American Idol is in full swing for season 17 as the series is currently winding down from the Top 14. While the talent competition show often has contestants covering Top 40 hits, Laci Kaye Booth gave her own country spin on a blink-182 classic Sunday night.
The 23-year-old singer took the stage backed by a string orchestra, giving off the same general vibes of the source material’s video. While they were certainly no Mark Hoppus, Booth and co. gave “I Miss You” a unique update.
Following the performance, Booth took to Instagram to reflect on how blink-182 was a “risky song choice.”
“It was a risky song choice but something that I knew I could make my own [and] show a different part of me,” she writes. “Thank y’all so much for the kindness 🖤 thank y’all SO MUCH for voting. Voting is still open til 9am!!!! Get your votes in. Text 13 to 21523, vote on the app, vote online at americanidol.com (you can vote up to 10 times on each platform) 🖤”
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It was a risky song choice but something that I knew I could make my own & show a different part of me. Thank y’all so much for the kindness 🖤 thank y’all SO MUCH for voting. Voting is still open til 9am!!!! Get your votes in. Text 13 to 21523, vote on the app, vote online at americanidol.com (you can vote up to 10 times on each platform) 🖤
Fan reviews of her update were quite mixed. Many didn’t dig the country take:
Please don't let this annoying girl ruin Blink 182.. #AmericanIdol
— Amy 💖 (@ADTRChick) April 15, 2019
— Manic Shades (@ManicShades) April 15, 2019
However, some stood by Booth’s risky choice:
— Teresa (@TeresaForReal) April 15, 2019
— Claire (@vbjc4life) April 15, 2019
You can check out Booth’s take on “I Miss You” along with feedback from judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan below.
Booth wasn’t the only one pulling out the 2000s alt tracks Sunday night. Fellow Top 14 contestant Evelyn Cormier covered Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle.”
Booth and Cormier also aren’t the first contestants to bust out the scene favorites this season.
Walker Burroughs did a piano rendition of 5 Seconds Of Summer’s “Youngblood,” Alyssa Raghu did a lively cover of Paramore’s “Ain’t it Fun” and Alejandro Aranda took on Post Malone’s “I Fall Apart” on acoustic guitar.
American Idol will reveal its Top 10 tonight at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.
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However, blink and Jimmy Eat World are certainly not the first time a scene classic has been performed by a contestant. Last year, on season 16, Jonny Brenns shared his take on Panic! At The Disco’s ”This Is Gospel.” Reviews were mixed, to say the least.
What do you think of this year’s takes on blink-182 and Jimmy Eat World? Sound off in the comments below!