Candice Glover, "Don't Make Me Over": Her second song created such an Idol Moment that one might forget: Candice KILLED THIS SONG. Not in a Lazaro-uncomfortable-murder-y way. Just a hearty, had-to-do-it, sorry-I'm-not-sorry power slay. Her rearrangement of the song allowed for a huge high-note climax and then a jazzier cool-down with a few more sly wow notes in there. That's how you show the judges who should've been in their Top 3's, girl! (For the record, Keith has changed his tune.)
In this performance and her next, Candice was so clearly in a class of her own. She finally took it to church, like Mariah had been wanting, and inspired Nicki to start a "women's revival in here." So crazy good!
THE SONG I WISH I'D WRITTEN
Angie Miller, Kari Jobe's "Love Came Down": As a reward for being an obedient little girl and following orders, Angie's second-round piano recital got the extra special BIG ASS BIRDS treatment! They started out tiny, in aimless flocks, then gradually grew along with the crescendo-ing passion of the song until they were giant. At one point Angie leaned forward and threatened to be lifted by the massive magical wings of song. I could not stop wigging out at these birds!
All the facial dramatics Angie pulls when she's standing up somehow work when she's behind the piano -- and the judges explicitly pounded it into her head (again) that this is pretty much the only way they will tolerate her. "This is the ONLY TIME you'll be remembered at the top of the pack," yelled Nicki. "If you knew what was good for you, you'd do it! This is something the other girls can't do. That is the ONLY TIME you'll win! If you don't step up with these performances, you're outta here." There are more sentences I took out. This was some rant!
Huh. I suspect Angie is getting the votes either way, but I have to agree with the sentiment here: Angie is better on the piano. I just wish it didn't seem like she was resigned to it. I mean, shouldn't she want to be there? Kids. Who knows what they want?!
NEXT: Are you fully engaged in the Kree-dom?