Indian-American Sonika Vaid Moves to Next Round of American Idol Competition

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Sonika Vaid

WESTON, MA–American Idol contestant Sonika Vaid, an Indian-American and a Massachusetts native whose performance has been spectacular so far, is safe. This week, she made it to the next round.

Vaid enthralled the judges again this week, singing Taylor Swift’s “Safe and Sound” on Wednesday and a duet with former Idol Caleb Johnson on Thursday night. Now, she is moving forward to the next round.

Sonika Vaid
Sonika Vaid

“I was making some notes, and just thought, ‘What’s that sound,” said judge Keith Urban after Vaid’s performance of “Safe and Sound.” “Your voice is so good, Sonika. It just is.”

Los Angeles Times said that Vaid showed off her alluring tone but looked a little pageanty as she sang Taylor Swift’s “Safe & Sound.” The judges complimented her on her vocals, as they always do, but said they craved more emotionality, as they also always do, the newspaper said.

Lopez advised Vaid to “choose stuff that makes you feel something instead of just stuff that suits your voice, stuff that makes your heart sing.”

Vaid came to lime light in early January this year when media went crazy about her performance in the contest.

(Vaid gives an amazing performance of “Safe and Sound” by Taylor Swift below. File video.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuynnmD9oTE

The 20-year-old Vaid is an Indian-American whose parents came to this country as kids.

Next week, the second set of 12 get to perform for the judges on Wednesday, and then the finalists are pared to a final 14.

American Idol airs at 8 p.m. (Eastern Times) on FOX on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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