‘American Idol’ Recap, Review: It’s a Motown Showdown for the Top 8

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This week on "American Idol," Smokey Robinson was in the house as the Top 8 contestants sang Motown -- although it could have just as well been a Stevie Wonder theme, and there was even potential for a Ted Nugent number, but no one dared. (In actuality, any artist that had a connection to Motor City counted, which explains the Madonna duet from two of the girls.)

In addition, a show-filling group performance had the boys teaming up for a forgettable (literally -- they forgot the words!) version of "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" that culminated with judge Nicki Minaj ordering them off of the stage: "Don't ever do that again. All three of you, go. Go! Get off the stage!" she screamed. She even compared the amateurish performance to (gulp) Hollywood Week! That is not a compliment.

Of course, maybe the boys should throw in the towel anyway, considering Nicki has already declared that none of them have a chance of winning the "Idol" title this season.

This week, the girls ruled with Candice Glover belting out "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" to mucho kudos, and Janelle Arthur grabbing her guitar for her a unique arrangement of The Supremes' "You Keep Me Hangin' On." (Janelle needs to keep hanging on to that guitar, because her pretty acoustic arrangements make her shine.)

Angie Miller has clearly shopped around for a new stylist. The 18-year-old sported Farrah Fawcett hair and a skintight blue dress as she sang "Shop Around," although Randy "didn't get it" and Nicki told her she didn't need to show her sexy side. Kree Harrison sang Aretha Franklin's "Don't Play That Song," while Amber Holcomb performed Stevie Wonder's "Lately" to a standing O. (Not a bad redemption for a girl who landed in the bottom three last week.)

Although he didn't impress in the boys' group performance, Lazaro Arbos sang Stevie's "For Once In My Life" and seemed to really be in his element. Nicki alternated between calling him Ricky Ricardo and Fonzie, while Randy Jackson told the former ice cream scooper, "I don't know if you completely redeemed yourself, but it was far better than last week."

Devin Velez sang "The Tracks Of My Tears" (Nicki compared him to a ripe banana, which conjures up flashbacks of Ellen DeGeneres's short-lived stint on this show), while Burnell Taylor took on "My Cherie Amour," complete with an all-white suit. Keith Urban told Taylor, "I love everything about your voice!"

Of course, it wouldn't be "Idol" without a wacky Nicki Minaj moment. This week she beckoned the legendary Smokey Robinson to be her sugar daddy. "That's a sexy piece of specimen!" she said, marveling over the 73-year-old's well-preserved looks. Meanwhile, Mariah Carey made sure to remind us that a legend was in the house, and by the way, did we know how many hits this guy has written? R-E-S-P-E-C-T was Mariah's M.O. for the night.

So who's going home after this Motor City madness? Find out Thursday, 3/28 when another one bites the dust.

"American Idol" Season 12 airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 PM ET on FOX.

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