American Idol recap: What About Rock (No Ballads)?

The Top 7 take on classic rock tunes (let Nicki Minaj boo herself in advance) with accompaniment from Orianthi
Ep. 24 | Aired Apr 3, 2013

MISS UNIVERSE When Candice joined Burnell on their duet, "It was like the whole galaxy showed up," said Keith.


The costuming vote should be in full effect for Amber, who sported a new-and-improved "Naomi Campbell realness" look tonight with pin-straight hair and miles and miles of legs and I'm very into that. With her leather shorts and a jacket featuring a labyrinth of unnecessary gold hardware, she looked unreal…and by far the most "current" of the pack.

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Angie Miller, Evanescence's "Bring Me to Life": I feel like this is the performance we eventually expected from Angie (Randy's deliberately compared her to Amy from Evanescence and Hayley from Paramore in the past) -- and she nailed it! A sweet piano-based opening, Fog City, some more seizure-y graphics, lovemaking eyes, WIND MACHINE, the works. Sold! To every young viewer who loves this 2003 song (fair?) and/or watched tonight's final performance lazily intrigued by the thrilling possibility that Angie's shirt would blow completely off due to the expertly manufactured tornado.

Bottom line: Angie sounded great, and those facial theatrics the judges had warned her about (and which her fellow contestants teased her about in the cutesy intro package) were actually warranted this time, considering the dramatic staging of the performance.

Angie: "Yeah, I love the 'edgy' side of things." Ohhhhhhh. Children. If you have to call something edgy, it's not.

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Who goes home tonight? Should Lazaro return to bright colors/normal-fitting jeans? Discuss!

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