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AMERICAN IDOL season finale was filled with special guest stars and stellar performances. It was clearly the best show of the year and finally entertaining enough to not hit the fast forward button on my remote.
Guest artists included legendary singers Aretha Franklin and Frankie Valli, followed by Psy, Emeli Sandé, Jesse J, Idol fan favorites; Jordan Sparks, Jennifer Hudson, Taylor Hicks, Bo Bice, Kim Locke and Adam Lambert. Even past judge Jennifer Lopez showed up with a rocking performance with Pit Bull. Mariah Carey also performed a medley of her hit songs, but looked as though she could not move with the white wedding dress glued to the stage.
There were funny skits to keep it light which included the guys screaming SABOTAGE! The ladies did pick them off one-by-one so that was fitting. Jordan Sparks added a funny line at the end, telling them not to worry….:”Idol rejects have found success on The Voice!”
Well, in the end Abercrombe & Fitch may have not liked that the thin chicks were not in the running for the crown. Good for the American fans choosing the “curves” over the thin supermodel types. It came down to Kree Harrison and Candice Glover who ran away with the prize. Can I just point out….she was my early prediction! The voter’s absolutely got it right and for the first time in six years a female contestant sealed the deal.
Candice Glover proved a point….never give up. While she tried out multiple times, three was definitely the charm. I was happy to see her win because there is not doubt…she earned it. Kree was great, but Candice was outstanding.
Several performances stood out, but my favorites were the collaboration of Jesse J along side Amber Holcomb, Jennifer Hudson belting it out with Candice Glover and the always exciting Psy. It was also great to see Aretha Franklin via satellite, but she looked a bit unhealthy.
It looks like Randy Jackson is finally leaving, which is not really a huge deal. His “dog” and “In it to win it” repeats were getting old and pointless. But I was really hoping more for a complete makeover and definitely Nicki Minaj packing her bags….but some wishes just don’t come to fruition.
Idol is coming back next season, let’s just hope it is better than season 12.
The Voice went head-to-head with American Idol tonight. According to early feedback, it appears that the new singing competition, The Voice, may be the winner. They were smart to add another day and go against their rival on Fox. Tomorrow’s ratings should show a new leader in front of the original master of creating instant super stars.
While Idol was the one who opened the door for signing competition shows, it looks like The Voice may be the one to close it.
I watched both shows and although the earlier seasons of The Voice left me annoyed, the new addition of Usher and Shakira have me watching. It is far better now that Christina Aguilera has left.
Curious to see the ratings tomorrow….but no doubt Idol will get crushed. What did you watch?
On another note, if Judith Hill does not win The Voice I will eat 50 Portillo’s hotdogs. Oh wait…that would be a good thing! Who went home tonight? Check it out here…at Thevoice.com.
WHO WENT HOME ON IDOL 3/21/13…CHECK IT OUT HERE.
American Idol is down to the cream of the crop. They have a lot of great singers remaining, which makes it harder to vote anyone off. But someone has to go…who will it be?
It began with the announcement of the voter’s choice for the “wild card” joining the tour. The sing-off between Charlie Askew and Aubrey Cleland made for a simple decision. Obviously the beauty ruled and Aubrey secured the spot. But in this case she deserved it….this was not even close. Charlie blew it.
The show featured Beatles songs tonight. Although they are considered one of the greatest groups of all time…they’re not really my favorite. Several of their hits songs I really like, but I believe they are a bit overrated.
Then on to the singing competition. Kree Harrison opened the show with another solid performance. While the judges gave her great feedback, I was satisfied but not blown away. She is an amazing singer and should be safe once again, but it was not her best.
Burnell Taylor followed with another perfect song and strong performance. He has been consistent and his vocals are flawless. However, tonight it really struck me how unique his voice really is and the judges agreed. He may be a dark horse to watch…I really like him and hope he gets huge viewer support.
Amber Holcomb sang an unfamiliar Beatles song, but still nailed it. It would be hard for her to ever sound below par, though the judges were not too thrilled with her tonight. She still sounded good to me, but I wished she picked a better song.
Lazaro Arbos has been an inspiration throughout the season, but tonight he fell flat. The judges were hard on him, but unfortunately they were right. His vocals were not on point and he may be on the bubble.
