The competition is heating up among the final four contestants on American Idol and tension has also gotten pretty heated at the judges table this season, as Nicki MInaj's latest tweets will attest. But tonight's not about Nicki and Mariah's public feud. It's about three young women getting to the Top 3. Not only is the Top 3 one step closer to the big prize, but it's also the point at which the remaining contestants get to go home and enjoy praise and adoration from the people in their hometown or city.
With the save not used this season, no one was eliminated last week. That kept the competition on track for the scheduled finale. And it means the votes that were submitted for last week's performances will be applied toward tonight's results. That may be bad news for Candice and Amber, who were last week's Bottom 2. Unless, of course, America voted extra hard for them.
I haven't been the biggest Amber fan this season, but I agree with Jimmy Iovine that she crushed it last night with "My Funny Valentine." She needed a big performance this week and she definitely delivered one. At this point, I can't decide who I think should go to the final three. Kree won me over with her voice and personality early on this season. Angie's performance skills and vocal abilities were great from the start and have only gotten better each week. Candice has an amazing voice and has been consistently fantastic. And Amber rocked it last night. It's really anyone's game and there's no predicting who will stay and who will go.
Will.I.Am and former Idol winner David Cook took the stage to perform before the results were announced. Cook's appearance promoted his new single "Laying Me Low." Will.I.Am performed "Bang Bang" off the Great Gatsby soundtrack. Everyone on stage was dressed in black and white for that rather fantastic performance, which paid tribute to the roaring twenties. And a screen behind them showed snippets of Baz Luhrmann's upcoming adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel.
Constantine Maroulis was another former Idol contestant featured during the episode, though he didn't perform. Maroulis' career on stage, which includes a Tony nomination, is proof that there's still potential for a bright future in the entertainment industry for contestants who don't win their season. And of course, there are numerous other examples (Jennifer Hudson, Clay Aiken, Adam Lambert, Kellie Pickler, Chris Daughtry, Katharine McPhee, etc…)
We got a performance from this week's mentor, Harry Connick Jr. and then it was finally time for the results.
Here are the results in no particular order:
Amber has been eliminated. Even with last night's fantastic performance, Amber didn't get the votes to make it to the end. Fans will see her on the tour. Meanwhile, Angie, Candice and Kree are being sent home in the less negative sense. And that's a pretty solid Top 3!