Did anyone else get to the end of last night’s American Idol show and say, “What just happened?” No? Just us? It was a Classic Rock, No Ballads theme, right? Where was the Led Zeppelin? The Aerosmith? Heck, we would have even taken a little Lynyrd Skynyrd. That being said, it wasn’t as terrible as we had thought it might be, as this is a group that shines more during the slower tempo numbers.
The only ones to really give us a true classic rock feel were, not surprisingly, Candice Glover, who sang The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” and our girl Kree Harrison, who performed Janis Joplin’s “A Piece Of My Heart”. Both girls handled it like the old pros they are despite battling some injuries–Candice had a broken toe from an April Fool’s Joke gone awry and Kree was outed by Keith Urban for having a pinched nerve. Both, however, were the most authentic performances of the night.
Angie Miller redeemed herself as well with a stellar performance at the piano (which we love), although we think Evanescence is a bit of a stretch for classic rock. And don’t even get us started on Amber Holcomb, who really stretched the boundaries by singing “What About Love” by Heart. That’s a bit ballad-esque, no? Regardless, she was amazing as usual, and the judges ate up the performance as well as her look.
And, again, we apologize, but Billy Joel for classic rock, Janelle Arthur? Just because the song is about rock doesn’t mean it is rock, but we digress. We thought her performance was a little over-the-top kitschy, but the judges were all over it. And we lost a good ten minutes talking about her wardrobe, including bedazzled boots that ended up on Nicki Minaj’s feet.
But now it’s down the business at hand. Who is going home on tonight’s American Idol results show? The girls continue to reign, so we think Lazaro Arbos and Burnell Taylor will definitely be in the bottom three, along with Amber, who hasn’t seemed to pick up many fans as of yet. And as much as it pains us to say it, we think Burnell’s time on Idol has come to an end. His performance of Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love A Bad Name” was like walking in on your parents knocking boots–totally awkward and uncomfortable and something you’d like to forget...forever. We agree with Nicki, however, that we wanted to just give him a big squeeze, especially after hearing his infamous laugh and how much he jokes with the others.
While we initially thought (okay, hoped!) it might be the end of the road for Laz but, alas, his performance of “We Are The Champions” wasn’t horrible, and his Lazis are excessive voters. In the end, we think we’ll be saying goodbye to Burnell. Sniff.