Mind-blowing ‘Dance’ puts Janelle in top 5

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By The Staff

Oliver Springs’ Janelle Arthur is now in the top 5 in this season’s “American Idol.”

The country crooner joins four other female singers in FOX’s reality television talent show.

She got there despite some disheartening reviews from the judges on her performances of “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” and Garth Brooks’ “The Dance.”

“I feel like I’m just doing the best job that I can,” Arthur said behind the curtains.

Judge Keith Urban said he feels like he sees a different side of the southern beauty each week.

“I try to not be a one trick pony,” Arthur said.

Her version of “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” was performed during the portion of the show paying homage to songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

In the portion of the show in which singers picked the songs they wished they’d written, Arthur recalled that “The Dance” has been a favorite since childhood.

“That song just kind of blew my mind,” she recounted. “I knew I’d want to sing it someday — and here I am.”

Judge Randy Jackson loved Arthur’s fondness for the tune.

“I think you did a good job. I don’t think this was your best performance ever, but I believed your story. I believe you loved the song since you were a little girl,” Jackson said.

Judge Mariah Carey said she was singing from her heart.

“I always love your effervescence as it comes through,” Carey said about Arthur’s performance of “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again.”

Arthur, in the bottom two a couple of weeks ago, was saved from that fate in the most recent competition.

The lone remaining male singer, Lazaro Arbos, was sent home.

“American Idol” performances air each Wednesday when viewers can vote immediately after the show. Voting results are announced on Thursday night.