2 Tennesseans Make Top 5 In American Idol

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - by Wendy King

Tennesseans Janelle Arthur and Kree Harrison made American Idol history on Thursday night, joining South Carolina’s Candice Glover, Massachusetts’  Angie Miller and Texan Amber Holcomb as the first all-female top five in the show’s 12-year history.

Idol’s Fab Five have been the viewer favorites since January’s season premiere and one of them will be showered with confetti at the Nokia Theatre next month as the first woman to win Idol since Jordin Sparks’ victory in 2007. Lazaro Arbos became the final male vocalist to be eliminated from the competition after his critically-panned performances of “Close to You” and “Angels”.

Ms. Harrison, the Texas native who now resides in Nashville, and Ms. Glover, whose rendition of “Lovesong” resulted in a standing ovation from the judges and the audience on Wednesday night, received the most votes out of the over 34 million cast. Idol judge Randy Jackson called Ms. Glover’s cover of The Cure song as one of the greatest in the program’s history.   

Ms. Harrison sang the Sammi Smith classic “Help Me Make It Through the Night” and “What the World Needs Now”.   

Keith Urban, who is in his first season as an Idol judge, predicted that Ms. Harrison would become a member of the Grand Ole Opry once her Idol run concludes.

Meanwhile, Ms. Arthur, the former Dollywood employee from Oliver Springs, continued to sail through with her covers of “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” and “The Dance”. Idol judge Mariah Carey shocked more than a few viewers when she admitted that she had never heard of the Garth Brooks signature piece until Ms. Arthur sang it.

The competition continues next Wednesday on Fox 61 starting at 8 p.m. and the first lady will be eliminated on Thursday night.


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