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Finalists Compete - Recap

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With the elimination of Burnell Taylor, it is down to the Top 6: Angie Miller, Janelle Arthur, Lazaro Arbos, Candice Glover Amber Holcomb and Kree Harrison are still in it to win the prize. Judges Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson are there to offer their critique. Ryan Seacrest comes out and says that this week the contestants are going to sing Songs of the Burt Backarat and Hal David Catalog and Songs They Wish They Had Written.

Angie Miller is up first for the night. Her one thing that people might not know about her is that she has a YouTube account where she and her friend made embarrassing videos of them acting silly. She comes out and sings her first song. Afterwards, Keith says that she has a great voice, but not just rely on the voice alone and says that she needed passion in the song. Nicki says that she agrees that her voice is amazing, but she is not seeing the passion. Randy says that he agrees a little bit and says that she has to have the emotion with the words. Mariah says she needs to make her pronunciation less perfect.

Amber Holcomb is next up. Her one thing that people might not know about her is that she eats frozen cooked shrimp out of the bag. She comes out and sings her first song. Afterwards, Nicki says that she is bowing down for her right now and says that she is unbelievable. She says that was the perfect song. Randy says that the competition just started and says that she is trying to win it. Mariah says that it was genius and says that it was great to keep to who she is. Keith says that he loves that she never over-performs and says that like a summer breeze came in and says that she feels the song.

Lazaro Arbos is up next. His one thing that people might not know about him is that he loves to ride 4-wheelers and likes going hunting. He comes out and sings his song. Afterwards, Randy says that he is speechless and says that was horrible. He says that he doesn’t know what is going on. Mariah says that there is no denying that he is courageous, but if he stays in the previous key when the key changed, it is over. She says that the song was not the song to choose. Keith says that they honor his story, but says that the key was way too low for him. Nicki says that they need to move this along.

Kree Harrison is next. Her one thing that people might not know about her is that she loves rodeos. She comes out and sings her first song. Afterwards, Mariah says that it is always amazing to her because she knows who she is and says that the arrangement was perfect for her voice. She says that it was a smart choice to start it off achepella. Keith says that he feels that she has real genuine passion for people when she sings. Nicki says that her voice is so great and says that if she is not performing at the CMT Awards next year, then everyone is crazy. Randy says that he loved that she came after the last performer.

Janelle Arthur is up next. Her one thing that people might not know about her is that when she was in the 8th grade, she played a boy in a play. She comes out and sings her song. Afterwards, Keith says that was good and says that they always see a different side to her. Nicki says that she feels that there is no doubt that she will be a commercial success, but that performance was boring. Randy says that she needs to find spots in the song where she can still be her. Mariah says that it was simple and she liked it. However, she was pushing it a little much.

Candice Glover is the last up for the first round. Her one thing that people might not know about her is that she speaks a different dialect called “Gigi”. She comes out and sings her song. Afterwards, she gets a standing ovation. Nicki says that didn’t sound old fashioned. She says that she was born to do this and says that it was exquisite. Randy says that this was the best vocal of the night and says that her best performance ever. Mariah says that she loved that she kept the classic current and says that it was beautiful. Keith says that is in his Top 3 tonight.

The next round begins and Angie Miller is up first. Angie says that “Love Came Down” by Kari Jobe is the song she wishes she would have written. She says that this song helped her maintain focus. She comes out and sings. Afterwards, she gets a standing ovation. Randy says that she tapped into emotions and says that he loved it. Mariah says that piano and her, she never should move because it was perfect. Keith says that she shines when she is on the piano and she will learn to sing with just as much passion away from the piano. Nicki says that the piano is where she needs to be because she has something that none of the other girls have in the competition and says that she could win it with that.

Next up is Amber Holcomb. Amber says that “Love On Top” by Beyonce is the song that she wishes she would have written. She says that she loves the song so much. She comes out and sings. Afterwards, Mariah says that America loves her and says that it was good to see her have fun. It wasn’t her favorite vocal, but it was fun. Keith says that it was a great song choice and says that it felt natural. Nicki says that she says that everything was great and says that it was great. Randy says that this is a girl who is in it to win it.

Up next is Lazaro Arbos. He says that “Angels” by Robbie Williams is the song he wishes he would have written. He comes out and sings. Afterwards, Keith says that he loves that song and says that there are elements and it is clear which are in it as a talent contest and who are artists. Nicki agrees with Keith. Randy says that it was slightly better. Mariah says that he redeemed himself a little bit, but the girls are better.

Next up is Kree Harrison. She says that she wishes she would have written “Help Me Make It Through The Night” by Kris Kristofferson. A lot of her influences have sung this song and she has to make the audience believe every word. She comes out and sings. Afterwards, Nicki says that she is head of the class and says that she believes the lyrics so much, that she can make her fall in love with any song. Randy says that she is a natural singer and says that she sells the story and it is a perfect match. Mariah says that is how the song should be sung and says that it was great. Keith says that she will become a member in the Grand ‘Ol Opery and says that is why they love Country Music.

Up next is Janelle Arthur. She says that “The Dance” by Garth Brooks that she wishes she would have written. She says that the song cleared her mind when she was younger. She comes out and sings. Afterwards, Randy says that he believed her story and says that it was great. Mariah says that it was true and she says that she never heard the song before. She says that she felt her in the beginning. Keith says that she playing the guitar would have been better. Honesty is the best thing to do. Nicki says that this performance was better than the first, but not enough to get a leg up over the other girls.

Last up for the night is Candice Glover. She says that she wishes that she would have written “Love Song” by The Cure. She says that it would be a great song to fall in love with. She comes out and sings. Afterwards, she gets a standing ovation. Keith bows to her and Mariah walks up and tosses glitter on her. Randy says that was the best performance in 12 years. That’s it for the performances!