“Are you Filipino?” Nicki Minaj asked the 17-year-old who had sauntered onto the "American Idol" stage during the Sudden Death elimination round in Last Vegas Wednesday, Feb. 21.
“Yes, ma’am!” replied the teen, who was dressed in a flowy mullet skirt and sky-high heels.
Latonio, a high school student of Anchorage’s East High School, sang Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way” and received a standing ovation from the judges.
She was the last contestant called to occupy only 5 positions reserved that day for the female contingent of the competition. Five other female hopefuls were eliminated.
Latonio said she was “relieved” when she made it as finalist.
Adriana Latonio sings Aretha Franklin's "Ain't No Way"
High praises from judges
Idol judge Mariah Carey praised Latonio for taking on a “big song.”
“I was really proud of you and really happy for you. That's Aretha Franklin. I really loved how you came through with your version of the song,” she said.
Keith Urban was equally effusive, sayingRead More »from Will this Pinay be the next ‘American Idol’?