Idol Alum Murphy Releases Single

Among the artists to audition last season on “American Idol” was Murphy, an independent music artist who has traveled around the nation performing.  He  wowed the judges and fans alike with his original song “Painted Man”.  Much to the surprise of many fans, Murphy did not make it to the live shows and the top 10.

Now Murphy has released “Painted Man” as his first single.  The song is available on all streaming services.  Set for a radio release on March 7, “Painted Man” has already garnered over 500,000 views.

After leaving Idol, Murphy has been making the festival circuit and continuing to entertain fans.

An orphan early in life, Philip Murphy grew up on the streets with his sister.  As a result, he gives back to the homeless community whenever he can.

Born with a visual disability, Murphy has not let his lack of sight interfere with his musical vision.  He is distinctive in both voice and style; as well as, delivering a positive performance.

feature photo credit: courtesy of Triumph Publicity

Idol Crowns 2021 Winner!

It has all come down to this one final episode on “American Idol” By the end of the night eight Grace Kinstler, Chayce Beckham, or Willie Spence will be crowned the newest Idol.

But first, a night of celebration and all star performances with Macklemore and Lewis getting the night of music started off and is joined by the finalists.

With the winner still up for the vote…the judges select a song for each of the finalists to perform.

First up is Grace Kinstler with “All By Myself” originally performed and written by Eric Carmen. Katy said that she picked the song for Grace because of its power and vulnerability. Luke called the performance amazing. Lionel said that Grace is a storyteller with a great voice.

The judges chose a Ray Charles song for Willie Spence with “Georgia on My Mind”. Willie told mentor Bobby Bones that he almost quit after his grandfather died. Willie noted that he had to do a soundcheck on the same day as the funeral. Willie brought the judges to their feet. Luke said that he can smell magnolia, Spanish moss, and peaches. Ryan and Luke are also from Georgia. Luke noted that Willie has delivered with every performance. Lionel said that Willie is a religious experience; adding that it was a great performance. Katy said that she needed her hankie; adding that the sky is the limit for Willie.

Closing out round one, Chayece Beckham sang The Beatles hit “Blackbird” and brought the judges to their feet. Lionel said that Chayce has an identifiable voice. Katy said that they chose the song because it is a small mighty song. Luke told Chayce that he has earned a bass fishing date.

Ryan Seacrest announces that the voting is very close.

In round two the singers make the home town heroes trip.

First up Idol travels back to Illinois and Grace’s home of Crystal Lake. For her hometown round performance Grace sang “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston. Katy noted that the voting is very close; telling fans that if they don’t vote then they can’t complain. Luke said that he wanted to stand on the desk. Lionel said that Grace has outdone herself and gave an amazing performance.
When Willie Spence went back home to Douglas, Georgia, he didn’t get just a day, he got a whole week dedicated to him. It was a very emotional reunion for Willie and his mom. He performed before a stadium filled with fans. For his hometown dedication song her performed the Sam Cooke song “A Change is Gonna Come”. Luke noted that they have heard the song on the show a few times before but never like that. Lionel noted that people look at Willie with pride and inspiration. A tearful Katy said that they are so proud of Willie; adding that it melted her heart to see Willie with his mom. Willie’s mom is in the audience. Katy gives a tearful Willie a tissue.

Chayce Beckham returns to Apple Valley for his hometown visit. The town planted an apple tree in Chayce’s honour. Chayce sang the Chris Stapleton song “Fire Away”. Lionel called the song a great choice for his voice. Katy noted that sometimes God has to turn up the volume to make sure you are listening…and Chayce is listening. Luke noted that it is a big deal to see the change since they first met him.

Idol alum Mickey Guyton returns with Alyssa Rae for a performance of “Black Like Me”.

In the first results of the night…
The singer in third place and the first elimination is…

Grace Kinstler.

Willie Spence and Chayce Beckham will compete for the title of the next “Ameircan Idol”. Host Ryan Seacrest said that the vote is very close.

Jingle writer and singer Tom McGovern gives his take on the season in song.

Graham Defranco returns to give Ryan a hand introducing Fall Out Boy with “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark”. Some of the finalists from the season join Fall Out Boy on stage.

Ten time Grammy Award winner and Rock and Roll Hall Famer Chaka Khan takes the stage to perform a medley of her hits and gets a little help from some of the Idol singers.

For the first time this season, Ryan, Katy, Luke, and Lionel all had a group hug. The judges were not allowed to hug any of the singers this season due to Covid protocols.

UK “X Factor” winner Leona Lewis takes the stage with finalist Willie Spence for a performance of “You Are the Reason”.

Multi Grammy Award winning artist Sheryl Crow takes the stage with Graham Defranco for a performance of a medley of her songs.

After the judges eliminated him, the outrage nearly broke Twitter. Murphy returns to the Idol stage for a performance of a medley of his original music.

Judge Luke Bryan takes the stage with Casey Bishop for a performance on the stage at Whiskey-a-Go-Go and then on the Idol stage with the Bon Jovi hit “Livin’ on a Prayer”.

Judge Lionel Richie takes the stage with some of the finalists for a performance of his song “One World”.

Lindsey Buckingham takes the stage for a performance of the Fleetwood Mac hit “Go Your Own Way” with Cassandra Coleman.

Alessia Cara and Grace Kinstler take the stage for a performance of “Stars to Your Beautiful”.

CMA Artist of the Year Luke Combs joins Chayce Beckham for a performance of “Forever After All”.

Judge Katy Perry takes the stage with Hunter Metts for a performance of her song “Thinking of You”. Katy plays the guitar for the performance.

Chayce Beckham takes the stage for a performance of Ed Sheeran’s “Afterglow”. Katy noted that there isn’t anything left to say; adding that he is living his dream. Luke noted that Chayce has a bright future. Lionel said congratulations and welcome to your career; adding that he has an amazing future.

Willie Spence returns for one final performance with “Stand Up” from “Harriet” by Cynthia Erivo. The judges were on their feet during the performance. Luke said that they love the voice and where it comes from…God and a soul within. Lionel said thank you; adding that his presence on the show has been a religious experience. Katy thanked Willie for blessing and saving them.

After the final vote of the season…

The 2021 “American Idol” is Chayce Beckham!!!!

Willie Spence is the runner up.

Chayce performs his single “23” in his first performance as the newest Idol.

Caleb Kennedy Top Charts

Earlier this year, Country music singer Morgan Wallen saw his music taken off of radio and streaming playlists and he was dropped by his record label. Despite the lack of airplay, Wallen’s fans stepped in and put the singer at the top of the charts; as well as, send his albums shooting up the charts despite the appearance of a questionable racial video.

Last week, “American Idol” contestant Caleb Kennedy was dropped from the reality singing competition show after a video appeared that was deemed questionable where Kennedy appeared with someone who allegedly was dressed in the manner of a Kl Klux Klan member.

Despite being eliminated from the show, Kennedy’s music is also shooting up the charts with his EP at number two on iTunes Country chart and a number seven overall.

It was Kennedy himself and his mother who alerted Idol producers about the two second video that appeared on Snapchat. He was dismissed the following day.

According to Kennedy’s mother Anita Gay, the video was taken when Caleb was 12 years old and that the person in the robe was mocking a character in a film they had seen.

Kennedy noted that the video, “displayed displayed actions that were not meant to be taken in that way. I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that’s not an excuse.” He added that he is taking time away from social media to “better myself”.

Noting that he has disappointed people and has lost their respect, Kennedy said, “I’m so sorry! I pray that I can one day regain your trust in who I am and have your respect!”

Final Four Perform on Idol…One Goes Home

Last week on “American Idol” fans voted for their top five favourites from the top seven singers. But this week the five have become four after 16 year old Country singer Caleb Kennedy was dismissed after a video appeared demonstrating some questionable content.

On semi finals night the remaining four singers will perform three songs – songs written by their own idols, an original singles round, and a favourite past performance. The singers also pair up for duets of a Finneas song.

Award winning producer Finneas is mentoring the singers this week.

First up is Chayce Beckham who got to play one of his original songs for Finneas. Finneas told Chayce to focus on his voice. Chayce sang “Colder Weather” by the Zac Brown Band.

Katy said that Chayce was born on “American Idol”. She called Chayce’s guitar his ammunition. Luke said that Chayce is there because he is “real”; adding that people love authentic and genuine. Lionel said that Chayce earned the right to have everyone like him. Host Ryan Seacrest said when he stands next to Chayce, he realizes how much coolness he doesn’t have.

Casey Bishop chose to perform a song by mentor Finneas’ sister Billie Eilish; one that Finneas co-wrote with Billie. Finneas told her to sing as if she had just thought of the lyrics just before she walked out on the stage. Casey chose “wish you were gay”. Luke said that Casey crushed it; adding it was her best performance yet and a perfect song choice. Lionel noted that Casey has been pushing it all season; telling her to own her persona; adding that she killed it. Katy said that Casey found her star dust.

The 2019 Idol winner Layne Hardy returns to the Idol stage to promote his new music.

Grace Kinstler chose a song by original Idol winner Kelly Clarkson – “A Moment Like This” – for her idol song. Finneas told her to just fall in love with the song. Lionel noted that Grace is bringing who she is to the stage. Katy noted that her cousins wanted Grace to win; adding it was a great song choice. Luke said that all four of the finalists are super stars.

Closing out round one is Willie Spence with a song by John Legend. Finneas said that Willie has one of the best voices he has ever heard. Finneas said that Willie has a powerful voice. Willie sang the Academy Award winning song “Glory”. Lionel keps saying “oh my god”. Katy said that she was glad Willie took them to church. Luke wanted to talk to Willie for three minutes…but he couldn’t. Luke said that Willie will save people’s lives that his voice; adding that the performance was amazing. Lionel said that Willie has a stellar persona; adding that he uplifts and moves people.

Ryan Seacrest noted that the voting is close again this week.

Taking a break from the competition, this week’s mentor Finneas and Ashe take the stage for a performance of “Til Forever Falls Apart”.

In round two, the singers pick one of their favourite performances from the season to sing and perform their original song.

Chayce Beckham returns to sing his original song “23” and “You Should Probably Leave” by Chris Stapleton. Luke asked how do they create another way to say great job; adding that it felt like a real concert. Lionel said that from the beginning to now it has been a complete turn around; adding that everything is lining up for number one in show business. Katy asked Chayce where his song is on the chart. Chayce said that it is number one on the Country chart.

Casey Bishop returns for her original single “Love Me, Leave Me” and her original audition song “Live Wire” by Motley Crue. Lionel kept asking what??? Lionel loved the performance; adding that he wants front row seats and back stage passes. Katy said that her favourite song right now is “Love Me, Leave Me”. Kath said that Casey checks all the boxes. Luke noted that they were only two miles from all the bars where the 80’s hair bands played.

Willie and Grace pair up for a performance of “What They’ll Say About Us” – a song he began writing while Nick Cordero was still alive and completed after his death. Finneas said that if he had known about Grace and Willie’s voices when he wrote the song, he would have given it to them.

Judge Luke Bryan takes the stage to perform his new single “Waves”.

Idol alum Michael J Woodard returns to the Idol stage to promote his new music. He said that after the show, Katy signed him.

Grace Kinstler performs her original song “Love Someone” and “Father” by Demi Lovato. Luke said that it was a great performance. Lionel noted that it is clear that the birds are about to leave the nest. Katy said it was a great first song.

Willie Spence returns to debut his single “Never Be Alone” and a performance of Beynce’s “I Was Here”. Lionel asked what have we done; saying that he wants to see the tour. Lionel called Willie a giant of a voice and talent. Katy said that she gets chills when Willie performs; adding it was a great original song. Katy said that Willie is walking in the light. Luke said that Willie is like a teddy bear…until the lights come up.

Ryan said that he wishes they could have four winners.

For the final performance of the night Casey and Chayce take the stage to perform the Finneas song “Break My Heart Again”. Finneas told them that he was listening to a lot of Frank Sinatra the summer he wrote the song; adding that they could take melodic liberties with the song.

Ryan said that it has been amazing watching the four of them perform; adding that he thinks it is the best final four they have ever had.

The first singer in the finals is Chayce Beckham

Willie Spence is also moving on to the finals

It’s down to Casey and Grace.

The final singer moving on to the finals is Grace Kinstler.

Casey Bishop has been eliminated.

Caleb Kennedy Out of Idol

For the second time this season “American Idol” loses a singer that had been originally chosen by the judges to appear on the live performances.

Sixteen year old Caleb Kennedy was voted in as one of the top seven singers moving to the next round of the show.

However, Kennedy is no longer a part of the competition after a video surfaced of a younger Kennedy sitting with someone who was allegedly wearing a Klu Klux Kaln hood.

Kennedy posted an explanation on his Instagram account saying, “hey y’all, this is gonna be a bit of a surprise but I am no longer gonna be on ‘American Idol’. There was a video that surfaced on the internet and it displayed actions that were not meant to be taken in that way. I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that’s not an excuse. I wanna say sorry to all my fans and everyone who I have let down. I’ll be taking a little time off social media to better myself, but saying that, I know this has hurt and disappointed a lot of people and made people lose respect for me. I’m so sorry! I pray that I can one day regain your trust in who I am and have your respect! Thank you for supporting me.”

As with Wyatt Pike, the spot left empty by Kennedy’s departure will not be filled. The show on Sunday night was set to be a double elimination show, but will now be a single elimination show.

feature photo credit: Caleb Kennedy’s Facebook Page

Two More Go Home on Idol

Tonight on “American Idol” the remaining singers will in an Idol first take on the music of British rockers Coldplay with lead singer Chris Martin serving as mentor for the contestants.

Continuing the multiple eliminations, tonight two more singers will be eliminated.

Casey Bishop gets the night of music started off with a performance of “Paradise”. Chris Martin told her to exist inside the song and not worry about what anyone thinks. Katy said that it was great to see Casey cut loose and harness the energy. Luke noted that he has never heard Casey deliver a bad note in the competition. Lionel said Casey was fantastic.

Next up is Chayce Beckham chose to sing a song he loved – “Magic”. Martin said that he forgot to mentor Chayce and just played along. Luke said that Chayce did a great job; adding that he has so many artistic moments in his performances. Lionel said that half of game was to have confidence and the other half was to have fun. Lionel noted that Chayce has a signature voice. Katy said that Chayce has the Chris Martin vibe.

Willie Spence sang “Yellow”. Willie grew up singing in the church; Chris Martin revealed that he grew up singing in the church too – a very strict English church. When Willie said that he has some insecurities, Martin said he did too; especially after hearing Willie sing. Lionel noted that Willie took a Chris Martin song and made it a Willie Spence song. Katy said that when Willie sings, it’s amazing; adding that Chris Martin helped Willie soar. Luke said that he will treasure all of the times he has gotten to see Willie sing. Luke wants to add some episodes so he can hear Willie sing more.

Country singer Caleb Kennedy puts his own country spin on “Violet Hill”. Martin revealed that this was the first Coldplay song ever. When Caleb played a song he had written for Chris Martin, Martin was impressed. Katy said that she has never had a Coldplay song scare her, but that one did…in a good way. Luke told Caleb to never say he isn’t a singer because he is a singer and a songwriter. Lionel agreed with Luke and reminded Caleb that the audience isn’t at the rehearsals so to remember to bring it on the stage.

Host Ryan Seacrest announced that the search for the 2022 edition of “American Idol” has begun.

Arthur Gunn chose one of Coldplay’s early songs with the Grammy Award winning song “In My Place”. Noting that music is like water flowing, Chris Martin was very open to the singers re-arranging his songs. He told Arthur that he has to do what he thinks is right. Luke noted that Arthur walks to the beat of his own drum…adding that it was cool. Luke said that he loved the vocals on the song. Lionel called Arthur a treasured soul; adding that he is an artist. Katy said that Arthur sound good like it was at his show; but would have like to sing along but didn’t know the melody.

Grace Kinstler couldn’t decide which song to perform and got a little help from Chris Martin on her song choice. Chris said that he could never win “American Idol” but he would love being vulnerable. Grace chose to sing “Fix You”. Lionel noted that Grace’s flaws are her magic; adding that it was the part that makes entertainment. Katy said that Grace has finally arrived with that song. Luke said that he was pumped up with the performance; adding that he almost said a really bad word on TV.

The top five will be entering the studio to perform a single and they will be mentored by award winning producer Jinneas.

Last up is Hunter Metts who chose to sing “Everglow” – song Martin said was written after listening to a lot of Bonnie Raitt. Chris Martin said that Hunter is another one who didn’t need mentoring, just sit and listen. Katy noted that she gets so many texts about Hunter. She said that Hunter is beloved. Luke said that it was amazing seeing Hunter on stage; adding that he has a unique voice. Lionel noted that Hunter is a storyteller with a unique voice; adding that the sky is the limit.

In a debut performance Coldplay performed their new single “Higher Power”.

Performing two songs tonight, the singers return for a round of “Mother’s Day” songs.

Casey Bishop returns for a performance of “Ironic” by Alanis Mofrisette. Casey had the judges out of their chairs dancing during the performance. Luke said that it was fun watchig her. Lionel said that the song choice and stage presence were right on the money. Katy told Casey to keep bringing that kind of stage presence.

Ryan Seacrest revealed that the voting was really close tonight.

Chayce Beckham returns to perform an original song that he wrote for his mom – “”Mama”. Lionel said that Chayce had him crying. Lionel told Chayce to put the song out now..it is a hit! Katy called Chayce sensitive and vulnerable and gave him an A+. Luke said it was the right song on the right night. Chayce had everyone tearing up…including himself.

Willie Spence sings the Joe Cocker song “You Are So Beautiful” for his mom. On a video, his mom was in tears. Katy said that she has never heard the song performed like that; adding that it was very connected. Luke noted that Willie has so many amazing qualities in his voice. Lionel said that the way Willie navigates the notes is beautiful; adding that he Williezied the song.

Caleb Kennedy returns with an original song for his mom – “Mama Said”. Luke called Caleb a true anomoly; writing songs that sound like they were written by a 50 year old man, not a 15 year old. Calling Caleb gifted, Lionel told Caleb to put the song out right now. Katy said that wearing his heart on his sleeve was awesome.

Arthur Gunn performs the Lynyrd Skynyrd song “Simple Man” for his mom. Lionel called Arthur a stylist and has a signature sound. Katy said that she connected with Arthur; adding that the song was great for his voice. Luke reminded Arthur that things are getting tough and to bring it every time.

Grace Kinstler sang one of her mom’s favourtie songs – “When e Were Young” by Adele. Katy said that she was proud of Grace tonight; adding that she has stepped up her game. Luke called it magical…like a movie. Lionel said that it was perfectly done; adding that the delivery was right on point.

Closing out the night of music, Hunter Metts performs a personal request from his mom – his original song “The River”. Luke called the performance incredible; adding that all of the original songs tonight were amazing. Lionel said that Hunter has drifted into professional status. Katy applauded Hunter and all of the original songs.

And finally it is time for the resutls that will reveal the final five…

Ryan Seacrest announced that the vote was really close tonight.

The first singer in the top five is Casey Bishop.

Also moving on to the top five are Grace Kinstler.
Next in the top five is Chayce Beckham.

Also moving on to the top five is Willie Spence.

And the final singer in the top five is Caleb Kennedy!

Arthur Gunn and Hunter Metts have been eliminated from the competition.

Disney Night on Idol…3 Go Home

After taking a week off to make way for the 93rd annual Academy Awards, “American Idol” returns with the top 10 and songs from the Disney songbook in a live simulcast show across the nation.

Sophia gets the night started off with a performance of “A Whole New World”. She is joined the rest of the contestants.

Katy comes out dressed as Tinker Bell.

On a special Monday show two weeks ago, America voted for the comeback singer to join the top 10 and America voted for Arthur Gunn.

After the live cross country vote, three singers will be eliminated at the end of the show.

Television, film, and Broadway actor and musician John Stamos mentored the singers this week from Disney World.

Kicking off the competition with a rousing performance is Caleb Kennedy who sang “Real Gone” by The Cars. Katy said that every time she sees Caleb he has a little more sparkle; adding it was a perfect song choice. Luke said it was a total Caleb the artist look; adding that it was great. Lionel loved that Caleb actually gave them a smile; adding that it was a radiating performance.

Willie Spence sings “Circle of Life” from “The Lion King”. During rehearsals, John Stamos had to stand up for Willie’s performance. A smiling Luke said that Willie just made him feel alive; adding that Willie has the magic. Lionel said that Willie has a voice that he could sing the phone book and make it his own; adding that Willie has an incredible delivery. Katy called Willie a bona fide Idol; adding that the performance was brilliant. Katy said that she couldn’t wait to hear Willie sing again.

Deshawn Gonclaves performs the iconic “When You Wish Upon a Star” from “Pinocchio” with a Big Band Jazz flair. Deshawn starts out behind the piano. Lionel asked, “who are are you really?” He added that Deshawn is showbusiness. Katy also wanted to know who Desshawn is; adding that he was amazing and unlike she has ever seen before. A grinning Luke noted that Deshawn has blossomed; adding that he is not the same guy who showed up at the audition.

Host Ryan Seacrest reveals that next week along with some special Mother’s Day message, for the first time in Idol history the singers will be performing songs from the Coldplay songbook. In a special message from the band, lead singer Chris Martin noted that they will be mentoring the singers…and maybe he can learn how to sing better.

Casey Bishop sang a stripped down version of “When She Loved Me” from “Toy Story”. Clips from the movie aired while Casey sang. Katy said that Casey’s vocals will take her to infinity and beyond; adding that she loves Casey can sing anything. Casey gave Luke goosebumps. Lionel said that Casey is grace beyond her years.

Next up Chayce Beckham chose “Baby Mine” from “Dumbo”. Chayce said that it reminded him of when he was a kid. During the mentoring session John said that Chayce was true and authentic. Luke gave Chayce massive props for bringing the steel guitar to the stage; adding the performance was him with a solid and great performance. Lionel told Chayce to stop thinking that he was here; telling him to enjoy the moment. Katy said that Chaayce took a lullaby and made it a cool song.

Alyssa Wray took on the original princess Cinderella with “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”. She begins the song A Cappella. Lionel said that he will have to go back and watch the movie; adding that her dress was on fire. He called it an amazing performance. Katy noted the control was unlike any other; adding that Alyssa is a princess. Luke noted that it was so much fun to watch the singers turn into a work of art; adding that Alyssas did a great job.

Comeback vote winner Arthur Gunn chose the Oscar winning song “Remember Me” from “Coco” but with his own spin on the song. John Stamos called Arthur’s voice stunning. Katy called it one of Arthur’s best performances; adding that it was amazing. Luke called the performance authentic Arthur Gunn. Lionel said that it is the greatest part of being a stylist when a singer can take any sing and make it their own.

Taking a break from the competition, John Batiste performed “It’s All Right” from the Oscar winning animated film “Soul”. He had the house on their feet dancing.

Cassandra Coleman chose “Go the Distance” form Hercules”. Luke called it Cassandra’s most solid performance vocally. Lionel agreed with Luke; adding that she showed the clarity of her voice. Katy noted that Cassandra’s confidence has grown.

Hunter Metts chose “You’ll Be in My Heart” from “Tarzan”. Hunter said that it is his Mom’s favourite song. Lionel said that’s what he was waiting for. Lionel told Hunter to enjoy the stage. Katy said that Hunter sounded great. Luke said that Hunter has a recognizable voice.

The final contestant of the night is Grace Kinstler with “Into the Unknown” from “Frozen II”. Katy said that Grace had a magic wand in her voice. Luke said that Grace had the eye of the tiger and went beyond.

After the live nationwide vote…

Chayce Beckham is the first singer in the top seven
Casey Bishop is also in the top seven

Willie Spence is in the top seven

Hunter Metts is in the top seven

Caleb Kennedy is in the top seven

Grace Kinstler is in th top seven

and the final singer in the top seven is…Arthur Gunn!

Cassandra Coleman, Alyssa Wray, and Deshawn Gonclaves have all be eliminated from the competition.

Idol Comeback Performances

Last year, the world of entertainment was turned upside down with the breakout of the Covid-19 pandemic that locked down businesses all over the world including music, concerts, and television production.  Just as “American Idol” was preparing for the live shows, all in person productions were brought to a halt. 

Idol finished out the season by providing all of the finalists with lighting and cameras to stream their performances live with the judges commenting on the performances from their homes.

Since they missed out on any of the live shows last season, Idol has brought back some of those finalists to perform on the Idol stage.  Fans cast their votes for the singer they like the best with the winner moving on to fill out the top 10 for season four on ABC of “American Idol”.

Kicking of the Comeback Show performances is Cyniah Elise who sang “Edge of Midnight”.  Noting the plot twist, Katy loved the runs at the end; adding that Cyniah did a good job.  Luke said that it was fun to see Cyniah’s stage presence.  Lionel was happy to see Cyniah on the stage.

Next up was Nick Merico singing his original song “City Lights”.  Luke said that it showed who Nick wanted to be as an artist; adding that for him Nick didn’t knock it out of the park.  Lionel loved the dancing and how Nick commanded the stage.  Katy noted that Nick has taken the time to find his own personality on stage.

Aliana Jester sang the Lady Gaga song “I’ll Never Love Again”.  Lionel said that Aliana handled it with grace and poise.  Katy said that she didn’t recognize Aliana; adding it was like watching a Divas show.  Luke called the performance elegant and beautiful.

School of Rock teacher Franklin Boone rocked the house with “Meant to Live” by Switchfoot.  Katy noted that Franklin threw them a curve ball.  Luke noted that the big stage and lights are bringing out different things.  Lionel commended Franklin on taking a chance. 

Faith Becnel takes on Janis Joplin with “Cry Baby” – a song she sang last season but messed up and forgot some of the lyrics.  Luke noted that he was a fan of her; adding that it was a great song choice.  Lionel noted to all of the singers that coming back, they were all winners.  Katy noted that one of the biggest remarks from last season was a lack of balance; adding that what she saw tonight was balance.

Taking a break from the competition, Idol alum and Jazz legend Harry Connick Jr returns with a medley of songs from his album “Alone with My Faith” – an album he wrote and recorded during the lock down; performing every instrument including percussion, keyboards, tuba, and trumpet.

Last season runner up and Nepal native Arthur Gunn returns to perform the Goo Goo Dolls song “Iris”.  Lionel said that Arthur stuck the right chords with him; adding that his voice is immediately recognizable.  Katy loves that Arthur goes his own way; adding that he is authentic.  Luke said that in a room where everybody is overstated, Arthur can walk out and be recognized.  The song choice was a last minute decision for Arthur.

DeWayne Crocker Jr returned with a performance of “Voice of God”.  DeWayne said that faith is a big part of his life.  Katy said that DeWayne looked like an artist; adding that he connected with the audience.  Luke said that it was great seeing DeWayne again; adding it was a solid vocal and a great song choice.  Lionel said that DeWayne has clearly stepped into the light; adding that DeWayne had their attention from the beginning.

Last season’s judge’s save Makayla Phillips sang “Anyone” by Demi Lovato.   Luke called it a wonderful performance.  Lionel said that Makayla has a signature high end to her voice; adding they felt the performance.  Katy noted how Makayla kept building in the song.

Idol alum and award winning Christian singer Lauren Daigle returns to perform “Look Up Child”.

Olivia Ximines promises a dance break during her performance of “Say Yes”.  Lionel said that Olivia danced into their lives last year; adding that she has the ability to make everyone smile.  He called her performance amazing.  Katy called the performance the complete package; adding that she was meant for the stage.  Luke said that Olivia makes everyone feel comfortable in her world; adding that she has show business dialed in.

Closing out the night of comeback music is Louis Knight who as a songwriter, chose one of his own songs – “Maybe That” – for his comeback performance.  Katy said that Louis came out and bared his soul; adding that she felt the song.  Luke noted that Louis showed tremendous growth; adding it felt like a real show.  Lionel commended Louis on becoming a great songwriter.  Louis called the performance a dream come true.  Louis began writing the song during the auditions last year.

Idol fans have the rest of the week to cast their votes as to which one of the 10 comeback singers will join the season four top 10.

Idol returns on May 2 to reveal the top 10 who will sing songs from the Disney songbook.






Idol Goes to the Movies

Last week on “American Idol”, the top 24 contestants performed and in a special Monday night episode, host Ryan Seacrest revealed the top 12 singers.

On the Monday results show, Ryan Seacrest announced that Wyatt Pike left the show for what was later announced as personal reasons.

Former Idol judge Paula Abdul sat in for Luke Bryan after the Country music star tested positive for the Covid virus.

This week the top 12 will become nine in the first across the country simulcast with live voting. On Monday finalists from last season who never got to take the Idol stage due the the virus and lock down rules will take the stage with one of them joining the 2021 singers to fill out the top 10.

Gearing up for the annual Academy Awards presentation next week, the theme for tonight’s performances is songs from Oscar winning and nominated songs.

Idol judge Lionel Richie opens the show with a performance of his Oscar winning hit “Say You Say Me”.

After a week off for Covid, Luke Bryan returns to join fellow judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.

First up is Grace Kinstler for a performance of “Happy” by Pharrell. Katy said that Grace can sing the telephone book. Katy wondered what kind of record Grace would make and what kind of artist she is. Happy to be back, Luke liked the way Grace commanded the stage; adding that he loved hearing her voice. Lionel noted that Grace was in control; adding that she needs to pick songs that demonstrate who she is.

Ava August chose “City of Stars” from “La La Land”. Mentor Bobby Bones said that Ava is a singer far beyond her years. Bobby gave the 15 year old a driving lesson in the golf cart. Luke noted that Ava’s moments are amazing; adding her performance was incredible. Lionel said that Ava has managed to appear as if she been singing her whole life. Katy noted that she has socks older than Ava; adding that she wants her to BE 15.

Country boy Caleb Kennedy took on Willie Nelson with “On the Road Again”. Bobby took Caleb fishing and told him to channel the feeling while he was on the stage. Last week Caleb performed without his hat, this week the hat is back. Caleb had the house on their feet dancing…including the judges. Lionel called the performance fantastic; adding that they couldn’t wait to get back on the road again. Lionel said that if Caleb keeps it up, he will be on the road for a long time. Katy said that Caleb sounded great; adding it was so cool when Caleb invited them to join in. Luke noted that Caleb didn’t over sing; adding it was his best performance. Luke said that Caleb chose a great song.
Hunter Metts performs “Falling Slowly” from “Lost”. After some rousing applause, Katy said that it was his best performance ever. Hunter was very emotional after his performance. Katy called it an incredible song choice and connected with them. Luke said that it was intense for him watching; adding that Hunter took him on a crazy ride of emotions. Luke said that Hunter’s falsettos were some of the best he has heard on the show. Lionel related a time he forgot the lyrics and the audience took over. Hunter thought he messed up, but all of the judges and Ryan said that he did not mess up, he was emotional and perfect.

Madison Watkins takes on Whitney Houston with “Run to You” from “The Bodyguard”. Luke said that Madison always gives solid performances. Lionel said that she knocked it out of the park. Katy called it an A level performance; adding that Madison played the favourites.

Chayce Beckham chose the Bryan Adams song “Everything I Do (I Do for You)” from “Robin Hood Prince of Thieves”. Lionel said that Chayce found himself in the second half of the song. Katy noted that there are a lot of young ladies thinking the song was just for them. Luke was so inspired by Chayce’s growth since the auditions; adding that he thinks Chayce is the front runner.

Judges save Beane performs “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” from “Dirty Dancing”. Beane put his own spin on the song and opened with the guitar and sitting on a stool before getting up to dance around the stage as he sang. Katy noted that she saw another side of Beane; adding the performance was cool. Katy said that Beane is ready for the stage.

Alyssa Wray chose “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman”. Lionel called Alyssa a subtle force; adding that when the guns go off, they know it will be amazing.
Ryan announced that the nine remaining singers will go to Disney World in Florida after the show.

Deshawn Goncalves took on the iconic Barbra Streisand with “The Way We Were” from the film “The Way We Were”. Luke called the performance beautiful, classic, and classy; adding that he was caught up in the moment. When Luke couldn’t find the words, Katy mentioned Luther Vandross.

Casey Bishop performed the classic “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” made famous by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz”. Katy noted that Casey can do anything she wants; adding that Casey is the front runner. Luke said that Casey came out and gave another side of herself. Lionel said that it is one of his favourite songs. Lionel wonders what the DNA is made of from the 16 year old; adding that going from rock to Judy Garland is incredible.

