Sophia James (age 20) from Long Beach, California turns her home into a stage for her rendition of “Burning” by Maggie Rogers during the “Top 20 Sing For America” round on American Idol 2020 (Season 18).
The American Idol judges were all stunned by Sophia James’ (who auditioned as Sophia Wackerman) performance.
Katy Perry said Sophia is constantly evolving into the better version of herself. She added that Sophia is so talented and so pleasing to hear. Luke Bryan described Sophia as “sneaky good” but said Sophia has to make sure she’s connecting throughout the whole performance. Lionel Richie said Sophia is learning to use her looks on camera. He said there were moments when Sophia looked at the camera and she can melt hearts right away. Also Lionel said Sophia hit one note that was ridiculous, he does not even know what note that was. Katy quipped, “that run was crazy.”
Contestant number: 13
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Sophia James amazes judges with “Burning” by Maggie Rogers – American Idol 2020
American Idol 2020 – Top 20 Performances
“Burning” is the sixth single from Maggie Rogers’ debut studio album Heard It in a Past Life, released in 2019. The album debuted at number 2 on the US Billboard 200 chart.
American Idol Season 18 premiered at 8PM, February 16, 2020 on ABC television and airs Sundays at 8/7c. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, filming of American Idol was temporarily suspended and contestants were sent home. Production resumed in late April, with all of the contestants performing from their homes.
Ryan Seacrest continues his role as the show’s host and Bobby Bones returns as the in-house mentor. Despite budget cuts, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie come back as judges for their third season of the series.
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