It’s really getting down to the wire on ‘American Idol’! We’re just days away from the huge finale, but until then, eliminations continue as one contestant is sent packing tonight. So which of our Top 4 went home?
American Idol‘s last season is almost over, and it’s an understatement to say that we’re going to miss it! In the March 31 episode, the Top 4 contestants perform for judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr., but sadly, one singer won’t make it to the finale. Find out who’s proceeding to the Top 3!
The March 31 episode had three battle rounds. The first round? Hometown dedications. To kick off the show, we went home to Louisiana with Mackenzie Bourg. It was so adorable as he went to visit his grandmother, Nonna, with a huge crowd outside the house.
Another touching moment came when he visited a pediatric wing of his local hospital. He came down with a serious infection and was in heart failure as a kid but survived and found music as a result. The hometown visits always make me teary!
Mackenzie sang an acoustic version of “Hallelujah” while playing the guitar. It was really beautiful.
“That was such a great song for you. That was superb,” Keith said. Jennifer said it was a really strong performance. Harry said it was similar to one of his very first performances (in a good way) and commended his growth.
Next, Dalton Rapattoni traveled home to Dallas, Texas. He also went straight to his grandma — but it’s because she owns a hair salon and he needed a new ‘do! Ha! Then he visited the school of rock where he teaches vocals to young kids. Dalton was overwhelmed with emotion when he realized how many people are in love with him now. “It was the best day of my life,” he said.
He sang “Calling You” by Blue October. Jen said she felt a difference in his performance because he finally realized “I belong here.” Harry liked the arrangement and loved the way he delivered the lyrics. “You’re so in your zone and in your lane,” Keith said.
Trent Harmon went home to Mississippi. First stop? His family restaurant. Pretty much the whole town was inside! Then, he went back to his high school. He went to the auditorium stage, where it all began. Then, he played a free concert — so nice! Back on the live show, he sang “Tennessee Whisky.” Harry said it was “fantastic” and “unique.” Keith said the performance was a bullseye! “Easy, breezy. You’re getting your stride,” J-Lo said. Then I started crying when his parents surprised him at the show. I’m trying to keep it together here.
Next, La’Porsha Renae went home to Mississippi. She also got very emotional as she visited a performance hall where she discovered her love of music. Then she visited a domestic violence shelter. She spoke about her own personal experience and the waterworks really started flowing.
On the zistage, she sang “Glory” like a true diva. “Your gift is strong and pure. We’re sitting and watching and feeling so moved. I feel like I just had a baptism,” Keith said. Jen said her performance was healing and inspirational. Harry said the performance was basically critique-proof. He said she has a tremendous “elegance and grace.”
Unfortunately, after the first round, Mackenzie was eliminated.
For the second round, Scott Borchetta‘s choice, Dalton kicked it off by singing “Dancing In The Dark.” Jennifer was dancing like a teenager! Harry said he’s a good singer, but the way he captures the audience with his performance is why he is in the top 3. Scott chose “Stay With Me” for La’Porsha. The judges noticed she didn’t really believe the lyrics but said her vocals were amazing regardless. Trent sang “Drink You Away” by Justin Timberlake. I didn’t love it, to be honest. There was too much background music. The judges liked it, though.
The Final Round — Judges’ Choice
After a performance by judge Keith, the contestants took the stage one last time. The judges picked “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” for Dalton. Jen said it could have been a key higher. Harry said it wasn’t his best performance of the night. Keith agreed the key was wrong but said his other two performances were killer.
La’Porsha sang “Hello” by Adele. Harry said it was beautiful and Keith agreed. Jen loved that it stretched her range. Finally, Trent sang “Waiting Game” by Parson James. Keith said the song was taylor made for him. Jennifer said it gave her the “goosies.” Harry said it was a beautiful performance.
HollywoodLifers, are you sad Mackenzie was eliminated? Tell us in the comments who you’re rooting for to win American Idol!