OFFSTAGE: Girls and Goose Bumps on American Idol

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This is starting to get awkward. Whenever Keith Urban gets goose bumps on American Idol, I get goose bumps. And it happened again during girl’s week (Feb. 13-14) in Hollywood. Especially when Kree Harrison starting singing “Stars” by Grace Potter . By the middle of the song, Urban was literally rubbing the goose bumps on his arms. “Can I just say quickly, I’ve fought for you a few times, and I know why,” he said. “‘Cause your voice is one of my favorites in the entire competition. You have something amazing in your voice that, literally, my arms get covered in chills when you hit certain notes.” Harrison also did an outstanding job the night before when her group, the Dolly Chicks, tackled the Dixie Chicks“Sin Wagon.” Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition, indeed.

More chills happened when Angela Miller sat at the piano and sang a song of her own called “Set Me Free.” While original songs are usually Idol suicide, this one just worked. Urban sat there stunned, saying things like “Good Lord” and “Oh, my goodness” and “Wow.” The judges all gave Miller a standing ovation for the song inspired by the 81st psalm in the Book of Psalms. “If that was recorded right there, I would play that in my car. That is just a beautiful song,” Urban said. “I know so many people at home right now are like, ‘Where do I get that song?’”

Other ladies Urban and I both loved? Janelle Arthur — who as you may recall had the genius idea to fuse Urban’s “Where the Blacktop Ends” and “Walk in the Country” in her audition — did Randy Travis“I Told You So.” Goose bumps. And Melinda Ademi did Jessie J’s “Price Tag.” Again, goose bumps, even though it wasn’t the slightest bit country. “You have such a good light about you, and I’ve seen it consistently through all your performances,” Urban told her. “I think you’ve got a good shot.”

Oh, and quirky Kez Ban was sent home.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.