Okay, I, admittedly, haven't been a (loyal) American Idol viewer since the adroit Carrie Underwood went all the way during season four.
Candice ended the night belting out "Somewhere" from West Side Story, and her powerful vocals had Keith asking, "How do you that?" and Randy declaring it to be one of the best vocals in "Idol" history.
Nobody was eliminated last week, which meant all four girls got the chance to perform one more time. With another week gone by and all four contestants still in the running, the pressure was even higher to stand out.
The truth is we are forever looking at ourselves in comparison to those around us, creating our own internal A and B lists of who is successful in marriage, in career, financially, as parents, and then putting ourselves in one or the other category.
I realize Mr. Arbos needed to disclose his stutter since so many people do not identify with the speech impediment; however, the piece was orchestrated to pull mercilessly at your heartstrings. It was pity itself that stirred up controversy.
For the first time in the show's history, "American Idol's" Top 5 is all-female and this week, the powerhouse ladies were able to showcase their wide range of abilities. The night was packed with Mariah Carey, Beyonce, and Celine Dion, making it one of the most empowering and inspirational shows yet.
The true star of the night was Candice. She started off with "Don't Make Me Over," but it was her performance of The Cure's "Lovesong" that brought down the house and left the judges speechless so Mariah just threw some glitter at her.
It was "Rock week" at "American Idol," which meant a night of R&B and country singers attempting to pull off powerhouse songs from the likes of Queen and the Rolling Stones.
Everything is a cycle and this is GMA's time. Wait, did Swedish House Mafia just break up???
Angie decided to lighten things up with Smokey Robinson's "Shop Around." Keith felt that she was musically constrained by the song and Nicki aggressively told her, "I think you came out to try to show a different side of Angie that you didn't have to show us."
Candice sang the upbeat "Come Together" to a round of standing ovations from the audience. "Your voice is crazy!" Randy told her, expressing the overall sentiment that Candice may be the true powerhouse of the season.
Jon Cozart is part of second-screen viewing that my 19-year-old daughter loves. In fact, my daughter and her generation rarely watch conventional TV and get most of their content via a second screen -- YouTube, Google, Netflix and Hulu.
Candice's rendition of "I Who Have Nothing" was exactly what the judges and audience needed. After the standing ovations (except from Mariah, whose skirt was apparently too tight to stand), Nicki declared that no one should be allowed to ever sing the song again.
Call me a radical, but maybe a gay male judge is just what the show needs. In this edition of Weeklings!, I revisit all 12 seasons of Idol and discover what the show would've been like if an opinionated gay man criticized the competing singers.
For the last five seasons of "American Idol," a white guy who can play the guitar was crowned the winner of the competition. It seems like the show stacked the odds in favor of the women for Season 12. Good.
The Top 10 guys of "American Idol" gave it their all and it was ... alright. While a few performances brought the house down, most fell flat and left me (and the judges) wanting a bit more.