Jimmy Iovine's Picks:
Kree: "Perfect" - This was a good idea, because Kree does have killer pipes, and she can handle a Pink song for sure. By the time it got to the double chorus though, it was lacking in emotion - it seemed difficult for her to interpret the song in a convincing way. What is the visceral connection for her? Hard to tell?
Candice: "One" - This is a much smarter pick, because of course, Mary J. Blige has already covered this song, so it's already got a map. (now that I think about it, why didn't they adjust the arrangement of Kree's Pink song to fit her style? But I digress) She did fairly well, but in some of the blasting places, her voice seemed nervous, and actually a bit off key. Great overall from a presence and prowess standpoint, but if they play it back they'll hear some flaws.
Angie: "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" - If I were Kree I'd be really frustrated by how this first round went- had to go first, and didn't get as good a pick as the other two ladies - at least, not in the execution. This was wonderful, I love this song, and I thought the arrangement was beautiful and totally fit Angie's voice and attack. My only problem with it was that because of the lyric content and how dolled up she was, it kind of had a "pretty girl getting soooo mistreated" vibe - you know, when beautiful people complain about how hard life is for them because their scone fell on the floor. "I'm so sad, it's a sad situation, but also I'm clearly in heaven and probably an angel." That kind of thing.
Candice: "Next To Me" - This was not my favorite pick necessarily, and again she started to go sharp a bit towards the end. It wasn't horrible, and she's certainly still amazing, but... just seemed like a lot a nuthin.
Angie: "Try" - This is good, I actually do like her performance with more aggressive music - and she fits well with a band. I liked it a lot. Much better than Candice this round for sure.
Kree: "Here Comes Goodbye" - She has a voice that was born to tell stories. It's so much more than just being about country music, certainly not the style, but maybe the writing. That verse, setting up the story, just completely was captivating in ways that the pop music writing just doesn't explore, and as a result, she has more trouble owning. Now that being said, they placed it too high in her register, and when she tried to belt those notes in the first chorus, I don't think it worked. But her video piece + this song = memorable.
Idol Production Picks:
Angie: "Maybe" - I give her credit for playing the piano on her final song, and not trying to play piano for an Elton John song. This was pretty good. Not really a huge fan of the song itself, because it kinda turns her into a whiner. But she still sold it.
Kree: "Better Dig Two" - This performance is great, though I think the song suffers from the lack of meaningful content compared to her second song with the video. She did great, but needed just a little more fire in the eyes to pull this off completely.
Candice: "Somewhere" - now that's a curve ball if I've ever seen one. But of all the judges picks, this was the one that worked. This was like Beyonce singing "At Last" - a timeless song performed timelessly, while also kicking tail on every single note, not missing a single opportunity to nail it. Boom.
Candice - dropping some knowledge and slamming last week's Amber moment by talking about how she looks at the lyrics first to figure out what the song is saying - FIRST. Boom.
Please tell me that's a Microphone on Mariah, and also tell me to stop looking at it...
Mariah proved my point that Candice's 2nd performance was lackluster by comparison, because she spent her whole time reacting to the video. As did Nicki, but Nicki reacted to it with a whole lot of genuine emotion and it was a very nice moment. Which got ruined the second Randy opened his mouth...
Randy just said "Koodoos to us." Huh? That's not a thing, Randy.
Until that last song, I though Kree might have had a chance, but at this point, I think that Angie and Candice are in the finals. The only reason that Kree would pass up Candice would be because Texas is a really big state and probably has a lot of voters who call Kree their own. At the end of the day, Boston and Texas are bigger than both Carolinas.
What do you think?