UPDATE: I’m hearing that Kree won the coin toss, and she chose to PERFORM FIRST next week.
HOLY SHIT! Kree Harrison and Candice Glover advance to the finals. Angie Miller is eliminated. On American Idol? The SOUTH STILL TRIUMPHS.
While I and everyone predicted that Angie Miller would advance to the finals, there was a nagging voice inside my head that kept repeating “the south always triumphs.” Could a gal from New England move past a Texas girl? A few years ago, I would have said, no way. But this season, with the ratings dive and a girl on the verge of winning for the first time since 2007, all bets seemed to be off. Angie appeared to have an unstoppable fan base and she peaked at the right time. Meanwhile, Kree seemed to be running out of steam.
But it wasn’t meant to be. Perhaps Kree’s touching home visit and the powerful performance of “Here Comes Goodbye” helped put her over the top? But I don’t think so. I really believe Idol demographics–which have ALWAYS heavily favored southern contestants–were in her favor. But also, Kree has, overall, been a more consistent performer than Angie, who only settled into her groove the past couple of weeks. Angie’s latent surge turned out not to be enough for the girl from Beverly MA to overcome that mighty southern demographic.
My heart goes out to Angie. She wanted to win SO bad and fought SO hard. I am a Kree/Candice fan, but like I said in the predictions post, I would not have been mad if she advanced. She played a beautiful game. Took notes. Improved her performances. She’s going to get signed and without a doubt has a career in music ahead of her.
Yes, this season of Idol has been so out of wack, for so many reasons. But this Top 3 is solid. And next week, I don’t know who I’m going to vote for! Maybe nobody. Kree and Candice are both sooo good. It makes it all the more maddening that silly antics on the judges’ panel overshadowed the talents of these three girls.
Putting aside the fact that it was a sad moment for Angie, I have to say it was exciting to finally have that shock boot. The one that didn’t seem to be coming. When Kree’s name was announced, I literally screamed. I probably freaked out my neighbors, it was so loud.
Now, it’s on to the final…
Tonight, The American Idol 12 Top 3 will be whittled down to two. Who will be heading to next week’s finale? Stick around and find out.
Also, Lauren Alaina will perform her NEW single, “Barefoot and Buckwild” and Alicia Keys will also appear. Plus, the world premiere of Mariah Carey’s new #Beautiful music video.
The show opens with some synergistic promo for the movie “Epic” in theaters this Friday! It features Ryan Seacrest edited into a CGI world…Whatever. Let’s get to the results! I’m nervous already. I wonder if Randy Jackson’s resignation will be addressed AT ALL tonight.
Ryan announces that we will find out WHO IS LEAVING OUR SHOW. And immediately looks straight at Randy, who laughs it off. Addressed, kinda sorta.
First the Top 3 take the stage to sing the CURRENT HIT “Who Says”. Ryan puts the emphasis on CURRENT. Too late for that Ryan, after a season full of moldy oldies. The sound is a mess! A total technical cluster-f*ck. It’s fixed by the time the number finishes, but the girls are clearly rattled. Yikes. Not an auspicious beginning to this results show.
You can vote on which car the Top 2 will win next week. Which means NOTHING because the girls will get a voucher that enables them to pick whatever car they want. This week’s Ford Fiesta deal finds the top 3 visiting a teen jazz choir. They sing together, hug and smile. Happy happy.
Highlights from Round 1 are first. Jimmy thought it was fun that they couldn’t choose their own songs. Evil. He reiterates his aim to make the song a challenge. He gave the round to Angie, but he handed her a piano moment, and she didn’t play. He felt that was a BIG mistake. Angie, sitting on the coach between Kree and Candice, looks very uneasy.
JESSICA SANCHEZ IN THE HOUSE.
Next, it’s the American Idol 10 runner-up, Lauren Alaina. In her video package, we see her audition, which she calls surreal. She’s only 15! Her life is so completely different post-Idol, she says. She’s hard at work on her sophomore album and will be singing “Barefoot and Buckwild.” If ya’ll don’t like the song, it’s a third her fault, because she co-wrote it! Lauren is all grown up in a sophisticated black and white jump suit. She has a ton more confidence singing the fun, upbeat country tune than she did on the show. Remember how her confidence seemed to crumble week by week? She’s so over that. Ryan wonders if she’s old enough to be buckwild. Lauren says to ask her dad. She’s 18, so sorta.
TIME TO ANNOUNCE THE AUDITION CITIES FOR AMERICAN IDOL 13. A video package including winner moments precedes the announcement. Atlanta, Detroit, Boston, San Francisco, Austin and Omaha… Next week, the online auditions open.
Now it’s time to boringly recap the Judges Choice round. Jimmy noticed that the JUDGES REALLY LOVED THEIR CHOICES. Kree had the perfect combo of home story and song. That’s why he gave her the round. Do we really need Jimmy repeating himself on night two? Idol must REALLY need filler.
Oh. HERE IS MARIAH IN THE STUDIO WITH THE TOP 3. They help her introduce a the debut of Mimi’s new music video featuring Miguel. “#Beautiful” is actually a really good song. Not so good is this video. Mariah looks so silly with the posing and the wind blowing through her hair and the eff me eyes. SO CHEESY. This is Mariah, in like, every video she’s ever made.
A video package featuring Adam Lambert is next. We get a ride through his Idol journey. Adam says he learned a lot about himself during his Idol experience, and about the type of pop artist he wanted to be. Idol cameras caught up with him in Singapore. “It’s been an amazing journey these past few years…I love entertaining people,” he says enthusiastically.
Alicia Keys is next, she’s at the piano performing her latest single, “Tears Always Win.” I am grateful that it’s NOT “Girl on Fire.” This song has a cool retro vibe. (VIDEO INCLUDES ADAM’S VIDEO PACKAGE)
And now, a totally redundant recap of the Producer’s round. Jimmy says, Angie did well on the Emeli Sande song, but wasn’t outstanding. Jimmy gave Kree and A for attitude on “Better Dig Two.” Thought the judges were REALLY cranky when they delivered their critiques. (they were!). With “Somewhere”, Candice had THAT MOMENT. Like, Mariah, Whitney, Mary J. Blige. If she’s going home, I’m going with her, he says. SOUND OF THE CREW CLAPPING. THIS is everything. Ha.
Finally, the results! Candice is the first to advance to the finals. She is stunned. Time for a break. NERVES. AND we’re back. In an absolutely stunning upset, KREE HARRISON ADVANCES TO THE FINAL! Holy crap. Kree is absolutely shocked. Like, KRIS ALLEN SHOCKED. There’s hugging and crying. Candice comforts Angie. Angie cries as she watches her video package. She sings “Never Gone” and can barely get through it, she’s crying so hard. Her family joins her on stage to comfort her. Kree and Candice eventually join her. A group hug ends the show. And we’re out.
Candice advances to the final
Angie Miller is Eliminated
- Candice Glover
- KREE HARRISON
- Angie Miller