Girl power is back, and Oliver Springs singer Janelle Arthur is one of the women in charge as she advanced another week on “American Idol” Thursday night.
Arthur made it into the Top 5 along with all four other women contenders from the Top 10. The last man standing, Lazaro Arbos of Naples, Fla., was ousted from the competition after finishing last in fan voting and failing to win a “save” from the judges at the end of Thursday’s show.
Arthur appeared to be in a precarious position when the show began. The judges haven’t been squarely in her corner lately, and the show’s fans gave her the second fewest votes last week.
Thursday’s “Idol” began with a flashback to Wednesday’s show. Judge Nicki Minaj was shown giving a dismissive evaluation to Arthur, who then walked off stage and dejectedly told the camera, “I feel like I’m just doing the best job I can.”
The show’s mentor (and music producer) Jimmy Iovine said on Thursday night’s show that Arthur has fallen off in the past couple of weeks and she has been putting less effort into reinterpreting songs. “That’s not going to work (against the competition),” he said. “She has to do songs in her style.”
Still, when the six competitors were broken off into pairs, Arthur and Angie Miller were revealed to have finished as the middle two vote getters of the 34 million votes cast: So Arthur finished no worse than fourth. After being deemed safe, Arthur and Miller walked off the stage and Arthur exhaled expressively in an apparent huge sigh of relief.
Front-runners Candice Glover and Kree Harrison were the top two, and Amber Holcomb finished fifth ahead of Arbos.
This is the first time in “Idol” history that the top five contestants have all been women. In fact, men have won the show for five consecutive seasons.
“Idol” returns next Wednesday on FOX.
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