Candace Glover is a star. She has stayed consistent and always belts the notes effortlessly. It was more of a rock style song and showcased her huge voice. It was a perfect song for her, so she should be VERY safe.
Paul Jolley has held on for dear life. He does have a great voice, but for some reason he still seems very “Broadway“. I could see him on Glee or in Vegas, but not really as a recording artist. The vocals were good, but I don’t see him going too much further.
Angie Miller is the real artist of the group. She does best with her own original songs, but still seems to shine. “Yesterday” was a great song choice and she nailed it. The other positive, was they finally did something with that puffy hair! Finally…she looked current.
Devin Valez is my Chicago favorite (NO…I’m not bias:). He should find himself with a long career in the music industry. His vocals tonight were spot on and he definitely stepped up his game. It would be surprising if he were in the bottom two this week. Spanish and English…wow!
Janelle Arthur was the last to perform. She is a sweet girl and very likable. Country fans are loyal and should take her a long way in the competition. Tonight I actually liked her better than any other night. This was her best performance in my opinion.
Who’s going home tomorrow night? If I were to guess, it should be Lazaro or Paul. Top three tonight…Angie, Burnell and Candace.
On another note, Nicki Minaj has been on my last nerve for a while (did she forget this is live TV!). Unfortunately, Mariah Carey is starting to get on my other nerve. She is becoming annoying with her proper voice, so hoping they both leave next season…if there is one. Guess my mom was right…she never liked Mariah:). Mother knows best.
- 3/13/13: American Idol Recap & Review; Top Ten Perform to Lackluster Judge Feedback at the Start (brittaj17.wordpress.com)
- 3/5/13: American Idol Recap & Review; Will Zoanette Finally Go Home? Top 10 Girls Perform (brittaj17.wordpress.com)
- ‘American Idol’ Recap: Curtis Finch Jr. Gets A Standing Ovation (hollywoodlife.com)
- 3/14/13: American Idol Recap; Top 3 Revealed….who Got Voted Off Tonight? Curtis Finch Jr? (brittaj17.wordpress.com)
American Idol changed it up a bit tonight. Not only did they give stats on the contestants, the top 3 singers were also revealed for the first time. So who made the cut? Well, it may not be a surprise that the ladies topped the leader board, since they slayed the guys last night.
Let’s start with Devin Valez, he sealed 25% of the votes in Puerto Rico; making him number one there. Janelle Arthur earned the majority of the votes in Tennessee, with a whopping 30% of the votes.
Candace Glover not only won the state of South Carolina with a staggering 42% of the votes, she also made the top 3. This was obvious based on her performance last night and if you recall I said she was the best of the night.
Fan favorite Kree Harrison, got a surprise visit from the Mayor (Ben Bythewood) of Woodville Texas, who gave her a key to the city. It is her hometown which made it extra special. But to top the icing on the cake, she also received news she too was in the top three.
Lazaro Arbos and Angie Miller went head to head and he beat her in the state of Florida with votes. However, Angie joined the ladies in the top three.
Breaking down the remaining singers; #4 Lazaro Arbos, #5 Amber Holcomb, #6 Janelle Arthur, #7 Burnell Taylor, and #8 Paul Jolley. Shockingly enough, Curtis Finch Jr and Devin Valez were in the bottom two. While they did not perform well last night, they have been top singers from day one. America definitely got this wrong…my pick would have been for Paul to be in the bottom based on the overall season. This goes to show many viewers have just began tuning in.
The first selected to leave the show was Curtis Finch Jr. It was insane to watch, seeing he was in my original top three to make it into the finals. Good thing the judges had one save, BUT WAIT…they did not use it! Who were they saving it for? All I can say is WOW! He deserves to be there and it was a crime to see him go home. Nicki Minaj was clearly upset about it and for the first time I was 100% with her. Let’s just hope he turns into another Jennifer Hudson.
It was great to see all ladies in the top three, but also surprising since the guys seemed stronger early on. This goes to show that Idol votes can change instantly based on song choice and performance. Top three Candace, Angie and Kree have been my picks from the start so America got this right.
Bon Jovi and Phillip Phillips performed in between to break the ice. They even let ex-contestant Charlie Askew sing his original song…it was good because many felt bad about how he left the show in an apparent meltdown. There was also a another visit from Aubrey Cleland to sing a song. This was a first…it’s not even the finale? But looks like the fans will vote for additional singers to go on tour so they performed for votes.
