Holy tension! On this week’s ‘American Idol,’ our top 4 (!) was revealed, and one supremely talented contestant was sent packing in a very surprising elimination.
Can you believe we are just three weeks away from the season finale of American Idol? Well, believe it, because on the April 29 episode, Jax, Clark Beckham, Nick Fradiani, Tyanna Jones and Rayvon Owen went head to head– but only four will live to sing another day. Who went home? Who’s in it to win it? Check out a full recap!
‘American Idol’: Top 5 Perform
First to make it through is, unsurprisingly, Clark. For his first song he sings Stevie Wonder‘s “Living for the City.” At this point it feels redundant to say Clark sounds incredible and looks so comfortable, but he does and he does. I tell the truth people.
Next up, also unsurprisingly, is Jax. She sing Alicia Keys‘ “Empire State of Mind Part II.” Ugh, it’s so great. She’s at the piano and her pride, as a New York girl, just shines. Like Clark, it seems trite to discuss how great Jax is, but holy moly she is.
Next, Nick is safe. He sings Matchbox Twenty‘s “Bright Lights” and sounds smoooooth. It’s a little boring for sure, but Nick definitely has some sort of future in music, that’s clear. He’s just at ease when performing and that cannot be said of most competitors this season.
Next, a very special treat! A performance by judge Harry Connick Jr., seated at the piano singing his soothing, blues tunes. Ugh, never forget why this guy is behind the table and not singing in front of it.
A Shocking Elimination
Okay, back to those vying talents. Rayvon and Tyanna are this week’s bottom two. But unlike previous weeks, we don’t wait to see which singer will be eliminated. Leaving us tonight is… Tyanna. Wow. I am truly surprised. Yet again, Rayvon lives to fight another day. As her swan song, she sings Beyonce’s “Who Run the World,” and it is such an ideal way to go out. Keep doing you, girl.
So next, Rayvon sings next, taking on Lady Antebellum‘s “Need You Now.” I have to say, no one’s song choices have impressed me more than Rayvon’s. And his durability in this competition, never wavering despite his continued weeks in the bottom two, is just awesome and admirable. And also, his voice sounds like buttah tonight.
Our next sweet treat? Martina McBride taking on the classic “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Again, take note kiddies. That’s a performance.
For the next round of performances, Clark sings Josh Turner‘s “Your Man.” So chill. I just wanna lie on a beach with a beverage in my hand and be serenaded by Clark. Is that too much to ask? He has truly grown so much in this competition and I can’t wait to see what he does the rest of the season and beyond.
For Jax’s second song, she sings Christina Perri‘s “Human.” It’s a haunting performance and her voice sounds stellar. The smoke is a bit excessive but, like, it’s the third to last week of American Idol. Let the girl have her dramatic effects, damn it.
Rayvon’s next song is “Believer” by, yup, Justin Bieber. Again, Rayvon’s song choices just knock it out of the park, and this is why he’s lived to fight another day after competitor after competitor has gone home instead of him. Could Rayvon end up sneaking into the top 2? Stranger things have happened!
Nick Shines Bright
For the last performance of the night, Nick sings “What Hurts the Most” by Rascal Flatts. This is right up Nick’s alley. The song falls perfectly into his sweet spot and, again, whether or not Nick wins this competition (I mean, he’s not), he has a place in the music industry.
And that’s the whole shebang! What do you think of the top 4? Are you as surprised as I am to see Tyanna go home?
— Casey Mink