Emmy Russell Wows With “Shut Up And Dance” Cover On ‘Idol’

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During Sunday night’s episode of American Idol, the Top 7 contestants battled it out for a spot in the Top 5 of the competition.

The stage was set for an exciting showdown, with singer Ciara stepping in as a guest mentor alongside judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie. Together, they observed performances from the Top 7 contestants, which included renditions of songs fitting the theme “Songs That Make Me Wanna Dance,” as well as iconic hits by Adele.

Adding to the excitement, Meghan Trainor graced the stage with a performance before viewers across America voted live to determine the top five contestants.

As the competition approaches its finale on May 19, fans are feeling the tension, eagerly anticipating who will emerge victorious in this season’s intense battle. One standout contestant, Emmy Russell, who happens to be the granddaughter of Loretta Lynn, wowed the audience with her stellar performance of the hit song “Shut Up And Dance,” by WALK THE MOON.

Did Emmy Make It To The Top 5?

Throughout the season, Emmy has shown an inspirational journey of growth, both in discovering her voice and self-confidence. Viewers and judges have consistently praised her genuine talent and authenticity, proving her potential to become a rising star.

Emmy’s performance May 5th came on the heels of last week’s viral moment in which she took the stage to cover her grandmother’s signature hit, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Ahead of her performance, Russell told the cameras, “It’s my grandma’s song. You can’t get much closer to the heart than your own blood.”

She explained that she wanted to perform a rendition of the song that was an ode to her late grandma, “almost like a way of hugging her.”

The performance was so powerful that it brought all of the judges to tears. In fact, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan were so overcome that they weren’t able to speak and offer any feedback to Emmy.

America voted throughout Sunday’s episode to determine who was advancing to the Top 5. Tune in to see if Emmy’s performance of “Shut Up And Dance” was enough to secure her a spot in next week’s Top 5.