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La’Porsha Renae is pretty much the American Idol frontrunner at this point. Weeks after season one champ Kelly Clarkson prematurely crowned her as the champion of the singing competition’s final season, Renae’s performances on Thursday’s episode did not disappoint.
Renae kicked off the show with a duet of Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa’s Furious 7 anthem “See You Again” with country boy Trent Harmon, but it was her individual performance where the 22-year-old mother and sales call representative truly shined.
The singer unleashed a high-energy, soulful rendition of The Beatles’ “Come Together,” and once again, the judges were left in awe.
“You’re giving us full diva every time you get up there and I love it,” Jennifer Lopez gushed. “There’s certain performers that make you feel cooler when you’re watching them, you do that.”
“You are absolutely incredible, you’ve been incredible since the first day we saw you,” Harry Connick Jr. agreed.
“That was a terrific song for you, but at the end of the day, I think any song is a terrific song for you,” added Keith Urban, who took a moment to pay tribute to Beatles producer George Martin, who died on Wednesday. “You’ve just got it going on.”
“For the past two weeks I had done ballads,” Renae told host Ryan Seacrest of her song choice after the performance. “I wanted to show a different side. It’s time to step it up.”
Sonika Vaid, Avalon Young and Lee Jean and were left to sing for the last remaining spot in the final 6, and while Young’s rendition of Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.T.” and Jean’s emotional cover of “Let It Be” both impressed the judges, they gave their save to Vaid, who closed out the episode with a show-stopping performance of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.”
“That song has been sung six times since American Idol started, and they’ve all been pretty darn good performances,” said Connick Jr., who acknowledged that the ballad is truly a “high risk, high reward” performance. “For me, I loved it.”