American Idol Season 12 Review “Finalists Compete”

On tonight’s "American Idol," the focus was on music from the Motor City, aka Motown, and as I predicted, it was a much better fit for this group of contestants than last week’s pseudo-disastrous Beatles show. I mean, don’t get me wrong, some of them did fine, notably Janelle, but overall, it was pretty clear most of them were way out of their respective wheelhouses. That was decidedly not the case here, as most everyone acquitted themselves nicely this week. Not hurting matters was the presence of Motown legend Smokey Robinson, who actually gave the performers some decent advice along the way as he mentored each one by one, beginning with Candice Glover. Of course, if any contestant was in no need of coaching, it’s her, but when she announced she was taking on the much-covered "I Heard it Through the Grapevine," I’ll admit I was a little concerned. READ MORE...

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