Cassandra Coleman performed the Sam Smith song “Writing’s on the Wall” from the James Bond film “Spectre”. Luke said it was some of the most amazing stuff he has heard on the show. Lionel said that Cassandra brings them in. Katy told Cassandra that she isn’t what the world thinks of her but what she thinks of her.

The final performance of the night was from Willie Spence with a gospel inspired song from “Harriet” with “Stand Up” performed by Cynthia Erivo. Cynthia sent him a video message of thanks and encouragement. Standing, Lionel had a few words for Willie, “Amen, religious experiece, and you delivered the goods”. Katy called the performance powerful. Luke said that Willie taught him to never use the word front runner until the whole show is done.

After the nationwide voting, Ryan revealed the nine singers who would be moving on to the top 10…
Grace Kinstler
Casey Bishop
Willie Spence
Alyssa Wray
Caleb Kennedy
Deshawn Goncalves
Chayce Beckham
Cassandra Coleman
and Hunter Metts

Ava, Madison, and Beane have been eliminated from the competition.

On Monday, the comeback show where singers from last season will compete for the final spot in the top 10.

To 12 Revealed on Idol

On Sunday’s episode of “American Idol”, host Ryan Seacrest revealed the top eight singers from the top 12 that performed last week. Each of the top 16 performed once again for fan votes.

On the Monday episode, Ryan will reveal the top 10 vote getters; plus two more singers chosen by judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie.

On Monday morning, Luke Bryan announced that he has tested positive for the Covid-19 virus. Luke is at home and sitting in for him is Idol alum Paula Abdul.

Paula compared the top 16 to the Grammy’s Best New Artist.

With no further explanation, Ryan announced that Wyatt Pike has withdrawn for the competition.

Ryan reveals the top 10 singers in no particular order.

The first singer in the top 10 is Casey Bishop who performs “House of the Rising Sun”.

Colin Jamieson is in the danger zone and will have to sing for his life in hopes of earning one of the two judges choices. He sang “Waves”. Lionel said that Colin did exactly what he was supposed to do. Katy noted that Colin has grown so much; adding that all of his performances are like a celebration. Paula said that she enjoyed watching Colin because of his passion; adding that he made her smile.


Ryan revealed that the difference between votes with some of the singers was less than 900 votes.

Next up to learn their results was Deshawn Gonclves who has made it into the top 10. Donning a gold jacket, Deshawn took on the great Stevie Wonder with “Higher Ground”. He had Paula out of her seat dancing. It wasn’t long before Katy and Lionel were out of their seats too.

Cassandra Coleman is also in the top 10. She sang “Light On” by Maggie Rogers.

Caleb Kennedy is the next person to learn his fate. Normally seen wearing a hat, Ryan didn’t recognize him at first. Caleb chose an original song after learning that is in the top 10. The song “Nowhere” is one Caleb had started before his audition and has recently finished. Lionel said that Caleb has become a great songwriter. Paula called Caleb extremely talented.

Long time Idol alum Randy Jackson Facetimed Ryan on his ipad. He called all of the judges amazing.

Next week, Idol will broadcast live across the country with real time voting.

Madison Watkins is in danger and will have to sing for her life with “Hotline Bling” by Drake. Lionel said that it was very clear to him that she was singing for her career and put it all out on the floor. Katy noted that Madison came out and brought the light. Paula called Madison extraordinary; adding that her voice is like an old friend.

Next up is Ava August who is moving on to the top 10. The youngest singer in the competition at 15, she chose the Queen song “Love of My Life”. Lionel said that Ava makes him forget that she is 15; adding she sings like a long time pro. He said that she owned the song. Paula said that Ava leaves her speechless; adding that she reaches notes that don’t exist.

Luke sent a text message saying that he misses them and being sick stinks.

In the next results, Beane learns that he is in the danger zone. He sang “Grow as We Go” in hopes of earning one of the judges spots in the top 12. After bringing the judges to their feet, Lionel noted that Beane has grown into his artistry; adding that Beane gave a stellar performance. Saying there is only one Beane, Katy said that she is a card carrying “Beanie Baby”. Paula also admitted that she is a Beane fan; adding that he shines like a spotlight.

Chayce Beckham has earned a spot into the top 10. Singing his audition song; Chayce performed “What Brings Life Also Kills”. Katy said that Luke texted her saying, “dang I’m still not that cool”.

Ryan announced that in a two night event, the top 12 become nine and then on Monday 10 of the finalists from last season will return to perform live on the stage after having to perform from their homes last season and fans will vote one of them to join the lineup for this season to fill out the top 10.

Alyssa Wray is the next singer to learn her fate and will join the top 10. She chose to sing the Michael Masser and Linda Creed song “The Greatest Love of All” originally made a hit by George Benson. Alyssa chose to sing the Whitney Housston version of the song. Alyssas got a message from her idol Jennifer Hudson. Paula said that Alyssa looked like a pro. She advised Alyssa to pick songs that let her shine.

Next up was Alanis Sophia is not in the top 10 and will have to sing for her life with “Heart Attack” by Demi Lovato. Lionel wondered how Alanis could hear that news and then give such a performance. He told her not to judge herself or think while she is performing. Katy said that she uses her rejections to fuel her fire. An impressed Paula agreed with Lionel of don’t think, just sing; adding to give it her all.

And then there were four…

Willie Spence blew the house away with his performance on Sunday night and earned his way into the top 10. Willie’s choir room performance of “Diamonds” by Rihanna went viral back in 2017; tonight he performs it live for the first time. Willie had his fellow contestants and the judges on their feet during hs performance. Katy called Willie brilliant; adding that he has an old soul vibe.

Only Grace, Hunter, and Graham remain…

Grace Kinstler is moving on to the top 10. She chose to sing “Dangerous Woman” by Ariana Grande. Lionel said that Grace has an amazing attitude on stage; adding that it was an oh my god performance.



It’s down to Hunter and Graham…two great friends.

Hunter Metts is the final singer in the top 10 and sang the Bonnie Raitt song “I Can’t Make You Love Me”. Paula noted that Hunter’s vocals are very distinct; adding that she is a big fan. She noted that the whole night has been incredible.


In the final performance of the night, Graham Defranco sings for his life with “Cover Me Up” by Jason Isbell. Lionel asked Graham if he understood what he has done; adding that he is punching his way to the future. Katy said that she thinks Graham got very close; adding that she thinks he has finally taken flight. Paula called Graham’s voice so comforting; adding that it was like butter…so smooth.

After the judges deliberation…

Lionel announced that after a tough evening that Madison Watkins is moving on to join the top 10.

The final spot in the top 12 is….
Saying that based on tonight’s performance, Katy announced in a unanimous decision Beane is in the top 12.

Colin Jamieson, Alanis Sophia, and Graham Defranco has been eliminated from the competition.

Top 16 Revealed on Idol

The top 24 artists have performed their solos and celebrity duets on “American Idol”. And now it is up to the fans to cast their votes and choose the top 16. One third of the singers will be sent home by the end of the show.

The top 24 performed over two nights. Host Ryan Seacrest will be announcing the top eight vote getters from each night.

The first singer moving on to the top 16 is Alyssa Wray who performs the Roberta Flack hit “Killing Me Softly with His Song”. Katy said that the performance was totally a vibe; adding that she was an actual artist. Agreeing with Katy, Luke called it a great song choice. Lionel noted that it was down ot confidence; adding that it was a stellar performance.

The next singer moving into the top 16 is survey pilot Graham Defranco who performed the Frank Sinatra song “That’s Life”. Luke noted that Graham is the guy who can’t believe he is here; adding that Graham has a timeless voice. Lionel noted that the crowd feeds off of Graham having fun. Katy said that Graham picked the best song for his voice; adding that he has an incredible voice.

The next singer moving on to the next round is Grace Kinstler who sang “Elastic Heart” by Sia. Standing, Lionel called Grace a force to be reckoned with; adding that she draws them into her performances. Katy noted that Grace can sing everything. Luke said that Grace has an amazing voice.

Ryan Seacrest named Alonis Sophia who chose to perform “The Story by Brandi Carlile. Katy thought it was a great song choice for her voice. Luke noted that it was a rangy song. Lionel wanted to know if they witnessed an explosion; adding that Alonis needs to learn how to work the stage.

The next singer into the top 16 is Willie Spence who sang “The Prayer” with Katherine McPhee for his duet last week. This week, Willie chose to sing the Adele song “Set Fire to the Rain”. Luke said that the coolest thing Willie did was suck them in. Lionel stood and said that God took control; adding that tit was close to a Donnie Hathaway, Luther Vandross moment and brilliant! Katy said that Willie was possessed in a Godly way.

Next in the top 16 is Deshawn Goncalves who took on the iconic “Feeling Good” and began the song A Cappella before playing the piano. He brought the judges to their feet with his performance. Lionel noted that the hardest thing for a singer is to open with a cold start; adding that he owned the piano as well. Katy said that Deshawn went to the next level with his performance. Luke said that Deshawn put it all together. Ryan asked if the 16 year old had any butterflies with that cold start. Deshawn said absolutely.

The next singer in the top 16 is street singer Wyatt Pike who sang the Kings of Leon song “Use Somebody”. Katy noted that Wyatt looked so nervous; adding that he is an authentic singer songwriter. Luke said that Wyatt is going to be able to do music for the rest of his life. Lionel noted that Wyatt has a style on stage that makes them want to watch; adding that Wyatt made the song his own. Katy wants to hear Wyatt sing something to make them cry. Wyatt said that he would like to do that.

The final singer from the top 12 on last Sunday night is Cassandra Coleman. She chose to sing the Chris Isaak hit “Wicked Game”. Luke said that her verses were incredible but needs to soar more on the choruses. Lionel noted that the key word is confidence; adding don’t concentrate, just sing. Katy said that she would love to see what would happen on a tour.

Alana, Cecil, Andrea, and Anilee have all been eliminated from the competition.

The first singer from the top 12 on Monday night’s performances is Caleb Kennedy. The 16 year old Country singer chose the Chris Stapleton song “Midnight Train to Memphis”. Lionel said that he is convinced Caleb has ice water in his veins; adding he gave a great performance. Katy noted that Caleb has a grit and is becoming an outlaw. Luke noted that Caleb has a course he wants to follow and is doing a great job.

Next up is rocker Colin Jamieson who chose to perform the Tears for Fears hit “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”. Colin had the audience clapping and dancing along. Katy said that Colin is an incredible vocalist. Luke noted that Colin was working the camera; adding that he “sang his butt off”. Lionel noted that it is called show business; adding that Colin was having fun on stage.

The next singer moving into the top 16 is Casey Bishop who sang the Soundgarden song “Black Hole Sun”. Luke noted that Casey can sing anything; adding her performance was impressive. Lionel said that it is fascinating to watch Casey; asking where is the extra pair of lungs. Katy called it the best performance from Casey so far.

Continuing to build the top 16, Madison Watkins is the next to perform. She chose “Gravity” by Sarah Bareilles. Lionel said that Madison gave a perfect presentation. Katy was surprised; saying that she was locked from the first few notes; adding it was her best performance. Luke said that Madison gave a flawless vocal performance.

Bean is lucky number 13 in the list of 16 singers. Beane chose to perform “Searching for a Feeling”. Katy said that Beane showed another side of himself. Luke noted that he thinks America wants to be entertained and Bean gave that to them. Lionel said that watching Beane perform is inviting.

The next singer moving to the top 16 is Hunter Metts performed “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver. Luke said that Hunter really dug in; adding no one sounds like Hunter. Lionel agreed with Luke. Katy said that Hunter gave them growl which was impressive.

Next into the top 16 is 15 year old Ava August who sang “2002” by Ann Marie. Lionel said that he is going to declare Ava 15 and dangerous. Katy reminded Ava that classic always turmps cool…and Ava is classic. Luke told Ava not to forget the classic and grace.

The final singer in the top 16 is Chayce Beckham who chose to sing “Waiting in Vain” by Bob Marley and Wailers. Chayce sat on a stool and played his guitar as he sang the classic raggae song. Katy said that Chayce checks all the boxes. Luke said that the count off was the coolest thing; adding he can deliver. Lionel said that if you can identify with real, then America will fall in love…and they did.

Jason, Mary Jo, Llahona, and Hannah have all been eliminated from the competition.

On Monday’s results show the top 12 will be revealed – 10 by fan vote and two selected by the judges.




Top 24 Perform on Idol, pt 2

On the Sunday episode of “American Idol”, 12 of the top 24 singers took to the stage for a solo performance and a duet with an all star artist.

Tonight, the remaining 12 will take the stage for their turn to perform; first a solo and an all star duet before a live audience.

The top eight vote getters from each night will be revealed next Sunday for the 16 singers remaining of the hundreds who came for the auditions.

The judges can express their opinions, but now it is all up to the fans.

First up is Jason Warrior with “Call Out My Name” by The Weeknd and brought the judges to their feet.  Jason joins PJ Morton for a performance of “How Deep is Your Love” by The Bee Gees that again brought the judges to their feet.  Katy called it the best solo and duet performance she has heard so far.  Luke called it good old fashioned entertainment.  Lionel said that it doesn’t get any better than what Jason just did.  Host Ryan Seacrest said what a way to start the show.

Madison Watkins performed “Holy” before joining Idol alum Tori Kelly for a performance of the Stevie Wonder song “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing”.  Luke called Madison a natural entertainer; adding that she really showcased her voice.  Lionel noted how Madison reacted to Tori, not just sang the words.  Katy called the performance a show of vocal Olympics.

Beane takes the stage for a performance of “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa.  Beane shared the stage with international star Josh Groban for a performance of “Angels” by Robbie Williams.  The performance had the house on their feet and Lionel yelling yes.  Lionel said that they noticed exactly what he was doing.  Katy said that Beane has incredible artistic vision; adding that she would sign him.  Luke noted that Beane is growing in every round of the show.

Hannah Everhart sang “ I Was Wrong” by Chris Stapleton before taking the stage with award winning Country music star Jason Aldean for a performance of “She’s Country”.  The duo had Katy up dancing and Luke singing along.  Katy appreciated the risks Hannah took in her solo.  Luke said that it was fun watching Hannah grow.  Lionel agreed with his fellow judges; adding that she held her own with Jason Aldean.

Mary Jo Young sang the Ed Sheeran song “Castle on the Hill” before taking the stage with platinum selling artist Jewel for a performance of “Foolish Games”.  Luke said that he was proud of Mary Jo.  Lionel said that Mary Jo represented her generation.  Katy said that Mary Jo is legitimately becoming an artist before their eyes.

Next up is Chayce Beckham with “Afterglow” by Ed Sheeran.  For his duet, Chayce joins Incubus front man Brandon Boyd for “Drive” by Incubus.  Chayce is the first contestant that plays an instrument – guitar – on his duet.  Lionel said that Chayce has a magical voice; adding that Chayce needs to engage the audience.  Katy called Chayce a bona fide musical artist.  Luke noted that Chayce is just naturally cool.

Colin Jamieson sang the Bruno Mars song “Locked Out of Heaven” before taking the stage with Tori Kelly for a performance of “Hollow”.  Katy said that Colin looked like he performs 300 shows a year.  Luke called Colin infectious with his having fun.  Lionel said that Colin has the secret, performing like he is in his living room and they just stopped by.  Ryan said that Colin is seamless.

Llahona Olayan sang “Just Friends” before taking the stage with PJ Morton for a performance of Morton’s song “Say So” and brought the judges to their feet.  Luke said that Llahona is radio ready.  Lionel said that she has come so far since the first time they saw her.  Katy agreed that Llahona is radio ready.

The youngest singer remaining in the competition, Ava August performs “drivers license”.  The 15 year old performed the Joni Mitchell classic “Both Sides Now” with Josh Groban.  Lionel said that Ava is singing far past her age.  Katy called Ava an old soul.  Luke said that watching Ava and Josh Groban was like watching Judy Garland.

Caleb Kennedy chose The Allman Brothers classic “Midnight Rider” for his solo performance.  The 16 year old joined up with Jason Aldean for a duet performance of “Fly Over States”.   The 16 year old revealed that the song came out when he was in kindergarten.  Katy said that Caleb is authentically himself.  Luke thought that “Midnight Rider” showcased him better.  Lionel said that Caleb has been possessed by an old country man; adding that he has so much promise in his future.

Hunter Metts sang “Chandelier” by Sia before he joined Jewel for a performance of “Who Will Save Your Soul”; a song Jewel said that she wrote when she was 16.  Luke said that the beauty of Hunter is that he has an undeniable voice.  Lionel agreed with Luke; adding that Hunter has everything he needs to be a super star.  Katy fells that Hunter is judging himself against others; adding he has a voice of his own.

The final performance of the top 24 is Casey Bishop with “Decode” by Paramore.  Brandon Boyd returns to perform another song from the Incubus songbook “Wish You Were Here”.  Lionel wondered what America was going to do with all the talent this year; adding that Casey owned the stage.  Katy told Casey to grasp it.  Saying that Casey needs to listen to Katy, Luke noted that Casey is a 16 year old girl trying to bring rock back.



Top 24 on Idol, pt 1

Last week Lionel, Luke, and Katy revealed the top 24 singers to move on and to perform before a live audience and fan votes, “American Idol” has brought in some all star performers to join the top 24 to perform once in a lifetime duets.

After having to stay home last week due to a possible Covid-19 exposure, Lionel returns to join his fellow judges in the theatre.

On Sunday 12 of the singers will take the stage where fans will vote for their favourites.  Eight of the 12 will move on.

For the first time in two years, Idol singers will perform before a live, socially distanced (in pods) audience.

Alanis Sophia takes the stage for a performance of “Alive” by Sia.  Jimmie Allen joins Alanis for a performance of “Shallow”.  Katy enjoyed the solo performance; adding that it was controlled.  But, she felt that Alanis was a bit overwhelmed in the duet.  Luke said that Alanis has an amazing voice but needs to learn how to own the stage.  Lionel agreed with Luke; adding that her nerves got the best of her.

Cassandra Coleman performed “Find Me” for her solo performance.  She is joined by One Repulic’s Ryan Tedder for “Apologize”.  Lionel called it a great performance but noted he could see her trying to concentrate.  Luke said that she needs to control the nerves.  Katy called Cassandra’s voice an otherworldly experience.

Alyssa Wray performs “Something in the Water” by Idol winner Carrie Underwood.  Alyssa pairs up with Idol alum Katherine McPhee (Foster) for a performance of a Whitney Houston song “I’m Your Baby Tonight”.  Lionel said that watching Alyssa perform is like trying to cap a volcano; adding that the duet looked like they had been doing it for years.  Katy noted that Alyssa was the first singer to feel comfortable with a star.  Luke called Alyssa a star on the stage.

Wyatt Pike performs “rubberband”.  Luke noted that Wyatt felt like a star.  Ben Rector joins Wyatt for a performance of “Brand New”.  Ryan said that Wyatt looked like he had been living on the stage.  Katy noted that Wyatt practiced; adding that he could go on tour right now and fit in.  Luke admits that he was emotional the whole time; adding that Wyatt was in his moment.  Lionel noted that Wyatt owned the moment.

Alana performed “Blow Your Mind” by Dua Lipa.  Award winning performer Brian McKnight joins Alana for a performance of “Back at One” – a song that earned him a Songwriter of the Year award.  McKnight noted that this is the first time he will perform the song as a duet.  Katy called Alana a star.  The duet brought the judges to their feet.  Luke said that Alana had great energy on the stage.  Lionel said that Alana has the stage presence to be a star but needs to work on the attitude.  Katy said that Alana embodied entertainment.

Anjlee List sang the Billie Eilish song “my future” before taking the stage with Joss Stone for a performance of “Tell Me Something Good”.  Joss admits that the last time she sang the song, it was a duet with John Legend and she came in in the wrong key.  Lionel said that it was a perfect example of seeing a person who was very comfortable on stage; telling Anilee to go with it.  Katy said that Anilee has a powerhouse voice and took them to church.  Luke said that Anilee is so close to next level greatness; adding that she needs to enjoy the moment.

DeShawn Goncalves sang the Bob Dylan song “Forever Young” and had Lionel calling the performance great.  Ryan Tedder returns to sing “I Lived” with DeShawn.  Ryan noted that he wrote the song about his child after an incident on an airplane.  Katy said that DeShawn has one of the most iconic voices on the show.  Agreeing with Katy, Luke and Lionel told DeShawn to enjoy himself.

Graham Defranco sang “Raye” before taking the stage with Ben Rector for “Love Like This”.  Ben noted that it is a difficult and challenging song to sing.  Luke said that Graham’s voice is so listenable and able to turn songs into his own style; adding that Graham did a great job.  Lionel said that Graham moved them.  Katy said that Graham drew her in with his duet.

Andrea Valles sang the bilingual song (English and Spanish) “Lo Vas a Olividar”.  She joins Brian McKnight for a performance of “Careless Whisper” by George Michael.  Sporting an eye patch, Andrea said that she recently had retina detachment surgery.  Lionel was amazed; saying the two’s voices complimented each other.  Katy noted that Andrea made the eye patch look fashionable.  Luke noted that the singers had to capture people’s attention, and her performance put her on the map.

Cecil Ray sang “Paint Me a Birmingham” before joining Jimmie Allen for a performance of “Freedom Was a Highway” and brought the judges to their feet.  Calling Cecil the underdog, Katy called the solo ok; adding that Cecil needs to let it go.  Luke noted that there were some pitch issues.  Lionel said that they need some stage presence and attitude.

Willie Spence took on the Bette Midler hit “Wind Beneath My Wings.  Joining Katherine McPhee, the duo performed the iconic “The Prayer”.  Willie dedicated the song to his grandfather recently due to Covid.  He said that he grew up hearing his grandmother sing the song in church.  Luke said that Willie does not wrong in his eyes; adding he loves the way Willie goes about performing.  Lionel called his Willie Pavarotti; adding that Willie is mesmerizing and makes every song his own.  Katy called the duet performance “goosebump central”.

Closing out night one of the top 24, Grace Kinstler sings “Queen” by Jessie J before pairing up with Joss Stone for a performance of “Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Knight.  Lionel said, “Wow!”.  Lionel called Grace a winning package.  Katy called the duet timeless; adding that Grace’s gift are those classic songs.  Luke said that he couldn’t belief he has a front row seat.

The remaining 12 members of the top 24 will perform on Monday night with the results revealed next week.



Top 24 Revealed on ‘American Idol’

When “American Idol” ended on Sunday night, Luke was about to announce whether or not teen singers Casey Bishop and Alanis Sophia had made it into the top 24.

The show opens with a recap of the events from Sunday night with Luke revealing that Alanis Sophia and Casey Bishop both are in the top 24.

Willie Spence said that Hollywood Week has been a good experience for him. Wearing a black suit, he chose a Beyonce song for his showstopper performance and brought the judges to their feet. Lionel called it a powerful performance. Saying that he thinks Willie’s life is going to change in amazing ways, Luke told Willie that he is in the top 24.

Emisunshine chose the Janis Joplin hit “Piece of My Heart” for her showstopper performance. Telling her her performances need to be authentic, Emisunshine didn’t make the top 24.

Lizzy O’Very chose a Harry Styles song for her performance. Lizzie did not make it to the top 24.

Camille Lamb feels that she has the full package as an artist and chose “Feel Like Making Love” for her performance. Katy announced that Camille failed to make the top 24. She feels that Idol made a mistake; adding that she thinks she could have won it all.

After forgetting the lyrics during the duets, Mary Jo Young chose a James Bay song for her showstopper performance and redeemed herself by remembering the words. Telling Mary Jo that she needs to own the stage, Luke told her that she is in the top 24.

Hunter Metts is filled with self doubt but really wants to make music a part of his life. At his first audition, Katy told him that he is a top 10 performer. After taking a risk in his showstopper performance, Luke told Hunter that he is a part of the top 24. Luke told Hunter to keep pushing.

Mom Althea Grace chose a Beatles song for her showstopper performance. Katy said that they have seen so much growth in Althea but she felt the showstopper song was the wrong choice. Katy told Althea that she did not make it to the top 24.

Ronda and Funke had an unforgettable duet when Funke passed out during the remarks. She has three stitches after hitting her chin. Funke chose a Nat King Cole song for her showstopper performance and Ronda chose a Stevie Wonder song for her performance. Neither one of the girls made it to the top 24.

Grace Kinstler chose “Father” by Demi Lovato for her showstopper performance but later second guessed her song choice. She brought the judges to their feet and had Lionel calling it powerful. Luke noted that it wasn’t her best. Katy noted that feeling a song is important, but you have to choose the right songs. Grace made it to the top 24.

Deshawn Goncalves chose to play the keyboard and sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” for his showstopper performance. Lionel noted that Deshawn has been on a rollercoaster his entire life; adding that Deshawn’s journey has brought tears to his eyes. Lionel told Deshawn that he is in the top 24.

Former boy bander Colin Jamieson took a chance in his showstopper performance with a song from Fall Out Boy while playing the keyboard. Katy was bouncing hin her chair during the performance. Lionel was excited over the song. Katy said that Colin surprised them with his performance which included pulling out his ponytail. After taking a big chance Katy revealed that Colin is in the top 24.

The youngest singers in the competition Ava August and Laila Mach both took chances in their showstopper performances; Laila chose an Alica Keys song, while Ava chose to perform an acoustic original song with just her and her guitar. Luke called Ava interesting. Katy said that Laila’s voice is getting better and better but she did not make it to the top 24. Katy told Ava that the song wasn’t there yet but she is a part of the top 24.

Nia Renee chose a Sam Cook song for her showstopper performance but it was not enough to get her into the top 24.

Hawaiian Lliahona Olayan has struggled since her brother was eliminated in the genre round. She chose a Megan Trainor song for her showstopper performance and brought the judges to their feet. Luke noted that they see a lot in Lliahona; adding that she is in the top 24.

Madison Watkins chose a James Brown song and Alana chose “Bust the Windows” for their showstopper performances. Lionel told Madison that she did a great job and is in the top 24. Alana is also in the top 24.

Anilee List also made it into the top 24 after her showstopper performance of “Ain’t Nobody” by Rufus and Chaka Kahn.

And then there were two singers remaining…but only one open spot. Drake McCain chose a Luke Bryan song for his showstopper performance and had Luke up dancing. Cecil Ray sang a Leon Bridges song. Noting that they have seen a lot of growth, Luke announced that the final singer in the top 24 is Cecil Ray. For the second time Drake failed to make it to the live shows.


The Top 24:
Alyssa Wray
Jason Warrior
Andrea Valles
Chayce Beckham
Caleb Kennedy
Wyatt Pike
Cassandra Coleman
Beane
Hannah Everheart
Graham Defranco
Alanis Sophia
Casey Bishop
Willie Spence
Mary Jo Young
Hunter Metts
Grace Kinstler
Deshawn Goncalves
Colin Jamieson
Ava August
Lliahona Olayan
Madison Watkins
Alana
Anilee List
Cecil Ray

Next week the top 24 perform live for fan votes in a two night special event.

Idol Top 24 Revealed pt 1

Last week the singers who earned a golden ticket on “American Idol” all gathered in Hollywood for a genre round and a duet round.

This week, those who have survived Hollywood Week, will participate in the Showstopper round for a spot in the top 24.

Katy and Luke will be watching the performances live; but due to a possible Covid-19 exposure, Lionel is watching the festivities from his home.

The singers learn their fate after they sing in the pre-recorded show.

Alyssa Wray got the night of music started off with a song from “The Color Purple”.  When Alyssa hit a high note, Lionel said, “Boom!”.  Her performance brought Katy and Luke to their feet and Lionel saying yes, yes ,yes.  Katy felt that there were too many vocal gymnastics.  Katy and Luke told Alyssa that she has the talent but she over does it.  Alyssa is the first singer in the top 24.

Next up it was Jason Warrior with an Imagine Dragons song.  Lionel kept shouting, “that’s what I’m talking about.”  The judges were on their feet and Luke called the performance unbelievable.  Katy noted that Jason should harness his voice.  Lionel delivered the news to Jason over the internet; saying that at times Jason has a tendency to overdo.  And with that Jason learned that he is in the top 24.  Jason was very emotional when he heard the news.

Country boy Alex Miller was the next to learn his fate after performing “Silver Wings”.  Luke noted that Alex is hard not to watch.  Katy felt that it wasn’t a great performance.  Luke told Alex to work on carving out who Alex is because right now he is too wrapped up in the older artists.  Alex did not make it to the top 24.  Alex agreed with what Luke said and thanked them.  Alex said that it wasn’t the end but the beginning.  Back home Alex got a video call from Luke Bryan and Alex will be performing on the Grand Ole Opry stage.

Andrea Valles sang The Weeknd hit “Blinding Lights”.  Katy noted that she chose the wrong song  Lionel revealed that Andrea that it wasn’t a great performance and announced that Andrea is in the top 24.

Chayce Beckham was told that he was a top five after his audition.  He chose a Chris Stapleton song for his showstopper performance.  Katy felt that Chayce made a bad song choice.  Katy noted that there was something about Chayce, but showstoppers was not his best moment.  Chayce agreed and said that was regretful and should have chosen a different song.  Chayce is in the top 24.  Chayce said that his heart was beating out of his chest after hearing the news.

Caleb Kennedy barely squeezed by after his duet performance and changed his song choice from Travis Tritt to an original song for his Showstopper performance.  Katy felt that the “whole package” was not quite ready.  Luke noted that Caleb’s original song was good but not great.  Katy told Caleb not to second guess himself.  Luke revealed that Caleb made it to the top 24.

Wyatt Pike chose a George Ezra song for his showstopper performance.  Lionel said that he loved Wyatt’s Style.  Katy noted that Wyatt has had some incredible growth since the audition.  Noting that they have some big voices, Luke reveals that Wyatt has earned a spot in the top 24; adding not to change anything, to stay himself.

Cassandra Coleman called her duet performance with Wyatt Pike her best yet.  She chose an Auroa song for her showstopper performance and brought Katy and Luke to their feet.  Katy said that she did a nice job.  Katy said that Cassandra reminds her of Florence from Florence and the Machine; adding that Cassandra has something unique.  Saying that they don’t want to see her go, Luke announced that Cassandra is in the top 24.  She asked them how they have so much confidence.  Katy told her to trust herself.

Amanda Mena got the news from Lionel via video after singing “All By Myself” in her showstopper performance.  Katy said that she wants Amanda to figure out who she is.  She got a no from Lionel.

“Viking” Anthony Guzman also got his news form Lionel after singing Maroon 5 for his showstopper performance.  Lionel also gave Anthony a no for the top 24.

Beane had mixed feelings about his Hollywood Week performances.  He chose a Marvin Gaye song for his showstopper performance noting that there were singers in the competition who could sing circles around him but felt that if he could connect with the song, he could win over the fans.  He had Katy dancing in her chair and brought the judges to their feet.  Calling it a beautiful day in the neighbourhood, Lionel gave the news that Beane is in the top 24.

Hannah Everheart has never performed with a band but chose to sing “Wrecking Ball” for her showstopper performance.  Katy said that there was something there; Luke added that he wasn’t sure if she was all the way there yet.  Telling Hannah to do the work, Katy told the 17 year old that she is in the top 24.  Hannah promised to bring Katy a full slab of ribs the next she sees her.

Pilot Graham Defranco dedicated his showstopper performance to his dad who was recently diagnosed with stomach cancer.  Luke wasn’t crazy about the song choice.  Katy told Graham that he was as good as all of them.  Luke noted that they have an amazing group of talent this year…and Graham is one of them.

After mixed views from his various performances Murphy chose an original song for his showstopper performance.  Murphy has visual disabilities and is frequently getting comments to make more visual contact in his performances.  Katy said that he has grown before their eyes.  He called his showstopper performance a birthday wish answered.  On his birthday, Murphy learns that the judges believe in him but needs more experience.  Saying that he has something special, Katy revealed that Murphy is not moving on to the top 24.

Teens Casey Bishop and Alanis Sophia learned their fates together.  Luke noted that Alanis surprises them; adding that he has thrown around the top 10 during auditions with Casey but felt she walked through the motions during her duet performance.  Katy told Alanis to stop trying to ace the test. 

The show ended just before Luke made his announcement.  That news and the revelation of the remainder of the top 24 will air on a special Monday episode.


