Candice Glover won "American Idol" Season 12 over Kree Harrison as Psy, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, Adam Lambert and Aretha Franklin performed.
Angela Miller 'stellar,' Devin Velez either 'great' or 'too safe' on 'American Idol'
Devin Velez next on "American Idol," singing Carrie Underwood's "Temporary Home." He's got a purity to his voice; fits well with the lyrics and feel of the song, comes across as heartfelt and genuine. Not doing anything flashy or tricky here tonight, just standing on stage and singing.
Keith Urban says "that was not one of your better performances -- the wrong song choice." Didn't think he was confident with the song and that he was too far out of his comfort zone. Nicki Minaj says after Urban's remarks, "wow, that was so crazy." Says she felt "the complete opposite," thought he "looked like a professional and sounded great."
Randy Jackson says he agrees with Urban, but then says it was "way too safe for me" whereas Urban thought he was too far out on a limb. Mariah Carey didn't like it either, asked him to keep doing his usual thing.
Angela Miller up next, singing -- like Kelly Clarkson did -- "I Surrender." Starts off slow and dramatic; just looks like a star with the big hair and intensity. So easily hits the high notes, first compelling performance of the night. Seems to be holding back just a bit; doesn't get me leaping out of my seat, but well done.
Urban likes how she can make any song feel "right now, current." He loves her high notes, tells her she "knocked it out of the park." Minaj tells her she looks like "a billion dollars," loves how she was styled and "the way you walk in heels." Calls her "perfection, on every level." Says her voice is "on point," that she's a "superstar."
Jackson just yells, "America, the competition starts now!" Calls it an "amazing" performance. Carey says she was "stellar." And that's all she says.