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'American Idol' Season 12: Amber Holcomb rules Top 4 power rankings

"American Idol" - Top 4: Candice Glover, Angie Miller, Kree Harrison and Amber Holcomb (April 18, 2013) Credit: Fox

Sometimes, the “American Idol” contestants do their best to prove the judges right.

Last night, more than usual, song choice actually became more important than the performances themselves. Nicki Minaj likes to go on about how the Final Four are all “superheroes” with their vocals. While that’s not exactly true, Candice Glover and Kree Harrison clearly have a greater mastery of singing than Amber Holcomb and Angie Miller, all four really do sing well.

That means that the songs they choose to showcase their vocals become extra important. It’s the way they set themselves apart — both for good and bad.

And we saw both. Amber Holcomb did well with the Celine Dion/Jennifer Rush ballad “The Power of Love,” and not-so-well with the Richard Harris/Donna Summer disco number “Macarthur Park.” Her success had less to do with her vocals than the songs themselves — “The Power of Love” builds nicely, while “Macarthur Park” sort of falls off at the end, even with the big note.

Candice Glover, who normally chooses songs wisely, made a rare mistake picking Drake’s “Find Your Love,” which she made seem old, squeezing all that cool out of it, because the song is built on attitude, not vocal power. She fared much better on “Emotion,” though Keith Urban did make a good point about the choices for the “One Hit Wonder” half of the show. Have there really been no “one hit wonders” after 1980?

(Candice could have torn up Paris Hilton’s “Stars Go Blind” or Ghost Town DJ’s’ “My Boo.” Amber could have rocked Ini Kamoze’s “Here Come the Hotstepper.” Angie could have done wonders with New Radicals’ “You Get What You Give.” And Kree has a ton of country to choose from, but maybe Dionne Farris’ “I Know” would work for her.)

Speaking of Kree, something has happened to her in the past week. Maybe it was the exit of her pal Janelle Arthur last week, but a little of the light was missing from her performances this week. She did OK with “Whiter Shade of Pale,” but even that wasn’t quite what it could be.

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Angie, on the other hand, was everything she could be. Her intensely personal style was very intense on Jessie J’s “Who You Are” and, to a lesser extent, “Cry Me a River.” The judges loved it, but Angie’s problem may be what Nicki discussed while praising Amber. If Amber is the one of the Final Four that she wants to be friends with, Angie’s persona makes her the one that’s a little too dramatic to want to hang with a lot.

While Kree is in trouble this week, it’s Angie who will likely go home. Of course, “Idol” producers may make this a nonelimination week for some reason, since the save never got used.

Amber Holcomb, “The Power of Love”
Candice Glover, “Emotion”
Kree Harrison, “Whiter Shade of Pale”
Angie Miller, “Cry Me a River”
Kree Harrison, “Hurt So Bad”
Angie Miller, “Who You Are”
Amber Holcomb, “Macarthur Park”
Candice Glover, “Find Your Love”

BOTTOM TWO: Angie, Kree

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