The judges give away fast passes to four lucky contestants early on the show, while the rest of the singers perform for the six remaining spots.
"American Idol" is close to getting its Top 10 for the 15th and final season. On Wednesday, February 24, four lucky contestants got fast passes shortly after the episode started. Those who the judges deemed deserved to be in the Top 10 are Dalton Rappattoni, Olivia Rox, Trent Harmon and La'Porsha Renae.
The remaining ten contestants, meanwhile, had to perform to win America's hearts. Manny Torres took the stage first, singing Stevie Wonder's "Master Blaster". Keith Urban said it was a great way to open the show, but he thought it wasn't the right song for Manny.
Gianna Isabella cast a spell on the audience with "I Put a Spell on You" by Annie Lennox. Jennifer Lopez said she belonged in the Top 10.
Thomas Stringfellow was up next, singing a stripped down version of One Direction's "Story of My Life." Harry Connick Jr. criticized his habit of cracking his voice at the end of every note and got booed by the audience.
He was followed by Tristan McIntosh who sang Rascal Flatts' "What Hurts the Most". It was an emotional performance and Keith called it beautiful. He added though, "The way you did it, I really felt like it was a side to you we hadn't saw yet," and J.Lo and Harry agreed with him.
Avalon Young covered Chris Brown's "Excuse Me Miss" and showed that she had become more confident on stage. "That was smooth, like butter," J.Lo commented. "Something that belongs in the top ten," she added.
Jenn Blosil followed it up with a rendition of "True Colors" by Cyndi Lauper. Harry said she did better than last week. "I knew you had it in you. I had a problem last week with 'My Funny Valentine' because I wanted you to sing it like you sang this. In my opinion that was delivered flawlessly," he said.
Lee Jean performed "Make It Rain" by Ed Sheeran while playing the guitar. Keith said, "You know what I like is you have your own style, it's chill, like walking on an Easter beast."
Sonika Vaid showed her powerful vocal with a cover of "I Surrender" by Celine Dion. J.Lo gave her a standing ovation and later said in her comment, "The way your voice sits in the music is so out of this world."
Jeneve Rose Mitchell went with "Ring of Fire". Harry noted she had talent that "is compelling, interesting, and even a bit polarizing," but he's worried that not everyone might "get it."
Mackenzie Bourg closed out the night with a performance of an original song called "Roses". "That is such an amazing song, and it must be an amazing thing to see people reacting that way to your song. You sang great and you played great," Keith raved.
Voting is still open on the official site. The results will be announced on Thursday, and the Top 10 will immediately perform with Kelly Clarkson serving as a guest judge and performer.