American Idol 2016 Top 8 Power Rankings

This week we’ll be meeting our Top 6 American Idol 2016 contestants after another double elimination, but before we get there, it’s time to take a look back at Top 8 and factor in everything to decide the Power Rankings for the week.


Last week’s rankings nailed the bottom 3, so let’s see if we can do that again. As always, we’ll be looking at performances, judges’ comments, poll results, social media buzz placement last week. I will say, however, that things are getting murky this week. People who were pretty low on the social media rung last week have jumped substantially. But Twitter followers aren’t always definitive as you can buy followers or have followers bought by (crazy) fans. Anyway, let’s get to it.

American Idol 2016 Top 8 Power Rankings

American Idol 2016 Finalist Trent Harmon (FOX)

1. Trent Harmon. I wasn’t sure if Trent or La’Porsha should take the top spot because while the judges love La’Porsha, I think fans are leaning more toward Trent at the moment. And we all know how much Idol fans love the white dudes. Based on our poll, Trent was the top performer last week with almost 27 percent of the vote. Over on Twitter he’s at 19,700 followers. And as far as his performance goes, he was flawless, like always.

AMERICAN IDOL: Top 10: La’Porsha Renae. Cr: Fox / © 2016 FOX Broadcasting Co.

2. La’Porsha Renae. As I just sated, it was a close race for No. 1. There’s no question that La’Porsha is in the Top 2 at least. She comes in second in our poll with 16.73 percent of the vote. So Trent is definitely besting her with our readers, but on Twitter they’re neck and neck (she has 19,800 followers). As far as her performance from last week goes, the judges love her but I think she was better last week.

American Idol 2016 Finalist Dalton Rapattoni (FOX)

3. Dalton Rapattoni. Things start getting confusing here. In our poll, Dalton lands in fourth place below Sonika AND Lee with 10.99 percent of the vote. But based on his performances and the fact that he has a whopping 122,000 Twitter followers, I think he’s doing better than our latest poll is making it look.

American Idol 2016 Finalist Sonika Vaid (FOX)

4. Sonika Vaid. Sonika isn’t big on social media (she only has 11,700 Twitter followers), but she’s registering pretty well with our readers as she’s currently in third place with 15 percent of the vote. She is definitely riding the wave of the epiphany she recently had on the stage, so that puts her here in fourth place of our rankings.

American Idol 2016 Finalist Lee Jean Jr. (FOX)

5. Lee Jean. Lee is surprising me. He’s currently beating Dalton in our poll with 11.9 percent of the vote and he’s right on the tails of Trent and La’Porsha on Twitter with 18,000 followers. While Lee is a solid performer, his attitude on stage is a big problem for me. I guess fans aren’t picking up on his brattiness or maybe they like that?

American Idol 2017 Finalist Avalon Young

6. Avalon Young. Even though Avalon was in the bottom three last week, I think she earned this 6th place spot after that great performance last week. We also know from Idol experience that as soon as you almost go home but don’t, you build momentum. And that’s evident with her huge Twitter boost in the past week. She went from 16,000 to 21,000 followers.

American Idol 2016 finalist MacKenzie Bourg

7. MacKenzie Bourg. It’s hard for me to put MacKenzie all the way down here because I think he’s one of the most marketable guys in the competition. Not to mention, his performances are always flawless. His big downfall is that he has boxed himself in. Boxing yourself in is perfectly fine when you’re an established artist because that means what you do is working. But when you’re on American Idol you have to appeal to everyone to get the votes. So that’s why he’s No. 7 in our rankings and quite possibly going to end up in the Bottom 3 this week despite having that The Voice fanbase that helps make up some of his 116,000 Twitter followers.

American Idol 2016 Finalist Tristan McIntosh (FOX)

8. Tristan McIntosh. Tristan is another one who confuses me. She’s got a lot of fans out there, including 23,000 Twitter followers, but they don’t seem to be among our wonderful group of readers. She’s in last place in our poll with 5.9 percent of the vote. And based on her performances, she’s definitely in last place as far as our Power Rankings go, but she could very well end up safe this week, but I doubt it.




  1. 1. Trent
    2. La’Porsha
    3. Dalton
    4. Sonika
    5. Mackenzie
    6. Tristan
    7. Avalon
    8. Lee

  2. Being a great singer is fine but one has to have some ‘chemistry’ that draws people to tours and music sales. I just cannot gin up any chemistry for La’Porsha or Sonika, regardless of how they sing. Should be an interesting outcome.

  3. According to last week performance
    1. La Porsha
    2. Trent Harmon
    3. Sonika Vaid
    4. Mackenzie Bourg
    5. Dalton
    6. Tristan McIntosh
    7. Lee Jean
    8. Avalon
    I always hope that I will not type that AVALON name. And I think she doesn’t deserved to get here because it was her lucky only. I always hope and waiting on Olivia Rox performance. Still hard for me to believe that Olivia got eliminated last week. And now is the TIME. I REALLY HOPE AND PRAY THAT TRISTAN MCINTOSH and AVALON YOUNG got ELIMINATED. I REALLY DON’T CARE. ALL I WANT IS ONLY AVALON TO GET HOME. JENNEVE OR BROOKE WHITE BETTER 1000000X TIME THAN HER. AND IT WAS WRONG ELIMINATION. I HAVE OPEN TO 10 PEOPLE ABOUT AVALON AND OLIVIA LAST WEEK PERFORMANCE AND ALL OF THEM ARE SAY OLIVIA 100000000000000000X TIMES BETTER BETTER BETTER THAN AVALON

  4. La’Porsha can sing. I don’t think she is American Idol material. Having a baby out of wedlock and a few other observations cause me to want someone else. Avalon could easily sneak up the poles. Who ever wins need to fill Kelly Clarkson’s shoes and I don’t see La’Porsha filling that role.

    • I agree with you 100% about La Porsha. In fact, I have read many comments where many feel the same way you do. Yes, this competition is going to eventually need a winner, but I don’t believe La Porsha is the right one.

    • So you are saying because she had a baby out of wedlock, she shouldn’t be the next American Idol. First, get your facts straight because she is married going through a divorce because of abuse. Even if she wasn’t, her talent speaks for itself. That’s why America is the way it is because of people with a mind frame like yours. Kelly Clarkson herself stated that Laporsha is the next American Idol. Take a look back at the past Idol winners, they all had some issues and demons that they were dealing with. This show is about talent and hands down, LaPorsha is the best talent that American Idol has ever had in it’s 15 seasons. LaPorsha will be a star whether she is voted the next American Idol or not. #teamlaporsha

    • You do realize that Fantasia – who incidentally WON season 3 – was also a single mother?

  5. Really hate to see Avalon perform
    Stitches that she sang are pitchy and shaky everywhere
    I am sure Olivia will 10000000000000000x times famous than Avalon
    My friends who don’t watch American Idol. They say Avalon has really a very very very very very boring performance. And Olivia has a great performance while is the song is very difficult. Not just only one said but a lot. So american got it wrong. If in my place I can vote. Olivia will have my votes. I will never vote for performer like Avalon. Better I vote to Tristan McIntosh rather than Avalon Young. Avalon wasn’t unique. Last year american idol. I honestly said that my friends said Jax better than Joey, OK I take and agree what they said. However wrong with this season. Same like when my idol Angie miller got eliminated.

  6. Fantasia had a baby out of wedlock as well and wasn’t able to read well. She did quite well so to say that LaPorsha shouldn’t win or may not have a chance is a little premature.

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