Even though the ratings may be down dramatically on “American Idol” this season, we’re pleased to see that Fox still kept the hometown visits as a part of the budget. This is a way for viewers to get a better sense at where the contestants all come from, and the impact that their success on the show has on their community. For example, look at what Scotty McCreery did for Garner, North Carolina (a town he mentions often), and this year Angie Miller has helped put Beverly, Massachusetts on the map in the wake of the recent Boston Marathon attack.
We’re going to keep this article positive, mostly because we’re putting the focus on some of the performances that the three contestants all gave in their respective hometowns. In starting with Beverly, Angie took on her original “You Set Me Free” as a part of her concert. We surely imagine her singing this again if she makes it to the final two, as it was the high point of her entire season. (Source)
In keeping with the theme of contestants giving memorable performances, Candice Glover in Beaufort, South Carolina chose to take on “Love Song,” the hit from The Cure that was modified in part by Adele. The vocal is still crazy-good, even with the outdoor conditions and the acoustics being what they are. (Source)
Finally, Kree Harrison in the small town of Woodville, Texas chose to take on a variety of songs, including one of her favorites from earlier this season in “With a Little Help From My Friends.” Her concert may have been the most eclectic of the bunch, as she performed a variety of the different genres in which she sang on the show all with her signature twist. (Source)
If you want to see where we think these three singers stand leading up to Wednesday’s “American Idol” episode, just be sure to check out our contestant rankings over at the link here.