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May 15, 2013

Kree, Candice bring soul to 'Idol' finale

SOUTHEAST TEXAS —

Woodville native and Southeast Texas sweetheart Kree Harrison may already be a local hero, the 22-year-old battled to be America's Idol against fellow Southerner Candice Glover from South Carolina Wednesday night.
 
The finale was predicted to be a battle of the genres - R&B vs. Country - but both ladies brought the soul and as Judge Nicki Minaj said they "really pulled from the gut."
 
Harrison started out the night with a rousing rendition of Sarah McLachlan's "Angel" and it's doubtful there were any dry seats in the Nokia Theatre arena as she sang her country-infused take on the song. She donned a Grecian-style cream colored gown with her long brown hair styled like a princess and minimal jewelry.
 
She may have been dressed and made up by L.A. stylists, but there was a glimmer of Southeast Texas style and charm in Harrison's face and stature as she soulfully traveled through the popular 90s song.
 
R&B/pop contender Glover took on Adele's "Chasing Pavements," where she was able to reach down in the depths of her vocal range. 
 
Though their musical stylings are vastly different, their first performances of the evening were full of emotion.
 
Judge Randy Jackson said that the two songs Harrison and Glover sang were "a bit sleepy," so for their second time at bat each singer brought something different.
 
The emotional and moody "All Cried Out" could be Harrison's first single if she wins the competition Thursday night. The classic-sounding Country song was understated and subtle which all the judges commented on.
 
Though female Country singers have won "Idol" before, none are quite like Harrison. Whereas she is soulful and serious, Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood is a twangy ball of "I Am Woman - Hear Me Roar."

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