playlist: Before 'Idol' finalists perform in D-FW, watch how the show
Aug. 11, 2015 12:41pm
Although we're nearing the
end of American Idol, you can't deny that it spawned an entire generation
of music-based competition shows -- The Voice, The X-Factor and others
took inspiration from Idol's popularity -- and created some big stars.
You may have heard of some of them: Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood,
Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry, Clay Aiken ... you get the idea.
Back in May, during the end
of season 14, Idol announced that the 15th season would be its last,
meaning that when the American Idol Live tour comes to Verizon Theatre
on Wednesday, it is likely the second-to-last time Idol will come to
Wednesday's show features the top five finishers from season 14, plus
our hometown competitor, Trevor Douglas. Before you hit the show, here
are their auditions and their absolute best performances.
Somewhere along the season, Jax, the 18-year-old from New Brunswick,
N.J., began drawing a little black X with a jewel on her temple to represent
a kiss, but instead it ended up looking totally badass and punk. Even
young fans would draw the X on their faces as well. Watch her cover
of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" and you can tell that she is
ready to rock. I mean, the girl performed with Steven Tyler; can a record
label pick her up, like, now?
Beckham was this season's runner-up, coming second to Nick Fradiani.
He wowed judges in Nashville during his audition and continued utilizing
his swoon-worthy voice to advance further into the competition. Before
Idol, he sang on the streets of Nashville, now he's taking his talents
to bigger venues.
One of Idol's younger contestants, Jones, at 16, proved that she had
the vocal prowess to make it to the top five despite her age and her
struggles with homelessness earlier in her life. She tend to choose
high-energy songs that highlighted her positive nature and personality.
Jennifer Lopez herself claimed that Owen's voice could induce tears.
His cover of "Believe" below proves her statement to be correct.
Even though he finished in the bottom every week only to be saved by
Twitter fans, he still fought hard and worked hard on his way to the
Fradiani was this season's winner, and it's pretty weird to watch his
audition, considering that he went with his then-girlfriend, Ariana
Gavrilis, who didn't even make it to Hollywood. Since Idol, he has signed
a contract with Big Machine Records.
The 17-year-old hailing from Fort Worth attends Booker T. Washington High
School and has a penchant for science. While he was eliminated from the
top 24, he still continues to make music and tour. He'll be opening for
the top five on Wednesday.
American Idol Live will be
at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie on Wednesday, Aug. 12. Get your