“i think this could b my best week, just need u guys 2 vote and keep me around pls,” MacKenzie Bourg told his 128,000 Twitter followers on Sunday.
The Lafayette singer-songwriter moved closer to becoming the next and final “American Idol” when he nudged into the top five in the FOX singing competition last week. He joined other finalists Dalton Rapattoni, of Dallas; La’Porsha Renae, of McComb, Mississippi; Trent Harmon, of Amory, Mississippi; and Sonika Vaid, of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
In a night in which the contestants sang songs requested by fans, those supporters also got to know the top five better, with clips from home and personal stories preceding each singer’s two performances.
Cheering on Bourg were his mom’s second-grade students at St. Cecilia Catholic School in Broussard, and students at his alma mater, St. Thomas More Catholic High School in Lafayette. His high school basketball coach, Danny Broussard, also gave a shout-out. Bourg described having to leave the sport in his junior year after contracting a virus which triggered congestive heart failure.
“Music was his therapy,” mom Michelle Arceneaux commented on her son’s lengthy recovery process.
Bourg’s songs last week, Cat Stevens’ “Wild World” and Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” again impressed the judges.
“You’re interesting. You’re a bit like cake batter, even when it’s not cooked, it’s really good man,” Keith Urban said of his thoughtful “Wild World” rendition.
As for Bourg’s acoustic, guitar-accompanied “Billie Jean,” Jennifer Lopez said, “I just feel like you just showed everybody why you’re here, why you’re still here.
“I think that’s the most special version that we’ve ever seen.”
Fellow Louisianian and judge Harry Connick Jr. stressed Bourg’s attention to the words he’s singing.
“It’s an amazing thing when you can tell somebody spends a lot of time throughout the day, when they’re not necessarily playing and practicing, thinking about the lyrics and what they mean,” Connick said. “That was really, really strong.”