The Top 24:
Alyssa Wray
Jason Warrior
Andrea Valles
Chayce Beckham
Caleb Kennedy
Wyatt Pike
Cassandra Coleman
Beane
Hannah Everheart
Graham Defranco

Hollywood Week on ‘Idol’

The auditions are over and the singers have gathered in California or “Hollywood Week”.

The night opens with judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie singing The Beatles hit “All You Need is Love”. The got a little help from the singing hopefuls that had gathered in Hollywood.

In years past the singers had to compete in multiple rounds including an all night session for a group performance. But in this year of Covid, things have changed a bit. There are only two rounds this season – the genre round and the duets.

For the genre round, the singers pick one of six genres – Pop, Rock, Country, Indie and Folk, R&B, and Soul – and choose their own songs.

Idol has brought back Bobby Bones to serve as mentor to the singers; to aid in song choice or just help them cope with being so far away.

There is no feedback during this round, just singing with the judges making their announcements as to who stays and who goes after each group has performed.

First up is the biggest and most popular genre – the Pop singers.

After the first group of pop singers, the judges announced that only three of them are moving on including 15 year olds Ava and Laila. Llahona made the cut but her brother Ammon did not.

Next up is the first group of Country singers – a group that has bonded like family. As one singer put it, everybody speaks his language. In this first group of Country singers five of them are moving on to the next round.

Next up is the Soul genre. Yale student Xavier Washington was studying his Chinese book for a test while he waited to perform. In this group, all but two of the singers are moving on; including Xavier.

The Indie and Folk singers are next. Lionel pointed out that they don’t need to sound like anybody else as long as they are themselves. Of this group four singers will move on.

In the next group of pop singers is a very eclectic group of singers including Viking Anthony who performed wearing a kilt and Erika who is on the search for a new boyfriend…and a spot on the show. Only two singers are moving on from this group including Anthony. After not making the cut, Erika went off, arguing with the judges, and even asked to see the manager.

In the next batch of Country singers nerves and a lack of timing got the better of some singers. Only one of the three singers made it to the next round.

In the final batch of Pop singers were Claudia Conway, who was unrecognizable – in her original audition she was blonde, now she is a brunette. All of this group got the good news that they are moving on to the next round.

The R&B group finally gets their chance to perform, but New Yorker Vahley did not make it.

Another group of Indie and Folk singers take the stage including storytellers, quarky singers, and professional busker Murphy. In this group four singers are moving on including Murphy.

Nine rockers take the stage to show off their chops. All but one of the group made it through to the duets round.

Douglas, Georgia’s Willie Spenge was the final singer in the genre round. His performance of “All of Me” by John Legend brought the judges to their feet and earned Willie a spot in the next round.

After learning that they had made it into the duet rounds, the singers were busy planning who their duet partners were going to be…but the judges revealed that they would be deciding who will perform with who. Lionel told the singers that both could move on, only one could move on, or no one will move on.

Sitting out by the pool, host Ryan Seacrest announced the singers. Each singer was called up to select their photo, on the other side of the photo was their duet partner.

The singers that survive will perform in the showstopper round.

The judges visit the pairs to offer some advice for their performances.

First up are Laila and Llahona. Llahona is finding it hard to handle being on her own without her brother who was sent home during the genre round. After Katy gave Llahona a good talking to, she gave both singers a yes.

Next up were Cameron and Graham, whose performance of “Watermelon Sugar” broke up the duo with Graham going through.

Beane and Kari also sang “Watermelon Sugar” also broke up the duo with Beane getting a nod for the next round.

Katy announced that they were banning “Watermelon Sugar”.

Bobby Bones told Anthony and Adriel that their song choice of “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” was boring so they chose another song…”Watermelon Sugar” and brought the judges to their feet with their rousing performance. Both guys earned a spot in the next round.

The singers have a set list of songs to choose from; as a result, the judges hear the same songs several times.

Madison and DeShawn have become more than just partners, they are also very good friends. Noting that they have two very powerful voices, Lionel announced that both singers are moving on to the next round.

But not all of the couples hit it off. Claudia was paired with Hannah, but she couldn’t find her. She finally found her and said that they needed to rehearse. Hannah’s response was “oh”. Katy told the duo that she was going to be looking for teamwork in their performance. Katy noted that the duo had made some good growth from the rehearsals but didn’t carve out enough individual time. Hannah is moving on to the next round but it is the end of the road for Claudia. An emotional Hannah told Claudia that she enjoyed working with her.

Alex and Emisunshine “Walk the Line” in rehearsals but Luke asked what would be another choice for them. In the end, they stuck to the song that even included a little yolding from Emisunshine. Luke said that he wants to see what Alex turns into and told him to throw them a curve ball. Luke passed both of them through to the next round.

Indie singers Murphy and Lizzy paired up for a Fleetwood Mac song. Lizzy prefers to go barefoot and she got Murphy to take the stage in bare feet for their performance. Bringing the judges to their feet, Lionel said that Lizzy brought something brand new out of Murphy; both singers are moving on to the next round.

Cassandra and Wyatt are paired up. Katy walking into the room and Cassandra’s nerves got the better of her. Bobby Bones said that the best way not ot have nerves was to be prepared. Katy said that Cassandra looked fear in the face and said not today; adding that Wyatt made her feel safe. Both singers are moving on to the next round.

Monica and Miguela sang “Titanium” but neither singer moved on. Lionel said they did a duel and not a duet.

The singers had one day to learn the songs.

Ronda’s insecurities got the better of her but her partner Funke helped her through it. After a beautiful performance Katy and Luke disagreed on a decision that Luke had to solve. While talking to the girls, Funke hit the stage and busted her chin. The judges walked over to Ronda and Lionel told her that both girls are moving through. Ronda was visibly upset about what had happened. Funke was treated for dehydration and had stitches in her chin.

Willie and Kya took the stage next. Willie noted that following the medical incident was a rough act to follow. The performance brought the judges to ther feet and had Lionel saying “Lord have mercy”. Lionel called the performance devine. Luke said that he had been waiting for that moment. Lionel said that both singers are going through with flying colours. Willie said that he was so grateful to be paired with Kya.

Ben and Henry paired up for hairstyles and a song. Luke said that he couldn’t shoot any holes in the performance; adding that both were moving on to the next round.

Next up were Jazzy Rose and R’eh. Calling them both incredible, Lionel told them that they were moving on.

Zach and Sloane were paired together. Sloane was very excited but Zach calls himself a nerd. Bobby reminded Zach not become Sloane’s backup singer. Katy said that Zach has grown; adding that both singers need more experience and will not be moving on.

Christina and Chayce were paired together; both singers were excited to hear the news. Luke called it a believable performance; adding that both of their voices were very unique. Chayce is moving on but Christina is going home.

Alec and Saide, Samantha and Alaina, Althea and Camille all had issues with their pairing and songs. Althea got a call from home that her father had to take her daughter to the hospital. Althea’s daughter is doing good. Katy noted that the sum of the girls together was better than them separately. The girls moved on to the next round.

Hunter and Ave join up. Luke told them to challenge themselves and push for the big moments. Katy thought that they played it safe, but Luke called the performance star like. Both singers are moving on to the next round. Katy told them that the bigger the risk, the bigger the reward.

The final pairing of the night was powerhouse singers Grace and Alyssa. Lionel told them to remember to support each other. Their performance of “Gernade” brought the judges to their feet. Katy called the performance unbelievable. Lionel said that they stopped the show; add “you are absolutely going through”.

Next week, it’s the Showstopper round and a revelation of the top 24.

Idol Auditions Conclude

It’s the final night of auditions on “American Idol”. And on the biggest night in music with the annual Grammy Awards the final group of singers are loooking for that golden ticket and a trip to Hollywood.

Madison Watkins gets the night of auditions started off with an original song abut her dad while he sands outside the room with his ear to the door. Lionel loves the timbre of her voice. Luke called Madison the whole package. Katy called Madison the fresh off the bus Brittney Spears; adding that she is what they are looking for on Idol. Madison got her golden ticket to Hollywood with three yeses.

Some of the singing hopefuls were also big Katy Perry fans and bit more than star struck when they came into the audition room.

Liv Grace Blue brought her guitar for her audition. A big Katy Perry fan, she sang one of Katy’s songs.

Ava August is a singer songwriter and played the piano for her audition.

Both girls got their tickets to Hollywood.

Jackson State University tuba player Deshaun Gonclaves sang “Everything Must Change” while playing the piano for his audition. Lionel called the performance powerful; adding that God saw fit to put him in front of them. Katy called the performance magical. Luke called Deshaun wonderful. He got three yeses and his ticket to Hollywood.

In a series of clips, Alana and Cameron, sports players and singers got their tickets to Hollywood. The only member of the family not to play in a sports family, Tryzdin Grubbs had Luke concerned about the confidence. Lionel said that there was something there but needed some more confidence. Luke wanted to hear another song. Tryzdin brought the judges to their feet with the song. Luke’s only advice was to get some confidence. Tryzdin got his ticket to Hollywood with three yeses.

Andrea Valles sang “Landslide” for her audition while playing the guitar and had the judges saying very good. While Katy liked her voice, she wasn’t sure. Luke called her an unpolished diamond. Katy started talking and Andrea launched into another song. Lionel said that she needs to create magic in front of them. With a reluctant yes from Katy, Andrea got her ticket to Hollywood.

Registered nurse Kiko had to bring in a little help on guitar – his brother Francisco Martin who auditioned last year. Kiko performed a song by another Idol alum, Alejandro. Katy called the performance interesting; adding that he needs a little work. Lionel gave Kiko a yes but Luke agreed that Kiko had some work to do.

Making a return to Idol, Zachary D’Onofrio sang “Golden Slumbers” for his auditon while playing the piano. Katy said that Zach was like a math equation on the board. Katy wanted to hear more so Zach brought in his girlfriend to help – Catie Turner, another Idol alum. Katy said that Zach was with the right Catie. Luke said that Zach needs to pour on the gas. Katy noted that Zach reminds her of a turtle. Lionel said that ach needs to come out of his shell. Katy was a yes with a ? mark and the guys made it unanimous. Zach is going to Hollywood.

Helen Blondel sang a duet with her sock puppet. She was just one of some no clips.

Brianna’s sister posted a Tik Tok video of her that went viral. On the night before her audition Brianna ended up in the hospital due to her Cystic Fibrosis. Fortunately, the audition was rescheduled and she impressed the judges with her audition of a Pink song. Lionel loved the texture of her voice. Luke noted that there were a few things he would like to work on with her; adding that she knocked it out of the park. Brianna got three yeses and her ticket to Hollywood.

Friends Danny Falco and Colin Jamieson are best friends and former boy band mates. Katy said that the performance felt a little put on. Luke noted that Danny has a good singing voice but isn’t using it properly. Lionel agreed that Danny has a great voice; adding that Idol doesn’t seem to be his destination. Danny got three nos from the judges. Luke said that Colin has a great voice but was concerned about all the breathes. Lionel said that there was something in Colin’s voice. Colin got yeses from all three of the judges and a ticket to Hollywood.

Vahhley chose a Whitney Houston song for her audition and brought Katy to her feet. Luke said that her singing is really good. She brought her toddler son into the room and he was running all over the place. Katy told Vahhley to believe in herself and gave her a yes. Luke and Lionel made it unanimous and Vahhley got her ticket to Hollywood.

Steven Paul chose a Brooks and Dunn song for his audition and had Luke joining in. Lionel called it something really special. Steven got a no from the judges because they felt he was a bit of an imitation.

Busker and songwriter Wyatt Pike sang an original song for his audition. Wyatt even brought his busking suitcase to the audition. Luke said that Wyatt was a twin of his high school bass player; adding that Wyatt is totally unique. Katy said that nerves got to Wyatt. Lionel called Wyatt a fabulous storyteller. Wyatt got yeses from all three of the judges. Luke put the golden ticket in Wyatt’s suitcase.

Jackson Snelling used to watch Idol when he was a child and now is auditioning for the show with an original song. Katy said that Jackson has a good voice; adding that he needs some experience. She said that there is something special in there. Lionel was impressed with Jackson; adding that he agrees with Katy that Jackson needs more experience. Lionel told Jackson to work a little more and come back.

In the final Idol audition for 2021, Althea Grace chose an original song for her audition. Luke loved the tone of Althea’s voice; adding that she has some Stevie Nicks qualities to her voice. Lionel said that Althea has something in her voice but needs to work on the confidence. Katy said that Althea needs to work on the fire. Althea got yeses from all three of the judges and her ticket to Hollywood.

Next week Hollywood Week begins…filled with challenges and curveballs.

Idol Winners Through the Years

Since the launch of “American Idol”, there have been numerous singing competition shows on the air.  After 15 years on FOX, Idol moved over to ABC and “The Voice” is celebrating 10 years on NBC this season.

One of the biggest criticisms of the shows is the lack of “star” talent stemming from them.  While Idol has launched a few very successful careers from singers who did not win the competition – Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry, and Adam Lambert come to mind – there have been very few singers who have actually “made it big” after appearing on Idol.

To date, there have been 18 winners on “American Idol” and while many have gone on to make a career out of music, just who has been the most successful and have truly earned the title of “America’s Next Pop Superstar”?

The “Idols” have been ranked based on albums, sales, chart rankings, awards, and cultural impact.

Idol’s most recent winner, Just Sam, has yet to make much of an impact after winning in a socially distanced pandemic era.

Season 13 winner Caleb Johnson has only released one album as a solo artist since winning; while it topped the chart at number 24, he failed to make the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.  He has since released an album with his band Caleb Johnson & the Ramblin’ Saints.

The first winner of the ABC Idol run, Maddie Poppe took home the crown in season 16.  While she has had only minor hits on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts, Poppe does have a People’s Choice Award to her credit.  Poppe also got herself a spouse on the show. 

The final winner of the FOX Idol run was Trent Harmon in season 15.  Harmon’s debut album “You Got ‘Em All” topped out at 34 on the Country Albums chart and his single made it to 27 on the Country Singles chart but he never charted on the Billboard 200 Album chart.

After taking two tries to make it on to the show, Laine Hardy was the won the second season of the ABC Idol run.  A global pandemic did not slow down this Louisiana native who released three singles last year.  He has just missed the top 10 of the Billboard Rising Chart with a single reaching number 12 and had a song in the top 20 on the Country Song Digital chart.  His song “Hurricane” has been listened to over six million times on Spotify.

Season 14 winner Nick Fradiani was a part of the band Beach Avenue before coming to Idol.  His solo debut album “Hurricane” failed to reach the top 100 of the Billboard 200 Album chart – topping out at 121 – and his Idol single peaked at 93 on the Hot 100 Singles chart.  Fradiani has returned to his band Beach Avenue.

Season nine winner Lee DeWyze has had four songs make it on the Hot 100 Singles chart with the highest reaching 24 and his album “Live it Up” topped out at 19 on the Billboard 200 Album chart.  He has released seven albums so far but has not had any further “hits”.

Season eight winner Kris Allen has paled in comparison to runner-up Adam Lambert who is a member of rock legends Queen.  Allen has had seven songs reach the Hot 100 Singles chart but has had no top 10 hits.  His self titled album just missed the top 10 by peaking out at eleven on the 200 Album chart.

Season 13 winner Candice Glover brought the house down with her performance of “You’ve Changed” while on Idol but has released only one album since winning the show.  The album did make it in the top 20 on the Billboard 200 chart, topping out at 14.  Her Idol single only reached 93 on the Hot 100 Singles chart.

Season five winner Taylor Hicks was the first of several Idol winners to find some success on the Broadway stage.  His Idol single became the number one hit single with his album reaching number two on the Billboard 200 Album chart.  Season five was the first time that several of the top 10 singers signed record deals and have had success in music.

In a top two battle of the David’s, David Cook beat out David Archuleta in season seven.  Since winning, Cook has released four albums with the most successful reaching number three on the Billboard 200 Album chart and has had 15 songs chart on the Hot 100 Singles chart.  Cook also found some success on Broadway.

Season two winner Ruben Studdard topped the Billboard 200 Album chart with his debut album “Soulful”.  He has had a total of six albums chart on the Billboard 200 Album chart.  Two of his singles have reached the top 10 on the Hot 100 Singles chart.  In 2018, Studdard joined the list of Idol winners to hit Broadway.

After a tumultuous season on Idol filled with medical issues, Phillip Phillips took home the title on season 10.  His Idol single “Home” became the best selling Idol song in the history of the show.  He followed up that success with three more hit singles.  His songs “Home” and “Gone Gone Gone” have topped the 100 million streams mark on Spotify.  He has had two albums reach the top 10 on the Billboard 200 Album chart.

After winning season 10, Country music artist Scotty McCreery took home a number of Country music awards and has had singles and albums reach number one on the singles and album charts.  He has also had an album certified platinum by the RIAA – Recording Industry Association of America – for selling at least one million copies.

Since winning season six, Jordin Sparks has sold millions of albums including over 10 million singles in the United States alone.  Her duet hit “No Air” reached number three on the singles chart.  Sparks is another Idol alum who has found success on the Broadway stage.  She most recently appeared on the new hit “Masked” franchise on the “Masked Dancer”.

Season three winner Fantasia Barrino shocked Idol fans with her soprano voice.  She had her Idol single debut in the number one spot and had her debut album certified platinum.  She has had a total of eight albums chart on the Billboard 200 Album chart, has a Grammy Award, starred as herself in a Lifetime movie, and has appeared on Broadway.

Over the years there has been a good bit of discussion as to who which singer – Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson – is the most successful Idol winner.

After winning season four, Carrie Underwood has gone on to be one of the top female artists in Country Music.  She has the most number one hits on the Billboard Country Music chart, has seven Grammy Awards, eleven Billboard Music Awards, 15 American Music Awards, and is in the Guinness Book of World Records.  Underwood has notched 27 number one songs and has sold over 60 million albums around the world.

Original Idol winner, talk show host, and current “The Voice” coach Kelly Clarkson has had hits on the pop, adult contemporary, adult pop, dance, and country music charts with three number one albums and eleven top 10 singles – three reaching number one.  Clarkson has won three Grammy Awards and has won a Daytime Emmy Award for her talk show.

‘American Idol’ Auditions part 3

The third week of “American Idol” brings more silliness from the judges and singers hoping to earn their golden tickets to Hollywood.

Gabby Barrett fan Laila Mach plays the piano and sings an original song for her audition. Lionel said that Laila had him fooled; givinger her songwriting props. Katy said that Laila is what it takes to be on the show. Luke agrees with his fellow judges; adding that he is impressed. Laila got three yeses and her ticket to Hollywood.

Lead singer in the Army National Guard band Re’h took on Disco Queen Donna Summer with her performance of “Bad Girls”. She didn’t just sing the song, she performed it! The judges stood and saluted her. Katy said that Re’h has a real good shot. She got three yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.

Michael Gerow performed an original song for audition. The audition was filmed on the day the Georgia Bulldogs played the Alabama Crimson Tide so there was much rivalry going on between Luke and Katy. Lionel loved Michael’s voice. Katy called him an exceptional singer; adding that she though he was top 10 material. Luke just said yes. Michael got his ticket to Hollywood.

High school cheerleader from Alabama Cameron McGhar sang the Little Big Town hit “Girl Crush” for her audition. Luke stopped Cameron saying that she has a big voice but it didn’t look comfortable. Katy said that it wasn’t believable. She got another chance and chose a Loretta Lynn song. Katy kept saying attitude. Katy noted that they had to pull it out of her. Lionel said that Cameron had an infectious personality but doesn’t think she is ready. Katy noted that there is a lack of experience; adding that Cameron isn’t ready. Katy said that she would roll the dice and gave Cameron a yes. With Cameron begging, Luke finally agreed with Katy and gave a yes…and her ticket to Hollywood.

Bean (Brandon) chose “Wait for the Moment” for his audition. Luke and Lionel had big smiles on their faces during the performance. Katy called the performance fun. Lionel said that it was like Bean was very familiar but wasn’t sure it was right for Idol. Katy said that there was something special about Bean. The wedding singer got three yeses and his ticket to Hollywood.

Anthony Key chose the BTS hit “Dynomite” for his audition and danced as he sang. Katy wanted Anthony to teach them a few of his dance moves. Katy called the audition fun; adding that she wasn’t really sure who he was. Luke noted that the strength of the vocals weren’t really what it should be. Lionel noted that there is a place for Anthony in the entertainment business but Idol wasn’t it. He got nos from the judges.

Ash brought he guitar to perform an original song for her audition. She wrote the song for her Dad but he has never heard the song, so the judges brought him in to hear the song. Luke said that Dad has raised a very talented lady; adding that she has a nice vibrato. Lionel said that she found the one thing that never goes out of style…love. Katy gave Ash a yes; Luke and Lionel agreed for three yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.

Cheryl K is a big Lionel Richie fan and sang “Endless Love” with him. She brought the 45 of the song…and her dog to the audition. Lionel said that Cheryl brought tears to his life. He noted that it takes a lot of guts to sing with one of them; adding that she is going to be competing with some really big voices and isn’t sure she cabn compete with them. He said that she has it but not the control. Katy agreed with Lionel. Luke noted that she has a great voice and spirit but needs to learn more.

Heather Russell is a big Katy Perry fan and chose one of her songs to sing for the audition while playing the piano. Luke reminded her to look at them and watch the tricks; adding that Heather is one of the better singers they have heard this year. Noting that Heather has total control, Lionel agreed with Luke. Katy said that it was way too much; adding that she has the best voice and needs to learn how to use it. Heather got three yeses and her ticket to Hollywood. Katy said that Heather has a great voice but doesn’t know how to use it.

Caleb Kennedy brought his guitar for an original song at his audition. Katy wanted him to finish the song because it would take him somewhere. Luke said that Caleb’s voice goes beyond just being a 16 year old kid. Lionel said that Caleb has mastered the storyteller’s voice. Caleb got three yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.

Abby Lebaron played the piano on her audition. Katy said that Abby has the talent but needs to work on believing herself. Luke said that when Abby started he had chill bumps. Abby got her ticket to Hollywood.

Professional busker Murphy chose “Just the Two of Us” for his audition. Katy said that Murphy is on the edge but not quite there. Lionel wants to see more of Murphy. He asked for another song and he chose an original song this time. Lionel said that he couldn’t help but watch Murphy’s face. Luke said that he would give Murphy a shot. Saying that it was a bit too novelty, Katy gave him a no. Saying that they don’t have anything like him, Lionel gave a yes and Murphy got his ticket to Hollywood.

For the final audition of the night, small town Kentucky native Alyssa Wray grew up watching Idol. She chose “I Am Changing” for her audition and brought the judges to their feet. Lionel kept saying that he was so happy. Luke noted that the most challenging thing in show business is presence. Katy noted that Alyssa must have grown up having dreams; adding the world is open to whatever she can dream. Lionel asked how lucky were they to say that they knew her when… Alyssa got three yeses and her ticket to Hollywood.

Next week the auditions come to a conclusion.

More Auditions on ‘American Idol’

On this third week of auditions, “American Idol” begins with the judges doing a little meditation in Ojai, California.

Texas native Cecil Ray got the music started off with a performance that had Luke calling him absolute perfection and what they are about at Idol. Katy called Cecil a fireball; adding that she reminds her ofa country Justin Bieber. Lionel said that Cecil has no idea what he has. Cecil got three yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.

An Idol first, an entire family – The Sharpe Family Singers – performed before Samantha Sharpe performed “Titanium”. She got her ticket to Hollywood.

Graham Defranco is a pilot by profession but is looking to expand his music beyond a few open mic nights. Lionel said that Graham has a gift that he hasn’t gone for. Luke added that his voice is one of the most listenable voices they have ever heard. Graham got three yeses nd a ticket to Hollywood.

McGovern sang an original song about auditioning and the judges. Tom didn’t get his ticket to Hollywood but got some encouragement for writing jingles from Katy.

Mary Jo Young’s mother has never heard her sing live. While she has been singing since she was small, she has never performed in public. Katy said that it was pretty cool. The judges had Mary Jo get her mom so they could see and hear her sing in person. Katy said that Mary Jo has an amazing voice; adding that Mary Jo reminded her of Julia Michaels. Lionel said that he loved the idea of watching Mary Jo grow on the show. Luke called Mary Jo a top 10 singer. She got three yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.

In a series of clips Xavier Washington, Celeste Butler, and Dzaki all originally auditioned online and when they performed before the judges, they all got their tickets to Hollywood.

Christian McGuckian chose the Little Big Town song “Girl Crush” for her audition. This being her very first audition, she was very nervous. Luke said that she had magic country stuff in her voice but let things going on around her get in the way. The judges noted that she had a timing issue. Katy said that Christian has the talent. Christian got her ticket to Hollywood.

Alanis Sophia took Katy’s breath away before she even uttered the first word with her audition. Katy called Alanis confident and pure. Lionel said that there was a purity in her voice; adding that she had so much potential. Luke said that it felt awesome to watch. Alans brought her “American Idol” toy microphone for the audition. Katy told Alanis’ mother that she was the best they had heard today. She got three yeses and her ticket to Hollywood.

Mias is a firefighter in Apopka, Florida and comes form a large family. He chose the Lynrd Skynrd song “Simple Man” for his audition. Katy called his voice pure and magical but is missing something. Lionel loved the timbre of Mias voice; adding that there was a lot in there. Luke said that there is a lot in there. Katy said that it was a no…for now. Lionel wants Mias to come back.

Timmy Skelly got a little help with his auditon of “My Funny Valentine” when his mom joined in. Timmy got his ticket to Hollywood.

Calling herself extraterrestrial, ET – Erika Perry – had Katy calling her out of this world. Luke wondered what language Erika was singing in. Lionel wondered if it was a singing style or a gimick. Katy wanted to hear more with no gimicks. Katy called Erika likable. Katy gave Erika a yes, Lionel didn’t get it, and Luke said that he thought there was too much to do. Lionel gave her a very reluctant yes. She got her ticket to Hollywood.

Franklin, Tennessee native Hunter Metts is hoping that the third time is the charm for his Idol audition. In previous attempts it was seen as a conflict of interest since his sister worked for Disney. Luke said that Hunter one note that was the real deal and almost brought him to tears. Lionel said that they have plans for him. Saying that he was excited about his vote, Lionel gave a yes. Katy and Luke called Hunter top 10 material. Hunter got his ticket to Hollywood.

In the final audition of the night, Ronda Felton, got emotional in the interview and Lionel gave her his handkerchief. Performing a song from “Dreamgirls”, Ronda brought tears to Lionel’s eyes. Lionel called the performance the moment that would change Ronda’s life. Luke called it a great performance; adding that he had a feeling that it wasn’t her best performance. Ronda got three yeses and a ticket to Hollywood. Ronda’s mom’s favourite song is “Zoom” by The Commodores. Lionel sang the song with them. Lionel noted that when he wrote the song, he was deeply troubled; adding that he was happy it brought joy to her life.

Next week the music…and tears…continue as the auditions go on.

Auditions Continue on ‘American Idol’

“American Idol” returns for a second week of auditions.

The night begins with a beautiful rendition of “Golden Slumbers” that had the judges saying all together that she was going to Hollywood. The show didn’t show the girl’s name.

Siblings Llahona and Ammon Olayan performed an original song. The two hail from Hawaii and are the oldest of eight children. Lionel liked what they did. Luke said that they complimented each other. Katy called them incredible songwriters and talented beyond belief. They both got three yeses from the judges.

Dressed as Thor, Anthony Guzman sang “Cry Me a River” and threw the judges curve. Lionel said that Anthony can seriously sing, so now it is time for Anthony to take himself serious. With a no vote from Luke, Anthony got his ticket to Hollywood.

Country girl Hannah Everhart sang “Wayfaring Stranger” for her audition. Luke stopped her and told her not to keep checking out the judges’ reactions. After saying that she had originally planned to sing “At Last”, Katy asked to hear her sing it. Luke said that Hannah is very close to being an amazing singer; adding that he is going to push her to be her best. Katy said that Hannah is no longer allowed to play it safe. Lionel said that Hannah is sitting on a gold mine, but needs to bring it. Hannah got her ticket to Hollywood.

Mississippi Delta native Calvin Upshaw is looking to turn his life around and provide for his family…and it begins with his audition. Lionel noted that the crack in Calvin’s voice was an emotional one. He broke down during the audition. Katy told him it was a new day. Calvin got three yeses and his ticket to Hollywood.

Luke and Lionel go golf cart racing in Ohai, California. Luke won the race.

Florida native Casey Bishop chose to sing a Motley Crue song a cappella for her audition. The judges noted that it was a first on the show. Katy wanted to hear some Ella Fitzgerald but Casey sang a Sarah Vaughan song instead. Lionel said that he would love for Casey to appreciate rock but sing like she just did. Luke has Casey in the top 10 already; adding that he thinks she is the winner. Katy said that Casey is really really good. Casey has never performed live before. Casey got three yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.

Cuban native Yurisbel calls Miami home and is looking to be the next big Latin music star like Pitbull, whose song he chose for his audition. Katy called him the Latin Luke. Lionel called it the best workout – they were dancing along. Katy called it fun and Luke said that it was awesome. Lionel called it so much fun. Katy siad that he would stir up the competition. Saying she wanted to say yes but said no, Luke and Lionel gave Yurisbel his ticket to Hollywood. Katy said that he sounded like a Cuban Cookie Monster.

Chayce Beckham had Luke clapping even before the song was over. Chayce performs with a reggae band. Lionel said that he loved what Chayce did and knew it was real. Luke said that Chayce is what the show is all about; adding Chayce had him with the first note. Katy called Chayce a top five. Chayce got three yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.

Ace Stiles gave performed an original song for her audition. Now 16, Ace decided at 14 that he was a boy. Katy said that Ace was doing great and would get better and better. Luke was concerned about the quietness of Ace’s voice; adding that he isn’t quite ready for Idol. Katy said that Ace has an interesting voice and worth investigating. Lionel gave Ace a yes but Katy and Luke said no.

Cassandra Coleman performs online and has never performed live before an audience. Luke and Katy loved the performance. Lionel said that the performance was about as angelic as it was going to get. Luke said that he got caught up in the moment. Asked if she was a musician, Lionel wanted to hear Cassandra on the piano. Luke said that Cassandra is her own voice with no one like her. She got three yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.

In the final audition of the night, Georgia native Willie Spence is hoping to turn his passion for singing into something more. He sang the Rhianna song “Diamonds” for his audition and brought Lionel to his feet yelling yes yes yes. Luke called him a special individual; adding that he didn’t want it to end. Lionel kept saying unbelievable. Lionel said that Willie is what they have been looking for; adding that he had chills on the first note. Willie got his ticket to Hollywood.

Next week the auditions continue…


Idol Premieres a New Season

The global pandemic rages on and live music performances are still on hold; but the competition reality series “American Idol” returns for another season with Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie.

Backflipping Benson Boone gets the auditions started off singing and playing the piano. He impressed the judges with his performance; bringing Lionel and Luke to their feet. Katy said that she sees Benson winning Idol. He got his golden ticket to Hollywood.

Country boy Alex Miller brought his guitar to perform an original song for his audition. The 17 year old thrilled Luke and Lionel. Luke came out and sang with Alex. Lionel called the performance something special. Alex got his ticket to Hollywood.

Jason Warrior took on the legendary Marvin Gaye for his audition and brought the judges to their feet dancing. Lionel said that very few people could turn a Marvin Gaye song into their own; adding that it was phenomenal and one of the strongest performances he had heard. Katy called the performance magnificent. Jason got his ticket to Hollywood.

After some no clips, Ryan Romano took on Sir Elton John’s “Rocket Man” for his audition playing his portable keyboard impressed the judges with his showmanship but felt he lacked the vocals. Katy loved Ryan’s coat and offered him $400 for the coat.

Anilee List has been performing most of her life. Luke Kept saying amazing after her performance. The judges called the audition flawless. Anilee got her ticket to Hollywood. Lionel said that he can’t wait to see where it goes.

Danaica Steakley brought her Dad to accompany her on her audition. Katy called Danica talented but noted she could hear that she was 17 and a bit timid. Lionel was impressed with the high end, saying that Danica doesn’t know her voice yet. Luke said that she has all the makings to be a great singer, but needs to get out there and gig. Danica didn’t get her ticket to Hollywood after getting no’s from the guys. Her Dad was angry at the judge’s remarks.

Several singers brought their Dad’s to help out with the auditions.

