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American Idol – Top 3 Song Spoilers – Judges’ Choice/Jimmy’s Choice/Producers’ Choice

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Credit: FOX

The spoilers are in, and it looks like the American Idol Top 3 have been given a surprisingly not-abhorrent selection of songs. Hell, I’d go as far as to say these are some pretty terrific choices. It’s hard to be sure who’s responsible for which choices, whether it was Jimmy that seems to have a hard-on for Emile Sandé, or if it’s Nicki Minaj with a soft-spot for Pink. But you guys are probably better detectives than me (I’m pretty sure if this were a hundred years ago, I wouldn’t have gotten within spitting distance of a spot with the Pinkerton Agency).

Check out the song spoilers below, via The Idol Pad:

Angie Miller

“Maybe” by Emile Sandé
“Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” by Elton John
“Try” by Pink

Candice Glover

“Next To Me” by Emile Sandé
“One” by U2 & Mary J. Blige
“Somewhere” by Reri Grist/Barbra Streisand

Kree Harrison

“Perfect” by Pink
“Better Dig Two” by The Band Perry
“Here Comes Goodbye” by Chris Sligh/Rascal Flatts

Thoughts:

As much as I enjoy roughly 80-90% of these choices, I feel as though the fix is in for Kree. It’s not that she won’t do an outstanding job with these songs, but I’m not sure there’s potential in any of the three for her to have a huge moment that can propel her into the finale, like a “Heartless” a la Kris Allen or a “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” a la Katharine McPhee. I’d bet money on one of either “One” or “Somewhere” being one of the bests performances of the entire competition from Candice, while I wouldn’t be surprised if Angie got a standing O on “Try” (depending on the arrangement. Slowed down piano, and she’s good. Keeping the uptempo pop-rock arrangement, and it probably won’t be such a sure-thing).

Ultimately, while this is still an undoubtedly close race, I feel as though Kree is going to have to do something huge with one of these songs (either arrangement-wise or in terms of vocal) to secure a spot at the Nokia. But I’ll be rooting for her, all the same (because this is the last week before the finale, to hell with journalistic objectivity!).

What do you think of these song choices? Have the producers played it fair across the board? Or are there signs of favoritism/bussing here? And whose performances have the potential to be the best/worst? Sound off in the comments!

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cherylcouture
cherylcouture

I like the song choices. Candice will do well with her songs and 'Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word' was a corny pop song by Elton that Angie can recreate again. Although I don't like it I think it is actually perfect for her. Learning (3) new songs and doing them well with creativity is such a short amount of time is no easy task. I would like to see Kree break out her guitar. She could do the acoustic version of "Perfect" with a country flare and knock it out of the park. With so many songs to learn she probably won't venture out and play the guitar but here is a sample of the acoustic version:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eX7nMCRSqJU

I am hoping the judges are fair to all three tonight on their comments. Although Kree has not had a huge performance the last few weeks she has consistently sang great. After reading about her loosing her Dad at 12 and Mom at 16 and hearing that beautiful voice every week I am compelled to support her. I can't imagine how difficult all this is without her parents to share it with her. 

Klope62
Klope62 moderator

I don't want to accept, but Kree got screwed over fosho. :(; hopefully she just pulls off amazingness.


The thought of Angie inevitably in the finale is just so horribly upsetting.

djfabian
djfabian

kree could sing the phone book to quote randy and id still put her on top....the u2 mary j song is tired and been overdone imo.....i do think they want kree gone next though....they will likely shove her first this week...candice will get the pimp spot 

emman007
emman007

I think, as for Song Choices, what theyve got for Candice are the most fit for her because she already showed what type of Singer she is right now. I don't know when it comes to Angie and just slightly for Kree's songs.

elementalman
elementalman

How do you sing Next To Me without copying the arrangement, specifically the high notes on the chorus. I'm interested to see how Candice will handle this. If they were trying to make it an Emeli night they could have picked a better song. Preferably My Kind Of Love, Where I Sleep, or even Daddy.

jbeee
jbeee

I went back and listened to various versions of these songs and here are my impressions....


