The competition is getting REAL intense on the final season of ‘American Idol’! On the Feb. 25 episode, the rest of the Top 10 was finally revealed, and the remaining singers gave epic performances to try and keep winning America over. But who will you be voting for?
Only ten contestants are left after the Feb. 25 episode of American Idol, and the race toward crowning one final champion is tighter than ever. Judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban and special guest, Kelly Clarkson, were blown away by all the performances, but it’s all in the American voters’ hands to decide who will move on. Get a full recap of everything that went down right here!
With Trent Harmon, Dalton Rapattoni, La’Porsha Renae and Olivia Rox all announced safe in the Feb. 24 episode, there were six spots to go — but ten singers left. Host Ryan Seacrest announced the remaining members of the Top 10 in no particular order: Tristan McIntosh, Sonika Vaid, Gianna Isabella, Mackenzie Bourg, Avalon Young and Lee Jean. Congratulations to all! Of course, that was just the beginning of these singers’ big night — they still had to perform for America’s votes in hopes of being called safe next week!
To help critique these amazing vocalists, a very pregnant Kelly sat on the other side of the judges table than she was on 15 years ago during Season 1 in the show. No better person to help out in this final season, right?! Kicking the night off was Olivia, and she stripped things down to sing a beautiful rendition of Katy Perry’s “Unconditionally.” Her voice just gets more and more breathtaking every week!
Next up was Gianna, who took a similar route to Olivia by starting soft and then really getting into the big notes when she performed “Listen” by Beyonce. Is that voice even real?! She was SO good. Unfortunately, the judges didn’t think it was her best performance (“It was a little shaky,” Jennifer noted), but we think America has enough faith to push Gianna through.
Lee was next to take the stage, and with nothing but his voice an acoustic guitar, he totally commanded the room with Bon Iver’s “Skinny.” The audience was clapping along with the beat the whole time, and the judges praised Lee for sticking to what he’s good at, but warned him that he might have to change things up to stand out in the future.
Singing next was Avalon, and her performance of “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes was something different and allowed her to show off her amazing tone. The judges weren’t overly impressed (except for Kelly, who loved it!), but the audience did not agree with the critique — clearly Avalon is a fan favorite!
Next up, Dalton sang an upbeat version of “Hey There Delilah” by the Plain White T’s, and it was SO refreshing! The crowd went nuts from the very beginning, and Dalton not only proved that he is a great singer, but made it clear he can transform just about any song into his own. We think Keith described it best: “It was like electric barnyard — VERY cool.” Totally!
Tristan performed country band Dan + Shay’s song “Nothin’ Like You” next, and she managed to bring some power to the normally soft-spoken song. The judges noted that the 15-year-old seemed a little uncomfortable during the performance, but were clearly beyond impressed that someone so young is able to do what she does. So are we!
Fan favorite Mackenzie took the stage next (how adorable is he!), and expertly played guitar while singing “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran. Mackenzie is always so calm, cool and collected, and even though he doesn’t have a powerhouse voice, his uniqueness and ability to never falter continues to be his strong point.
La’Porsha never disappoints when she performs, and tonight was no different. She toned things down a little this week for a rendition of Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” and her voice totally did all the talking. The judges couldn’t keep their eyes off her they were so captivated, and they even gave her the first standing ovation of the night — the crowd literally couldn’t stop clapping and cheering!
Singing next was Sonika and we absolutely loved her performance of “Bring Me To Life” by Evanescence. It’s not easy to keep such a high pitch for a whole song like Sonika did…it was totally impressive! And those big notes? I mean….they were out of this world! Definitely a standout.
Closing out the Top 10 performances was Trent, and what a way to finish things out that was! He absolutely killed it singing “Like I Can” by Sam Smith and had the crowd bopping and clapping along the whole time. Obviously, the judges loved it, and showered Trent with compliments. So great!
Of course, we couldn’t end the show without hearing Kelly sing! She proved why she’s the original American Idol by performing her emotional song “Piece By Piece,” and it was absolutely incredible. And can you believe she’s just seven weeks away from giving birth!?
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of the Top 10’s performances? Who are YOU going to be voting for to keep in the competition?! Only eight will go through next week, so get to voting!