Only six singers and two weeks remain in this season of “American Idol”.
This week there are two themes as the singers must perform twice with 1969 – a tribute to Woodstock and Showstoppers with award winning Christian singer and Idol alum Lauren Daigle mentoring the singers.
Again this week two singers will be eliminated via fan vote unless the judges choose to use their only save of the season. This is the last week that the judges may use the save.
Madison Vandenberg gets the show started off with a performance of the Janis Joplin hit “Piece of My Heart” .
Laine Hardy takes the stage for the Joe Cocker song “I Don’t Need No Doctor”.
Katy Perry revealed that her Dad was at the Woodstock Festival in 1969.
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon chose Joan Baez for her Woodstock performance with “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” – a song Baez sang in the early hours of the festival; she was six months pregnant at the time. Jeremiah brought the judges to their feet with his performance. Katy noted that Jeremiah was born on the same day ad John Lennon – Oct 9.
Laci Kaye Booth chose the Janis Joplin song “To Love Somebody” for her Woodstock performance.
Alejandro Aranda chose to take on Jefferson Airplane and “White Rabbit” for his Woodstock performance.
Wade Cota closes out round one with a performance of the Joe Cocker hit “With a Little Help from My Friends”. Walking back and forth in front of the judges table, Lionel said that was a 60’s style performance and the perfect song choice for him. Katy called it the best performance of the night. Luke said that Wade spiritually moved the whole room.
Idol alum Gabby Barrett took the Idol stage to perform her song “I Hope”.
Kicking off round two is Madison Vandenberg taking on Celine Dion with “I Surrender”.
Alejandro brings back his acoustic guitar with his original song “Poison”. Luke noted the difficulty in playing the guitar like Alejandro did. Lionel called him a star and Katy said it was the best Alejandro has ever sounded.
Laci Kaye Booth chose the Journey hit “Open Arms” for her Showstoppers performance. Lionel said that she gave a great delivery.
Jeremiah chose “Somewhere” from the hit musical “West Sadie Story” for his Showstopper performance. Lionel said that you cannot study mesmerizing and Jeremiah killed it tonight.
For his Showstopper performance Wade Cota chose the Shawn James song “Through the Valley”. Luke said that it felt like a Johnny Cash moment.
Laine Hardy closes out the night of performances by taking on the great Chuck Berry with “Johnny B. Good” and brought the house down. Laine has never danced before in his life and Lauren tried to give him a dance lesson during their mentoring session. The judges were on their feet dancing. Lionel said it was the perfect song.
After the nationwide fan vote…
Madison Vandenberg is the first person moving on to the top four
Laine Hardy is also in the top four
Alejandro Aranda is moving on to the top four
the final spot in the top four goes to Wade Cota
After the judges confer, they choose to use their one save of the season. The judges have saved Laci Kay Booth!
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon has been eliminated from the competition.