“American Idol” featured performances from the remaining ten girls in the Vegas sudden death rounds last night, Feb. 27.
As previously reported, Angela Miller and Kree Harrison were vocal standouts last week. Last night, Breanna Steer and Zoanette Johnson delivered fierce, unforgettable performances and will go on to face America’s votes, along with Candice Glover, Janelle Arthur, and Aubrey Cleland.
Frontrunners have already emerged among the ten strong “American Idol” season twelve female finalists.
Last week, Randy Jackson dubbed Angela Miller one of his favorites and told America “she’s going places.” Nicki Minaj told Kree Harrison, “I would be very afraid if I were any of these other girls here tonight. I would be very afraid.”
This week, all four of the judges deemed Aubrey Cleland, 19, and Breanna Steer, 18, ready to record now and said they both have “the complete package.”
Cleland delivered her own impressive take on Beyonce's "Sweet Dreams." Steer excited the entire judging panel with the fierce honesty in her performance of Jazmine Sullivan’s “Bust Your Windows.” Keith Urban joked that he didn't know the song, but loved it, and he totally believed Steer could bust the windows out of his car.
The biggest surprise of the night, and maybe the entire sudden death round portion of this competition, was Zoanette Johnson’s ultra powerful delivery of “Circle of Life” from “The Lion King.”
Johnson poured her soul into her performance and left it all on the stage. All four judges rose to their feet, along with the stadium audience. Their thunderous applause moved Zoanette to tears.
Kevin Rutherford of "Billboard" dubbed Johnson as the “singer to beat” and said, “As usual with her, this is the performance we'll still be talking about in a week.”
The judges noted Zoanette may not be the "cookie cutter" kind of "American Idol" contestant America is used to. Agreed. Zoanette is anything but your garden variety pop star. Her own unique style transcends genre and "Billboard" is right. Zoanette's performances have unequivocally been the most memorable among the ladies--possibly, even, among all contenders. After her stunning and soulful performance last night, Zoanette's passion and vocal prowess is undeniable.
Randy Jackson voiced his approval saying, “America, Zoanette just showed you tonight, this is the reason why she’s here.”
What do you think? Is Zoanette Johnson a superstar in the making? Could Zoanette, Breanna, Aubrey, Angela or Kree be the next “American Idol?”
Overall, the talent pool among the girls is enormous this season and their collective confidence is high. Has Zoanette or one of the current ten “American Idol” female finalists thrown down a victory gauntlet? Will one of the top 10 female finalists take home the title and break the five season streak of male “American Idol” winners?
The last ten remaining guys take the stage tonight in the final sudden death round. Can one or more of them top the performances we've seen from the ladies so far? What do you think? Sound off in the comments below!
“American Idol” airs in Flint on WSMH FOX66 tonight at 8 p.m. EST. Click here for a Flint area channel guide.