Sonika Vaid took on Celine Dion for a powerful performance on “American Idol” on Wednesday. Check out the video below!
For the first time this season, Vaid had to put it all on the line as she competed to win over America’s vote, and not the judges’. What’s more, the strong vocalist was fighting 10 of her fellow contestants to secure one of six wild card spots. Top 14 frontrunners Dalton Rapattoni, Olivia Rox, Trent Harmon, and La’Porsha Renae were automatically welcomed into the Top 10 by the panel.
For the pressure-filled performance, Vaid chose to go back to a song that already impressed the judges once: “I Surrender.” Of course, measuring up to a superstar like Celine Dion is no easy feat. But the aspiring star once again pulled it off.
Jennifer Lopez gave a standing ovation, and told Vaid, “I said your voice is from god in the [pre-taped] package — it’s true. I don’t think I ever got goosies on my face [before now]… The way your voice sits in the music is so out of this world.” As she continued to gush, Harry Connick, Jr. amusingly yelled, “I think she liked it!”
The question now, though, is whether Vaid will be voted through by viewers. With four spots already filled, the rest of the Top 10 will be revealed on Thursday’s show. Watch video of Vaid’s performance below!