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Amber Holcomb in tears despite standing ovation; Angie Miller ditches piano on 'American Idol'

Angie Miller singing her second song -- which can be any classic -- on "American Idol." Doing "Someone to Watch Over Me," which she says her mom used to sing to her.

She's not at the piano, which is usually the kiss of death for her; and sure enough, comes across a bit vampy. Ah, but that voice... tender, soft, slow. No goosebumps, no moment, you can even call it cheesy; but enjoyable to listen to, in part because it's a great song.

Keith Urban says "you sang it so beautifully," loved the "timbre in your voice, the clarity." Nicki Minaj says she always reminds her "of a Disney princess," can see her singing "Beauty and the Beast" on Broadway. Wants her to stay in the zone all the time, like when she's hitting the higher notes.

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Randy Jackson didn't like the arrangement, but winds up saying, "this girl can sing, and that was an amazing vocal." Mariah Carey says her mom -- who's in the audience -- also used to sing the song to her.

Carey then randomly says she doesn't think it's possible for Miller to just sing high notes -- which isn't what Minaj said, of course. Leads into some back-and-forth between them, culminating with Minaj pulling out some Q-tips and offering them to Carey to improve her hearing.

Amber Holcomb doing "My Funny Valentine," which guest mentor Harry Connick Jr. reveals in rehearsals she doesn't understand at all, even though she's sung it before -- and wonderfully -- on the show. 

When it's time to perform live -- wow. Vocally complex, compelling, memorable; great tone and she's so confident and at ease up there. It's a knockout and all the judges give her a standing ovation.

Minaj loved it, exults over it then wonders "why you looking like you want to cry?" Which only pushes Holcomb over the edge, starts wiping away tears. Minaj says, "you worrying about votes? Stop! That was a great job!" 

Minaj is right, who cares if Holcomb doesn't get the votes she deserves from the fans and is cut tomorrow night -- that was a fantastic performance.

"You slayed it," says Jackson. "That was stellar." Carey agrees, with Urban loving it as well and also calling it "stellar."

Tags: Amber Holcomb , Angie Miller , Amber Holcomb , American Idol , finals , Nicki Minaj , Mariah Carey , Keith Urban , Randy Jackson

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