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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Candice Glover, Angela Miller, Kree Harrison top 'American Idol' finals as guys disappear
"American Idol" kicked off its finals with the women dominating, as Candice Glover, Angela Miller, Kree Harrison and Amber Holcomb topped the field -- with Burnell Taylor the only guy making any sort of impression.
Nobody was amazing, although Glover's version of "I (Who Have Nothing)" drew raves from the judges and the audience, as did Holcomb's "A Moment Like This."
Below is how I rated everyone; put your own thoughts in the comments, below.
1) Candice Glover 's "I (Who Have Nothing)" was powerful, dramatic and felt authentic. All the judges gave her a standing ovation except for Mariah Carey, who said she stayed seated only because "my skirt's too tight."
2) Angela Miller sang "I Surrender" and looked like "a billion dollars," as Nicki Minaj said. She just looks like a star, with the big hair, intensity, and giant voice. Judges loved her; Carey's entire critique of her consisted of just one word: "stellar."
3) Highly likable Kree Harrison's "Crying" showed off her golden voice, with Minaj comparing her to her favorite breakfast waffles -- "smooth, enjoyable" and ultimately "beautiful."
4) Amber Holcomb's "A Moment Like This" got the judges to stand, and Minaj to compare her to Whitney Houston, again. I wasn't as blown away this time, even though I love her big, effortless voice.
5) Burnell Taylor's "Flying Without Wings" made me smile; as Keith Urban put it, he has some interesting, likable mannerisms and a "unique timbre" in his voice.
6) Paul Jolley 's "Amazed" was nothing special, but the song itself is good, and as Minaj said, he has "the uncanny ability to pick songs I just happen to like, as a regular human being."
7) Devin Velez dropped singing in Spanish and went simple on "Temporary Home." It seemed heartfelt and well-sung to me, even though most of the judges didn't like it.
8) Lazaro Arbos battled his nerves on an unmemorable "Breakaway." Minaj told him to "go back to feeling confident and think that you're great."
9) Curtis Finch Jr. 's version of "I Believe" was most notable for the ridiculously loud red paisley sportcoat he wore; there was no emotional connection at all for me, and as Randy Jackson said it's time for him to try "something a little bit different."
10) Janelle Arthur showed off good energy and a fierce attitude on "Gone," but as Minaj said the song didn't "wow" anyone and didn't stick in my mind.
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