I've buried the lead here big-time, which is that season 12 winner Candice Glover KILLED IT on her mini-medley of her singles "Cried" and "Same Kinda Man." Is it possible her voice has only gotten bigger and more refined since last year's vigorous weekly workout session on the Idol stage? You listen to that woman sing and it's virtually impossible to imagine any other competitor winning. (That's basically a one-sentence summary of the entire last season!) She is so good. Music Speaks, y'all.
Then there was Jake Bugg, Keith Urban's chosen "tastemaker" special guest. This guy has a very unique and consistent voice and his own album at age 17. The season 13 hopefuls watched him from the couches, possibly thinking "Huh. Why doesn't this lucky bastard have to emote?" Well, because that lucky bastard isn't competing to connect on camera.
I transcribed every single thing Randy Jackson said about the Top 13 (he's the new Jimmy Iovine but with "swag") and now cannot bear to live with myself let alone re-share his wisdom with you. Can you forgive me? I know it'll be hahhhhhhhhhhhd. (Keith-speak.)
In the end, the judges barely had to pretend to deliberate over whether to use their Save as Kristen shakily belted out Adele's "Turning Tables" a final time.
Will you miss Kristen? More than J. Lo will, at least?