As any longtime “American Idol” fan knows, there are a number of components that make up the first night of the season finale: You have a new performance picked by creator Simon Fuller, a reprisal of something that was done earlier in the season, and also a coronation single that will hopefully be a runaway success in the vein of Phillip Phillips’ “Home” (sadly, there are no Olympics coming up to lend a helping hand).
Now, we at least know part of the equation for both Candice Glover and Kree Harrison. The following posts come in via Twitter, and for the time being, it’s fair to say that our reaction is mixed.
Kree – Her reprisal is “Up to the Mountain,” which is a great choice given that she killed with this song the very first time that she did it, just from the standpoint of creativity. Meanwhile, the choice from Fuller makes us want to barf: “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan. Is there a sale on licensing this song right now? It’s a super-depressing song that doesn’t make people want to vote, and we just heard Sarah Simmons do it on “The Voice.” As for her coronation single, the title is “All Cried Out.” Interesting.
Candice – As for Candice, “I (Who Have Nothing)” will be her repeat choice. It’s a smart one, but we still would have picked that sensational “Love Song” that was called one of the greatest performances in the history of the show. At least Fuller gave her a little bit better of a choice in Adele’s “Chasing Pavements,” which she should be able to do some pretty fantastic things with. As for the coronation song, there’s no word on the title as of this writing. Then again, it wouldn’t really matter, anyway, since nobody watching the show will have ever heard it.
Want to know where we think these contestants stand? All you have to do is check out some of our official rankings, which we have published over at the link here.