American Idol 2016: Chris Stapleton and Carrie Underwood Covers

American Idol 2016: Chris Stapleton and Carrie Underwood Covers

One thing I will NEVER understand about American Idol contestants . . . WHY DON’T YOU PICK POPULAR SONGS?!

Seriously . . . stop with the album cuts and little-known songs! You’re entertaining the masses, and we want to have fun with the song you choose! Plus, it’s an easy way to get the audience on your side while we get to know you!!! Sheesh. 

Second Half of the Top 24

The top 24 have been split up into two sets of 12 for the next couple of weeks. Last week, 5 contestants were eliminated from the first set of 12. This week we get to see what the judges think of the second set of 12. Here they are: 

  1. Shelbie Z
  2. Manny Torres
  3. Jenn Blosil
  4. Amelia Eisenhauer
  5. Trent Harmon
  6. Lee Jean
  7. Kory Wheeler
  8. C.J. Johnson
  9. Adam Lasher
  10. Tristan McIntosh
  11. Dalton Rapattoni
  12. Olivia Rox

Trent Harmon performed Chris Stapleton’s “What Are You Listening To”

That being said, every once in a while . . . it works. Luckily for Trent Harmon, he was the exception. Trent sang Chris Stapleton’s “What Are You Listening To”, which is SUCH an amazing song, and he totally did it justice.


I really hope Trent keeps it country because I’m already wanting to buy tickets for his Opry debut.

Oh, and dear Trent, super-amped for you now that that mono is all cleared up. I have a slight cold this week and got a paper cut, which basically makes me want to cut off all human interaction. So the fact that you made it to the Top 24 while overcoming mono, well, you’re pretty much my hero.

Tristan McIntosh performs Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl”

Shout-out to Tristan McIntosh! LOVED the Carrie Underwood “Good Girl” cover.

Tristan still has some growing to do as a performer, especially if she wants to do big songs like that one. But the fact that she is where she is at 15 years old . . . yeah, that’s promising.

P.S. Adam Lasher . . . are you even allowed to show this instrument on television?! HA! #SorryNotSorry


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