‘American Idol’ Recap: Top 4 Take on Classic Rock and Sia


The Top had the opportunity to give two performances as the results of last week’s voting were slowly shown. With guest mentor Steven Van Zandt giving his expertise in rehearsals alongside Scott Borchetta their first tunes were from the classic rock genre. Their second tunes of the night were from the catalog of Sia, who was one of a few guest performers and also helped prepare the musicians to take tonight to the Idol stage.

La’Porsha Renae was the first musician voted through. Renae actually dug in the vocals, bringing grit and a bit more edge to her tone than she normally does in her ballads. Renae has shown over and over that she is able to sing anything.

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“You MacKenzied it,” Jennifer Lopez said, although she was not the largest fan of his musical arrangement. The musical arrangement doubled down on her criticism and said he despised. Bourg would need to prove himself with his second tune.

Singing his single “Heartbeat,” season-seven victor David Cook performed next. A montage of previous Idol minutes played behind him, showcasing the 14 vocalists who’ve previously won the contest.

Trent Harmon was the next musician voted through as the results continued. He sang “Sharp Dressed Man,” and his vocals were powerful, but Harmon still fights to appear comfortable and natural on stage. Harry Connick Jr. commended his creative picks however, particularly how Harmon muddied up the tune and changed up the tempo.

That left Dalton Rapattoni and Sonika Vaid in the base two. The good-byes are becoming more difficult as the competitors nears its end.

Rapattoni initially desired to sing “Seven Nation Army” by The White Stripes, but Borchetta and Van Zandt motivated him to alter his mind, as the song did not actually go anyplace. Rapattoni was somewhat hesitant about altering his tune, however he ended up going with “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys. It ended up being a powerful selection. Rapattoni gave a smooth, stunning performance that was a bit more understated than some of his theatrical performances, but it was not as weak. It was also one of the more melodically challenging tunes Rapattoni has sung up to now in the opposition as Connick pointed out.

Next, season five’s runnerup Katharine McPhee reprised her Idol performance of “Over The Rainbow.” The onset of the Sia round of tonight’s performances followed McPhee’s stunning performance. They got to pick from the various tunes Sia has composed over time.
“She is the type of artist I wish to be,” Renae said of Sia, who saw and adored her performance of “Diamonds” a couple of weeks past. Sia in their rehearsals transferred, and that power was brought by her to her final performance, which was captivating and mental. Renae makes a convincing case for why she should win every week. She presented the two greatest performances of the night.

But Sia motivated him to tap into his falsetto , not get overly in his head about it. He went in his closing performance for the high note, and the high-risk move ended up working even though there clearly was some tension to it. Bourg brought a somewhat softer vibe to it and made the song his own. Urban enjoyed that Bourg used the high note, although Connick did not enjoy that Bourg made it so much about the one note.

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After Sia performed “Cheap Thrills,” the contest restarted. Sia also motivated him to go for the high notes in the tune. Harmon gave a soft and slowed down performance of the tune and was quite exact with his vocals. He seemed more comfortable than in his first performance, as well as the tune was a better fit. I adored every minute of it,” Urban said.

He and the lyrics joined viscerally, and he was overwhelmed by the ending. Rapattoni actually released in this performance, and it absolutely was strong to observe. He brings significant fire and credibility to every performance, although he does not have the greatest voice in the contest. “You reach all our hearts each single time you get up there, but particularly tonight,” Lopez said.

What did you think of tonight’s performances and the removal of Vaid? The Top 3 will be determined by tonight’s votes, next Thursday, and American Idol restarts.