American Idol: Amber Holcomb Performs “She’s Leaving Home”

Amber Holcomb - American Idol Season 12 contestant

Amber Holcomb has one of the biggest voices on American Idol this season. When I heard it was John Lennon and Paul McCartney week, I’ll admit I was worried for her. These songs have simple melodies that were wrote for male voices.. male pop voices. However, Amber appropriately chose “She’s Leaving Home” and left a big dent on the competition.

Though this isn’t as popular as other songs chosen tonight, Amber made this song her own. Amber easily could have oversang this song, but mostly stuck with the melody and put power behind just the right parts. People will talk about her performance tomorrow. My only critique is that she needs to start working on connecting with her songs. It felt like she had to act out the song in order to really sell the message behind it.

Listen again: Amber Holcomb blasts out Kelly Clarkson’s A Moment Like This

The judges loved her performance tonight.

  • Randy Jackson: It started a little slow and unsure for me, but by the time you hit the second chorus and hit the power notes.. there was my Amber there!
  • Mariah Carey: If there were places where it seemed detached, you got there.
  • Keith Urban: That is my absolute favorite Beatles song of all time.. You came out and made it sound as fresh as it was written this week. I thought it was beautiful.
  • Nicki Minaj: Your vocal is a match. You know that. I definitely saw that you were in your brain “why am I up here doing this song?”.. Don’t show that.

Did you vote for Amber Holcomb this week?

by Melissa Warner on March 21st, 2013

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2 thoughts on “American Idol: Amber Holcomb Performs “She’s Leaving Home”

  1. I despise American Idol’s insistence on a Beatles week anyway, and this proves why. Amber tried to do something different with this song, but she wasn’t strong vocally, and she messed with the melody to the point that fans of the show won’t have enjoyed it.

    I get that neither Burnell or Amber knew the songs – The Beatles are classic, but they’re not speaking to this generation. I’m personally not a fan. The difference is, Burnell played it safe while Amber took a risk. We’ll find out on results night whose strategy worked!

  2. Gerri McIntosh says:

    AMBER HOLCOMB’S BEATLES PERFORMANCE WAS BRILLIANT! I GET THE IDEA THE JUDGES ARE HOLDING OFF ON HER. WE PUBLIC JUST LOVED!!!! THE WAY SHE DID THAT SONG AND NONE OF US AGREED WITH THE JUDGES BLAH, BLAH, BLAH. WHAT’S UP? SHE IS OUR IDOL!

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