Tonight’s episode of American Idol took place in Las Vegas, for the third week in a row. The top 10 girls performed for a live audience, and the guys are set to perform tomorrow night. Thursday night, the results will be revealed, and this season will finally be narrowed down to the top 10. Ryan went to the judges to get their opinions on what to expect before the performances began.
First up for the night was Zoanette Johnson, who took on Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It.” She sounded absolutely terrible and was off-key the entire performance. Keith told her if they were giving an award for the most joyous, unbridled, free spirited, confident girl, she would be it, but it was an interesting song choice, and he loved the ferocity of her performance. Nicki said, “That wasn’t it.” Randy agreed and said it was a mess. Mariah added that it was not her favorite performance, but it was up to America now.
Breanna Steer sang Beyonce’s “Flaws and All.” Keith loves her song choices, because she finds the right songs for herself as a singer, but he wanted her to find a song to get her into her own place. Nicki completely disagreed with Keith and thought this was the absolute wrong song for her, and said “That was not it at all.” Randy agreed with himself – he thought the song choice was cool, but it was safe, and there weren’t enough moments. He did like the tenderness she took with it. Mariah thought the song choice was unique and agreed with Randy in that there weren’t a lot of moments.
Aubrey Cleland was up next, with Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” Keith told her she looked fantastic, and the song was really good for her, but he wished it would have allowed her to soar more. Nicki told Aubrey she looked amazing and loved her humility. She also loved her vibrato. Randy agreed and added that he loved her emotion. Mariah said Aubrey has multi-platinum potential.
Janelle Arthur sang “If I Can Dream,” by Elvis. Keith loved it and loves that she has a classic country voice and still does all the runs. Nicki told Janelle she was like a marshmallow she wanted to eat, and it was the best vocal of the night so far. Randy liked the old throw back in her voice and wanted her to make a Patsy Cline-style record. Mariah said she did what she came to do.
Tenna Torres took on Faith Hill’s “Lost” for her performance. Keith loved that she sang a Faith Hill song and only asked that the camera not pull her out of the emotion of the song. Nicki told her she likes her hair that way, and she likes her boobs, too. Randy was taken aback and repeated, “Whoa! Whoa!” Nicki then told him to shut up and called him a goody two shoes. Randy still hadn’t regained composure, but he gathered himself enough to compliment Tenna’s restraint and composure and agree with Keith. Mariah thought it was a really good song choice, loved the richness in the beginning, and she was happy to hear her lower notes and fullness.
Angie, formerly known as Angela, Miller sat at the piano for her rendition of Colton Dixon’s “Never Gone.” Keith told her it was beautiful, and he hears her clearest and truest at the piano. Nicki told Angie the trumpets should sound when she walks into the room and asked to just get her album already. Randy said she is going places, and it was like he was at her show. He added it seemed effortless, and she was born to do what she was doing. Mariah was so happy to see Angie back at the piano, and she was blown away.
Amber Holcomb took on Whitney Houston’s “I Believe in You and Me.” For taking on one of the greatest singers of all time, Amber did quite well and received a standing ovation from the judges. Keith thought it was a great song and loved the runs, but wished she would have held onto those a little bit longer. Nicki said it was a “ten billion kadrillion.” She loved it and wondered how Amber could sing so effortlessly. Randy said, “Amber is in it to win it.” He added that she believes in herself now. Mariah told her she is one of her favorite, favorite people in the competition, and she loved her.
Kree Harrison sang Faith Hill’s “Stronger.” Keith gave us a spelling lesson: “The first two letters in Idol are I do, and I do love you.” He commented on the notes she hit effortlessly and said she fits right into country music. Nicki told her that she already knows she is her wife and asked how she hit a new level of sexy. She added that her voice is always nice and smooth, and she is obsessed. Randy said, “I think we got another one who’s in it to win it!” He had no idea her range went that high and told her she could sing anything. Mariah asked how you could top that and said there is an undeniable thing Kree has.
Adriana Latonio sang Destiny’s Child’s “Stand Up For Love.” Compared to others of the night, it was very sleepy and boring. Keith was nervous about the song choice, because he worried it took too long to get to the best part of her voice. Nicki suggested she work a little bit and come back next year, and she felt the song was too big for her. Randy thought she needed to come in and slay it, but it was boring. Mariah joked that she didn’t know how Randy really feels, because he holds back emotionally sometimes. She went on to say that the song was laid out like a traditional ballad and didn’t bring out the soulful side of her voice that they usually hear.
Candice Glover closed out the show with John Legend’s “Ordinary People.” Keith told her it was beautiful and added that the level of singers tonight is crazy. He loved her old soul blend that she makes now. Nicki saluted her and said that was it. Randy told her it was ridiculous and that he learned listening to her because she is one of the best singers in the competition. Mariah thanked Candice for her performance and said, “The goosebumps continue.”
Tune into American Idol tomorrow night on FOX at 8/7 p.m. central to see the top 10 guys face off and fight their way into the final top 10. What was your favorite performance tonight? Who do you think will make it through or go home Thursday night? Leave a comment below!