Angela Miller was so stunning with her original tune “You Set Me Free” that even Nicki Minaj had to quit the eye rolling and admit that the song sounded like it could be in the Top 40. Keith Urban would listen to it. Randy just kept yelping “Really!” a lot so that was job done, really.
Once again we missed seeing performances we probably really wanted to see like the solos from Jenny Beth Willis, Adriana Latonio and Amber Holcomb but they all got through.
We did get to see a lot of Janelle Arthur though, who once again wrapped her country vocals nicely around “I Told You So.” This time it was Nicki’s turn to have something repeating on her. She just couldn’t get past Janelle’s name to say anything much more useful. Another one through to the next round.
Candice Glover attempted Alicia Keys’ “Girl On Fire” and although she is great, this was not her best performance. In parts she was right on pitch while at others the song seemed just too big for her. The judges loved her though and of course put her through. She’s lovable, and maybe something of an underdog.
I can hardly believe I’m telling you this but Zoanette Johnson got through her audition with original song, “Ba Ba Da Duuhhh Dub, which was basically “performance comedy” that some people may find amusing but which was my WTF moment of the whole ‘American Idol’ season so far. She can play the drums. Taking inspiration from her surroundings and making up the lyrics on the spot she managed to compliment all the judges except Mariah who barely got a mention. Maybe Zoanette will go down well in Vegas? Maybe she’ll sing?
Shubha Vedula inspired Mariah to sing along with her fingers during her cover of “When You Believe,” providing the diva with “a nice moment for me, personally.”
15 year old Juliana Chahayed was a great surprised on “Landslide,” apparently one of Nicki Minaj’s favorite songs. I don’t think we saw her before but we’ll be seeing her again.
Oh how the mighty are fallen. Kez Ban was clearly suffering dreadfully from a cold. She was amazing in her first audition but last night in Hollywood she was truly awful. No way she could be put through but apparently she got a job out of it anyway. She’s a boomer!
Ashlee Feliciano also got eliminated, Randy had had enough of the sad songs and I was sad about that as I loved her take on “Tin Man.”
Melinda Ademi couldn’t have been happier or more bouncy. For me she’s got the look more than the voice but maybe she’ll surprise us with a big voice going forward.
Mariah Carey said Kree Harrison gace “something that feels genuine” to Grace Potter’s “Stars.” She wasn’t even letting Nicki question her authenticity. Her voice is unique and gave Keith goosebumps.
And then we got some sad sing-offs: Stephanie Schimel, the Barbie, had to battle Rachel Hale for the final spot in the girls’ Top 20. They chose two former Idols’ songs – Phillip Phillips’ “Home” for Steph vs. Haley Reinhart’s “Undone” for Rachel. Rachel triumphed on this one so sadly Stephanie was let go.
There was a boys’ sing-off too as Adam Sanders (“Taking Chances”) took on Josh Holiday (“Georgia On My Mind”). Adam was sweet and he’s musically talented, so why was he so off-key? Josh wasn’t very good either so it was just tragic when he split his pants with kneeling for no point whatsoever at the end of his performance. Josh got through, which for Nicki was a monumental moment she will remember for ever, but which America is probably not recalling even this morning.
So here we go, folks, with the business end of “American Idol” Season 12. Here are your Top 40!
TOP 20 GIRLS
Jenny Beth Willis
TOP 20 GUYS
Curtis Finch, Jr.
Gurpreet Singh Sarin
Josh “J’DA” Davila
Who’s your favorite so far? Who’s going to fall flat on their face in Vegas?