Feb 24: Indian-American community has pinned all their hopes with Sonika Vaid who might become the first Indian-American to become the American Idol this season.
This week Vaid sang the Celine Dion classic, “I Surrender” for the first time for Idol audiences and on the American Idol stage and had Twitter — and the judges — seriously moved. The song showed off Vaid’s powerful and commanding voice as well as her contemporary yet classic singing style.
After her performance, Jennifer Lopez gave a standing ovation, and told Vaid, “I said your voice is from god in the [pre-taped] package — it’s true. I don’t think I ever got goosies on my face [before now]… The way your voice sits in the music is so out of this world.” As she continued to gush, Harry Connick, Jr. amusingly yelled, “I think she liked it!”
The question now, though, is whether Vaid will be voted through by viewers. With four spots already filled, the rest of the Top 10 will be revealed today.
Vaid bested thousands of applicants to compete on the 15th season of the Fox singing competition for celeb judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr.
The 20-year-old Vaid is an Indian-American whose parents came to the United States as kids. She is a summer resident of Martha’s Vineyard, MA, and a 2013 graduate of Weston High School, Weston, MA.