American Idol is such a curiously schizophrenic show.
On Top 4 Night, Part 2, a mentor suddenly appears in Harry Connick Jr.
On Top 4 Night, Part 2, Jimmy Iovine, who had been giving in-show critiques for the past two weeks, disappears.
On Top 4 Night, Part 2, Idol decided the remaining singers should sing one very now (aka 2013) song and one “then” (aka very old) song.
And, for some bizarre reason, they decided to close the night with the old songs, which dated from — are you ready for this? — 1926, 1933, 1937 and 1941!!!!
That’s the way to reel in young viewers, Idol.
This show seriously needs to clean house and start fresh with a new set of producers.
But that’s a topic for another day. Let’s get down to the business at hand — who deserves those victory trips back home.
Best of the Night: On Wednesday, Candice Glover did what I expected Kree Harrison to do last week. She took a bottom two finish as a challenge, returned to the stage and delivered two of her best vocals in weeks. Her round one performance of Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” was the best of the night and her second-round performance of “You’ve Changed” wasn’t far behind. Folks, Candice absolutely needs to be in the top three.
Runner-up: Ditto for Angie Miller, who remains way ahead of everyone else left on Season 12 in terms of star quality. The judges gave her a rough time over her first song, “Diamonds.” I thought she did a very nice job of changing up the song. In fact, on a night of rather lackluster song choices, it might have been my favorite match of singer and song all night.
Please keep her: Kree Harrison took the stage twice and delivered two more stellar vocals. Unfortunately, “Stormy Weather” made for a very sleepy final solo performance of the night and found the gal with the country and bluesy tone using neither to her best advantage. Still, if you look back over her Season 12 performances, she’s been far more consistent than the other candidate for the final three. Which brings us to …
Deserves to go home: Amber Holcomb delivered her best vocal of the past two weeks on “Funny Valentine.” Of course, it’s a song she performed in Vegas Week as well. Lots of times, the judges would have chastised a singer for doing that. In the first round, Amber tried to tackle a song by Pink (“Give Me a Reason”) and simply wasn’t up to the task. It was the weakest performance of the night.