MacKenzie Bourg Says Something, Blows Away American Idol Judges

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Things have turned serious on American Idol.

We're long past the point of silly auditions and headline-making stunts such as Kanye West jokingly trying out for the show.

The Top 24 has been named. The semifinals are on. And each week is bringing us closer and closer to naming the final American Idol champion.

Might it be MacKenzie Bourg?

After impressing the panelists with an original song during Hollywood Week, the former The Voice contestant took at aim the Top 14 on Wednesday night via a rendition of “Say Something.”

He played guitar on this moving A Great Big World ballad and received the following praise from Jennifer Lopez as a result:

"It felt like you felt really good up there. Very natural. You did what MacKenzie does, and that’s exactly what you need to do."

Harry Connick, Jr., meanwhile, praised Bourg for connecting with the lyrics, taking note of how the aspiring artist poured his heart into the song.

“I also liked that you changed the melody but you still kept the integrity of the song," he said, while Keith Urban noted that if this was Bourg’s own track, “I believed every bit of it. It was a really good song choice."

See if you agree and if you think MacKenzie Bourg a shot to win the whole thing:

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