'American Idol' interview: The Top 4 talk about their big save and what's coming next
We talked to all four of the singers -- Candice Glover, Amber Holcomb, Angie Miller and Kree Harrison -- about the big surprise and what this means for them.
Did you hear any rumors today about what would happen tonight?
Angie Miller: We didn't hear anything but we all guessed it.
Amber Holcomb: We all really, really wanted it to happen.
Candice Glover: We all get inside our minds and we think, "Oh my god, why is she looking at me like that?! Does she feel bad for me? Am I going home?" Every Thursday is like that.
Angie: Like right before they said the top 2/bottom 2, Nigel [Lythgoe] came up to me and Kree and was like "So the band knows your save song, right?"
Candice: He didn't come up to me and Amber and I thought, "Oh, he is trying to throw me off?" He didn't even come over to us.
Kree Harrison: I was practicing my farewell song.
Candice: Yeah. We all were.
Kree: I was singing it out loud!
Were you excited when Drake came out tonight?
Candice: I could not believe that happened. I think I was too strung out to even cry. I didn't even know what was going on when they were like, "Oh, he couldn't make it." And I thought, "Oh all right. He sent a message." And when I heard everybody scream I was like, "Oh okay!"
It was like Paula Abdul coming out last week!
Candice: Yeah, they did the same thing! All day I was thinking, "They aren't going to do the same thing." I was thinking about it thought because Nicki tweeted a picture with him, and I was like "She's trying to tease me." So I thought something was going to happen but I didn't know what.
People were screaming before he even came out ...
Amber: Look, you know what? That thing sounded too close. It didn't sound like a recording. You could tell if he was on the phone or something.
Candice: I didn't even think about that!
It makes sense that Candice was so excited, but what about the rest of you?
Angie: You need to understand her love for Drake. We understand.
Amber: Yeah. We talk about it. We were like, "Oh here he comes!"
Angie: Honestly, we weren't cheering because Drake was there. We were cheering because we were like, "Yeah Candice!"
Candice: Yeah, I looked over and y'all were like "Yeah girl!" I was like "Oh my God! What do I do?!"
What did Drake say?
Candice: He just thanked me for doing his song, and he said I was doing a good job and to stay true to who I am and he really loves me and he's going to watch for me and he said I could sing with him on tour one day. I was like, "Oh okay. Let's go!"
What strategy do you have going in to next week?
Amber: Song choice is ...
Candice: Yeah, I know that now.
When do you pick your songs for next week?
Angie: We already have them picked out.
So you don't change them after you learn the results of the previous week?
Angie: No. We just finalized them today.
Candice: And then if something doesn't work out like you thought then you can [change it].
Does having this and next week's votes count make it more or less stressful?
Amber: That makes it more on me because I was still in the bottom.
Candice: Yeah, I was in the bottom too so it couldn't have been that much votes! [laughs]
Amber: And now I have to kill, kill, kill ... Oh that was funny. I just processed what you said!
How many times will you practice your songs for next week?
Candice: A million.
Angie: Yeah, a lot.
How will you celebrate your week with no eliminations?
Angie: Throughout the week we just have so much fun together.
Candice: We are always together. Each day is a celebration.
Kree: How are we going to celebrate?
Candice: Kree, I wish you could cook!
Kree: I wish I could cook too.
Candice: Kree loves to cook but she's never got the chance to cook for us.
Kree: There's no kitchen! That's okay. Mamma will order food.