Tears! Suspense! Literal cheers! These are just some of the things I experienced during the top four performance night on ‘American Idol’ as the contestants traveled home for the traditional hometown visits. Check out a full recap!
We are just one week away from the American Idol finale! That means, on the May 6 episode, it was time for the top four to take their trips to their hometowns. The visits were emotional, beautiful, and obviously had us sobbing. And along with all that, we still had to eliminate a contestant! Check out who went home and who pulled ahead in the final episode before the finale!
‘American Idol’ Recap: Who’s Going Home?
Rayvon Owen goes first. He sings “Want to Want Me” by Jason Derulo. Eh, gotta say, it’s underwhelming. He can’t show off his vocals and what he is showing off isn’t too great.
Clark Beckham sings next, and is assigned “Beautiful Day” by U2. Oof. This might be one of Clark’s rougher performances. It doesn’t help to be compared to Bono, but yeah, definitely not his best.
Nick Fradiani takes the stage next, singing Bruce Springstein‘s “Because the Night.” Three notes in, and I love it already. It works to his advantage that this is one of the best songs ever, and I am feeling it. Certainly the best performance of the night so far (though it’s still young).
Next up, the only remaining girl, Jax. Not gonna lie, my girl power senses are pretty much banking on Jax’s presence in the finale. Will she deliver? She’s assigned The Who‘s “My Generation” and takes to the stage like a bat outta hell and I love it. I’m definitely having more fun watching her than I’ve had with anyone else so far.
Next up, we start hometown visits! First, we go with Nick to Guilliford, Connecticut. I’ll be honest, these things always get to me. Yeah I’m sobbing a minute in. There are babies and signs and hugs, okay? For Nick’s next song he sing “Back Home” by Andy Grammer (how fitting). Woah– I love this one too! I’m getting the feeling, watching this performance, that Nick knows how lucky he is to have made it this far, and whatever happens, happens.
Next stop is White House, Tennessee with Clark. I’m still crying from Nick’s visit so let’s just keep the tears coming, I guess. The Mayor greets Clark, he signs autographs for little girls, he does a weather forecast. It’s too much. For his performance he sings Otis Redding‘s “Sitting On the Dock of the Bay.” This is so much better than his last performance. He’s back at the piano showcasing his vocals and letting that jazzy swagger out.
Our teflon contestant Rayvon’s home trip is next. His experience is just as touching. His mother is by his side the whole time, as well as his adorable nephew, so yeah, children. I’m done. Rayvon even returns to his childhood home. Say what you will about Idol but the fact that it affords every day people these opportunities is still incredible. He sings Steve Wonder‘s “As.” This is definitely way more up his alley. No frills, just a strong, smooth-as-butter vocal performance.
Next up is Jax’s hometown visit, and we head back to New Jersey. Her heart to heart conversation with her father basically wrecks me, as I am a female who also has a dad. Oh and her brother’s beaming pride is just beautiful. For her song, she sings “My Immortal” by Evanecence. She places herself at the piano, which is my favorite Jax variation. It’s absolutely stunning. Dude, this is Jax’s competition to lose.
Clark sings his final song next, singing the interesting song choice “You’ve Earned It” by The Weekend. I’ll admit, I didn’t expect to hear The Weekend on this show. It’s pretty cool, though. Again, the vocals aren’t necessarily standing out, but it’s artistry, and at this point in the competition that’s essential.
Rayvon’s up next with Joe Crocker‘s “You Are So Beautiful.” It’s absolutely lovely, albeit very boring. There’s no way Rayvon isn’t going home tonight right? At this point, who knows, really, but I’m ready for his exit. Sorry Rayvon.
Next, Jax sings Paramore‘s “Misery Business.” Talk about a difficult feat. Oh. It’s good. It’s a perfect combination of Jax’s feistiness combined with her more passive side. As I said, it’s Jax’s world and the other three dudes are just living in it. (For the record, the judges didn’t love it. They are wrong).
Nick gives the final performance of the night, with Edwin McCain‘s “I’ll Be.” It’s pretty awesoe, right in his wheel house. Good choice on the judges’ part. It doesn’t emotionally slay me like his first two performances, but it’s moving none the less. Could a Jax and Nick finale be in the works?
Now, that moment we’ve all been dreading: the elimination. Who leaves us tonight? Drum roll please…
What do you think of your top three? Are you sad to see Rayvon go?
— Casey Mink