Posted: 3:25 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014
By Jager Weatherby
Though we definitely got a preview of Live Performances during American Idol’s all-new Rush Week, the time we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived. The final 13 contestants will be battling it out in the hopes of becoming the next big superstar — and the fun and craziness all begins tonight (February 26)!
In another effort to distinguish the show from the previous 12 seasons, Idol producers have decided to be a little bit more lenient with their weekly themes. Instead of going with narrow and recycled themes like Motown and Billy Joel, producers have opted for broader topics, like tonight’s theme, “This Is Me.”
Eleventh to take the stage is Emily Piriz, the soulful 18-year-old from Orlando, Florida. After wowing the judges with her Hollywood Week performance of “Stars,”Rush Week proved to be a little bit more of a challenge. Emily knows she’s got the talent to keep her in the competition, which she proves in spades with her rendition of “Glitter in the Air” by Pink.
“That’s a tough song to take on,” says J.Lo. “But you did it so beautifully. You sang it with a lot of emotion, the pitch was beautiful. I don’t know what to say, I’m gushing!”
Do you think Emily deserves to make it to the Top 12? Sound off in the comments!