I thought Paul & Jenelle were hideous. For me the problem with Angie is that she sounded so insincere - it was like she practiced looking sad in front of a mirror - the whole thing was staged & fakey. Paul has the same problem - he doesn't engage me at all. I don't think Mariah was dissing country, I think she was saying it's not him, that to her he has a poppy style. But I disagree - he has a good voice but I think he's been OTT so long he doesn't know how to tone it down.
Amber's performance was a little uneven but her tone is so beautiful. I liked Candice a lot too - I thought the falsetto riff was unnecessary but the rest of it was brilliant. Kree was perfection & I thought Devin was too. Burnell sounded good but his lack of familiarity with the song meant that his inflection was kind of weird. It was really off-putting to me.
They would have been kinder to cut Lazaro before top 20 so he could have come back in the next year or two. He wasn't ready....but at least he'll get to go on tour & that will help him a lot. IMO Paul deserves to go 1st, then Jenelle, then Lazaro. I say Jenelle before Lazaro because I think her talent is very ordinary & limited - I've heard plenty of people around here who could sing circles around her. I don't know how she made top 20. I do think Lazaro has a really good voice & could have a Michael Buble kind of career.