Amber Holcomb On American Idol 2013: Top 8 ‘Lately’ Performance – VIDEO

Amber Holcomb - American Idol 2013

American Idol 2013 viewers may have just found a new favorite following Amber Holcomb’s incredible Top 8 performance during last night’s competition round.

Holcomb struggled in past weeks to connect with the audience and even stay out of the bottom 3 hit her stride during Wednesday’s Motown show. Performing Stevie Wonder’s hit “Lately” Amber drew praise from the judges with a standing ovation.

Mariah Carey told Amber, “it was impeccable. So good. I loved it.” Hard to get much better than that! Keith continued the praise train telling Amber how well she did in not only picking the song but also feeling the song to help make that connection to the American Idol audience.

As for our own resident judge, Branden, he suspected ulterior motives from the judges as they worked to keep her out of the bottom 3 to save those spots for the boys.

What did you think? Was Amber the best? If so, then vote for her in this week’s poll!