Could a woman be ejected Thursday on "American Idol"?
Angie Miller, considered a front-runner, gave Wednesday's worst performance on an ill-advised rock version of "Shop Around." Viewers probably will save her, but her performances this week and last suggest she has lost her way.
"Idol" on Wednesday saluted the music of Detroit, the Motor City. One of the eight finalists will be gone in the results show that starts at 8 p.m. Thursday on Fox. That is, unless judges vote to use their lone save this season.
Judge Keith Urban will sing Thursday, the 450th "Idol" episode. "Idol" alum Katharine McPhee will perform with OneRepublic on "If I Lose Myself." "Idol" alum Colton Dixon will deliver "Love Has Come for Me."
But the main business will be the ejection. Here's how I rate them, worst to best:
8. Angie said she wanted to have fun, but judges gave her the harshest reviews. She deserved them.
7. Burnell Taylor, who has a fine voice, sounded stilted in his pronunciations on "My Cherie Amour."
6. Lazaro Arbos, who was terrible last week, regained his confidence on "For Once in My Life." "Fonzie, you gave it to me tonight," Nicki Minaj told him.
5. Devin Velez regained his confidence on "Tracks of My Tears." The best review came from Smokey Robinson, who wrote the lyrics. "You were awesome," he said. But will viewers agree?
4. Kree Harrison was livelier than usual in saluting Aretha Franklin with "Don't Play That Song." But Kree's solid vocal, which ended the show, wasn't her best performance. Is she dynamic enough to win?
3. Janelle Arthur was in top form playing the guitar while delivering a countrified "You Keep Me Hangin' On." Mariah Carey said Janelle was at her finest, and Randy Jackson called the performance "incredible."
2. Candice Glover opened the show by putting a bluesy, confident spin on "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." Keith Urban said it was her best performance, and Minaj ruled it was a great job. Candice is a dynamo.
1. Amber Holcomb tackled the night's most difficult song, Stevie Wonder's "Lately." The judges responded with a standing ovation, and Jackson said it was the night's best vocal. Amber placed in the bottom three last week, but the judges sent a message to viewers: Don't let that happen again.
What did you think? Who is going Thursday night?