Janelle Arthur, Garth Brooks' "The Dance": This was some unfortunate placement for Janelle tonight -- following Kree directly. Pretty blatant ploy, Idol! I don't mind it too much, though. Someone has to go and if it isn't Lazaro (God help us all), it should be Janelle. Her vocals are just not as consistent as the others', and despite her infectious energy, it wouldn't make sense for her to win this particular singing competition.
Still, this was a really nice performance from her, by Janelle standards. She looked amazing (legs! again!) and I was almost moved to tears for the sheer, sparkly fact that she's loved this song since she was 11 and was now singing it on TV. This girl is sweet and pretty and talented enough to very often get it right. I think she'll be fine.
Candice Glover, Adele's version of The Cure's "Love Song": Ha, I loved Keith rushing to the floor and BOWING DOWN after this. A mere standing O on his judging pedestal was not enough -- he needed to be a true fan, worshipping the goddess at her own concert! I just want to watch this whole thing over and over. Candice's first number would have been enough for her to win the night, but after this moody, sensual, heart-wrenching MOMENT I'd say she has unofficially won season 12 of American Idol.
Once again: SO CRAZY GOOD. There was only one minor tragedy -- that wretched audio f---up near the beginning of the song that sounded like one of the red light-rosettes at Candice's feet had turned into a skull and started screaming. Of course, this wasn't her fault, but it will corrupt the song on my sure-to-be-endless YouTube viewings, so I'm pissed.
Even with that killer final note complete with a "watch this" hand gesture to guide it along, my favorite moment of this segment was when Candice finally broke out of diva-character, cracked a grateful grin, and started to cry. Don't wipe them away, woman! IN IT TO WIN IT TONIGHT!
What do you all think? Is anyone voting for Lazaro with a straight face? Can Candice take the whole thing?