Top 5 Results
Original Air Date: Apr 18, 2013
Patricia Morris Buckley — Sr. Staff Writer
What a bittersweet night. While the remaining Top 5 seemed to be a kind of Dream Team, this is a show about repeated and inevitable elimination. But we had to wait until the very end to find out if the judges would finally use their one-time save.
The show started with a Donna Summer medley, which was one of the show’s best. But even at this level, it still just doesn’t feel comfortable.
Hey, did you notice that Amber and Nicki shopped at the same store? I think it’s called Skimpy Tight Tank Tops r Us. Amber’s came with short-shorts, the best of tiny accessories. Ah, but Nicki tops that with a flash of her thong. Oh my!
We also get a tiny cameo by Matthew Morrison from Glee in the… uh, commercial (I refused last week to honor this stupid segment by naming it any longer). Ho hum…
JIMMY’S TAKE (where Jimmy Iovine supersedes the judges with his frank opinion too late to change the votes)
Jimmy called ANGIE a great technician, especially at the piano. But when she’s at the piano, she’s wonderfully emotional. So the second song without the piano was a bit short in believability, which will hurt her a bit.
He thought CANDICE’s first song (Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up”) was too narrow melodically, but her second song blew his mind. Paula Abdul walks on stage and gives her a huge hug. It’s nice to see her back and Randy offered to let her sit in his seat. Ahh..
JANELLE’s first song was sleepy, he said, and she needed to hit the second out of the park — but it was a strike out. But Dolly sent a note congratulating her, so there was one consolation.
AMBER jumped out of a plane without a parachute by singing Mariah Carey and Barbra Streisand and he thought she did it magnificently.
Jimmy thought KREE made some wrong choices. So there!
Two former Idol singers came back. Clay Aiken came on to talk up his charity for disabled kids and his work with UNICEF. He sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water” from the S2 finale. Not sure about his Perry Como look with a sweater, tie and side part.
Am I the only one who found it strange that the intro to Fantasia was about LaToya London and what’s she’s up to now? Fantasia performed her new single “Lose to Win” which lacked a solid hook, but she always delivers enough personality to win the audience over. Nicki shimmied her whole body in response. I wasn’t sure the tank top would survive the experience.
So we finally reached the point of elimination. Kree and Janelle were in the Bottom 2. I’m not sure how Kree ended up there. Janelle I expected, but not Kree. But Janelle’s is the name called.
She sang for the save, but Randy said it was two for, two against and it had to be unanimous. So she really was going home. While I agreed that fifth is a good place for her to land, I will miss her upbeat, charming personality.
Did you think the judges should have saved her? Did Kree deserve to be in the Bottom 2? Did you enjoy seeing Paula again? Give us your TwoCents…