We’re down to the Top 24 on the final season of ‘American Idol’, and it’s starting to get hot in that theater! Tonight, the contestants sing solo for the judges, and we’re treated to one incredible performance after another.
It’s time for solo performances on American Idol and we’re loving it! In the Feb. 10 episode, the Top 24 strut their musical stuff, and the talent overfloweth. It’s never looked harder for judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. to pick the nation’s last Idol! See who killed it tonight, and who didn’t live up to the competition.
We’re finally down to the Top 24, and we can really get to know the contestants! Plus, the best part: it’s time for solo performances in front of the judges and an intimate crowd.
Mackenzie Bourg does a beautiful cover of “Say Something” by Great Big World and I’ll say it again: he’s completely adorable (and sounds like he could be a lost member of the band he chose to cover). JLo loves how natural his performance is, and Harry compliments Mackenzie on how he maintained the integrity of the song! Then Jeneve Rose plays the harp standing up and gives Jen “goosies” with Sarah McLachlan‘s “Angel”. Did I mention her mad harp skillz?
We learn that Sonika Vaid collects sheet music even though she doesn’t use it — she plays by ear! Sonika, stunning in an embroidered gown, belts out “Safe & Sound” by Taylor Swift and just kills it. “That’s one of the more emotional performances I’ve seen,” Harry admits. “It’s very powerful stuff.” Keith began making notes on the performance as Sonika started, but stopped when he heard her singing because she was so good! Sonika could TOTALLY be the next Idol.
Gianna Isabella is a self-proclaimed bookworm. She does a hypnotizing rendition of the classic “I Put A Spell On You” by Nina Simone and the crowd goes wild the entire time. The judges like it, but Harry has some advice: “Challenge yourself to find as much meat in there as you can.” Next, Emily Brooke sings a strong cover of Cassadee Pope‘s “I Am Invincible”, but it’s a little low for her range, and JLo tells her so. “You have to sell those lyrics and make us feel what you’re feeling…maybe this was an off night for you,” Harry adds. Her pitch was a little off, so we’ll see if she makes it to the next round.
“Skater Chick” Avalon Young is a tomboy who feels most confident on the stage. She picks “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber for her song, and she does an awesome job while looking cute in a short-sleeved sweatshirt. “You seem to be the most in tune with who you are in the moment,” Harry says, pleased. “You had the audience in the palm of your hand the second you opened your mouth,” JLo says, but warns her not to get self-conscious. Good advice!
Jordan Sasser takes on Celine Dion‘s “All By Myself” for his showcase. “I’m the biggest turtle lover on the planet,” he reveals during his intro. “I have turtle statues from all over the world!” He croons into the mike, looking dapper in a black leather jacket and showing off his equally smooth voice and extreme range. “You have a great gift,” Keith starts, “But it was missing a bit of heart.” Harry also thinks it was theatrical, and tells Jordan he doesn’t “need all that” — he just needs to share his voice.
Thomas Stringfellow is fluent in pig latin, but more importantly, he moves the audience with Radiohead‘s “Creep”. He does an acoustic cover that turns the song’s tone from depressing to sweet and hopeful, and the crowd loves it! “I love what you do, and you play with your voice in a way I haven’t heard before,” JLo tells him. “I thought that was tremendous!” Harry agrees. “It’s really compelling,” Keith adds, impressed.
Closing the show is La’Porsha Renae, who’s obsessed with film scores because she loves that they make her life feel like a movie when she listens to them. She puts on her dancing shoes for “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner and owns the entire room as she shakes and shimmies in a sexy black fringed dress. For once, Harry has nothing to say: “I would feel foolish to critique that in any shape or form!” JLo adds that she dreams about voices like La’Porsha’s — amazing.
HollywoodLifers, who do you think should be cut tomorrow night? Let us know!