What these 5 do with their voices is some serious Harry Potter-like magic.
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 girls 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 crowing him the winner of Season 15, I think it’s safe to say that American Idol ended on a VERY high note.
Happy Halloween Witches!
I miss this show. This is one of their most underrated performances.
I don’t promote a ton of my work here but this is something I am incredibly proud of.
My amazing, talented team at MTV World has been working super hard (that’s an understatement) to create and bring to light this stunning yet raw and very real documentary series. The 6-part series is about the brave (another understatement) youth, who are risking their lives every day to create and express themselves through music, film, and various other artistic outlets. It’s a captivating, enlightening and important story.
The new season starts with the Turkey episode and will premiere on April 30th on MTV’s YouTube page.