"American Idol" had its first-ever Disney Night on Sunday, with the singing competition taking full advantage of ABC being owned by Disney. Not only did the Top 10 go to Disneyland, but "Frozen" star Idina Menzel was this week's guest mentor and the entire set list was made up of Disney hits. Who impressed judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan on the first theme night of "American Idol" season 16? Here are the highlights music fans need to see from Sunday's show:
With Menzel as the guest mentor, luckily no one tried to cover "Let It Go." Instead, Gabby Barrett got the most vocally demanding ballad of the night with "Colors of the Wind" from "Pocahontas." Gabby has largely flown under the radar so far this season compared to more distinctive performers like Catie Turner and Ada Vox, but she had her best performance on Sunday, delivering the sweeping vocal performance that this song requires. She kept the fluid musicality of the vocals and fulfilled every ounce of the song's potential without trying to oversing it either. Play the video above to watch her performance and see it for yourself.
Michael J. Woodard was thrown a bit of a curveball with his song choice. Disney fans either know "Beauty and the Beast" as a duet, or from the version performed by Angela Lansbury during the film. There wasn't a solo male version of the song. He didn't even have the same level of special effects going on behind him as the other artists did. That makes his performance all the more impressive, because he was able to pull it off when everything seemed to be working against him. Click the link to watch his performance; it's completely different from the original but that's what makes it memorable.
The current "American Idol" front-runner got one of the simplest and most classic Disney songs, and she did exactly what music fans probably expected her to do: nailed it, again. Catie's performance, which you can watch by clicking the link above, epitomized the idea of "less is more" and outshone several of the bigger covers on the evening. Whereas some artists have been stuck in their lane (like the now-departed Mara Justine), Catie has shown plenty of versatility and she proved it again on Sunday with something that was refined, restrained and absolutely beautiful. The question isn't how good she's going to be every week, but can anyone beat her?
"American Idol" airs live Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC. Fans can get tickets to see judge Katy Perry live on her 2018 tour now through AXS by using the links below:
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