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 singing "Come Together" on "American Idol," mentor Jimmy Iovine tells her during rehearsal, "this show is lucky to have you." Comes out with some attitude, playing with the words and throwing some emotion in there. Just nails the chorus; big and powerful and biting.
Keith Urban loves the "rock chick" side of her, Nicki Minaj loves...Read more »
Amber Holcomb singing "She's Leaving Home" next on "American Idol," not sure about the choice but we'll see. Strolls out in a gold print dress; looks like a million bucks. Song is slow to get going and not that well known; she's putting her own spin on it and showing off her pitch-perfect voice. A bit sleepy for me; I think she's going to be in trouble vote-wise this week even...Read more »
Aubrey Cleland and Charlie Askew kick off "American Idol," one of them is about to join the summer tour as an 11th member. I hope it's Askew, he was stunning last week with his original song, "Sky Blue Diamond."
And it's... Cleland. Oh well, she was good too, just not as good.
Kree Harrison up first as the actual finalists sing the songs of the Beatles, doing "With...Read more »
Lazaro Arbos and Angela Miller are next up on "American Idol" to learn their fates -- and, as expected, Miller joins Candice Glover and Kree Harrison in the top three. It's the same top three as when I ranked the performances last night.
It is then revealed that Arbos finished fourth overall and is safe. In fifth place is Amber Holcomb, who definitely deserves to stay. In sixth place,...Read more »
Devin Velez, Janelle Arthur and Candice Glover are up first as "American Idol" is looking to cut someone tonight. Glover is into the top three, which means she's deservedly safe for tonight.
The show's officially crossed the line -- the finalists next sing a song from an upcoming animated film. It's not even a very good song; clips from the film play behind them as they...Read more »
"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...Read more »
Burnell Taylor next on "American Idol," doing Ruben Studdard's "Flying Without Wings." He's got me from the start; has a special tone and light in his voice, just makes you smile along with him right away. Plus there's an urgency that builds; hard to look away when he's on stage. No pyrotechnics here; just hits the notes and sings from his heart.
Keith Urban praises the...Read more »
Lazaro Arbos up next on "American Idol," doing Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway." Seems a bit nervous; and his vocals are getting swallowed. I'm a big fan of his, but it's not a memorable performance. Maybe it's nerves, maybe his voice just isn't big enough; but the richness hasn't been there for a while.
Keith Urban asks him why he chose the song, and tells him it "wasn't...Read more »
Paul Jolley up next on "American Idol," seems like a nice guy but he doesn't deserve to be here in my view; mentor Jimmy Iovine tells him he "perpetually oversings."
Is singing Scotty McCreery's version of "Amazed." Just sitting on the steps; a bit theatrical right away but it's a good song choice that fits his voice. Cheesy as heck, of course, because that's...Read more »
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...Read more »