Song 1: Sarah McLachlan's "Angel
Song 2: Kree Harrison's "All Cried Out"
Song 3: Patty Griffin's "Up to the Mountain" (MLK Song)
Kree had a pretty decent night. A better night than she's had in awhile. She sounded great on all of her tunes and as the judges said, showed that she had soul. But, you could also tell her voice was pretty shot from the competition. Kree did a very pretty rendition of "Angel", practically flawless. But, I don't think the song packs enough punch to win a competition. I thought "All Cried Out" was the better of the original songs, but you could tell Kree was straining to hit some of those high notes. "Up to the Mountain" is a really great song. And, I've stated before that Kelly Clarkson first performed it on the Idol Stage (during the first Idol Gives Back). That version has worn out my iTunes account and it's the version I'm most used to hearing. But, I was able to respect Kree's version and it was probably the best performance she's done on the show. She has nothing to be ashamed about with her performances tonight and if she wins, there shouldn't really be any complaints. And if she doesn't win, she'll have a great career in country music.
Song 1: Adele's "Chasing Pavements"
Song 2: Candice Glover's "I Am Beautiful"
Song 3: Shirley Bassey's "I (Who Have Nothing)"
But, come on. Candice has been the most consistent of the top 10 this year. She has been on a TEAR! "Chasing Pavements" was probably a better song choice from Simon Fuller than "Angel" that Kree got. (Not that Angel is a bad song, I just think Candice could show off more with "Chasing Pavements") Candice did her thing on her coronation single. Like I said, Kree's song was better in my opinion. But Candice did her thing. For all of those observing things, Miss Minaj couldn't find the strength to get out of her seat after Kree performed her single (while the other judges did). But for miss Candy Girl, she was up there with the rest of them. Hmmm, I wonder who Nicki wants to win? Anyway, with Candice's performance of "I (Who Have Nothing)" she once again showed that she has been in a different league than the rest of the competition. It was just ridiculously amazing, maybe even more than the first time she performed it. The last female that won this competition, Jordin Sparks, also made a name for herself with that tune. But, I would probably rank Candice's performance over Miss Sparks. It was just flat out amazing.
Okay, I can't do a finale post without taking a trip down memory lane and looking at my track record with these things. My record has been a little shoddy recently, but I made a big comeback with the predictable Phillip Phillips victory last season.
- Season 1: Kelly Clarkson (winner) vs. Justin Guarini (got it right)
- Season 2: Ruban Studdard (winner) vs. Clay Aiken (got it wrong)
- Season 3: Fantasia Barrino (winner) vs. Diana DeGarmo (got it right)
- Season 4: Carrie Underwood (winner) vs. Bo Bice (got it right)
- Season 5: Taylor Hicks (winner) vs. Katharine McPhee (got it right)
- Season 6: Jordin Sparks (Winner) vs. Blake Lewis (got it right)
- Season 7: David Cook (winner) vs. David "the artichoke" Archuleta (got it right)
- Season 8: Kris Allen (winner) vs. Adam Lambert (got it wrong)
- Season 9: Lee DeWyze (winner) vs. Crystal Bowersox (got it wrong)
- Season 10: Scotty McCreery vs. Lauren Alaina (got it wrong)
- Season 11: Phillip Phillips (winner) vs. Jessica Sanchez (got it right)
American Idol Season 12 Winner: Candice Glover
I won't be disappointed either way. Kree was my favorite contestant this season, but I just don't think there is a question that Candice is the deserving winner. I forgot to mention how bizarre it was that Kree elected to go 1st after the coin toss! That just set up the inevitable amazing show closing performance from Candice.
Anyway, I'm sure I'll have some thoughts on the 2 hour finale (with surprises) that I'll jot down in the comments. It's been fun getting pulled back into recapping this show as always. And of course, as always I'm not making any promises for future seasons. But, you know that I more than likely will get sucked in! Hope you enjoyed my ramblings and MAYBE...I'll see you next year!