american idol Power contestant Nicolina gave a heartfelt performance of a classic hit on the Top 11 episode. Dedicated to her “Nona,” the singer sang a rendition of Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah.”
It’s a song that holds a very special place in Nicolina’s family as it was Nona’s anthem during her recovery from cancer. While going through chemotherapy, Nona latched onto Jeff Buckley’s version of the song, Nicolina says.
“My Nona is the strongest woman I have ever met,” said the singer. “When it all happened I thought maybe I had lost my best friend and I didn’t know what was going to happen. It was definitely one of the hardest times of my life.”
Nicolina sang the song triumphantly for her Nona and her family, who were present for the show. Accompanied by a chorus of background singers, Nicolina started the song with her angelic voice. And as the momentum of the song grew, she sang the lyrics, Nothing on my tongue but ‘hallelujah.’
The whole crowd applauded with admiration. As the song ended, american idol captured the family together in the crowd, crying and holding each other.
“It was like watching an angel sing this beautiful song,” Katy Perry admitted. “It was really, really beautiful.”
“Behind the scenes, we argue about who does the best performance,” Perry continued. “Is it Leonard Cohen? Is it Buckley? Maybe it’s just Nicolina now.
“You are gifted beyond your years. Really enjoy where you are at this point in your life, because the sky is the limit. You can go very, very far.
America voted for the next round of finalists throughout the night, and the top 11 were announced at the end of the episode. Nicolina will advance to the next round of the competition as part of the Top 11.
Tune american idol on ABC Sundays and Mondays at 8/7pm CST to watch Nicolina’s next performance.
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