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.
If there is any justice, Lazaro Arbos will be p-p-packing his bags tonight. Stuttering joke… too soon? If last night’s dismal performance wasn’t enough to convince you he needs to go home, the Burt Bacharach medley group performance tonight was damning evidence. Once again he forgot his words and was off key. I’m not sure why Candice and Amber were forced to duet with each other. Each lady certainly deserved their own solo.
Quick question. Is anyone missing the cheesy Ford commercials? Is it wrong that I kinda miss them even though I used to bitch about them. That said, there was this fun bit with the Top 6 playing car soccer with their Ford Fiestas? I totally want to do that.
Keeping the season-long theme of bringing Idols back, Scotty McCreery and Kelly Clarkson returned to their old stomping grounds. McCreery sang his new song “See You Tonight” and looked mighty fine doing it. Country crooner has been hitting the gym, hardcore. Clarkson incorporated some glow-in-the-dark fashion to sing “People Like Us.” After her performance, an adorably awkward exchange took place between Mariah and Kelly. Who else thinks the two should get a reality show of their own? I’d watch it ;) Without further delay, let’s get to the results.
This episode of American Idol brought the worst and the best the show has ever seen in its twelve seasons. Anyone who can’t see why Lazaro Arbos should go home, should be forbidden to vote for Idol… or anything for that matter. It’s abundantly clear that he’s way out of his league. Listen. I like the guy, but at this point, it’s not only torture for viewers, but for him as well. His heart is clearly not into it anymore. Let’s just put him out of his misery.
On the flip side, Candice Glover stringed together two absolutely amazing performances. Her second one had Randy claiming it was one of the best ever on the show. Keith simply got on his knees and bowed to her greatness. Meanwhile, Mariah got up from her seat, walked over to her and sprinkled her with glitter. I’m not kidding. Mariah glitterbombed Candice. I just hope that glitter isn’t cursed like Carey’s Glitter flick.
As horrible as Lazaro and fantastic Candice was, I have a sneaky feeling that Arbos isn’t going home tomorrow and Glover won’t make the finals. Don’t you agree? Check out this week’s performances below.
I don’t know about you, but I love spoilers. I’m impatient that way. Bless Zap2It.com’s little hearts for scoring the scoop on what songs the Top 6 will be singing on tomorrow’s American Idol show.
Each singer is performing two songs apiece. Hopefully, there won’t be room for any more random group pairings. I’d hate to be the girl saddled up with Lazaro Arbos. Angie Miller definitely was a good sport last week, even though Lazaro forgot his words once again. I digress.
Keeping in line with the oldies vibe Idol just can’t escape, the first group of songs will honor Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Personally, I actually like their songbook, but does Nigel have to recycle a theme used from Season 1. Side note: That was the week Tamyra Gray murdered “A House Is Not A Home.” I thought she’d be a shoo-in for the finals. Damn you Nikki McKibbin.
The second group of songs is another recycled theme, “Songs They Wish They’d Written.” At least with this, the Top 6 will have more freedom and hopefully pick contemporary and uptempo tracks. I don’t want a 2-hour ballad-fest. Check out what each contestant picked below.
Who did America feel didn’t rock out enough for “Classic Rock” night? Will the trend of a male elimination continue? I hope so, and in particular Lazaro. Sadly, I don’t think that’s going to happen because he turned in a solid performance. That might’ve reignited his fan base. In my recap yesterday, I hoped for a Lazaro-Burnell bottom two, but thought a Burnell-Janelle one was more realistic. Let’s find out if I was right.
On deck to perform tonight were Season 9 alum Casey James and Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood. I wonder if these Idol updates are a result of production’s difficulty to lure established artists now that American Idol has lost its luster? Either way, I kinda enjoy seeing some of the lesser-known ones pop up. Everyone knows what happened to Carrie (love her video package BTW) but what about Casey? Now we know, thanks to his update clip. Apparently, he has a decent country career going. Good for him. Love that he bought presents for the Top 7.
Before the results, Ryan Seacrest revealed who each judge had in their respective Top 3 was. Prior to the show, Nigel Lythgoe browbeat them for their thoughts without telling what he was using them for. At least that’s what Nicki claimed. For the most part, they all agreed with exception to Mariah whose list was one contestant off. Check out their picks below. Question is… would they line up with America’s Top 3?
It’s “Classic Rock Night” on American Idol and NO BALLADS ALLOWED. For those contestants thinking of cheating by picking a rock ballad to perform, they’re S.O.L.. Side note: When was Evanescence considered classic rock? Wasn’t their hit song released just ten years ago? Truth be told, Nigel Lythgoe has always played fast and loose with theme nights. Just last week, Madonna was included with Motown classics for “Music of Motor City.” LMFAO.
Brought in as a special guest to perform with the contestants was Greek Australian guitarist Orianthi. I ask Nigel, was this necessary? The cameraman focused way too much energy giving her obligatory shots during each performance. And for the most part, the Idols seemed awkward trying to jam out with her. Especially, my boy Burnell.
What I did enjoy though was each singer’s package where their fellow Idols talked about them. I love getting to know their personalities better? We discovered that Burnell mumbles and has a weird laugh. Kree loves to hug and knows everybody’s name behind the scenes. Having a flair for overdramatics is Janelle. The Lazaro revelation wasn’t anything we didn’t know. They talked about his love for bright colored clothing and divas poses. Candice has a sibling-type relationship with Burnell. Amber loves taking selfies and talks to herself a lot. Last and not least, Angie is highly excitable and loves to clap rapidly.
I really hope America gets it right this week. None of the girls should be going before the boys. Absolutely NONE of them. Jimmy Iovine also agrees with me. In his recap, he believes the bottom three should be all the guys. Fingers crossed that’s true. I would hate to lose Amber this soon. Side note: Kree got a shout out from Aretha Franklin praising her performance. That’s pretty dope.
Tonight’s show was all about filler (even more so than other weeks). There was this random segment where the Idols went to some school to teach them Phillip Phillips’ “Home” ?!?!?! Performances by Colton Dixon, Keith Urban and OneRepublic featuring Katharine McPhee were on deck. Speaking of the latter, why Seacrest introduced her as “recording artist Katharine McPhee” instead of Idol alum or Smash star was kinda odd. Don’t you think? After 45 minutes, we finally get to the eliminations.
Once again, American Idol decided to stick with the oldies. After last week’s Lennon-McCarthy week, I was ready for some hits from the past decade. Sadly, another trip down memory lane in the 60s and 70s was in store. At least this week, the contestants rose to the occasion with their Motown covers. A couple turned in some phenomenal performances. Even Lazaro didn’t sound that bad. Well, on his solo he didn’t. With his group performance, that was a whole different story. The daggers both Burnell and Devin threw him when Lazaro screwed up were priceless.
Speaking of that horrendous trio, Nicki wasn’t holding back tonight. Girl was ruthless with her critiques. When she told the boys she felt like it was Hollywood, I had no idea where she was going. I thought it had to do with star power or giving her a warm feeling. Then she explained that it felt like the group round and that they should leave the stage after the abysmal performance. A little harsh, but bang on. No excuses for forgetting words, especially at this stage of the game.
Meanwhile over in MiMi-land, Carey was busy trying to make #pow a thing (it’s never going to happen) and was constantly on her phone whenever the camera panned to her. Sure Nicki was late one week, but when she’s there, she’s giving her undivided attention. At least Minaj tweets during the commercial breaks. Without further ado, let’s get to this week’s performances and rankings.