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American Idol: Top 4 - April 24, 2013

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Top 4 - April 24, 2013 - Contestant's Choice &1 Hit Wonders

1. Amber Holcomb - "The Power Of Love" A

Amber's performance of this song, originally by Laura Branigan and most famously covered by Celine Dion, was unbelievably gorgeous. I could only notice one "off" note. The rest of it was right on point. I could hear a youthfulness in her voice that I've never really heard in anyone's rendition of this song before (not even Hollie Cavanagah's from last season).

Now, examining this performance in the context of the competition, it came off EXTREMELY dated. Celine's version came out in 1993 and that is EXACTLY when this performance - both visually and auditory - could have been taped. It could have been a performance at the 1993 Grammy Awards. Now, I'm not complaining, because I love the 80's and 90's when it comes to fashion, technology, music, movies, TV, etc. BUT the judges spent literally the majority of the show tonight - eve…

American Idol: Top 5 - April 17, 2013

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Top 5 - Year You Were Born & Divas - April 17, 2013 (UPDATED)

I'm trying something a little different this week - I'm just going to post about the first round of performances for now ("Year You Were Born") and then update later with the second half ("Divas").

1. Candice Glover - "Straight Up" (1989) A/A-

This was an effortlessly cool performance. Candice made this song seem very modern and current. She actually brought out the meaning in the lyric and gave it an attitude. (I can NOT be the only one who misses Paul Abdul on my singing reality competitions.) Mariah was right when she said it was an unpredictable song choice - it was fun and had a jazzy energy to it which started off the show on the right foot.

2. Janelle Arthur - "When I Call Your Name" (1989) A

I am honestly trying to figure out how this song could stop anyone from crying. It is absolutely heartwrenching and devastating. This might just be Janelle's best performanc…

American Idol: Top 6 - April 10, 2013

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Top 6 - Bacharach/Hal David Songbook & "Song You Wish You Had Written"

It was fascinating how quickly the show glossed over the intro packages and the entire THEME of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David songbook

1. Angie Miller - "Anyone Who Had A Heart" A-

Very pretty rendition of this song. I thought it was interesting that Keith told her to be more impassioned in her delivery when I had specifically written that I thought she was "impassioned" as she sang.

2. Amber Holcomb - "I Say A Little Prayer" A-/B+

Even though this was SO VERY SEASON 3 in every possible way, I liked it in spite of myself! Amber's voice sounded great and I liked that she made some interesting choice of inflection with the song. I think this was probably the best song choice she could have made when choosing from the approved songs for the theme. A fun uptempo choice, although no one could avoid how dated this song sounds.

3. Lazaro Arbos - "(They Long To Be) Close …

American Idol: Top 7 - April 3, 2013

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Classic Rock, No Ballads - April 3, 2013

This is going to be a quick post since I am packing for my ski trip to Vermont! That said, I was extremely excited to see this week's theme. Would my very high expectations be met?

1. Burnell Taylor - "You Give Love A Bad Name" C+

Burnell seemed to be singing too slow for the song, and as Randy pointed out, was behind the beat for the song's duration. It was great to hear the grit in his voice which seemed perfect for a rock 'n roll song. However, the execution was pretty lacking. Burnell's performance was awkward to watch since he didn't have the right amount of energy the song required.

Angie & Lazaro - "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" D+

I must admit, I absolutely HATE this song. I love Queen, but this song has never done it for me and actively irritates me. Lazaro sang too softly to start off the song and then forgot his lyrics (again). I can't even count how many times he's forgotten his ly…