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American Idol recap: Top 2 Perform

On the final performance night, the competition is too close to call

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American Idol

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

We made it, y’all. We’re standing on the edge of American Idol‘s farewell finale week, and I’m exploding with emotions. Just a ton of emotions and vibrato and falsetto and maybe just a little bit of eyeliner. 

But we have to save a little bit of room because we’re not done. After tonight, Dalton, La’Porsha, or Trent will have gone home and the other two will have given their final performances. I worried if we’d be able to build up to that old Idol feeling this season, but there’s something pretty special about Dalton, La’Porsha, and Trent standing before us on this final week singing “Stole the Show” because they’ve grown and turned this farewell season into a real competition. Get your big curls and loose hair crimper ready, kids — we have a finale to recap.

Round 1: Winner’s Single

This is such a hard round because historically American Idol winner singles, with the exception of probably “A Moment Like This” and “Home,” tend to not be that spectacular. It’s hard to separate the performer from what they’re performing, which makes the song choice so incredibly crucial for this round. With that being said, if the finalist remembers all the words and vaguely stays in tune, then he or she should be rewarded a full ten out of ten.

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Trent Harmon, “Falling”

Rank: Second

Trent sounds incredible, and it’s clear that he’s put his entire weight into the single that has been chosen for him. With all that being said, I don’t know if it’s a song that I would download on my own without the influence of Trent being on Idol. I think that is probably to his detriment. Again though, that’s taking nothing away from Trent’s vocal, which allowed him to showcase the power of his voice as well as his falsetto. It’s proof that he belongs in the finale.

Dalton Rapattoni, “Strike a Match”

Rank: Third

Um, Dalton’s dad told him that this was his final shot to go after he’s dream. He’s 20. Meanwhile, I’m over here at 25, and I guess I’m never getting off my couch again. But we can let that go because Dalton’s lead single is actually pretty stellar. But unlike Trent’s performance, I’m not entirely sure that he’s strong enough to carry it. As he pushes through the chorus, it almost seems like the beat and the synth nearly drown him out. With absolutely no snark meant toward Dalton, it wasn’t ever really his finale to be in. Good song. Okay performance.

La’Porsha Renae, “Battles”

Rank: First

This is what happens when you’re an amazing singer and you get a radio-ready song. Do I think that this will be La’Porsha’s biggest hit? Absolutely not. But do I think that it’s completely worth downloading and listening to while I’m crying on a treadmill in a couple weeks? Absolutely yes. It’s surprising that the single chosen for her doesn’t fixate on her signature vibrato, but I think that is to her benefit. La’Porsha has a newfound sense of confidence tonight that shows through her entire performance, and after this round, it would seem that this season is as it’s nearly always been — La’Porsha’s to lose. 

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The Final Two Revealed

With no judging, we turn immediately to the elimination, cutting the final three down to Idol‘s farewell final two. The first person announced to be part of the finale is La’Porsha, because duh. It leaves Trent and Dalton fighting for the final spot, and honestly, could it go any other way? You’re right — it couldn’t. For the record, I love Dalton, and I love his response to Trent taking that final spot because he’s clearly a good guy, but this finale has always belonged to La’Porsha and Trent. It’s been that way for quite a while.

NEXT: Clash of the titans