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Name: Amber Holcomb
Bio: American Idol 2013 hopeful Amber Holcomb calls her tryout (and eventual cut) from last season her “just kidding round.” The gorgeous singer said she’s going to bring it ten times harder this year, and that couldn’t have been more evident than when the 18-year-old Shepherd, Texas native sang “My Funny Valentine” during the Las Vegas round.
When the judges asked her what changed in her from last year, she said she got a makeover and she stepped into her own sense of confidence. They couldn’t have agreed more. As Keith Urban said, “You took this old-fashioned song and you just made it timeless” and “you knocked it out of the park.”
Nicki Minaj said her vocal was an “A+++” and joked about her “legs for days” and “pretty little dimples.” She did say, however, that she worries her inner shine might not convey to the viewers through the TV. Randy said the performance “was like a shining diamond,” but did say she needs to believe she deserves to be here.
In her Road to Hollywood interview this year, the gorgeous singer said Joshua Ledet is probably her biggest Idol inspiration. She loved being able to perform alongside him last year and then watch him grow as a star.
If Amber can work on her overall confidence, we think she could go far — very, very far.
American Idol Season: 12 (2013)
Hometown: Houston, TX
Audition: Amber Holcomb auditioned for American Idol 2013 Season 12 in Baton Rouge, LA. Her audition video was not aired on the show during the audition rounds. She was given a golden ticket to move on to Hollywood Week.
Hollywood Week A Capella Round: During the ladies' Hollywood Week, Amber Holcomb's performance for the a capella round was not shown. She was moved on to the group round.
Hollywood Week Group Round: During the ladies' Hollywood Week, Amber Holcomb's performance for the group round was not shown. She was moved on to the solo round.
Hollywood Week Solo Round: During the ladies' Hollywood Week, Amber Holcomb's performance for the solo round was not shown. She was selected by the judges to move on to the Top 40 to compete in Las Vegas.
Top 40/Las Vegas Round 1: This is the first time Amber's performance was shown on air. She sang "My Funny Valentine" during Las Vegas round 1. Amber was cut during this round in Season 11, but her performance in Season 12 earned her a pass through to the Top 20.
Top 20/Semi-Finals Round 1: Her legs may have taken center stage last week, but this time around, the judges took notice of Amber's big voice. The singer performed Whitney Houston's "I Believe in You and Me" during the girls semi-finals and received the only standing ovation from all four judges of the evening.
Top 10 Results Show: Amber Holcomb was chosen as one of the Season 12 Top 10. She performed "I'm Every Woman" by Chaka Khan as her victory song.
Top 10 Performance Show: Amber took a page from Kelly Clarkson, the original American Idol, with her version of "A Moment Like This" during the Top 10 performance show. She got a standing ovation for her efforts, and praise for her flawless vocals.
Amber Holcomb was eliminated during the Top 4 results show on 5/2/2013 after landing in the bottom two with Kree Harrison.
- Marnie Brodersen