Indian-American Sonika Vaid Marches Ahead, Makes toTop10 in American Idol

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WESTON, MA—Indian-American Sonika Vaid has made to the top 10 in American Idol contest.’ A native of Weston, MA, and a summer resident of Martha’s Vineyard, 20-year-old Vaid is the first person of the the Indian-origin to make advance so far the coveted American Idol.

Sonika Vaid
Sonika Vaid

Our of the 14 contestants who participated in competition Thursday night, four were eliminated; and yes, Vaid was one of the 10 who made to the top 10.

“The way your voice sits in the music is so out of this world,” judge Jennifer Lopez said, adding that Vaid has a “voice from God.”

All eyes have been focused on Vaid, who has impressed judges of the competition, the audience and especially the Indian-American community.

The US media has also been following Vaid eagerly. On Wednesday, Gossip Cop news portal reported that Vaid took on Celine Dion for a powerful performance on “American Idol.”

“For the first time this season, Vaid had to put it all on the line as she competed to win over America’s vote, and not the judges’. What’s more, the strong vocalist was fighting 10 of her fellow contestants to secure one of six wild card spots,” Gossip Cop said.

Gossip Cop said that for the pressure-filled performance, Vaid chose to go back to a song that already impressed the judges once: “I Surrender.” “

Of course, measuring up to a superstar like Celine Dion is no easy feat. But the aspiring star once again pulled it off,” Gossip Cop said.

Gossip Cop also said that Jennifer Lopez gave a standing ovation, and told Vaid, “I said your voice is from god in the [pre-taped] package — it’s true. I don’t think I ever got goosies on my face [before now]… The way your voice sits in the music is so out of this world.” As she continued to gush, Harry Connick, Jr. amusingly yelled, “I think she liked it!”

The 20-year-old Vaid is an Indian-American whose parents came to the United States as kids. She is a summer resident of Martha’s Vineyard, MA, and a 2013 graduate of Weston High School, Weston, MA. Currently, she is a sophomore at William Smith College in New York.


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