Randy Jackson, the last remaining original judge on American Idol, is leaving the show after this season, he tells E! News.
Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson
A huge shakeup may be in the works for the next season of American Idol.
It's all about the Top 3 on American Idol this week. OK, maybe not just the Top 3. As host Ryan Seacrest observed, "Somebody hasn't had many carbs this week; looking good, Mariah!"
Wednesday's bloated episode featured the finalists singing three songs each that were chosen for them: The first by mentor Jimmy Iovine, the second by the judges panel and the last by the Idol production team. Random. Also, we get to see the finalists' hometown visits, which were all very touching.
So how did they do? Let's break it down:
Candice Glover, Angie Miller and Kree Harrison
It's down to the final three on Season 12 of American Idol, and the competition is really anyone's to win. The last ladies standing — Candice Glover, Kree Harrison and Angie Miller — all have distinct personalities, fashion sense and vocal styles, so it's difficult, if not impossible, to cite a clear frontrunner. Here's our breakdown of the Top 3, including an analysis of their strengths and weaknesses, and our pick for what they should sing heading into the final weeks...
If anyone felt a sense of déjà vu on Wednesday's American Idol, you weren't alone. Like last week, it was the Top 4 girls performing. But the key difference? Someone's definitely going home this week, as host Ryan Seacrest repeatedly assured viewers throughout the broadcast.
With no more remaining saves, sort-of saves, or other shenanigans that the judges could pull out of their sleeves, the final push for Idol's 12th season began in earnest, with the four finalists each performing two songs, from the themes "Songs from 2013" and "Standards," after coaching from guest mentor Harry Connick, Jr. Here's a critique of the performances:
The success of American Idol's grand experiment — attempting to revive the judges' panel in the show's 12th season with the addition of Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban — is debatable at best, with the feud between Carey and Minaj creating more of an annoying distraction than entertaining television. But the show definitely deserves two thumbs up for hiring Urban. The country crooner is hands down our favorite judge on the panel — and it's not just because he's easy on the eyes and has an adorable Australian accent. (Though those certainly don't hurt.) Whether he's dancing in his chair during a song or complimenting a finalist on the technical merits of his or her performance, sharing a private chuckle with BFF Minaj or keeping his mouth shut when Minaj, Carey and Randy Jackson are all shouting over each other, Urban is our go-to guy for a calming presence during the craziness that is American Idol. Here are some of the other reasons we love him:
American Idol owes Candice Glover an apology.
The judges' critique of Candice's second performance Wednesday was hijacked when a shouting match erupted between the panelists and Jimmy Iovine over Amber Holcomb — whom some are calling this season's pre-ordained winner. As Candice stood by awkwardly, waiting to hear the judges' thoughts on her performance, host Ryan Seacrest brought Iovine out from backstage to explain his comments that the judges "missed the point" of Amber's take on "MacArthur Park."
Stephen Colbert, Alan Cumming
Our best moments of the week:
12. What's in a Name? Award: Is the world big enough for two famous Adam Scotts? After Adam Scott the golfer won the Masters, Adam Scott the actor was predictably inundated with jokes. And he's sick of it. "The jokes were really lame," the Parks and Recreation star vents on Conan. "'I can't believe anyone could mix up the two Adam Scotts. They're "Poehler" opposites.' 'Hey Adam, you know what's way below par? Your acting.' ... I mean this with nothing but love in my heart, but, please, can everybody shut the hell up?" Impressed with how Scott handled the situation, Conan presents Scott with....
And then there were four. For the first time this season, a female finalist was eliminated on American Idol Thursday night. Who was it?
It was Ladies' Night on American Idol Wednesday, with the Top 5 females each performing two songs — one from the year of their birth (get ready to feel old, Idol viewers) and one by a diva. The competition is now officially on, with none of those pesky guys hogging votes in what has been universally acknowledged as a girl's year. So who became the front-runner going into Thursday's results show? Here's a breakdown of the performances: