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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Lazaro Arbos next on "American Idol," resplendent in a white suit with a Miami Vice-ish pink shirt underneath; singing "Feeling Good." A bit cheesy and an odd choice, but he can pretty much do anything. So smooth on the chorus, with a big finish. Audience goes nuts for him, like always.
Keith Urban calls it "really good," praises how he connects with the audience....Read more »
Burnell Taylor up next on "American Idol," doing Fantasia's "I'm Here." The lyrics help him come across as honest and vulnerable; he did nothing fancy -- just sang -- but you can't stop listening.
Keith Urban, who gave him a standing ovation, says he "believed every part" of it, loves his unique tone. Nicki Minaj calls him "one of a kind -- you were born...Read more »
Charlie Askew sings next on "American Idol," doing Genesis' "Mama." Slow start, but hits the chorus and hurls the mike stand aside; suddenly he's all power and big voice. A very odd choice; doesn't quite hang together for me or mesh with his persona, but he's got a pure vocal and he definitely isn't mailing it in.
Keith Urban says "I wish I knew what people at home...Read more »
Elijah Liu up first as "American Idol" goes from 10 guys to five, doing Rihanna's "Stay." Fantastic from the get-go; has a unique tone, and sounds -- and looks -- like a pop star. Calmness to him too; in total control, not trying too hard, just letting the song pour out of him, deliberately. Great performance, audience goes wild.
Keith Urban liked his control, felt the...Read more »
'American Idol': Amber Holcomb stunning; Angela Miller, Candice Glover, Kree Harrison and Aubrey Cleland fantastic
Amber Holcomb got a standing ovation on "American Idol," topping the other female favorites -- Angela Miller, Candice Glover, Kree Harrison and Aubrey Cleland -- on another stellar night for the woman.
All four judges stood for Holcomb after her stunning performance of Whitney Houston's "I Believe in You." She doesn't look like a star, yet; but there's something...Read more »
Adriana Latonio next on "American Idol," doing Destiny's Child's "Stand Up for Love." Voice is swallowed up at first, but then she hits the chorus and soars more. Seems a bit nervous and is breathy; will be hard for her to stand out on what's been a stellar night for the women.
Keith Urban wasn't crazy about the song choice, didn't think it was at the level of some...Read more »
Amber Holcomb next on “American Idol,“ doing Whitney Houston's “I Believe In You and Me,“ and I'm telling you, she's got something special going on with her voice — it just grabs you, and makes you smile.
She's so good; audience is whooping and hollering, judges are nodding, and it's effortless. Best performance of the night so far for me; and once again, unexpected. She doesn't look as much...Read more »
Tenna Torres next on "American Idol," going slow and dramatic with Faith Hill's "Lost." She's swallowing the words a bit, not always on key either. Not sure if this is really her sweet spot; good vocal overall, but not memorable for me.
Keith Urban tells her not to "let the camera pull you off your emotion," just be yourself. Nicki Minaj appreciates how well she...Read more »
Aubrey Cleland up next on "American Idol," doing Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry" and she's strong from the start -- standing still in the spotlight in all white, looking like a million bucks and letting her voice go. Then nice and tender on the chorus. Seems so at ease; there's no emotional connection for me, but a professional performance. Looks like a star, comes across as a...Read more »
Zoanette Johnson up first as "American Idol" cuts from 10 women to five and fans get to vote for the first time this season. She's doing a growly version of "What's Love Got To Do With It," with her usual energy -- but it seems forced, even angry. She's off key as well; not good.
Keith Urban says, "that was an interesting song choice," thinks her theatrical way...Read more »