It’s no coincidence that Berklee student Grace Kinstler has now closed out three episodes of “American Idol.” She’s a literal showstopper.
The powerhouse vocalist, who has been a favorite in the competition since her audition wrapped up the season debut, dominated the stage in the show’s All Star Duets and Solos round Sunday. The episode was the first time the performers sang in front of a (socially-distanced) studio audience and the first time that their future on the show will be decided by viewers, not the judges.
Kinstler’s solo was “Queen” by Jessie J, a body-positive female empowerment anthem. The Chicagoan has spoken in past episodes about growing up with body insecurity.
The solo was followed by a duet with British singer-songwriter Joss Stone — “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight & The Pips.
“She is so talented, she can do anything with her voice,” Stone said.
Kinstler proved her right, effortlessly nailing the high notes and hitting an impressive vocal run in the closing measures. (Stone’s advice: Save the run for the end. You don’t show up to a date in lingerie… that comes later.)
“Wow! What do you want me to say? Let me just compose myself,” said judge Lionel Richie after the performance.
Your voice quality, your confidence, the way you portray yourself on stage, it’s a winning package.”
“That duet was timeless,” judge Katy Perry said. “You were soaring on a different level.”
“I’m so excited to be a part of this, to watch you grow as an artist and a performer,” judge Luke Bryan said. “I think there’s no surprise I’ve been a fan since day one.”
Brighton resident Beane and Boxford resident Colin Jamieson will be performing their solos and duets Monday night. Four finalists from each night will be sent home by audience vote, winnowing the competition from 24 to 16 next week when live performances will begin.
Viewers can vote for their favorite singers up to 10 times on the “American Idol” website, in the “American Idol” app (iOS, Android), or by texting contestants’ numbers to 21523. Voting for each episode closes at 6 a.m. the following day.
This article will be updated after Monday’s episode.
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