American Idol Recap: Top 8 Performs And The Judges Save One

American Idol is moving in to new territory tonight in its final weeks as the top ten finalists are cut down to the season’s Top 8 amid a new Judges twist set to save production’s choice.

Ryan Seacrest and the American Idol 2016 finalists
Ryan Seacrest and the American Idol 2016 finalists – Source: @AmericanIdol

We’ve waited a week for the performances and American Idol results as your votes have been tallied and host Ryan Seacrest awaits the moment to dim the lights. Now we’ve just learned the Judges Save is back in a way with production picking which of the Bottom 3 tonight will move on while overruling the viewers’ votes.

The new elimination method is soon to be explained and perhaps clarified from what Borchetta detailed earlier, but get ready for performances tonight from all the singers before the Judges’ hammer comes down.

We’ve already spoiled the song list for tonight so settle in with us here for our live recap and get ready to vote for your favorite at the end of the night. With two more eliminations next week you won’t want to skip out on helping your top picks!

Now let’s get to the results and the performers. The first person who is safe and up to perform with the Top 8 is Dalton Rapattoni. No surprises here. (From here on out, the order these recaps appear in are the order Ryan reveals they’re safe)

Dalton Rapattoni, “Radioactive.” This is a good song choice for Dalton but this wasn’t his best performance. He seemed almost bored with it. He finally woke up later in the song, but it wasn’t exactly the best vocals. Keith loves how hungry and passionate he is, but doesn’t think this was the best. Jennifer tells him not to get in his head and Harry thinks he wasn’t as present and I agree.

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Lee Jean, “Use Somebody.” I expected Lee to make it through this week, but I’m going to go ahead and repeat what I’ve said before, he needs to hill out on his horrible attitude. That bit before his performance made him sound like an immature brat. That being said, this was actually a pretty good song choice for him, but the performance wasn’t great. It was shaky and pitchy. And to be fair, he really isn’t that similar to MacKenzie. Jennifer liked the song choice, but thinks Lee needs to see if he’s got more power behind his voice. Harry thinks it was strong and Keith didn’t think the song was good for him.

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Sonika Vaid, “Since U Been Gone.” I’m not surprised she made it through this week, but I am a little surprised she chose this song. This is a great big song. I didn’t like the start of the song. It sounded very awkward. But at the chorus it got better. Harry won’t really criticize Sonika, but you can tell he didn’t love it. Keith said he wanted more “angry girlfriend” and JLo seems to agree.

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MacKenzie Bourg, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” Again, no shocker that MacKenzie made it through. How bout this song though? Quite the risk. But he did what I thought he was going to do and rearranged it and made it his own. I love that he didn’t keep it super slow though, as I feared because this isn’t supposed to be a slow song. It’s a dance song, obviously. Keith loved hearing a guy sing this song and Jennifer said this “switch-up” really worked. Harry said it was nice and pleasant but implied it wasn’t big enough.

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La’Porsha Renae, “Halo.” Not a fan of this song. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I don’t even think it sounds good when Beyonce sings it. And this time was no different. I think La’Porsha is great, but no one should ever sing this on a singing show. At least she mixed it up and made it actually a singable song. So I was impressed by that. JLo tells her she’s the one to beat. Harry says she’s a master at arcing her songs and Keith says she was incredible.

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Trent Harmon, “When A Man Loves A Woman.” Sure we’ve heard this song a lot, but hearing Trent sing it was all new. He is a completely flawless singer. And this time was no different. Talk about an arc. This one had it all. Perfect. Harry rambled about vibrato and Keith pointed out that Scott Borchetta picking at Trent’s facial expressions only distracted him. Jennifer says he’s perfect and doesn’t want him to change a “damn thing.”

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The final person guaranteed safe this week is Tristan McIntosh. That means the bottom three is Olivia Rox, Gianna Isabella and Avalon Young.




  1. For the fiRST thing
    LAST YEAR JOEY COOK just finished until seventh
    Now Olivia Rox
    The best is american idol 2014 which putting Jena Irene at runner up

  2. if we must choose by these three performance, i pick Avalon over Olivia just for this performance but if we consider last week performance i think olivia didn’t deserve in bottom three instead Lee or Tristan

  3. They take forever in auditions and Hollywood and then skip through the top ten at a mad pace? Then, the keep giving the judges power during the voting side of the show? If they let the voters votes stand, Avalon would probably be out. This is way too rushed for the singers to even enjoy being top ten.

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