'American Idol' season 17: Alejandro Aranda, Uche Ndubizu, Madison Vandenburg stand out during the Top 14 round
For the first time this season, the top 14 contestants on 'American Idol' battled for America's votes on Sunday's episode. By Monday's episodes, 4 contestants will be eliminated and ten will move on to the next round -- seven to be voted through by the audience, and the additional three to be picked by judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan.
The 14 performers on Sunday were exceptional, but some contestants stood out than the rest as they brought out a new side of themselves to their performances not seen in previous episodes. Some of the contestants even brought Katy Perry to tears with their performances.
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While we have our fingers crossed to see the ten who make it to the next round, let's take a look at the contestants who stood out and brought something different to the table on Sunday night.
From his audition to his Top 20 performance, we have seen Alejandro in all his acoustic glory. Throughout those performances, he managed to stand out and become a fan favorite not just because of his mellow voice, but because of his songwriting skills as well.
And just when we thought he couldn't get any cooler, he pulled out an unexpected trick from his bag for his live Top 14 performance. He made Drake's 'One Dance' his own by playing an electric keyboard, and featuring some cool beat into the mix like a professional DJ. His performance left everyone including the judges stunned. Though it was a risky performance, he put on a versatile performance that was loved by all.
Uche Ndubizu is known for his entertaining performances from the start. Richie also named Uche 'Mr. Entertainment'. Sticking to that title, he brought the heat during his performance of Bruno Mars' 'Finesse'. Usually, when we see Uche perform, his vocals get drowned out with his moves. But this time, he stuck to the judge's advice and brought out the best in him. His vocals were out of the world, his moves on point, and he didn't miss a beat. From someone who almost didn't make it through the auditions, to making it this far, he proved himself on Sunday night. “That was like the best opening of an awards show," Luke Bryan said after his performance.
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon is no doubt one among the front runners of this season. Till date, every performance of his has been flawless. Sticking to the same flawlessness, for his Top 14 live performance, Harmon sang his version of Elton John's 'We All Fall in Love Sometimes' accompanying himself on the piano. Throughout his performance, his vocal range was flawless and he hit high notes that we didn't know he could, he also added some of his own touches while performing which made it even better.
“Your voice is amazing, and your career is going to be amazing,” Lionel Richie said after Harmon's performance.
Madison Vandenburg proved that she is here for the long run during her Top 14 live performance. Accompanying herself on the piano for the beginning of the song, she sang her rendition of 'Fallin' by Alicia Keys. It was a risky song selection because of its challenging vocals, but Vandenburg aced it with ease. She didn't lose her breath and kept her momentum throughout while singing. She impressed not just the judges but the viewers and fans as well. Her performance left Luke Bryan with goosebumps. After she was done singing he said, "You just really made a statement."
Laci Kaye Booth
For her performance, Laci Kaye Booth surprised everyone with her rendition of Blink-182's 'I Miss You'. It was quite an emotional performance, but very raw. Her performance left everyone with goosebumps. She hasn't taken a wrong step ever since her audition and definitely has a long way to go in the competition as well as life. After her performance, Katy Perry said, "You are the definition, in my opinion, of Idol.' Adding to that Lionel Richie said, "This is a big, special moment for you," revealing that she had blossomed ever since her first performance.
To see who among the Top 14 moves on to the Top 10, we will have to wait till Monday night when American Idol airs.
'American Idol' season 17 airs every Sunday and Monday on ABC. Check your local listings for more information.