For the first round of performances last night, Jimmy picked a song for each contestant to sing. Kree performed "Perfect" by P!nk, Candice sang U2's "One," and Angie took the stage with a rendition of "Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word" by Elton John.
"I picked these three songs to challenge them, and obviously they did," Jimmy explained at the end of the round.
"Kree was very good. She did a good job interpreting the lyrics, not as good as I wanted her to. Angie did a really stellar job -- should've played the piano, didn't. I think that was a mistake, but emotionally, I think she got it. And Candice... She did a great job, missed a couple of moments to me. So I have to give that round to Angie."
Candice sang "Next To Me" by Emile Sande, Angie performed "Try" by P!nk, and Kree sang "Here Comes Goodbye" by Rascal Flatts.
"You have no idea how difficult it is to sing all choked up. And if those girls could watch those [hometown] packages and not be choked up, they're beyond mean. The judges did an incredible job in picking songs for Angie and Kree. They were neck and neck in battling that out," Jimmy noted.
"Candice has a voice that a lot of people can't sing songs like Candice can sing. She should've been given a song that would be very difficult for anyone else to sing. The Emile Sande song is a great song and it's a cool song. It's a little too subtle for what Candice is capable of. So I have to give that round to Kree."
Round Three was "Idol Production's Picks." Angie was given "Maybe" by Emile Sande to sing. Kree performed "Better Dig Two" by The Band Perry, and Candice belted out "Somewhere" from the musical West Side Story.
Following the final round of performances, it was obvious the judges and Jimmy were blown away by Candice's talent.
"This is what's going to happen. If you want to vote for Candice, dial the number on your screen. If you don't want to vote for Candice, call your doctor. You probably don't have a pulse," Keith said.
"Four words -- see ya next week," Nicki noted.
"She's had one of the best vocals in Idol history. Guess what? She's got another one! Oh my God!... You are such a pro. It was so incredible. This is like a singing lesson. Oh my God, I'm so proud of you. Congratulations," Randy explained.
"You've shown everybody you can sing any type of song any day of the week... A+ amazing," Mariah said.
Jimmy then added his two cents.
"Well, I think that all three girls did an incredible job tonight. You guys are very brave, and Kree, it was just a great effort," Jimmy explained.
"But anyone who can take 'Somewhere,' a song that's engrained in everyone's head -- from the movie to the play to every high school musical across the country -- and add your own soul to it and feeling to it and owning it like that, Candice, you didn't win the round with that song. You won the night!"
Thursday night's live one-hour results show will feature the elimination of one of the Top 3 finalists. American Idol's twelfth-season finale will air next week and either Angie, Candice or Kree will be crowned champion.
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