American Idol 15, episode 17: From 10 to 8

Ryan Seacrest presents the final 10 of American Idol, but cuts have to be made, and fast. You at home, have been voting the past week, which has resulted in a safe Top 7 and the excruciating Bottom 3. Of those 3, Harry Connick Jr, Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban get to pick 1, and only 1, who goes through in the competition. That means bye bye to 2 contestants to quickly narrow down the field.

Dalton Rapattoni kicks things off with Imagine Dragons’ ‘Radioactive’, but he’s not quite as inspired as usual. Blowing a lot of smoke on stage doesn’t do the trick. Lee Jean is safe as well, singing ‘Use Somebody’ by Kings of Leon this week. It’s decent, as always. Then, as an early intermission, Demi Lovato comes out, performing ‘Confident’ with America’s possible Idols. After that, she’s singing ‘Stone Cold’, on her own. How she’s able to get away with what she’s doing, is beyond me. Where’s the melody? Are all those runs necessary? Why the rambling? It’s hard to understand what she’s singing about. Let’s just write it off as a lesson for the contestants; an example of how not to do it.

Since U Dance With Halo
Sonika ‘Hollywood Week back stabber’ Vaid is next. She chose to sing Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Since U Been Gone’, even though she never had a boyfriend herself, which isn’t all that surprising. She’s way too self-absorbed. Mackenzie ‘marble teeth’ Bourg takes a crack at Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’. It’s nice how he changed it up, but as Dalton’s a one man-Green Day, Mackenzie is a one man-Coldplay. What I’m saying is: he’d better watch out he doesn’t get too easy going. La’Porsha Renae does another top notch spot on sling shot out of the park homerun performance, with Beyonce’s ‘Halo’. It’s too soon, way too soon in fact, but she’s going to win, isn’t she? She’s in a completely different league.

When A Man Loves A Woman High On That Mountain
Intermission #2: Harry Connick Jr himself. On stage, accompanied by Butch Walker on guitar. Connick does what Connick does best; turning the Idol stage into a riverboat casino groovy entertainment show. It’s going to be fun to see the three judges do a song together again, which is definitely on the Idol schedule. Trent Harmon starts off slow, but he builds. And builds. His rendition of ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’ ends on more than one high note. Tristan McIntosh, the 7th contestant who’s safe, sings Vince Gill’s ‘Go Rest High on that Mountain’ perfectly. This is what she should be doing. Play the piano and sing country songs.

Earned It
This means, there are 3 left who have to sing for their lives. Avalon Young, like McIntosh, finds her groove (or niche) just in time. She sets the bar extremely high, with ‘Earned It’ by The Weeknd. It’s a great performance, spectacularly done. Olivia Rox doesn’t even come close, with Pink’s ‘Trouble’. Gianna Isabella tries on huge shoes. She sings ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ by Alicia Keys. Right before the show she fell into her mom’s makeup purse. Talking about going overboard. The judges unanimously reveal the 8th singer to go through iiisss… Avalon Young. It couldn’t have been an easier choice.

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