Candice Glover won "American Idol" Season 12 over Kree Harrison as Psy, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, Adam Lambert and Aretha Franklin performed.
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'American Idol:' Candice Glover, Janelle Arthur underwhelm
With the "American Idol" Season 12 winner now guaranteed to be a female, the Top 5 ladies are set to battle it out as we near the final countdown. As Ryan Seacrest reminds the audience at the top of the show, the winner will be crowned in less than one month.
Candice Glover, Amber Holcomb, Kree Harrison, Janelle Arthur and Angie Miller will each perform twice tonight -- first, singing a song from the year she was born, and the second, a hit from one of music's "divas." (I smell at least one Mariah Carey ballad coming.)
First up, it's Candice Glover with a jazzy, toned-down version of former "Idol" judge Paula Abdul's 1989 hit "Straight Up." Though all the judges gave her positive feedback, they seemed less than "wow"-ed, as was I. It was classic Candice, but nowhere near the knockout performance we saw when she delivered a powerful rendition of "Lovesong" last week.
Next up, Janelle Arthur continues to underwhelm with Vince Gill's "When I Call Your Name." The judges were relieved she took their advice and brought back her guitar this time, but not even the musical accompaniment could rescue her. She's going to have to really step it up if she wants a chance at winning the whole thing. Keith Urban is the only judge to disagree with the rest, saying he "didn't believe" her performance, and thought she seemed too concerned with getting the notes right.
What do you think? Were you impressed with the first two performances of the night?