American Idol 2020: The Top 20 Perform

Lee DeWyze, 12/28/19

It’s been a while since I’ve written an article about American Idol, and last night’s “live” show seemed like the perfect time to get back in the habit. With everyone stuck at home, American Idol staged its first “at home” episode. Pre-recording all of the performances and splicing them together, the show worked out better than expected. However, with twenty performances all occurring in one night, it was hard to remember some of the performances from the other by the end of the night.

Nonetheless, here are my thoughts and my ranking of the twenty performances, starting from favourite to least favourite.

  1. Jonny West – “What a Wonderful World” (Louis Armstrong)
  2. Francisco Martin – “Teenage Dream” (Katy Perry)
  3. Louis Knight – “If the World Was Ending” (JP Saxe & Julia Michaels)
  4. Lauren Spencer-Smith – “Mamma Knows Best” (Jessie J)
  5. Makayla Phillips – “Greedy” (Ariana Grande)
  6. Faith Becnel – “River” (Bishop Briggs)
  7. Dillon James – “Let It Be Me” (Ray LaMontagne)
  8. Grace Leer – “Cry” (Faith Hill)
  9. Nick Merico – “Hey There Delilah” (Plain White Ts)
  10. Sophia James – “Burning” (Maggie Rogers)
  11. Jovin Webb – “With a Little Help From My Friends” (The Beatles / Joe Cocker)
  12. Olivia Ximines – “bad guy” (Billie Eilish)
  13. Arthur Gunn – “Lovin Machine” (Wynonie Harris)
  14. Kimmy Gabriela – “Leave Me Lonely” (Ariana Grande & Macy Gray)
  15. Aliana Jester – “Run to You” (Whitney Houston)
  16. Franklin Boone – “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (Tears for Fears)
  17. DeWayne Crocker, Jr. – “I Got You (I Feel Good)” (James Brown)
  18. Cyniah Elise – “Warrior” (Demi Lovato)
  19. Just Sam – “I Believe” (Fantasia)
  20. Julia Gargano – “Human” (Christina Perri)

Just Sam’s performance was the one that disappointed me the most. It’s hard not to get behind her story (as much as I try to view Idol as singing-only without letting the backstories influence me), and she is one of my favourites. But I just don’t think I Believe ever makes sense to willingly sing on American Idol unless you’re Fantasia Barrino.

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