American Idol 2016 Live Blog and Recap: Top 3 Results, Top 2 Performance Show (VIDEO)
Welcome to the live blog and recap for American Idol 2016, “Top 3 Results, Top 2 Perform”! Host Ryan Seacrest and judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick, Jr. continue the search for the final American Idol!
It’s the very finale performance show in American Idol history, as the remaining finalists perform for your votes! But before we get to the performance, someone must be eliminated, as one of either Trent Harmon, Dalton Rapattoni or La’Porsha Renae will go home in third place!
But who do Rickey.org readers think will be eliminated?
According to our official predictions poll, 55.64% of our readers believe it’s the end of the road for Dalton Rapattoni. But is this really the end for the young rocker, or are we do for a shocker? (I promise I didn’t plan for that to rhyme)
Keep it locked right here, as I’ll be updating with commentary and videos of the highlight performances as soon as they become available!
-We open with a fairly touching video package in which the Idols talk about how they’ve looked up to the stars of American Idols as role models. We can hear live reactions from the crowd, and Trent gets the biggest pop of the three. I think that’s telling. Anyway, we’re now live in the studio as the final three perform “Stole the Show” by Kygo featuring Parson James. They only do the first verse and a chorus, unfortunately. I say “unfortunately” because this is pretty great.
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-We’re live from the Dolby Theater as Ryan introduces the judges! Apparently, all three finalists will perform tonight. Round one will be their potential winner’s single, round two will be Simon Fuller’s choice, and round three will be the contestant’s favorite song of the season.
TRENT HARMON kicks off Round 1!
-In his video package, Trent talks about what it means to potentially be declared the winner of the farewell season of American Idol. He tearfully thanks the show for everything they’ve done, in making a farm boy believe he could be a star. It’s a really emotional, touching video package.
-Trent performs his potential winner’s single, “Falling”. It’s a pretty cool song. Very smooth and sexy, with a bluesy R&B vibe to it. This could easily be a single for The Weeknd. Trent definitely sings it well, although his over-the-top body language is a bit distracting. But hey, that’s what we’ve come to expect from Trent. This is a classic Trent Harmon performance. It’s up to you whether or not you consider that a good thing. No judging for this round, since we’ve only got an hour. Good call on that one.
WATCH AND DISCUSS: Trent Harmon Sings ‘Falling’ On American Idol 2016 Finale (VIDEO)
-Back from break with Scott Borchetta talking about the plan for the winner. He states that the morning after the finale, the winner will get to work on his/her album, and doing media tour. I hope they don’t drop the ball with the winner this year.
DALTON RAPATTONI is up next!
-Dalton talks about being a fan of Idol all his life. However, he wasn’t planning on auditioning until his dad bought him a plane ticket and basically told him, “This is the last season. You’re doing this.” And Dalton’s glad his dad convinced him. We get to see his showcase audition from Dallas for producers, and then watch him record his winner’s single. I really wish we knew whether he was in the final two or not.
-Dalton’s single is titled “Strike a Match”. And it’s…okay, I suppose. It’s not a bad song at all, and he does sing it well. But it just doesn’t sound like a winner’s single, which I suppose is the same problem Trent’s song had. Then again, maybe a lot more songs would have performed well on the charts if the songwriters focused on crafting an appropriate song for the respective finalists, rather than forcing them to fit into a prearranged song about rainbows and making dreams come true. Of course, I say all this, and yet “Do I Make You Proud?” was a No. 1 single for Taylor Hicks on the Billboard charts. Ultimately, I think this is a good song for Dalton’s post-Idol career, even if I don’t think it’s the best coronation song he could have gotten.
LA’PORSHA RENAE is up next!
-La’Porsha remembers hearing that American Idol bus auditions were coming to her city, and deciding to try out. She isn’t sure she would have believed it if you’d told her then that she’d make it this far. But she wants the title more than anything. She shouts out Kelly Clarkson and says a woman began it, and now a woman is going to finish it.
-La’Porsha’s single, “Battles”, is the most traditional winner’s single of the three — it’s up to you whether or not that’s a good thing. But hey, I enjoyed it. She sings it well, and it comes across as the type of song La’Porsha should be putting on her album.
WATCH AND DISCUSS: La’Porsha Renae ‘Battles’ For American Idol 2016 Crown! (VIDEO)
-Each of the finalists talk about what it means to be one step away from the Idol finale. But now it’s time to get results…
LA’PORSHA RENAE IS IN THE AMERICAN IDOL 2016 FINALE!
TRENT HARMON IS IN THE AMERICAN IDOL 2016 FINALE!
