The 10 Best Billie Eilish Covers on Talent Shows

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Billie Eilish is a popular artist for singers to cover on talent shows these days. Contestants on shows such as America’s Got Talent and American Idol have taken on her discography, and her tracks have also been covered on shows outside of the United States.

Let’s take a look at 10 of our favorite Billie Eilish covers on talent shows, featuring songs like “Lovely” and “When the Party’s Over.” Let us know in the comments which of these performances was your favorite.

The Best Billie Eilish Covers on Talent Shows

1. Thomas Day, AGT

In Season 15, this singer and high school football player was forced to withdraw from the competition in the Quarterfinals after testing positive for Covid-19. However, he returned for the Semifinals as a wildcard, singing “When the Party’s Over.” The emotional performance earned a standing ovation from judges Howie Mandel and Sofia Vergara.

2. Casey Bishop, American Idol

In Season 19, this teenage singer took the stage to sing “Wish You Were Gay” in the Top 4. She was even mentored by the song’s co-writer, Eilish’s brother Finneas. Casey had fun with the song and impressed the judges, with Luke Bryan telling her it was her best performance, saying, “You just crushed every aspect of that whole thing.”

3. Emyrson Flora, American Idol

In Season 20, this young singer took on the song “Lovely” in the Top 10. Emyrson brought beautiful emotion to the song, and she also correctly guessed that it was judge Katy Perry who had chosen it for her to sing. Perry said Emyrson has a “Billie Eilish tone,” while Bryan called her “a pro at such a young, young age.”

4. Sheldon Riley, AGT

This contestant, who previously placed third on The Voice Australia, auditioned for Season 15 with a cover of “idontwannabeyouanymore.” Sheldon had a mysterious aura, as he launched into his performance without introducing himself to the judges. The panel praised his performance and liked the fact that he hid his face.

5. Live, X Factor Denmark

In 2019, this singer took the stage on the Danish version of The X Factor to perform “When the Party’s Over.” She showed off an angelic voice and a haunting performance style. Live ended up finishing the competition in third place later in the season.

6. Sara James, AGT

In Season 17, this young Polish singer earned Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer for her performance of “Lovely,” sending her straight to the live shows. Sara showed off a powerhouse voice that had the audience cheering. Cowell said Sara has “a real star glow about you.”

7. Fritz Hager, American Idol

In Season 20, Fritz performed “When the Party’s Over” in the Top 20. He strummed his guitar and brought powerful emotion to the song. Fritz brought tears to the judges’ eyes with the performance. Luke Bryan praised his falsetto, saying the performance could have been recorded for an album.

8. Brooke Simpson, AGT

During the Quarterfinals of Season 16, this former The Voice contestant blew the roof off with a performance of a lesser-covered Billie Eilish song, “Lost Cause.” There were flames behind her, adding even more drama. The judges gave Brooke a standing ovation, and Cowell brought her to tears by saying it was the best performance of the night.

9. Nicolina, American Idol

During Season 20’s Hollywood Week, this singer took on “Everything I Wanted.” Her heart-wrenching performance had her fellow contestants on their feet. Before the performance, Nicolina emotionally shared that she wants to show her sisters that “dreams come true.”

10. Kristian Kjærlund and Chili Pedersen, X Factor Denmark

In 2019, Danish X Factor contestant Kristian took on “Wish You Were Gay” during the Semifinals in a duet with singer Chili Pedersen. They started the dynamic performance sitting on the floor and shining flashlights on each other. Kristian went on to win the entire season.

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