Kree actually has the best set of three to suit her voice and style. "Perfect" has a bit of country sound in it...and frankly if you didn't know it was Pink you might think it was Kelly Clarkson. I think she can do something with this. The other two songs give her something to work with....with the Band Perry number having some good blues potential. Should be interesting.


"Maybe" and "Try" should be good for Angie. They fit her voice and style well. "Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word" could be her. She could easily get behind the piano for all of these songs. She might want to try the standup keyboard for one like in the hometown video.

Candice clearly has the most potential...especially with "Somewhere". Probably one of the greatest songs ever written, this is a vocalists dream. From soft to power it could be pure magic. "One" should have some potential..."Next to Me" could be the weakest of the three, though it is the most current number.

newco113
newco113

These song choices are excellent, especially for Candice! Can't wait to here her do the Emile song as well as Somewhere!

LinBrand
LinBrand

Angie will suck on Try. She can't convey emotion (she thinks eye boning the camera is the same thing).  Giving her this song is sabotage imo. 

IdleTime
IdleTime

Candice can slay any of these songs given to her b/c you can throw anything at her and she'll make it fabulous.  But instead of "Next To Me" (too unknown) or "One" (too obvious), I'd pick "Back To Black" by Amy Winehouse.  And what's up with TWO songs by an unfamiliar artist (in the U.S. at least), Emile Sande?  Is she managed by 19 Recordings?  lol.

Samson58
Samson58

candace songs are the strongest of the lot,, one and somewhere are 2 of the best songs ever written... obviously in favor of candace? i think so.

Samson58
Samson58

the band perry song is a poor choice of all the songs in the world someone picks that one for kree?  however the rascal flatts song could be a moment for kree,, its a strong song....

IdleTime
IdleTime

The producers/judges didn't pick songs for Kree any worse than Kree has.  She's a very good singer with special abilities, but as a contestant, she has been sorely lacking.  ALL of her song choices since top 10 has been snoozefest.

additur
additur

I can't help but feel that Kree's been cheated. The song choices for her are not Top 3 material. Instead of "Perfect," they could've given her "Nobody Knows." The Band Perry song will just make her look like "she's just having fun" instead of being "in it to win it." The Rascal Flatts song will make it seem like she's already saying goodbye to the show. What the actual fuck.

MorrisRhonda
MorrisRhonda

@djfabian I will be power voting. I have to wait they may not bus anyone ratings down since all that crap!! VOTE YOU ASS OFF!!!!!!!

elementalman
elementalman

I would have included Heaven in this list but Angie has a tendency to shout and get pitchy in her upper register to try and convey emotion

rafm63
rafm63

@IdleTime Yea but the whole point of having the producers, judges and Jimmy picking songs this week is so that they pick something that's going to make them shine. Kree got the short end of the sick. Hopefully she is able to pull it off.

rafm63
rafm63

@additur I agree 100%. It's obvious they want her out next. I don't see her being able to deliver a "moment" with any of those song choices.

bonniecrocker
bonniecrocker

@Mikhail XO  Kree or Candice for the win.  Sorry but Angie's pandering to the camera gets on my last nerve and her voice is mediocre.  Doesn't anyone else hear the screeching in her high register?  She also doesn't seem genuine to me at all and I usually don't comment on things like that but I'm pretty astute.  Anyone else but her!

MorrisRhonda
MorrisRhonda

@Mikhail XO @additur  i L OVE THAT SONG BY PERRY. I think it can show a gritter side to Kree and not boring. That is my fav of all. She has to wear some boots jeans and a vest and wavy hair and show who the efff Kree is.

additur
additur

I hope I'm wrong, though. I hope Kree turns this entire thing around and gets through to the finale with Candice.

mx99
mx99

@bonniecrocker @Mikhail XO You should work on your 'astuteness', as Angie is 'genuine' and 'authentic'.  If anybody has been true to themselves all season, it is her. Not to suggest others haven't, as I 'believe' Kree and Candice are as they appear.  Angie, on the other hand, I KNOW to be genuine... as I know her and her family.

bonniecrocker
bonniecrocker

@mx99 @bonniecrocker @Mikhail XO You're not exactly objective then are you?  This is how she comes across to me and the eye pandering is something I can see which is irritating and been mentioned by many others.  

Still want Candice and/or Kree as they are much better singers imo.