‘American Idol’s first night of the highly anticipated finale is here and the top 3 are set to give the performances of a lifetime for a last chance to come out on top. Check out our recap here!
It’s night 1 of 2 for the American Idol finale and we’re so ready for it! After a thrilling season of incredible performances and memorable moments from some of the best talent in the world, it’s time for the final stretch. Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Gabby Barrett and Maddie Poppe are the remaining three contestants after America’s votes and at the end of tonight’s episode we’ll get the last opportunity to vote for our choices. Check out our recap here as we join host Ryan Seacrest and judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan for an epic night of emotional highs and lows as we get closer to the revival’s first winner!
Bobby Bones is back as a mentor for this episode and after a random drawing, Caleb is up to impress America first. He takes on a song written for him called “Johnny Cash Heart”. The sweet lyrics of “you are my June in my Johnny Cash heart” is an ode to one of the most legendary country couples of all time and Caleb definitely represents it well with smooth vocals but he seems a little more tense from the high pressure. Katy loves the song but feels like it’s one of the weakest performances she’s ever seen from him and encourages him to take on the song as his own. Luke agrees that he was more tight than usual and would like to see him up there being more loose and free. He leaves the stage with the constructive criticism and aims to do better in the next two performances.
Gabby is up next with her new single called “Rivers Deep” and she brings a spunky vibe to the upbeat song. She belts out the lyrics with a lot of emotion as she usually does with her performances. Although she looks a little nervous, she gets it done with a lot of energy and support from the audience. Katy tells her she thinks she’s just getting her bearings with her own song and Luke agrees that at the beginning she didn’t look as comfortable as she usually is but she took it up a notch at the end. Lionel tells her that singing a song in a studio is different than singing one on a stage and encourages her to keep that in mind.
Maddie closes out the first set of performances with her own new song, “Going Going Gone” written by amazing songwriter Julia Michaels. She shows us that unique style she’s always brought to the show by playing her acoustic guitar and spotlighting the great dreamy voice she’s become known for. With a lot of smiles, she finishes the song strong. Luke feels like she was the most comfortable during the performances so far. Lionel tells her that to only know a song for two weeks before performing is hard but she’s in the sales business now and needs to continue to do a great job like she did tonight. Katy advises her that they’re trying to get her ready for the music business and it’s up to her to get and keep that wingspan. Maddie admits she feels she was the most nervous out of the three performers but is glad she convinced the judges otherwise.
The next round is the encore round in which all three performers will sing a song of their choosing that they previously sang on the show in the hopes that it will help them get closer to winning. Caleb starts things off with “Don’t Close Your Eyes” by Keith Whitley and he definitely looks a lot more comfortable than before. He sings effortlessly while strumming his acoustic guitar and ends just as strong as he began. Lionel compliments him on his voice…
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