The theme nights keep getting better! This week: Songs We Sic Upon You, featuring three rounds -- Jimmy Iovine's Choice, Judges' Choice, and Producers' Choice -- for Kree Harrison, Angie Miller, and Candice Glover. I kept wondering "Can we get a Contestants' Choice up in here?" -- but then we wouldn't have been treated to Candice's show-closing big-time Idol Moment on "Somewhere" from West Side Story -- a song she'd never heard of 'til this week.
"If you don't want to vote for Candice, call your doctor -- you probably don't have a pulse!" --Keith Urban, Everyone's Choice
Kree Harrison, Pink’s "F***in’ Perfect": I wouldn't exactly call Kree's round 1 pick sabotage (the producers saved that for round 3), but I'm not sure anyone really wanted to hear this Pink song from Kree, including Kree herself. "Kree" is seriously the most ridiculous word to type. The spellcheck hates her. Keith made sure to remind everyone that Kree's a country girl instead of the rock/pop persona she'd just had to put on, and Randy said the performance lacked pizzazz.
Mariah took this opportunity to remind the world that SHE wanted to be able to write her own songs and FORTUNATELY she'd been allowed to do so. Nicki stared off into space and then wondered if maybe Kree should wear flat boots instead of heels one of these times. Sure, this is a popular opinion on message boards, but I say there is no way Nicki actually wants that!
Candice Glover, U2′s "One": For someone who'd never heard the song, Candice certainly embodied its spirit -- and the vibe on Mary J. Blige's cover, to boot. She obviously took the time to not only study the lyrical meaning but truly understand the song's musicality. Even though she was doing her own runs, I thought she was respecting the original melody, and that's pretty much always how I feel about her unique style.
I loved the upward lilt she threw on "never had love" at the beginning and couldn't believe she'd gained so much momentum in about 30 seconds to pull off the loud, powerhouse-y section at the end. I mean, these were super-short rearrangements of the songs! It's a shame we couldn't hear more.
NEXT: Does Angie even like playing the piano?