The final season of ‘American Idol’ has us at the edge of our seats as the contestants take the stage to perform by themselves. There’s more than one emotional breakdown, but it wouldn’t be a competition without the tears!
American Idol‘s last season is pulling out all the stops! In the Feb. 3 episode, Hollywood Week continues as 75 contestants perform solo in front of judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. See who gets to stay!
First up is John Wayne Schulz, who wore a lucky cowboy hat during his audition! However, he accidentally loses his hat before his performance, but he kills “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” by Keith Urban even without the hat. Love it!
MacKenzie Bourg is nervous as heck to perform an original song called “Roses” for the judges as he plays acoustic guitar, but he’s absolutely amazing (and super cute, we have to admit it). The song itself is beautiful, and definitely right up there with something written by Ed Sheeran or Sam Smith! “That’s your song?!” the judges ask, amazed. “It sounds like a lost Ed Sheeran track,” Harry says.
Shelbie Z‘s voice is as powerful and pretty as ever. “This is my dream, and I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure my dream comes true,” she says. Kory Wheeler does a stellar job as well. Then, Tristan McIntosh delivers a heartfelt cover of “What Hurts The Most” by Rascal Flatts, and she dedicates it to her mom, a servicewoman who’s often away overseas. She is basically the next Alicia Keys. Plus, Jeneve Rose Mitchell, the country girl favorite, does a pretty version of “Danny’s Song”.
Lee Jean literally has the voice of an angel. He does a fun, funky version of “Stiches” by Shawn Mendes, and has the audience clapping along by the end! Idol second timer Emily Brooke does great, but Harry thinks “she listened too much to her own voice in that performance”. Hollywood Week is certainly pushing its contestants to the limit, and understandably, there are tears as some contestants lose their voices from fatigue and illness.
Closing out the solo performances is Dalton Rapattoni (who you may remember as the guy who stunned with “Phantom of the Opera” during his unusual audition). “The bar is so much higher that it’s the last season…ever since we got here, there’ve been, like, no bad singers,” says Dalton. He slays “Hopelessly Devoted To You” from Grease — it’s a timely, rockstar performance that blows the audience away!
At last, it’s time for the judges to make the tough cuts. John Wayne Schulz is eliminated, unfortunately. There’s good news, though, as Jordan Sasser, Dalton Rapattoni, Michelle Marie, Shelbie Z and more fan favorites are going through — yay!
HollywoodLifers, were you happy with the judges’ decisions? Let us know!