American Idol’s Final Season – And Then There Were 3

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

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

I apologize for the lateness of this as I’ve been out of town. And it just hit me. Idol is ending soon! It’s getting a little dusty in here.

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

It’s the show where the contestants get to go home and see their family and fans.

The first song will be the Hometown dedication.

Mac is up first. He said that he was into sports when he was growing up, but was sidelined because of an infection, which led him to music. What a musical infection.

They showed a video of him hitting some really deep Steph Curry-like shots playing hoops with his high school team.

MacKenzie Bourg – Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen

This song has been done countless times on Idol and much better than Mac did it. But he didn’t screw it up and it’s usually a good win because the song is so beloved.

John says that he may sound like a skipping record, but Mackenzie continues to sound the same every week. Nothing bad about the performance, but there’s nothing dynamic about this guy.

Keith says it was a great song for him. Jenny Lo says it was a strong performance. Harold says he condensed it into a singular and powerful performance.

In one of the worst acting performances you’ll see, Dalton ran out of his limo toward his home and screamed, “It’s my family!”

Dalton Rapattoni – Calling You by Blue October

His vocal is fairly weak here. He seemed to be more interested in his performance than in the singing.

John says he firmly believes that of the remaining Idols, Dalton has the most commercial potential. The vocals are never spot-on, but the delivery is so energetic and connected to the moment that he truly has that X factor. This felt like a Dalton single, not just a Dalton cover.

Jenny Lo says she felt a freedom in his performance. Harold says he likes the way he thinks about the words and performance. Keith says he did the best Daltonization of that song that he could.

Trent Harmon – Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton

Who could we compare Trent to? Is he a more handsome Elliott Yamin? I still think he has the look of the runner up, but he’s making a run for that number one spot.

John says it’s clear that last week wasn’t a fluke for Trent and Tennessee Whiskey was a perfect song choice for him. That breakdown on the bridge was perfection.

Harold says it was a fantastic performance. Keith says it was a bullseye. Jenny Lo called it easy breazy.

La’Porsha Renae – Glory by Common and John Legend

Holy cow. Idol took everyone back to their hometown. La’Porsha just took everyone to church.

John says the song choice, staging, vocal delivery, and even that amazing dress was on point. LaPorsha is in it to win it! (GG’s note: Word to Randy Jackson!)

Keith says her gift is so strong and so pure and he felt like he was at a baptism. Jenny Lo says it was great and she should be proud. Harold says La’Porsha’s performance was critique-proof.

Round one winner

I think Trent had a clear lead over the other two until La’Porsha took us to church. She wins to me.

John says it’s clear that Trent and LaPorsha are miles ahead of the other two.

Who goes home?

Trent is through. Dalton is through and he seemed surprised. Mac knew he was a goner and told Ryan he’d announce it for Ryan. Ryan seemed a bit bothered.

The second song is Scott Borchetta’s choice.

Dalton Rapattoni – Dancing In The Dark by Bruce Springsteen

I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen this performed on Idol before. It was quite spirited, but his vocals didn’t have the same fire as the Boss’.

John says, “When Scott said Dancing in the Dark, I honestly thought it was an act of sabotage. Dalton proved me wrong. Dude’s got swagger tonight, and I’m wondering if he may have peaked at the right time.”

Jenny Lo says his gift is taking the lyrics and making the audience feel them. Harold says it was a smart arrangement and called him a good singer, but not a great singer and it’s his ability to twist lyrics and make them his own that trumps everything. Keith says he stood out.

La’Porsha Renae – Stay With Me by Lorraine Ellison

La’Porsha reminded me of Jennifer Hudson’s Effie White from Dreamgirls. And if anyone knows how much I love that movie, you know how much props that is.

John says it was an amazing vocal, but she didn’t connect with the message and he hopes it doesn’t hurt her.

Harold says it was amazing, but she didn’t believe the message. And she agreed. She said she would never beg a man to stay with her. Jenny Lo says she saw the same thing. Keith says the vocal killed it.

Trent Harmon – Drink You Away by Justin Timberlake

I was expecting to love this and I didn’t. His facial expressions, which I usually think are charming, annoyed me. I’ve only seen Justin perform this once or twice and he sells it really well. I don’t think Trent did.

John says Trent can sing like a pro, but he hated that arrangement. Clearly, it didn’t translate at home like it did in the studio.

(Side note from John: “I would make a big deal out of Scott picking a song like that for a guy who’s had issues with drinking in the past, but he also sang Tennessee Whiskey. Am I being overly cranky?”)

Keith says it was great. Jenny Lo says he was singing to win. I’m pretty sure Harold enjoyed it, but he talked about the backup singers and the musicians.

Round two winner

I understand John’s critique about La’Porsha. She was a bit rebellious in her approach. I still loved her best.

John says he can’t believe he’s giving it to Dalton, but he is.

The third song is chosen by the judges.

Dalton Rapattoni – Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears For Fears

I don’t think we can give him a pass for the vocals on this one.

John says they picked a great song for Dalton, but it was his weakest performance of the night – a rare miss for him reimagining a classic song.

Jenny Lo says it could’ve been higher and the brightness in his voice was lost. Harold says it wasn’t his strongest, but he has two other strong performances. Keith says he should’ve kept it in the original key.

La’Porsha Renae – Hello by Adele

I personally don’t like this song that much and I didn’t like the performance until she got about halfway through. It was solid, but not my favorite performance.

John says it was another great vocal, but not a lot of connection.

Harold says it was beautiful and Keith said the same. Jenny Lo says it stretched her range a bit.

Trent Harmon – Waiting Game by Parson James

I think Trent won this round hands down.

John says it was such a great song for a great singer and said that falsetto was amazing.

Keith says it was tailor made for him. Jenny Lo says it was the perfect song. Harold says it was beautiful and an extraordinary night.

Round three winner

Like I said, I’m going with Trent and John said he was as well.

Prediction for next week

It’s a two-horse race. It has to be Trent and La’Porsha.

Seacrest, out.

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