DJ Johnson comes from a large musical family; she played the piano and sang an original song for her audition. She got very emotional during the song and Lionel offered her his handkerchief and told her to take her time. Luke asked if she wanted her Dad and they brought him in for some support. The judges noted that they wanted to give her a hug bug couldn’t. Katy and Lionel also got emotional during the performance. Lionel said that the message in the song was a hit record and the delivery was honest. Luke noted wondered how she got through the song; adding that she is very talented. Katy noted that some of the greatest artists have gotten that way because of the pain in their life. JD got her ticket to Hollywood with three yeses.

Dressed in black and white, Katy pretened to be a cow and Luke was cow tipping her.

Nia Renee had the judges attention from her first note with her performance of “Chain of Fools”. Luke said that Nia was born to do it. Katy said that Nia has a power in her voice. Nia got her ticket to Hollywood. Lionel said that they have never had anything like that.

After more clips of no performances, Claudia Conway – the daughter of Kelly Ann and George Conway – performed the Rhianna song “Love on the Brain” for her audition but got stopped by Katy, noting that she lost it. Katy gave her another chance to sing a different song. Luke noted that Claudia is singing like she is 16; adding that it was great. Lionel noted that Claudia showed that she can take coaching. Claudia got her ticket to Hollywood despite a no from Luke.

Bobby Bones returns as the Idol mentor this season.

Hoping to impress the judges for his talent and not for his appearance – he came into his audition wearing socks, shoes, and bikini shorts. It was a no for Mario.

Closing out the debut of a new season, Grace Kinstler wowed the judges with her performance of “Midnight Train to Georgia”. Luke asked what her other song would be and Grace sang “Natural Woman”. Katy told her to sing it like the legend she wanted to be. Lionel noted that Grace has great control of her voice. Luke said that it was the first time on the show that someone’s singing made his cry. Katy said Grace gave her chills. Luke compared Grace’s audition to that of Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson. Grace got her ticket to Hollywood.

Idol Crowns a Winner

“American Idol” has come to the end of another season with a grand finale filled with performances and the crowning a new Idol.

But first, the results that will reveal the final five…
Dillon James is the first artist moving on to the final.
Jonny West is also moving on to the finals.
The third person in the finals is Arthur Gunn.
Francisco Martin also moves on to the finals.
And the final spot goes to Just Sam…the only girl in the finale.

Julia Gargano and Louis Knight have been eliminated.

This is a live voting event with the winner announced at the end of the show.

For round one, the singers were asked to pick the song they would celebrate with and sing once the pandemic is over.

Dillon James is up first with “Change the World” by Eric Clapton.  Katy called it one of his best performances; adding that it was effortless.  Luke said that it felt natural.  Lionel said that Dillon’s vocal performance was stellar.

Up next is Francisco Martin with “Adore You” by Harry Styles.  Luke enjoyed watching Francisco.  Lionel said that Francisco earned his spot in the finals.  Katy agreed that Francisco deserved to be there.

Host Ryan Seacrest announced that “American Idol” would be back next year.

Just Sam chose “Stronger” by original Idol Kelly Clarkson for her celebration song.  The judges kept saying wow.  Lionel said that Sam brought attitude; adding that she killed it.  Katy noted that Sam doesn’t need to go back to singing in the subway…unless she wants too.  Luke called Sam a wonderful blessed singer.

Arthur Gunn put down his guitar this week to rock out the Gavin DeGraw song “I Don’t Wanna Be”.  In the pre-song video, the producer asked Arthur what his dream was and Arthur said that he is living it.  Katy said that Arthur is leaving it all on the floor; adding that he has grown so much.  Luke noted that Arthur connected with the camera and did a great job.  Lionel called the performance unbelievable and magical.

Finishing out round one, Jonny West performed “You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down”.  Lionel noted that Jonny can take any song in any style and make it his own.  Luke said that Jonny navigates the songs like a 40 year seasoned performer.  Katy said that she was getting lost in the performance.

Round two performances are the songs the singers would release if they won the title.

For his round two song, Dillon James chose the Bob Dylan classic “The Times They are a Changing”.  Lionel said that Dillon turned it into his song.  Katy noted that Dillon’s performance showed off more vocally.  Luke noted that this performance was better than the one Dillon did for his showcase in Hawaii.

Francisco returns with a performance of “Alaska” by Maggie Rogers.  Katy called the performance an elevated version; adding that it sounded like it was recorded in a professional studio.  Luke said that the sky is the limit for Francisco’s career.  Lionel called Francisco a model student; adding that he has taken all of their notes.

Just Sam returns with a performance of “Rise Up” by Audra Day.  After much clapping, Luke noted that Sam has grown on all levels.  Lionel called Sam an inspiration; adding that others can relate to her.  Lionel said that Sam has won in life.  Katy said what she gave them was that she rose up.

Mentor Bobby Bones noted that Arthur Gunn has travelled over 7,000 miles to realize his dream.  Arthur put his own spin on the Credence Clearwater Revival song “Have You Ever Seen the Rain”.  Lionel called Arthur an absolute star; adding that he has carved his place.  Katy said that Arthur was tremendous.  Luke said that Arthur is a star and authentic.  Luke told Arthur that if there are any more singers like him in Katmandu, to call them and tell them to come out next year.  Idol host Ryan Seacrest noted that Arthur has performed the song three times but has performed it differently every time.

Jonny West closes out the competition portion of the show with a performance of his original song “Makin’ Love”.  Katy noted that Jonny is already thinking about the future; adding that the song has soul and she is a fan.  Luke called the song radio ready.  Lionel called Jonny a singer, songwriter, producer extraordinaire.

Idol judge and Country music star Luke Bryan kicks off the superstar performance portion of the show with what he calls a drinking song – “One Margarita”.

At the Savannah auditions, Douglas Kiker sang “Bless the Broken Road”.  He returns to perform the song with Rascal Flatts.

Award winning Christian singer Lauren Daigle joins Just Sam for a performance of Daigle’s song “You Say”.

Katy Perry debuts her new single “Daisies”.

Broadway actor and award winning singer Cynthia Ervio and the top eleven singers pay tribute to “The Queen of Sou” Aretha Franklin.

In the next results, Arthur Gunn learns that he is one of the top two finalists.

And joining him is Just Sam.

Francisco, Dillon, and Jonny have been eliminated.

And in the final results of the season…

The new “American Idol” for 2020 is Just Sam!

New Idol Sam, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and some Idol alums including Phillip Phillips, Lauren Alaina, Kelly Pickler, Scotty McCreery, Reuben Stoddard, and Fantasia join Lionel Richie for a new performance of “We are the World”.  Richie penned the song with Michael Jackson as a charity single 35 years ago.  Richie has not performed the song since its original recording in 1985 in an all night recording session after the Grammy Awards.

Top Seven Revealed on Idol

This week on “American Idol” the top 10 becomes the top seven, just one week shy of the grand finale.

This week many of the performances were prerecorded.

To salute mother’s and Mother’s Day, this week’s theme is the Disney Songbook as the singers continue to perform from their homes.

This week in honour of Disney Week, Katy is dressed a “Jumbo” – Dumbo’s mother and she has a baby elephant in her arms – her dog in a costume.

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The first person moving on to the top seven is Arthur Gunn.  Arthur chose “Kiss the Girl” from “The Little Mermaid”.  Katy noted that Arthur seemed very relaxed.  Luke noted that Arthur has become a potential massive star.  Lionel noted that Arthur puts his own stamp on every song.

The next singer in the top seven is Just Sam who sings “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from “Cinderella”.  After congratulating Sam, Luke said that she did a great job.  Lionel noted that Sam is their kid who has grown up right in front of them; adding that she is a star.  Katy loves Disney week, said that Sam is already a star.

Next up moving on to the top seven is Jonny West with “Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog”.  Lionel called Jonny their casual assassin; adding that he is so effortless.  Katy called him a mix of Randy Newman, Billy Joel and Paul Simon; adding that he picked the right song and stayed true to himself.  Luke noted that Disney week forces people down a path they don’t normally go.

Also moving on to the top seven is Louis Knight.  Louis was mobbed by his family after the news.  He sang “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from “The Lion King”.  Katy said that Niall Horan better watch out; adding that he is going to be a massive star and look back on this moment.  Luke loved the tenderness of the performance; adding that Louis has a great future.  Lionel noted how difficult it is to perform solo with no audience.

Also moving on to the top seven is Julia Gargano who calls it insane.  She sings the title track from “Beauty and the Beast”.  Luke thought the song was a bit low.  Lionel noted that Julia’s low register needed a bit more work but he mid and highs were great.  Katy said that Julia has a gorgeous voice; adding she loved the arrangement but agreed with the guys on her voice.

The next singer moving on to the top seven is Francisco Martin who got cheers from the judges.  Francisco sings “You’ll Be in My Heart” from “Tarzan”.  Lionel said that they were witnessing the transition of Francisco; adding they loved to see the emotion.  Katy called the performance amazing; adding he showed the confidence and was spot on with his performance.  Luke said that Francisco did a great job; adding that he was king of the jungle.

And the final singer in the top seven goes to Dillon James.  Dillon said that they were going to give him a heart attack; adding that he was speechless.

With Dillon taking the final spot, Jovin Webb, Sophia James, Grace Leer, and Makayla Phillips have all been eliminated.

Dillon sang “Our Town” from “Cars”.  Katy said that Dillon took everything they said last week and applied it magnificently.  Luke noted that the performance had dynamics and emotion in the performance and felt great from top to bottom.  Lionel called Dillon a storyteller and a true artist.

Last year’s Idol winner Laine Hardy returns to Idol to perform “Life is a Highway” from “Cars”.  Laine will return next week for the grand finale.

With only seven singers moving on, they all sing two songs with the second round a Mother’s Day dedication.

Katy gets out of her costume for the second half of the showing off her baby bump; adding that the baby is kicking; especially during the performances.

Up first with his Mother’s Day dedication is Arthur with “Hey, Ma” by Bon Iver.  Luke noted that the high part of Arthur’s voice was done so well; adding it was a great performance.  Lionel said that Arthur could sing the phone book; adding no matter what he sings, it’s Arthur Gunn.  Katy called the performance beautiful; adding that Arthur makes her think he is a professional touring artist.

While this season is winding down, Idol is already promoting the submission of auditions for the next season at AmericanIdol.com/auditions.

Cynthia Erivo, Lauren Daigle, Rascal Flatts, judge Katy Perry, and judge Luke Bryan are all performing next week.  One of the singers…and co-writers…of “We are the World”, Lionel will be performing the song on the grand finale next week.

Just Sam returns with a dedication to her grandmother and “I Turn to You” by Christina Aguilera.  Lionel called Sam the angel of the group; adding that it is just one step closer to being Sam the star.  Katy said that Sam has shown incredible growth.  Luke noted that Sam has so many tools and left a forever mark on them; adding that she is an inspiration to the little girls out there.

Jonny West gave his dedication to his mother and sang his own version of “Amazing Grace” that included some original verses.  Jonny headed home to surprise his mom and gave his performance from his parent’s home.  Katy called Jonny original and talented; adding that she is 100 percent sold.  Luke noted that the added lyrics were great; adding that he has songwriting talent.  Lionel called Jonny a songwriter; noting that writing an “Amazing Grace” mother’s day verse might be difficult even for him.

Louis Knight returns with a dedication to his mom and him mom’s favourite song “You’ve Got a Friend” by Carole King and James Taylor.  Lionel kept saying, “way to go”.  Luke wanted more dynamics on his Disney performance and he heard them all of that song; adding it was his best so far.  After wishing his mother a Happy Mother’s Day, Lionel said that it way exactly what Louis needed to do.  Louis made Katy cry; saying it was one of his best performances ever.

Julia Gargano dedicates her performance of “Sweetest Devotion” by Adele to her mom. An emotional Katy, said that when the moms cry, she cries.  Katy called it a fantastic launching pad for Julia.  Luke said that Julia owned the performance.  Lionel said that it was probably the first time Julia delivered the song and was in the moment.

Francisco Martin gives a dedication to his mom for Mother’s Day…and her birthday…by cooking breakfast.  His mom is a nurse working on the frontlines.  Francisco performed “River” by Leon Bridges.  Katy said that Francisco has grown even more from his first performance to this one;  adding it was soulful and real.  Luke said that Francisco’s performance was better than the original; adding he would buy the song right now.  Lionel loved that the confidence was front and center; adding Francisco has a career.

Closing out the night of performances is Dillon James with a dedication to his mom and a performance of “Hang On. Hang On” by Amos Lee.  Luke noted that Dillon gave a great performance; adding that he will go far.  Lionel noted that there are kids out there struggling like Dillon did and he is an inspiration to them.  An emotional Katy noted that Dillon had come from a dark place but is much lighter now.

Next week it all comes to an end with the grand finale and the crowning of the new “American Idol”.

Top 10 Revealed on Idol’s Home Week

Still working from their homes, the top 20 singers on “American Idol” will learn tonight who will move on to the top 10 after the fan vote eliminates half of them.

The show opens with season 10 winner Phillip Phillips singing his hit “Home” while clips of the top 20 are aired in their homes.  The theme for tonight is “Home” or places that make them feel at home.

This week Katy Perry comes dressed as a roll of toilet paper…but didn’t stay in costume.

Some 36 million votes were cast last week.  Unlike the earlier season that sported similar vote numbers, fans are limited to just 10 votes per week.

Host Ryan Seacrest announced that tonight only the judges have a chance to save one of the singers.

This week the singers get some one on one time with mentor Bobby Bones.

In the first results of the night, Louis Knight is the first singer in the top 10.  An excited Louis said that his heart is beating through the roof.  This past week Louis was delivering pizzas to health care workers  Louis chose the Coldplay song “In My Place”.  Sans her toilet paper costume, Katy said that it was a good song choice.  Luke wasn’t blown away; but said that Louis has star quality.  Lionel called the performance really good.

This week’s votes will place the top seven.

The next singer moving on to the top 10 is Julia Gargano.  Living in New York City, Julia chose “New York State of Mind” by Billy Joel for her “Home” themed song.  Luke called it his favourite performance of the year so far.  Lionel said that Julia took the song and made it her own.  Katy agreed with Luke; adding that Julia showed off how talented of a singer she was.

The third singer moving on to the top 10 was Jovin Webb “Voodoo” by Allen Stone.  Lionel loved the performance; adding that it was fabulous coming out of Jovin’s mouth.  Katy said that she was at a NOLA bar drinking; adding that she escaped with Jovin.  Luke said that Jovin did not hit one bad note; adding it was his best performance.

The next Idol hopeful moving into the top 10 is Country singer Grace Leer.  She chose “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” – a song she grew up singing.  Noting it was an unusual performance, Katy said that she showed off a big voice.  Agreeing with Katy, Luke loved the performance.  Lionel reminded Grace to remember who her audience is.

The next singer moving into the top 10 is Jonny West.  Jonny sang the Journey hit “Faithfully”.   Luke noted that Jonny’s ability to look comfortable is amazing; adding that he can do anything.  Lionel said that Jonny made the song his own.  Katy said the performance was beautiful and magical; adding that she wants to see one of his shows.

Halfway through building the top 10.  The next singer to join the coveted group is Sophia James.  Singing from her room in California, Sophia chose “In My Room” by The Beach Boys for her song.  Lionel noted that Sophia has done the work; adding that he loves her delivery.  Katy noted that Sophia has a career in music…with or without Idol.  Luke called Sophia a wonderful vocalist; adding that it was magic to watch.

The next singer moving on to the top 10 is Arthur Gunn.  All of the singers were surprised to learn their results, but Arthur was truly shocked to get the news.  The Nepal native chose the John Denver smash hit “Take Me Home, Country Roads” but with a reggae beat; saying that it reminds him of his home.  Katy said that she more connected with that performance.  Luke noted that Arthur put his own vibe on the song and showcased himself.  Lionel noted that Arthur made the song believable; adding that he loved what Arthur did.

Only three more spots remain to fill the top 10 and 13 singers hoping theirs is the next name to be called.

The next person moving into the top 10 is Just Sam.  Alone in California, Sam chose not to go home to New York when the news to quarantine came out.  She chose the Bill Withers song “Grandma’s Hands” for her Grandma in New York.  Luke noted that it is Sam’s range that makes her worth listening too.  Katy said that the song reminded her of being is church.

Filling one of the last two open spots in the top 10 is Dillon James.  Dillon said that he was not expecting that to happen. Dillon sang The Beatles hit and most covered song in history “Yesterday”.  Lionel noted that Dillon has a very identifiable voice.  Luke and Katy were looking for a little more shape and form in the song.

And the final singer in the top 10 is Francisco Martin!  Francisco’s mom is a nurse working on the front lines.  He chose the James Arthurs song “Falling Like the Stars”.  An emotional Katy, said the song was believable and she felt it.  Luke called Francisco a diamond in the rough.  Lionel gave a shout out to Francisco’s mom; adding that Francisco showed who he was and did a great job.

During a commercial break the judges discussed whether or not they wanted to take advantage of their one and only save for the season.  They chose to use the save.  Katy revealed that they were saving Makayla Phillips.  Katy said that Makayla can give the other singers a run for their money if she chooses the right songs.

Makayla’s dad is a fireman.  She chose to sing the Miranda Lambert song “The House that Built Me”.  Luke said that he is glad she came back to show how great she is.  Lionel called Makayla a star.  Katy said that she felt like Makayla was singing directly to her.

Next week the top eleven become the top seven with only two weeks remaining in the season.

Top 20 Perform on ‘American Idol’

Stay at home orders and social distancing orders have changed the way the nation does things.  As a result; live television programming has also had to do business.

For the first time in “American Idol” history, the top 20 singers will perform for fan votes from their homes.

Host Ryan Seacrest gets the night started from his Los Angeles home and using the latest in technology to canvas the country and bring the music to fans.

The judges are also working from their homes.  Katy comes on camera dressed as a bottle sanitizer – “American Idol Music Sanitizer”.

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Lionel pointed out that the singers don’t have all the glitz and glamour and will have to bring themselves to the performances.

Next week the top 20 will become the top 10.

Kimmy Gabriela in Florida gets the night of music started off with an Ariana Grande song.  Katy said that Kimmy has had a character evolution and is starting to know who she is.  Luke was looking for the neighbours to look over the fence; adding that it was impressive to see her navigate the notes.  Lionel noted that it was one thing to sing but another to act out the song and she took it to the next level.

Baton Rouge’s Jovin Webb is next with the Joe Cocker classic “A Little Help from My Friends”.  Luke called Jovin a very special talent.  Lionel said that Jovin has that instant identity and is delivering it with feeling; adding that he killed it.  Katy noted that every singer gets the same stuff but Jovin separated himself from the rest of the group.

Music teacher Franklin Boone performed the Tears for Fears hit “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”.  Lionel and Luke came to their feet.  Lionel loves Franklin’s voice; adding that he is true to himself.  Katy said that she started tearing up; adding that Franklin has the “it” factor.  Luke said that he had chill bumps the whole song.  Luke called it a top 10 performance.

Back in California, Olivia Ximines sang the Billie Eilish song “bad guy”.  Katy said that she got to hear the quality of Olivia’s voice.  Luke said that Olivia always brings a show.  Lionel said that Olivia has everything to be a star.

Up next is Louis Knight from Pennsylvania with “If the World was Ending”.  Luke loved the song choice; adding that it gave a clear message as to who he is.  Lionel said that Louis’ voice was stellar; adding that loved the performance.  Katy agreed it was a great song choice; adding that his inflections were really cool.

Back to California and Makayla Phillips with the Ariana Grande song “Greedy”.  Lionel said that all 20 should go through and call it a day.  Lionel called her performance professional.  Katy said Makayla looked natural; adding that her song choice was a good one; but there were better choices.  Luke liked the star power and vocals at the end of the song.

Mentor Bobby Bones announced that next week the top 10 will again be at home next week performing songs about home.

Back to the deep south with Aliana Jester in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida singing “Run to You” by Whitney Houston.  Katy noted that Aliana put a lot of passion into her performance; adding that she got goose bumps.  Luke also noted that he got goose bumps; adding that he loved it.  Lionel noted that Aliana made the song her own.

Faith Becnel in Louisiana chose the Bishop Briggs song “River” for her performance.  Faith brought a “dang” out of Luke.  Lionel told Faith to open her eyes more; but he loved the song.  Luke called it his favourite rendition of the song.  Katy noted that Faith stuck the song.

From Woodland Hills, California Nick Merico performed the Plain White T’s song “Hey There Delilah”.  Katy called the performance amazing.  Lionel loved the performance.  Luke liked that Nick had stripped it down, just playing the piano.

Lauren Spencer-Smith gave a performance of “Mama Knows Best” by Jesse J with an incredible lakeside view behind her.  Katy said that Lauren sounded great; adding that she is growing as a star.  Luke said that Lauren’s voice gets better and better; adding that it is amazing.  Lionel said that her voice and attitude were amazing.

In Georgia, Cyniah Elise performed the Demi Lovato song “Warrior”.  Lionel called the performance crazy.  Luke called Cyinah one of the best singers in the show; adding it was a great song choice.  Lionel said that she makes things look effortless.  Katy noted that Cyniah is growing.

Crossing the country back to California for Francisco Martin performed judge Katy Perry’s song “Teenage Dream”.  Katy said the song choice worked; adding he did it real justice.  Luke said that he was nervous; adding that Francisco made it his own.  Lionel also said that Francisco made the song his own.

Close to home, Sophia has changed her name from Wackerman to James.  She sings “Burning”.   Katy said that Sophia is constantly evolving.  Luke called Sophia sneaky good.  Lionel said that Sophia can melt hearts when she looks into the camera.

In Colorado, Dewayne Crocker Jr performed the James Brown hit “I Got You (I Feel Good)” while family members danced.  Luke said that the song had a little too much slick for him but the last note was impressive.  Lionel agreed with Luke.  Katy noted that Dewayne has a good voice but wanted more growl.  Lionel told Dewayne to keep his dancers.

In Bakersfield, sitting outside Dillon James performed “Let it Be Me”.  Lionel said that Dillon’s presentation looked like a world class artist.  Luke said that Dillon needs to just go and make the kind of music he wants to make.  Katy agreed; adding that Dillon’s dreams are in his hands.

In Kansas, Nepal native Arthur Gunn performed “Lovin’ Machine”.  Host Ryan Seacrest said that the judge’s body language said it all.  Katy reminded Arthur to look at the camera.  Lionel called the performance powerful.  Luke said that Arthur has the potential to be a “ginormous” star.

In New York, Julia Gargano performed “Human”.  Luke loved hearing the nuances in the singer’s voices.  Lionel noted that there are a lot of singers in the world but stylists rule the world.  Katy said that Julia checked all the boxes.

After winning the first fan vote of the season, Grace Leer performed the Faith Hill song “Cry” from California.  Lionel said that Idol is discovering true artists; adding Grace gave a great delivery.  Katy said that Grace rode that bull real well.  Luke noted that Grace gave then the big notes in the second half of the song.

Just Sam takes on the music of season three Idol winner Fantasia Barrino with “I Believe”.  Katy said that Sam looked great; adding that she is flourishing.  Luke said that Sam owns every aspect of her voice range; adding that she did a great job.  Lionel called Sam an inspirational figure in the group; adding that he loves her Afro.

Closing out the night of music is Jonny West on the west coast performed the Louis Armstrong classic “What a Wonderful World”.  Katy kept saying, “we’re not worthy”.  Luke said that Jonny could take his career anywhere he wanted.  Lionel said that Jonny has a musical arsenal.  Jonny noted that he had made his song choice before the current situation.

Voting ends at 9am eastern time on Monday morning.

Idol: This is Me

Last week on “American Idol” the judges revealed the top 20…rather 21; leaving the last spot up to the fans.  Fans will choose who will round out the top 20 with their first vote of the season on AmericanIdol.com

It is April 12 – Easter Sunday – and with most of the country still under the stay at home order, the series is taking the next two weeks to give fans a closer look at the singers on season 18 of “American Idol: This is Me” in hopes that the live performances can begin soon.

Idol takes some time to give fans a closer look at each singer when they are not on the stage.

Top 20 Revealed on ‘American Idol’

It’s the last night for final judgment on “American Idol”.

When the show ended last week, Dillon James was awaiting his results. Eight singers have already been placed into the top 20 and will be singing for fan votes.

Lionel Richie reveals that he has some good news…good news, Dillon is an artist; the great news…he is in the top 20! Dillon was very emotional upon hearing the news.

Genavieve Linkowski got the news from Luke that he didn’t feel a connection in her showcase performance and will not be moving on to the next round. Katy said that she was impressed by Genavieve’s growth.

Franklin Boone has been working to make music his life beyond teaching. After telling Franklin that they are having to let some good people go, Katy revealed that Franklin is not one of them and will be in the top 20.

Julia Gargano impressed Katy with her original song at the original audition. After her performance of a Pink song in the showcase, Luke told Julia that she is in the top 20; adding that she could go all the way.

Aliana Jester was really nervous to learn her results; Lionel revealed that she is a part of the top 20.

Sophia Wacherman earned a standing ovation during Hollywood week and wowed the judges again in her showcase performance. Sophia thought she was being pranked when Katy told her she was in the top 20.

After squeaking through Hollywood week, Robert Taylor but redeemed himself somewhat with his showcase performance of a Sir Elton song. But it wasn’t quite enough, Robert did not make the top 20.

Lionel called Kimmy Gabriela top 10 material in her audition. Since then it has been a series of firsts for the 17 year old. Saying that she doesn’t remember all of Kimmy’s performances, Katy told her that it wasn’t enough to just be a good singer; but she will be a part of the top 20.

After a clip of some singers who did not make it, Shannon Gibbons learned that she also did not make the top 20.

Cyniah Lee is among the youngest singers to make it in the top 40 and chose the Labelle hit “Lady Marmalade” for her showcase performance.

Makayla Phillips had the crowd singing along with her showcase performance.

Lauren Spencer-Smith sang “Respect” for her showcase performance.

All three of the teens have earned a spot in the top 20.

Olivia Ximmenes ended the night of showcase performances with “Proud Mary” and brought the judges to their feet. After calling her performance amazing, Lionel told Olivia that she is in the top 20.

Only two spots remain in the top 20.

Lionel called Arthur Gunn one of the most unique singers in the competition. The Nepelese native chose a Bob Marley song for his showcase performance. Calling Arthur pure light, Lionel told Arthur that he is in the top 20.

And then there was one…
Demi Rae did not make it to the top 20 but Katy told her it was the beginning of the new Demi.

In the final decision Country music singers Grace Leer and Lauren Mascitti learned their results together. Luke said that both performances were really great. Saying that they couldn’t make a decision, the judges decided to leave it up to American voters and moved them both on to the next round.

he top 20:
Nick Merico
Dewayne Crocker
Louis Knight
Francisco Martin
Jovin Webb
Faith Becnel
Just Sam (Diaz)
Jonny West
Dillon James
Franklin Boone
Julia Gargano
Aliana Jester
Sophia Wacherman
Kimmy Gabreila
Cyniah Lee
Makayla Phillips
Lauren Spencer-Smith
Olivia Ximmenes
Arthur Gunn
Grace Leer
Lauren Mascitti

Host Ryan Seacrest is asking fans to begin voting now to decide whether it will be Lauren or Grace moving on to the top 20.

Next week, Idol takes a closer look at the top 20.

Final Judgement Begins on Idol

American Idol” travels to Hawaii for a showcase of the remaining 40 singers in a program that was shot back in January before the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus in the United States.

By the end of the showcase half of the singers will be eliminated from the competition as they work their way to the live shows and the fan vote.

Up first was Nick Merico, someone that Lionel didn’t like because he thought Nick was too arrogant. Nick sang a Bruno Mars song for his showcase. Admitting something has changed in him, Lionel announced that Nick is the first person in the top 20.

Makayla Brownley sang an Ingrid Andress song for her showcase. Lionel felt that she was too hyped up when she went on the stage and Luke announced that Makayla did not make it into the top 20.

Dewayne Crocker put his own spin on the smash hit “Old Town Road” for his showcase performance. Lionel noted that they had been wrestling with Dewayne; adding it was a hard decision but he is moving on to the top 20. Katy praised his showcase performance.

Camryn Leigh Smith chose “Break Every Chain” for her showcase. Katy thought that Camryn has a cool voice but Lionel didn’t feel the connection. Camryn did not make the top 20.

A storm popped up while the judges were delivering the news of the final judgement.

Devon Alexander, Jordan Jones, and Geena all failed to make the cut and are going home.

English born singer Louis Knight chose to perform the Sheeran song “Castle on the Hill” for his showcase. In true Hawaiian fashiion, Louis performed in bare feet. Katy noted that it wasn’t Louis’ best performance saying that he was too much in his head and needs to sing from the heart. Saying they have a bet on him, Louis made it into the top 20.

Fransisco Martin chose the Harry Stiles song “Falling” for his showcase and impressed the judges enough to make it into the top 20.

Jovin Webb impressed the judges in his audition with “Whipping Post” and hoped to repeat it with “You Are the Best Thing” in his showcase performance. Luke said that Jovin has a lot of signature star qualities and after scaring him, Lionel announced that Jovin is in the top 20.

Faith Becnel chose a Chaka Khan song for her showcase. Luke called Faith intriguing and fun; adding that her showcase was not a step up for her. Despite the remarks, Faith made it to the top 20.

Amber Fiedler was nine month pregnant when she auditioned – she gave birth three weeks after her audition. Katy has been fighting for Amber since her audition but that faith came to an end when Luke announced that Amber would not be moving on to the top 20.

Subway singer Just Sam sang a Selena song in Spanish for her showcase and had Katy on her feet. Sam is not a Spanish speaker. Luke called the performance impressive. Sam is in the top 20.

After originally coming to an audition to support girlfriend Margie Mays, Jonny West is now alone after the elimination of Margie and is feeling the nerves. Jonny chose a song by the Fray for his showcase and brought the judges to their feet. Katy called Jonny a serious artist but noted he is also playing the self sabotage game. Telling Jonny that he is no longer in the top 40, Katy said that he is in the top 20.

Dillon James chose a Bob Dylan song for his showcase – “The Times They are A-Changin’” – for his showcase, noting that it is appropriate for the time. Lionel noted that Dillon has emerged from a tunnel…but he will have to wait until next week to get the results.

The top 20:
Nick Merico
Dewayne Crocker
Louis Knight
Francisco Martin
Jovin Webb
Faith Becnel
Just Sam (Diaz)
Jonny West

Hollywood Week Ends on Idol

It’s the final night of Hollywood Week on special Monday edition of “American Idol”. By the end of the night the 167 singers who arrived in Hollywood will be pared down to only 40.

But first the singers who survived the duets round have to sing solo one more time. This is the first time they will be performing with a full band.

Last season Alejandro made it all the way to the finale; this season he returns to speak with the singers and to offer a little advice.

Again for this round, the singers will not get any feedback from the judges.

Despite a word of warning from Katy and the other judges about performing original songs and picking a song that would showcase their talent; a number of the singers chose to perform their own material anyway. And it was the wrong choice for many of them.

The singers who make the top 40 will get to perform in a showcase on the beach in Hawaii.

Just Sam didn’t let a sore throat slow her down and brought the judges to their feet with her performance.

Marcus had some nervous issues with his song and had went blank during his performance. And he wasn’t the only one who cracked under the pressure.

After several bad performances, Katy went back stage and spoke to the singers.

Luke questioned whether they would have 40 singers to take to Hawaii.

After the stress got to her, Makayla collapsed back stage. She has a rare condition that causes her to react badly to stress. Makayla returns to the stage and performs her song sitting on a stool.

And it’s finally time for the judges to deliberate on who moves on and who goes home.

The singers have been divided into three rooms and await the judge’s verdict. One of the rooms will go home, but two of them will be moving on.

The first room got the good news that they will be moving on to the top 40.

In room two, the news wasn’t so good, they had reached the end of their Idol journey for this year.

In room three, they will be joining the singers in room one and making the trip to Hawaii for the top 40 showcase.

Next week the top 40 must sing for their lives before a live audience in a two night event that will reveal the singers who will sing for fan votes.

Hollywood Week Continues on Idol

It’s night two of Hollywood Week on “American Idol” and more surprises are in store for the singers.

In seasons past the singers had to go through the treacherous group round; but surprise surprise, for an Idol first the singers will have to perform duets.

