American Idol’s Final Season – And Then There Were 4

American Idol's final season

The blog is back for American Idol’s final season.

We’re closing in on the end of American Idol. And by the end of the night, we’ll be down to just four contestants in American Idol’s final season.

According to Ryno Seacrest, the finale is just two weeks away.

Joining me in the discussion tonight, like he has all season long, is John, aka @PopMusicNotes.

The first set of songs will be rock related and the second set will be songs by Sia. She’s been working with the contestants. Will she be seen on camera?

Also, Kat McPhee and David Cook are on the show. I love American Idol alums.

Steven Van Zandt is helping mentor the contestants for the first round.

La’Porsha is up first, which means she doesn’t have to worry about going home.

La’Porsha Renae – Wanted Dead Or Alive by Bon Jovi

I thought this was La’Porsha in cruise control. The song wasn’t really all that difficult for her, or at least she didn’t make it seem difficult. She also did something funky midway where she pulled her mic away during a lyric.

John says the song fit her voice well, but there was a spark missing on this one. You can tell the judges are in finale mode because they didn’t call her out for missed lyrics. (GG’s note – Ah, that’s what she did when she pulled the mic away.)

Keith says she brought out the blues and the soul and the swagger. Jenny Lo says her voice is so undeniable. Harold says something music nerdy about her slowing down her vibrato.

Mac is back.

MacKenzie Bourg – I Want You To Want Me by Cheap Trick

He made this song emo-rock? I’m not his biggest fan so it’s hard for me to look at this in an unbiased way. But I couldn’t allow this version of the song to play in my car.

John asks if he’s the only one that can’t understand half of what he sings in his lower register? It was an interesting arrangement, but had boring delivery.

Jenny Lo says he MacKenzied it, but she’s not sure she enjoyed what he did with it. Harold says it was alright, but he wanted him to sing it closer to the original for energy reasons. Keith says he hated the arrangement.

David Cook performs. I’ll let John describe it.

“(He’s) my all-time favorite Idol. He’s still got it.”

In the bottom three are Dalton, Sonika, and Trent. I have a feeling Trent is going through.

I was right. He’s up next. Either Sonika or Dalton will go home.

Trent Harmon – Sharp Dressed Man by ZZ Top

Trent was so entertaining here, but it bordered on over the top. But the kid has a ton of charisma once he grabs that microphone. That was fun to watch. (I’ll let John explain more eloquently.)

John says the opening was amazing. The bridge was stellar. But the verses where the arrangement stayed true to the original? Not as successful. It felt schizophrenic, but Trent’s vocal was outstanding throughout.

Harold says it was brilliant and so smart. Keith says it was so freaking good. Jenny Lo says it’s what everyone was waiting for and it was perfect.

We’re down to Dalton and baby girl Sonika. There’s no save here so whoever received the least amount of votes will be gone.

Who goes home?

Baby girl Sonika goes home.

This first song should be right up Dalton’s alley.

Dalton Rapattoni – God Only Knows by the Beach Boys

It was super vulnerable and bare. I don’t know that his vocal was great, or that the song was a good showcase for his vocal, but props for letting it all out.

John says that it was the first time that a Dalton gave a pure take on a vocal, and it was a solid performance. Five demerits for the Drama Club staging, though.

Keith says it was really good and as pure as it gets. Jenny Lo says he really won with the moment. Harold says the arrangement showed his vulnerabilities and did a good job getting into the lyrics.

The 2016 version of Katharine McPhee is performing Somewhere Over The Rainbow, which hit for her during season five. She’s a little bit of alright and okay.

John says her version of this song remains one of those key performances in 15 years of Idol. Still amazing after all these years.

La’Porsha is singing Sia first. And no, we can’t see Sia’s face.

La’Porsha Renae – Elastic Heart by Sia

I think La’Porsha did a fine job with it, but for the second week in a row, she’s a victim of her own success. She set the bar so high and she is scraping the bar, but hasn’t been able to top it.

John says it was a great song choice. It wasn’t a perfect vocal, but her connection to the song was undeniable. It felt like she was performing at her own concert.

Jenny Lo says she has such a command of what she’s doing. Harold uses an analogy of being a passenger in a car and she’s a Nascar driver. I’m not sure I understand. Keith says he felt like he was at an awards show and she was receiving an award.

MacKenzie Bourg – Titanium by David Guetta featuring Sia

Props for Mac hitting the high note, but I was still pretty bored listening to him. I’d only buy his album if I had insomnia.

John says the vocal was fine, but he’s getting bored with Mackenzification of songs.

Harold says it was nice, but it wasn’t about the high note. Just sing what you want to sing. Keith says it was really beautiful. Jenny Lo says it’s all about getting out of his comfort zone. I’m not sure he actually got out of it.

Sia was out next singing Cheap Thrills.

John says she’s a great singer and he loves how she’s brought a visual back to TV performances that’s been missing.

Trent Harmon – Chandelier by Sia

I’m not sure what to think about that. He stayed in falsetto for nearly the entire song until the end. And when he got out of it, he picked up speed. Super courageous effort. If not for La’Porsha, he’d be a clear favorite for me.

John says it reminded him of when Maxwell took This Woman’s Work and made it his own. Trent did the same thing with this song.

Keith says it was exquisite. Jenny Lo says he can kind of sing anything. Harold says it was phenomenal.

Dalton’s hitting cleanup to end the show.

Dalton Rapattoni – Bird Set Free by Sia

Dalton was singing Sia’s song, but what he was really saying is, “Y’all must’ve forgot!” He connected so well with the audience tonight. I sure hope he outlasts Mac next week and can make it a strong final three.

John says talk about peaking at the right moment. That felt like the most authentic Dalton performance all season. That might be enough for him to pass Mackenzie into the Top 3.

Jenny Lo says it’s beautiful to watch him. Harold says it was something he needed to do and he sure liked it. Keith says he’s inspiring.

Prediction for next week

While I hope Dalton beats out Mac for the top three, I don’t think it’s going to happen. But he sure as hell deserves to.

Seacrest, out.

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