After months of enduring auditions, Hollywood Week, Vegas round and Lazaro Arbos, we finally are about to crown a winner. After doing this 11 times prior, you’re fully aware that we have to sit through two more hours before we actually know the results. With that being said, the results show was pretty entertaining. There were a couple of sensational duets along with a couple cute video packages. Check out all the performances and more importantly find out who the winner of American Idol Season 12 is below.
The second Angie Miller performed her original song during Hollywood Week, she became an instant frontrunner. Even though she never matched the magnetism and magic of that performance throughout her American Idol run, I still maintain she deserved a spot in the Final 2 over Kree Harrison. Miller has more potential of becoming a crossover artist, matching the likes of Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, more than Harrison or Glover for that matter.
Miller was supposed to perform “You Set Me Free” on the finale tonight, but was nixed. Instead, she’ll be performing a duet with Adam Lambert. Even though the 19-year-old won’t get to perform it live tonight, she’s releasing the single immediately after the finale on iTunes, ergo the newly-released artwork. It’ll be interesting to see if she outsells either of the Final 2′s coronation songs. If you missed Angie’s breakout Hollywood performance, check it out below.
And then there were two. After weeks of competition, we’re finally at the Dolby Theatre, formerly known as the Kodak, to crown the Season 12 winner. Kree Harrison and Candice Glover face off for one final time. One of them will be the first female American Idol winner since Season 6′s Jordin Sparks. In fact, it’s the first all-female finale since Season 3 when Fantasia beat Diana DeGarmo. Barrino got a reality show and DeGarmo got Ace Young ;) Who’s the real winner?
Each lady sang three songs apiece- Simon Fuller’s pick, their potential coronation song and their favorite performance. Even though Kree won the coin toss, she elected to go first. Silly girl. It’s all about the last spot. Minus the unnecessary Carly Rae Jepsen performance (couldn’t they wait til the results show), it was a solid night. Check out all the performances below and be sure to weigh in on who should win.
Before we get to the results, a shocking development. I honestly thought Randy Jackson was the cockroach you couldn’t get rid of. Turns out I was wrong. The last original American Idol judge standing announced via E! News that he’s leaving the FOX talent show.
“Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to the rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol I have decided it is time to leave after this season,” Randy told E! News. “I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry. It’s been a life changing opportunity but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures.”
With him officially going, plus rumors that FOX isn’t exercising any of the second year options on Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj or Mariah Carey, the network has a lot of hiring to do. To boot, there’s also speculation that Nigel Lythgoe isn’t being asked back. Season 13 could either be the end of the veteran singing competition or the dawning of a new era. It all depends on what direction production goes with casting.
Apologies for not recapping Wednesday’s performance show. I was at a restaurant opening and too tired to watch the show when I got home. When I finished watching it, I felt it was ridiculous to post it so late. Instead, I’m going to quickly give my thoughts on last night’s performances. I agree with Jimmy Iovine that Angie won Round 1, but I have to disagree with him and put Candice on top during the second round and again for the last round. If she goes home tonight, it’ll be a huge travesty.
I wholly believe Kree is going home. Though I think it’s time for Harrison to go, she was sabotaged big time last night. All three song choices picked for her didn’t allow her to shine. I can’t believe production is so evil to not let the contestants pick at least one song of their own. To have no power at this stage of the game is completely ridiculous. Without further ado, let’s get to the results.
After spending several months sitting side by side with Randy Jackson on the American Idol judging panel, it appears Mariah Carey is tired of him. The 43-year-old singer is dumping the Dawg as her manager. Carey now jumps into bed with Red Light Management, joining other artists such as Alicia Keys, Faith Hill, Miley Cyrus and the Dave Matthews Band to name a few.
According to Showbiz 411, Carey officially parted ways due to their schedules being “too hectic.” I smell BS. Jackson was reportedly instrumental in brokering her record-setting $18 million deal to join him on the FOX show this season. I wonder how much Randy scored in commission from that deal.
I’m sure by now you probably know which contestant American Idol bid adieu to. And even if you didn’t, I’m pretty sure you had a good idea which lady was in danger. Out of all the eliminations during Season 12, this one was the easiest to predict. That’s why I’m not even going to wait til the jump to reveal that **SPOILER ALERT** Amber Holcomb was finally sent packing. Love the girl, but it was definitely time for her to go.
Proving her inability to pick the right song was part of her undoing, the 19-year-old selected Whitney Houston’s “I Believe In You And Me” as her farewell song. Why she picked it is mind-boggling. Her original cover wasn’t anywhere near her best performance during her entire run. And her second attempt at it wasn’t any better. Though I’ll give her a pass as I’m sure her emotions got the best of her. That end where Amber choked up à la Kelly Clarkson during the Season 1 finale was sorta adorable.
It’s usually a cliché when ousted contestants claim you’ll be hearing from them in the future, but I believe it in Amber’s case. She might be the Jennifer Hudson of the season. Given the right material, Holcomb could be huge.
Like Amber’s elimination, the rest of the show was anti-climatic. The hour featured performances by Season 7 winner David Cook, will.i.am and this week’s mentor Harry Connick Jr. The part I did enough from #ThrowbackThursday was catching up with Season 4 standout Constantine Maroulis. Congrats on being the first Idol alum to snag a Tony nomination. Check out all the performances, Amber’s elimination and Constantine’s update below.
Apologies for the delayed American Idol recap. I injured myself on the swings while babysitting my niece yesterday. Don’t ask what happened. It’s far too embarrassing. Sufficed to say, I iced my poor self last night and fell asleep while watching my shows. I’m going to keep this short and sweet.
Before we get to the performances, can we talk about Harry Connick Jr? This guy needs to be on the judging panel next season. He’s not afraid to tell the contestants how it is, or the other judges. Loved that he called out Randy Jackson for his often contradictory critiques. Their debate was great to watch. Nicki Minaj’s facial expressions during it were everything. Nigel Lythgoe, make Harry happen next year. Don’t you agree?
This week, the girls sang two songs apiece- a song from “now” and standards from “then.” To be perfectly honest, none of them blew me away tonight. I think the nerves got to the better of some, while the others were thinking way too much about the end game. Check out their performances below.
On American Idol last night, Ryan Seacrest informed viewers an important announcement regarding the rest of the competition would be made on the results show. I think everyone and their dog has a pretty good idea what it is. Before we get to the big reveal, let’s quickly discuss the filler.
In the sponsored by Ford Fiesta segment, the girls were on the hunt for Seacrest. The whole bit was pretty lame, especially the reveal that there are Ryan clones. Can you imagine the world with four Seacrests. The horror. The worst part of the segment was when Candice Glover, Amber Holcomb, Kree Harrison and Angie Miller read the teleprompter. None of them have futures as hosts #justsaying. Thankfully, the ladies did far better with their Alicia Keys “Girl On Fire” group performance.
After being spoiled with Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, Clay Aiken and Carrie Underwood the past several weeks, we were “treated” to Stefano Langone and Lee DeWyze who is arguably the worst Idol winner to date. That’s saying a lot considering Taylor Hicks is also a winner. Both alums performed songs that reminded me other Idols. Stefano’s song sounded like something David Archuleta would sing, while DeWyze channeled his inner Phillip Phillips and jumped on the folk music bandwagon. Check out the performances below.