Tonight was a complete shock…this should make for an interesting season. What do you think?
- 3/13/13: American Idol Recap & Review; Top Ten Perform to Lackluster Judge Feedback at the Start (brittaj17.wordpress.com)
- 3/713: American Idol Recap & Review; Top Ten Revealed Tonight; Who Made the Cut? (brittaj17.wordpress.com)
- 3/6/13 American Idol Recap & Review; Top 10 Guys Perform; Best Performance Goes To…burnell & Curtis? (brittaj17.wordpress.com)
- American Idol Top 10 Recap: Who Was the Best? (thehollywoodgossip.com)
CHECK OUT RECAP OF TOP TEN GUYS 3/6/12 HERE.
American Idol finally turned the voting over to the fans. There have been several contestants hanging on for dear life and Zoanette was one of them. The judges have amazed many viewers by continuously praising her every move. But at last…her true lack of talent came to light without being overshadowed by her wild performances. While she is extremely entertaining and has a great spirit, early on it was clear her vocals were not up to par. The judges even agreed she sucked last night. This was the perfect time for that ship to sink…let’s just hope AMERICA gets it right.
On the other hand, most of the remaining singers deserve to be there. They are fairly equal when it comes to vocal ability and depending on song choice, it’s anyone’s to win. This is clearly one of the best group of girls in a long time and they sounded great. Even though the judges were not always jumping for joy, most would have sailed through in any other season.
However, Nicki Minaj is now not only on my last nerve, she needs to get the wax out of her ears. She stepped out the gate bashing the first contestant, Breanna Steer, who actually sounded good. While Nicki said she was straining….it was the total opposite. The only thing straining is that blond wig on Nicki’s head…:).
Based on tonight’s performances, the bottom two were definitely Aubrey Cleland and Zoanette Johnson. Although Aubrey is beautiful she did not sound good…but the judges are clearly seeing dollar signs. Best performances of the night were given by Teena Torres, Amber Holcomb, Kree Harrison, Candace Glover and Angie Miller. No doubt, these should be the top five.
If the viewer’s vote out Zoanette…the girls may have a chance to win after the six-year dry spell! Wish her the best for making it this far, but she is in too deep. Really love the guys so this may be a long shot.
On another note; most stars find even bigger success after joining Idol as a judge. Wonder if Nicki will be the first to actually ruin her singing career? She is an artist that is better left singing rather than speaking. Is it just me or does anyone else agree? AMERICA HATES NICKI ON IDOL!
Guys sing tomorrow night and votes come out on Thursday…we shall see.
CHECK OUT IDOL TOP 20 HERE.
[VIDEO] 2/13/13: AMERICAN IDOL RECAP; GIRLS HIT THE STAGE AND SHINE; CANDICE GLOVER, ISABELLE & BRIANA OAKLEY TOP LIST
AMERICAN IDOL finally showcased the ladies tonight. Last week was a great one for the guys, but they may have some serious competition! They promoted this as the best group of women in the history of Idol…and they might be right.
The one disappointing thing this week, was how they rushed through the ladies early on and did not really let us hear enough of them. However, there were still a few stand-outs…the soulful Candice Glover, powerful Isabelle, 16-year-old Briana Oakley and country singers Rachel Hale & Janelle Arthur topped my list. They obviously also were loved by the judges since they sailed through the first round.
But the group round seems to be the death of many great singers and tonight was no exception. It is the nerves and lack of sleep along with strong personalities, which is a bad combination. Many who sound amazing on their own, suck during this portion of the show. Kez Ban may have been the biggest bomb early in the rounds, but somehow pulled through. Although some are questioning if she should have performed during the guys round (not to be mean…but just the messenger).
The “Swagettes” were definitely the best group….good they sailed through to the solo round. It was also a great effort by the country singing group. And they were just as fortunate to all make it to the next round.
It will be interesting to see who makes the cut. This year the judges have some tough decisions to make. It is actually a good thing…they can now focus on the contestants and not the Nicki & Mariah feud.
On another note; the girls definitely did not have each others back when one got saved. The true colors come out when the pressure is on! At least Chicago”s Brandy Neely left with a good spirit and her head held high. BUT…was it just me or did some of them need to go home?