DALTON RAPATTONI IS ELIMINATED FROM AMERICAN IDOL 2016!
-Dalton congratulates Trent in a wonderful moment. He seems so genuinely happy for his buddy, while Trent seems sad to say goodbye to his friend. But Dalton looks pretty cool with the result, smiling all the way through his farewell video.
-Aaaand we keep the show rolling, although this is thankfully somewhat less awkward than Jax getting eliminated at the start of the show last season.
TRENT HARMON kicks off Round Two!
-Trent will be singing Simon Fuller’s choice, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”. It’s a really good song choice for him, although it gives no indication that Trent will be a relevant recording artist on the other end of this competition. But if he reprises “Chandelier” for round three, he could potentially take this thing. That’s a song that could be on the radio right now. Dude could be the American Sam Smith, to borrow a term from Michael Slezak.
-Keith thought it was a brilliant song choice, and loved how Trent sang it. He thinks this could be the closest race in Idol history. Jennifer agrees, saying Trent proved he isn’t going to just lie down and let La’Porsha win this thing. Harry congratulates Simon Fuller on a tremendous song choice, and then notes that he does feel like he knows Trent by now. After the performance, Ryan asks if it’s sunk in that Trent could win, and he replies that it has. He notes that he worked really, really hard to get here. And it’s clear that he has, judging by how he fought through illness in Hollywood Week just to keep going a little bit longer.
-Back from break with Ryan revealing that each of the judges will be performing on the finale. Hopefully, J-Lo’s new single isn’t anywhere near “I Luh You, Papi” levels.
LA’PORSHA RENAE is up next!
-Simon Fuller has chosen “A House Is Not a Home” by Dionne Warwick. These might be Simon’s best song selections in fifteen seasons. This has the potential to match Tamyra Gray’s version of this song, or maybe even surpass it. La’Porsha’s version is emotional and compelling. With that said, I wasn’t in love with it or anything, as her voice gets kind of thin towards the end. Jennifer loves it though, singing along with it.
-Jennifer loved that version and is happy to have it. Harry thinks it was the most melodically complex song she’s performed all season, and thought she did a great job with it, saying she moved him. Keith says he doesn’t even smoke, yet he feels like he needs a cigarette right now. He praises La’Porsha as well as Rickey Minor and the band.
-So now Ryan asks who won Round 1. Jennifer agonizes over the choice, saying that both artists did an amazing job. However, she ultimately picks La’Porsha as the victor of round one.
TRENT HARMON kicks off Round Three!
-Trent’s song of the season pick is “Chandelier” by Sia, and it’s exactly the song he needed to close with, if he has any plans on winning this thing. The arrangement is as gorgeous here as it was the first time, and the vocal lines up with what he achieved the first time as well. That extended falsetto at the end? GLORIOUS! In fact, I’d argue this is the best of the night so far. The crowd goes insane for him, to the point where he can’t hear the judges at all.
-Harry said Trent just made this the hardest decision in the history of American Idol. (Wait, was that Thia Megia in the audience?) Keith loved the performance, and then says “Chandelier” is the best song Freddie Mercury never wrote. Jennifer says Trent couldn’t have sang that any better, and tells him he deserves to win the competition. After the performance, Ryan hands Trent his diary, and he explains that he writes down everything the judges have ever told him on the show. I have an insane amount of respect for the amount of work Trent has put into this, and it all shows in how well he’s done in the competition.
LA’PORSHA RENAE closes the show (and the series!)
-La’Porsha chooses “Diamonds” by Rihanna as her song of the season. I actually think she should have gone with “No More Drama,” but I can see why she didn’t. I’m probably going to get raked over the coals for this, but I thought she oversang this. This could have been amazing if she’d just sang the song, but it was so drenched in runs that the track was virtually unrecognizable. I liked La’Porsha, but I didn’t love this.
-Keith thinks both contestants have been singing like it’s the finals, and he praises La’Porsha for what she’s accomplished. Jennifer says she can’t wait to go to a La’Porsha concert some day and see her let loose (hey! Naima Adedapo is in the audience with Emily Brooke!). Harry asks who La’Porsha was thinking about during the song and she responds her daughter. She has tears in her eyes, and if La’Porsha can’t win after all this, then I guess it was never meant to be.
-After the performance, La’Porsha thanks her fans for giving her an opportunity and a way out, and notes that they all inspire her. Trent then says that his fans gave him the opportunity to do something he never thought he’d get to do in his life. I really have no idea who’s winning this. I guess Trent? What do you think?
-That’s a wrap! What did you think of tonight’s show? Who will win American Idol 2016? Until tomorrow night, thanks for reading and hanging out!