Unlike the genre round where the singers get no feedback from the judges, this time the singers will get their results after they perform.

The judges point out that with the group performances the singers only had to learn a little piece of a song but with the duets the singers had to not only learn more of the song, they also had to showcase their personalities and make a connection. Song choice was also an issue for some of the duos.

Madison and Peyton had a shaky performance; Peyton apologized for his part and told the judges that Madison should be given a second chance. After a short discussion, the judges decided to give both singers a second chance.

Tito and Robert put on a very passionate performance that was filled with vocal gymnastics and lots of high notes but Lionel announced that only Robert will be moving on to the next round.

On Monday, the singers have one final chance to impress the judges.

Hollywood Week Begins on Idol

The singers have all gathered in California for Hollywood Week on “American Idol”; but it’s nothing like they have ever seen before as the judges work to find the top singers to earn fan votes.

For the first time in Idol history the judges will see all 167 singers before the judges make any decisions.

First up, they must pick a genre and then choose a song as they sing for their life.

First up is the singer-songwriter group. During his performance, Katy screamed to hear more from Nepal native Arthur.

Not surprisingly, the largest group was the pop genre. Other genres include R&B and Country. When R&B singer Just Sam performed, she brought her “lucky box” that she uses on the trains and after she sang, the judges put money in her box.

Upon learning that the judges would be listening to all 167 singers, Luke asked if they were violating some kind of labour law.

When Amber Fielder auditioned for Idol she was nine months pregnant; she returns in Hollywood Week three weeks after having the baby.

Garbage man Doug, teased the judges by starting the wrong song before performing “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and had the crowd clapping along. In deliberations, the judges had mixed reviews. Doug didn’t make it through to the next round; but he wasn’t alone.

Next week it’s the group round…and more surprises.

Auditions Conclude on Idol

In a two night event, “American Idol” concludes the 2020 edition of the auditions.

Getting things started in Oregon, Robert Taylor III plays the piano as he sings and amazed the judges. Growing up in the church, Robert felt that he could never by himself; but now he has come out of his shadow fulfilling a a dream of his father’s by being on the show. Katy said that now it is time for Robert to figure out what kind of artist he wants to be and he can begin with a trip to Hollywood week.

Jafar Hurambi put on a full performance. Katy noted that Jafar’s singing wasn’t as good as his dancing and gave him a no.

Grace Leer made it to the top 20 of “American Juniors” when she was eleven; after spending some time being a “normal” kid, she has returned to music and impressed the judges. Luke said that Grace was easy to listen to, Katy called Grace instantly recognizable. Grace got three yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.

School of Rock teacher Franklin Boone earned some applause from the judges. Luke said that he saw recording artist from Franklin. Katy said that Franklin could win the show. Franklin got his ticket to Hollywood.

Luke Stafford brought his saxophone to his audition. Lionel was impressed with the sax but Luke got three nos from the judges on his singing.

Church singer Roselyn Carter was born and raised in Watts and is looking to show that there is a way out. Lionel was knocked out but Katy wanted to hear more saying that Roselyn took them to church, so now take them to the Staples Center. Lionel said that is what you call natural talent; adding that he was moved. Luke agreed that the audition was moving. Katy said that Roselyn embodies what Idol is all about. Giving Roselyn a cheer, she got her ticket to Hollywood.

Katy wants to hold auditions on a boat, since it is so beautiful in Washington, DC. Megan Knight is the first singer to audition on a boat for “American Idol”. Luke said that she had a great voice; adding that she could use a little coaching. In the boat vote, Megan got her ticket to Hollywood. Katy has to re-enact a scene from “Titanic”

Back in the audition room…Lionel finds someone else in his seat and pretends to be an auditioner with “Hello”. Gilberto River joined Lionel before singing “Proud Mary” for the judges dressed in a rainbow top and red stiletto boots. After telling his watch that he was ok, Lionel said that in a world of uniqueness, Gilberto is unique. Lionel thought that Gilberto is theatrical. Katy said that he needs to take himself and his voice more seriously. Questioning whether he is for Idol, Lionel said no but Luke gave Gilberto a yes and he got his ticket ot Hollywood.

Justin Oliver chose a Bruno Mars song – “Treasure” – with the man who wrote the song playing the piano. Fred said technically it was great but the singer needed more energy. Luke said vocally it didn’t get all there. Lionel felt that Justin’s vocals lacked a bit. Justin got three nos from the judges.

After some clips of no votes, Aliana Jester brought her dog into the audition with her. Katy said that Aliana has an incredible gift. Luke called her a special singer. Lionel called her a star; adding that Aliana reminds him of a young Whtiney. Aliana got her ticket to Hollywood.

Jamaica native and busker Jahzan, first sang with her mother and Lionel said that they had the vibe. After Jahzan sang on her own, Katy said that she did great; adding that her voice was a mix of Tony Braxton, Cher, and Shakira. Luke noted that Jahzan had a unique voice. Lionel invited mom to stand next to her daughter, and told them that Jahzan gets her ticket to Hollywood.

Jordan Moyes gave Katy chill bumps with his audition. Luke said that the audition screams massive songwriter. Katy loved his guitar player. Lionel called the performance very fresh. Jordan got his ticket to Hollywood.

Demi Rae wrote in a journal at age nine that it was her dream to be on “American Idol”; and now she is there to audition for the show. Katy asked if Demi had ever tried to perused a music career and when Demi said no; the judges asked why at the same time. Luke said that Demi has a natural cry and a great voice. Demi got three yeses and her ticket to Hollywood – Katy put the ticket inside her journal.

While the judges were roasting marshmellows, Nash sang “Shoulda Been a Cowboy” with Luke joining in. Katy liked the mullet but questioned the singing. Nash got a little singing lesson from Luke. Lionel said no but to work on it and come back strong.

Seventeen year old Makayla Brownlee hails from the wheat capital of America and chose a Dixie Chicks song for her audition. Katy said that she has a really good voice on her but told her to enunciate more. Lionel loved the yodel cry, calling it her signature. Noting that they have a lot of Country singing girls this year but Luke is anxious to see her fight it out with them. She gets her ticket to Hollywood.

In the final audition of the season, a very pregnant Amber Fiedler revealed that she has put the baby up for adoption before she sang an Etta James song for her audition. Luke said that Amber has a timeless sound and easy to listen to. Katy said that she has a big shot at going very far. Lionel said that she nailed it. Amber got three yeses and her ticket to Hollywood.

Tomorrow a new Hollywood week begins with challenges never seen before.

Auditions Continue on ‘American Idol’

It’s week four of the auditions on “American Idol”. As the show begins, Lionel and Luke announce that there will be a fourth judge this season. Katy announces that she is going to have a baby; adding she is going to get fat and everything will be bigger.

Luke has to remove a splinter from Katy’s finger.

Dental student Danny La Bota gets the auditions started off with his version of “Royals” by Lorde. Katy called Danny one of the most original people on Idol this season. Luke said that Danny had an old school vintage voice. Lionel noted that Danny had control and a crazy range. Danny got his ticket to Hollywood with three yeses.

Several of the auditioners were more interested in seeing Luke.

But Lou Dawg had no idea who any of the judges were. He chose an original song for his audition. After Lou called Lionel Pat Sayjak, Lionel turned his chair around. Luke said that Lou almost had it but wondered whether he had enough to make it through the show. Katy said that it felt more like a hobby. When asked if he wanted it, Lou said that he didn’t know what “it” is. Noting that it would take a lot of work, Katy said yes, but the guys said no but encouraged Lou to find “it” and come back.

Devon Alexander grew up in a log cabin with a TV that got only one channel – the one Idol was on. The judges were into it and gave Devon his ticket to Hollywood.

Makayla Phillips auditioned in 2017 but was two weeks too young at the time. She returns to try again and gave Katy chills. Makayla got her her ticket to Hollywood.

Mosean Wilson chose an original song for his audition that he performed on his own keyboard. Luke said that Mosean is what it’s all about. Katy said that he has an incredible voice. Lionel said that they felt it and gave Mosean a hug. Lionel said that they are standing behind him and gave Mosean a ticket to Hollywood.

After clips of yes votes, Faith had questions about her. While they thought she had a good voice, they weren’t sure she was taking herself serious. Saying that Faith had a ton of potential, Katy said yes…and Luke agreed giving Faith her ticket to Hollywood.

After meeting at church Kat (Luna) and Space Cowboy (Alejandro) auditioned together with “Shallow” from “A Star is Born”. Luke asked if they were real people and Katy was in tears. Luke said that Space Cowboy is a good Instagram name. Luke said that it never happens that two people knock it out of the park. Kat got three yeses and then Alex also got three yeses for both singers to get their tickets to Hollywood.

Tavia brought her “girl-tarist” Terry to play with her. She chose the Gloria Gaynor hit “I Will Survive” for her audition. Calling them entertaining, Katy said that they duo should be a permanent duo, but noted the voice was sometimes iffy. Katy and Lionel said that she needs a little more work. This was Tavia’s first time doing an audition.

Sophia Wackerman comes from a musical family and played the piano for her audition. Luke said that Sophia has a signature tone. Lionel said that Sophia is several different threats that work in her favour. Katy said that Sophia has her own style with instant identity. Sophia got her ticket to Hollywood. Katy took Sophia out to meet the other singers to tell them to bring it because they have some really good singers.

Savannah is reportedly a haunted city, Jimmy Levy comes from a family of mediums and psychics. Jimmy’s mom comes in and has some psychic advice for the judges. Lionel called Jimmy a great front man for an Alternative band. Katy said that Jimmy would need a lot of work but gave him a yes. The guys also gave him a yes and Jimmy got his ticket to Hollywood. Jimmy said that his mother saw him getting the ticket seven years ago.

Dance team member Olivia Ximines performed with her dance team before singing for the judges. Lionel noted that Olivia had her dancers. Lionel called the performance fantastic. Katy called Olivia a delight. Luke said that Olivia has a sparkling personality. Olivia got three yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.

Marna Michele is the first singer to audition for the show who uses a wheelchair. Luke said that Marna has incredible range but wanted her to dig in a little more. Lionel told her to concentrate on the story because it loses the emotion. Katy gives Marna a little voice lesson. With three yeses, Marna has a ticket to Hollywood. Katy told Marna that she would be treated the same as the other singers.

West Virginia native Zack Dobbins comes from a musical family. He has never been to Hollywood…or on an airplane. Luke tuned up Zack’s guitar at the beginning of the original song Zach chose for his audition. Lionel was fascinated but couldn’t put it in words. Katy called Zack authentic. Luke said that they didn’t want to change Zack but they would teach him a little about singing. Zack got his ticket to Hollywood. Katy called Zack a diamond in the rough.

In the final audition of the night, Ren Patrick chose “Dancing on My Own” by Robyn for her audition. Luke called Ren an incredible singer; adding she did a great job. Lionel said that Ren’s got an instrument and he is interested in seeing how far she can go with that instrument. Katy brought Ren’s mom in and gave her the ticket to Hollywood.

Auditions Continue on Idol

It’s week three of the auditions on “American Idol” with more singing hopefuls trying to get their golden ticket to Hollywood.

Over the past two weeks, the judges – Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie – have encountered some good singers, not so good singers, and a gas leak on the way to collecting the newest group of singers to take to Hollywood.

This week’s auditions begin in Savannah with Kimmy Gabriela singing a One Republic song. Lionel called the performance fabulous. Of Latin heritage, Katy asked Kimmy to sing in Spanish and then told Kimmy that she was top 10. Luke said it was a yet from the first note. Kimmy got her ticket to Hollywood.

Katy revealed that boyfriend Orlando Bloom asked her to marry him on a helicopter…and she said yes.

Amelia sang “Yesterday” and played the piano for her audition. Katy called the performance a dream. She got her ticket to Hollywood

Erin Kirby sang a song that had Katy saying she didn’t like it, but loved it and a ticket to Hollywood.

jordan jones played the piano and sang; then he proposed to his girlfriend. She said yes!…and a ticket ot Hollywood

Lauren Mascitti brought her fiancee songwriter Sean to help out for her audition of an original song. Katy called the performance very moving. Saying that he is a sucker for a good songwriter, Lionel liked the silky mood of her storytelling. Lauren got three yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.

Country music DJ and podcast host Ryan Harmon did an original song – one he hopes will be on Luke’s next album – for his audition. Luke asked if Ryan ever thought of moving to Nashville. Ryan said he had. Luke said that Ryan had a good voice but not sure Idol good. Katy said that he was a couple yeas away from the golden dust. Lionel told Ryan to go to Nashville. Ryan didn’t get his ticket to Hollywood but got three very optimistic no’s from the judges. Luke noted that he is Grand Ole Opry host material.

Host Ryan Seacrest saw a girl on the corner who said that she wanted to audition but felt she had missed the cut off. Ryan brought her into the audition room himself with no previous screening. In an Idol first, the judges let her audition. Courtney Timmons, the security guard, got her audition of “Rise Up” A Cappella. The judges thought they were being punked. Saying that she had een Courtney sitting outside, Katy said that she could sing; adding that she is the best singer they have seen today. Courtney got her ticket to Hollywood. Katy said that Courtney is what “American Idol” is.

Lauren Spencer is a 16 year old singer from Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Lionel said that Lauren was wise and gifted beyond her years; adding she did a great job. Luke called Lauren’s voice super interesting. Katy said that Lauren has a God given gift; adding that she has a lot to work with. Lauren got her ticket to Hollywood.

Accompanied by his 78 year old great grandmother, Dewayne Crocker Jr. chose the Bobby McFerrin hit “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” for his audition. Lionel liked the timber of Dewayne’s voice; adding that he has the goods. Katy noted that it was an interesting take on the song but wanted to connect more. Katy said it was a roll the dice moment for her but the guys said yes. Lionel got to meet great grandma…and a big hug. She told Lionel that they met on “Lady” and walked down the aisle to the song. Lionel sang a bit of the song as he danced with grandma; calling her a treasure.

Dillon James chose “Make You Feel My Love” for his audition. Katy called the performance awesome. Luke noted that the song was done with feeling and honesty; adding he had a Chris Isaak thing going. Lionel said that Dillon made it his song. Katy called his a country Post Malone. Dillon got his ticket to Hollywood.

Big Katy Perry fan Geena sang an original song for her audition and got the judges to join in on the song with her. Katy called her personable with a good voice. Luke said that she has a cool sound but thought the song was safe. Geena got three yeses and her ticket to Hollywood.

Jared Lettow – the other Jared Leto – showed off his yodeling skills with his audition. He gave Katy a yodeling lesson. Katy said that he had one of the coolest party tricks ever but Jared got three nos from the judges.

After clips of some not so good auditions, Luke and Katy came out with a megaphone asking for some real talent.

Shannon Gibbons chose the Etta James “I’d Rather Go Blind” for her audition. Katy said that was why she keeps coming back to the show. Luke called it their new barometer. Shannon got her ticket to Hollywood amid a chorus of yeses from the judges.

While waiting for Katy in makeup, Luke and Lionel sing to some of their vinyl albums.

Model Isaiah Grass brought his music machine to perform an acoustic version of “Take on Me” by A-ha. The judges provided a little background singing during the audition. Katy said it was something and Luke called it a journey. Katy noted that he had a big range but was more of a musical theater person than an Idol person. Lionel said that he had a great package but needed something that encompassed that. Isaiah got three nos, but advice to go to musical theater.

In the final audition of the night, Genavieve Linkowski returns to Idol after being eliminated during Hollywood week two years ago. Playing the piano she sang “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You”. Katy said that she felt the song through and through. Lionel noted that she has actually grown; adding that she isn’t just singing, she is performing. Genavieve got her ticket back to Hollywood.

Cheers and Jeers as Idol Auditions Continue

It’s week two of the auditions and “American Idol” travels to Savannah to begin the auditions.

After a prayer from the family, Cyniah Elise wowed the judges with a performance that had Lionel comparing her to a young Whitney Houston. After getting her ticket to Hollywood, the large musical family comes into the audition room. Noticing all the young faces, Lionel notes who they will be seeing in seasons to come and invites them all to come…one by one.

Kay Genyse impressed the judges with her personality, but not so much with her voice.After initially getting a no, Kay told Katy that she would do whatever it took to make it to the next level. Katy told her to take it to the street where she performed for the crowd who gave her a yes, the judges agreed and Kay got her ticket to Hollywood.

The first male cheerleader to make it onto the Philadelphia Eagles cheer leading squad, Kyle Taylor brought the whole squad to join him for his audition. Even though he has no previous singing experience, Kyle impressed the judges enough to get his ticket to Hollywood. Katy requested Kyle sing the song one step up and later told him that picking the right key was important; Lionel and Luke noted that Kyle has some work to do and has some stiff competition. Kyle gave each of the judges an Eagles jersey.

Louisiana native Jovin Webb blew the judges away with his performance of “Whipping Post” by The Allman Brothers. Lionel said that Jovin brought the BBQ sauce to “American Idol”. Katy got chills and Luke said that he could drink a lot of bourbon listening to that voice; adding that he would fly to whatever bar Jovin was singing in to hear that voice. Jovin got his ticket to Hollywood.

There was a gas leak in the building that forced an evacuation and brought the fire department. The problem turned out to be an issue with the pilot light in the kitchen and once rectified, the auditions began. But first the firemen had to do a little singing of “Al Night Long” by Lionel for the judges.

After some crazy vocal warm ups, Claire Jolie Goodman sang Broadway and Opera for her audition. Noting that she was comfortable in the Broadway style, Lionel said that Idol was not in her wheelhouse. Katy told Claire that if she wanted to be a Broadway star, then she should go there. Saying that she has some tremendous gifts, Luke told Claire to go to Broadway.

In between singers, Luke and Lionel muck around on the piano.

After being cut in Hawaii last season, Margie Mays returns to Idol and this time she brings her boyfriend along to play piano and audition himself. Katy called the performance nice but Margie didn’t choose the right song. Noting that Margie sang some bad notes last time, Luke said that there were no bad notes this time. Lionel liked the Margie that came back. The guys gave Margie a yes…and her ticket back to Hollywood.

Boyfriend Johnny West sang an original song for his audition. Katy called him silent but deadly; adding that he was so pro and pleasing to the ear. Katy noted that Johnny may go further than Margie. Lionel said that Johnny has everything Johnny needs to be a star. Luke said that Johnny has some special stuff. Johnny got three yeses and his own ticket to Hollywood.

Big families were the theme of the day for “American Idol” but none was bigger than Sarah Isen’s. Raised by two moms, Sarah learned who her sperm donor father was at age 14…and that she has 25 half brothers and sisters. She brought her moms, biological dad, and 10 of her siblings with her for the audition. Calling her performance flawless, Luke was blown away by the audition. Lionel noted that Sarah’s low end voice that would have him listening to every word. Katy loved Sarah’s beautiful alto voice but wanted more dynamics in the performance. Sarah got three yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.

Calling herself a universal show opener, Eliza Catastrophe brought gifts for the judges that included some very strong smelling sardines. She sang her original song “Sardines” and while the judges liked the song and felt she was entertaining; they didn’t think she was right for Idol.

During another break, the judges were roller skating around the room.

Julia Gargano performed an original song that had Katy hugging the singer. Katy said that Julia was every bit as good as Catie Turner and Alejandro; adding that she was a top five artist. Luke called the performance big time and Lionel said that she gave them the whole thing. Julia got her ticket to Hollywood.

Margie and Johnny were not the only couple to come to Idol for a shot at the show; married couple Curt Jones and Hannah Prestridge entered the room together for an audition. With Curt going first, Katy called him an authentic Country singer, Luke and Lionel noted that Curt supports Hannah. For Hannah; Katy said that she had something special, Luke noted that he could hear the pain in Hannah’s voice, and Lionel called Hannah the lead. Curt got a no from the judges but Hannah got her ticket to Hollywood.

Idol Begins New Season

A new season begins on “American Idol” and a whole new group of singing hopefuls. Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie return as judges for this season.

Last year Laine Hardy was crowned the winner on his second attempt on the show; but Alejandro proved that a singer doesn’t have to win to make a mark on the public.

Camryn Leigh Smith gets the auditons started off. Luke said that Camryn reminded him of a young Katy. Katy and Lionel said that Camryn gave them hope for the new season. Camryn got three yeses for a ticket to Hollywood.

Douglas is a dustman from Mobile who has never performed before. Lionel sends him out to warm up. Ryan takes him out get warmed up before a group. After a bit of a warm up, Douglas Kiker returns to the audition room and gives an A Cappella audition. Katy wanted to see Douglas’ range, a real novice, Douglas didn’t know what that was. Luke sat at the piano and offered some help. For a man who does not know what his voice can do or what key he sings in, is here for one thing…to show his daughter you can do anything. Douglas got him a ticket to Hollywood…and a hug from each judge.

Francisco Martin is very nervous; so Lionel and Luke tries to help him calm down before his audition. Calmed down and ready to sing; Katy said that Francisco has an incredible voice. Katy wants to hear one of Francisco’s songs. Katy called him top 10, but Luke said top five. Francisco got his ticket to Hollywood.

Hunter Gibson – The Come Back – feels that Idol needs more rock and has Katy singing along with him. Katy liked it but isn’t sure if it’s right for “American Idol”. Luke noted that the singing and the vocals weren’t there yet. Lionel said that it wasn’t for Idol. Hunter did not get his ticket to Hollywood.

Nick Merico returned for another try. Last year he earned his ticket to Hollywood due to some personal issues never made it to Hollywood. Luke said that Nick is still dreamy and can sing. Katy said that she felt that Nick thought he was too good for them. She told Nick not to let his ego get in the way. Lionel said that he has a big problem, he doesn’t like Nick’s voice or attitude; adding that he doesn’t think Nick can make it in Hollywood. Nick got his ticket to Hollywood…and a yes from Lionel. Nick noted that Lionel scared him.

Along with the auditions, the “American Idol” bus returns to cross the country finding voices worthy of “American Idol”.

Born in Nepal, Arthur Gunn, now call America home and performed a Bob Dylan song for his audition. Lionel wanted to hear another song; Katy wanted him to open his eyes and look at them. Luke asked if Arthur wanted to open for him in a couple of weeks. Arthur came to the Idol bus in Knasas for his original audition. The judges called him something special and unique. Arthur got his ticket to Hollywood.

Now in the nation’s capital, Alisa calls New York home but was born in Russia. Alisa brought her musical partner Luige Babe for the audition. She played a stripper in the film “Hustlers”. They performed an original song for the audition. Katy wants to hear some Heart but they try to be funny instead. Luke called them loads of fun but was not blown away by the singing. The judges agreed it was fun but not for “American Idol”. Alisa did not get her ticket to Hollywood. Alisa said that the judges were out of their mind and didn’t know what unique was.

Born in London, Louis Knight now call Philadelphia home. He performed an original song about a friend who had committed suicide. He gave a heartfelt and emotional performance that had Luke calling him the biggest star they had on Idol. Lionel said that Louis was on to something big. Louis got his ticket to Hollywood.

In Milwaukee, Canadian singer Saveria was a child star in her homeland. Now she is looking for another chance to make it again. She performed an original song for her audition. Lionel said that she had some great vocal moments but didn’t feel it. Luke noted that Saveria worked her butt off but didn’t make him jump out of his seat. Katy called Saveria a great singer with so much potential. Lionel gave it a no, because he didn’t think that Idol could help her. With a yes from Katy and a no form Lionel, Luke had the final vote and agreed with Lionel. Katy said that Saveria deserved a chance to go to Hollywood, but the guys did not agree with her.

Luke and Lionel had some fun with Meghan Fitton the fitness instructor’s name and occupation; but when it came to her singing, Luke called it incredible and rock star worthy. Lionel called her voice raw and wonderful. Katy said that she had some special moments. Meghan got her ticket to Hollywood.

In the final audition of the night, subway singer Just Sam hopes to get out of the underground and get her ticket to Hollywood. She was very emotional when she began her audition and had to start over a couple times. She used her subway spiel before singing to help her get comfortable. Luke said that what she has is really important. Lionel told her to forget about winning but to rely on them to help her through it all. Before the decision, Sam led them in a prayer. She got her ticket to Hollywood.

Next week the auditions continue…

Finalists Revealed on ‘American Idol’

Only five singers remain on “American Idol” with only two shows remain before a new winner is crowned.

For these final two show, the judges no longer have a say in who stays and who goes home; it’s all up to the fans.

Each singer will perform three times, songs by Sir Elton John, songs chosen by Idol mentor Bobby Bones, and

Up first is Wade Cota with “You Are the Best Thing”.

Bobby chose the Miranda Lambert song “The House that Built Me” for Laci Kaye Booth.

Bobby chose the Bob Marley song “No Woman, No Cry” for Alejandro Aranda.

Bobby chose the Marshall Tucker Band song “Can’t You See” for Laine Hardy. Laine played a guitar he has had for only two days.

Finishing out the first round, Bobby chose the P!nk song “What About Us” for Madison Vandenburg.

Wade gets the music from the Sir Elton John songbook started with “Rocket Man”.

Laci chose the Elton John song “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting”.

Alejandro chose “Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word” for his Elton John performance..and played the piano.

Madison chose the song that launched Sir Elton into a superstar “You Song”.

Laine put down his guitar and closed out the round of Sir Elton songs with a performance of “Something About the Way You Look Tonight”.

Wade gets round three of dedicating songs to their personal heros with “Hard Luck Woman” by KISS.

Laci chose the Fleetwood Mac song “Dreams”.

Madison chose the Bob Dylan song “Make You Feel My Love”.

Laine chose the Beatles classic “Hey Jude” and had the crowd rocking along.

Alejandro closed out the performances with an original song dedicated to his musical mentor Twin Shadow.

Now that the performances are over, it is time to discover which three singers will be moving on to the finals and the hero’s trip home.

The first singer moving on to the finals and the trip home is Laine Hardy!

Joining him in the finals is Madison Vandenburg
The final singer moving on the the finals is Alejandro Aranda.

Wade and Laci have been eliminated from the competition.

Top Six Perform on Idol

Only six singers and two weeks remain in this season of “American Idol”.

This week there are two themes as the singers must perform twice with 1969 – a tribute to Woodstock and Showstoppers with award winning Christian singer and Idol alum Lauren Daigle mentoring the singers.

Again this week two singers will be eliminated via fan vote unless the judges choose to use their only save of the season. This is the last week that the judges may use the save.

Madison Vandenberg gets the show started off with a performance of the Janis Joplin hit “Piece of My Heart” .

Laine Hardy takes the stage for the Joe Cocker song “I Don’t Need No Doctor”.

Katy Perry revealed that her Dad was at the Woodstock Festival in 1969.

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon chose Joan Baez for her Woodstock performance with “Swing Low Sweet Chariot” – a song Baez sang in the early hours of the festival; she was six months pregnant at the time. Jeremiah brought the judges to their feet with his performance. Katy noted that Jeremiah was born on the same day ad John Lennon – Oct 9.

Laci Kaye Booth chose the Janis Joplin song “To Love Somebody” for her Woodstock performance.

Alejandro Aranda chose to take on Jefferson Airplane and “White Rabbit” for his Woodstock performance.

Wade Cota closes out round one with a performance of the Joe Cocker hit “With a Little Help from My Friends”. Walking back and forth in front of the judges table, Lionel said that was a 60’s style performance and the perfect song choice for him. Katy called it the best performance of the night. Luke said that Wade spiritually moved the whole room.

Idol alum Gabby Barrett took the Idol stage to perform her song “I Hope”.

Kicking off round two is Madison Vandenberg taking on Celine Dion with “I Surrender”.

Alejandro brings back his acoustic guitar with his original song “Poison”. Luke noted the difficulty in playing the guitar like Alejandro did. Lionel called him a star and Katy said it was the best Alejandro has ever sounded.

Laci Kaye Booth chose the Journey hit “Open Arms” for her Showstoppers performance. Lionel said that she gave a great delivery.

Jeremiah chose “Somewhere” from the hit musical “West Sadie Story” for his Showstopper performance. Lionel said that you cannot study mesmerizing and Jeremiah killed it tonight.

For his Showstopper performance Wade Cota chose the Shawn James song “Through the Valley”. Luke said that it felt like a Johnny Cash moment.

Laine Hardy closes out the night of performances by taking on the great Chuck Berry with “Johnny B. Good” and brought the house down. Laine has never danced before in his life and Lauren tried to give him a dance lesson during their mentoring session. The judges were on their feet dancing. Lionel said it was the perfect song.

After the nationwide fan vote…
Madison Vandenberg is the first person moving on to the top four
Laine Hardy is also in the top four
Alejandro Aranda is moving on to the top four
the final spot in the top four goes to Wade Cota

After the judges confer, they choose to use their one save of the season. The judges have saved Laci Kay Booth!

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon has been eliminated from the competition.

Top 8 Take on Queen on Idol

It’s Queen night on “American Idol” and show begins with a performance of “We Will Rock You” by the top eight.

Again this week the show is simulcast in all time zones with live voting. Two more singers will go home this week.

Surviving Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor send a message of good luck to the contestants.

Season eight runner up and current Queen singer, Adam Lambert is the guest mentor this week.

Up first is Walker Burroughs with “A Crazy Little Thing Called Love”.

Madison Vandenburg chose “The Show Must Go On” for her performance.

This week the singers will also be performing duets of movie songs. Up first are Laci and Laine with the Johnny Cash song “Jackson” from “Walk the Line”.

Jeremiah is feeling some extra pressure this week, his parents are coming to the show for the first time. He is performing “Who Wants to Live Forever?”. Katy said that Jeremiah embodied Freddie Mercury with his performance. The son of a preacher, Jeremiah has had a hard road to acceptance for his lifestyle; calling the performance powerful, Jeremiah’s father admitted bias but said Jeremiah was the best one there.

Alejandro chose “Under Pressure” for his song but chose to give it an acoustic arrangement.

Alyssa and Wade perform “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell.

Jeremiah and Madison perform “A Million Dreams” from
“The Greatest Showman”.

For his Queen performance, Laine chose “Fat Bottom Girls” and had Katy out of her chair dancing.

A seven year old guest performed “Bohemian Rhapsody”.

Laci sang “Love of My Life” as she played the guitar.

Alejandro and Walker sang “Mrs Robinson” from “The Graduate”.

Wade chose “We are the Champions” for his Queen song.

In the final performance of the night, Alyssa chose “Somebody to Love” for her Queen song.

In this week’s results…
Jeremiah is the first person moving into the top six
Laci is also safe for another week
Madison is in the top six
Laine has made it to the top six
Alejandro has made it to the top six

It’s down to Walker, Wade, and Alyssa; one will move on and two will go home.

Wade is the final person moving on to the top six; Walker and Alyssa have been eliminated unless the judges use their one and only save for the season.

Luke revealed that they will not be using the save this week.

Top 10 Revealed

On Sunday night the remaining 14 contestants on “American Idol” performed in hopes of making it to the top 10.

The fans will choose seven of the top 10 with the judges picking the final three singers.

All 14 of the hopefuls will sing after learning their results. For the seven who are in danger, the judges will choose three of them to fill out the top 10.

Up first to learn her fate is Madison Vandenberg. Ryan revealed that America has voted to put Madison in the top 10.

Next up was Evelyn Cormier who is the first singer to be in danger and will have to hope that her performance impressed the judges enough to put her through to the top 10.

Walker Burroughs comes to the stage to learn his fate and finds that he will join Madison in the top 10. Walker also revealed that back home a local ice cream parlour has dedicated an ice cream flavour to him. Katy has aquired a bucket of the ice cream named for Walker Burroughs and they are eating it.

Ryan revealed that this season’s youngest singer Riley Thompson did not impress the fans enough with her performance of “Suds in the Bucket” to be voted into the top 10.

Next up Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon is the next person to learn his fate. Sir Elton John said via Instagram that Jeremiah’s performance took his breath away. The fans agreed and put Jeremiah in the top 10. Jeremiah chose to play the piano and perform an original song for his performance.

Alyssa Raghu is hoping to make the top 10 on her second try…but has so far not made it to the top 10. She has chosen to sing a Katy Perry song for her performance.

After performing “Trouble” on Sunday night, America has decided that Wade Cota should be a part of the top 10.

Next up is Dimitrius to learn whether or not he will be a part of the top 10 and he is not…at least not yet.

Laci Kay Booth is the next singer to learn her fate and learned that her risk of singing a Blink-182 song paid off and she is in the top 10.

