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.
On Friday night at the Staples Center, even with the controversy of the overpriced tickets, I was treated to two hours and twenty minutes of solid rock and roll and another memory that will remain in my heart and soul forever.
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.
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'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.
The entire night built up to Zoanette Johnson's performance, and her powerful rendition of "Circle of Life" (complete with a lion's mane) did not disappoint. All of the judges gave her a standing ovation (minus Mariah, but she's above that).
It's the boys' turn to impress on "American Idol," and with only five spots available, all 10 performers have to give it their all. Nicki is on their side and, by the end of the night, had declared her undying love for at least half of them.
It's "Solo Day" at "American Idol," which means those lucky contestants who made it through the group auditions still have one more hurdle to go. With the judges harsher than ever (here's lookin' at you, Nicki), tensions are running high and no one is safe.
The evening ended with a surprise appearance from former judge Steven Tyler dressed in full drag. Tyler claimed to just be stopping in to say hi, but let's be real, he obviously came by to keep the divas of the season in check.
In the final and most emotional audition of the night, Matheus Fernandes discussed his struggle with bullying due to his height. He performed "A Change is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke and his voice and his story touched the judges.