American Idol Top 16: Casey Bishop Slays Black Hole Sun (VIDEO)

AMERICAN IDOL - "412 (Top 16)" - "American Idol" continues its search for the next superstar with an all-new episode as the Top 16 are revealed and perform in hopes of securing America's vote to the next round on SUNDAY, APRIL 11 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/Eric McCandless) CASEY BISHOP
(ABC/Eric McCandless) CASEY BISHOP

American Idol 2021 Top 15: Casey Bishop Kills Her Performance of Soundgarden’s Black Hole Sun

After host Ryan Seacrest revealed that the young rock singer made it into the American Idol Top 16, Casey Bishop took the stage and showed two sides of her talent. In her cover of the 90’s grunge classic, “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden, Casey revealed a more subtle, almost jazzy side in the slowed down beginning. And then she blossomed as she displayed her formidable rock chops in the latter half. 

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The 16-year-old rocker opened with some lovely phrasing. Her audition still has me going back, so I won’t go as far to say tonight’s performance was better than her first Idol performance. I think the vocal coaches on Idol must be really working with her to get her voice to full potential. Casey has always possessed the voice. But her timing, encompassing vibrato and dynamics have really improved. She did not just wail the entire time, all belting and everything full horsepower like she did with “She Talks to Angels” and some of “Decode.” I liked “Decode” but tonight was the moment when I finally thought, “Casey is back!”

Casey was in my top 3 of the night. Hunter Metts and Madison Watkins were the other two that wowed me with their emotive and artistic performances. Casey gave the most rocking, powerhouse performance of the night. She really left it all out there!

Katy Perry calls Casey ‘Dangerous

Judge Luke Bryan said, “You can sing anything you want to” adding that he doesn’t know why she chose rock, but it is her “thing.” Lionel Richie said that she starts out as a “fairy princess” and then ends up like “Joplin.” He wonders where her “extra pair of lungs are.” Katy Perry, who told Casey to make the stage her b**** last week after her impressive duet with Incubus’ Brandon Boyd, said this week that it was her best performance to date, and called her “dangerous.”

Casey is definitely a frontrunner who will be soaring through to the top 12. If I had to guess right now, I bet Casey will make the Top 5. She is growing through the live shows, Her performances reveal a true confidence and a natural stage presence. I am rooting for her. 

American Idol 2021 Top 16: Casey Bishop Sings Soundgarden’s ‘Black Hole Sun’


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I am a graduate of Drake University with a BSBA in marketing and minor in data analytics. My favorite shows to follow are American Idol and The Voice. I also love crime thrillers, Top Chef, and Masterchef. My hobbies include cooking, baking, playing basketball, and watching sports.