Candice Glover and Kree Harrison will compete for the title of "American Idol" during next week's finale, as Angie Miller was sent home on Thursday's (May 9) "Idol" results episode.
Miller, the spunky 18-year-old from Beverly, Massachusetts, was voted off the show following her performance on Wednesday's episode. She sang three songs — Elton John's "Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word," Pink's "Try" and Emeli Sande's "Maybe" — and received strong marks for all three from the judges. But she was criticized for not performing "Sorry" at the piano, which was considered by the panel to be her strong suit. Mentor Jimmy Iovine, who chose the song for her, said, "That was so set up to give her a moment. She chose not to play the piano; to me, that was a big mistake. Although it was great, it could have been 'That Moment.' "
Glover was the first one given the news that she'd be in the final. When Harrison was told she made it over Miller, a look of shock came over her face, as well as the faces of several of the judges.
Miller, heavily choked up by tears, sang Colton Dixon's "Never Gone" as her goodbye song.
Glover and Harrison will battle it out next Wednesday, with a winner to be crowned on Thursday's finale. Iovine was so confident Glover would be headed to the finals that he said of the 23-year-old, "if she goes home, I'm going with her."
The news that Randy Jackson is leaving the show, which broke just a few hours before showtime, was briefly addressed in the episode's opening. Host Ryan Seacrest, teasing the action to come, said, "A little later on, we will be revealing who is leaving our show," and gestured toward Jackson, who shrugged and laughed uncomfortably. "Maybe a heads-up?" Seacrest ribbed the Dawg.
Also on the show, Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina returned to do her new song "Barefoot and Buckwild," and Alicia Keys performed her new single "Tears Always Win." Mariah Carey also unveiled the music video for her new duet with Miguel, "#Beautiful."
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