So far on Season 17 of “American Idol,” Laci Kaye Booth has flown under the radar as several more over-the-top contestants (like Margie Mays) have dominated the screen. But in Monday’s Top 20 solo round, this 23-year-old from Livingston, Texas earned a new moniker — “bad ass” — from Luke Bryan during her rendition of Cheap Trick‘s “I Want You To Want Me.” Could this lifelong “American Idol” superfan be a dark horse to win the entire show? Watch Laci’s latest “American Idol” performance above.
“I mean, when were you gonna show us that you could do all that singing?” asked Katy Perry following Laci’s raspy performance. “You’re gonna wait till the Top 20? You just showed us a whole [new] level of confidence. You were for sure like an A+ in my books, but you are just like ungradable at this point. It’s really, really good.”
Luke chimed in, “When I saw the song you were doing I was like, ‘Oh my God, she’s gonna come out here and do some kind of cheesy version of a fast song.’ And then when you walked out and just hit that easy note I was like, ‘No she ain’t, she’s fixin’ to knock it out of the park.'”
“The talent now is ridiculous,” added Lionel Richie as the Top 20 solo round was coming to an end. “And when I say that, you are in that group. You have found your identity. That is who you are. And you are just giving us every time more confidence and more confidence. I’m very proud of you.”
In his “American Idol” live blog, our recapper Denton Davidson had this to say about Laci’s performance: “Singing a unique acoustic version of ‘I Want You to Want Me’ by Cheap Trick, Laci is simply a natural. She’s got an unmistakable tone and everything about her is effortless. On top of that, she looks like a superstar. Laci is a threat to win this whole competition and I agree with Luke’s assessment that she’s a ‘bad ass.'”