American Idol recap: Less Than Perfect

Did the right girl go home? Top 3 results; plus Alicia Keys, Lauren Alaina, and Mariah writhing on a motorcycle!
Ep. 35 | Aired May 9, 2013

GOODBYE, GIRL Kree, Angie, and Candice tear up.


Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina returned! Idol's very own D.J. Tanner looks wayyyy older than she did three years ago. Lauren was rocking pink extensions, a nose stud, and her signature high-octane energy while performing her new single, "Barefoot and Buckwild." She co-wrote the song, which means if you don't like it, then it's one-third her fault.

Meanwhile, Alicia Keys is so absurdly stunning in every possible way. Her face! That voice! Cool new hair! I think this is what they wanted Angie to be on the piano. I'm still not over this piano thing, guys. I wouldn't be surprised if Angie QUITS playing the piano! Until, like, June. Maybe. Too many haunting memories, too many all-too-real hallucinations of the judges' faces on the keys, screaming "We love you...on the piano!"

Ha, and then Mariah Carey debuted her new video for "#Beautiful," which I totally thought was a joke title but the joke's on me. I guess this is why she's been punctuating some of her less verbose critiques with hashtags ("#pow," shudder). Mariah sounds great and upbeat in this collaboration with Miguel, but what's probably more important to her is that she looks like she's in her 20s, twirling in a yellow negligee (dress?) in a chandelier-filled barn and writhing while seductively smooshing her own facial features atop a motorcycle in black leather lingerie (or again, maybe, a dress).

I'm into it! I'm getting shades of Mariah's Butterfly era from the visuals. Anyone else?

Who has the advantage headed into next week: Candice or Kree? Is it obvious? Discuss!

Previously: Are the judges to blame for 'American Idol''s decline?

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