Wednesdayâ€™s episode of American Idol was all about The Motor City. The remaining eight contestants performed song selections by artists from Detroit.
Smokey Robinson was on deck this week as a guest mentor to the Top 8 and judges Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson, Keith Urban and Mariah Carey were thoroughly impressed with a few of our favorite contestants.
Candice Glover opened the night with â€œHeard It Through The Grapevineâ€ by Marvin Gaye. Her slowed down, bluesy version of the classic went off without a hitch. As usual, the judges were floored by her turn at the mic and she set the pace for a stellar show. It should go without saying that sheâ€™s safe this week.
The nightâ€™s standout performance comes from Amber Holcomb whose version of Stevie Wonderâ€™s â€œLatelyâ€ brought all four judges to their feet. â€œWhen God made those vocal chords he was showing off,â€ quips Nicki. Sheâ€™s right. The performance was flawless. Itâ€™s also the second time Miss Amber rocked a dress as hard as her vocal. Her all-white ensemble was quite the showstopper. The talented beauty has been feeling a bit beat up ever since she landed in the Bottom 3 unexpectedly. This performance is just what she needed to get her spark back.
Burnell Taylor also chose an all white ensemble and a Stevie song to go with it. His turn at â€œMy Cherie Amourâ€ is damn near perfect. The New Orleans native is so consistent; itâ€™s hard to imagine he wonâ€™t make it to the showâ€™s final weeks. â€œYes sir! You reminded us why we fell in love with that voice tonight!â€ noted Nicki. â€œItâ€™s very artsy to watch and hear you sing.â€ Although his all guys group number of The Four Topsâ€™ â€œI Canâ€™t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honeybun)â€ fell flat, he wonâ€™t be the fall guy for that disaster.
Hereâ€™s hoping America makes the right choice and keep these three in for the long haul.