“American Idol” 2013 continued April 18 on FOX with the top five results show. So which talented girl –Candice Glover, Kree Harrison, Janelle Arthur, Amber Holcomb or Angie Miller– got the boot at the close of the episode? Read on for a full recap.
The talented quintet of girls opened the hour with a stunning medley of Donna Summer songs before the Ford Fiesta ad for the week aired. The edition featured the five gals engaging in a scavenger hunt, which concluded with the discovery of “Glee” star Matthew Morrison in a barbershop.
“Idol” host Ryan Seacrest then brought the show back to real-time as he revealed that the results would be done individually, and that Angie was up first. After a video recap of her two top five performances, Jimmy Iovine called her “a great technician”. He called her version of “I’ll Stand By You” believable thanks to the piano, but thought her version of “Halo” wasn’t as believable. Nicki Minaj disagreed with a hearty “Jimmy has no idea what he’s talking about” before asserting that Angie’s take on Beyonce was a “10 out of 10.”
No results were eminent as Ryan sent Angie back to the couch and called Candice Glover to center stage. Jimmy said he was “really concerned” after her “Straight Up” remix, but she “blew my mind” with “When You Believe.” He called her “really smart” and a great singer. After Randy Jackson teased Candice a little by telling her that he’d been unable to reach the former “AI” panelist for comments, Paula herself emerged from backstage and told Candice that she was her “biggest fan ever right now” and that she loved how she treated her “best friend” of a song. She went on to congratulate America “for getting it right” with the top five. She hugged Mariah Carey and Nicki, whose thong took the opportunity to play peek a boo with the camera, and took a seat in Randy’s chair with Keith hovering nearby.
Following a break, season two’s Clay Aiken returned. Before hitting the stage to sing “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, the former special education teacher talked about how his tenure on “AI” gave him a chance to expand awareness of the plight of needy kids.
With Clay’s performance in the books, Janelle stepped up for her weekly review. Jimmy called her rendition of Dolly Parton’s “Dumb Blonde” a “strikeout.” Though he called the arrangement “inspired” and thought Dolly was the right diva for the Tenn. native to emulate, he termed the tune itself “the wrong song.” Ryan read a note from Dolly herself, who called Janelle “very talented” and “very special.”
After Janelle took a seat, Amber’s review followed. Jimmy thought the aspiring singer “jumped out of a plane without a parachute” by singing songs by Carey and Barbra Streisand, and predicted she’d be rewarded for the big risk. Mariah said she wished she could rank her above the top two, and called her rendition of “What are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?” “beyond.”
The last of the top five to face the recap and review process was Kree. Jimmy didn’t care for either of her song choices –The Black Crowes’ “She Talks to Angels” and Celine Dion’s “Have You Ever Been in Love”– but was most entertained by Keith Urban and Randy’s scared faces during Mariah and Nicki’s “polite” disagreement over Kree’s performance.
After a break, “AI” caught up with LaToya London, who shared that she’d been involved with a punk rock band and appeared in “The Color Purple” with Fantasia since her tenure on the show. And then, Fantastia herself performed “Lose to Win.”
With the preliminary results finished, Ryan announced the top three vote getters in no particular order. Candice was first to pass safely to next week, followed by Angie and Amber, leaving Kree and Janelle as the bottom two. Hands entwined and foreheads pressed together, the two girls listened as Ryan revealed that Janelle was the low-vote getter and in danger of elimination.
Janelle reprised her well-received remix of “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”, but ultimately, it wasn’t good enough to win her the single save and she was sent packing. Though she accepted the bad news with a smile, tears spilled down her cheeks as her highlight reel played.
“American Idol” 2013 resumes April 24 on FOX with more performances by the newly minted top four.