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American Idol recap: Top 5 Perform

When America is left in charge of choosing the songs, some of the Idol Top 6 pay the price

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American Idol

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Ryan Seacrest
Reality TV

It’s Top 6 night on American Idol. It doesn’t feel like Top 6 night, does it? That’s partly because we have been SLINGSHOT forward this season, nixing two to four contestants a week for the past month, but also because the race feels a little disjointed. From my perspective, we have a clear leading two, two who are beginning to fade, and two who are desperately trying to rise from the ashes. No matter how you look at it, it’s Top 6 night. It’s also St. Patrick’s Day, and in honor of it, let’s make an American Idol drinking game, shall we?

  • Take a sip every time Sonika attempts a Carrie Underwood stomp
  • Drink through the duration of every La’Porsha run
  • Take a sip for every fan that Dalton touches
  • Finish your drink if Tristan’s song this week has subtle political or religious undertones she’s not mature enough for
  • Literally throw your drink against the wall if La’Porsha or Trent goes home
  • Take a sip if Adam Lambert… WAIT. ADAM IS HERE.

Arguably one of the most versatile Idols of all time has returned. That’s right — we kick tonight off with Adam Lambert performing “Mad World” because God and St. Patrick and Ryan Seacrest are good. Also Yazz and Jussie Smollet are here from Empire because cross-promotion is real and resourceful. But the actual contestants will be singing songs of our choosing.

Trent Harmon, “Counting Stars”

Round 1 Rank: Second

GOOD JOB, AMERICA. This is what happens when we give someone like Trent a song he would actually sing in the real world. One Republic gives him an opportunity to show off his vibrato and pop-rock side. But that’s not particularly how the judges felt. For the judges, they felt like it wasn’t Trent’s wheelhouse and that he should be singing other songs. Judges, you’re crazy. Regardless, this was a fun departure, but for round two, Trent needs to go back to basics.

Dalton Rapattoni, “Numb”

Round 1 Rank: Fifth

I bet you guys forgot that Linkin Park was even a thing, didn’t you? I know I did, but the selection feels a lot closer to Dalton’s genre than last week’s “Eleanor Rigby” did. But the issue is, if “Counting Stars” was too slow for Trent, then “Numb” was entirely too slow for Dalton. It kind of feels like Dalton has stopped really diving into a song because he knows he’s been a favorite from the beginning.

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La’Porsha Renae, “Ready for Love”

Round 1 Rank: First

I’m pretty pumped to see that the string quartet/fog combo is going to be a permanent fixture this season — almost as happy as I am to see La’Porsha have an opportunity to get back to the music, the runs, and the lyrics after last week’s Beatles attitude-anthem. La’Porsha’s take on the song seems a bit sad and reflective, in a reserved way that the song isn’t usually sang in. It works fantastically with La’Porsha’s voice, continuing to elevate her above the rest.

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