The Top 14 contestants on ABC’s “American Idol” performed live on Sunday night’s show, and Cohoes’ Madison VanDenburg was impressive yet again with a bold rendition of Alicia Keys’ “Fallin’.”
The 17-year-old Shaker High School student was the eighth performer on the night to take the stage and started the song on piano before standing up and belting out the rest of the song.
“You should never tackle this Alicia Keys burner if you cannot bring it and Madison brings it … and then brings some extra,” said Maggie Fremont, recapping the show for the publication “Entertainment Weekly.”
The three judges were impressed.
“Well, that is how you put yourself in contention,” said country singer Luke Bryan. “You just made a statement, Madison.”
Added singer Lionel Richie: “When you get to the point where the crowd goes crazy, that’s testament [to your ability]. You killed it.”
Recording artist Katy Perry, who often compares VanDenburg to “Idol” inaugural season winner Kelly Clarkson, added, “You just carved out your own niche. You are your own person. That was Madison through and through. That soul in your voice was unstoppable.”
When host Ryan Seacrest asked VanDenburg about her decision to play piano, she replied, “That was the best feeling. It’s like my home back there.”
The Top 10 will be revealed on “American Idol” tonight, and the road ends for four contestants. Seven of the 10 will be voted through by America, and three selected by the judges.
Voting continues through 9 a.m. today (Monday). There are three ways to vote: by text (text your favorite contestant’s code -- for instance, Madison’s is 8 -- to the number 21523, on the “American Iol” app, or on the “American Idol” website. You can vote up to 10 times by each method. You must be at least 13 years old to vote.