The top four sang classics and songs from 2013 on the May 1 episode of ‘American Idol’ — one girl clearly dominated as the judges exchanged words!
Guest mentor Harry Connick Jr. joined judges Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson as the top four battled once again in hopes to move onto hometown week. Who was your favorite tonight, HollywoodLifers?
‘American Idol:’ The Top 4 Sing Songs From 2013
Angie Miller sang “Diamonds” by Rihanna. “I love that song” Keith said, but he thought the acoustic arrangement limited her vocals. “This seemed different from any one of your other piano performances. It was bland. It was lack-luster. You can do a lot better,” Nicki said. Randy didn’t love it.
Amber Holcolmb sang Pink’s “Just Give Me A Reason.” Nicki liked her jeans but felt that her performance wasn’t really relatable. Randy said she didn’t seem like she was having fun. “That was not stellar,” Randy said.
Candice Glover sang “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars. Without changing the lyrics! “Let me just say, this is a singing competitions first and foremost. If you can sing, you can sing anything. That’s how you sing a song! Congratulations. That was amazing!” Randy raved. Keith said it was a winning performance. Nicki said it deserved a standing ovation, so they gave her one! Nicki said she was the first girl to make the song feel like their own.
Kree Harrison sang Carrie Underwood’s “See You Again.” During the mentoring session, Harry even said he liked Kree’s version better than Carrie’s. Mariah said she felt very connected and authentic. Keith said her voice was “faultless.” Nicki loved it and said she sang with her eyes.
The Top 4 Sing Standards
Angie sang “Someone To Watch Over Me.” Keith said she sang it so beautifully that the “old” song choice didn’t matter. Nicki said she reminds her of a Disney Princess or that maybe she belongs on Broadway. Randy said it was an amazing vocal. Mariah said she doesn’t sound like a Princess and Nicki proceeded to take a Q-tip from her makeup bag and told Mariah to clean out her ears!
Amber sang “My Funny Valentine” and got a standing ovation from all four judges. “That was so beautiful,” Nicki raved. And then Amber and Nicki started to cry! Randy said the performance was unbelievable and stellar.
Candice sang “You’ve Changed” by Billie Holiday and got a standing ovation from all four judges. “That was stellar. Speak your truth girl, that was amazing,” Randy said. “The only critique is I’m downloading that ASAP! Thank you so much for this performance,” Mariah said.
Kree sang “Stormy Weather.” Mariah said she was surprised by the song choice but thought the vocal was “clear as a bell and beautiful.” Keith told her not to lose her instincts.
Who was the best tonight, HollywoodLifers? Tell us below.
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