This season of American Idol might be one of the tightest competitions in Idol history. Last night, Amber Holcomb sizzled while singing a classic Barbra Streisand song, Kree Harrison soared on a Celine Dion ballad, Candice Glover brought a literal new spin to a Paula Abdul dance track, and Janelle Arthur fumbled slightly on some country standards. However, the moment of the night was probably when Angie Miller dedicated her first song of the night, The Pretenders‘s “I’ll Stand By You,” to her hometown of Boston.
If you haven’t been watching the show, Angie is the one who is a cross between Miley Cyrus and the angelic voiced Christine Daae from Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s esteemed musical, The Phantom of the Opera. She was made in a lab to perfectly combine the charms of bouncy teen pop and super dramatic ballads for popular consumption. Angie’s best moments in the season have come when she’s singing at the piano and last night was no different:
Angie’s performance drew a standing ovation from most of the judges and the crowd. The show’s music director, Jimmy Iovine, swooned backstage about the performance. Mariah Carey called it “perfect”. Only Nicki Minaj stayed seated during the standing ovation and only Nicki brought up that dedicating her song to Boston wasn’t just a kind-spirited gesture, but also a strategic one in the competition.
Whether the shout out to Beantown was calculated or from the heart, Angie’s performance was certainly fraught with emotion–something many of the other top five girls were severely lacking last night.
Tune in tonight at 8/7 Central to find out if Angie’s power ballad helped her surge ahead of last week’s top two, Candice and Kree, and to learn which lady America voted to send home.
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