On this week's episode of American Idol the contestants did their thing on stage for all of America watch, judge, and vote on from the comfort of their own homes. However, there were a few performances and musicians that stuck out to audience members and judges in particular — like contestant Sonika Vaid. In fact, it was Sonika Vaid singing "I Surrender" on American Idol that had Twitter — and the judges — seriously moved.
Vaid sang the Celine Dion classic, "I Surrender" for the first time for Idol audiences and on the American Idol stage. The song showed off Vaid's powerful and commanding voice as well as her contemporary yet classic singing style.
The song highlighted what a vocal powerhouse Vaid truly could be, while also offering audience members a glimpse as to what she would be like as a performer if voted into the Top 10. The performance showed off a true star quality to the 20-year-old from Massachusetts that viewers of the show had never seen in Vaid before. In other words, she killed her performance — and that is putting it lightly. Judging from the reactions of the judges and Twitter, everyone else seemed to agree.
The performance started off slow, with Vaid's vocals accompanied only by a piano. When the backing band kicked in with the chorus of the song, Vaid's voice truly began to shine.
Judge Jennifer Lopez gave Vaid a standing ovation at the end of her performance.
"I said your voice was from God in the [video] package. Its so true," she said. "I don't think I've ever gotten goosies on my face. That was the first time!" Lopez said, referring to the goose bumps Vaid's voice gave Lopez from her performance of the song. "The way your voice sits in the music is so out of this world," Lopez continued. "It is insane! So beautiful!"
The rest of the judging panel, comprised of Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban resisted the urge to speak about the performance due to the show's timing, but you could tell they were dying to comment on the stellar performance.
Fans of Vaid and viewers at home seemed to agree with Lopez's comments, taking to Twitter to praise the performance.
Even Urban took to Twitter after the show, tweeting out his comments about the performance after his own were cut from the airing. "WOW- you've got something magical in those pipes!" he wrote, tagging the young singer.
If you're as serious as the rest of Twitter is about keeping Vaid in the competition, then you should definitely vote for her to become part of the Top 10 contestants on American Idol. This year, fans can vote through five different platforms, 10 times per contestant. So, really, there's no excuse not to vote your favorite in.