As she finished off "Empire State of Mind" with some sugary sweetness, she sequed into "California King Bed," which is, perhaps, a perfect fit for her. Toscano could have benefited with a similar performance on the show, as she would not have been eliminated. After the first verse and chorus, she was joined by Stefano Langone, who proved he could hold his own next to the gorgeous former makeup artist. The chemistry these two possess is what great music is made of. As the two cooed and crooned back and forth, the music built and plateaued at just the right moments to overwhelming applause from the masses. As the music shifted with a climatic key change, the duo did not miss a beat and kept on trucking, leaving the audience wanting more.
Next up, Paul McDonald, indie-rocker to the core, took to the stage for a rousing performance of "Maggie May," which he performed numerous times on the show. His quirky stage presence and performance style seemed out of place for live television, but in a concert setting, he fit like a glove. He moved around the stage like a seasoned pro and the audience simply ate him up as nearly everyone got back to their feet.
The crowd mostly stayed on their feet as 11th place finisher, Megia, took to the stage with "Who Says" by Selena Gomez. While on the show, she had the vocal chops but seemed robotic and old-fashioned, but tonight, all bets were off. She belted with the best of them as this song showcased her ability to interpret modern material.
"Tightrope," originally by Janelle Monae, was then performed by Megia, Toscano, Adedapo, and Reinhart, all of whom shone on this song.
As the first half of the concert jammed on, Langone came back on stage to perform his set of "Grenade" and "DJ Got Us Falling in Love." The crowd could simply not get enough of the Bruno Mars-esque performer. He flitted and flirted his way across the stage and subsequently removed his shirt--to screams from the girls (and some guys, I'm sure).
In case the crowd was eager for a guys group number, they were not disappointed as McDonald, Casey Abrams, James Durbin, and Jacob Lusk joined him on stage for some "Animal" action. The biggest crowd reaction was for Durbin, all decked out in his rocker garb.
To follow up that high energy performance, Adedapo broke out some "On the Floor" by Jennifer Lopez, and mixed the dance club track with some hot African dancing that Naima is so well-known for. Her performance was a mix of contemporary meets tribal ritual. Again, the audience was up and moving, mimicking her every dance step.