Top 4 Again Results
Original Air Date: May 1, 2013
Patricia Morris Buckley — Sr. Staff Writer
A combined 81 million votes. Four of the best singers on Idol. A two-week delay on narrowing it down to the Final 3. The stakes were high this week because the Final 3 all get the big parade and hometown visit. Who wouldn’t want that?
The evening started with the Top 4 singing “Crazy in Love” from the new film “The Great Gatsby” (in fact, much of the evening felt like a long commercial for the movie, with three of the four performances songs from the film).
But, as always, we started off with a feature I like to call…
JIMMY IOVINE SAYS:
ANGIE had opportunity to shut down competition with her first song, but wasn’t the right song because it didn’t have enough meat. The second, “Someone to Watch Over Me,” wasn’t special enough.
AMBER sounded karaoke with her first performance. She was great singer with wrong song. She didn’t have time to prepare. But he thought she crushed “Funny Valentine.”
If I were Bruno Mars, I would write song for CANDICE right now. It wasn’t her best but it was still head-and-shoulders above the rest.
KREE hasn’t lived up to full potential in last two weeks. He’s rather she do one really great performance with one weak one than two OK ones.
Season 7 winner David Cook performed his new single, “Laying Me Low.” It wasn’t really catchy and had a strong rock vibe, but he is a great performer.
I thought the highlight of the evening was Will.i.am singing “Bang, Bang” from “The Great Gatsby,” prerecorded in black and white before going in color. I loved the fun period costumes, but with the white hats and gloves, it does seem to evoke a minstrel show style. The great period choreography got me ready to dance.
I wished that guest mentor Harry Connick Jr. had chosen a different song to sing. He performed “Every Man Should Know,” also from “The Great Gatsy” and his new album of the same name. But the song doesn’t really get up to a boil and felt flat. It put me to sleep.
Finally we came to the naming of the Top 3 and they are: Angie Miller, Candice Glover, Kree Harrison. That meant Amber Holcomb got to go home, but without a parade. Sad, but it’s the choice I would have made. She just needs more time to mature as a singer.
She made it almost all the way through her swan song, “I Believe in You and Me.”
Do you approve of the Top 3? Would you have chosen someone else to go home? Is there a clear favorite now? Give us your TwoCents…