The top 7 the artists performed twice on the May 8 episode of American Idol. One of the performances is dedicated to the male singer’s mother, while the second is a song that went viral thanks to TikTok. Before the artists took the stage, Ryan Seacrest revealed that Noah Thompson and Fritz Hager yes test positive for COVID-19 before the episode. Noah was able to perform virtual from his hotel room, but Fritz’s rehearsal scene had to be used for the performances.
Up first, Leah Marlene sang the song “Electric Love” on her TikTok. She went out of her comfort zone and danced on stage during the performance. “Movement is everything,” Lionel Richie told her. “Performance is what it is all about. Singing is one thing but you are everywhere. You did a wonderful job.”
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Next, Jay Copeland performed “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston. Lionel gave him a standing ovation, and Katy Perry blow through the show. “This time the tracks are unique and very artistic,” she said. “You’re not just a singer, you’re a signer and you’re doing it. You’ve been fair a song by Whitney Houston. ”
Following Jay was Fritz. He sang an original song and made a video call from his hotel room to hear what the judges thought of his rehearsal scene. “For you to switch a lot from acoustic guitar to electric guitar and have that rockstar moment, it looks and sounds great,” Luke Bryan told Fritz. “You’ve just got all the tools.” Fortunately, Fritz said he feels fine and hopes to return next week.
Christian Guardino sang “Lonely” by Justin Bieber. Lionel spoke to him and assured him that he was “unique” and not “broken”, as he said in his pre-recorded package. “The reason you are on this stage is because you are unique on this planet,” Lionel said. “Your talent shines like a diamond. Just go in the right direction. ”
Next to go on stage is HunterGirl. She sang “You Broke Me First” by Tate McRae, bringing her country style to the pop song. “You were so natural on that stage,” admits Katy. “I am so grateful that you all used up the stage tonight. You are becoming the artists you dream of.”
Next is Noah’s virtual performance. He sang “Painted Blue”, which is a song he previously sang himself on TikTok and received a positive response from fans. All three judges gave Noah a standing ovation. “Wonderful, great, very good,” Luke said, adding that it was one of Noah’s “best performances.” Noah said he feels fine and “will pass”, while assuring the judges he “will make it”.
Finally, TikTok enthusiasts Nicolina took the stage to sing “Alone.” The crowd and judges were completely blown away by her incredible vocals. PLUS, she must create her own viral TikTok using will.i.am!
Mother’s Day Performance ‘American Idol’
To kick off the Mother’s Day round, Jay returned with a rendition of “A Song For Mama”, which is one of his mom’s favorite songs. Katy said: “The growth for you has been phenomenal. “You’ve found exactly who you are and you’ll never go back.”
Fritz returns to the spotlight next with another original song dedicated to his mother. Once again, his rehearsal footage was used but still made a strong impression on the judges. “You look like a pro, you sound like a pro. It was just another great performance,” choked Luke.
Next, Leah dedicated “Sanctuary” to her mother. “Your sound, your storytelling… you’ve found that place. You have found your hub. You can do that for the rest of your life and make the greatest career ever,” Lionel said. Following Leah was HunterGirl with a performance of “Like My Mother Does” by Lauren Alaina. Katy was in tears when she finished. “You got your platinum ticket and you still deserve it today,” Katy said.
Noah came back almost next, singing “Landslide” to his grandmother. Once again, all the judges were on their feet. “The right vibes are happening [in that room] for you,” Luke admitted. “No matter what happens to you, you look like a star in that room.” During the second performance, Nicolina sang “Light In The Hallway.” Katy assured Nicolina that both of her performances were “A Plus Plus”, while Luke and Lionel described the performance as “perfect”.
At the end of the second round was Christian with a powerful “Lord” performance. The audience went wild. “You sang it like a second skin, like you’ve sung it a hundred times. It’s one of your best. Katy said.
Top 5 of ‘American Idol’ revealed
Despite the great performances, the two artists with the fewest votes were eliminated. Ryan announced five artists are safe: Noah Thompson, Nicolina, HunterGirl, Leah Marlene and Fritz Hager. That means Christian Guardino and Jay Copeland were removed.