Mara Justine & Rachel Platten “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten

Mara Justine Fight Song Top 24 Duets

Mara Justine will be featured on “American Idol” Sunday and Monday, competing to advance past the top 24 contestants on American Idol 2018.

Mara Justine

The 16-year-old Absegami sophomore will be featured on Sunday and Monday’s episodes of the reality singing competition. 

Sunday night’s episode will be a round of solos and celebrity duets; Mara Justine and Rachel Platten sing "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten for their Top 24 All-Star Duets performance in front of a live audience and Judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie on American Idol 2018.

Bobby notes her energy. “You have a lot of hairography.” He suggests they watch one of her performances to illustrate that she overdoes the hairflips a bit. Ya think? She’s going to scale it back by singing a Whitney Houston balld. It’s a perfect pageant performance, complete with Miss America ball gown. 

This is definitely a singer who has competed in a lot of competitions. Sure she can sing those big notes–mostly.  But Mara is making it hard to imagine her as a contemporary artist. Luke is spellbound. “You just showed us a whole nother side,” he says. “This sounds so good on you,” says Katy. Oh. she pulls out the “you could sing the phone book” cliche.

 Katy felt she brought something raw and beautiful. “Now that the cake has been baked let’s put the cherry on top.” Of course Lionel knew Whitney! He appreciates that she stood still and sang. Mara is crying big tears. Her mom and sister did her hair and makeup. Does that mean the stylists haven’t show up yet?

Mara Justine sings "Run To You" by Whitney Houston for her Top 24 Solo performance in front of a live audience and Judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie on American Idol 2018.

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Mara Justine Audition American Idol

Mara Justine sings "Something's Got A Hold On Me" by Etta James for her American Idol 2018 Showcase performance.

Mara Justine American Idol 2018 

Something’s Got a Hold on Me by Etta James – This 15 year old singer has a big beautiful voice, but she’s oversinging like crazy. Dial it back kid. Katy says she needs to tone it down. Lionel believes that she knows who she is. “You have a style” he says. Katy says she’s developing bad habits. ‘There’s too much frosting on this beautiful cake.” Katy would be right. Nevertheless Mara is in the  Top 24

Viewers reacted:

Ella Baroudi She is 15! What???? Incredible and I love that song. Whitney is smiling in Heaven.

Debe Acierno She has an amazing voice, but her over the top dramatics takes away from her vocals….hard to watch for me. No offense intended.

Amy Gibson Wordlaw First time I ever heard someone SING a Whitney song and sound amazing!!! Wow

David Spiel Absolutely the most incredible voice on the show. Such a talent and polished artist. As they’ve said I’ve always heard all the passion and big songs and this ballad truly showed the talent you are… the next American Idol.

Di Geltz I wish they would have let us hear Brittany! I don't know what their problem is with her but that woman can sing. love to watch Mara Justine Fight Song Top 24 Duets

Harriet Lewallen I think she has Janis Joplin living in her soul!!! That girl is a natural!!! She can't tone that down!!! That music & soul singing just lives in her & escapes!!! You go girl!!

Alaina Grace Lewis She was outstanding!!!! Omg no one else preforms like that! And she’s only 15! She’s got big things in her future and anyone who tries to deny that is crazy!

Lisa Topazio She has a great voice and her energy is radiating but .. Katy is right . Needs to take it down a notch

Merilee M Reali She needs to chill out. It was over the top. She's talented … no need for all the extra.

Debe Acierno She has an amazing voice, but her over the top dramatics takes away from her vocals….hard to watch for me. No offense intended. love Mara Justine and Rachel Platten

Mary Elizabeth White That girl looks spastics  She is trying way to hard. I get having fun on stage but I haven’t seen anyone move like that since Snoop Dog tried some crazy weed before jumping on stage.

Mare Stewart I thought Katy Perry's judgment was a bit funny considering how she's been performing lately. Let's never forget how she danced during bad and boujee.

Carissa Gardner Nice to see all the professionals commenting on the 15 year old singer!!! Whether or not you like her style or her music. The girl really can sing!!

Lauren Kelly No place on Earth is better suited for you than the stage!!! Keep up the amazing performances, and never stop shining like the star you are! All of us in Team Mara are behind you, really love Team Mara Justine Shirt

Leesa Toscano You look simply marvelous young lady. Keep up the good work. I am sure it can be stressful sometimes but this is a wonderful opportunity for you.

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