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American Idol 12 – Trey & Nick’s Rankings & Analysis – Top 10

Welcome to the first installment of “Rankings”, American Idol edition, where fellow writer Nick Roman and I will give our stance on this week’s performances and results on Idol.

Disagreements? Think something different? Join us in the comments!

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Power Rankings
1-2. Candice Glover & Kree Harrison
3. Burnell Taylor
4. Angie Miller
5. Amber Holcomb
6. Lazaro Arbos
7. Devin Velez
8 Janelle Arthur
9. Paul Jolley
10. Curtis Finch, Jr.

Photo: FOX

Photo: FOX

Best performance of the week?

Candice Glover stole the show.  She absolutely slayed “I Who Have Nothing,” and really no one came close. She is a complete return to the vocal powerhouses of classic Idol, not the likes of Paige Miles that we had seen in recent years. Also, Kree Harrison‘s take on “Crying” was the most enjoyable performance of the night, and Burnell Taylor‘s “Flying Without Wings” was right behind her. Burnell’s tone is impeccable, and he may be a force to be reckoned with is he chooses the right songs. We would love a Kree/Burnell finale.

Worst performance of the week?

What was Jimmy Iovine sipping on that he would say that Janelle Arthur killed her performance? That was even more hilarious that Nicki Minaj thinking that it was a travesty that Curtis Finch, Jr. was about to be eliminated. It was monumentally stupid of Curtis to do “I Believe.” No one on Idol should ever do that song, really. Other than “A Moment Like This” and “Home,” no other Idol single is more identifiable with its singer. Within the context of the competition, it is far more iconic than any other winner’s single. Although we couldn’t stand Curtis one bit at any point of the competition, he sang the song well enough to escape being the absolute worst because from an objective standpoint, Janelle was really the worst this week. When reviewing performances, it just fell flat from start to finish- and there’s no reason it should have, since it was right in her wheelhouse. She really needs to step it up, going forward.

Most disappointing performance of the week?

Angie Miller delivered a very good vocal, but we expected more. Angie has got to step it up a notch, or she could be Pia’d and go in the middle of the pack. Nick just expected her inventiveness and originality than to sing a Celine Dion song more or less the exact same way Kelly Clarkson sang it, only not as well. Though she has some really solid, underrated stage presence, we hope she gets back behind the piano for Lennon-McCartney Week. Devin Velez also gave a very boring performance.

Whose chances of going farther have improved?

Amber Holcomb did exactly what she needed to do at the right time which should secure her for a few weeks. Although we were initially puzzled by the standing O, she did deliver an okay, solid performance.  We can’t never argue with her look or how she carries herself. Her song choice wasn’t on par this week, since no one should ever sing a winner’s single as part of this competition, but her performance had us buying into the hype. If she plays her cards right she has potential stun the competition. From the initial rankings, with Lazaro Arbos coming in at #4 and Janelle Arthur coming in at #5, it seems as if his sympathizers and her country fans may carry them for a while. It wouldn’t surprise me us if both of them last a while.

Whose chances have decreased?

Devin Velez and Paul Jolley, who joined Curtis in the bottom 3 might make that tier their home, unless their fans come out in support. Devin went from being a dark horse in the competition, and one of the most consistently excellent vocalists of the season, to a fairly bland performer. This however is mostly due to song choice, as he is someone who should ever be doing country music, even if it just barely skirts the edge of pop. That said, it’s not at all impossible for him to bounce back and become a real contender. Plenty of Idols have landed in the bottom in the first week and gone on to make huge runs in the competition, from Syesha Mercado to Haley Reinhart and Kimberley Locke. He & Paul’s chances of winning have been hampered significantly (since no winner has ever been in the bottom 2 the first week), but he could still go far.

Did the right person go home?

Janelle Arthur probably deserved the boot more, but given the performances from Wednesday night, but it’s fine for her to stay and Curtis Finch go this week. Even though he sang his song better than Janelle or Paul Jolley sang theirs, he offers less to the competition. At least with Janelle or Paul, it’s conceivable to see them doing a rock or pop song at some point instead of just sticking with country songs or country arrangements all the way through the competition. What we’ve seen is all it seems for Curtis to be capable of and he wouldn’t have been nearly as versatile as a similar singer like Joshua Ledet, or even a Jacob Lusk, who branched out into other genres, even if they didn’t always work. Luckily, we dodged the inevitable “Dance With My Father” performance.

Song Suggestions for Lennon/McCartney Week?

Candice Glover - It’s time for her to go uptempo. She would absolutely slay “Come Together” or Stevie Wonder’s version of “We Can Work It Out.”

Angie Miller - The predictable choice is “Let It Be.” She could really nail a song like “Blackbird” or “The Long and Winding Road.”

Kree Harrison - Joe Crocker’s “With A Little Help From My Friends” could possibly be a moment from her. But if she wants to do something slower, we’d love to hear her take on “Yesterday.”

