Dalton Rapattoni is the 19-year-old School of Rock vocal coach who’s competing on the fifteenth and final season of American Idol. Rapattoni has made it to the Top 10. The alternative singer is betting that his performance of the Imagine Dragons song “Radioactive” will get him to the Top 8.
The first refrain of the apocalyptic song goes: “I’m waking up to ash and dust/ I wipe my brow and I sweat my rust/ I’m breathing in the chemicals…This is it, the apocalypse.” The front man of Imagine Dragons, Dan Reynolds, said of the song: “to me, it’s very masculine, powerful-sounding song, and the lyrics behind it, there’s a lot of personal story behind it.” Reynolds says the song is about his struggle with depression and anxiety. You can’t perform that kind of song without emotion. American Idol airs Thursdays at 8pm on FOX.