Tonight’s episode of American Idol was centered on classic rock (no ballads) and marked the point in the competition when the contestants share their opinions on each other. Once again, everyone sang individually and in a group or duo. Guitarist Orianthi also accompanied each of the contestants during their performances.
Burnell Taylor was up first, with Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name.” Prior to his performance, his fellow contestants joked about his accent, not being able to understand him, his hands, and his laugh. Once he finished his song, Keith was in a fit of laughter and commented on how Burnell looked uncomfortable. He suggested that Burnell try to put his own spin on a song and do it his way if a genre wasn’t him in the future. Nicki still found Burnell lovable, even though rock wasn’t his thing. Then, she did the unthinkable and agreed with Keith. Randy agreed with his fellow judges and told Burnell to ride the beat harder with up-tempo songs. Mariah was proud of Burnell, since it wasn’t the typical song he would sing, and she liked that he had fun with it, even though she agreed with what the others said.
Angie and Lazaro teamed up to sing a duet of Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” Lazaro was hard to hear and forgot his lyrics again. Nicki said it was nice, and she had fun watching it, even though Lazaro forgot his lyrics. Randy thought Angie was amazing. Mariah thought it was hard, since the song wasn’t originally a duet, but she was glad Angie was supporting Lazaro when he forgot his lyrics. Keith didn’t think it was a good duet because it was a bit pitchy and variety show-ish.
The group joked that Kree Harrison was the mom of the group because she irons their clothes, knows everyone on the show, and gives plenty of hugs. Kree sang Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart.” Randy felt like the show finally started, and he loved seeing the bluesy side of her. Mariah thought it was possibly her favorite performance from Kree. Keith couldn’t critique a woman that irons everyone’s shirts, but he wondered why it looked like Kree wasn’t moving around much during her performance. She told him she has a pinched nerve, which explained what he noticed. Nicki said it was magnificent, and she would get all 50 of her votes on her Idol app. (Nice plug).
Candice and Burnell sang The Box Tops’ “The Letter” for their duet. Mariah said they had both proven they could sing anything. Keith was happy Burnell was so Burnell, and Candice’s voice was amazing. Nicki told Candice her voice was clearly superior, and she had run out of words to describe it. For Burnell, she thought this was the difference between Burnell doing a song that was rock, but not Burnell, and doing a song that was rock and Burnell. Randy thought this was much better for Burnell, and said, “Oh my God, Candice.” He called her a professional and told her she was already there.
Janelle Arthur’s fellow contestants poked fun at her accent and said she is dramatic and has a lot of passion. Tonight, she sang “You May Be Right,” by Billy Joel. Keith didn’t think it was the best song for Janelle to do, but she came out barreling and gets better and better every week. Nicki thought the performance was exceptional, and she also thought Janelle was relatable. Randy said she is authenticity at its best and felt like he was at her concert. Mariah finished the comments up by saying she loved the key and how she finished the song.
Next up was Lazaro Arbos. The group commented on Lazaro’s brightly colored wardrobe and dramatic performances. He sang Queen’s “We Are the Champions.” Nicki loved the Hispanic tease the performance was giving her. Randy thought Lazaro did a good job and did the song justice. Mariah thought he did a good job on a song that is an anthem. Keith felt it was a really good song choice because it played into his dramatics.
The final group performance of the night came in the form of a trio from Amber, Janelle, and Kree, who took on Billy Joel’s “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me.” Randy thought it was really great, and Mariah liked their blending. Keith said the girls were great together and should do more. Nicki thought the song choice put her to sleep, no one stood out, and it was cheesy.
Candice Glover didn’t think anyone would have anything to say about her, but her fellow contestants were all picking on her for having her own room in the house. They also noticed the love/hate relationship she shared with Burnell. She sang “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” by The Rolling Stones. Mariah begged America to vote for Candice. Keith wanted Candice to move around the stage more, but he couldn’t critique her on that, since she had a broken toe. Nicki thought Candice’s voice was amazing, but the song choice put her to sleep. Randy loved that Candice brought the girth and rock attitude to it, even though it wasn’t the perfect song choice for her.
Amber Holcomb’s dark secret is that she talks to herself and loves to take “selfies.” Burnell went on about how beautiful Amber is for just a bit too long. For her song tonight, she chose to sing Heart’s “What About Love.” Keith thought it was a great song choice, and it brought out the best in her voice. Nicki thought it was striking, she looked striking, the set complemented her well, and the first line out of her mouth completely melted her. It was her favorite of the night. Randy said she looked amazing, sounded amazing, it was a great song choice, and she didn’t lose Amber. Mariah thought Amber looked beautiful, it was amazing to see her grow throughout the competition, and she hoped America would vote.
Last season’s finalists Joshua Ledet and Hollie Cavanagh were in the audience, so Ryan briefly chatted with them. They each said they had been in the studio recording, and Hollie moved to Los Angeles a couple weeks ago. Since Ryan knew she was a big Mariah Carey fan, he took her up to introduce her, and the two compared jewelry.
The last to give her individual performance was Angie Miller. Her fellow contestants said she gets excited about everything and claps her hands together. They added that she knows how to work the camera with her eyes. Angie sang Evanescence’s “Bring Me To Life.” She started out at the piano, but quickly broke away and sang the rest of the song in a wind tunnel. Nicki thought it was the perfect choice for her because she started on the piano and could still stick with the genre. Randy was happy Angie could sing this song, since he knew it was the type of record she would like to make, and he loved the dynamics she had going on. Mariah thought it was the perfect match and liked that she was able to start out at the piano. Keith wanted to make sure Angie feels the song she chooses.
Tune into American Idol tomorrow night on FOX at 8/7 p.m. central for performances from Casey James and Carrie Underwood. What was your favorite performance tonight? Who are you rooting for? Who do you think is going home this week? Leave a comment below!
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