Kristen the Yellow Lab and I are sitting outside as raindrops keep falling on our heads pondering the universal question. "What's it all about, Alfie?" After all, what better way to celebrate Bacharach and David week on American Idol? Unless it's by binge-viewing old episodes of Angie Dickinson in Police Woman.
Oh look! It's the Carpenters, Richard and Karen, come to pay tribute to the brilliant song-writing team! No wait, that's just Ryan trying to woo Kristen.
|"I long to be close to you, Kristen!"|
|"Do you know the way, Kristen?"|
Here is Kree singing What the World Needs Now. She begins it acapella, and with her lovely tone, it is a beautiful touch. It's bluesy and warm, and one of Kree's finer performances! It is definitely the best of the night so far. Keith liked her warmth, as did Kristen who feels Kree is exactly the kind of gal who, Any Day Now, wouldn't mind a rowdy game of fetch with a yellow lab.
Perky Janelle has chosen the equally perky I'll Never Fall In Love Again. It moves at a snail's pace. She treats it like dark ballad, omitting the spunk and humor. Nicki thinks she's ready to record a hit record, but feels this definitely would not be it. Kristen hopes this does not get her booted this because as far as she's concerned, "A House Is Not a Home, and Idol would not be Idol without Janelle!".
Onto Candice who will be performing Don't Make Me Over. Once again, Candice hits it out the park. Her voice can go from soft and tender to powerhouse without her even taking a breath. It is an emotional take on this classic, and the judges are all stumbling over themselves to praise her. Kristen says Baby It's You! Candice should have no problems making it to the Top 5.
Onto the Second Half where the kids will perform songs they wish they'd written.
Angie opens this set with Love Come Down by Christian Contemporary Artist, Carrie Jobe. She sits at the piano and is right in her wheelhouse. She connects perfectly to the lyrics, and it is a wonderful performance for Angie. Nicki tells her that unless she steps it up like this week after week, she will stay behind Candice and Kree. Kristen feels a little more love coming down for Angie this week, so she gives her a cute puppy for listening to the judges and stepping it up.
Amber is going with Love On Top by Beyonce. Though the girl has the vocal chops, she can't do what this song needs. During live performances, Beyonce wows audiences with continuous key changes that take her voice souring to the rafters. Without that, it's just repetition after repetition. Kristen cannot put her love on top for Amber because that was an indulgent song choice, and she did not deliver. Randy says "SHE'S IN IT TO WIN IT!" You know the drill. Drink!
Here's Lazaro ready to sing Angels by Robbie Williams. Very few Idol fans will ever forget teenaged David Archuletta's haunting take on this song in Season 8. Laz not only can't compare to him, he can't keep up with the five superior girls this season. The judges say as much, trying not to criticize Laz (the sympathy votes are out of control) while letting the audience know "He's not good enough to be here anymore, people!" Kristen thinks he's no angel what with all the whining and excuses he has given all season. She wants to give him a good swatting, but does it vicariously via this gif..
It's country gal Janelle performing The Dance by Garth Brooks. It is a pretty take on the song, as Janelle really does have a lovely voice. She, at this point, is simply no comparison to the other stronger girls. But, she is sweet and likable, so country audiences who seem to prefer the Janelle types over the more serious Krees might keep her in the competition. . Nicki agrees she is not quite up to the snuff of the other girls. Kristen hopes she's in the dance a bit longer because she, of all the contestants, is the most lab-like!
Finally, it's. Candice with Love Song by The Cure. This is one of the finest performances on the American Idol stage. Candice gives it her own soulful vibe with a sensual tone to her voice, hitting notes that reach for the stars. The judges are on their feet before the song ends, and there is really no need to comment. But Randy tells her it was the best performance on Idol in 12 seasons. Normally, we don't like Randy's hyperbole, but this time, he might be right on. Kristen is singing love songs for Candice all the way to the finale! She gives her this kitty as a reward for being a true fighter this season.
Time for Results!
It begins with an off-pitch train wreck of Bacharach hits finished off with the treacly That's What Friends Are For in which Lazaro stares petulantly at the camera the entire time.
Scotty is back to sing
Kelly comes to sing People Like Us She gets fangirly over Mariah.
HE IS!!!! Laz had the lowest number of votes, and it is bye-bye-bye! We shall mourn the loss of the one snark-worthy contestant this season, so fare-the-well, Lazaro.
Next up, the first all female top 5 in Idol history perform:
...songs of the great divas, plus a song from the year they were born. Oh snap!