So as we move into the last American Idol final ever(!), we know that we'll have a stellar top two of Trent and La'Porsha. As much of a whiz as Dalton, the third wheel in the Top 3, is at interpreting songs, he's not in the same league as the other two vocally. And we knew MacKenzie was going home this week. Before we get to the Top 3, let's take a moment to say goodbye to MacK AttacK, who actually had one of his best performances of the season with "Hallelujah." But it wasn't enough. Still, shed no tears for MacKenzie Bourg. A boy this cute is going to be all right.
Trent put on a cowboy shirt and sang a country song in Round 1. His rendition of Chris Stapleton's "Tennessee Whiskey" showed that he could absolutely be a country balladeer if that's what he wanted. Then in Round 2, he crushed Justin Timberlake's "Drink You Away." Then he did a relatively obscure song called "Waiting Game" and crushed that too. But for me, the effortlessness of "Tennessee Whiskey" put it over the top.
La'Porsha had the best soundbite of the night, saying she doesn't like Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" because "the only man I stay for is God." And of course she still slayed it. But it was her performance of Adele's "Hello" that truly shows that La'Porsha could be the last American Idol. Her voice isn't that different from Adele's, and it's such an iconic (and recent) song that it's a real challenge to find something personal in it. La'Porsha was up to it though.
I love Dalton; he's just not going to win. So let's appreciate his quirkiness while we still have him. I loved his take on Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing In the Dark," but his best performance was Blue October's "Calling You." It was cool to see Dalton do a happy, upbeat performance.
Next week is the three-part finale, and I'll be recapping Wednesday and Thursday's episodes live. Prodigal Idols Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood will return, and the very last Idol ever will be crowned.