They sure do say "love" a lot on "American Idol," and I don't love that gushing.
I also don't love forcing contestants to sing song styles they’ll never perform. Rock night was a bad night for the last two men left.
Burnell Taylor was in the wrong territory on "You Give Love a Bad Name." Keith Urban said he had never looked more uncomfortable, and Nicki Minaj agreed but said he was still lovable. What's love got to do with it? He's the most likely to go Thursday night.
Kree Harrison sounded fine doing Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart," but she remains a subdued performer. She had an excuse: She had a pinched nerve. Even so, Minaj said the performance was magnificent, and Mariah Carey said it was Kree’s best.
Janelle Arthur put a confident country stamp on Billy Joel's "You May Be Right." Her growl remains strong. Urban praised the way she worked the stage. Minaj praised the performance as "exceptional," which was generous.
Lazaro Arbos tackled Queen's "We Are the Champions" and was thrown for a loss. He had some very pitchy moments. Still, Randy Jackson said he did a good job, and Carey agreed. They were generous.
Despite a broken toe, Candice Glover confidently rolled through the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." Urban said she was fantastic, and Jackson praised her attitude.
Amber Holcomb looked like Beyonce-in-training on Heart's "What About Love." She delivered the song earnestly but with ease. Three judges gave her a standing ovation, and the other, Carey, blew kisses. Carey praised Amber's star quality, and Minaj said it was her favorite performance of the night.
Angie Miller sat at the piano to start "Bring Me to Life," then roared her way through the song. It was her best work in weeks. Minaj called it a perfect choice for her.
The results show at 8 p.m. Thursday will feature former champ Carrie Underwood.