Eddie Island was not chosen by America to be a part of the top 10 but hopes his performance of a Kings of Leon song will impress the judges enough to give him a spot.

Ashley Hess did not get voted into the top 10 and will have to sing for her life.

Also trying to make a comeback, Laine Hardy has made it to the top 10.

It’s down to Alejandro Aranda and Uche for the final spot in the top seven before the judges have their say.

In the final fan vote results of the night, Alejandro is moving on to the top 10. Alejandro also chose top perform an original song.

Uche gives the final performance of the night and chose to sing “Diamonds”. When the judges gave their remarks, Lionel came up on the stage and said that Uche is an entertainer; adding that there is only one place for an entertainer and walked Uche over to the side of the stage for the top 10.

Saying that he has changed his mind three time, Luke chose to put Dimitrius in the top 10.

With the final pick, Katy chose Alyssa Raghu as the final singer in the top 10.

Eddie Island, Riley Thompson, Ashley Hess, and Evelyn Cormier have all been eliminated from the competition.

Top 14 Perform on Idol

This week on “American Idol” the top 14 and the first chance for America to have their say in who stays and who goes home.

Each of the 14 singers will perform a song of their own choosing.

Laine Hardy gets the show started off with a performance of the Elvis Presley song “That’s All Right” and brought the judges to their feet with the crowd screaming.

Evelyn Cormier takes the stage for a performance of “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World in what Katy called a crowd pleaser.

Alyssa Raghu chose “She Used to be Mine” for her performance.

Eddie Island took on Sr Elton John with “Bennie and the Jets”.

This season’s youngest contestant, Riley Thompson sang the Country song “Suds in the Bucket” for her performance. Ryan brought Riley’s seven year old sister up on the stage.

Wade Cota chose “Trouble” for his performance. Lionel gave Wade the nickname “The Hammer”. Katy called it a perfect song choice.

Dimitrius Graham chose the Ed Sheeren ht Perfect” for his performance and had the crowd screaming.

Madison Vandenburg takes to the piano for a performance of the Alicia Keys song “Fallin’” and gave Luke goosebumps.

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon played the piano and sang “We All Fall in Love Sometimes” by Sir Elton John. Lionel said that he Jeremiahed the whole thing passing Elton and Freddie along the way. An emotional Katy called Jeremiah a gift.

Uche performed the Bruno Mars song “Finesse” and not only had the crowd screaming but the judges on their feet dancing.

Alejandro Aranda chose the Canadian Hip-Hop artist Drake for his performance with “One Dance” that included Alejandro playing the keyboard and a little DJ work.

Ashley Hess chose the Coldplay song “Fix You” for her performance that included her playing the piano. Katy said that Ashely looked like Diana Krall and sang like Carole King.

Laci Kaye Booth chose the Blink 182 song “I Miss You”.

In the final performance of the night, Walker Burroughs performed “Climb Every Mountain” from the hit film and musical “Sound of Music”.

In the Monday results show, the top 10 will be revealed with seven of them chosen via fan votes and the final three selected by the judges.

Top 14 Revealed on Idol

On Sunday night seven of the top 14 were chosen after some all star duet performances.

On Monday, the remaining seven singers will be chosen after another round of all star performances. For many of the singers it is the first time that they have performed a duet.

For the first time in 17 seasons original host Ryan Seacrest is unable to appear due to an illness. Idol mentor Bobby Bones is sitting for Ryan and is serving as the host for tonight’s show.

First up is Alyssa Raghu and Julia Michaels for the Julia Michaels song that started her singing career, “Issues”.

Next up is Eddie Island with Lukas Graham for a performance of “Seven Years”.

Wade Cota joins lovelytheband for their hit song “Broken”.

Ryan Hammond paired up with award winning performer Cynthia Erivo for a performance of “Hold ON, I’m Coming”.

Eveylyn Cormier and Chris Isaak perform his smash hit “Wicked Game”. Evelyn performed the hit for her Idol audition.

Logan Johnson paired up with Julia Michaels for a performance of “What a Time”.

Raquel Trinidad joins up with lovelytheband for a performance of the Sir Elton John song “Tiny Dancer”. Raquel said that she had never heard the song.

Alejandro Aranda pairs up with his idol Ben Harper for a performance of “There Will Be a Light” with both singers playing the guitar.

Lukas Graham returns to join up with Dimitrius Graham for a performance of “Love Someone”.

In the final all star duet performance, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon joins up with Cynthia Erivo for a performance of the Cyndi Lauper classic “Time After Time”.

In the final judge’s decision…
Evelyn Cormier
Dimitrius Graham
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon
Alyssa Raghu
Wade Cota
Eddie Island
and Alejandro Aranda

will join Laci Kay Booth
Ashely Hess
Walker Burroughs
Madison Vandenburg
Uche
Riley Thompson
and Laine Hardy

as the top 14 singers moving on to the live shows and the fan votes next week.

Al Star Duets Begin on Idol

This week on “American Idol” the top 20 will perform duets with veteran music stars before the top 20 become the top 14.

On Sunday night 10 of the singers will perform and at the end of the night, three of them will be eliminated.

First up is Walker Burroughs with Jason Mraz with a performance of “Have it All”.

Late Barmett paired up with husband and wife Neil Giraldo and Pat Benatar for a performance of “Heartbreaker”.

Performing her first ever duet Riley Thompson teamed up with Country star Brett Young for a performance of “Like I Loved You”.

Uche and Shaggy paired up for a performance of “I Need Your Love”.

Neil Giraldo and Pat Benatar return to pair up with Madison Vandenburg for a performance of “We Belong”.

Shawn Robinson joins up with Elle King for a performance of the Credence Clearwater Revival classic “Proud Mary”.

Jason Mraz returns to join up with Ashley Hess to perform Jason’s hit song “I’m Yours”.

Shaggy returns to pair up with Bumbly for a reggae rendition of the hit song of “Angel”.

Brett Young returns to join up with Laci Kay Booth for a performance of “Mercy”.

In the final performance of the night, Laine Hardy pairs up with Elle King for a performance of “The Weight” by The Band. Laine got a surprise visit from his brother Kyle.

After deliberations by the judges…
Laci Kay Booth
Ashely Hess
Walker Burroughs
Madison Vandenburg
Uche
Riley Thompson
and Laine Hardy are all moving on to the live shows and America’s vote.

Kate, Shawn, and Bumbly have all been eliminated from the competition.

On Monday, the remaining 10 singers will perform in their All Star duets.

Top 20 Perform On ‘American Idol’

American Idol” have revealed their top 20 and have returned to Los Angeles. Now it is time for them to showcase their voices to not only impress the judges; but to also, impress the fans for their votes.

Up first is Madison Vandenberg with ‘Domino” by Jessie J.

Shawn Robinson sang the Nick Jonas song “Jealous” and had young audience members and judge Lionel Richie up dancing.

Laine Hardy performed a unique rendition of the Sam Cooke song “Bring it on Home to Me” and not only brought the judges to their feet but noted that Laine has discovered some moves.

Wedding singer Uche sang “Figures” and gave Katy goosebumps and laying out on the floor.

Eddie Island chose a The Lumineers song or his performance.

Evelyn Cormier chose the classic John Denver song “Leaving on a Jet Plane” for her performance.

Returning singer Alyssa Raghu made it to the top 20 after being eliminated in the top 24 last season. She sang a Paramore song for her performance.

Ryan Hamond performed “You Say” by Lauren Daigle.

Raquel Trinidad sang “Love Fool” for her performance.

Logan Johnson has turned his life around with music and chose the song “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” or his performance.

Dimitrius Graham sang the Adele song “Hello”; a song host Ryan Seacrest said is the second best song with the word “Hello” in the title.

The youngest singer in the competition Riley Thompson chose the Dolly Parton classic ‘Jolene” for her performance.

Walker Burroughs took on the Bee Gees with ‘How Deep is Your Love” for his performance. He began the song A Capella and blew Luke away.

Taking on Mariah Carey, subway singer Bumbly performed “Vision of Love”

Ashely Hess performed the John Mayer Song ‘Dreaming with a Broken Heart” while playing the piano.

Alejandro Aranda performed the Post Malone song “I Fall Apart”.

Kate Barnette took on Maroon 5 with her performance of “Sunday Morning”.

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon took to the piano for his performance of “Make You Feel My Love”.

Laci Kaye Booth performed the classic rock song “I Want You to Want Me” by Cheap Trick.

In the final performance of the night, Wade Cota sang “All I Want” and brought the judges to their feet.

Next week the top 20 will perform all star duets before six singers are eliminated from the competition.

Top 20 Revealed on ‘American Idol’

It’s the Final Judgement on “American Idol” when the remaining 40 singers travel to Hawaii to give a showcase performance before half of them are eliminated when the top 20 are revealed.

Returning singer Alyssa Raghu was the first to learn that she has made it into the top 20.

Madison Vandenburg is also in the top 20.

Vietnamese singer Myra Tran failed to make the cut.

Logan Johnson chose to sing part of his showcase performance in Spanish and earned himself a spot in the top 20.

Nate Walker survived a trip to the hospital and a lost voice to make it to the top 40. Nate chose to sing a Commodores song for his Showcase Performance and brought Lionel Richie to his feet. But Nate failed to make it to the top 20.

Dimitrius Graham did get the news he was hoping for and will be a part of the top 20.

Ashley Hess also learned that she is a part of the top 20.

Drake McCain interacted well with the crowd and had fun on stage but failed to make it to the top 20.

Church singer Kai the Singer experienced a lot of things on her journey, but failed to make the top 20.

Laci Kay Booth chose “Georgia on My Mind” for her Showcase Performance and brought the judges to their feet and made it into the top 20.

Nick Townsend did not make the top 20, but Luke and Lionel said that Nick is an inspiration and has saved lives with his story of dealing with losing his brother to suicide.

Clay Page, Kason Lester, and Johanna Jones also got no answers from the judges. But Johanna got her man when her boyfriend proposed during Hollywood Week.

Birmingham native Walker Burroughs felt that his Showcase Performance was his weakest yet but he still earned hi a spot in the top 20.

Ryan Hammond sang his boyfriend’s favourite song for the Showcase Performance – “A Song for You” – and earned himself a spot in the top 20. Ryan was very emotional when they delivered the news.

Kate Barnette and Evelyn Cormier both learned that they will be moving on to the top 20.

Emma Kleinberg fulfilled a dream by singing on the beach in Hawaii with her Showcase Performance but failed to earn a spot in the top 20.

Uche had the judges on their feet dancing with his Showcase Performance of “Play that Funky Music” and had Lionel calling him Mr. Entertainment. After teasing Uche that they were sending him home, Uche learned that he is in the top 20.

Alejandro Aranda brought the judges to their feet after his Showcase Performance and earned himself a spot in the top 20.

Church janitor Jeramiah Lloyd Harmon chose the Fleetwood Mac hit “Landslide” for his Showcase Performance and has earned himself a spot in the top 20.

Shayy chose an Adele song for her Showcase Performance and while the judges said that they love her, she is not a part of the top 20.

Mica Giaconi, Payton Taylor, and Idalis also failed to make the top 20 this season.

Riley Thompson is this season’s youngest contestant has dreamed of singing since she was four years old and has now earned herself a spot in the top 20.

Raquel Trinidad, Shawn Robinson, and Bumbly all earned themselves spots in the top 20; leaving only three remaining spots.

Naive Wade Cota doesn’t like traveling long distances and thought he needed a passport. to go to Hawaii but gave an impressive performance in the Showcase and earned himself a spot in the top 20. When he got the news, Wade asked why. Wade picked up Ryan and spun him around.

Margie Mays and Eddie Island went to see the judges together. Margie did not make it in the top 20 but Eddie did with instructions from the judges to take himself seriously.

Two more singers and only one more spot left…

Laine Hardy and Tyler Mitchell are the final singers to learn their fate but only one of them will go through. It was at this point last season that Laine was eliminated. Tyler did not make it the top 20 but this year the news was different for Laine who is the last person to fill the top 20.

On Monday night the top 20 perform for the judges…and fan votes.

American Idol: Hollywood Week

The auditions are over and 175 hopefuls move on to Hollywood Week for the most grueling week of the season on their way to being the next “American Idol”.

Radio personality Bobby Bones returns this season to serve as a mentor for the singers.

Round one all of the singers must give a solo performance A Capella…unless they provide their own music. Noticing that Colby Swift had holes in his boots, Luke Bryan gave Colby his boots.

After a round that had Katy throwing things, 98 singers survived to move on to some all night rehearsals and the group round.

After a trip to the hospital and barely able to talk, Nate Walker survived the group round.

About 70 singers survived the group round for the last shot to the final round…a solo performance with the band. Only 40 singers will be able to move on.

Joanna got a big surprise when her boyfriend not only showed up for Hollywood Week but proposed to her on stage and she said yes.

Once all of the performances are over the singers are divided into three rooms. Two of the rooms will be moving on to the Final Judgement round but one room will be going home.

The singers that make it to the Final Judgement round will get a big surprise…a trip to Hawaii to perform before half of them are eliminated.

Auditions Conclude on Idol

It’s the final week of auditions on “American Idol” before the singing hopefuls make their way to Hollywood for the toughest week in the competition.

Katy celebrates her birthday during the Louisville auditions including a video message from Dolly Parton and a Louisville slugger bat.

Big Katy Perry fan Jessica Whitley returns to Idol after a seven year absence to give it another go but again failed to get her golden ticket.

Jacob Moran blew the judges away and earned his ticket to Hollywood. Luke said that Jacob was the best voice in Kentucky.

Several auditioners returned from previous seasons, and some of them earned their tickets to Hollywood. After being eliminated in the top 24 last season, Alyssa Raghu returned to audition again and after giving Luke goosebumps, she got her ticket to Hollywood for another try.

And after numerous wannabes, Colby Swift walked in and brought a smile to Luke’s face. Luke said that Colby reminded him of himself at 19. Despite the judges feeling that Colby is very unpolished, he got his ticket to Hollywood.

Evelyn Cormier chose the Chris Isaaks song “Wicked Game” for her audition. Katy called it one of her favourite voices ever. Evelyn got her ticket to Hollywood.

Former dental hygienist Ashley Hess played the piano as she auditioned with a Norah Jones song. Ashley had the judges gathering around the piano to hear hers sing. After praising Ashley for her control, she got her ticket to Hollywood.

Gaba chose an Adele song for her audition. Luke said that Gaba has a very polished voice. Gaba go her ticket to Hollywood.

Cheerleader and straight A student Peach Martine got mixed remarks from the judges but ended up getting her ticket to Hollywood.

While it is a singing competition, many of the singers bring their instruments along and had to get some help from the judges in getting their guitars tuned up.

Construction worker Dalton Elliott can put up his tools for a while, while he goes to Hollywood.

Katie Belle chose Jennifer Hudson’s version of “Golden Slumbers” for her audition and while Katy thinks Katie needs to work on her voice, Katie Belle got her ticket to Hollywood.

For the final audition on the Sunday night episode, 27 year old widow Lauren Engle chose an original song about her husband for her audition and earned her ticket to Hollywood.

In the final audition show on Monday, the last group of hopefuls audition in hopes of getting their golden tickets to Hollywood.

Jade Flores got the show kicked off and impressed the judges with her entertaining, not just singing. She got her ticket to Hollywood.

Jacob O’Brien chose to sing an original song he wrote about America as he auditioned wearing a flag shirt. But only Luke gave him a yes vote.

Christian Padavan chose a Billy Joel song for his audition. Katy told Christian to bring in his girlfriend, who is very shy. Christian got his ticket to Hollywood. They talked the girlfriend into singing.

Ryan Hammond grew up singing in church chose a Sam Smith song for his audition as his family listened at the door. Lionel said that Ryan made the song his own. Ryan got his ticket to Hollywood.

Chloe Channell brought Country music star Billy Dean to play guitar for her audition. Chloe got her ticket to Hollywood. Luke and Billy sang together.

Emma Kleinberg chose an Allen Stone song for her audition and earned her ticket to Hollywood.

Zeb Spencer showed off a little of clogging expertise before singing. Luke called Zeb his favourite Country voice over the past two years. He got his tcket to Hollywood.

Israeli born Jorgie performed an original song with his band – violin and piano – for his audition. After Lionel said that Jorgie nailed it, he got his ticket to Hollywood.

Hunkasourous Rex” – Nick Merico is a veteran of Nickelodeon TV. He chose an Amy Winehouse song for his audition as he played the piano. After the audition, Luke asked if they could school him on the girls screaming. Nick got his ticket to Hollywood.

Lady Mapo dressed in black walked into the room but when she got ready to sing, she pulled her wig off and it was last season’s winner Maddie Poppy. Many of the former Idols made surprise visits during the auditions this season.

Fireman Jared Sanders chose a George Srait song for his audition as Caleb Lee Hutchinson looked on with the judges. With only a yes from Lionel, Jared did not get his ticket to Hollywood.

For the final audition of the season, Jackson Gillies amazed Luke and earned his ticket to Hollywood.

Next week it’s on o Hollywood…

Auditions Continue on ‘Idol’

It’s week two of season 17 (two on ABC) of “American Idol” and the episode got off to a good start with a familiar face and a little sing a long with the judges. Gator hunter Laine returned to play for friend Ashton and they both walked out with a golden ticket.

Country boy Austin sang “Your Man” – the song that had Idol fans going crazy for Scotty McCreery – and danced around a bit and earned a golden ticket with a yes from the guys and then put on a little roping demonstration sitting on Luke’s shoulders.

Jake’s song choice of “This is How We Do It” had Luke and Katy dancing – including the worm from Katy – and got his ticket to Hollywood.

But along with the good performances were hopefuls who were definitely not ready to quite their day job.

Drake chose the spiritual “His Eye is on the Sparrow” for his audition and had Katy joining in. Then they did “O Happy Day from “Sister Act”. Drake got his ticket to Hollywood.

And eight other singers got their golden tickets to Hollywood.

Next week the auditions continue…

Idol Premieres Season 17

American Idol” returns for a second season on ABC with Ryan Seacrest hosting and Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie returning to judge the reality singing competition. Radio personality Bobby Bones returns to Idol to serve as the season long mentor to the contestants.

This season Idol stopped in Kentucky, Idaho – an Idol first, New York, California, and Colorado for auditions from singers looking to make their mark in music on the Idol stage.

Singing hopefuls used the piano, played the guitar, sag A Cappella, and even provided their own tracks as they auditioned for the judges.

After the season 17 premiere, the judges sent eleven singers to Hollywood with a golden ticket.

On a special Wednesday episode another 12 singers got their golden tickets to Hollywood.

‘American Idol’ Crowns a New Winner

The performances are over and the votes have been counted, for the three finalists on “American Idol” the wait is almost over as the all gather one last time to learn who will become the “next American Idol”.

Papa Richie kicks the night of music off with a performance of “All Night Long”. The top 10 join him on stage.

Host Ryan Seacrest reveals that over the years over 600 million Idol fans have watched the finale.

Caleb does some impressions of Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie…and shocks Lionel.

Nick Jonas returns to Idol for a performance of his new single “Anywhere”. Jurnee joins Jonas for a performance of “Jealous”.

Ryan spoke with the parents of the three finalists.

Luke Bryan performs his new single “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset”. Gabby Barrett joins Luke on stage for a performance of “Most People are Good”.

Gary Clark Jr takes the stage with Dennis Lorenzo and Cade Foehner for some rock and roll with “Bright Lights”.

Maddie Poppe sang Kermit the Frog’s song “Rainbow Connection” for her audition. Tonight she is joined the Prince of Frogs himself for a reprisal of the song.

Noah Davis returns to Idol. During his audition, Noah said that if he won the show, he would buy an alpaca. Ryan took Noah backstage to present him with an alpaca.

Caleb Lee Hutchinson joins Darius Rucker for a performance of “Wagon Wheel” – a song made popular by Rucker but written by the Old Crow Medicine Show. Caleb plays the banjo.

Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel comes out with a large barrel he says is a time capsule from the old Idol show – including a Simon Cowell t-shirt, locks from Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler’s scarves, the fingertips off of Adam Lambert’s gloves, Randy Jackson’s dog…and Sanjaya himself.

Bebe Rexha joins the three finalists for a performance of “Meant to Be”.

In the first results of the night, one of the finalists learns that they have fallen short of the title. Caleb is moving on to the top two…and Maddie Poppe is joining him. Gabby Barrett has been eliminated.

Layla Spring and her little sister Dixie return to the Idol stage for a performance of “Blue”. Leann Rimes surprises the girls on stage.

Katy and Catie join forces on stage for a performance of “Part of Me”.

Ilana Adams and Michael J Woodward perform “What the World Needs Now”.

Caleb reveals that Maddie is his girlfriend. The duo performed a mashup of “Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World”.

Ryan announces that the top two are getting a trip to Hawaii.

Patti LaBelle and Ada Vox pair up for a performance of “Lady Marmalade”.

And the time has finally arrived to crown the new winner. Over 200,000 singers auditioned and only 10 made it to the show, but only one will be crowned the winner.

The winner of the 2018 “American Idol” is…

 

 

…Maddie Poppe!

Hometown Heroes Week for Idol Finalists

It’s the last time the finalists on “American Idol” will perform for fan votes as the rebooted season reaches the finale in a two night event.

Only three singers remain – Maddie Poppe, Gabby Barrett, and Caleb Lee Hutchinson. The last performance night is also the going home episode where the finalists returned home for a day of memories and celebration.

The finalists will perform three songs tonight – their single, most memorable song, and a song for their home town.

Bobby Bones returns to mentor the singers.

Caleb is up first with his original single – “Johnny Cash Heart”. Lionel said that now Caleb understands when he says, welcome to the business. While she adores Caleb, Katy called it his weakest performance yet; adding that she wished that Caleb would embody the song as his own. Luke felt that Caleb was too tight and needed to relax. Noting that the song was cool, Katy noted that Gabby was still getting her bearings. Luke said that he could tell that Gabby was also not completely comfortable with her song. Lionel told Gabby that from now on she should choose her song choices from the stage direction and not the studio – in reference to choosing what to perform.

Maddie Poppe finishes out round one with her original single “Going, Going, Gone”. Luke said that Maddie felt the most comfortable so far; adding that he could relax watching her and it was a solid performance. Saying that Maddie is in the sales business now, Lionel agreed that Maddie was the most comfortable so far. Agreeing with her fellow judges, Katy thought that Maddie had one of the better songs.

Speaking on their discomfort on stage, Lionel said that you have to fake it, no matter what make the audience feel good and fake it if you have to.

Bobby said that he thought that the judges were a little harsh; adding that they all did really good.

Round two is the most memorable song from the season.

Caleb kicks the round off with “Don’t Close Your Eyes” by Keith Whitley. Lionel said that Caleb’s voice is his stamp of approval; adding that he should own it. Katy said that this performance was a light years difference from the first one; adding that Caleb felt more comfortable and let his voice come through. Saying welcome to the music business, Luke noted that a career is like a roller coaster ride; adding that Caleb gave them what he had been spoiling them with. Host Ryan Seacrest came out with an envelope that he said was some fan mail from a fan in Norcross, GA for Caleb. Reading a piece of the letter, the fan had made a list of songs she though Caleb should sing…one of them was “Don’t Close Your Eyes”.

Sounding a lot like the original singer, Gabby performed “Little Red Wagon” by Miranda Lambert. Katy called the performance awesome; adding she had seen some growth in the song. Luke said that he wanted her to loosen up. Lionel said that she came on stage and saw a comfortable performance; adding that she owned the stage.

For her most memorable performance, Maddie Poppe chose the original song “Don’t Ever Let Your Children Grow Up”. Saying that he was happy to hear the song again, Luke called the performance quintessential Maddie Poppe. Lionel said that Maddie owned her style; adding that you have to love yourself out on the stage. Katy loved that Maddie took a risk and showed that she was a many layered artist and authentic.

Harper Grace, Johnny Brenns, Michelle Sussett, and Catie Turner return to the Idol stage to perform their original songs. Harper sang “Yard Sale”, Johnny sang “Blue Jeans”, Michelle sang “I’m a Dreamer”, and Catie sang “21st Century Machine”.

Back home in Dallas, Georgia; Caleb has a whirlwind day of television and radio appearances, a visit to his old high school (he graduated last year), a visit home, a parade, throwing out the first pitch at a Braves game, and a live performance. For his final song Caleb performed the Johnny Cash smash hit “Folsom Prison Blues” and brought the judges to their feet. Lionel said that it’s always wonderful when Caleb Cash stops by to see us; adding that now he was in his wheelhouse. Katy said that she had no idea that Caleb is a big deal. Caleb noted that the crowds at home were bigger than the population. Luke noted that he enjoyed seeing Caleb’s visit home; adding that it made him want to say congratulations. Ryan asked what the secret to southern biscuits were and Caleb said a mother’s love.

Back home in Pittsburgh with streets lined with fans,Gabby made an emotional visit to her house, had a parade, and gave a musical performance. Gabby sang the Journey hit “Don’t Stop Believing” for her final performance. Former lead singer for Journey, Steve Perry was in the house and said that Gabby was amazing; adding that it was the most amazing version he had ever heard. Luke called Gabby one of the most amazing singers her had ever heard.

On her trip back to Iowa, Maddie went back to school where she sang “Rainbow Connection” with the kids (her audition song), went home and jammed with the family, had a parade, and gave a live performance. For her final performance Maddie sang the Fleetwood Mac hit “Landslide” and brought the judges to their feet. Luke said that was why he signed up for the show. Lionel said that she did an amazing job. With her phone in hand, Katy said that she was voting for Maddie.

It’s the Semi Finals on Idol

As the end of the new “American Idol” draws to a close, only five singers remain from the thousands that auditioned from around the nation.

After the show last week the final five were whisked off to Nashville where they spent time with season four winner Carrie Underwood. The show opens with a group performance from the final five with Underwood.

On this Mother’s Day, the singers will perform music to honour their mom’s – including the open from host Ryan Seacrest’s mom – and songs from Carrie Underwood’s catalog.

It’s the semi finals and only three will advance to the finals next week…and the home town visit.

Michael J. Woodward kicks off the competition with the Carrie Underwood song “Flat on the Floor”. His mom is in the audience for the first time. A standing Lionel said that Michael’s got it; adding that it is was all about the attitude and performing. Lionel said that Michael got the night started off on a grand scale. Saying that there is not one like Michael, Katy called him so special; adding that he separates himself with his stage presence and personality. Luke noted that Michael was very deliberate with his delivery; adding that he made the lyrics believable.

A star struck Gabby Barrett performed the Carrie Underwood song “Last Name” and brought the judges to their feet. Katy noted that people are talking about Gabby; adding that Gabby is making an impression. Luke called Gabby a reincarnation of Carrie Underwood on the stage. Lionel said that the performance was just fabulous. Ryan said that it was a nice way to get started off.

Rocker Cade chose the Carrie Underwood song “Undo It”. Saying that he was smiling and watching Cade deliver, Luke said that Cade made it his song. Lionel noted that Cade has grown so much since they first saw him; adding that Cade showed his authentic self and Caderized Carrie. Katy noted that Cade has more than just one lane to his voice and advised him to explore the other lanes in his voice.

Caleb Lee Hutchinson said that he was terrified of doing one of Carrie’s songs. He sang “So Small”. Lionel said that Caleb is about as real as it comes; adding his voice is authentic to who Caleb is. Lionel said that Caleb doesn’t need dancers; saying that Caleb is exactly who he is. Saying that she is a big fan of authenticity, Katy noted that Caleb has an amazing sense of humour but needs to work on working the crowd. After saying that his fellow judges said everything he wanted to say, Luke told Caleb that his voice is his own and that he doesn’t sound like anybody else; adding that Caleb should embrace that.

Finishing out the Carrie Underwood round, Maddie Poppe sang “I Told You So”. Katy said that she felt like she was in Maddie’s world and at one of her concerts; adding that she wanted to Maddie to hurry up and make a record so she could hear it. Luke said that Maddie doesn’t need to worry about her singing because she tells a story perfectly; adding that he was ready to go to a honky tonk and drink a beer. Noting that Maddie suffers from the same thing all performers do, Lionel told Maddie not to over think because she has it.

Carrie Underwood takes the stage to perform her new single “Cry Pretty”.

Gabby kicks off round two – songs for their mother’s – with “I Have Nothing”. Luke decided that he was just going to shut up. Katy wanted to know what she did with Gabby; adding that where ever it came from…do it again. Lionel noted the difficulty of doing a Whitney Houston song; adding that Gabby took it to the next level.

Cade sang “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd for his Mother’s Day dedication. Cade traded in his electric guitar for an acoustic guitar for this performance. Lionel said that he was just going to make an announcement – for all of you who missed the sixties and seventies…that was it. Saying that she loved the dynamics in the performance, Katy noted that it was nice to see a grown man show some vulnerability. Luke noted that they were finally seeing what Cade was all about; adding that it was perfection. Luke said that Cade was showing who he was at the right time.

Michael J Woodard sang the Yolanda Adams song “Still I Rise” and brought the judges to their feet. An emotional Katy called Michael anointed; adding that what she just saw was so beautiful. A speechless Luke told Lionel to talk and Lionel noted that it was obvious that they loved Michael; adding that he was anoined.

Caleb’s Mother’s Day song was “Stars in Alabama”. Luke said that it was so fun hearing Caleb in his wheelhouse; adding that he could see Caleb’s future in that song. Lionel said that when he can close his eyes and know in two notes it’s Caleb…that’s stardom. Katy said that Caleb’s parents created something special; adding that in two years when Caleb is 21, she wants to have a beer with him.

All of the moms were in the audience for the show…except Luke’s who sent a video and she surprised him with a visit.

Maddie Poppe finishes out the performances with the Beach Boys song “God Only Knows” and was emotional at the end of the song. Speaking as Papa Lionel, Lionel noted that Maddie has grown; adding that they have five different artists who all have their own wheelhouses. Lionel said that he is proud of them all and urges fans to vote. Katy noted that she wished she had written the song – it was a hit before she was born -; adding that Maddie has impeccable taste and did the song justice. Noting that the song is a tough one to sing, Luke said that he loves Maddie’s personality.

After all of the performances, it is time for the results…saying that nearly 20 million votes were cast; Ryan named Caleb Lee Hutchinson as the first person in the finale.

Gabby Barrett is also in the finale.

The last person moving on to the finale is…Maddie Poppe.

Cade Foehner and Michael J Woodard were eliminated from the competition.

2018 Idol Summer Tour

On May 5 “American Idol” pared the remaining seven singers down to only five, but it was not all bad news for the two eliminated singers.

Host Ryan Seacrest announced that this summer the top seven would be going on a U.S. tour. Season eight winner Kris Allen will be joining Cade Foehner, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Catie Turner, Gabby Barrett, Jurnee, Maddie Poppe, and Michael J. Woodward on the tour. The boy band In Real Life will be joining the tour on select dates.

Tickets for the tour go on sale May 11. VIP packages that include premium seating and a meet and greet will also be available.

Idol tour dates:
July 11 at the Redding Civic Auditorium in Redding, CA
July 12 at the Jackson County Fair in Central Point, OR
July 13 at the Uptown Theater in Napa, CA
July 16 at the Paramount Theater in Denver, CO
July 19 at the Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie, TX
July 20 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, TX
July 21 at the McAllen Performing Arts Center in McAllen, TX
July 23 at The Fox Theater in Tucson, AZ
July 24 at the Ikeda Theater in Mesa, AZ
July 26 at Copley Hall in San Diego, CA
July 27 at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA
July 29 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV
July 30 at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto, CA
July 31 at the Wente Vineyards in Livermore, CA
Aug 1 at the Fremont Theatre in San Luis Obispo, CA
Aug 3 at the Bank of America Performing Arts Center in Thousand Oaks, CA
Aug 4 at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
Aug 5 at the Fox Performing Arts Centeri in Riverside, CA
Aug 8 at Club Brady in Tulsa, OK
Aug 9 at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, MO
Aug 10 at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO
Aug 12 at The Lyric in Baltimore, MD
Aug 13 at The Palace Theatre in Albany, NY
Aug 14 at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA
Aug 16 at The Space in Westbury, NY
Aug 17 at the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown, NJ
Aug 18 at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ
Aug 19 at the Lynn Auditorium in Lynn, MA
Aug 21 at the Taft Theatre in Cincinnati, OH
Aug 22 at the Murat Theatre at the Old Nation Centre in Indianapolis, IN
Aug 23 at the Orpheum Theatre in Omaha, NE
Aug 24 at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, SD
Aug 27 at the Oregon State Fair in Salem, OR
Aug 28 at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe, WA
Aug 30 at the Alberta Bair Theater in Billings, MT
Aug 31 at the DeJoria Center in Kamas, UT
Sept 2 at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Casino in Deadwood, SD
Sept 5 at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN
ept 6 at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, WI
Sept 7 at the Rosemont Theatre in Rosemont, IL
Sept 9 at the Ryam Auditorium in Nashville, TN
Sept 10 at the Roe Music Center in Huber Heights, OH
Sept 12 at the York Fair in York, PA
Sept 13 at the Caregie of Homestead Music Hall in Munhal, PA
Sept 14 at the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ
Sept 15 at the eiterion Performing Arts Center in New Bedford, MA
Sept 16 at the Warner Theater in Washington, DC

Prince and the Top five on Idol

This week on “American Idol” the seven remaining contestants take on the music of Prince and perform music from the year they were born.