Janelle Arthur - As long as she doesn’t pull a Kristy Lee Cook with “Eight Days A Week,” we’re good. I’d go with “Here Comes the Sun,” just a light, lovely song with room for interpretation in performance. But she’d compete with Brooke White’s memorable performance of the song in Season 7. Of course, she did an uptempo song this week, so maybe she should be the one to do “Let It Be.”

Amber Holcomb - Amber will be tempted to do an uptempo as well. She might sing something like “Got to Get You Into My Life” like Syesha Mercado did in Season 7. However, she should sing “Eleanor Rigby” and really bring the fierceness and put some stank on it!

Devin Velez - He could reinstate his position in the competition with a song like “Something.”

Lazaro Arbos: Hopefully he resists his temptation to do “Imagine,” but Lazaro isn’t really the best at song choices. If we were Lazaro, we’d scale it back to something small and intimate that doesn’t require a lot of belting or vocal gymnastics. He could give “Across the Universe” a try, but if he wants to play it a bit more safe, maybe he can be the one to do “The Long and Winding Road.”

Paul Jolley: “Jealous Guy” would serve him well. At least, it would serve him better than trying to insist on another country-type song. He insists that it’s the kind of artist he wants to be, but we have to agree with Jimmy. We just don’t see it, and it feels like he’s trying to force a square peg into a round hole every time he tries. “In My Life” could be a good one for him too.

Burnell Taylor : “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” – he could knock this out of the ballpark, and really show off a completely different side to his voice. If not, Burnell could show off his tone on “Imagine” or “Let It Be” – however it must be memorable.
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35 comments
darahmude
darahmude

the show already don't have pure 'reality' show

it's just all about how to making a big rating

we can see from the winner

from kelly until carrie, they are really talented winner

and now i don't have favorit winner from the last couple years

but i still watch this season until kree, angie, amber, devin, candice stay on the show

darahmude
darahmude

please please please.... how come lazaro over devin

don't get same old wrong America...

waynocoaster
waynocoaster moderator

Trey you need to proof read your stuff more closely before publishing it.

KariCook
KariCook

I want new themes. I feel we have this one every year now and twice the first year.

hrstump
hrstump moderator

First, I am confused as to why this Results are the X Factor edition. Also, I thought it as the Lennon/McCartney songbook, but if last week is any example, they could change it at will. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" was written by George Harrison, and not part of the Lennon/McCartney songbook. The same is true of "Here Comes The Sun" and "Something". "Jealous Guy" was written by Lennon as a solo release, with no involvement with McCartney. But then again, I am sure they will change the rules if they like the contestant enough...

realphill
realphill

lmao at lazaro ranking at #4 on the voting hahaha, amber has her days counted! 5th with the lastspot doesnt sound good, Paul Jolley will win 

DanielVollmer
DanielVollmer

And one more thing....Did everyone forget that Angie is deaf? she's 40% deaf. My brother is 50% deaf and do you know how difficult it is to do anything while only being able to hear out of one ear? She's in pitch, she sings beautifully for a person that is deaf. She has to listen to the beats of the music and know when to sing the chorus while also keep the rhythm of the song going. How come on here I never read anything bad about Lazaro? Lazaro is only moving on due to his backstory of having a stutter. Angie is moving on based upon her backstory as well, yet she gets all the hate. She sings better than Lazaro so her placing is very much deserved. The Angie hate is very offensive to me because I can relate to her and she's trying her best. Sorry it doesn't live up to the standards of people on here. Rant over!

Rickey
Rickey moderator

Paul Jolley will win!

waynocoaster
waynocoaster moderator

@hrstump Well, Imagine was strictly a John Lennon release but they let Archie sing it on a Lennon/McCartney themed week.  I wish TPTB would say----sorry, can't choose any song that has been sung before.  There are a TON of Beatle songs to choose from.  Listen to the White Album, or Rubber Soul.  The choices for these kids voices are endless and they could ALL be great next week.  Now back to the real world of Let it be.

NickRoman1
NickRoman1 moderator

@hrstump They've used "Here Comes the Sun" in a previous Lennon/McCartney week, though you're dead on about "Something." I have no idea how that slipped my mind. That said, I think they were able to get "Jealous Guy" for Casey in Lennon/McCartney/Beatles week in season 9, unless I'm confusing my theme weeks for when he did that song, which is entirely possible. Of course, I could still see them going out of their way to stretch the theme if they really want a contestant to do a certain song.

