American Idol 2016 Top 4 Report Card

Last night on American Idol 2016 we said goodbye to Sonika Vaid as we learned which four contestants would be getting the hometown visits that we’ll see next week.

AMERICAN IDOL: Top 4: L-R: Top 4 contestants MacKenzie Bourg, Dalton Rapattoni, Trent Harmon and La'Porsha Renae on AMERICAN IDOL airing Thursday, March 24 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2016 FOX Broadcasting Co. Cr: Michael Becker/ FOX. This image is embargoed until Thursday, March 24,10:00PM PT / 1:00AM ET
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That final four, La’Porsha, MacKenzie, Trent and Dalton, took to the stage for two performances each and we’ve got the report card for that ready for you now.

ROUND 1

La’Porsha Renae, “Wanted Dead or Alive.” I didn’t like this song for her, but it was still a great performance. Her vocals were on as they always are and I liked the edge she brought to this one, which is sort of a signature of hers now. I do have to point out that she did forget some lyrics and the whole thing was sort of all one long note. Not my favorite La’Porsha effort. Grade: B+

MacKenzie Bourg, “I Want You To Want Me.” I think MacKenzie’s voice was good on this one for the most part, but there were some certainly rocky spots. As for the song arrangement, I wasn’t a fan. And he’s always slowing everything down, so it would be nice to hear him do something differently. Grade: B-

Trent Harmon, “Sharp Dressed Man.” Trent amazes me every week. I hate this song, but he made me love it. He’s such an artist and if he doesn’t make it to the finale, that will be a travesty. This was the best performance of the night, if you ask me. From the vocals to the arrangement to his swagger. So good. Grade: A+

Dalton Rapattoni, “God Only Knows.” I don’t think Dalton made a good choice with this song. It was weak and contrived. And after coming out off a near-elimination, this just wasn’t the moment he needed to have. Not good. Grade: C+

ROUND 2

La’Porsha Renae, “Elastic Heart.” I liked this song for La’Porsha a lot more than the first round. She seemed to be more connected and this also showcased her big voice better. Grade: A

MacKenzie Bourg, “Titanium.” I definitely liked this more than the first round. I loved how he started the song. By the chorus, it got a bit choppy, however. And then from there it got boring and I was ready to go to sleep. Grade: B

Trent Harmon, “Chandelier.” I thought this could go badly, but I should have known that Trent wouldn’t mess it up. This was powerful and emotional and a lot different (in a good way) for Trent. He clearly had the best night this week. Grade: A+

Dalton Rapattoni, “Bird Set Free.” I’m not sure why they saved this for the pimp spot. It was just more dark and depressed Dalton. It was better than round one, but I’m so tired of his performances making me feel depressed. Not a fan of feeling bad, sorry. Grade: B-

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7 Comments

  1. Hah! This show how much you hate Dalton
    Why you are hating Dalton?
    Dalton did amazing with Bird Set Free and you give him B-?
    Sorry. If I could compare. Dalton performance far better than Mackenzie

  2. Teeny Vote Mac will hopefully be going home this week. He had his worst night by far last night. Trent may have also become my pick to win last night.

  3. Totally agree on other comments about your bias against Dalton. He was terrific last night and the judges agreed. How can you make it sound like they didn’t like him? MacK was terrible and in a nice way they said that. His voice is weak and annoying. Well, yes, Trent has an amazing instrument but I cannot get past his fake personality all sugar coated with his Southern politeness. Really showed last night when he clearly had no idea how to interpret “Chandelier”. I just want to swing from a chandelier – ru kidding me?!? At least Dalton gets the connecting part. He IS emo – that’s his genre! Trent will win – but this reader won’t be buying his music! UGH!!

  4. OMG! La’Porsha tanked on both songs. Didn’t relate to the lyrics at al on WDOA, and forgot some of them. And on EH she was very wobbly and swallowed a lot of the words. She knew it, too. She looked very concerned toward the end when the cameras panned over to them on the chairs. She knew Trent out sang her spectacularly. Harry is still an annoying prat. Mac should go home next.

  5. I’m so glad that Sonika finally got kicked off. She just reminded me of a karaoke singer. My predictions is MacKenzie is next to go or maybe Dalton. They are definitely going to be the bottom two. As far as votes go I feel like Dalton gets a lot of them because he has a big fanbase from IM5 and FlyAwayHero. I’m certain that it’s going to be between Trent and La’Porsha for who wins. I’ll be voting for La’Porsha but that’s just my opinion.

  6. Your grades were mostly comfortable for me. But I heartily disagree with “Wanted Dead or Alive” B+ Your remarks were not particularly positive, so B- could still be high. Everyone’s afraid to be critical of her? And yes, Trent had the best night by far. He’s been quietly, consistently moving toward the title, peeling the onion to reveal other layers of his talent, vocal ability, creativity, and emotional depth. He’s astonishing!

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