American Idol 2013 results recap: Amber Holcomb eliminated May 2, episode showcases 'The Great Gatsby' soundtrack

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comMay 2, 2013 

Amber Holcomb was eliminated on the May 2 episode of "American Idol."

Kree Harrison, Angie Miller and Candice Glover remain in the competition. They will get this season's coveted hometown visits.

I correctly predicted Amber's elimination, which wasn't too surprising. She delivered solid vocals, but struggled with both her song choices and her connection to the audience (or lack thereof).

Discussion time: Did the right singer go home?

I've never been a huge Amber fan, but I think I would've preferred a Kree elimination this week. Sure, there's a certain disconnect surrounding Amber. But she's grown more throughout the competition. And despite her song choices, I think Amber could have more contemporary appeal than Kree.

Also on Thursday's results show, two performances showcased songs from "The Great Gatsby" soundtrack. The four finalists sang a jazzy rendition of "Crazy in Love" and performed "Bang Bang."

If you enjoyed those songs, don't forget NPR is streaming the "Gatsby" soundtrack right now. Click here to listen.

In non-"Gatsby" music, David Cook sang "Laying Me Low" and Harry Connick Jr. sang "Every Man Should Know."

Mentor Jimmy Iovine reacted to Wednesday's performances. Among his comments: Angie shouldn't have chosen "Diamonds" and her second performance wasn't special enough. Amber's cover of a Pink song sounded like karaoke, but her take on "My Funny Valentine" was great. Candice did "a magnificent job" on both songs, but it wasn't her best night ever. Kree hasn't lived up to her full potential in the last two weeks.

Want more "Idol" news? Listen to me talk about the show Fridays at 7:15 a.m. EST on 103.7 Lite FM. Click here to listen online. I'll also live-tweet Amber's conference call with reporters Friday afternoon. Follow me on Twitter: @ssorich

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