American Idol Recap: Kree Makes Wife Nicki Proud (3/5/13)

It’s Ladies’ Night, the first episode of the Three Day Event, which includes Guys’ Night and the Top 10 Reveal. The judges like Kree, Amber, Candice and Angie the most. Janelle will probably get the fifth spot. Kree matches Minaj’s wit. Randy wants a wild card, because 5 is too small a number for the talent tonight. So going home is Fil-Am Adriana, with her pageanty performance.

The top 20 are:


  •  unemployed 19-year-old  Burnell Taylor of New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 17-year-old Student Charlie Askew of Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Sales Rep Cortez Shaw, 22, of Dallas, Texas
  • 24-year-old Choir Director Curtis Finch, Jr. of St. Louis, Missouri
  • Devin Velez
  • Elijah Liu
  • 21-year-old Ice Cream Scooper Lazaro Arbos, a stutterer from Naples, Florida, can hardly talk but sung seamlessly.
  • Nick Boddington
  • 22-year-old Paul Jolley of Palmersville, Tennessee, who was in Retail Sales
  • 29-year-old Praise Leader/Teacher Vincent Powell of Austin, Texas


  • Fil-Am Adriana Latonio
  • Amber Holcomb, 18
  • Angela Miller
  • College Student Aubrey Cleland of Westland, Oregon
  • Breanna Steer
  • From South Carolina, 22-year-old Adminstrative Assistant Candice Glover of Helena Island, who was cut in Vegas last year
  • 23-year-old Fitness Instructor Janelle Arthur of Oliver Springs, Tennessee
  • Demo Singer Kree Harrison, 22, of Woodville, TX
  • 28-year-old Promotional Model Tenna Torres of Queens
  • Habilitation Health Specialist Zoanette Johnson, 19. of Tulsa, OK (Oklahoma)

Tonight, the girls perform.

“Spiritual Leader”(–Randy) Zoanette’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It” fits her to a Tee-na Turner. It is her best performance, vocally and entertainment-wise, but she still has the worst vocal in the competition. Judges Keith Urban, Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj disagree with me, not that they know what I’m thinking.

Breanna Steer’s “Flaws and All” by Beyonce is just ok. While I didn’t believe Breanna, Host Ryan Seacrest felt that the song meant something to her. She admits that the song reminds her of “someone special” who’s in the audience tonight. Her performance is the kind that reminds me of a relaxing massage with waterfalls in the background.

Nicki says that “Living Marshmallow” Janelle’s “If I Can Dream” by Elvis Presley is the best vocal so far. I just appreciate her singing a song that I’m not familiar with. Lazaro gives Janelle a standing o. She talks about how one song can make a world of difference, as she went through by the skin of her teeth. It was a toss-up last week between her and Rachel Hale.

Aubrey had me listening to the lyrics of “Big Girls Don’t Cry” by Fergie for the first time. She swallowed in the middle of the song, which none of the judges even hint at. Simon Cowell would call this performance “forgettable.”

Tenna’s “Lost” by Faith Hill doesn’t do anything for me. I’ll probably remember Nicki’s comment  that she likes Tenna’s boobs, more than Tenna’s song. Nicki says that Tenna’s chest exposure was classy, not too much. Is it a  dig on Mariah, who’s been distractedly and continuously booby in the past few? Look who’s talking. Ryan points out that both Nicki and Mariah like Tenna’s fullness. Mariah was referring to Tenna’s voice. Mariah has not heard Tenna’s fullness and low register elsewhere in the competition yet.

Angela Miller wows the judges when she accompanies herself on the piano with Colton Dixon’s first hit. Nicki is ready to buy Angie’s record.

Amber lost me at hello with “I Believe in You and Me” by Whitney Houston, but the judges loved her performance even more than Angie’s. Nicki said that “Ber” was the best so far. Mariah says that we should watch Amber’s “Funny Valentine.”

I thought that Amber was the front-runner of Ladies’ Night until Kree Harrison sings Faith Hill.  Nicki calls Kree “wife” and asks Kree how she can even be sexier than the last time. To which Kree answers that she just wants to make the wife proud. :) Keith Urban says that the song is in B but Kree went past C to F sharp. Kree has a distinctive voice, but I felt that her performance was flat. What’s wrong with me?

Josephine might have been referring to Adriana, who unfortunately, is going home. Nicki, Randy, and I use the same word to describe her singing: “pageanty.” Nicki tells Adriana to try again next year, as Kree, Angie and Amber had slayed it tonight, as Randy would put it. Mariah says that the ballad is the sort of song you would expect for a big event, which it is, but hopes that the audience had seen Adriana’s previous performances. What are you talking about, Mariah?

I enjoy Candice Glover, who notches up “Ordinary People” by John Legend.

Voting starts at the end of the show, at (Voting is probably just available in the US, as I could not access the vote page):

Zoanette Johnson  Call 1866 IDOLS 01 or 1866 43657 01 or text “VOTE” to 5701

Breanna Steer           Call 1866 IDOLS 02 or 1866 43657 02 or text “VOTE” to 5702

Aubrey Cleland        Call 1866 IDOLS 03 or 1866 43657 03 or text “VOTE” to 5703

Janelle Arthur         Call 1866 IDOLS 04 or 1866 43657 04 or text “VOTE” to 5704

Tenna Torres            Call 1866 IDOLS 05 or 1866 43657 05 or text “VOTE” to 5705

Angela Miller            Call 1866 IDOLS 06 or 1866 43657 06 or text “VOTE” to 5706

Amber Holcomb      Call 1866 IDOLS 07 or 1866 43657 07 or text “VOTE” to 5707

Kree Harrison            Call 1866 IDOLS 08 or 1866 43657 08 or text “VOTE” to 5708

Adriana Latonio        Call 1866 IDOLS 09 or 1866 43657 09 or text “VOTE” to 5709

Candice Glover          Call 1866 IDOLS 10 or 1866 43657 10 or text “VOTE” to 5710

That’s our recap of American Idol show today, 3/5/13. We’ll have another recap tomorrow. Check out our American Idol archive HERE.

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