Pop star Nick Jonas joins Idol this week to serve as a mentor for the singers.

The singers…and judges…greeted everyone with masks of themselves as babies.

With only seven singers left, each one will perform twice and by the end of the night, only five will survive to move on to next week.

And as a big surprise Sheila E. performed the percussion on the Prince songs.

Kicking off the night of music, Jurnee performs “Kiss” by Prince to rousing cheers from the audience. Saying that he was watching her and Sheila, Lionel said that Jurnee took care of business. Katy said that she really appreciated that Jurnee was moving around on the second verse; but wanted to see more of it. Saying that it was a great song choice, Luke said that he had a great time watching Jurnee.

Kicking off the birth year songs was Gabby Barrett with the Lee Ann Womack hit “I Hope You Dance”. Admitting that she often felt she had heard a lot of Gabby’s, Katy said that after tonight, she realizes that there is only one Gabby. Luke called it one of the best vocals they have heard on the show; adding that she did something amazing for herself. Lionel said that there wasn’t anything wrong with the performance; adding that he could tell she was very comfortable.

Michael J Woodward chose “I Would Die for You” for his Prince song. He moved around the stage and danced all through the song including interacting with Sheila and brought the judges to their feet. Luke noted that they need to build Michael up to give him more confidence; adding that Michael has all the tools, he just needs to let go. Lionel noted that Michael owned the song and made it his own; adding that if Michael has the confidence, the sky is the limit. Katy loved the interaction; adding that it felt natural and the lyrics explained who he is. Sheila E called Michael amazing; adding that he sang his butt off.

Host Ryan Seacrest revealed that they had already had over four million votes. Again this week the broadcast was aired live across all time zones with live voting.

Singing a song from his birth year, Cade took on Jewel with “Who Will Save Your Soul” and had the crowd clapping along to the song. Noting that Cade pushes the envelope every time he takes the stage, Lionel said that Cade took him to another place with his powerful rendition of the song. Calling it a really interesting rendition of the song, Katy admits that her mother is obsessed with Cade. Saying that Cade has an iconic look, Luke noted that Cade always finds his zone and he did a great job. Ryan said that he has played the song thousands of times on the radio but the song has never sounded like that.

For her birth year song, Catie Turner sang the Britney Spears hit “Oops, I Did it Again”. She freaked out when she met Nick Jonas. Calling it one of the most interesting versions of the song she has ever heard, Katy said that the performance sounded like Amy Winehouse doing Britney Spears. Luke told Catie to tell herself that she was a star and to come out being that star. Agreeing with Luke, Lionel told Catie that she brings her style to the stage and she needs to own it.

Caleb Lee Hutchinson sang the Lonestar hit “Amazed”. In rehearsals with Nick, Caleb noted how he needed help walking on stage. Luke told Caleb that it took guts to admit when you needed help; adding to take it and roll with it. Lionel said that the screaming girls is what threw him off; adding for Caleb to do the natural thing and be himself. Saying that she loved the song, Katy told Caleb that she appreciated him doing something different.

Finishing out round one, Maddie Poppe played the piano as she performed the Prince song “Nothing Compares to You” and brought the judges to their feel. Lionel loved that Maddie showed her versatility…and the vocal performance. Katy said that there were some artists on the show that were more artists than others; adding whether she won or not, she will still buy tickets to Maddie’s shows. Luke called the performance mesmerizing. Ryan noted that Maddie makes it look easy.

Michael kicked off round two with his birth year performance – the theme from the “Titanic” “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion. His performance had the crowd cheering and brought the judges to their feet. Katy compared Michael to Jennifer Hudson, saying that the sky was the limit. Currently on tour, Katy said that at all of her meet and greets everyone asks about Michael. She asked Michael if he wants to go on tour with her. Luke noted that Michael has the ability to pull people in with his performances. Lionel noted that Michael has something that they can’t teach…stage presence; adding that he couldn’t keep his eyes of of Michael.

Ryan revealed that the top seven will be going on tour this summer. Former Idol winner Kris Allen will also be on the tour.

Cade performed the Prince song “Jungle Love” which was made popular by Morris Day and the Time and had the judges on their feet dancing. Luke said that Cade made it his own; adding that they were there to find people like Cade. Saying that Cade made the song his own, Lionel noted that Cade gave them instant identity. Katy was waving cards like fans and talking like the devil.

Ryan announced that so far 15 million votes had been cast and the the voting was very tight.

Gabby sang the Prince song “How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore”. Lionel said that’s what you call ownership. Katy called Gabby the person most ready to go on tour; adding that she is the most comfortable on stage. Luke congratulated Gabby on being a star.

For her birth year Jurnee performed the piece that was her parents wedding song – “Back to One” by Brian McNight. While it wasn’t her favourite, Katy said the performance was very cool. Lionel noted that it has been a while since the got to hear the Jurnee stuff. Lionel noted that it was interesting how Jurnee could stay calm on the stage while chaos was going on around her.

Ryan said that so far 16 million votes had been cast and it was very tight.

For her Prince song, Catie Turner performed “Manic Monday” sung by The Bangles. She forgot some of the words and Luke noted that Catie had been a part of the show from the beginning and had never had a glitch; adding that it was ok. Katy said that it was Catie’s night. Noting that they create an illusion, Lionel said that Catie made a fantastic recovery.

For her birth year song, Maddie sang the Sheryl Crow hit “If it Makes You Happy”. Lionel said that it was amazing to watch; adding that she could be anybody right now. Lionel said that Maddie had a powerful voice and has a future in this business. Calling Maddie a true artist, Katy said that Maddie can hold her own. Luke said that he was getting redundant is saying how wonderful Maddie was and was going to go home and find some more words.

The final performance of the night was Caleb’s Prince performance of a Countrified “When Doves Cry”.  Calling it a great rendition, Katy said that Caleb has proved so much with his journey. Luke said that he believes Caleb can do anything; adding that Caleb slayed it. Lionel said that he was proud of Caleb.

Ryan announced that the top five were going to Nashville to work with Idol winner Carrie Underwood who would also be performing her new single.

After the nationwide vote, the top five are:
Caleb Lee Hutchinson
Maddie Poppe
Cade Foehner
Gabby Barrett
and Michael J Woodward

The time has ended for Jurnee and Catie Turner who wer eliminated from the competition.

Disney Night and Live Voting on Idol

This week on “American Idol” the top 10 take one the songs of Disney in the first ever cross the country simulcast.

Mickey and Minnie join Snow White – Katy – Lionel, and Luke to get the show started.

Starting at the beginning of the show, fans across the country can cast their votes until the last commercial break. At the end of the show, three of the top 10 will go home.

This week the artists get a visit to Disneyland and the help from a mentor – Tony Award winning performer Indina Menzel.

First up is Maddie Poppe with “The Bare Necessities” from “The Jungle Book” as she plays the ukulele. Saying that he hopes she is having a lot of fun, Lionel said that Maddie is coming of age right before their eyes. Snow White appreciated Maddie’s taking on all of those notes; adding she did a great job. Luke said that Maddie’s voice feels timeless and makes him want to keep listening.

Host Ryan Seacrest noted that even before the first song, a million and a half votes have been cast.

Jurnee performed “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana”. Katy said that Jurnee was very connected and vulnerable – which she says is a strength. Luke said that Jurnee did a great job; adding that no matter what happens to keep dreaming. Lionel reminds Jurnee that music is a business and sometimes people get it right; adding that tonight it felt like she was singing from her heart.

Ryan revealed that this week Jurnee’s Army wife was deployed and when he asked Jurnee where Ashley was going, Jurnee replied that she couldn’t say but it was very dangerous.

D Cappella perform “Never Had a Friend” from “Alladin”.

Idol rocker Cade Foehner showed off another side when he performed “Kiss the Girl” from “The Little Mermaid”. Luke said that with everything he is bringing, he is excited to see what Cade will do. Lionel noted that Cade has instant identity; adding that he loves what Cade is doing. Fanning herself with a card, Katy said that she felt like she was the only person in the room; noting that she had never seen that side of Cade. Ryan noted that there was something special about Cade’s performance.

D Cappella performs music from “The Lion King”.

Ada Vox takes on “The Lion King” when she channels her inner lioness with “The Circle of Life”. Indina called Ada a role model for kids. Ada got a rousing applause for her performance. Lionel called her a movement unto herself; adding that she needs to keep it up. Katy said that tonight she really embodied Ada Vox. Luke said that Ada has the voice to take their heads off; adding that her taking a subtle route was great.

D Cappella performs music form “The Little Mermaid”.

Michelle Sussett performed “Remember Me” from “Coco” – a song in English and Spanish. Katy noted that in the past some of Michelle’s performances didn’t focus on the sound but this time the sound was a priority. Luke said that Michelle came and did what she was supposed to do. Lionel said that Michelle’s true identity finally came through.

Ryan noted that about eight million votes have come in and there is a clear leader.

Gabby Barrett sang “Colors of the Wind” from “Pocahontas”. Luke said that Gabby has all the tools to win the show; adding she did a great job. Lionel called Gabby the package; adding she is star quality. Katy said that Gabby is diverse and showed that she can sing anything tonight.

D Cappella sang music form “Beauty and the Beast”.

Michal J. Woodard performed “Beauty and the Beast” from “Beauty and the Beast” and shocks the house when he holds a note for several counts. Lionel called Michael his little martian and Katy called him her little angel. She said that Michael fits between Michael Jackson and Frank Ocean. Luke called Michael magical like Disney.

Caleb Lee Hutchinson took on the theme from “Toy Story” with”You’ve Got a Friend in Me”. Katy said the performance was so believable and a great song choice. Luke called it a great song choice and make America smile. Lionel said that Caleb doesn’t have to anything tricky…just open his mouth.

Caty Turner took on “Sleeping Beauty” with “Once Upon a Dream”. Lionel said that Caty took them on a magical journey. Katy said that Caty showed some growth; going from a girl to a woman. Luke said they stole all his words; adding he hoped that America appreciated what all the singers were doing.

In the final performance of the night, Dennis Lorenzo also takes on “The Lion King” with “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” – a song that has some personal meaning for him. Luke called the performance a home run; adding that Dennis always knocks it out of the park for him. Lionel called the performance very good. Katy was eating an apple that “some lady” backstage gave her.

Saying that millions of votes were cast, Ryan noted that the results were very close.

After the live vote, the results that will see three singers go home…

Caleb Lee Hutchinson is the first person in the top seven
Gabby Barrett is also in the top seven
Michael Woodard is also in the top seven
Idol’s rocker Cade Foehner is in the top seven
Maddie Poppe is in the top seven
Caty Turner is also in the top seven
The final singer in the top seven is Jurnee!

Ada Vox, Dennis Lorenzo, and Michelle Sussett were eliminated from the competition.

‘American Idol’ Reveals the Top 10

On Sunday the top 14 singers on “American Idol” all performed. On the the first official results show of the season, the top 10 will be revealed with the fans voting in six of the 10 and after the remaining eight singers perform, the judges will decide the final four.

The stage has been divided into two zones – the victory zone and the danger zone.

With the names revealed in no particular order, host Ryan Seacrest calls Maddie Poppe to the stage. Ryan tells Maddie that she is the first singer to make it in the top 10. With all of the singers giving a performance, Maddie sang “Walk Like an Egyptian”.

Next on stage is Michelle Sussett who learns that she is in the danger zone before she sings her original song “I’m a Dreamer”.

Next up is Marcio Donaldson who comes on stage to rousing applause and cheers. Ryan told Marcio that he is also in the danger zone. He chose to sing “Jealous” by Nick Jonas.

Back in the lounge, Ryan brings Cade up on stage where Cade learns that he is in the top 10. Cade performs “Bright Lights” by Gary Clark Jr and brought the judges to their feet.

Garrett Jacobs takes the stage to learn that he is not in the top 10. Ryan used football terms to deliver the news, saying that he did not get into the end zone on fourth and inches. He sang “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by Credence Clearwater Revival.

Country singer Gabby Barrett learns that she is the next singer to make it into the top 10. She performs “Little Red Wagon” by Miranda Lambert.

Dennis Lorenzo was the next singer to learn his results and is in the danger zone. Dennis sang “This Women’s Work” by Maxwell and brought the judges to their feet.

Ryan reveals that next week for the first time in television history, next Tuesday the show will go live in all three time zones simultaneously and fans will be able to vote and get the results at the end of the show.

Jonnie Brenns is in the danger zone and will have to sing for his life. He chose “Demons” by Imagine Dragons for his performance and brought the judges to their feet and cheers from the crowd.

The next singer in the top 10 is Caleb Lee Hutchinson who sang “Getting You Home” by Chris Young.

Next up on sage is Mara Justine who learns that she is not in the top 10. She chose “Love on the Brain” by Rihanna for her performance and had the crowd cheering and the judges on their feet.

Next up on the stage is Jurnee who took on Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande with her performance of “Bang Bang” on performance night; but it was not enough for the voters who did not put her in the top 10. Jurnee chose to sing “Never Enough” from the soundtrack for “The Greatest Showman”.

Only two spots remain for the fan vote top six with three singers waiting in the lounge.

Next up is Michael J Woodard takes one of the two remaining seats in the top 10. He sings “Believe in Yourself” from “The Wiz”.

The last spot from the fan vote is between Catie Turner and Ada Vox; and the final spot goes to Catie Turner. Catie sings “Havana”.

The final performance of the night is Ada Vox with “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” by Jennifer Holiday and brought the house down. Everyone is on their feet and the crowd was screaming Ada. Taking her earrings off and remarking that between the three of them – judges – Katy says they know talent and making an executive decision, Ada is in the top 10.

Three spots remain in the top 10…

After some deliberations the judges have determined that Jurnee, Michelle Sussett, and Dennis Lorenzo round out the top 10.

Marcio Donaldson, Mara Justine, Garrett Jacobs, and Jonnie Brenns have all been eliminated.

Lionel said that the fact that the singers who did not make it in the top 10 are there, show that they are special. He reminded them that The Commodores heard lots of nos before making it…and they did.

Next week the competition moves up another notch.

Top 14 Perform on ‘American Idol’

The auditions have been completed, Hollywood Week is over, and the top 14 have been chosen…and now it is up to America to decide who will be the next “American Idol”!

All 14 singers will be performing tonight, but only six of them will survive the fan vote. On Monday night the remaining eight singers will battle it out for the final four spots in the top 10 which will be chosen by the judges.

There is no musical theme for tonight’s performances, the singers can perform any song they want.

First up is Caleb Lee Hutchinson playing the banjo as he performs “Midnight Train to Memphis”. Katy noted that it felt like Caleb thinks he can’t believe he is here; adding that it seemed like his nerves got the best of him. Luke noted that Caleb has grown a great deal; adding that Caleb did a great job even though he wasn’t cray about the song choice. Lionel noted that when the girls started singing, Caleb forgot about the song. This was Caleb’s first on stage performance with the banjo.

Michelle Sussett sang “Friends”. Luke said that she became a pop star tonight; adding that is what they need. Lionel agreed with Luke; adding that she owned it. Katy said that it felt like early Shakira; reminding her that she needs to play more to the voters than the audience.

Marcio Donaldson chose the Barry Manilow hit “It’s a Miracle”. On his feet, Lionel called it an old school performance; adding that Marcio’s confidence is about to get out of control and he is on fire. Katy said that it was really good and joyful; adding that Marcio is an inspiration. Luke wasn’t sold on the song but added it was a good job showing them another side. Marcio told Ryan Seacrest that he wanted to show entertainment.

Speaking on the nerves, Lionel said that he remembers all the times that the audience didn’t come to rehearsals; adding that whatever happens on stage, pretend that you meant to do it.

The youngest contestant in the competition, Mara Justine sang “This is Me” from the film “The Greatest Showman”. Katy said that Mara has come a long way toward owning the stage. Luke noted that Mara took them on a variety of rides; adding he wasn’t totally sold on that performance. Lionel noted that he knows what Mara has been through.

Garrett Jacobs took on “American Idol” champion Phillip Phillips with “Raging Fire”. Luke called it a very dynamic performance; adding that Garrett took them on a ride. He noted that Garrett is the first performer of the night who really looked comfortable on the stage. Lionel told Garrett to remember just stay in character. Katy said that she believed that Garrett was comfortable on stage; adding that he did great.

Ada Vox performed the Queen song “The Show Must Go On”. Standing Lionel said that Ada has no idea how fabulous she is; adding that she came to stop the show. Lionel noted that Ada takes them to a different level each time she performs and he is there to make sure she gets to the top; adding that she is on fire. Katy said that Ada started the show; adding that it was exciting to see her spreading her wings. Luke said it was the biggest voice he has ever heard. When Ryan asked Ada about her focus, Ada said that she loves what she does.

Next up was Catie Turner with Hozier’s “Take Me to Church”. Katy said that whatever happens, she would like to sing with Catie. Luke noted that Catie can win this thing. Lionel agreed with him; adding that there is no one like Catie.

Rocker Cade Foehner took on Carlos Santana with “Black Magic Woman”. Saying that his wife loves Cade, Luke noted that the performance showed so much about who Cade is. Lionel said that they call that the package – the talent from singing, the playing…and the swivel hips. Katy said that her mom is obsessed with Cade and wants a lock of hair for her mom…and got it. A fan from Fresno sent a bouquet of Kale to Cade.

Dennis Lorenzo sang the Shawn Mendes song “In My Blood”. Lionel congratulated Dennis for taking the next step. Katy said that it felt a little shaky at first; adding that Dennis showed him another side tonight. Luke noted that Dennis has shown so many sides of himself; adding that it was amazing.

Maddie Poppe chose the Simon and Garfunkel song “Homeward Bound”. Katy said that she closed her eyes and thought that she was listening to Joni Mitchell; adding that a lot of people can sing but not everybody has taste. Luke called Maddie seasoned in her vocal choices. Lionel said that Maddie presents herself with every song.

Jurnee chose “Bang Bang” for her performance. Luke thanked her for showing another side of herself; adding tht she brought it. Lionel kept saying oh yeah; adding that she brought it. Katy noted that they had never seen Jurnee move; adding that she is an artist now.

Jonnie Brenns took Katy’s advice and took some ballet. He chose Panic! at the Disco’s “This is Gospel” for his performance. Lionel said that he loves to watch Jonnie perform; noting that Jonnie enjoys himself on stage. Katy said that real men can wear tights and thanked him for taking her advice. Katy agreed that the performance was fun; adding she wants to hear more. Luke noted that Jonnie came in a lounge singer but is now attacking the big notes; adding that he comes out and goes after it.

Michael J. Woodard has been keeping the judge’s guessing all season long; tonight he performed the Sia song “Titanium”. Katy said that she is going to see Sia and will tell her that she met a star who did an incredible job on her song. Luke said that he felt ii in his heart that people love him; adding Michael pulls them in every time he sings. Lionel said that Michael is giving them another level and he keeps tuning in to see what Michael will do next. Michael thanked the judges for encouraging him to be himself.

The final performance of the night is Gabby Barrett chose “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus for her performance. Luke called it his favourite vocal of the night; adding that for the first time Gabby is not playing around anymore. Katy said that Gabby went through the “starwash”; adding she rode the song so well and is impressed. Lionel noted that there are things in the music business that just happen.

On Monday’s results the top 10 are revealed.

Idol Completes Top 14

On Sunday the remaining 12 singers in the top 24 performed their solos; tonight they will be performing All Star duets before the remaining seven singers are revealed for the top 14.

First up is Caleb Lee Hutchinson with Bebe Rexha singing “Meant to Be”. Katy said that it was really fun to see Caleb having fun. Luke said that nobody has the aw shucks country boy down better than Caleb; adding that he is really endearing to watch. Lionel called the performance amazing.

Ada Vox pairs up with Lea Michele for a performance of “Defying Gravity”. Lea said that Ada’s voice is out of control. Lionel said that every time he thinks he knows where Ada is going she hits the stratosphere; adding a star is born. He said that there is no denying her talent. Katy called it so much fun; adding that Ada’s voice transcends words. Luke said that Ada always figures out how to bring the house down.

Maddie Poppe and Colbie Caillat performed “Bubbly”. Luke called Maddie their mot complete artist; adding she did a great job. Katie said that Maddie and Colbie complimented each other. Lionel noted that Maddie is very comfortable on stage.

Ron Bultongez pairs up with Banners for “Someone to You”. During rehearsals, Banners said that Ron was doing his song better than he was. Katy said that it was fun to see Ron’s adventure; adding that it wasn’t perfect but perfection was boring. Lionel loved that Ron lost control. Luke said that Ron is anointed to be someone special.

Amelia Hammer Harris joins Bebe Rexha for “Me, Myself, and I”. Lionel said that it isn’t about the win but the platform you are standing on and Amelia has a firm solid grip on the platform. Katie called Amelia a star; adding that Amelia could be anything she wanted to be. Luke said that Amelia held her own with a star.

Shannon O’Hara and Cam teamed up for “Burning House”. Luke called the performance mesmerizing; adding that it is fun to see them perform with the stars. Katy said that it was fun to see Shannon come out of her shell; adding her voice is something to be respected. Lionel said that it was a master class of a duet – performing together.

Banners returns to pair up with Alyssa Raghu for Coldplay’s first hit song “Yellow”. Katy called it a good push and pull of two different voices; adding Alyssa has a spectacular voice. Lionel noted that the performance didn’t give him what made Alyssa stand out. Luke said that Alyssa has all the tools.

Originally scheduled to perform with Toni Braxton, Marcio Donaldson and Allen Stone join forces after just one day of rehearsals for the Marvin Gaye classic “What’s Going On”. Calling Marcio, “My Brother”, Lionel said that it was a spiritual moment. Luke said that nobody has grown more than Marcio; adding that it is so fun watching the horsepower start. Katy noted that Marcio is a different person from what they saw yesterday…and he has arrived.

Lea Michele returns to join up with Jurnee for an emotional performance of “Run to You”. Luke said that he loves everything about Jurnee’s voice and her effortlessness. Katy said that there was so much flow in the song and they complemented each other so well. Lionel said that the journey Jurnee is taking them on is incredible.

Colbie Cailat returns to sing with Garrett Jacobs. Colbie called Garret a natural. Katy said that it felt like Garrett’s heart was in it and he owned it; adding that he is a dreamboat. Luke said that it was a great step in the right direction. Lionel noted that all they have to work on is presentation. Garrett was singing to his girlfriend whome he thought was back home…and she was in the audience!

Mara Justine joins up with Rachel Platten for “Fight Song”. Lionel said that if they’d only known getting to stand still to get her center…and it paid off. Luke said way to shine at the right time; adding that sitting and singing could carry her far. Katy said that Mara found her center and now she can combine them; adding that what she did was beautiful.

Cam returns to join Effie Passero for the final performance of the night with “Diane”. Luke said great job; adding that she harmonized wonderfully. Katy said that it was good. Lionel called Effie on fire.

And now it is time for the results in the judge’s final decisions before the fans have their say.

The seven artists moving on to the top 14:
Mara Justine
Jurnee
Maddie Poppe
Ada Vox
Caleb Lee Hutchinson
Garrett Jacobs

and the final singer moving on is…Marcio Donaldson!

Next week, it’s America’s turn to decide…

Idol Top 24 Live Performances part 2

In part two of the live showcase performances on “American Idol”, the remaining 12 singers take the stage to impress the judges and vie for one of the remaining seven spots in the top 14.

Kicking off the night of music was Amelia Hammer Harris with “Believer”. Katy noted that Amelia has her own style and enjoyed the performance. Lionel said that Amelia continues to fascinate him. Luke said that Amelia did a good job and to keep the bar high.

Football player turned musician Garrett Jacobs performed “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes and had the girls screaming. Lionel said that there is a time that Garrett needs to concentrate on the singing. Noting that he isn’t the best singer, Luke called Garrett a heartthrob; adding he made a good song choice. Katy agreed with the guys, saying that he is fun to watch; adding that Garrett is paying attention to what they have been telling him. Katy told Garrett to stop thinking so much.

Maddie Poppe chose the classic song “Brand New Key” by Melanie. Admitting that he didn’t know the song, Luke noted that Maddie was here for that moment. Katy said that she adores Maddie; adding that Maddie knows who she is. Lionel noted that Maddie gives them the whole package and is on the road she needs to be on.

Ada Vox performed “Feeling Good” by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Nina Simone and brought the house down. Katy said that Ada is here to win. Lionel said that Ada’s talent is so grand that it begs for a new category in the equation; adding that she is a force to be reckoned with. Luke said that Ada has the ability to bring the house down every time.

Caleb Lee Hutchinson got a big surprise when his Idol season 10 winner Scotty McCreery walked in the room. Scotty said that the key to Country music was all about the song. Caleb sang “Die a Happy Man” by Thomas Rettt. Lionel said that Caleb’s voice is crystal clear from the first note; adding that Caleb is simple and solid. Katy said that there is a simplicity in Caleb’s voice; adding it also has power. Luke noted that Caleb is the last Country boy in the competition; telling Caleb to keep going in his own style.

Effie Pasero took on Heart with “Barracuda”. Luke noted Effie didn’t command the stage like a superstar; adding that she is one of the best singers they have. Katy called the performance flawless; adding that Effie looked like she was enjoying herself. Lionel asked if she was having a good time; adding that she is taking advantage of everything given her.

Alyssa Raghu performed Rihanna’s “Stay”. Luke noted Alyssa didn’t have him until tonight. Katy said that she doesn’t have time to tell Alyssa how great she is. Lionel compared Alyssa to a little chicken who is growing.

Marcio Donaldson performed the classic Natalie Cole hit “Inseparable” and blew Katy’s mind. Marcio was in tears by the end of the song. Saying that he knew Natalie, Lionel said that Natalie was watching him. Saying that she loved Marcio, Katy said that she was impressed with him and he is growing by leaps and bounds. Katy said that Marcio is making perfect choices. Luke called Marcio a survivor; adding that Marcio just delivered a world class performance. Katy went up on stage and hugged Marcio; she was joined by Luke and Lionel.

Mara Justine chose to perform “Run to You” by Whitney Houston. Noting that they were spellbound, Luke noted that Mara just showed another side of herself. Katy said that the song sounded so good on Mara; adding that Mara has been taking their advice. Lionel said the greatest advice someone gave him also fits Mara – to stand still and let the crowd come to her.

Jurnee chose the Jessie J song “Flashlight” for her performance. Saying wow, Katy called the performance beautiful; adding she sings circles around everybody. Lionel said that Jurnee is truly talented; he wants to see some attitude. Luke said that Jurnee is spoiling them by her effortlessness.

Shannon O’Hara took on Adele with “All I Ask”. Lionel noted that Shanon was concentrating so hard on the song but felt she did a great job. Saying that she always delivers, Luke also said that she did a great job. Katy said that it was a great song choice; adding that Shannon is so versatile; adding that they need to see more individuality from all of the singers.

In the final performance of the night Ron Bultongez chose “Dancing on My Own” by Robyn. Luke said that felt it; adding that he loved Ron’s voice. Luke noted that fans just want to latch on to the emotions. Lionel noted that Ron has come a long way. Noting that Ron has style Katy said that Ron is intelligent but notes she can still feel his nerves. She told Ron to own it in his duet performance on Monday.

Duets and First Results on Idol

On Sunday night the first 12 of the top 24 performed before a live audience on “American Idol”. Tonight they will perform duets with chart topping award winning artists…and five will go home.

First up is Catie Turner and Andy Grammer for “Good to be Alive”. Katy Perry called Catie Turner a natural and amazing. Lionel said that Catie must be several people because she is doing things she shouldn’t know how to do. Luke called her an anomaly and amazing.

Resident rocker Cade Foehner joined up with Bishop Briggs for the INXS song “Never Tear Us Apart”. Lionel said to put the tickets on sale. Luke asked if Cade wanted to come on tour; adding to just keep doing his deal. Katy said that it was apparent he had something special.

Layla Spring and Sugarland performed “Stuck Like Glue”. Jennifer Nettles said that Layla has so much energy. Luke said that Layla just fit in with Sugarland; adding that they are watching someone who is going to be performing for a long time. Katy said that Layla is springing full of joy; adding that she has talent and personality. Lionel called Layla the bravest person he knows because he also sang with Jennifer; adding that she sang like she had been doing it forever.

Dominique paired up with Aloe Blacc for a performance of “Wake Me Up”. Aloe Blacc called Domique an “American Idol”. Katy said that she didn’t know how to critique anymore. Lionel called the performance smooth; adding that Domique is at the spot where he might become famous. Luke called Dominique a world class singer.

Brandon Diaz and Luis Fonsi for a performance of “Despasito”. Luis said that Brandon nailed it. Lionel was very surprised; adding that Brandon was toe to toe with Luis. Luke said it was a great song choice and Brandon did a great job. Katy noted that Brandon was a very diverse performer.

Kay Kay and Pat Monahan of Train paired up for “Drive By”. This was Kay Kay’s first duet ever. Luke said that Kay Kay did a great job and fun energy. Katy thought the blend was amazing. Lionel commended Kay Kay on her first duet; adding that she took care of business.

Bishop Briggs returns to pair up with Trevor McBane for a performance of “River”. Katy said that it was amazing to see Trevor come out of his shell. Lionel called it the real deal; adding that Trevor went toe to toe with Bishop. Luke said that they loved Trevor’s vibe.

Luis Fonsi returns to sing “I Can’t Make You Love Me” with Michelle Sussett. Lionel said that they had chemistry and their voices blended perfectly. Luke didn’t want it to end. Katy said Michelle made her a believer; adding that she can be whatever she wants.

Andy Grammer returns to perform “Back Home” with Jonny Brenns. Luke said that Jonny did a great job; adding he is learning it like he should. Lionel noted that Jonny was having some fun on stage; adding that’s what performing is all about. Katy suggested that Jonny take some ballet or movement classes; telling him to do anything he can to be the best he can be.

Dennis Lorenzo joins up with Allen Stone for “Unaware”. Katy kept saying wow; adding that it was so special. Lionel noted to find that kind of chemistry tells you where you are; adding that it was spectacular. Luke said Dennis is like the little engine that could and keeps showing them what he can do; adding the performance felt so natural.

Pat Monahan returns to perform “Angel in Blue Jeans” with Michael J Woodard. Lionel noted that Michael is rising to the occasion. Luke said that he cannot take his eyes off of Michael on stage; telling him to keep it up. Katy called Michael a beautiful chameleon.

In the final performance of the evening, Sugarland returns to perform “Stay” with Gabby Barrett. Luke said that Gabby nailed it top to bottom. Katy noted that Gabby has come so far. Lionel againg noted that he has sung with Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland and said that Gabby nailed it.

And now for the the results…
Cade Foehner is the first person to move on to the next round.
Michelle Sussett is also moving on to the next round.
Dennis Lorenzo will also be moving on to the next round.
Gabby Barrett is moving on to the next round.
Jonny Brenns is moving on to the next round.
Michael J Woodard is also moving on to the next round.

And only one more spot remains…

The final person moving on to the next round is Catie Turner.

Trevor McBane, Kay Kay, Domique, Layla Spring, and Brandon Diaz have all been eliminated. Luke tells the eliminated artists that they can control what they do from now on.

First Live Performances on Idol

The auditions are over and 24 Hollywood Week have survived Hollywood Week now it is time for the first performances.

Over the next two weeks the top 24 will be performing live and an all star duet.

