Top 10 — New York State of Mind
Top 11/12 — Heaven
Top 13 — I Believe in You and Me
Wild Card — Edge of Glory
Semifinals — What About Love
And it came from 25-year-old Erika Van Pelt of South Kingston, Rhode Island.
Erika told us she’s a mobile deejay, meaning she travels from town to town, and a wedding singer, though she knows that conjures up some less than flattering images.
But, look, she’s been performing for a while, attending the Berklee College of Music, co-founding an a cappella group named Soundcheck, and performing with bands, including Boston Swing and Sultans of Swing.
And she’s not totally unfamiliar with this type of competition. Back in 2006, she was named Boston’s Pride Idol.
She auditioned with “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and tinged her performance with a touch of the blues, prompting Steven Tyler to proclaim her performance “very sexy” and “very sure of yourself.”
Meanwhile, here’s a sample of her pre-Idol music.
“Georgia On My Mind”