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American Idol is down to the top four, and I could make a case for any one of them winning this season. I have to confess, that I had to dvr the show last night, my horseshoe league started last night, more about that in my next post. I got home around 10:30 and watched the entire show in just under an hour. Here's my recap and predictions.The top 4 each sang two songs and one duet. The first song is the contestant's choice, song choice will play a big part in the show tonight, the second song will be a 'one hit wonder' song.

1. Amber Holcomb - 'Power Of Love' Amber tackles another power ballad, this time it's a Celine Dion song, and all I can say is WOW! Amazing tone, range, clarity. Amber's confidence is on the rise and she has star written all over her. A

2. Candice Glover - 'Find Your Love' by Drake. I will confess I didn't know the original version of this song. She had a cool vibe and tone, but the choice of song didn't let her soar vocally. B

3. Kree Harrison - 'It Hurts So Bad'. When I heard the title, I thought it was going to be Hurts So Good by John Cougar Mellencamp, nope, it was a hardcore blues song that I never heard of. I would say Kree has been my favorite since the beginning of the season, but this song choice was not good. B-

4. Angie Miller- 'Who You Are' by Jessie J. Again, another song I didn't know, showing my age! She's behind the piano again and pours gallons of passion into the performance. Angie hit some great notes. Angie reminds me of a Christian Taylor Swift. A


Amber & Kree singing Adele's 'Rumor Has It': They sound great, Amber has awesome stage presence and Kree has a terrific tone. They don't quite click on stage together. B

Candice & Angie "Stay" by Rihanna featuring Mikka Ekko They put a lot into it, sometimes I thought it was a little over-the-top and borderline yelling. The judges loved it. B

Round Two:

1. Amber- 'MacArthur Park' It's more the Donna Summer version than the Richard Harris version. The song is sung the heck out of, but it's MacArthur Park, the cake in the rain song! A-

2. Candice- 'Emotion' One hit wonder from Samantha Sang and then a mega-hit for the Bee Gee's. Back-to-back disco, maybe a theme for next year? Candice sings it great, but again, the song didn't let Candice put her chops into some huge notes. Well done, but not a 'moment' song. B+

3. Kree- 'Whiter Shade Of Pale'. Kree was powerful, soulful and did better this round. Song choice wasn't the best. She should have pick a country ballad and had her and one guitarist on stage and gave a stripped down, unplugged performance. A-

4. Angie- 'Cry Me A River' a 1955 hit for Julie London This showed a different side of Angie. It's a throwback, classic song and Angie gave a great vocal performance. It was piercing, clear and classy. This was Angie's night. She might be the favorite to win.A

Here's how I rank them last night:

1. Angie


3. Kree

4. Candice

I'll predict Kree and Candice as the bottom two, with Candice, in an upset, leaving...but wait... Ryan teased of a surprise twist tonight on the results show. My guess, a free-pass week, since the judges didn't use their save, no one will leave tonight.

Who did you like last night?