It was an emotional night on Idol as the contestants sang songs dedicated to their hometowns as well as songs chosen by mentor Scott Borchetta and judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr.
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To start, Mackenzie Bourg sang Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” Dalton Rapatoni belted out Blue October’s “Calling You,” Trent Harmon sang the country classic “Tennessee Whiskey” and La’Porsha Renae sang “Glory” by John Legend and Common.
There were multiple performances that had the crowd going crazy, but Renae’s truly brought the house down.
“I feel like I just had a baptism. It’s crazy,” said Urban.
“You’re picking great songs for yourself. Things that are inspirational,” added Lopez.
Connick called the performance “critique-proof”: “One of the things I admire about you is every time you walk on the stage there is an incredible elegance and grace, which is very, very important to see in a young woman like you. Your parents should be very proud of you for that.”
Renae said she was “so blessed and honored” to have her hometown come together for her.
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But it wasn’t a winning night for all of the Idol contestants. Bourg was sent home, but he said the experience on Idol was so “incredible” that he feels like a winner.
“To think I literally went from my room to people sending me messages on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. They send me these amazing things that make me feel like I didn’t lose tonight,” Bourg said, going on to point to his fellow contestants, saying, “These people up here are my family.”
A special look-back at the past 15 seasons will air next Tuesday. The two finalists will be revealed next Wednesday and the fifteenth – and final – Idol will be announced the following night on a star-studded finale.