Wednesday night’s episode of American Idol pushed a few contestants out of their comfort zones with the rock week theme forbidding them from hitting their usual sweet spots.
Burnell Taylor tried his best to pull off Bon Jovi‘s “You Give Love a Bad Name.” I liked his rendition because his voice was spot on, as usual. He did get a bit behind the music at points and seemed overpowered by the band’s big sound.
The judges didn’t like it either. They all advised him to stay true to himself, despite the genre he’s forced to tackle. He may be in trouble with such stiff competition coming from the girls. He redeemed himself during his duet with Candice Glover when they gave an amazing performance of “The Letter.”
Candice kills it again this week with a cover of Rolling Stones‘ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” Although she was suffering from a broken toe, she toughed it out and rocked the house.
Her voice was one of the only ones that stood up against the night’s booming band and guest guitarist, Orianthi. The only other person to truly stand out against the aggressive band was Amber Holcomb.
She chose “What About Love” by Heart. While she cheated a little by sneaking in a ballad dressed as a rock song, she delivered again. Her sister was in the audience fresh from the military base she’s stationed at in Georgia and Amber was noticeably nervous about attempting the unfamiliar genre. Her fears were futile. She hit it out of the park. Judge, Nicki Minaj, said it was “the best performance of the night.”
After the show, she shyly answered questions about a secret Burnell Taylor revealed during the pre-recorded package on the show. He’s crushing on her, big time. She smiled sweetly and said, “I guess the feeling is mutual.” Could there be an Idol love match brewing?