'American Idol' Season 18: Olivia Ximines's 'Proud Mary' rendition gets her into Top 21, fans glad she made it
'You just brought us back a full circle, to kinda give us a reminder that you not only sing but you move. Your smile, your energy it was quite amazing,' said Lionel Richie
Olivia Ximines has some serious vocal chops for a 16-year-old, and we couldn't be more excited to see what her journey on 'American Idol' Season 18 holds.
'American Idol' Season 18 returned on Sunday night for Episode 10 and the remainder of the Top 40 contestants, battled it out against each other for the spot in the Top 20, that became Top 21 after a massive twist.
While we had to say goodbye to half the contestants as the judges whittled the Top 40 to Top 21, it wasn't an easy deal. But advancing to the Top 21 were some really talented singers who are already termed frontrunners according to fans online.
One amongst them is Olvia Ximinies who has incredible potential. After her performance, tonight on the show, this 16-year-old is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Performing her rendition of 'Proud Mary' by Tina Turner, Olivia choreographed the steps to the song herself. Being a singer and a dancer, Olivia lit the stage on fire.
Her performance was something that looked straight out of a 70s album, the only thing missing was the backup dancers. She shares that her high school doesn't know she's doing 'Idol'. But well, since it was pre-recorded, they surely know now.
"You just brought us back a full circle, to kinda give us a reminder that you not only sing but you move. Your smile, your energy it was quite amazing. And I'm going to be actually the one to tell you, you need to call your high school and fill them in on what's going on. Because you're in our Top 20," Lionel Richie shared.
With Olivia making to the Top 21, fans couldn't be more excited as they stan the singer and are glad she made it. Taking to Twitter a fan wrote, "Olivia, our whole family was blown away by your performance tonight!!!! You go girl!!!"
"Y’all, I’m over here SCREAMING in excitement. @AmericanIdol has made a fan out of me again. I’m rooting for Olivia until the end! #AmericanIdol," a fan wrote. While another added, "Wow! 17 year old Olivia singing Proud Mary is the first singer tonight that has caught my attention!"
"Omg Olivia killed it. Best performance that weekend #AmericanIdol," a fan shared. Adding to that another fan said, "Rolling On The River. Olivia, you are a QUEEN!! Take it all the way to NUMBER 1. She can sing, dance & wow the crowd."
"Omg you are so cute Olivia!! That performance was amazing!! #AmericanIdol," a fan wrote.
'American Idol' Season 18 airs every Sunday night only on ABC. Check your local listings for more information.