American Idol recap: Ten Apples Up on Top

Most of the teachers' pets -- and the two best singers -- advance to the Top 10. Welcome to Mimi Boob Land, kids!
Ep. 17 | Aired Mar 7, 2013

GLOVER OF MINE After the way Candice's Rose Royce cover went down, the soul-singing sorceress can only go up.

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The best vocals of the night came from Kree Harrison and Candice Glover -- Candice's cover of "I'm Going Down" was out of this world amazing, her star power increasing with every deep breath and deep squat in anticipation of more unique tweaks to the song and powerhouse moments. I almost wish she'd saved this one for a full-length performance when people are actually voting, because I don't see how her next attempt can possibly top what she did here. She worries me a little, but I love her so much I'm just going with it. TO MOMENTS, Candice. Get 'em.

Meanwhile, Angela Miller (officially "Angie" in the chyrons now) sounded surprisingly off-key and out of her element away from the piano on a misguided Beyoncé cover, and "pop country" wannabe Paul Jolley -- the first guy announced -- chose an '80s power ballad and earned a bizarre rave from Keith Urban -- "you channeled what would have been theatrics into passion." Did he?!?! I love me some "Alone" time with all my Heart, but if anything, that was an even more over-the-top theatrical performance than ever from Paul.

"My ears were kind of numb," Paul sheepishly admitted to Ryan after learning he'd been chosen. "Were you playing a joke on me?" GOOD QUESTION.

We also saw star turns from Devin Velez's mom Sandra (who has now graduated to on-stage personality), Kree's Boyfriend (!), two huge plush benches, and the near-obscene outlines of Mariah Carey's breasts. The sheer black overlay of her dress kept 'em classy!

Here they are, America: Your Top 10

Paul Jolley
Burnell Taylor
Curtis Finch, Jr.
Devin Velez
Lazaro Arbos

Janelle Arthur
Candice Glover
Angela Miller
Amber Holcomb
Kree Harrison

Are you happy with the finalists? Bummed about no Wild Cards? And how freaking awkward was Despairea?

Discuss, and I'll see you next Wednesday…..LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE!

Read more:
All 'American Idol' recaps on EW.com
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