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American Idol Recap, Shade and Singing

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Let me start this off by saying that guest mentor Harry Connick Jr. and judge Mariah Carey‘s biting shade were the best things about Wednesday night’s show. Sadly, even though four talented and beautiful girls are left, the show seems to have dwindled in excitement. Are the girls tired? I know I am, but we still need to find our Idol.

The girls again sang two song each. One from this year, and the other a classic of any genre. I think both of the themes were a bit lazy, especially the first one. Frankly, there haven’t been that many great songs released this year, so far, but the girls did ok anyways.

Angie Miller was up first with “Diamonds” by Rihanna. Harry wasn’t so sure about her choice, and neither was I. Even though she performed this at her trusty piano, the arrangement didn’t work for me. Randy Jackson and Keith Urban thought it would have worked better with the original arrangement. Nicki Minaj called her performance “lackluster,” which honestly would describe the whole night, and surprisingly, Mariah agreed with her.  So Nicki jumped in saying “oh, you agree with me?” and Mimi couldn’t resist throwing a little shade by mentioning that #1 hits like “Diamonds” are hard to come by. Mariah would know of course, she has like a million of them.

Angie Miller – Someone To Watch Over Me… by IdolxMuzic

Her second performance was of “Someone To Watch Over Me.” Her voice isn’t strong enough to sing this as good as Elle Fitzgerald, but she really wasn’t going for that. Though I found almost all the second performances to be boring, the judges disagreed calling it “lovely.” Angie has done much better.

Amber Holcomb‘s first performance was of Pink‘s “Just Give Me A Reason.” While rehearsing the the song with Harry she had trouble getting the lyrics right. I’m sure she could have picked an easier song, but this is Amber, she seems like the type that loves an unnecessary challenge. Though she couldn’t get the words just right, she sounded good during rehearsals, on stage however she came off shaky and uncomfortable. You could tell that she was thinking about not forgetting the lyrics. Last week the judges kept throwing praise at Amber, this week they kind of beat her up, suggesting the pressure of the show is getting to her. Maybe it’s because the judges can’t make up their minds about how they feel about anything on this show anymore.

Amber Holcomb – Funny Valentine – American Idol… by IdolxMuzic

Amber made another baffling song choice with “My Funny Valentine.” She didn’t understand anything the song was about, basically having an oral exam with Harry who asked her what each line meant. Amber is so lucky she’s pretty. On stage she did her best Diana Ross, or at least I think that’s what she was going for. The notes just weren’t there, but she got all emotional after she finished, saying she was overwhelmed. I think it left the judges just sort of “whelmed.”

Candice Glover chose Bruno Mars‘ “When I Was Your Man” as her first song. Somehow continuing the gender swapped song choice theme from ‘The Voice.’ Candice told Harry that she didn’t feel like she needed to sing it from a guy’s perspective to get it, or something like that. Overall it was a good vocal performance, but certainly not Candice’s best. I wish she would have done something more upbeat, at least to break up the snooziness of the night.

Candice Glover – You’ve Changed – American Idol… by IdolxMuzic
Her second choice was Billie Holiday‘s “You’ve Changed.” The only advice Harry gave her here was to just sing the song, and that she did. Much stronger than her first performance, and definitely more memorable. She almost oversang it, but pulled it back in to end with a beautiful note and a deserved standing ovation from the judges.

My dear Kree Harrison, what happened to you? With her I do feel like the pressure of the competition is weighing her down. She said she wanted to work on connecting with the judges and the audience during her performances, after she got some harsh critiques from last week’s show. It’s not that Carrie Underwood‘s “See You Again” isn’t a great song, but I think Kree needed something more uptempo for her first performance. She sounded good, but it was a little boring. The judges thought she made it her own though, and Harry came out on stage to show his support for her.

Kree Harrison – Stormy Weather – American Idol… by IdolxMuzic

She went for “Stormy Weather” as her second song. Another tough standard to sing if you don’t have the emotion. She looked great and sounded even better, even if her natural Country twang came out a bit during some notes. Randy thought she should have gone with the Etta James version of this song, instead of slower Lena Horne version,which would have been great but Kree felt more comfortable doing this.

So what would they do with those last 10 minutes of the show? Make the girls do a group number of course! They could have gone with some many other songs, but they gave them “Wings” by Little Mix, a group who became famous from appearing on the British version of ‘The X Factor.’ So, yeah. Is the show and the girls running out of steam? The performances were mixed, and they all really needed to turn it out, especially after last week’s votes. I expect to see Kree and Angie in the Bottom 2. As long as Candice isn’t eliminated, I’m cool.

