After last week’s visit to the ’80s, the Top 7 returned to the present Wednesday night with songs from 2010 to today, with help from guest mentor Akon and a lot of support from their hometowns.
After a virtual trip back to McKinney, Texas, Hollie Cavanagh sang Pink’s “Perfect.” In rehearsal, Jimmy said, “You win the last note of the night award. The only thing she is missing is a certain type of experience.” Akon agreed that Hollie has to make the leap from amateur to pro. “It’s the perfect song for a perfect moment — you gotta believe that you’re gonna be perfect.”
The judges didn’t think her performance quite hit that mark. “I feel you fighting and wanting to be perfect,” Jennifer said. “You sang beautifully tonight. You should be very proud of yourself. We’ll see how it pans out. I’m rooting for you.” Steven was a bit harsher, saying that “It wasn’t perfect tonight for me. It kinda laid there for me.” Randy agreed that it “wasn’t perfect, but it was a lot better than where you were last week. You definitely helped to redeem yourself.”
Next, Joshua, Jessica, and Hollie performed Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” as a trio, and Jennifer said it “made her proud.” Randy liked it too, but he gave the edge to Joshua.