It's your Top 20 coming at you live from the Love Theater at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas! "Your" Top 20, because tonight, it's out of the judges hands and into yours, as your votes are make or break for the contestants. This is your AMERICAN IDOL recap!
Tonight, it's all about the ladies. Five of the ten will be sent home, but for the other five, the dream of IDOL glory will carry them to a coveted spot in the Top 10. The judges are set, Nicki's bangs are blonde, and it's time for the ladies to take the stage.
When you are coming live from the city of anything goes, who better to kick things off than Zoanette Johnson? We got a quick look back at Zoanette's trip to the Top 20 and then she gave us a little Tina Turner and "What's Love Got To Do With It." Lady Z sported a big ol' Tina wig, strutted about, but the crazy performance didn't cover what Nicki called "not it." Randy? "That was a mess, babe." And THAT's one to grow on.
Next up, we had New Orleans gal, Breanna Steer, singing "Flaws And All" by Beyonce. Keith was kind, but Nicki hated the choice and the voice. Randy liked the tenderness, but he missed the big vocal moments in what he called a "safe choice." Mariah kinda echoed Randy. I think.
After the break, Aubrey Cleland gave us Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry." Keith liked the song, but felt that the song limited Aubrey's vocal range. Nicki "like overall, like loved" her. And grammarians around the planet wept. Randy got a bit of a "Rihanna vibe" from her performance and Mariah sees Aubrey as a future "platinum artist." Pretty good, like, kudos from the panel overall, like, you know?
Country gal Janelle Arthur sang "If I Can Dream." Janelle had a tough time last week and has a lot to prove if she is to continue on in the competition. Country Keith loved her classic country voice and Nicki said she loved it. She also said Janelle was a "l'il marshmallow she wants to eat"---which the Insider thinks is a positive thing. Randy and Mariah echoed the others and praised "America's Sweetheart." Hats off to Ryan for his S'mores joke and that big dose of cheesy cheese!
Nicki hated Teena Torres' hair last week. And Cirque de Soleil's next Vegas show is called "Irony." This week Teena rocked a different do, and sang "Lost." Nicki liked Teena's hair, her performance, and her boobs. And then we lost most of the viewers in Utah. The rest of the judges loved Teena's take on the tune as well, but failed to pay homage to Teena's female appendages. Oh, and the judges got crabs. Thanks for watching Middle America!
Next on stage was Angie Miller, back at the piano with "Never Gone." Keith loved her take on IDOL vet, Colton Dixon's tune, and Nicki asked for "Angie's album." Mariah was blown away and Randy said, "America, a star is born." Call me crazy, but I think they liked her.
After the break, we had Amber Holcomb and her mom backstage with Ryan. Then Amber stepped into some big, iconic shoes when she took on Whitney's "I Believe In You And Me." Now, historically, the judges don't think tackling the tune of a titan like Ms. Houston is a great idea. The standing ovation from the panel proved that history did not, in fact, repeat itself tonight. Nicki gave a "10 quadrillion" and noted how crazy-good and effortless the performance was. Mariah and the other judges loved what they called one special, Idol moment.
The guys were in the audience waiting for their turn tomorrow. Feeling the heat, Idol hombres?
Kree Harrison gave us an impassioned performance of "Stronger" and the shot of the judges applauding mid-performance just might have meant that they liked it. Keith loved the crazy notes she hit, and Nicki loved her tone and the fact that Kree, unwittingly, became "her wife." Randy was impressed with her range. Though Mariah noted that she is already taken, she was clearly taken with Kree and her performance. Way to go Mrs. Minaj!
Alaska native, Adriana Latonio, sang "Stand Up For Love." Keith was not overwhelmed and Nicki suggested that maybe Adriana should try harder next year. Randy thought it was "boring" and "pageant-y" while Mariah noted that her previous performances were good. Uh-oh.
Candice Glover then gave us an extraordinary version of "Ordinary People." Keith stood up, Nicki saluted, Mariah said thanks, and the Dawg felt like he had just gone to music school.
So it's up to you America. You will decide which five of these ladies are moving on. Vote early, vote often, online, via text, or on the brand new American Idol app! Do not remain idle! Vote!