updated 04/11/2013 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/10/2013 AT 10:45 PM ET
With Sir Anthony Hopkins in the audience, American Idol’s six remaining contestants took the stage to perform two songs – one from the catalogue of legendary songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David and another one “they wish they had written.”
The best performance of the night – and according to Randy Jackson, “one of the greatest performances in the history … of American Idol” – came at the very end of the two-hour show.
Candice Glover, who first earned a standing ovation for her soulful take on “Don’t Make Me Over,” sang “Lovesong” by The Cure. The crowd exploded in a raucous uproar, Keith Urban literally bowed down in front of her and Mariah Carey walked up on stage and showered Candice in glitter. The enthusiastic response brought Candice to tears. Watch her performance below.
But back at the beginning … Angie Miller kicked things off with the ballad “Anyone Who Had a Heart.” Although she did her best to sing it with attitude, the judges just weren’t feeling it.
“You can make it look too easy and feel too easy and I’m missing the humanity in there,” Keith said. Nicki Minaj agreed, calling the performance “old-fashioned.” Mariah wondered if maybe Miller’s attempt to be perfect in her lyric pronunciation was holding her back.
For her second performance, Miller chose “Love Came Down” by Kari Jobe and sang it while playing the piano. The result? A standing ovation.