La’Porsha Renae “Proud Mary” “American Idol” Video: Watch Top 24 Performance!
La’Porsha Renae closed Wednesday’s “American Idol” with a powerful performance of “Proud Mary.” Watch below!
The single mom has been a standout contestant during season 15 so far, flying through the auditions and Hollywood Week. Now for the first night of semifinals, in which the Top 24 was split into two groups of 12, she had the honor of performing last. And you better believe she brought the house down.
Renae belted Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” with an energetic intensity that didn’t seem to compromise her vocals. She also not only had choreography, but such a personality that made her look like she’s already a seasoned star. Keith Urban even gave a brief standing ovation, calling her a “portal for the gift” that is her talent.”
The notoriously critical Harry Connick Jr. admitted, “I think one of two things is going to happen from that performance: You’re either going to make the other competitors get better or you’re gonna make them want to quit. You’re so captivating and so smart. I would be foolish to critique that in any way shape or form.
And Jennifer Lopez told Renae, “It’s just a joy. t’s a joy to listen to you sing. I just love it. Voices like yours, I swear I dream about them. I do. It’s amazing. You’re just gonna get stronger and stronger.”
Inaugural “Idol” winner Kelly Clarkson even tweeted afterward, “Okay if @laporsharenae doesn’t win Idol there’s something seriously wrong w/America! I mean, goodness! I stood up n my house, that’s right!” Check out the video for yourself below!