“American Idol” aired its first Hollywood live results elimination show on March 14.
In a new twist, the contestants were ranked according to America’s vote, with Curtis Finch, Jr. landing in last place and leaving the competition.
According to the nationwide vote, Angie Miller, Kree Harrison and Candice Glover are currently the top three finalists. But, it was not revealed how the girls rank, and who is in first, second or third positions.
It’s interesting that Lazaro Arbos made fourth place and Amber Holcomb, who received a standing ovation for her brilliant performance of Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This,” fell right behind him in fifth place.
One could argue that Holcomb deserved a top three spot and that Kree Harrison’s rendition of “Crying” was a little under-whelming, compared to her previous performances. That said, Harrison has one of the strongest and most powerful ranges among the contenders and Nicki Minaj is in love with her—comparing her to a perfect stack of waffles and calling Harrison her wife. How can Harrison, then, go wrong?
In terms of calling it, though, among the top three, based on this week’s performances, Candice Glover grabbed top prize with her incomparable rendition of “I Who Have Nothing.” Glover slayed it and delivered possibly the best version of that song ever sung on any stage anywhere. Minaj alluded to this fact when she told Glover that they should ban anyone else from ever singing the song again—and she’s right.
Angie Miller would have to slide into second place with her dynamic delivery of “I Surrender.” This girl was born to sing. She’s an artist first and an incredible songwriter. Yes, we’ll beat the original song horse again. “You Set Me Free,” has to hit the airwaves and when it does, not if, it will be a massive hit. Randy Jackson previously said Miller is going places, and all of the judges agree we’re watching a superstar arise.
Kree Harrison should be in third place this week. Her song was great, but lacked her usual wow factor. It’s totally feasible that Harrison will make the final three this year. But, Amber Holcomb can definitely give any one of the current top three girls a run for their money.
As it stands now, though, after this week, Glover or Miller seems destined to wear the final crown.
It’s rather disappointing to see Devin Velez in ninth place. He’s incredibly talented and brings something so sincere and unique to the competition. The other guys who placed above him haven’t been as good and consistent as he’s been.
Overall, though, is it really a good idea to reveal the ranking of the contestants? It can be argued it detracts from the suspense and may ultimately impede the contestants from delivering their best performance, if they are worried about where they are currently positioned and whether or not it’s possible to improve their standing.
If the ranking radically shifts next week, it’ll be an indication that America is paying attention with each week’s performances and will definitely keep the show a lot more interesting.
On a side note, Jon Bon Jovi rocked his new song and bravo Phillip Phillips for the quadruple platinum success of “Home.” It really reaffirms that an average Joe from Anywhere, USA can make a dream come true via this sort of reality competition.
What do you think? Do you want to know how the contestants rank each week? Did America get it right with the current standings? Who do you think is leading the pack, Angie, Kree, or Candice? Feel free to drop your comments below.
“American Idol” airs in Flint on WSMH FOX66 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. EST. Click here for a Flint area channel guide.