American Idol 2016 Top 3 Report Card

Last night we said goodbye to MacKenzie Bourg in a surprising (or not) shift of power as Dalton went from the bottom 2 last week to the top 2 this week.

AMERICAN IDOL: Top 3 Revealed: L-R: Contestants Trent Harmon, La'Porsha Renae and Dalton Rapattoni on AMERICAN IDOL airing Thursday, March 31 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2016 FOX Broadcasting Co. Cr: Michael Becker/ FOX. This image is embargoed until Thursday, March 31,10:00PM PT / 1:00AM ET
American Idol 2016 Top 3: Trent, La’Porsha and Dalton/FOX

After last night’s performances, however, I think it’s safe to officially say that the final two will be La’Porsha and Trent. Our report card for this week definitely reflects that so let’s get to it.

American Idol 2016 Top 3 Report Card

Round 1 (Contestants’ Hometown Picks)

Dalton Rapattoni, “Calling You.” Well this was a boring performance. And it all seemed really gimmicky to me. I just don’t feel a connection to him. And there were virtually no vocals with this one. Grade: C+

Trent Harmon, “Tennessee Whiskey.” As always, Trent took a strong song and made it even better. I loved how emotional and smooth, and just perfect this song was for him. He seemed refreshed from his hometown visit and this song showed that. Grade: A+

La’Porsha Renae, “Glory.” I wish she had picked a better song, but like I’ve been saying, it doesn’t matter what she sings, it’s going to be fantastic. And this was. The vocals were strong and she brought out the emotion and made the right contact with the audience. Grade: A+

Round 2 (Scott Borchetta’s picks)

Dalton Rapattoni, “Dancing in the Dark.” This was one of Dalton’s best efforts. I thought this was actually really cool and Dalton made it current. I’m not going to be like the judges and say it’s OK that Dalton isn’t great singer. Because it’s NOT OK. But I give credit where it’s due, and this was pretty solid. Grade: B+

La’Porsha Renae, “Stay With Me.” Again, she can sing anything. I just can’t believe that she was considered the bottom two. Dalton isn’t even close to being HALF as good as she is. This was a huge performance. Her vocals were powerful and her emotions were high. It was, however, a disconnected performance, like she admitted. She just couldn’t relate to the lyrics and it showed. Grade: A

Trent Harmon, “Drink You Away.” First of all, horrible song choice, Scott. Luckily, Trent is a great singer and performer and really wants to win American Idol, so he delivered. Another great one from Trent, even though I don’t love the song. Grade: A

Dalton Rapattoni, “Everybody Wants to Rule The World.” Well, I can’t be as nice this round. This was a good song for Dalton, but he sort of acted like he couldn’t even be bothered. He barely got out a few of the lyrics. If this guy beats either La’Porsha or Trent then I think American Idol deserves to go away. Grade: D+

La’Porsha Renae, “Hello.” Oddly enough, this wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be. The other two performances were much better. I think this song is just so much of an Adele song, it just didn’t work for La’Porsha like they thought it would. And she really missed the chance to hit that giant Adele note. Grade: A-

Trent Harmon, “Waiting Game.” I have no idea what this song is or why they picked it for Trent, but it was a great performance. It was definitely the kind of song Trent could record, but I just don’t understand the choice. Grade: A

How would you grade the American Idol 2016 Top 3 performances?




  1. I had the exact same thoughts!!!
    And I’ve been thinking for months that Dalton is a phony!

  2. You are so rough and bias with Dalton
    From your comment I know you hate Dalton
    And I know you made Trent above anyone and anything
    I don’t know what is special in Trent
    For me better I listened to Caleb, Phillips Phillips rather than Trent
    When trent has a bad night, you give him B+ or whatever
    And dalton you give him C and D
    oh my god. What a show. Can’t you see what inside Dalton?
    Don’t you see this week Dalton in top 2
    If that right, Dalton sent home this week then I hope and me as Sonika, Olivia and Dalton team join la porsha team. Pray and support la porsha to win!!!

    • I completely agree. Dalton is always the lowest on this so called report card. But he’s always got my vote!!

      • Dalton got your vote because he is cute or else?
        If he got my support and vote because he has the whole package

      • Yes, he is cute but it’s not why I vote for him. I’m a grandma, I don’t care about his looks. I love his stage performance. He doesn’t just stand there and sing. He’s an awesome singer as well.

      • That’s what I want to hear grandma…
        Sorry for calling you grandma mam
        Because I’m still 30 something
        I also love his stage performance
        I don’t vote for him because his looks
        I have my lovely husband already
        I love him because he has a whole package
        That’s all grandma

  3. If you’re looking for whose the most commercial, Dalton is the whole package. You don’t have to be a “great” singer to be successful. He’s got the looks. He’s got a good voice. He got a large following. He knows how to work a crowd. Being an American Idol is not great voice alone.

    • ITA IMO La’Porsha has zero marketability. Her genre is passé’, her look is atrocious and the people who enjoy her sound don’t spend money on music or concert tickets. Trent is a niche singer. I can’t imagine sitting through a concert of his either. While Dalton is not a great singer, he is a showman. He’s fun and he’s interesting. And most importantly he has charisma. I can see him having a career as a host/MC who also sings.

  4. Whoever does this so called report card is biased. Always giving dalton the lowest scores he can go without making it seem like he hates him but we can tell you do. Dalton is a great singer, he may not be the absolute best but the boy has a voice. But other than that he has an amazing stage presence. ..when he was just sitting there singing sound of silence I was captivated. And when he moves on a stage he moves around to the entire audience and you rarely see Trent and la porsha do that. I loved Trent at the beginning and now sometimes his voice gets on my nerves just like la porsha.

    And don’t get me wrong there’s been some songs dalton has done that I’m just like wtf. But he is a person I would pay money to go see and buy his cds. Not the other two. But it’s a good shot for all 3.

    I just think this report card thing is biased.

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