‘American Idol’s Top 5 Becomes The Top 3. Who Made It To The Finale?

Jill O'Rourke | Talent Recap

This week’s American Idol marked the final episode before the season finale, as the Top 5 got whittled down to the Top 3. The judges used their save on Laci Kaye Booth last week, so this time it was all up to America’s vote.

The contestants sang three songs this week. The first was chosen by in-house mentor Bobby Bones. The singers also performed songs for their heroes in honor of Mother’s Day, as well as songs by Elton John. Read on to see the night’s performances and find out who went home.

Wade Cota

Bobby Bones chose Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are the Best Thing” for Wade to sing. Katy Perry praised him for stepping outside of his comfort zone, and encouraged him to “let it go” for his next two songs. Lionel Richie agreed that he should relax a bit more.

Laci Kaye Booth

Bobby assigned Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” to Laci, since the lyrics resonate with her own story. “I’m glad we saved you,” Luke Bryan told her after she sang. Lionel said the song “fit you perfectly,” calling her a storyteller. Katy told her to “take more chances” later in the show.

Alejandro Aranda

Bobby chose for Alejandro to sing Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry,” saying he wanted to hear what the singer did with a well-known song. Lionel praised him for making every performance his own. Katy suggested that this is the most seriously he’s taken the competition, while Luke said he’ll “change music.”

Laine Hardy

Bobby called Laine an “old soul,” and challenged him to sing “Can’t You See” by the Marshall Tucker Band. Katy told him to “keep scaring yourself.” Luke complimented his arrangement of the song, while Lionel encouraged him to “give us attitude” moving forward.

Madison VanDenburg

Bobby said he chose Pink’s “What About Us” for Madison to stop her from holding back. Luke praised her for connecting more with the audience, but urged her not to get “complacent.” Lionel said her last two notes were “way out of the stratosphere.”

Wade Cota

Wade performed Elton John’s iconic song “Rocket Man” for the second round of performances. He even wore some Elton-esque shades for the occasion. Lionel said it was good that he “played with it,” despite it being a difficult song. Luke said it gave him chills.

Laci Kaye Booth

Laci had some fun with her Elton John performance by singing “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting.” Katy told her to “just keep doing that,” while Luke praised her for doing something different than usual.

Alejandro Aranda

Alejandro performed Elton John’s “Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word” on the piano. Luke said he was “owning the night.” Lionel told him, “You killed that.” Katy told him he’s “decided to actually play in this competition.”

Madison VanDenburg

Madison performed one of Elton John’s most well-known records, “Your Song.” Lionel said she’s there to “knock everybody out.” Katy made a hamburger metaphor by saying Madison “brought the ketchup and the mustard.” Luke complimented her range.

Laine Hardy

Laine performed Sir Elton’s “Something About the Way You Look Tonight.” Katy said he’s “pushed” himself and “it’s paying off.” Luke compared him to Frankie Valli, while Lionel called him “a winner.”

Wade Cota

Wade chose to honor both his mother and his stepfather with a performance of “Hard Luck Woman” by KISS. Luke called it an “amazing tribute,” while Katy told him “it’s just the beginning for you.”

Laci Kaye Booth

Laci chose to honor her grandma with a performance of “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac. Lionel said she’s “stronger than ever,” while Katy said she was a “mess” as she teared up. Luke said it was a preview into what Laci’s future career could be.

Madison VanDenburg

Madison dedicated a performance of the song “Make You Feel My Love” to her mom. Katy said she would have “sounded awful” if she had tried to sing that for her mom, because she would be so emotional. Lionel encouraged viewers to vote.

Laine Hardy

Laine paid tribute to his big brother with a performance of “Hey Jude” by the Beatles. Katy said it was “super cool,” and thanked him for returning to the show this season.

Alejandro Aranda

Alejandro chose to honor his friend and mentor, musician Twin Shadow. He performed an original song called “Blesser,” complete with some impressive piano accompaniment. Lionel said we’re “watching musical history.” Luke said he will “champion” him.

Who Went Home?

America voted during the show, and chose to send Laine, Madison, and Alejandro to the finale as part of the Top 3. That means that Wade Cota and Laci Kaye Booth were eliminated. Next week, this season’s new American Idol will be crowned. Who do you think will win?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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