limo to a coffee shop to meet up with friends. The whole group visited Angie’s elementary school. Next, she got to go home to see her family and ride in a parade before performing with her brother. The judges chose Pink’s “Try” for Angie in her second performance of the night. Keith thought Angie had never looked as comfortable performing without the piano, and Nicki agreed. Randy said the song fit Angie like a glove, and she sounded amazing. Mariah thought Angie enjoyed being there and performed like never before.
Kree Harrison and her sister went back to visit the home they lived in with their parents in Texas, who are both now deceased, and the two were very emotional as they looked through their memories. They attended a parade that went through town before Kree performed. For her second song, the judges chose Rascal Flatts’ “Here Comes Goodbye.” Nicki told Kree you can’t under-estimate or deny the power of a true emotional trigger. She added that she was proud of Kree, and her parents could see her now. Randy said Kree sang her heart out, and it was unbelievably beautiful. Mariah told Kree there is something so real about her that you just can’t take away. Keith said Kree had him from beginning to end with that song.
The Idol production team chose Emeli Sande’s “Maybe” for Angie Miller’s third and final song, which put her at the piano for the first time tonight. Randy said she became a complete performer. Mariah agreed with Randy and thought Angie was feeling the emotion of the song. Keith suggested she try singing under the piano next week as a joke and had nothing else to add. Nicki commented on Angie connecting with every song emotionally.
For Kree, the production team chose The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two.” Mariah said they saw the wild side of Kree, but she prefers the raw emotion side to Kree. Keith likes that song, but he didn’t know that was the place for her. Nicki gave a shout out to Kree’s pretty dimples but suggested the person who chose the song for Kree should be stoned, because it wasn’t in her comfort zone. Randy told her she is a superstar, he didn’t like it, and it was too ordinary for her.
Candice closed out the show with “Somewhere,” from West Side Story. All four judges were on their feet. Keith wondered what that was and asked how she does that before telling everyone to dial the number on the screen and vote for Candice, and if they didn’t want to vote for Candice, they should call their doctor, because they probably didn’t have a pulse. Nicki told Candice she had four words for her: “See ya next week.” Randy said Candice has grown on the show and is such a pro before congratulating her. Mariah said it was A+ amazing, and Candice can sing anything.
Ryan congratulated all three of the finalists and brought Jimmy Iovine out on stage. He gave the first round to Angie, the second round to Kree, and the third round to Candice.
Tune into American Idol tomorrow night on FOX at 8/7 p.m. central to see which two ladies make it to next week’s finale. What was your favorite performance tonight? Who are you rooting for? Leave a comment below!
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