American Idol Recap: The Top 7 Rock and Roll

But we'll be the judge of that, won't we?

So I'm going to dig right in.

1. Burnell sang "You Give Love a Bad Name" by Bon Jovi

Did Burnell know this was the live show? He was marking it like it was rehearsal. Bo. Ring. Like the judges schooled him: Make the best of what you're given; make the most of each opportunity.  I think he's in trouble.

Angie and Lazaro dueted on "Crazy Little Thing Called Love"

He screwed up the words again, didn't he? That was completely forgettable.

2. Kree sang "Piece of My Heart" by Janis Joplin

OK, it's a given; Kree has the pipes for this. But it isn't just all pipes. I didn't think this was her strongest vocal performance, but she should have pushed it even further. Been less concerned with sounding perfect and actually brought us some rasp, brought us some guts. And brought the angst inherent in this song (and in Janis' performance of it) not just a slight smile and a kind of sway to it. I agreed with Keith that she seemed constrained. I just thought it was her normal reticence, but I guess there was a pinched nerve thing too.

Candace and Burnell dueted on "The Letter" by The Box Tops

She wiped the floor with him, but  I do think she brought out something good in him. Something a little looser and meaner.

3. Janelle sang "You May Be Right" by Billy Joel

That was just adorable...what a cute little rebel. Last line riding the high notes was the only mis-calculation.

4. Lazaro sang "We are the Champions" by Queen

Question #1: Why do none of them NONE OF THEM have rock star energy and abandon. Seriously, it was a weird Walking Dead episode up in there. Question #2; Why can't they make him not shiny? Does he really sweat that much more than anyone else? But to his performance? Well, you know, he still totally needs to go home. But I saw a little glint of something in maybe he should try being the bad boy, not the adorable boy. Maybe that would be more interesting. When he was trying to be bad-ass it was still really only moderately naughty, but it was better than good two-shoes. If that makes sense.

Amber, Janelle and Kree sang "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me" by Billy Joel

That was rough. I have no idea what Randy was talking about, that was not great. There were flubbed lyrics and boring performances all the way around.

5. Candace sang "Can't Get No Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones

Candace brought the growl and rasp that had been missing all night. She brought the power and the attitude (which no one else seemed to), but she didn't bring the danger. No one else did either, but I was kind of hoping for just that much more from Candace.

6. Amber sang "What About Love" by Heart

She looked hot. She sounded gret. She made it seem effortless to wail that high.

7. Angie sang "Bring Me to Life" by Evanescence

Great song choice. Perfect for her. Lots of dynamics, great opportunity to do a little intense piano stuff then get up and rock in an emo way that works for her. Keith was right that she is sometimes too conscious of how she looks...and it veers towards posing. But I thought this was a huge improvement over last week.

Bottom line for the Bottom Three:

Should be: Burnell, Lazaro, and Kree, with Lazaro going home.

Will be: Burnell, Lazaro, and Candace, with Lazaro going home. (Maybe? Finally?)

But what did you think?


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