American Idol 2016: Trent Harmon Pulls a Hat Trick, Scores a Spot in the Top 3

American Idol 2016: Trent Harmon Pulls a Hat Trick, Scores a Spot in the Top 3

Holy cow was last week ever a busy week! The ACM Awards show was last night but I’ve been busy doing interviews in Las Vegas or being on a plane flying between Nashville and Vegas since Thursday! I finally got around to watching the March 31 episode of American Idol today and I was not disappointed.

MacKenzie Bourg’s Humdrum “Hallelujah”

There are SO MANY great interpretations of this song! But MacKenzie’s version reminded me most of Jeff Buckley’s, but it falls far short, making this “Hallelujah” a bit of a letdown.

I really wanted to see him in the Top 3—I predicted he would be the overall winner back in February—but he needed to seriously blow us away this episode and instead he just gave us this timid “Hallelujah.”

Powerhouse La’Porsha

Though she was amazing on “Hello” and “Glory,” I found La’Porsha’s rendition of “Stay With Me” especially impressive.

And I LOVED the post-performance chat with Harry Connick Jr. about how “Stay With Me” wasn’t her choice. “She’s begging a man to stay with her,” said La’Porsha, “I’m not about to sing that song!” RIGHT ON, GIRL!

But I gotta stick with my mono-boy Trent. For me, he was the most consistent of all constestants on all three performances this episode.

Trent Harmon’s Southern Roots

Chris Stapleton is from Kentucky. Justin Timberlake is from Tennessee. Parson James is from North Carolina. And Trent himself is from Mississippi. It’s obvious that Trent was making a statement with his song selections.

Though only “Tennessee Whiskey” is considered “country,” Nash Country Weekly readers will remember “Drink You Away” from the AMAZING Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake duet during last year’s CMA Awards show. And Parson James’ “Waiting Game” complements the other two perfectly.

The Final Top 3 – Watch the 3-Episode Finale This Week!

  • Dalton Rapattoni
  • La’Porsha Renae
  • Trent Harmon

Though I’m a little sad that it will be the end of American Idol, I’m SO excited for the three episodes of the hopefully fulfilling finale this week. Here’s the finale schedule for you to outline your week!

  1. Tuesday, April 5, 7 p.m. CT
    “American Idol: American Dream” 90-minute series retrospective
  2. Wednesday, April 6, 7 p.m. CT
    1-hour “Series Finale Part 1”
  3. Thursday, April 7, 7 p.m. CT
    2-hour “Series Finale Part 2”

OK, now it’s time to get caught up on sleep after a loooong ACM Awards weekend. Bye!


elaina-d-smith-twitter-avatar-2016Elaina Doré Smith is a “fun-sized pop culture junkie” and co-host of the Nash Nights Live nightly radio show heard coast to coast on over 110 stations!

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