Night 2 Of American Idol’s Premiere


Since Oprah‘s big Lance Armstrong interview proved to be a bit of a dud, I watched, mostly listened, to all two hours of ‘American Idol”s two night premiere. The judges and host Ryan Seacrest traveled to Chicago in search of more talent, but egos and attitudes got in the way a couple of times.

First up was McKenzie Wasner who impressed the judges even though I thought she sounded a little flat. Music is in her blood, her dad is a member of Vince Gill‘s touring band, and she auditioned with one of his songs. There certainly isn’t a shortage of blonde Country singers, but I could see her doing okay in the competition.

Kiara Lanier instantly got through with an audition Randy Jackson thought was a bit Celine Dion-ish. It wasn’t, it was a helluva lot better than Melissa Bush‘s oddball audition where she mangled “Downtown” in a pink catsuit. Thankfully, Gabe Brown came along with cookies from the bakery he owns with his mom and aced his audition with “Gimme Shelter.” This guy doesn’t have “the look,” but if if he makes it the Top 12 he’ll be the resident rawk guy.

Most contestants come in talking about how much they love Mariah, and there was no shortage of that on Thursday night’s show, but it was nice to see Keith Urban get a little love. Actually, 15-year old Isabelle stated that she was a huge fan of Keith’s wife Nicole Kidman, but he’s married to her so that has to count for something. I feel a bit weird saying this about a teenager, but I enjoyed her breathy tones during “Baby It’s Cold Outside.” The judges, except for Rany, liked it too. Curiously, Nicki said that she reminded her of Taylor Swift.

Then in walked cutie pie Griffin Peterson, who instantly caught the eye of Nicki who thought he needed a name change. The Wisconsin native sang and it didn’t matter, he sounded good and he is sure to get the panty vote. Another great male singer was Curtis Finch Jr. who came with his parents. He performed his mom’s favorite song, Luther Vandross‘ version of “Superstar.” It was so cute seeing him be surprised that his mom was off to the side because he usually sings to himself. I look forward to hearing more from him.

Another standout, Brandy Neelly, made a great song choice with “Your Cheating Heart,” sounding way older than her 17 years. Now Brandy has auditioned before, back in season 10, and did make it to Hollywood but we’ll have to see if this time around has a better outcome for her. Kez Ban has an audition even more awkward than her she seems to be. She started off singing “I’ve Got No Strings” from ‘Pinnochio’ a cappella then went into an original song on the guitar. Her voice sounded better to me with a little musical accompaniment, but the judges praised her “realness.” She had a strange encounter with Seacrest after she made it to Hollywood, asking when she could fill out her paperwork. Oh dear.

The last featured contestant was Lazaro Arbos, a native of Cuba who moved to Florida when he was 10. He has stuttered since he was a child, but that all goes away when he sings. This isn’t quite a miracle, many stutters find that singing helps with their speech disorder. Still, Lazaro has such a pleasant voice and I was happy to see him go through.

I feel like we should implement some sort of Shade Counter for this show. The one big blow up occurred after everyone but Nicki gave a yes to Stephanie Schimel. Stephanie wasn’t mad, even adding that she still liked Minaj, but after a random comment from about eyeshadow, Mariah threw in a “This is what I have to deal with on my JOB!” Ladies, ladies! You’re both ridiculous and there is enough room for both your self importance.

Keep it festive!

Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey Still Don’t Like Each Other

That’s Side-eye on the left and Shade on the right.


The new season of ‘American Idol’ premieres next week, and if you’ll be watching along with us chances are it’s because you want to see the drama between new judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey. At Tuesday’s TV Critics Press Tour, the two divas got into it again, trading barbs and shade. They had a tense exchange, but otherwise kept it cute.

We’re professionals. Have you ever had an argument with someone you’ve worked with?” Minaj said after repeated questions Tuesday about her reported feud with new fellow judge Carey.”This was sort of one-sided,” interjected Carey, wearing a smile. “No, it wasn’t,” snapped back Minaj. When later asked if they were getting along, Mariah had this to say; “The whole thing is convoluted … It’s a distraction from the show, and it’s a distraction from the contestants and it’s unfair to them. It shouldn’t be about us.”

I agree, but we all know that’s not what the producers of the show want, even Nicki admitted the big draw of the show is the “drama.”


I doubt this truce will last long, and frankly I see no problem with the two of them not being BFFs. In a ‘Nightline’ interview with Barbara Walters on Monday night, Carey was asked about a line in Nicki’s song “Hell Yeah,” where she says “I’m quick to check a bitch if she is out of line.” Mariah responded with a quick, and hilarious, “Don’t know. I didn’t know she sang. I thought she rapped. Or whatever.”

American Idol’ premieres it’s 12th season on Wednesday January 16 at 8 p.m. on FOX, will you be watching?