I haven’t watched American Idol since Fantasia stirred the rafters with her soulful voice. This latest development has me considering tuning in and casting votes. Candice Glover and Amber Holcomb, two African-American women songstresses, have made it to the top five. This is the first time two black women are in the top five since Jordin Sparks won in 2007.
On Wednesday’s two-hour episode Holcomb sang Mariah Carey’s 1994 version of “Without You,” and Barbra Streisand’s “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life.” The judges rained praise on the songstress, comparing her to Whitney Houston.
“It was simply perfection,” Nicki Minaj said. “I really, really hope that America gets to see inside of this beautiful human being that stands before me because I don’t think I get the credit that you deserve. You’re always giving me young Whitney Houston. I love you.”
Randy Jackson agreed, adding “You sang the I don’t-know-what-out of [What Are You Doing for the Rest of Your Life],” Randy Jackson said. “I hope that America gets it right and sees … this girl does not belong at the bottom. You’re like this young Rihanna with a giant voice.”
Glover has been generating her own praise, leading Jackson to call her performance “one of the greatest in the 12 years of American Idol.” She belted sing Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up” and Mariah Carey’s and Whitney Houston’s duet “When You Believe” this week.
Carey, who has been vocal in missing Houston, told Glover, “I don’t want to break down and cry [but] you did [Whitney] justice.”
Fantasia, American Idol alum, also returned to the stage Wednesday. She ripped the roof off with “Lose to Win,” the first single from her album “Side Effects of You.”
Fingers crossed for Candice Glover and Amber Holcomb to be the next American Idol.