‘American Idol’ Season 12: Top 4 is a Snore

Slow Song Picks Dominate the Top 4's Repeat Week

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‘American Idol’ Season 12: Top 4 is a Snore

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(Harry Connick Jr.)

After a not-so-shocking twist to save the unnamed ousted contestant last week, it was a redo of the Top 4 this week on "American Idol," with a theme that further punctuated why an all-girls season is so darn boring.

With all due respect to Angie Miller, Amber Holcomb, Candice Glover and Kree Harrison -- four girls who have amazing voices-- the ballads this season are getting way out of hand.

While Wednesday night's Now and Then theme had some fun moments (guest mentor Harry Connick, Jr. so needs to be hired as an "Idol" judge!) the song picks were just… meh.

For the "Then" part of the theme, the songs were American Songbook Standards so ballads were to be expected. The girls belted out everything from "My Funny Valentine" to a highly-debated version of "Stormy Weather."

But for the "Now" theme -- where the contestants could pick any song from 2013 -- the girls stayed with the slower-paced songs, like Pink's "Give Me a Reason (Amber Holcomb) and Rihanna's "Diamonds" (Angie Miller). The most bizarre pick of the night: Candice Glover sang Bruno Mars' "When I Was Your Man" and she didn't change the gender in the song.

While the eight songs performed on Wednesday night were generally snooze-worthy, another tiring aspect of this season is the tension between judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey. There's nothing cute about the way Nicki sits with her back turned to Mariah when she speaks, or the way Mariah rolls her eyes when Nicki segues into her fake British accent.

The bitchiness factor went up a notch on Wednesday night, when the dueling divas disagreed on whether or not Angie Miller sounds like a Disney princess. When Mariah said no she doesn't, Nicki told Mariah she needed to clean out her ears -- and she gave her a Q-tip!

Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has already blamed the judges' lack of chemistry for this season's declining ratings, but could part of it have to do with the all-female finalists and the slow stream of songs? Give us a Rock Week already! (Oh that's right, they did -- with a no-ballads rule -- and one contestant still sang a ballad!)

Since there's nothing they can do about that at this point, it's time to inject some energy into these themes. How about an Uptempo Week and no ballads for the rest of the season? There's only two weeks until the winner is crowned, so it shouldn't be that hard!

"American Idol" airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays on FOX.

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