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Sonika Vaid Takes On Taylor Swift With ‘Safe and Sound’ on American Idol 2016 (VIDEO)

Sonika Vaid delivered one of the best performances of the night with “Safe and Sound” by Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars American Idol 2016 Top 24 Semi-Final on Wednesday, February 10, 2016!

In her pre-performance video, Sonika talks about obsessively keeping piano tabs for all the songs she plays, even though she doesn’t really need them. She proudly declares, “I play by ear,” which prompts me to wonder why she isn’t playing piano tonight. She comes across as a total star already, and I think displaying another facet of her artistry beyond just her voice would really put her over the top. Sonika sings “Safe and Sound” by Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars, and while it’s not my favorite Sonika performance of the competition, I thought it was still another strong notch in her belt. She nailed this laddered run towards the end that showed off her vocal range, and really illustrated how a great singer can tactfully deploy vocal gymnastics. I was impressed, even though she had this scared, deer-in-headlights look the entire time (although maybe it was on purpose, to match the vulnerability of the song. I have no idea). Harry thought it was a really good job, and called it one of the most emotional performances he’s seen. That said, he wants her to emote more. Keith says he was writing notes, but immediately stopped once Sonika started singing, noting that her voice is just amazing. J-Lo agrees, saying Sonika has a beautiful voice. Watch the video below:

Sonika Vaid Takes On Taylor Swift With 'Safe and Sound' on American Idol 2016 (VIDEO)

What did you think of “Safe and Sound” by Sonika Vaid? Sound off in the comments!

And if you missed tonight’s show, check out our live blog and recap with videos from the Top 24 Group 1!

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