‘American Idol’ Recap: Nicki Minaj Calls Lazaro Arbos 'Crack Juice'
American Idol last night featured the final seven contestants singing rock songs that spanned the decades.
Amber Holcomb performed a rousing rendition of “What About Love.” Despite Amber being nervous about singing the rock vocals, she received unanimous praise from the judges. "Love, love, love this performance," gushed Randy Jackson. Nicki Minaj told her, "I think this has to be my favorite of the night so far," which is saying something as Amber performed second to last.
Kree Harrison ably took hold of Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart.” Despite suffering from the extreme discomfort of a pinched nerve, the Idol wannabe gave an energetic performance.
Janelle Arthur once again managed to “countrify” a song outside of the genre to make it her own. This time she did it with Billy Joel’s “You May Be Right.” Her wardrobe also got the attention of the judges – from her bedazzled country boots to her fringed pink vest. She was also praised for her relatability, with Minaj stating, “Girls will love you; you feel like every girl’s best friend.” Shockingly, Mariah Carey voiced her agreement.
Candice Glover’s take on “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones received praise from Jackson and Keith Urban, but left Minaj bored. However, all were in agreement that her vocal abilities were unmatched.
Underdog Lazaro Arbos, whose performances the last few weeks have been less than inspired, finally seemed to hit the right key with Queen’s anthem “We Are the Champions.” “Dude, you did a good job,” Jackson admitted. “I gotta give you props.” Minaj called the performance “crack juice,” consequently causing the phrase to become a trending topic on Twitter.
Burnell Taylor, in the first performance of the night, bit off more than he could chew with Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name.” Burnell was notably out of his R&B element with the hard-hitting rock song. He was criticized for song choice and for not making the song his own.
Angie Miller gave the final performance of the night, and offered the evening’s only “modern” rock song with Evanescence’s “Bring Me to Life.” After opening the song sitting at a piano, Miller took to the platform and delivered a strong crowd-pleasing performance.
There were also a few group performances on the night. Burnell, who struggled with his solo, shined with his duet of “The Letter” with Glover. Janelle, Kree and Amber teamed up for Billy Joel’s “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” inspiring all of the judges except for Minaj, who found it cheesy.
American Idol will return tonight with guest performances by Carrie Underwood and Casey James, while another Idol-hopeful will sent home.
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