Most of the Top 14 contestants on Sunday’s first “American Idol” live show this season attempted to step up their game to ensure they capture those fan votes. Some like Eddie Island wore a gaudy fringe jacket and decided to shout-croon Elton John‘s “Bennie and the Jets” while Uche’ focused more on his fancy footwork than just singing “Finesse” by Bruno Mars. As for throaty Evelyn Cormier, she attempted to switch from swoony ballads to Jimmy Eat World‘s bouncy “The Middle,” but it felt like she just shifted into the wrong gear.
But then came the calm and oh-so-cool Alejandro Aranda, who decided to go the DJ route by putting an electronic spin on “Dance” by Drake. He stood at a keyboard while adding beats to the melody as he effortlessly sang with that hypnotic smoothie of a voice (watch his performance above). It’s clear that he doesn’t need to resort to tempo changes or distracting choreography to charm the on-lookers.
Besides, did any of the other 13 contestants get a social media love note from Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks,who was inducted as a solo artist into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year? I am guessing no. Here is what she had to say about the ‘Idol’ hopeful who many think is the frontrunner.
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From my journal: March 6th, 2019 Last night on American Idol ~ (day off) I was just ready to push “Guide” for the next hour and on walked this quiet soft spoken guy and something about him ~ said “Don’t change the channel.” When he started to play the first chords ~ I started to cry~ I cried all through his guitar song and all through his piano song. My prophecy~ He will play and sing across the great stages of the world. He will play with 60 piece orchestras and he will play alone. I felt, as did the judges , that I was suspended in some sort of magical grace that was just simply overwhelming. My tears did not stop until he stopped. So, Alejandro, let me welcome you to the grand stage that will be your home for the rest of your extraordinary life~ Love always, Stevie Nicks 13 days until the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony!
The post got more than 127,000 views and 742 comments. Now that is an audience. When your audition makes someone like Nicks cry, you know you must be doing something right.
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