American Idol is no stranger to controversy, but did FOX unknowingly spoil a plan to use the save between now and next week? You only have to use basic arithmetic and reading comprehension to reach this conclusion. Right now, American Idol’s final five is set—Candice Glover, Amber Holcomb, Janelle Arthur, Kree Harrison and Angie Miller. There will be an elimination this week, which would leave four, then another elimination next week, which would leave three, but look what FOX announced for the May 1st episode:
Wednesday, May 1
AMERICAN IDOL (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) – “4 Finalists Compete”
With only two weeks left before the finale, the four remaining IDOL hopefuls perform LIVE to impress the judges and the nation. After the performances, it’s up to America to vote for their favorites to keep them in the competition.
Shouldn’t that read “3 Finalists Compete”? It’s almost like they know something we don’t, right? One thing is for sure, if the save is going to be used it is going to be used tonight since this is their last chance to use it. After tonight, the competition hangs completely on America’s votes. Who are the likely contestants to wind up in the bottom three this week? Perhaps the song choices, as they usually do, hold the answer to that so lets take a look at who will be singing what.
Candice Glover – “”When You Believe” by Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston
Amber Holcomb – “Without You” by Badfinger/Mariah Carey
Angie Miller – “Halo” by Beyoncé
Kree Harrison – Will sing a Celine Dion song
Janelle Arthur – “Dumb Blonde” by Dolly Parton
Kree Harrison – “She Talks to Angels” by Black Crowes (1990)
Candice Gover – “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul (1989)
Amber Holcomb – “What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life” by Michael Dees/Barbara Streisand (1994)
Janelle Arthur – “When I Call Your Name” by Vince Gill (1989)
Angie Miller – “I’ll Stand By You” by The Pretenders ( 1994)
As you can see, we have songs by Divas and songs from the year of the Idol contestant’s birth. There are some excellent choices and some not so excellent choices, so lets take a look at who we predict will end up where with these tunes:
Candice Glover – Top Three
Candice really has some huge advantages this week. She has the chops to handle the Mariah Whitney duet, and doing Paula Abdul, American Idol‘s first lady, is what you might call a ‘cheap pop’ — an almost too easy crowd pleaser.
Janelle Arthur – Bottom Three
BORING. These song choices are contrived and don’t give Janelle any opportunity to really transcend the source material.
Angie Miller – Top Three
With Halo Angie has the chance to ‘perform’, which is part of what the judges are looking for her to do. You really can’t get better advice in this business than from a panel of professionals, and is she listened this will put her over. “I’ll Stand By You” by The Pretenders is an excellent chance for her to sit behind the piano and connect emotionally, then surrender the backing track to the band towards the songs climax and add another layer of ‘performance’ to her act.
Amber Holcomb – Bottom Three
Song choice is killing her here. The divas cut is fine, but “What Are You Doing The Rest of Your Life” doesn’t seem like the right cut for her.
Kree Harrison – Unknown
Kree’s second track is perfect. Black Crowes will give Kree a chance to display her cross-over chops. Anyone who pigeon holes Kree as a country singer does so at their own peril; she can rock as well, while retaining some of her best twang of course. It’s hard to predict her position though without knowing what Dion song she is doing.