Alanis Morissette Praises Zachariah Smith’s “Ironic” Cover On ‘American Idol’: “I Loved It”

“There was this liquidity and I loved it,” Alanis Morissette said.


Andrew Wendowski


Posted on May 7, 2023

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Zachariah Smith; Photo Courtesy of American Idol/ABC

Zachariah Smith, who worked as a Burger Flipper in Amory, Mississippi prior to competing on American Idol, sang Alanis Morissette’s seminal hit, “Ironic,” on Sunday’s Top 8 episode. 

20-year-old is a big fan of guest judge Alanis Morissette, so naturally, he was thrilled over the opportunity to sing her biggest hit on Idol. For this performance, Smith decided to focus on his stage presence.

“Alanis Morissette is so freaking cool. I think I love her more now than I did before. With this performance I really want to work on letting loose,” he explained. “I’m starting my body movements at a two and a three and not giving it that full ten that I usually always give.”

Alanis Morissette; Photo Courtesy of American Idol/ABC
Alanis Morissette; Photo Courtesy of American Idol/ABC

“Your Voice Is Beautiful, It’s Like An Angel”

During rehearsals, Smith had the chance to meet Morissette, who worked directly with him on various aspects of his performance.   

“I just kind of walkie talkied God when he started singing the chorus and was like ‘cue the rain,’ perfect and poetic,” Morissette said, referring to the rain that fell during their mentoring session. 

She also praised the singer, telling him, “Your voice is beautiful, it’s like an angel.”

Ahead of his performance, Smith shared his high hopes to do the song “justice.”

“This is free, it’s like a little flowing river and you want to feel a part of that river. This is a big deal,” he said. 

Donning an all-white rhinestone ensemble, Zachariah Smith fulfilled his promise to let loose.

Watch Zachariah Smith’s Cover Of Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic” Below

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Alanis Praised Zachariah’s Idol Performance

Following Smith’s performance, Alanis Morissette, Luke Bryan and Ed Sheeran praised his talents and vocal abilities.

“I just love it. We talked [about] opening the body and you were talking about going down the flow. I think you used the river metaphor and I just saw you being in flow enjoying yourself and just letting it move through your body,” Morissette told him. “There was this liquidity and I loved it.”

Sheeran complimented Smith’s vocals. “I just I love that song and I was just thinking you rocked it. I think your voice is super, super powerful and I was captivated through the whole thing. It was great.”

Luke Bryan praised the dynamics of Smith’s performance.

“She said liquidity and Lionel [Richie] has never said that, but you know the main thing Zachariah about that was there was a lot of dynamic in that,” he said. “A lot of times you come out really full speed ahead… You’re a powerhouse and kind of energetic guy, which you really kind of had some tender moments in there and really used the mic. It was a really great performance, great job!”

Zachariah Smith; Photo Courtesy of American Idol/ABC
Zachariah Smith; Photo Courtesy of American Idol/ABC

Standout Idol Contestant

Zachariah Smith auditioned for Idol with John Mellencamp’s hit, “Hurts So Good,” where America immediately fell in love with his voice and story.

Following his audition, Perry told him, “Oh no!” Perry exclaimed. “You’re not flipping no burger!”

The 19-year-old couldn’t contain his excitement as he questioned, “I don’t have to flip burgers anymore?” He had a huge smile across his face as the judges laughed.

His auditioned earned a “yes” from all three judges and he ultimately advanced to Hollywood.

Zachariah Smith; Photo Courtesy of American Idol/ABC
Zachariah Smith; Photo Courtesy of American Idol/ABC

Throughout the competition, he has also covered Elton John’s “I’m Still Standing,” Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” Little Richard’s “Lucille,” Foreigner’s “Cold As Ice,” Isaac Brown’s “Body Roll Boys,” Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive,” and more.

Alanis Morissette And Ed Sheeran Temporarily Replaced Katy Perry And Lionel Richie

Ed Sheeran and Alanis Morissette are temporarily replacing Katy Perry and Lionel Richie while they are in England performing as part of the Coronation Celebration for King Charles III.

“I can’t wait to guide you through this stage of the competition and career and yeah this is the first time I’ve done this on American Idol, I can’t wait to take the iconic American Idol stage,” Sheeran previously shared. “Mostly, I’m just looking forward to meeting all of you and talking through life and music and I hope you’re having a great time and I’ll see you very, very soon. Lots of love.”

“I am so excited to be mentoring and hearing your interpretations of my songs. I can’t wait to hear them and surprise I’m going to be guest judging with Luke as well. So I can’t wait to see you,” Morissette previously added.

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Perry and Richie made a brief appearance during Idol with a video from Windsor Castle. 

American Idol airs every Sunday and Monday at 8/7c via ABC.

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