KariCook
KariCook

@DanielVollmer I love them both. I feel it's b/c (as far as I know) her being deaf was only mentioned once while Lazaro can't even try to hide his stutter so even if it's not what he wants, he basically gets sympathy and votes b/c of it. I do think he is a good singer but none of the guys are near what Angie and Kree are. I love Lazaro and Angie pretty much equally.

waynocoaster
waynocoaster moderator

@DanielVollmer She doesn't have to put up with the frustration that Lazaro feels every moment he is not singing.

hrstump
hrstump moderator

@NickRoman1 @hrstump Hey, last week was to be songs sung by Idols on the show, not including the coronation song or music released afterward. Then, well, people are singing coronation songs and post-AI albums, so they will always bend the rules as they see fit. I just thought I'd toss my 2 cents in, and be proven wrong next Wednesday....

hrstump
hrstump moderator

@Mikhail XO @Rickey I must agree, both Paul and Devin were both on key throughout their songs, while Angie strayed when she pressed her voice beyond her range. And Lazaro struggled as the song was really a hideous choice for his voice. Curtis also struggled with pitch, often sliding in just under the note he should be hitting. And hey, Amber struggled with pitch at the end of her song, too. Janelle didn't really have pitch issues as much as she exposed her voice to be somewhat thin, wan, and fairly pedestrian. 

NickRoman1
NickRoman1 moderator

@Mikhail XO @Rickey The rankings weren't supposed to be published at all. It was a bit of miscommunication between Trey and myself, as numerical rankings aren't really what this column is about anymore. It's ranking them in different ways. 


We're also publishing them after results to keep from coming across as trying to predict the show's rankings, since that created the supremely annoying need to re-explain that they weren't our predictions each week. 


Anyway, we're still tweaking the format, for the most part. 

Trey_
Trey_

@Mikhail XO @Rickey After The X Factor, we changed our publishing day in order to emphasize that we aren't trying to predict the results - as the rankings are not based on who we think will win or place where. We have also added the key questions to be answered each week, which gives a more in-depth analysis as opposed to the rankings on the surface. 

DanielVollmer
DanielVollmer

@Mikhail XO @Rickey Angie was the best!! everyone hates on her for no reason.....she's original..so what if she likes her hair or smiles into the camera? she's just herself. The people that like Paul and Janelle as well as Burnell are seriously delusional. I'd rather have Charlie on the show than those three.

SammyIAM
SammyIAM

@waynocoaster

WORD!

I think you're the only one here who can serve him back! Lols.

waynocoaster
waynocoaster moderator

@NickRoman1 @Mikhail XO @Rickey Geez you guys, I thought all of you knew that Mikhail XO stands for UNYIELDING DEBATER.  It's a most beautiful serve to find yourself reading and not returning. Thank you Mikhail. Friday night entertainment for me is usually only Grimm.

SammyIAM
SammyIAM

@NickRoman1 @Mikhail XO @Trey_  @Waynocoaster @Rickey

You were irritable! Lols!!  I'm not kissing his ass, but a lot of us blog here and read your posts because of him.   

I've been reading Michael for five years. Unless you can serve back in equal or better fashion, you get owned and you bump in ranking. I learned that in season 9.

SammyIAM
SammyIAM

Someone At Rickey.org should do a prediction or a ranking post day of. I hate going to Mjs to get my American Idol news.

NickRoman1
NickRoman1 moderator

@Mikhail XO @Trey_ @Rickey Like I said, it was mostly my fault, since I didn't communicate clearly enough that the rankings themselves weren't supposed to be published. The show having its own rankings makes it somewhat superfluous anyhow. This is more of a column that analyzes the week in review/looking toward the week ahead. 


As for the rest of the blogosphere, I couldn't possibly give a hot shit about how the other places do their rankings. You know I love ya to death, Mikhail, but I'd love not to have every comments section for everyone of these articles devolve into an argument about what we should be doing and why we're wrong for doing it the way we do. I appreciate your opinion. I really do. And we'll take your suggestions under consideration. But can we maybe not turn this into a weekly issue? You've said your piece, we've said ours. Let's just put it to bed. :)

Trey_
Trey_

@Mikhail XO @Trey_ @Rickey I'm just realizing now that we were supposed to not post the actual rankings, which would have cleared up a lot of the confusion.

And yes, this is an unconventional effort. "Post conclusion and still maintain credibility" - we are not trying to give our opinions on the results show. This is a weekly show, and they go at it again next week. Our opinions are preceding this performances, so post-conclusion does not arrive until the season finale. 

Trey_
Trey_

@Mikhail XO @Trey_ @RickeyComing out with opinions before the results would assume that we are trying to have predictions. The events of the results show play a role in our rankings & analysis; coming out with opinions before the results would not accomplish the full versed effort we are trying to do this time at the end of the week, post performance & results. We are just giving our assessment of where everyone stands after the week's performances/results.

Trey_
Trey_

@Mikhail XO @Trey_ @Rickey However, they aren't predictions, for we are not trying to predict anything. This is just our opinion of how the contestants stack up after the performances and results. 

SammyIAM
SammyIAM

I like Angie, but not this week. There's no Jessica or Adam this year. That's what I miss.