As things wind down for American Idol, it seems that every show gets a little better. Last nights episode was no exception. It was Sia week on American Idol last night. Each contestant had a mentoring session with Sia herself, and had the opportunity to perform her songs live in front of judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick Jr.
Trent Harmon, Mackenzie Bourg, La’Porsha Renae, Sonika Vaid, and Dalton Rapattoni are the top 5 remaining and fought to save their spots last night as they took on a Classic Rock song, with advice from Steven Van Zandft and the other, of course, a song Sia has written.
Host Ryan Seacrest asked to dim the lights and announced La’Porsha as the first safe contender. Even though rock isn’t her genre, the girl still gave an incredible performance of Bon Jovi’s “Dead or Alive.” What can she not do? The performance had a beautiful soul and bluesy tone, while her phenomenal vocal stood out the most. “You could sing the phone book and it wouldn’t matter,” says Jennifer.
Next up and also moving up to the top 4 is Mackenzie who took on “Want You to Want Me.” Of course classic rock, like La’Porsha, isn’t in Mackenzie’s wheelhouse but in spite of that, he did a decent job. He did a unique take on the song, which was nice. But, unfortunately, the judges weren’t fans of the performance. We hope that no matter what the judges think, Mackenzie moves onto the next round like he so deserves.
With the first hour being all about rock, there was no better opportunity than last night to bring back one of the best rock singers on the show – season 7 winner, David Cook. He sang his newest single “Heartbeat” and it gave us flashbacks to season 7. He has always been a great performer. Thank you Idol for David Cook.
After David, Trent was announced safe, leaving Dalton and Sonika in the bottom two. Steven helps him make a ZZ Top track a Trent original. The performance was fantastic, leaving Jennifer and Keith on their feet for a standing ovation. “You needed a performance that shows your strongest attributes, and that was it. 10 out of 10,” said Keith.
Now, after 3 incredible performances from our Idol hopefuls, it was time for the top 4 reveal. After a moment, Ryan announced Dalton as the final contestant to move onto the top 4. This left Sonika as the one going home. She was a great contestant with a phenomenal voice, but the show must go on. Dalton took the stage with his unique take on “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys. It’s a good thing he chose this song because the audience, and the judges loved it.
To kick off the second hour of the show, Idol alum Katherine McPhee took the stage with her famous rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Everyone who watched the show during her season would remember this performance. There was no better song to sing during her homecoming. It was incredible.
La’Porsha was the first Idol contestant to start off the next hour, which was all about Sia. She took a shot at performing “Elastic Heart” and it was incredible. We expect nothing less from La’Porsha at this point.
Next up to perform “Titanium” was Mackenzie. She pushes him to take on a high note that he is super nervous about. He hits it, but the judges weren’t impressed. He’s a great artist, but we aren’t sure if he has a chance at being in the top 3 at this point. Both of his performances weren’t fighting performances. It was nice but not outstanding.
Trent took the stage next with his incredible take on the hardest Sia song you can possible sing, “Chandelier.” But, no need to worry, Trent nailed it. He has an incredible falsetto that you can’t seem to forget everytime he performs. “It was exquisite. I loved every minute of it,” said Keith.
The final performance of the night was given by Dalton. We must say, it was the best performance by Dalton ever, and the best of the night. He chose to sing “Birds Set Free,” and it was quite the song to close out the night. The song paid off because he proved that he belongs in the competition. He is moved to tears by the end of the song, which moves the audience and the judges. It was an incredible performance filled with such grace and vulnerability. “You touch our hearts every time you get up there, but especially tonight,” Jennifer praises him. “It was beautiful to watch that.”
What did you think of last night’s performances? Who is your favorite? Who will make it to the top 3? Find out next Thursday at 8 ET on FOX.
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