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Candice Glover won "American Idol" Season 12 over Kree Harrison as Psy, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, Adam Lambert and Aretha Franklin performed.

Hollie Cavanagh told to 'smile for real' on 'American Idol'

Hollie Cavanagh closes the Queen part of "American Idol" tonight by singing "Save Me." Not a song people know well; it does show off her vocals, even if she seems to be oversinging a bit.

She, and Elise Testone, need to knock it out of the park to stay around after this week; neither one did it.

"I think you did a really good job with it," says Steven Tyler. Jennifer Lopez thinks she got emotional in the bit, and then "it did go off a tiny little bit." Wants her to enjoy it more, "smile for real" and stop overthinking.


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Then she gives her really good advice — basically, if you're nervous and don't enjoy performing it genuinely, it's hard for us as the audience to really enjoy it.

Randy Jackson says flatly the song didn't give us a moment where we thought she could win this thing. He's exactly right.

Hmm, this is the most thoughtful the judges have been all night; hope they keep it up.

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