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Finalists Compete - Recap

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With Curtis Finch, JR. eliminated last week, it is down to 9 as Paul Jolley, Burnell Taylor, Devin Valez, Lazaro Arbos, Janelle Arthur, Candice Glover, Angie Miller, Amber Holcomb and Kree Harrison take to the stage tonight and sing. Ryan Seacrest comes out and says that tonight they are going to be taking on songs from the Beatles. He says that the Final is going to have Carly Rae Jepson sing her new single “Take A Picture”. The results for the Tour are in and Charlie Askew and Aubrey Cleland come to the stage. The winner of the AT&T Idol Tour Fan Save is Aubrey Cleland!

First up for the night is Kree Harrison. She says that she lost her mom and dad and was taken in by her grandparents. Kree is going to sing “With A Little Help From My Friends”. Jimmy says that she can even sing this with a cold and says that it is great. Je comes out and sings. Afterwards, Keith says that no matter what song she does, she is herself. He says that she is not going to have any issue tonight. Nicki says that the choices that she makes are always perfect. She says that she has become this superstar. Randy says that this was the bomb because it was a great way to start the show. He says that she looks like she is ready. Mariah says that she thought it was fantastic.

Burnell Taylor is next up. He says that he is close to his little sister and says that he is thankful for them. Burnell is going to sing “Let It Be”. He doesn’t know the song. Jimmy says that he has a unique tone, but he has to learn it. He comes out and sings. Afterwards, Nicki says that he caressed that song and says that the rifts that he does was like she was in church. It is amazing that he is keeping to who he is. Randy says that he didn’t know it, but he made it his own and made smart choices. Mariah says that she was really proud of him that he didn’t know the song, but made it his own. Keith says that he is the most instantly recognizable tone in the competition. He says that it was beautiful.

Amber Holcomb is next. She says that she was raised in a small town and says that she has a big family of 16. She is singing “She’s Leaving Home”. Jimmy says that she is not going anywhere because it was great and says that it is a winner. She comes out and sings. Afterwards, Randy says that he loves the story and says that it was unsure at the beginning, but she got her rhythm at the middle and ended it well. Mariah says that she didn’t know the song either. She says that it was fearless and fantastic. She says that she got there at the end. Keith says that is his favorite song of the Beatles and says that it is 46 years old. He says that she made it fresh. Nicki says that her vocal is unmatched, but says that she saw in her head that she wasn’t into the song. She says that the vocal was amazing.

Lazaro Arbos is up next. He says that his family is loud. He came to Cuba for a better life and his parents are excited for him. Lazaro is singing “In My Life”. Lazaro struggles with the rhythm of the song and Jimmy says that he needs to work on that. He comes out and sings. Afterwards, Mariah says that it is so difficult to sing a song from Lennon and says that it was brave. However, she felt that it was a little bit low for him. Keith says that the key of the song is important and says that when the key change happened, it was good. Nicki says that she feels like he is still not back to the Lazaro that she knows and says that something is bothering him. Randy says that was his worst performance ever and says that something has happened and is asking himself where the vocals went.

Candice Glover is next. She says that her family is everything to her. She is from a small town and this is great. She is going to sing “Come Together”. Jimmy says that she is having trouble relating to the lyric. She comes out and sings. Afterwards, Keith says that he loved seeing her in the whole new vibe and says that it was cool. He says that was absolutely killer. Nicki says that she loves her vocal, but sometimes she wants her to show the attitude in her face. Randy says that the voice is crazy and says that he was so happy to hear an up-tempo. Mariah says that it was like a prize fighter with her and says that she murdered the song. She says that it was great and she loved it.

Paul Jolley is up next. He says that he grew up in a trailer until they built their own home. He is going to sing “Eleanor Rigby”. Jimmy says that he doesn’t want to be over confident with the song. He comes out and sings. Afterwards, Nicki says that she likes the outfit, but didn’t like his performance. She says that it was bland and forgettable. Randy says that he was disconnected with the song. Mariah says that it was a great song choice. However, she says that he had to be able to give as much emotion when singing softly as he is loud. She says that the Country vibe is not for him though. Keith says that is his 2nd favorite song of the Beatles. He says that his voice is more Pop/Rock.

Angie Miller is up next. She says she lives in a small town and says that her family is hilarious. She is singing “Yesterday”. Jimmy tells her that she doesn’t want to oversing the song and sing from her heart. She comes out and sings. Afterwards, Randy says that she is one of her favorites because that was a stellar performance and he loves that she has more of the Rock to her and says that it is great. Mariah says that it was very respectful to the song and says that she showed her voice. Keith says that is his favorite Beatle songs and says that for him, watching it there were moments where she was thinking about it, but sees that she is in the song the entire time. Nicki says that it was unbelievablely amazing and says that she can do anything she wants and she is amazing.

Devin Valez is next. He says that he has a great family and says that he has to keep himself low and not think that he is too big. He is singing “The Long And Winding Road”. Jimmy says that he has to be careful with this song. He comes out and sings. Afterwards, Mariah says that it was so good and says that he hasn’t disappointed them. Keith says that is his favorite Beatles song. He says that he is missing the emotional connection to the song. Nicki says that she wants to thank the Pianist. She says that the performance was truthful. Randy says that Devin is back tonight because he has the swagger back. However, he doesn’t have to use the runs all the times.

Janelle Arthur is last up for the evening. She says that it feels so good to know that people are supporting her back home. She is singing “I Will”. Jimmy says that she needs to breathe correctly in this. She comes out and sings. Afterwards, Keith says that he loved that song choice and says that she knows who she is and says that it was really good. Nicki asks if they can renew their vows tonight and says that performance made her more obsessed with her with that song. She says that everything is so honest. Randy says that Janelle is back tonight and says that was one of the best of the night. Mariah says that she has been really listening and says that she is sweet and gorgeous. She says that it was a beautiful performance. That’s it for the performances!

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