'American Idol' Season 17 episode 6 review: Here are the best performers from Hollywood week as judges throw their jackets on stage
Through the episode, apart from impeccable singing, and heartwarming performances, there were also a lot of emotions, not just among the contestants, but the judges as well
On Sunday night, 'American Idol' season 17 kicked off with their Hollywood Week. In this boot camp, the hopefuls that were given a ticket to Hollywood were filtered down as judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan brutally cut out contestants they thought needed more practice to compete for the title.
Throughout the episode, apart from impeccable singing, and heartwarming performances, there were also a lot of emotions and crying that happened not just among the contestants, but the judges as well. For the first round of Hollywood week, the contestants were divided into groups of ten and gave solo performances. After their performances, they were told if they were to remain in the competition or be eliminated.
With their individual performances done, the contestants moved on to the second round of Hollywood week, the group round. Though we got to witness some really good group performances, not all the performances were showcased. And contestants who the judges thought weren't good in the group rounds were also eliminated. By the end, we were left with the top 98 contestants.
On Monday, the series will air the second episode of Hollywood week, and while we prepare ourselves for a number of amazing performances, here are the top performances that left judges spellbound during the first episode of Hollywood Week.
The first singer to perform was Laci Kaye Booth. She performed her version of Aretha Franklin's 'Natural Woman'. But the best part about her performance was that she added her own country twist to the song. Her creativity and warm voice impressed the judges. She advanced to the next round.
The next singer was another front runner who made it into our top performances list yet again after his auditions. It is none other than Alejandro Aranda. Aranda performed his version of Justin Bieber's 'Sorry'. This singer-songwriter performed Bieber's song but it sounded like his own. His voice left the judges impressed, and Richie revealed he could listen to Aranda sing all day.
That is probably the best compliment a contestant could receive, especially at such an early stage into the competition. After his performance, all the three judges threw their jackets on stage along with a standing ovation.
The next contestant who stood out was none other than Madison Vandenburg, who the judges had compared to likes of Kelly Clarkson. Vandenburg performed her version of Clarkson's 'Already Gone'. Her performance was so powerful, after she was done, Katy Perry ran out of the room. Vandenburg made it to the next round of the competition.
Next up in the top performances list is Colby Swift the real-life cowboy whose mother had left when he was just 10 years old. Swift performed his version of Freddy Fender's 'Every Teardrop Falls'. Though he was quite nervous while playing the guitar and singing, Bryan requested him to sing the Spanish verse without the guitar.
Listening to his voice, left goosebumps on everyone. After his performance, Swift received a standing ovation from all three judges. The best part is that he walked away with a new pair of boots from Bryan and he advanced to the next round. But sadly, Swift got eliminated in the group rounds.
In the group performances, there was one group performance that stood out among the rest. And that was Unexpected Vibes, the group consisted of Dimitrius Graham, Shayy Winn, Assata Renay, and William Oliver Jr. They performed an outstanding version of 'I Want It That Way.' Apart from their performance, the way they stuck together as a group and helped Shayy Winn memorize her words was the best.
During their performance, they even wore on blurred out goggles so that they could match Shayy Winn's eyesight. After their performance, Richie was in tears. He went forward and gave the entire group a hug. Everyone except William Oliver Jr. advanced to the next round.
'American Idol' season 17 airs every Sunday and Monday for two hours on ABC. Check your local listings for more information.