And then there were three.
In its penultimate week, American Idol trimmed the number of contestants from four to three on Thursday’s show, sending home — spoiler alert! — Mackenzie Bourg, and leaving Dallas’ Dalton Rapattoni, La’Porsha Renae and Trent Harmon competing for the top spot heading into next week’s season (and series) finale.
Rapattoni’s trip back to his Sunnyvale home was an emotional one — see below — and his first song of the night, Blue October’s Calling You, was a nod to his Lone Star roots (Blue October also hails from Texas).
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He followed that performance with a rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing in the Dark ...
... and closed out the night with Tears for Fears’ Everybody Wants to Rule the World.
Was that trio of performances enough to secure Rapattoni’s place in the final two?
We’ll have to wait until Wednesday, when the first live installment of American Idol’s two-part grand finale kicks off. (The full finale is spread over three nights, with Tuesday focused on a 90-minute documentary about the show’s history.)
Speaking of the finale, a few North Texas Idol alums will be on hand to help say farewell to the show, according to various reports. Among those scheduled to appear include Kelly Clarkson and Casey James.
Once the show concludes, however, that will be that: Billboard reports that the annual American Idol summer tour has been canceled for 2016.