American Idol recap: Talk to the Inked-Up Hand

The manicured claws come out in another round of dramatic bitchery and forgotten lyrics
Ep. 09 | Aired Feb 13, 2013

SAY IT WITH GLOWERS Zoanette Johnson's attitude desperately needed to catch up with her necklace.


Finally, we have Kez Ban's group. "One of our quirkiest contestants!" boomed Ryan. Painful! Basically Kez Ban is much less charming when she's not performing well -- her a cappella round performance was a nightmare due to a cold, and then she refused to sing any song that she felt would cheapen her in the group round. I totally understand where she's coming from, but defiance of this sort when three other people's fates are on the line is pretty selfish.

Surprise, though -- The Misfits ended up choosing and truly vibing on "Be My Baby" – and Kez Ban even got a spotlight drunken-sailor wail at the end. I am dying to hear her solo tonight because her original audition was among my faves. But with that extra hoarseness in her voice, I doubt things will go well.

Breanna Steer, Angela Miller, and Janelle Arthur advanced along with Kez Ban. Janelle was the clear standout tonight with her smooth, very listenable, Leann Rimes-esque vocal, and from the previews it looks like Angela will have a Colton Dixon-on-overdrive (if such a thing is even possible!) moment on the piano during tonight's solos.

Overall I expected more from this gigantic girly ep -- but I'm more excited than I've been all season for the ladies' solos, so that's a plus. Nicki, what did you think of everyone?

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Perfect. See y'all tomorrow!

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