Amber Holcomb – Vegas Singoff – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

So, where did little miss Amber Holcomb come from? Her performance of old standard “My Funny Valentine” by Rodgers and Hart was one of the top two performances of the night, in our opinion (along with Kree Harrison). We actually kind of wish she hadn’t R&B-slow-jammed the arrangement because it could’ve been an even bigger moment for her.

But still, it was incredible. Keith Urban praised, “Why do you make it so hard on everybody else? … the breath control, making it look so easy. So great to watch. Knocked it out of the park, baby.” and Nicki Minaj added, “That vocal was A+++. But, I’m wondering if that inner shine is going to shine through the TV … I just wish that it jumped out more. But the vocal is at the top of the class.”

Nicki’s not wrong. Amber is adorable, but her stage presence for hte audience at home could use a boost. She’s got time, though. What a great way to kick the season off for her.

What did you think, “Idol” fans?

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."