At the conclusion of tonight’s big American Idol season 19 premiere, we had an emotional performance from Grace Kinstler. She was so good, in fact, that she got Luke Bryan emotional almost right away.
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Before Grace even performed, we heard a story about her losing her father unexpectedly — it was a moment that altered and defined every single thing about her life. She noted that she suffers from nerves before she sings, but you couldn’t get that from her performance. Her take on “Midnight Train to Georgia” was nothing short of outstanding — it may be the best performance of the entire episode! She hit some huge notes, and it all felt natural to her. She’s clearly someone who understands her voice and is ready for the big-time in this competition. She going far … very far. There’s no doubt about that.
Grace got a two-song audition, and not so much before the judges really needed to hear more from her. It was more that they just wanted to hear more from her. She took on “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” with so much power. We’ve heard so many covers of this song over the years that it can get a little bit tired; this was anything but that. She’s the favorite now, and with a voice THIS big and powerful, we know that she could sing just about anything.
It goes without saying that Grace got three “yes” votes, and was sent right through to Hollywood.
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