The 12th season of "American Idol" is winding down, and the only thing fans know for sure is that a girl will win it. With the boys long gone, Amber Holcomb, Angie Miller, Kree Harrison and Candice Glover are the last contestants standing, and the competition is getting fierce for this foursome.
But Wednesday night's duets may have hurt two of these talented ladies.
Amid a bevy of free choice songs and not-so-one-hit wonders, the girls split up to perform two duets -- and the difference in chemistry was glaring.
Kree Harrison and Amber Holcomb teamed up for an uninspired (and surprisingly off-key) version of Adele "Rumor Has It." While the judges didn't totally hate it, Nicki Minaj said she wanted to see a more "diva-licious" duet, and she sternly warned her beloved "wife," Kreedom: "You have to add personality on top of the voice or that's where it's going to end."
Kree and Amber's duet, which seemed straight out of Hollywood Week, was overshadowed by the pairing of Angie Miller and Candice Glover. The second dueting duo channeled Rihanna and Mikky Ekko on the song "Stay," a rendition so spot on that Randy Jackson cheered, "That's the way you do a duet!"
Wednesday night's individual performances produced a mixed bag of results, with Kree getting the worst reviews of the night and Angie Miller earning Randy's trademark thumbs-up: "She's in it to win it!"
But the duets definitely rocked the boat, hurting Amber Holcomb (who's already visited the bottom two more times than she probably cares to remember), and definitely not helping Kree's now-shaky status.
Of course, if Amber were to go home next, the duet may not be the only thing to blame: She actually chose "MacArthur Park" for one of her solo songs, and in-house mentor Jimmy Iovine called her out for the cheesy song pick, saying, "I didn't buy that song when Richard Harris sang it. I didn't buy it when Donna Summer sang it. I didn't buy it when Amber sang it. It's corny and not even Amber can pull off corny."
And in addition to her dud of a duet, Kree didn't quite impress the judges with her performance of Susan Tedeschi's 1998 song "It Hurt So Bad." Nicki Minaj even gave the censors a workout when she blasted the bland performance. "That is NOT a top four-worthy performance," she screamed. "Everybody can blow smoke up your a -- but that wasn't it!"
Nicki predicted that Kree Harrison will land in the bottom this week, while Mariah Carey gave Amber Holcomb the "Hashtag Pow" treatment.
"American Idol" airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays on FOX.
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