Kree Harrison (left) and Candice Glover sang their hearts — and guts — out during Wednesday’s hour-long performance finale (full recap!) in three rounds: Simon Fuller’s Pick, Coronation Single, and Repeat of a Favorite Performance. Ryan Seacrest mercifully kept things moving by checking in with only two judges at a time at the end of the first two rounds. That was cool, right? It was more like a conversation instead of the usual set of rehearsed speeches, and every time the conversation ended right on time for a commercial break.
I didn’t think there was a dud in the lineup (Kree’s “Angel” was sleepy, but come on, so is that song) but after Candice’s incredible cover of “I (Who Have Nothing)” I’d say the more deserving winner is clear. Kree is a finely tuned, consistent performer who can go far in the real world, but Candice can put on one hell of a SHOW in reality TV land. Her vocal gymnastics are just insane. And contrary to what the judges suggested over the course of the season, I see no reason she couldn’t sell a soul record in the style of Adele.
What do you think? Vote below, and stay tuned for my full recap later on. Here it is!
‘AMERICAN IDOL’ SONG LIST FOR WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2013
Simon Fuller’s Pick
Kree Harrison, Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel”
Candice Glover, Adele’s “Chasing Pavements”
Kree Harrison, “All Cried Out”
Candice Glover, “I Am Beautiful”
Repeat of a Favorite Performance
Kree Harrison, Patty Griffin’s “Up to the Mountain”
Candice Glover, Shirley Bassey’s “I (Who Have Nothing)”
Who’s got your vote?
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