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An “American Idol” hotshot slays a Carrie Underwood classic to catapult her way into the Top 14 YouTube screenshot

It’s still too early to predict whether or not “American Idol” hopeful Tristan McIntosh will take the title in the show’s final season, but considering that this “Idol” contestant can sing the alphabet backwards, there’s one thing we’re sure of.

She just might win it all.

On the Feb. 17 episode of “American Idol,” the 15-year-old tackled more than just her a-b-c’s. Decked out in denim and sassier-looking than ever, Tristan covered Carrie Underwood’s megahit “Good Girl” and truly showcased her range and vocal power. She even held an impressive long note near the end of the song.

Of course, she didn’t hold it as long as Underwood’s note might have been, but heck, she’s just 15 years old.

And while social media was abuzz about the performance, the “American Idol” judges’ reactions could only be described as lukewarm. Keith Urban didn’t like the song choice, Jennifer Lopez thought the performance needed more steam, and Harry Connick Jr. thought it was just okay.

“You’re super talented,” said Harry. “The good news is that I heard you do something that I haven’t heard you do before, which was sing loud. So, congratulations on that, but the bad news is that, maybe with the exception of Shelbie tonight, everybody is kind of giving okay performances. It was fine, but is that a performance you would sing on the finale of “American Idol”?”

Fortunately for Tristan, she has time to think about which song she would choose if she were to make it in the finale. During the Feb. 18 two-hour episode, she earned a spot in the top 14.

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Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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