Kree Harrison's "She Talks to Angels" by the Black Crowes was effortless, but I have to disagree with Randy Jackson, who said while he wasn't sure it was vocally flawless, he felt it emotionally. I thought the opposite — she delivered it perfectly, but I didn't feel much from her.
Nicki Minaj prefaces her critique by saying she disagrees with the rest of the panel, but Mariah Carey cuts her off — the first glimmer of the "feud" between the two we've seen in weeks! Maybe because of that, Minaj doesn't end up making much of a point at all and basically just says she thought the song was flawless.
Angie Miller takes to the piano for a rendition of The Pretenders' "I'll Stand By You" that she dedicates to Boston, just 30 miles from her hometown of Beverly, Mass. She stumbles a little in the middle of the song, but still manages to get a standing ovation from all the judges except Nicki. Jackson responds by saying this group of women may be best Top 5 the show has ever had. Man, he just loves to dole out the superlatives lately, doesn't he?
Making my earlier Mariah Carey ballad prediction come true, Amber Holcomb takes on the diva's version of the Badfinger song "Without You." Minaj is the first to judge, and she, surprisingly, tells Holcomb her version didn't measure up to Carey's, and that it felt "restricted." (An end to the judges' drama just as quickly as it returned?)