with the “American Idol” A talented top five like this, anyone would have guessed if they entered Sunday’s episode who would come home and who would make it to the season finale next week.
The last five sang again for judges Katy PerryAnd Luke Brian And Lionel Richiefirst performing songs from the guest guide and season 4 winner Carrie Underwood Then they perform any song of their choice. As usual, the episode was broadcast live from coast to coast, and fans voted for their favorite during the show.
The singers seem to have made all the stops, including energetic choreography, powerful ballads and plenty of stage effects – but only three of them made it to the end. This is what happened.
As the last country artist to leave the competition, Huntergirl headed to her session with Underwood in search of advice and a confidence boost.
Underwood gave Huntergirl some advice on working on stage while keeping the vocal style and encouraged the contestant to give herself a pep talk before the performance.
For her first song, Huntergirl rocked Underwood’s “Undo It,” even bringing her performance straight to the judge’s table.
“That’s exactly what you[Underwood]told you to do,” Richie said. “There’s nothing better than owning a stage.” “It was amazing.”
Perry added that Huntergirl invited the audience to the party and gave her her “best business performance”.
“A way to get inspiration from Carrie Underwood,” Brian said. “It was amazing.”
Later on, Huntergirl hit the stage again with “Girl Crush” from Little Big Town.
All judges agreed that Huntergirl sings like a star.
“I have a girl fan,” Berry said. “Second, my nieces are on the show, and they came to me, and they said they’d vote for you.”
After that, Huntergirl started to cry while thinking about her journey with music. “I’ve worked really hard, and I’m glad to be here now,” she said.
Leah Marilyn began singing “I’ll Stand By You” by The Pretenders, which Underwood covered.
The emotional singer, known for her soft and complex vocals, showed a stronger side of her voice, toughening by the end of her performance.
“Have you just reinvented that song?” asked Berry, impressed. “It was as if I was hearing it for the first time.”
Brian added that the song was “beautiful on every level” and that Marilyn always seems to be in control when she’s on stage.
“I took this song and turned it into your song,” Richie said. “You sounded right.”
Later on the show, Marilyn starred in the song “Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” by Journey.
“You’re all stalking each other now,” Brian said, noting that all of the contestants are doing their best to compete.
Berry was fascinated by the electrifying performance. “I was like, I need to run on the treadmill for this!” She said. “I want to see you and Steve Perry go back and forth.”
After spending several days in COVID-19 quarantine, saying he took the time to watch a broadcast of Dungeons & Dragons, Fritz Hager is back at the “Idol” studio and ready to take the stage.
He sang “I Want to Remember” by Nedtobriath, in which Underwood appeared.
Brian said it was “a wonderful interpretation” and praised Hagar for staying “real organic and real natural” on stage.
“You either have a stage presence or you don’t,” Ritchie said, adding that Hagar had enough of his stuff.
Berry described the show as “effortlessly gorgeous” and “captivating.”
“You are consistently great to me,” added Judge, who has expressed her soft side towards Hajar in past episodes.
Hagar is back to sing “Young Blood” in 5 Seconds of Summer.
The folk artist brought the motivation and energy, playing without a guitar so he could work on stage while wearing a leather jacket.
“Fritz, has this been up your sleeve the whole time?” Berry exclaimed in shock.
Bryan lamented being the only judge to reject Hagar during his first audition.
He said, “I’m going to need the software to remove the video of me telling you ‘no’ forever. My coffee that morning was obviously the wrong side of the bed.”
Noah Thompson, who like Hagar also recently contracted COVID, was still in quarantine for his session with Underwood, which took place via video chat.
Underwood became emotional after their meeting, crying that the show was for people like her and Thompson, a construction worker from Kentucky. She said they were “two people who never dreamed this big but knew they wanted to do something.”
Thompson sang “So Small” for Underwood to capture the judges’ opinions.
Ritchie praised Thompson for his originality and for having “the ability to tell stories”.
Brian jumped on stage to give Thompson a lesson in working with the audience, and encouraged him to reach out to his screaming fans in the audience.
In his second song, Thompson sang “Working Man” by Larry Fleet, seated in a chair and accompanies himself on acoustic guitar.
“Noah, you just passed that test,” Berry told the singer.
Nikolina chose Underwood’s powerful anthem “Blown Away”, and unleashed all her emotions on stage.
“That last scream I felt,” said Berry, also praising the contestant for having a head and wind machine that excelled at her performance.
Brian said Nicolina delivered it even with strands of her hair sometimes falling out of her face, and Ritchie added that you knew you made it when they brought out the fan machine.
“Whatever you do…that’s your path,” Ritchie continued. Vote for this lady.
Then Nikolina sang Adele’s All I Ask – and she was practically a pool of tears when she finished the emotional song.
Ritchie summed up the judges’ amazing reactions best, saying, “That was a cherished moment on American Idol.”
Nikolina explained her tears to host Ryan Seacrest after the judges’ remarks, saying she always looked forward to Adele.
“Having a song for one of my heroes is crazy to me,” she said. “It really is an emotional moment.”
Who went home?
At the end of the broadcast, Seacrest announces Huntergirl and Thompson are safe – leaving Marlene, Hager, and Nicolina in danger. Marilyn began to cry as the tension escalated. When Seacrest finally announced that Marilyn was the last singer to be rescued, she fell to the ground in shock.
After the results, Hager turned to Marilyn, his girlfriend and partner during the duo’s Hollywood Week tour, to tell her “I’m so proud of you.”