AceShowbiz - "American Idol" season 17 returned on Sunday, May 5 with a new episode. In the episode, the remaining singers hit the stage to sing songs inspired by Woodstock for the festival's 50th anniversary, before performing songs that inspired them for their second performances.
Kicking off the night was Madison VanDenburg. She took the stage to sing a rendition of Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart" while rocking out on her electric guitar. The judges, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, loved it so much as they gave her a standing ovation.
The next performer was Laine Hardy, who opted to sing "I Don't Need No Doctor" by Joe Cocker/Ray Charles. Luke loved his song choice, noting that he always picked the right songs for him. Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon followed it up with a performance of Joan Baez's "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot". "You're bringing the bling and the swing!" Lionel gushed over him.
Laci Kaye Booth opted to sing "To Love Somebody" by Janis Joplin/The Bee Gees. Katy dubbed her a "superstar," though she urged her to be less stiff onstage. Singing "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane was Alejandro Aranda. Again, the judges raved about how he stepped out of his comfort zone for that night's performance.
Wade Cota was the last singer to hit the stage for the Woodstock round. He performed Joe Cocker's "With a Little Help From My Friends" which gave energy to everyone in the crowd as well as the judges. Katy even told him that it was the best performance of the night so far.
For the Showstoppers round, Madison sang a rendition of "I Surrender" by Celine Dion. Despite the difficulty, Madison killed the performance. Alejandro then belted out an original song titled "Poison", which earned him praises from the judges.
Singing "Open Arms" by Journey was Laci. Later. Jeremiah hit the stage to sing an incredible rendition of Barbra Streisand's "Somewhere". Luke noted that he had a bit of a shaky start, though he praised him for concluding it epically.
Wade opted for Shawn James' "Through the Valley", and Luke was totally impressed by his performance. "It feels like a total Johnny Cash moment," Luke said before begging America to vote for Wade. The final performance was given by Laine, who sang "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry. His performance was so energetic that the judges raised from their seats and danced during his set.
Host Ryan Seacrest announced that Madison, Laine, Alejandro and Wade were voted through. Meanwhile, the judges had only one save left to keep Laci or Jeremiah. Eventually, the judges agreed to send Laci to the next round.