You can now put your box of tissues away, as ‘American Idol’ is officially done with its season 17 auditions. On Monday, the reality TV competition series aired its fifth episode, which was also the last of the audition rounds. The series started their new journey to find the next singing sensation with Ryan Seacrest returning as host yet again in its 17th season along with judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.
And as usual, the series saved most of its best for the last. During Monday’s auditions, we witnessed much talent, with a few equally heavy back stories. Starting Sunday, the Hollywood week begins. And while we wait to see what happens and how many of our favorite contestants make it through, here are three performances that stood out among the rest in the last set of auditions, winning the golden ticket to Hollywood.
Performing her version of Keith Urban’s ‘Stupid Boy’ Chloe Channell shocked everyone with her voice. She was backed up by Grammy Award-winning country artist Billy Dean on guitar. Even though she began singing slow, her voice grew along with her emotions as she really performed. Her performance brought out the best of her range and stage presence. The judges were blown away with her voice, and we can’t wait to see more from her this season.
Emma Kleinberg is one of the past ‘American Idol’ contestants. She had auditioned with her brother previously on the show. Years later, she is back for a shot at the title. 21-year-old Kleinberg performed her version of Alan Stone’s ‘American Privilege.’ After watching her performance, it is easy to say she was one of the best auditions we witnessed this entire season. Even the judges were spellbound with her pitch and voice. When she was done with her performance, Perry asked her if that is the end, because she would have liked to listen to the entire song.
Jackson Gillies was the final and the last contestant to audition on ‘American Idol’ this season. He taught himself how to play the guitar in a span of just two months when he was admitted in hospital and could not walk because of hidradenitis suppurativa, a skin condition that has no cure. For his audition, he performed Ed Sheeran’s ‘Make It Rain’ and it was nothing less than powerful. He was filled with enthusiasm and charisma throughout his performance. Gillies is definitely Top 10 material and we cannot wait to see what he brings in the future rounds.
‘American Idol’ airs every Sunday and Monday on ABC. Check your local listings for more information.