Janelle Arthur next on "American Idol," doing the Supremes' "You Keep Me Hangin' On." Sitting on a stool with her guitar, slowing it way down and countrifying it. It's dramatic, but too heavy; beauty of the song was its almost flippant tone, it's all been sucked away. Creative and well-sung, but not enjoyable for me.
Mariah Carey yells out over the audience, "Janelle at her finest!" Keith Urban thought it was "beautiful." Nicki Minaj likes her with the guitar, but thought her voice wasn't as good as it usually is. Randy Jackson thought it was "incredible."
Devin Velez up next, singing Smokey Robinson's "Tracks of My Tears." Guest mentor Robinson is delighted, tells him how he came up with the lyrics while shaving one day. It's a smart pick, Velez's voice echoes Robinson's a bit, it just sounds right. He's not trying to do anything fancy, sings it well; if a bit boringly. Most memorable thing about this might be the bright red sport jacket he's wearing, matching his hair.
Urban praises his "great style," tells him not to think too much. Minaj says "that was an amazing job tonight," concludes it "felt good." Jackson calls it one of his best performances in weeks, loves his falsetto. Carey loved it too, "flawless from you," says she hopes "America really understands how good that was."
Robinson tells him afterwards, "you were awesome -- great job is my feedback."
Amber Holcomb, Candice Glover and Angie Miller fill some time singing "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" -- they're vamping up there, looking like a million bucks. Voices are of course spot on; they sing well together, could hit the road tomorrow and sell out arenas.
Carey says, "oh my goodness, that was so wow." Calls it "A-plus amazing."