Though we definitely got a preview of Live Performances during American Idol’s all-new Rush Week, the time we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived. The final 13 contestants will be battling it out in the hopes of becoming the next big superstar — and the fun and craziness all begins tonight (February 26)!
In another effort to distinguish the show from the previous 12 seasons, Idol producers have decided to be a little bit more lenient with their weekly themes. Instead of going with narrow and recycled themes like Motown and Billy Joel, producers have opted for broader topics, like tonight’s theme, “This Is Me.”
Fourth to take the stage is Ben Briley, the 24-year-old country boy from Gallatin, Tennessee. After wowing the judges (yes, even Harry Connick Jr.) with his performance during Rush Week, Ben can only hope that his rendition of “Folsom Prison Blues” is going to follow suit. Luckily for him, it does just that.
“I didn’t think it was kitsch at all,” says Harry. “I like the fact that you did it uptempo. For me, it was unquestionably the best performance of the night. What says a lot about you is the fact that you picked a song that harkens back to an earlier time in country music. I really admire that about you.”
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