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I BELIEVE IN YOU AND KREE Amber Holcomb rivaled Kree Harrison and Candice Glover for best vocal of the night.
Janelle Arthur: Elvis Presley's "If I Can Dream" -- I've never liked Janelle less than right now, which is a real shame because I feel like I've been duped into expecting (and wanting!) a honey-pure country vocal from just the nicest girl you'll ever meet. I couldn't believe how many bum notes Janelle hit on this song, which itself struck me as mediocre, then cheesy, then outright annoying. "Why won't my dream come true?" Because you're making a bunch of technical mistakes, girl!
Wow. Too bad for Janelle, dubbed "a little marshmallow that I wanna eat" by Nicki Minaj. The first three judges raved about Janelle's "classic country" sound (Randy wished someone would make a Patsy Cline type of record) but Mariah Carey's simplistic, obviously scripted critique rang the most accurate to me: "You just give me an America's Sweetheart type of thing, and that's a nice thing to be." Very true! Everyone loves marshmallows. But what good is the One Chosen Pretty Blonde Girl with a Southern Accent if she can't even stay on pitch?
"If you want S'MORE of Janelle…sorry! I was born with this much cheese. I'm Swiss! Cheesy." Welcome back, Live Ryan. How I love thee!
Tenna Torres: Faith Hill's "Lost" -- She still sounds like a whiny mess to me. Sometimes I think she kind of has a cool tone, but the disadvantage of it being so nasally is that I can barely understand the words. And that's not good. I don't wanna stay lost! Can't stay lost forever.
Keith had a good note about how Tenna needs to be less aware of the camera and not ham it up cabaret-style when it sweeps past her. Tenna's was just kind of a hokey and uninteresting performance all-around. But hey, Clown Bangs likes her boobs, and approved of her piled-on-one-side wig this time around. So at least Tenna can go out feeling like she's accomplished something great.
NEXT: Angela's Colton Dixon cover -- genius? Or annoying?