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Farewell American Idol …For Now

American Idol sang it’s final tune last night. I was an avid viewer and fan of the first 8 seasons, half-watched 9, came back for 10 & 11, but kind of fell off the Idol wagon when Simon Cowell left the judges panel. I stuck around another year or so but was never as engaged after Season 11. Last night, after watching many past contestants perform on the Idol stage one last time, I thought I’d take a look back and re-watch all of my favorite performances throughout the series. Here they are!

Jason Castro “Hallelujah” – Looking back, the soft-spoken dread-locked singer-songwriter was my favorite Idol contestant of all time. His voice wasn’t spectacular by any means but if you watch his interview bit before this performance, that’s basically why he was my fave.

David Archuleta “Imagine” – This may be the single best solo performance on Idol in all its 15 years. Not only is Archie’s voice crystal clear but he sings with such natural conviction that a lot of contestants just don’t have.

Carrie Underwood “Alone” – I just always liked this song and her take on it. I forgot Simon predicted her to win & sell more records than any other previous Idol winner. And that she did.

Carrie Underwood & Rascal Flatts “Bless The Broken Road” – While this isn’t technically a performance that got “judged”, this is when I was first introduced to my future wedding song.

Alison Iraheta “Alone” – For me, no one has ever covered this song as well as Alison Iraheta (not even Carrie).

David Cook “Always Be My Baby” – Watching this again, I got chills. What David Cook did to this song is mesmerizing.

Hayley Reinhart “Bennie & The Jets” – She was probably my favorite female contestant throughout the course of the series. The girl’s got pipes.

Adam Lambert “Tracks Of My Tears” – Oh my Adam. This gentle take on the timeless Smokey Robinson song is breathtaking. That last note, are you kidding me? Praise.

Trent Harmon “Chandelier” – I admit, I didn’t watch many episodes of the last season of Idol. However, I did catch this particular performance and while re-watching it, I cried. A lot. Trent’s take on Sia’s pop hit is incredible. After crowning him the winner of Season 15, I think it’s safe to say that American Idol ended on a VERY high note.


Mumford & Sons “2Shy” (Shura Cover)

I knew I liked these guys.

Sam Smith “Nirvana” (Acoustic)

Um. Yep. I’m officially obsessed.

The non-acoustic version is just as wonderful but there is just something so beautiful and mesmerizing about this performance.

HAIM “Strong Enough” (Sheryl Crow Cover)

Back to back HAIM posts=this band rocks.

Here, the ladies totally kick-ass on my favorite Sheryl Crow song.

Happy Friday!

Kodaline “All I Want”

Kodaline is an up and coming band from Dublin and what I’ve heard from them so far is quite good.

“All I Want” is totally that song that you’d hear during a pivotal scene in a romantic movie. It starts out super soft and intimate and then turns into this bigger-than-life rock ballad. The above video is a live version of the song performed in a room containing nothing but the band members and a dim, amber light. It’s really well done. You can watch the official music video here.

And if that video doesn’t make you an emotional wreck, then watch this one. Kodaline are beautiful storytellers who know how to tug at the heartstrings.

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