Well, America, I guess we will see what you think of the judge’s selections for American Idol Season 12. It really is unfair that American Idol teases us with a rapturous two hours of the Season 12 girls to only follow that up with last night’s pedestrian show of 10 guys who mostly did not show that they deserve to in Las Vegas.
We had 12 Christian musicians in the American Idol Season 12 top 20. Angie Miller, Aubrey Cleland, Candice Glover, Janelle Arthur, Breanna Steer, Amber Holcomb, Tenna Torres performed with the girls on Tuesday night. Burnell Taylor, Curtis Finch Jr, Devin Velez, Vincent Powell and Lazaro Arbos performed on the guys show last night. I believe America will vote seven to nine of these Chrisitian musicians into the American Idol Season 12 top 10.
Before we make some predictions let’s hand out some awards.
Most Thrilling Performance
This award goes to the performer who delivered the best combination of singing, immersion and emotional connection. These performances brought us to tears and caused us to applaud in our living rooms.
1) Angie Miller-”Never Gone”
It is always thrilling to watch someone immersed in worship and experience the soaring emotional impact with them. Christian musician Angie Miller took us to on a roller coaster with Colton Dixon’s “Never Gone”. Her singing was powerful and perfect, but, more importantly, she expressed her deepest emotions with that performance.
2) Burnell Taylor- “I’m Here”
American Idol contestants are usually skewered for performing show tunes. Not Burnell Taylor. This song was more than a tune from Color Purple. In this performance Burnell Taylor told his story and expressed his heart. In other words he owned this song.
3) Curtis Finch Jr’s- “I Believe I Can Fly”
Some may not like Curtis Finch Jr’s mannerisms but man that was amazing! My wife kept asking why he was holding back. Most singers rush through the verses of this song so they can belt out the chorus. Curtis Finch Jr teased us and teased us with quiet, nasty runs and then let loose in the end with some crazy power notes. Few people can do what he did and hardly anyone thinks of doing what he did.
Best Singing Performance
This goes to the American Idol Season 12 singers who amazed us with singing acumen, vocal power and technical expertise.
1) Candice Glover- “Ordinary People”
A barrage of perfectly planned runs and sonic dynamics left us mesmerized. Through her vocal prowess Candice Glover transformed this John Legend classic into, as Randy would say, a Candice Glover joint.
2) Kree Harrison- “Stronger”
It is almost not fair that Kree Harrison is in American Idol Season 12. She is so seasoned and assured. I can see her at the Country Music Awards as easily as I can see her on American Idol Season 12. Her performance of “Stronger” was so smooth yet so technically amazing that we were wowed and we weren’t quite sure why. I am thrilled Kree Harrison is being discovered. I think country music will be better with her presence.
3) Curtis Finch Jr- “I Believe I Can Fly”
Not only was his performance thrilling, it was difficult and it was perfectly executed.
Most Daring Performance
This goes to the American Idol performers who took the biggest risks and delivered. These singers stepped into dangerous songs and calmly sang us to the mountain.
1) Amber Holcomb- “I Believe In You and Me”
Really, she just did that? Amber Holcomb, a dark horse until Tuesday night, took on Whitney Houston and amazed us. She did not try to belt the song over the top. She made tasteful choices, inserted interesting runs and held back on the vocal pyrotechnics. That was a smart, assured performance on American Idol Season 12.
2) Curtis Finch Jr- “I Believe I Can Fly”
Only considering his vocal dynamics, this was like a beginning skier turning onto a blue run and swooshing to the bottom. Thrilling.
American Idol Season 12 Top
10 12 Predictions
I am virtually certain that American Idol Season 12 will insert two wild cards. Given the number of remaining episodes they need more that 10 performers. The question is will they wild card one guy and one girl or will they wild card two girls? Based in this week’s performances it should be two girls.
American Idol Season 12 Top 10- As Voted by the Fans (no order).
- Burnell Taylor
- Kree Harrison
- Devin Velez
- Vincent Powell
- Candice Glover
- Angie Miller
- Curtis Finch Jr
- Amber Holcomb
- Lazaro Arbos
- Janelle Arthur
Top candidates for the wild card are: Breanna Steer, Aubrey Clelland, Elijah Liu, Nick Boddington. If any of my predicted top 10 fall out, I think the judges would include them as an American Idol Season 12 wild card.
The results are tonight on Fox. Check back with One21music on Monday as we do out American Idol Season 12 Top 12 power rankings and try to look ahead to next week’s performances.