'American Idol': Lazaro Arbos delivers possibly 'the worst performance' of the series, 'ever'

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And Candice Glover delivered one (maybe even two) of the absolute best!

Lazaro Arbos somehow landed in the Top 3 last week, but after two abysmal songburps from him tonight, can anyone vote for him with a straight face?

He’d miraculously memorized the words to the Carpenters’ “(They Long To Be) Close To You,” but enunciated horribly, sang off-pitch, and couldn’t keep up with key changes. Randy Jackson, surprisingly not won over by Lazaro’s extremely loud jacket, suggested this had been the worst performance on Idol ever.

Robbie Williams’ “Angels” was slightly better, but the judges strained to find something to say. Nicki Minaj refused to comment. Randy delivered this stunning bulletin from the Dept. of the Obvious: “It’s a girls’ race right now for me.” Even Mariah struggled to say something nice, ramble-wondering whether Lazaro’s second try was “more in the direction…of a performance…that would maybe be…preferable?”

Absurd! It’s just embarrassing at this point. Can Idol really be happy with this nonsense?

The Top 6 sang twice — something from the Bacharach/David catalog and a song they wish they’d written — on Wednesday’s performance show.

SONG LIST FOR APRIL 10, 2013

Bacharach/David

Angie Miller, “Anyone Who Had a Heart”
Amber Holcomb, “I Say A Little Prayer”
Lazaro Arbos, “(They Long to Be) Close To You”
Kree Harrison, “What the World Needs Now Is Love”
Janelle Arthur: “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”
Candice Glover, “Don’t Make Me Over”

Song I Wish I’d Written

Angie Miller, Kari Jobe’s “Love Came Down”
Amber Holcomb, Beyoncé’s “Love On Top”
Lazaro Arbos, Robbie Williams’ “Angels”
Kree Harrison, Kris Kristofferson’s “Help Me Make It Through The Night”
Janelle Arthur, Garth Brooks’ “The Dance”
Candice Glover, Adele’s version of The Cure’s “Love Song”

Try to forget about Lazaro for a moment — who did you love tonight?

All I have to say is DAMN, CANDICE!

But stay tuned for my full recap later on, of course. And discuss!

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