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Kree Harrison & Janelle Arthur Put Country Into Motown Week on ‘American Idol’ – Top 8 Recap [VIDEOS]

The ‘American Idol‘ Top 8 took on the Motor City with help from mentor and Motown legend Smokey Robinson. Kree Harrison and Janelle Arthur put their country spin on old classics and sang a Madonna song together.

Janelle Arthur

Janelle Arthur took the Supreme’s ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’ and slowed it down.  It was an arrangement she put on the song at the age of 14.  It was so different it had Keith Urban appreciating the lyrics of the song in a new light.


Janelle Arthur ‘You Keep Me Hanging On’

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Kree Harrison

Kree Harrison closed the show by channeling her inner Aretha.  She sang the heck out of ‘Don’t Play That Song,’ a song I hadn’t heard, but it didn’t matter.  Kree will be around awhile and may even make the finals.


Kree Harrison ‘Don’t Play That Song’

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Kree & Janelle

The two country girls teamed up for a Madonna song.  Strange choice for 2 country gals.  Did no country star come out of Detroit?  Regardless, the girls did a great job with ‘Like a Prayer,’ although Kree did a bit better job on the song than Janelle.

Kree Harrison & Janelle Arthur ‘Like a Prayer’

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Candice Glover

Candice Glover kicked of Motown week with ‘I Heard it Through the Grapevine;’ a song that has been done by a number of stars.  But no one has give a performance quite like Candice.  It should have her sailing through to next week.

Candice Glover ‘I Heard it Through the Grapevine’

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Amber Holcomb

Amber Holcomb went with Stevie Wonder’s ‘Lately’ and received a standing ovation from all four judges for her performance. I’d never heard the song before, and maybe I’m missing something.  Amber is good but I didn’t think it was standing ovation worthy.

Amber Holcomb ‘Lately’

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Burnell Taylor

Burnell Taylor is the only chance the guys have of winning this season.  He had the judges singing his praises for his rendition of ‘My Cherie Amour.’  Fans should vote him through to next week as well.  Burnell will need to step things up if he wants to take on the girls, who seem to be dominating the competition this year.

Burnell Taylor ‘My Cherie Amour’

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Idol favorite Angie Miller failed to impress with the Miracles’ ‘Shop Around.’  At times, see was even a little pitchy, which is unusual for Angie.  Her popularity with the viewers should save her, despite a disappointing performance.

Devin Velez and Lazro Arbos could be the ones in trouble this week.  Although Lazro and Devin both did better this week than last, they paled in comparison to everyone else.  Plus their performance with Burnell Taylor of ‘I Can’t Help Myself’ was a train wreck. It was so bad, Nicki Minaj felt like she was back at Hollywood week.

Watch all the performances from Motown week. Who do you think will go home tonight?  Tune in to Fox tonight at 8 to see who is sent packing after Keith Urban performs.

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