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American Idol recap: Top 3 Perform

The Idols got a dose of home before tackling three final performances before finale night

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American Idol

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

Guys. Girls. Literally everyone. We’re in American Idol top 3 territory.

I’m talking about the land of Haley Reinharts, Melinda Doolittles, and Danny Gokeys. Also the land of Nikki McKibbins, so let’s not get crazy or anything, but top 3 is nothing to dismiss. Before we can crown a top 3, or even a fourth place, we have to go home with our Idols. Back to Texas and Mississippi and Louisiana, everywhere in between. Tonight is three rounds: a hometown choice, a Scott Borchetta choice, and a judges’ choice. To be honest, we have a lot to do tonight so we better get to it, starting all the way down in Louisiana.

Hometown Round

MacKenzie Bourg, “Hallelujah”

Rank: Third

No one was ready for TV Boyfriend MacKenzie Bourg’s visit to the hospital that saved his life as a kid. If you’re not crying, then you’re practically not human. Here’s the thing — MacKenzie pulling out “Hallelujah” tells me that MacKenzie is here to PLAY. It’s his sweet spot, or his “pocket,” if you will (I knew I’d get it!). There’s not much going on with the performance, but that’s what makes it perfect. A moon graphic, a few light beams, and a guitar are all that MacKenzie needs to set a decently high bar. His raspy voice plays well with the song, but who knows if that’s enough.

Dalton Rapattoni, “Calling You”

Rank: Fourth

I never put together that Dalton and Kelly Clarkson are from the same world, and by the same world, I mean North Texas. WOW. Dalton’s journey has gotten shockingly emotional, and I’m riding this emotional tidal wave of tears to the end. Dalton goes after Blue October’s “Calling You,” and again, he stays close to his strengths, and it was wonderful. Keith nails it on the head when he comments that Dalton and MacKenzie stayed in their lanes tonight (to their own benefit!), and it really does show. Dalton is our resident rocker, and at this point in the competition, it’s really no time for risks.

Trent Harmon, “Tennessee Whiskey”

Rank: Second

Opening up Trent’s package with Radical Face’s superbly emotional “Welcome Home” is just mean. I’m too attached to Trent and his random Periscoping and his weird hats. If you remember, Trent hasn’t allowed his parents to come see him because of superstition, so this trip home is a BIG DEAL. I audibly gasped when I heard that Trent chose “Tennessee Whiskey” — and for good reason because it was literally perfection. Trent is catering to his voice’s strengths, and hear me out… Dalton was good. MacKenzie was good. Trent, however? Trent is an American Idol. But if you’re superstitious like me, you screamed even louder when Idol brought out TRENT’S PARENTS. What an awful thing to do/really nice thing to do!

La’Porsha Renae, “Glory”

Rank: First

Hometown weeks are hitting a whole new level of heartfelt tonight as La’Porsha visits home and stops by a women’s shelter to speak. I don’t know what happened after that because I couldn’t stop crying. La’Porsha takes on “Glory,” and honestly, I can’t imagine a better choice for her. The song itself is a work of genius, but her approach is magnificent. It’s understated and powerful and everything in between. This is Trent and La’Porsha’s competition, but if we’re counting all the way down to the last vote, I think this round is La’Porsha’s. For once, I agree with Harry — there really is an exceptional level of elegance and grace in La’Porsha’s style. She has a lot to be proud of.

NEXT: The only person La’Porsha stays for is God!