I'm recapping tonight slightly differently.
The Top 2, Song 1: Simon Fuller's Choice
Kree Harrison, "Angel" by Sarah McLachlan
Candice Glover, "Chasing Pavements" by Candice Glover
I'll give this round to Candice. Both song selections were pretty decent, all things considered, but the arrangement of Kree's really hurt her. Not to say that the arrangement of "Angel" was bad... quite the opposite, really. The problem was that it didn't allow for Kree to have that special moment to stick in your head. "Chasing Pavements" had moments for Candice, and as always, she nailed them. Both performances were very strong, but I'll give the edge to Candice just because she was more memorable.
Song 2: The Potential Winning Singles
Kree, "All Cried Out"
Candice, "I Am Beautiful"
After last year's delightful "Home", we return to underwhelming, sappy, generic winning singles. Oh well, at least they aren't about climbing mountains or magic rainbows or something random. Once again, Candice's song allowed her to shine a bit more, perhaps because there was more connection there for her. Not sure. Both girls sounded absolutely fantastic, however. I would give the edge to Candice, but not a major one. I would probably buy Kree's first. How's that for indecision?
Song 3: Finalist's Favorite Performance
Kree, "Up to the Mountain" by Patty Griffin (from the Vegas round)
Candice, "I (Who Have Nothing)" by Ben E. King (from Top 10 week)
What a way to end the season. Hot damn. Kree's song was new to me (I started watching after Vegas), and she completely sang her face off. Her runs were spot-on and completely real (I have written down "buttery"), and she had her MOMENT. By far Kree's best in weeks. Candice, on the other hand, reprised the song that made me realize she was the future champ. I can't say that I liked this as much as I did the first time she did it, I certainly cannot deny that she once again slayed it. It's shades of Adam Lambert's "Mad World"... perhaps the unpredictable nature of the first performance gave it the edge for me. I would give this round to Kree, but again, a very narrow edge.
Great finale. Sometimes finales can be duds, but this one was great. Both finalists sang their faces off, raising the bar each time. Great stuff. Great end to what I'm going to call a solid season. I know I'm in the minority there. But whatever. Can't wait until tour!
I've tried to base my votes this season on the actual performances. For the most part. I know I've failed, but whatever. This week, I'm voting for who I want to win... which doesn't exactly match up with how I evaluated the night. Based on tonight, I'd probably go the reverse, but I'm not.
Kree - 30
Candice - 20
I'm going to guess it's the difference in the music styles... and Kree is right up my alley.
I will say, however, that Candice should be the winner. She absolutely slayed this season, with the domination not really seen since Adam Lambert (I would say). And yes, I know he wasn't named the winner. But he should have been (coming from a big Kris Allen fan).