Lazaro Arbos chose to sing "Close To You," made famous by The Carpenters. Randy Jackson says he is “kind of speechless” and that although he loves Lazaro as a person, that was “horrible” all the way around. He feels like he was back in auditions and they were all going “no, no, no” and telling someone to go away.
Mariah Carey apologizes for laughing at Randy’s ‘realness’. She says she’s been reprimanded repeatedly for being “too nice” so she’s going to tell it like it is. She says “we can’t go into another key and you stay in the old key... that’s just the end of the song.” She has a very hard time not “being nice” though and rambles on and on without hurting his feelings.
Keith Urban says they are all trying to honor his story and who he is a person and his millions of fans will still love him. However, at this stage in the competition, you just can’t make these kinds of bad song choices, like picking the wrong key and missing a key change. “You’ve gotta have an ear for that brother," Keith said.
Nicki Minaj says, “Let’s just pretend I already gave my comment because we’re going to be here all night honey child.”