Only five singers are left on season 17 of ‘American Idol,’ and they hit the stage for THREE epic performances on the May 12 episode, with just three spots in the finale at stake.
The May 12 episode of American Idol has the remaining five contestants singing three songs: One Elton John song, one song chosen by mentor Bobby Bones and one song dedicated to their heroes in honor of Mother’s Day. First up is Wade Cota, with Bobby’s pick, “You Are The Best Thing,” by Ray LaMontagne. The judges praise Wade for stepping outside of his comfort zone, but Katy Perry urges him to “shake it off” and loosen up in his upcoming performances of the night.
Up second, Laci Kaye Booth, who was saved by the judges last week, performs “The House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert. The smooth performance gets a standing ovation from the judges, and Luke Bryan gushes, “I’m glad we saved you!” Following Laci is Alejandro Aranda, who sings “No Woman, No Cry” by Bob Marley. Lionel Richie raves over how Alejandro is always able to make every song unique, and Luke gushes over how he “commanded” the vocal.
Laine Hardy is up next with a rendition of “Can’t You See” by The Marshall Tucker Band. As always, the crowd goes wild for Laine’s performance, and the judges urge Laine to keep doing what he’s doing, while also adding some attitude and fight to his upcoming performances. To close out the first round, Madison VanDenburg performs “What About Us” by P!nk. The judges go nuts over the notes Madison was able to hit, and applaud her for improving her stage presence.
Next, Wade returns to the stage to sing Elton’s “Rocket Man.” The judges praise his ability to get into character while also singing all the right notes and ability to connect with the audience. Laci is back next with a performance of “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting.” The judges are super excited by Laci’s upbeat performance, and urge her to just keep doing exactly what she’s doing.
Alejandro performs again next, with a rendition of “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.” The emotional performance gets rave reviews, with Luke even telling Alejandro that he’s “owning the night.” Next, Madison is back to sing “Your Song.” The judges go wild over the crazy notes Madison is able to hit, and she gets major applause from the crowd. Laine closes out the Elton John round with “Something About The Way You Look Tonight,” which is the perfect song for him, and gets him amazing feedback from the judges for “challenging” himself.
Wade is back onstage next to sing “Hard Luck Woman” by KISS, which he dedicates to his mom and stepdad. It’s an incredibly emotional moment, and Wade closes it out with amazing vocals. Next, Laci dedicates “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac to her grandmother. Lionel praises her for coming back “stronger than ever” after almost being eliminated last week, while Katy is brought to tears and raves over Laci’s “great strong choice.”
Up next, Madison is back with a super powerful rendition of “Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan, which she dedicates to her mom. Katy fights back tears as she praises Madison for bringing so much emotion to the song while still hitting all the right notes beautifully. Laine dedicates his performance of “Hey Jude” by The Beatles to his older brother, and the audience goes absolutely wild. Of course the judges also praise Laine for his performance.
To close out the night, Alejandro plays an original song called “Blesser,” which he dedicates to the person who gave him his first big break in music. It’s an incredible way to end the night, and Alejandro impresses with his artistry once again. Lionel even insists that we’re “witnessing musical history” by watching him!
Finally, it’s time to reveal who America voted into the TOP THREE! LAINE, MADISON and ALEJANDRO are moving on!