The March 13 edition of "American Idol" 2013 featured the top 10 finalists as they performed songs previously sung by "AI" winners. One of the better numbers of the night came from Nashville's Kree Harrison, who crooned her way through a Roy Orbison classic and earned the night's strangest compliment from judge Nicki Minaj.
During a pre-recorded mentoring session, Jimmy Iovine told the aspiring singer that he thought she had the range, tone and confidence needed to give her "a fabulous shot" at taking the "AI" title. To maximize her chances, he told Harrison to work on mastering emotion with restraint.
For her top 10 show song, she selected "Crying," which Carrie Underwood performed during season four. Though Harrison called Underwood's version "amazing," she said she was "so excited" to sing it for the live audience, and planned implement her "own Kree twist."
Looking understated in black and white, Harrison took to the "Idol" stage. Her rendition of "Crying" was smooth and silky, and drew nothing but praise from the panelists. Keith Urban told her she could "sing the phone book, baby" and appreciated how her life experience came through her voice. After talking a lot about waffles and syrup, Minaj finally summed up her sentiments by saying that she'd enjoy eating waffles and watching Harrison perform because her voice is smooth and delicious. Randy Jackson called her voice "infectious" and said it "makes me feel good all over." Mariah Carey finished up the judges' critiques by praising the song choice and Harrison's "enormous range."
To see if Kree Harrison earns a spot in the top nine, watch the "American Idol" 2013 top 10 results show on March 14.