There were no surprises tonight on American Idol when Amber Holcomb was eliminated. Actually, has their been ONE elimination this season that was the least bit shocking? For the first time ever, I correctly predicted every single eliminated contestant. And if you know me and my crappy predictions, that’s a pretty big deal.
Amber has a ton of raw talent, but she needs a few years of seasoning before she’s ready. I never understood why Jimmy and Nigel tried so hard to make her happen. Did Jimmy think that they could mold her into a pop star? He and Interscope failed pretty miserably with Pia Toscano. And so far, the label appears to have dropped the promo ball with the immensely talented vocalist, Jessica Sanchez. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results.
I figure the label will give Amber at least one single as a trial balloon. Thing is, she doesn’t really have an Idol fanbase to fall back on. If they want to sign her, she’ll need to be handled like a brand new artist. It will be interesting to watch what happens to her.
Her youth was really evident when she broke down during her sing out. If any of you watched Glee, there were clips of her talking to the judges, post-boot, during the commercial break. She was pretty busted up. Other than missing the cut off for the tour, just missing out on a hometown visit has to really hurt.
Candice Glover, Angie Miller and Kree Harrison are the Top 3. I’m smelling an Angie/Candice final. How about you?
Anyway, Angie’s home town is about 30 miles from where I live, and I’m THINKING about checking it out on Saturday. I hate crowds, and my car is on the fritz. I’m not sure if I’m going to make it. But, on the other hand, this will probably be the ONLY opportunity I’ll ever have to attend an Idol hometown celebration. I should probably go ahead and find a way to do it. Maybe take a train from South Station so I don’t have to deal with traffic? We’ll see.
UPDATE: Amber Holcomb is eliminated from American Idol
The American Idol 12 Top 4 will finally become 3! And I’m live blogging all the FUN right here.
Season 7 winner, David Cook comes home to the Idol stage to perform his new single, “Laying Me Low.” Plus, mentor, Harry Connick, Jr and Will.i.Am perform. Not together! But wouldn’t THAT be something?
Tonight the stakes are INSANELY HIGH says Ryan. All four want the Top 3 hometown visit. The video package is cut with the singers’ performances and shots of past visits.
After the Nicki Minaj meltdown on twitter today, do ya think it’ll be a LEETLE BEET uncomfortable on the panel?
The Top 4 sing “Crazy In Love” from….The Great Gatsby movie. Because when I think of F. Scott Fitzgerald and the lost generation, Destiny’s Child is always at the top of my mind! It’s a Baz Luhrmann thing! A slew of dancers perform with the girls on stage. I haven’t checked out the new version of the song yet. I’m assuming the arrangement is similar. Prolly not as cheesy, though.
Tickets go on SALE for the American Idol tour tomorrow. Don’t miss it!
This week’s Ford Fiesta Mission features the girls designing a Ford Fiesta based on the music they love or something. Basically, the cars the girls design are festooned with decals they choose–like cowboy boots and musical notes.
IT’S JIMMY TIME.
Angie Miller is up first. Angie had the opportunity shut down the competition, he says. But she blew it by picking the wrong song. He agrees with the judges about “Diamonds.” It didn’t go anywhere. “Someone to Watch Over Me” wasn’t good enough. But, her performances weren’t bad enough to send her home.
Amber Holcomb is next. Amber sounded karaoke on the Pink number, explains Jimmy, because she didn’t have time to prepare it. No, Jimmy. Amber doesn’t have the emotional depth to bring that song to life! Jimmy making excuses for Amber. Oy. But he loved “Funny Valentine” “Amber crushed it,” he says. He hopes it was enough to save her.
Candice Glover is 3rd. Bruno Mars should write a song for Candice, says Jimmy. Not her best, but she was magnificent. Head and shoulders above the rest.
Kree Harrison is last. Kree hasn’t lived up to her full potential in the past two weeks, says Jimmy. Her performances weren’t bad, but she hasn’t been outstanding, either. It could hurt her.
David Cook is next! Before he performs his single, “Laying Me Low,” A video package follows his Idol journey. David felt blessed to make the tour! He didn’t expect to win. He’s grateful to be able to earn a living from music. He talks a little bit about the Race for Hope, the yearly event he participates in each year to raise funds for brain cancer research. On the Top 3 homecoming he says, “You’re going to cry, I did.” But then he adds, “I don’t ever cry. That’s a lie.” HA! The talent on Idol this year is phenomenal, he says. David and his band take the stage The song features awesome singing and CLAPPING. This tune has SWAGGER. After, David and Mariah have a reunion! She remembers coaching his performance of her song, “Always Be My Baby.” That song is easily one of my FAVORITE moments of Season 7.
Next, Will.i.am is in the house to sing ANOTHER song from The Great Gatsby called Bang Bang. Uhm. The “Bang Bang” song from the 60s is sampled here. With a 20s jazz motif and some other horrible stuff. Will.i.am is the WORST. Uh. He’s “tap dancing” now. PLEASE STOP I’M BEGGING YOU.
OH LOOK it’s a video package featuring CONSTANTINE. One of Idol’s FIRST rockers. Remember his signature CAPTIVATING STARE? Have you run to grab the brain bleach? JUST KIDDING. After Idol, the Season 4 alum went on to Broadway. He makes sure we know that he’s the first Idol to be nominated for a Tony. These days, he’s back on the Great White Way in a revival of Jekyll and Hyde.
Harry Connick Jr. takes the stage to perform his new song, “Every Man Should Know.” Erm. Stick to standards Harry! This song is a super cliched song about how to be a man and a hero and there’s some nonsense about coming home from work and loving your woman. Have we been transported back to the 1950s? Insipid. And I hate to say it, but I’m gonna. Hey Harry? KINDA PITCHY DAWG. His new record comes out June 11.
Time for results!
Nicki calls all the girls “Superheroes” who can all have GREAT careers. All four judges clearly love them. She’s happy that America got the best four to the top 4.
KIERAN DIM THE LIGHTS. The results will be in NO particular order. Angie and Candice are called safe first. We’re probably looking at our Top 2. Kree and Amber remain. We’ll find out who is going home after the break!
Kree Harrison is SAFE! Amber Holcomb is eliminated!
After her goodbye package, Amber sings one last time. She warbles an emotional “I Believe in You and Me.” Lots of tears. Ryan brings her dad on stage, and Amber completely loses it. Aw. Mariah is teary. And we’re out.
- Angie Miller
- Candice Glover
- Kree Harrison