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.
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 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.
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.