It’s Sia week on ‘American Idol’! Each contestant took on a cover from the Australian songstress in the March 24 episode and it was totally awesome. With one sent home in the nerve-racking show, only 4 remained to fight for America’s votes and give 2 performances each. Read our full recap!
American Idol‘s final season just got better! In the March 24 episode, the Top 5 contestants performed covers of Sia‘s songs for judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr., and Sia made a few special appearances as a performer and mentor! Find out how it all went down here.
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Mackenzie Bourg, Trent Harmon, Dalton Rapattoni, La’Porsha Renae and Sonika Vaid are the five remaining singers left, and tonight, they’ll be putting on two performances, one being a rock song, with advice from Steven Van Zandt, and the other, of course, a song Sia has written.
Host Ryan Seacrest announces La’Porsha as the first safe, and even though rock isn’t her genre, she still gives an incredible rendition of Bon Jovi’s “Dead Or Alive.” Is there anything this girl can’t do?! “You brought out these blues undertones and the soul and the smooth and the swagger,” Keith gushed. “I thought it was really, really good.” Us, too!
Next up and also moving onto the Top 4 is Mackenzie, who’s singing “I Want You To Want Me.” Like La’Porsha, classic rock isn’t in Mackenzie’s “wheelhouse,” but with some great advice from Steven, he gives the song his own unique twist and it’s amazing. Unfortunately, the judges weren’t totally feeling his arrangement, but the audience completely disagreed…and since it’s all down to fan votes, now, that’s what really matters!
With it being rock night, there was no better opportunity to bring back one of the most popular rock singers ever on the show — Season 7 winner, David Cook! He sings his song “Heartbeat,” and it brings us right back to 2008, when his season aired, all over again.
Next, Trent is announced safe to be moving onto the Top 4, and Steven helps him make a ZZ Top song, “Sharp Dressed Man,” his own, while still sticking true to the original version. The performance has J.Lo and Keith on their feet and the audience going wild! “I thought that was brilliant,” Harry added. “That was so, so smart. You satisfied so many things.”
Ryan announces that Dalton is safe, which sadly means Sonika’s journey on the show is over. We’ll definitely miss her! The show must go on, though, and it’s Dalton’s turn to sing. He initially wants to sing “Seven Nation Army,” but when it’s not working out, he changes to his back-up, “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys. It’s a good thing, too, because the judges and crowd totally love it!
Katharine McPhee returns to the Idol stage next ten years after she was named runner-up on Season 5 of the show. Those who watched the show back then will never forget her epic performance of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” so there was no better song for her to sing during her homecoming. SOOOOO GOOD!
It’s Sia time — and, yes, she even wears her signature wig while mentoring the contestants! La’Porsha sang “Diamonds,” which Sia wrote, earlier in the season, but this time she’s going for “Elastic Heart,” which the Aussie also sings. Obviously, it’s amazing…we don’t expect anything else from La’Porsha at this point.
Mackenzie sings “Titanium” for his Sia performance, and she totally pushes him to go for one particular high note he’s a little bit anxious about. Again, the judges aren’t super into it. “It was nice,” Harry noted, but pointed out that Mackenzie worried too much about the one note instead of focusing on the song. Oh well — the audience loved it!
Up next, Trent sings what’s arguably Sia’s most well-known song, “Chandelier.” She helps him change the arrangement around a little, and it totally pays off. “You can almost do anything, it’s just your choice,” Jennifer tells Trent. “The voice is consistent, though, which I love. You can kind of sing anything!”
Finally, it’s time for Dalton to close out the night. He chooses to perform “Birds Set Free,” and it’s quite a way to finish the night. Despite fearing that he might be going home earlier in the episode, Dalton proves he deserves to be here and definitely catches our attention. He’s in tears by the end of the song, and the judges are totally moved. “You touch all our hearts every time you get up there, but especially tonight,” Jennifer praises him. “It was just really beautiful to watch that.” If you haven’t gotten enough Idol from tonight, listen to more amazing voices from the show here on Amazon.
HollywoodLifers, who’s your favorite artist left in the Top 4? Who do you think will win this season?