‘American Idol’ Recap: Top 6 Sing Burt Bacharach + Songs They Wish They Wrote
With only six contestants left standing, tonight’s episode of ‘American Idol’ (April 10) was chock full of talent and intensity. The singers were required to perform a song from Burt Bacharach’s collection, along with a song they wish they wrote.
The lone male contestant in the running, Lazaro Arbos, paled in comparison to the five girls tonight, which makes us wonder if he’ll get sent home during tomorrow’s elimination episode.
Here’s how the individual performances stacked up:
BURT BACHARACH SONGS:
Angie Miller: She sang ‘Anyone Who Had a Heart,’ and while her vocals were spot-on, the judges weren’t thrilled by this particular performance. “You have such a great voice and all I ask, Angie, is that you don’t rely on it alone,” said Keith Urban. He went on to request more passion and emotion behind future deliveries. Nicki Minaj was similarly unimpressed, calling her performance “old fashioned.”
Lazaro Arbos: His rendition of ‘They Long to Be (Close to You)’ received an emphatic “no” from Randy Jackson. “You haven’t been my favorite all season,” he began, “but I think that was your worst performance you’ve ever had on the show.” Ever the optimist, Mariah Carey couldn’t help throwing in a few positive words amidst all the harsh criticism, commenting on his strength and courage so far in the competition. But all in all, it was a big thumbs down.
Janelle Arthur: Her performance of ‘I’ll Never Fall in Love Again’ brought out yet another side of her, but it wasn’t her best side. “There’s no doubt in my mind that you could be a humongous commercial success,” said Minaj, “but I felt that was really boring.” Jackson agreed that it was “definitely a little lackluster,” aside from a few bright spots he found in her falsetto.
Candice Glover: Her rendition of ‘Don’t Make Me Over’ received a standing O from the judges. Minaj commented that she didn’t make the song sound old fashioned at all; in fact, if she didn’t know any better, she would have thought it was a new R&B tune on the radio. Jackson praised her for having the “best vocals of the night,” and Carey called her performance “simplistic” and “beautiful.”
SONGS THEY WISH THEY WROTE:
Angie Miller: She chose to sing Kari Jobe’s ‘Love Came Down’ at the piano, and all of the judges agreed that it far surpassed her first performance of the night. “There’s something about you at the piano,” observed Jackson. “I think you just feel it more.” Minaj warned her that at this point in the competition, if she doesn’t bring her A game with each performance, then she’ll wind up going home.
Amber Holcomb: She charmed the judges with her rendition of Beyonce’s ‘Love on Top.’ Urban remarked that it was “such a great song choice for you … We were all dancing up here.” Minaj continued his words of praise by saying, “You have arrived, in every sense of the word – vocally, your charisma, the way you look … you gave me everything I ever wanted in life.”
Lazaro Arbos: He managed to redeem himself – but only slightly – with his performance of Robbie Williams’ ‘Angels.’ The judges agreed that the range of the song was much better suited for him than the tune he sang earlier in the evening. But, as Jackson was sure to point out, “it’s a girls’ race right now to me.”
Kree Harrison: Her rendition of Kris Kristofferson’s ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’ was flawless, just like we knew it would be. “You can do a song I’ve never heard of and make me believe in it,” said Minaj. “You are something very, very special and I think you’re gonna be around for a very long time in the industry.”
Janelle Arthur: She delivered a rather simple version of Garth Brooks‘ ‘The Dance.’ “That was such a sweet song,” remarked Minaj. “I definitely think you stepped it up.” However, while the judges enjoyed her performance, they weren’t blown away by it.
Tune in to ‘Idol’ tomorrow (April 11) to find out who gets eliminated. In the meantime, feel free to watch some videos from tonight’s episode below.
Watch Candice Glover Perform ‘Don’t Make Me Over’ on ‘American Idol’
Watch Angie Miller Perform ‘Love Came Down’ on ‘American Idol’
Watch Amber Holcomb Perform ‘Love On Top’ on ‘American Idol’
Watch Janelle Arthur Perform ‘The Dance’ on ‘American Idol’