‘American Idol’ 2013 Top 3 recap: Hometown visits for Kree Harrison, Angie Miller and Candice Glover
Who advances to the Top 2 of the “American Idol” 2013 finale: Kree Harrison, Candice Glover or Angie Miller?
So, now “American Idol” 2013 comes down to the Top 3 — Candice Glover, Angie Miller and Kree Harrison. This week it’s all about the hometown visits.
On tonight’s “American Idol” episode, fans get a glimpse of each visit, which are typically celebrations of each contestant’s accomplishments.
The contestants also sing three songs — one picked by mentor Jimmy Iovine, one by the judges and one by the show’s producers — and then America votes.
The results show on Thursday (8 p.m., May 9, Fox) reveals the Top 2 and the contestants who will battle for the Season 12 title next week.
• She kicks off the show, singing “Perfect” by P!nk (a song Jimmy picked). It’s not perfect; she wanders around the stage a bit and her voice is a little off key. Her country roots come through loud and clear, which judge Keith Urban loves. Nicki Minaj’s best advice was to wear “flat boots,” which makes no sense.
• The Texas singer shares her tragic story of losing both parents; she sings “Here Comes Goodbye” by Rascal Flatts, a song picked by the judges. Even though she tries to shirk the country label, it’s obvious that’s where she belongs. Another stellar song.
• She sings “You Better Dig Two” by The Band Perry; Keith Urban says it was not the perfect song; Nicki Minaj says the “Idol” producer who picked the song “should be stoned.” I liked it. Mariah Carey loved it. So, there you go!
• She sings “One” by U2 (picked by Jimmy), and for me it’s also a little off key (maybe I have a bad TV tonight). But the judges love it. They love it so much Nicki Minaj says she feels like she was at a Candice concert (I’m so sick of that line), and judge Randy Jackson says #Inittowinit. Like we’ve never heard that before.
• The judges pick “Next to Me” by Emile Sande, which she sings after her hometown visit. It’s the perfect song for her because it showcases her range and her raw talent. Judge Nicki Minaj gets emotional, telling her the impact she has on women who suffer from insecurity. There are tears.
• Wow, Candice, that was “A-plus amazing,” as Mariah Carey said. She sings “Somewhere” from the “West Side Story” soundtrack and gets all the judges on their feet for a standing ovation. I’m thinking that performance may have pushed over the edge and landed her in the finale against Angie.
• She sings “Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word” by Elton John (Jimmy’s pick), and it is soft, subtle and very powerful. The judges would rather see her on piano, but she says she did not have time to learn it. I think it’s the best performance of Jimmy’s picks.
• She sings “Try” by P!nk, which is the judges pick. It follows another emotional hometown visit where the 19-year singer definitely shows her youth, hugging friends and being goofy.
• She sings “Maybe,” another Emile Sande song; this time Angie plays the piano and once again impresses the judges. I thought it was her best vocal of the night. Tonight’s three songs should get her into the finale.
So, does this mean it’s a Candice vs. Angie finale?