‘American Idol’ Goes Live And It Was Epic



The second half of the top 24 on American Idol performed last night and it was out of control. At this point in the competition there is no room for errors and they are not going to cut you any slack. Luckily, there were some really great standout performances and it’s pretty clear who is shining the most. 

Amelia Harris Hammer

Amelia sang Believer by Imagine Dragons, a big song and a popular one on singing competition shows. She was good but not great. I think she’s a good singer and knows what she’s doing but she lacks fireworks.

Garrett Jacobs

Again, Garrett is a great singer but he doesn’t wow me, you know? Then again many of Idol’s contestants this season haven’t wowed me. He was OK but I wonder if he’ll move forward.

Maddie Poppe

Now, Maddie I have loved from the start. Maybe because she auditioned with a Muppets song. But now she’s really coming into her own with her rendition of Brand New Key. She’s going to go far.

Ada Vox

OK, now we’re talking. A lot of people thought Ada Vox was just a gimmick singer given that she’s a drag queen. But there is no doubt that she has one of the best voices in the competition. Could she be the first drag American Idol?

Caleb Lee Hutchinson

I think Caleb is going to go far in the show because he’s the most talented country singer and that’s definitely something that the show is trying to push. Whether or not he’ll win is to be seen but he’s definitely a contender.

Effie Passero

We love Effie at Talent Recap but this wasn’t her best performance. She did Heart’s Barracuda well but she was just a little off.

Alyssa Raghu

Alyssa is another singer we dearly love from the start. She did a great job with Stay by Rihanna. For someone so young her voice packs a whallop.

Marcio Donaldson

Marcio is so good. What he has going for him most, besides his great voice, is that he really knows how to emote well and really make you feel it. He’s definitely going to the top 14 I think.

Mara Justine

If you take on Whitney Houston you had better bring your A+ game. Luckily, Mara did just that and annihilated this song. Mara is without a doubt a contender to win the whole show.


Jurnee is amazing but I do question her song choice with Flashlight and so did the judges. It just doesn’t show off her amazing voice. It wasn’t a bad performance but song selection can make or break you in this competition.

Shannon O’Hara

Again, if you take on Adele you had better be confident you can take on Adele. Shannon did a pretty good job of doing just that. It wasn’t thrilling but very nice.

Ron Bultongez

Ron is just a terrific singer and he seems like a really nice guy. I wonder how far he’ll get over all but I think he’ll move forward to the next round.

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