Indian American singer Sonika Vaid gave it her all for a shot at the last spot in the ‘Top 6’ of “American Idol,” when she took on Whitney Houston’s classic, “I Have Nothing,” on March 10. According to reports, the 20-year-old Vaid, however, failed to amass enough audience votes, which put her in the bottom 3 of the competition.
The episode saw the other two contestants from the ‘Top 8’ being eliminated from the competition, but Vaid, who received glowing reviews from the judges, also won their safety after her emotion-oozing performance.
The judges thought that Vaid did enough justice to the classic number, and decided that she belonged in the ‘Top 6.’ The judges, though impressed with her performance, however, felt that she still needed to loosen up.
The Massachusetts-based singer has been on top for much of this competition alongside being a judges’ favorite, who have often complimented her on her sterling vocals. In fact, during the auditions of the singing competition show, judge Harry Connick, Jr. had remarked that she had a “winning voice,” and that “this is one of the only times, this particular season, that I saw somebody that I can think can actually win this thing.”
The March 10 show kicked off with duet performances during which Vaid teamed up with Avalon Young to sing “Rise Up” by Andra Day. The duo brought out the best in each other. The ‘Top 5’ contestants will be revealed March 17 during a two-hour episode of “American Idol,” which airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. EST on Fox. The series finale will air in the first week of April.