For the first time on Idol, the top 24 get a mentor to help them prepare for their upcoming performances when Country music star Bobby Bone joins the cast.

First up is Dominique with the Rufus and Chaka Khan hit “Ain’t Nobody”. Saying that Dominique has arrived, Katy said that she felt like it was a show at a club. Saying that he is a great talent, Lionel called Dominique the star attraction. Saying that it was awesome, Luke noted that Domique showed another side of himself.

Next up was Kentucky girl Layla Spring with “A Broken Wing” by Martina McBride. Lionel noted that it was one thing to take their advice and another thing to do; adding that Layla did it. Saying that she dug in, Katy said that Layla made them feel it and was impressed with what Layla did. Saying that she is infectious, Luke said that it was fun to watch Layla; adding that she is mature beyond her years.

Catie Turner sang the Blondie hit “Call Me” and had the judges up dancing. Luke said that he couldn’t stop watching her; adding that she did a good job. Saying she made a cool song choice, Katy noted that Catie’s sound is growing. Saying that she did a great job, Lionel said that Catie has taken her style and med them believers.

Dennis Lorenzo wanted to bring a little fun to the stage and chose Magic’s “Rude” for his performance. Katy loved seeing the connection; adding that she also loved the island vibe in the song. While Lionel was crazy about the song choice, he noted that Lorenzo brought the flavour. Saying that Lorenzo could do no wrong in his eyes, Luke loved the stage presence; adding that Lorenzo is a natural star.

Michelle Sussett chose to sing in English and Spanish with “If I Were a Boy” by Beyonce. Lionel said that she has stage presence and superstar ability. Saying that she loved the bilingual singing, Katy noted that Michelle has the power to light the stage on fire. Luke noted that Michelle has a unique tone.

Michael J. Woodard chose to sing “Golden Slumbers” by The Beatles and brought the judges to their feet. Luke noted that Michael lets all of his emotions show. Katy called Michael chosen; adding that he is meant to be here. Lionel said that Michael is spectacular at showing his emotions; adding that is his character and to keep it up.

Trevor McBane sang “Way Down We Go” by Kaleo. Katy called Trevor a thunderbolt in a bottle; adding that it is hard to control him. Lionel said that he knew he was going to be slayed every time Trevor took the stage; but added he wanted Trevor to let go. Luke said that Trevor is making them believe but also noted that Trevor is still reigned in and needs to let go.

Jonny Brenns chose to perform the Vance Joy song “Georgia” and had the girls screaming. Lionel asked if he sensed the sexy coming out; adding that Jonny is blooming and coming alive. Saying that she believed in him from day one, Katy said that Jonny’s song choice was dead on. Luke said that Jonny is a great star but just doesn’t know it yet. Luke said that Jonny has a really smooth voice that no one expects; adding that Jonny has all the tools.

Kay Kay chose to perform the Rihanna song “Love on the Brain” and brought the judges to their feet. Luke said that she was born a star. Katy called Kay Kay incredibly talented; adding that tonight the total package has arrived. Lionel siad that Kay Kay had poise.

Brandon Diaz took a big chance by performing the Lionel Richie smash hit “Hello” and had Lionel saying wow. Katy and Lionel both called Brandon so brave. Lionel said that it was the first time he was nervous for Brandon; adding that he wanted Brandon to own it. Host Ryan Seacrest called Lionel to the stage to sing with Brandon…just a little bit. Lionel had trouble remembering the words. Luke and Katy were dancing together.

Next up is Gabby Barrett with the Maren Morris song “My Church” and brought the judges to their feet. Lionel said that he had never in his life had a person wait until the end of the song to blow him away. Lionel told her not to wait until the end but to show herself earlier in the song. Katy called the performance super cool; adding that she agreed with Lionel. Country star Luke Bryan was very happy.

In the final performance of the night Cade Foehner rocked the house with his version of the Jimi Hendrix song “All Along the Watchtower”.Cade was the only performer of the night who played an instrument while he sang. He brought the judges to their feet. Katy said he could preach to her anytime Cade wanted. Katy called him a star. Lionel noted that he was there when the first guy came around; adding that Cade was bringing it all. Luke had no words.

Idol Reveals Top 24

All during Hollywood Week on “American Idol” the singers have performed only for the judges, but on this final round the remaining 50 singers must perform live in front of an audience before the judges determine who will make up the top 24 singers to move on to the next round.

For this showcase round the judges were up in the balcony watching all of the action.

In this episode there were no full performances, only the final judgement was aired along with a few performance and audition clips.

First up was Layla Spring is the first singer to get the word…and she is the first person in the top 24.

Michael Woodard blew the judges away in his solo performance and earned his ticket to the top 24.

Despite a lovefest between Katy Perry and Trevor Holmes, Katy delivered the news that Trevor was not moving on to the next round.

Gabby Barrett is moving on to the next round despite Katy feeling that Gabby’s performance was lacking in the showcase.

In season nine Thaddeus Johnson was cut at this point in the show, this time around Thaddeus once again finds himself falling a little short and will not be moving on to the next round.

Michelle Sussett is moving on to the next round.

In a series of clips Dominique, Trevor McBane, Maddie Poppe, Ron Bultongez, and Alyssa Raghu all got the good new that they are in the top 24.

A scared Catie Turner was told that her showcase performance was shaky but she got the news that she is moving on to the next round.

In another series of clips Milo Sposato, Les Greene, Britney Holmes, and William Casanova all learned that they will not be moving on to the next round.

Jurnee’s military wife was able to make it to the showcase performance and then she learned that she is a part of the top 24.

Shannon O’Hara chose to sing a Katy Perry song in a stripped down acoustic performance for her showcase and brought Katy to tears. Calling her a secret spiritual ninja, Katy announced that Shannon is moving on to the top 24.

Kay Kay is also moving on to the top 24; along with Amelia Hammer Harris and Brandon Diaz.

Alpaca enthusiast Noah Davis chose a Lady Gaga song for his showcase but despite the judges falling in love with him, Noah is not moving on to the top 24. Katy invited Noah to come back next year.

In another series of clips Harper Grace, Carly Moffa, Samothias, Lee Vasi, and Victoria McQueen all learned that they will not be moving on to the next round.

After not making it in season 12, Adam returned as Ada Vox performed “Creep” for her showcase and brought the judges to their feet. Ada went to hear the judge’s verdict as Adam. Lionel noted that it took a lot of guts for Adam to do what he did; adding that he had taken them on a roller coaster ride. Lionel announced that the dynamic duo is now a part of the top 24.

Johnny Brenns didn’t tell his family about auditioning for the show but they were all there when he performed in the showcase.. Johnny is now a part of the top 24.

Mara Justine got mixed remarks from the judges. Lionel said that they didn’t have to ask who she was but Katy noted she is beginning to develop some bad habits. Despite the remarks Mara is going on to the next round.

Caleb Lee Hutchinson got the news he was hoping for, Luke Bryan telling him that he was moving on to the top 24.

Laine Hardy and Garrett Jacobs learned their results together. Garrett is moving on to the next round but Laine will not be a part of the top 24.

Rocker Cade Foehner got the news that he will get to keep rocking the stage as a part of the top 24.

And then there were four singers to learn their fate…

Effie Passero and Maddie Zahm were the last two females remaining with only one spot left. Effie is moving on to the top 24 but Maddie did not make it. Lionel told Maddie to come back.

The final two singers to learn their fates were fathers Dennis Lorenzo and Marcio Donaldson. The two men walked in to the room to hear the judge’s results. After teasing them that there was only one spot remaining, Katy announced that there were two spots and they were both moving on to the next round.

Next week it’s another solo round and for the first time in Idol history…all star duets before the final 14 are chosen.

Solo Round of Hollywood Week on Idol

Hollywood week continues on “American Idol” as the remaining 77 singers prepare for the final solo round…and a hope of making it to the top 24.

The singers will be performing with a band for the first time and will not get any feedback from the judges; they will have to wait until the end of the day to learn their fate.

During the auditions, several singers performed original songs but chose to perform covers for Hollywood Week. Harper Grace chose to perform another one of her original songs in the solo round.

Noah Davis noted that the hardest part of Hollywood Week is the lack of sleep.

Catie Turner and Maddie Poppe also chose to perform an original song.

Michelle Sussett has had vocal issues all week but when it came time to perform in the solo round, all her troubles were behind her. She brought the judges to their feet with her performance.

Several of the singers had voice issues which resulted in less than perfect performances.

Lionel’s callback artist Ron Bultongez had Luke wanting to raid his closet for jackets. Ron sang “Home” by Idol winner Phillip Phillips. Idol alums Kelly Clarkson and Chris Daughtry also had their music covered by the singing hopefuls.

Crystal Alicea had trouble remembering the lyrics during the group performance and she continued to have difficulty in the solo round singing Adele’s “Fire to the Rain”.

Britney Holmes was originally told no by the judges but thanks to a vote by America she got a secnd chance and has survived Hollywood Week long enough to at least make it to the solo round.

Thaddeus Johnson chose one of judge Katy Perry’s own songs – “Rise” – for his performance and brought Katy to her feet saying that he did the song better than she does.

Laine was another artist who had song issues during the group performance, but redeemed himself in his solo performance.

After all of the solos have been completed, the singers are divided up into three rooms.

After all of the singers were assigned a room, Thaddeus was taken out of room one and put in room three.

Katy, Luke, and Lionel announce to room one that they are moving on to the next round.

The other rooms can hear the cheers from the singers in room one.

The judges inform the singers in room two the answer was no with Lionel telling them that the time is just not right.

But for the singers in room three Luke announced that they have made it through to the next round.

On Monday the remaining 50 singers must perform in a live performance showcase before the judges reveal the top 24.

Hollywod Week Begins on ‘American Idol’

The auditions are over and now it’s time for the 169 singers who got their golden tickets to arrive in Hollywood for the toughest week of the season as the judges work to pare it down to only 24 singers.

This is the first time that the singers get to hear each other sing.

Round one is a solo performance round. There is no piano or band on the stage, the only instruments are the ones that the singers bring onstage themselves.

After the first 10 singers perform, the judges make the first decisions of Hollywood week.

During his audition David Francisco walked out using crutches – he had been paralyzed from the waist down after being hit by a car while on his bicycle – and sat down for his audition. This time David walked out with the crutches and threw them away. He sang standing up. Unfortunately David did not make it through the solo round and is going home.

Round two is the dreaded group round where the singers must learn to work together as they prepare for a performance overnight. The group round is more than just singing, the group must entertain the judges.

As happens every season during group round there were singers who were wholly unprepared and did not know the words to their song.

Single Dad Marcio survived the group round and is moving on to the next round.

Some of the singers are having vocal issues.

Milo’s mom has become the show mom and has to put herself into the group’s decisions. At the last minute, Mile tries to convince his group to make changes in the song. Even as they are walking on the stage, there is some issue with the song’s arrangement. The changes paid off and the whole group was moved on to the next round.

Drag queen Ada Vox did some beat boxing in her group and is moving on to the next round along with the rest of her group.

Laine is in a group with girls who are also major Justin Bieber fans…and he isn’t. The girls chose the Justin Bieber song “Love Yourself”. Despite his discomfort with the song, Laine made it through to the next round.

Karaoke singer Crystal felt way out of her league when she was paired with a group of more experienced singers. Katy called it a really good performance but added that they only had a spot for three more singers and asked for a volunteer to go home. After Crystal said that she would do it, Katy told them that all four girls will be moving on.

Next week, Hollywood week continues with the solo round…and the top 24 will be revealed.

Auditions Conclude on ‘American Idol’

On the final night of auditions on “American Idol” the crew is quickly planning a big surprise for Lionel Richie…when he arrives at the auditorium, they sing his hit song “Hello”. Lionel said that he loved the performance.

Gabby Barrett sang a song from her idol Carrie Underwood for her audition. Katy stopped her and asked her to sing another song. Gabby chose another Carrie song but the judges tried to moved her in another direction…because they wanted to hear her. Gabby chose a church song and had Lionel saying that she was on fire. Gabby got three yeses and her ticket to Hollywood. Katy wanted to punk her Dad. Katy told her Dad that Gabby didn’t make it and was upset.

Caitlin Lucia chose Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” for her audition. Katy said that Caitlin put her own spin on the song. The judges think that Caitlin was only scraping the top. Caitlin got three absolute yeses fro the judges.

Back in New Orleans, Amelia Presley claims to be a sixth cousin of The King, Billy Crunk, and Bailey Eubanks all sang Elvis songs for their auditions. But Elvis impersonator Drake Milligan chose a Country song for his audition. Luke said that Drake crushed it. Lionel noted that Drake is comfortable in himself. Katy called Drake a star in the making. Drake got his ticket to Hollywood.

In Savannah, Mylon Shamble chose “Stand By Me” for her audition but got stopped by Luke but after Katy said it was best she had ever heard, they told Mylon to keep singing. She got her ticket to Hollywood.

But there were several singers whose nerves got the better of them.

When Lee said that “Zoom” by The Commodores was her favourite song, Lionel Richie started singing the song and Lee joined in. Katy said that she felt that she was watching something very special. Luke called it awesome. Then Lee Vasi chose a Toni Braxton song for her audition song. Lionel said that she wasn’t quite all together. Katy called her a good performer but has more to learn. Luke said that she is very close to being a complete package. Luke added that if Lee would listen to them, she could be top 10. Lee got her ticket to Hollywood.

Back to Los Angeles where the judges see some real characters and some questionable song choices.

An energetic Michael Woodard got a shakedown form Lionel to help settle his nerves that allowed him to belt out his audition. Lionel noted that Michael sang from his heart; adding that it was refreshing. Katy said that he has a soft and beautiful soul. Luke said that America is going to pull for Michael. With three yeses Michael got his golden ticket.

Choreographer Brielle Rathbun gave Luke a dance lesson, Katy wanted to see a hip thrust, before performing “Gravity” by Sara Bareillis. A smiling Lionel said that he really liked what she did and was in control. Luke liked that Brielle was just singing and looked natural. Brielle got her ticket to Hollywood.

Carly Moffa sang an original song for her audition. Lionel said that Carly gave them the whole package. Luke called her tremendous. Katy compared Carly to Florence of Florence and the Machine. Luke yelled for Carly’s mama to come in the room.

Back to Savannah and Ayana “rose” Lawson sang the Bonnie Raitt song “I Can’t Make You Love Me” for her audition. Saying that he wanted for her, Lionel noted that the competition is staggering. Luke said that she has a good voice. Katy said that Rose needs to develop a little more. Lionel told her to practice and come back next year.

Back in New York, Alabama native Samuel Swanson chose Al Green’s “Lets Stay Together” for his audition. Luke said that he could see that Samuel was nervous; adding that Samuel’s voice is velvet. Lionel said that there was an effortless quality to Samuel’s voice; adding that Samuel’s voice reminded him of Luther Vandross. He got his ticket to Hollywood.

Heavy metal rocker Damiano Scarfi showed off his range with “More than a Feeling” but did not impress the judges enough to move on. Luke called it a time capsule moment; adding he has a lot of tools. Lionel said that he doesn’t know where to put it.

In Savannah, Luke is streaming the Georgia Bulldogs Florida Gators game between singers.

For the final audition in Savannah, Jurnee chose the Andra Day song “Rise Up” for her audition. Lionel called the performance fantastic. Katy didn’t believe Jurnee’s name was Jurnee. Katy said that Jurnee has arrived. Lionel loved the vocal control. Jurnee got her ticket to Hollywood.

The auditions completed, Luke crashed a wedding party where the couple were big fans of his.

After getting eliminated during Hollywood week in season 12, Adam Sanders returns to try again in drag as Ada Vox. Lionel called it amazing. Luke wanted to know her range. Lionel said that he was very happy Ada owned her talent and was true to herself; adding that she has an amazing amount of talent. She got her ticket to Hollywood.

On Monday Hollywood week begins for 169 singers.

Idol Auditions Continue

Night four of the “American Idol” auditions begins in New Orleans with goat farmer Trevor McBane singing “Colder Weather” by the Zac Brown Band. Luke called Trevor raw in a good way. Trevor got himself a ticket to Hollywood.

In Nashville, Audriana Bolton with “Natural Woman”. Lionel wasn’t sure what he was supposed to judge. Katy and Luke also gave her a no.

In a series of no clips, there was one that included one person who brought her dog. The dog kept pooping on the floor.

Genavieve Linkowski played the piano as she sang her audition. Katy was impressed. Luke said that there was magic in her voice. Her voice reminded Lionel of Celine Dion. Genavieve got her ticket to Hollywood.

Back to New Orleans, Luke had to turn one singer’s guitar before he could sing and he didn’t get a ticket to Hollywood.

Kennedy Rittenhouse hails from the same Oklahoma town as Idol winner Carrie Underwood and got to sing with Underwood when she was in fifth grade. She sang “I Told You So” for her audition. Luke and Lionel said that she did a good job. Lionel was wondering how they could develop her. Katy loved Kennedy’s dress. Luke said that Kennedy looked like an “American Idol” but her voice didn’t set him on fire. Kennedy got her ticket to Hollywood.

Brandon Elder sang an original song for his audition. Luke said that he was honoured and Brandon slayed the song. Lionel called the song amazing and in Brandon’s wheelhouse but has to think about the singing part. Katy said that there is a genuineness about his voice. Brandon got his ticket to Hollywood.

Cody Martin came out singing Happy Birthday to Katy and the judges sent him to Hollywood.

Victoria McQueen was born the same day Idol premiered. She chose “Don’t You Worry About a Thing” by Stevie Wonder for her audition. Lionel said that she was spot on; adding that she couldn’t get it any better. Katy said that she lit up a room when she walked in. Victoria is going to Hollywood.

Vocal coach Britney Holmes chose Whitney Houston for her audition with “I Have Nothing”. Katy and Luke called her a great singer but didn’t feel a connection. She didn’t get her ticket to Hollywood. Lionel told her to throw out teaching and bring in feeling.

After a series of clips where the judges didn’t “feel” it, Dominque chose “A Song for You” for his audition and gave the judges goosebumps. Dominique got his ticket to Hollywood.

Back in New York, Angola native Amalia Watty chose the Bob Dylan song “Make You Feel My Love” for her audition. Lionel said that she has range, sound, and uniqueness – things they are all looking for. Katy thinks there is more to hear. Amalia is just cool to Luke. She got her ticket to Hollywood.

Back in Nashville, Daniel Ethridge was asked to sing a second song – an original – for his audition. Luke said that he sang and played great. Lionel said that he loves singer songwriters; adding that he thinks Daniel can go places. Daniel got his ticket to Hollywood.

Taryn Coccia sang “Masterpiece” by Jessie J while her sister played the guitar. Katy and Lionel wanted to hear sister Payton Taylor and she chose “Angel from Montgomery”. Lionel said that it could be a family affair; adding that they have two unique voices. Both sisters got their tickets to Hollywood.

As Sam walked in, the judges could only talk about his hair. He played the piano as he sang “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton. Luke called Sam a great performer. Katy wants him to stretch it. Lionel said that Sam has the goods. Sam got his ticket to Hollywood.

In the last audition of the night, Marcio Donaldson brought his six month old son with him for his audition. Luke asked to hold the baby while Marcio sang. Lionel said that the performance was moving and Marcio had range. Marcio was very emotional after the performance. Luke called it a real voice. Katy called Marcio a sensable soul. Marcio got three yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.

Next week the auditions will conclude and Hollywood begins.

 

Auditions Continue on ‘American Idol’

As the new “American Idol” continues to search for more singing hopefuls, Katy, Luke, and Lionel travel to Savannah, Georgia to get the next round of auditions started.

Crstal Alicea got the auditions started with her version of the Sam Smith song “Lay Me Down”. Lionel said it was very good and refreshing; adding that Crystal is likable. Luke said she did a good job. Katy said that Crystal had a fantastic personality; adding that Crystal has something very special. Crystal got her ticket to Hollywood.

After a chair malfunctioin for Lionel and an encounter with a whoopie cushion, Texas native and cowgirl Kristyn Harris performed for the judges including some yodeling. Luke and Katy were trying to country dance. Luke kept saying he loved it; adding that she is a one woman show. Katy said that Kristyn had a unique delivery; adding she didn’t think it was “American Idol” stuff. Lionel wasn’t sure where her voice fit, but in the end Kristyn got her ticket to Hollywod.

Back to New York City with Johnny Brenns and an original song for his audition. Luke said Johnny had a good voice but wanted more of a Michael Buble sound from Johnny -telling him to dig in. Luke said that Johnny had a great beautiful voice. Lionel said that if he had more time to work with Johnny it would be a yes, but not right now. Katy said that Johnny needs a lot of work but there is something there and gave Johnny a yes…and a ticket to Hollywood.

Back to Los Angeles for Ricky Manning and an original song for his audition. Katy called Ricky an exceptional songwriter. Lionel called him a songwriter. Luke said that Ricky was really good. Ricky hot his ticket Hollywood.

After a series of no clips, Effie Passero played the piano while she sang an original song. Luke called Effie a secret weapon and Luke said that she was a patriot missle. Katy said that she couldn’t wait to see more. Effie got her ticket for Hollywood.

Back to Savannah where Tyler Gordon didn’t quite have enough to get his ticket for Hollywood but the judges did admit he was very close.

Johnny White sang “This is a Man’s World” for his audition. Lionel asked Johnny to dial it back and sing a second song. Lionel stood behind Johnn with his hands on Johnn’s shoulders. Luke called Johnn inspiring. Katy called Johnny top 10 material. Johnny got three yeses and his ticket to Hollywood.

Caleb Lee Hutchinson sang “If it Hadn’t Been for Love” by the Steel Drivers for his auditon. Lionel said that Caleb’s voice is way above his age. Katy like the texture and vibrato in Caleb’s voice; adding that he seems really centered. Luke noted that Caleb had a big voice. Caleb got three yeses…and his ticket to Hollywood.

Shannon O’Hara played the piano while singing Adele for her audition. Lionel noted that Shannon was interesting. Katy called Shannon an old soul with an exceptional voice. Luke called Shannon a songbird. Shannon got her ticket to Hollywood.

Back in Los Angeles with the daughter of songwriter Jack Hammer, Amelia Hammer Harris is looking carry on the family legacy. She sang “Give Me Shelter” for her audition. Lionel said that she has a sultry voice. Katy is surprised that Amelia is not already a star; adding she is top 10 material. Luke loved her and called her a put together artist. Lionel wanted to see what she is going to do next. Amelia got her ticket to Hollywood.

Ryan Zamo attempted the Sara Barellis song “Gravity” for his audition. Ryan did not get his ticket to Hollywood.

Malibou twins Julian and Milo Sposato took on Bruno Mars for their audition that included a little trumpet playing and guitar accompaniment by Pops Sposato. Katy thought it was cool that they were into music. Luke called tham amazingly interesting. The boys got their tickets to Hollywood.

Les Greene chose the Sam Cooke song “A Change is Gonna Come” for his audition. Luke called Les raw rugged and full speed ahead. Katy loved Les’ personal style. Les got his ticket to Hollywood.

In the final audition of the night, Idaho native Maddie Zahm chose to perform Dua Lupa for her audition. Katy called Maddie an incredible woman; adding that she had a set of pipes on her. Maddie got three yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.

Idol returns on Monday with more auditions.

More Auditions on ‘American Idol’

In night two of the rebooted “American Idol”, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie travel around America looking for not just the best singing talent in the country, but the best Pop, Country, and R&B performers in the country.

Starting the night in New York City, 15 year old Mara Justine brought the judges to their feet with her audition. Katy said that they didn’t need to critique…just vote and Mara got her ticket to Hollywood.

In a clip, Andrew Weaver, Griffin Taylor, and Christiana Jones all impressed the judges and earned their tickets to Hollywood.

William Casanova chose “A Song for You” for his audition. Lionel called William smooth; adding overall he had no complaints. Luke said William is what he signed up for and is fired up. Katy said that William has a great voice. William got his ticket to Hollywood.

Back to Los Angeles with Venezuelan born Michelle Sussett who performed in Spanish and got to get the judges to dance with her and caused a wardrobe malfunction for Katy. The judges called her a welcome sight and fearless. Michelle got her ticket to Hollywood but Katy was concerned about how she would hold up against the other singers.

Back in New York with Ukrainian born Misha Gontar who sang in his native Ukrainian language. Luke called Misha the Busta Rhymes of the Ukraine. Lionel wasn’t sure where Misha fit into the “American Idol” scheme. While the judges agreed it was the most fun they have had all day, Misha didn’t get his ticket to Hollywood.

Berkley School of Music student Brandon Diaz comes from a musical family. The first generation Cuban American performed “Unaware” for his audition. Lionel was amazed at Brandon’s falsetto. Katy called him the best male singer they have seen so far; adding that he is top 10. Brandon got his ticket to Hollywood.

Construction worker Trevor has a crush on Katy Perry but his girlfriend has his heart. Trevor got his ticket to Hollywood.

On to New Orleans and Madi Gras World with Bayou born Laine Hardy who sang “Hurricane” for his audition. Luke said that if Laine wasn’t careful he would win “American Idol”. Lionel said Laine had fire in his vocals. Laine got his ticket to Hollywood. Katy said that Laine looked like a young Elvis.

Autumn Woods sang Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” with Luke and Lionel adding the turn around lyrics. Luke said that he wasn’t feeling it. She got three nos from the judges. And Autumn was just the first of a series of no votes.

Gabbii Jones’ dad gave her 30 days to “be a star”. Her dad said that if she gets a ticket to Hollywood, he will renegotiate. Going down and giving her a hug, Lionel said that it was very good. Katy loved the performance. Luke called it an emotional performance. Gabbii will have to work on her negotiating skills, she got her ticket to Hollywood.

Cameron Theodos performed an original song. Cameron got a unanimous yes vote from the judges and is going to Hollywood.

Thaddeus Johnson makes a return to Idol over 150 pounds lighter after not making it on the live shows on season nine. Luke said Thaddeus did a great job. Thaddeus got his ticket to Hollywood.

Apache, Oklahoma native Rissa Watson took on Adele for her audition. Katy said that got full body chills; adding that Rissa is very talented. Lionel likes that she doesn’t have to think about what she is doing. Luke said that Rissa has a voice like an angel. Rissa got her ticket to Hollywood.

Garrett Jacobs chose “It’s a Man’s World” for his audition. Lionel said that Garrett’s voice had an incredible quality. Luke noted that it was going to be fun to watch Garrett grow. Garrett got his ticket to Hollywood. Katy said that Garrett was going to tear up Hollywood.

In the final audition of the night, David Francisco sang the Stevie Wonder song “Isn’t She Lovely” for his audition and brought Katy to tears. Lionel came down and gave him a hug calling David an inspiration. Luke said that David did a great job. Luke brought David his golden ticket and gave him a hug. David walks with crutches after being hit by a car while on his bicycle.

Idol returns next week for more auditions.

New ‘American Idol’ Premieres

It’s a new season and a new network for the singing competition reality show “American Idol”.

With a new set of judges – Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie – the original host Ryan Seacrest returns for the rebooted series.

The auditions begin in New York City as Idol searches to find the best in country.

The first person to audition on the new Idol is Catie Turner with her guitar and an original song. Katy Perry called her a great songwriter. Luke Bryan said that Catie was interesting and brilliant beyond her years. Lionel loved her voice; adding that her writing was “crazy brain”. Katy Perry said that Catie’s point of view is fresh. The all voted to send Catie to Hollywood.

Ron Bultongez was born the the African Congo and came to the United States as a child. Playing his guitar, he sang “Let it Go” by James Bay for his audition. An excited Luke said that there was something pretty inspiring about Ron; adding that he sang honestly. Katy said that she doesn’t know who Ron is. Noting that Ron was not polished, Luke said that there were several layers to Ron’s voice. Katy doesn’t feel that Ron is ready yet. Lionel agreed that he didn’t know who Ron was; adding that he was going to hold Ron back and wanted him to come back once he had polished his voice a bit more.

During a break the judges talked further and asked Ron to come back. Lionel said that he couldn’t get Ron off of his mind. With yeses from Luke and Lionel, Ron is going to Hollywood.

Maddie Poppie sang “Rainbow Connection” for her audition while she played her guitar. Lionel loved her storyteller voice; adding that he has made a career out of it. Katy said that Maddie had a distinctive quality to her voice. Maddie got three yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.

Musical theater performer Koby sang an original song a cappella for her audition. Katy said that the truth was Koby is not a pop star. Koby said that she was not leaving without a golden ticket. Lionel said that her voice would not work for Idol and popular music. Luke said that by passing Koby through, they were doing her a disservice. After Koby left the room, Luke said that she needed to move to New York. Koby is convinced that she nailed the audition because it is a singing competition.

Next the auditions move to Nashville and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Sixteen year old Harper Grace was among the “terrible National Anthem singers” when she was eleven. Now she is auditioning for “American Idol” with an original song. Katy said that it was a well written song. Luke asked to hear one more. Luke said that she has a great voice. Lionel liked the quality in her voice. Harper got three yeses and her ticket to Hollywood.

Kentucky native Layla Spring brought her little sister to the audition.  She chose a Jackson 5 song for her audition. Katy though that Layla should go to Hollywood but Luke and Lionel felt that she needed more work. But in the end, they gave Layla a ticket to Hollywood.

Cashier Benjamin Glaze likes being a cashier because he can meet cute girls, Luke asked him if he had ever kissed a girl and liked it. Katy gave him a kiss. Luke said that Benjamin needs to work on his craft a bit more. Katy said that it wouldn’t be fair to put him through because there are people who could out sing him. Saying no, Lionel told Benjamin to practice and come back.

An on to Hollywood where Lionel and Ryan had to show off their stars on the Walk of Fame.

Nico Bones chose “Worms” for his audition as he played his electric guitar. Katy called Nico dope. And while Luke and Katy liked him, they gave him a no for Idol.

Arkansas native and nursing student Noah Daivs played piano and sang “Stay” by Rihanna. Luke and Lionel went over and hugged Noah. Noah got his ticket to Hollywood.

On to Disney World and Disney Springs.

Alyssa Raghu sang “Almost is Not Enough” and had Luke and Lionel high fiving behind Katy. Lionel kept saying very good. Katy said that good at 15 and noted that Alyssa’s voice is only going to get better. Luke said that she is so easy on the ears. Lionel is very excited to see where Alyssa is going to go. She got her ticket to Hollywood.

Russian born Sador Milano won a singing competition in Russia and showed off his three octave range right away with his audition. While Sador has talent, Idol was not for him but maybe he should try Broadway.

Back in New York, 16 year old Floridian is a sock collector and brought some for each of the judges and Ryan. In his first audition ever Zach D’Onofrio chose the Frank Sinatra hit “The Way You Look Tonight”. Katy went down and danced with Zach as he sang. Luke and Lionel were dancing together. Lionel called Zach unique. Zach’s talking voice and singing voice are very different – a la Jim Nabors. Luke said that Zach had Sinatra down but pointed out Zach should follow Sinatra and lay back a bit. Lionel said htat Zach killed it and gave Zach his ticket to Hollywood.

Grace Walker got a no from the judges; adding that they would see her next year.

After a series of no clips, in the final audition of the night Dennis Lorenzo made Lionel smile. Lionel called Dennis refreshing. Katy said that it sounded good. Dennis had a guitar with a hole in it and the judges noted that Dennis proved that it wasn’t the instrument but what you did with it. Dennis got three yeses for a ticket to Hollywood.

Auditions continue on Monday night.

 

feature photo credit: By Josh Hallett from Winter Haven, FL, USA – American Idol Experience – Disney’s Hollywood Studios, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48117705

Lee DeWyze: From Idol to Walking Dead

In 15 seasons “American Idol” launched the careers of numerous performers; and while it has brought a good deal of success to a number of finalists, ony two of the 15 winners have had massive breakout success – Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

But not every winner was seeking the fame and fortune of the stage.

On season nine Lee DeWyze won the title of “American Idol” for that season. A songwriter, DeWyze had to rely on the music of others to woo voters; but eight years later, DeWyze has his original music scattered all over television including “Elementary”, “Suits”, “The Fosters”, “Nashville”, “The Walking Dead”, and “Shameless”.

DeWyze noted that, “it was always about the songwriting for me. It’s what I loved. That’s why I did all of that in the first place.” He adds that he wasn’t looking for the fame or “any of that stuff.”

A singing competition, DeWyze notes that Idol didn’t cater to songwriters. He broke away from his Idol contract in 2010 and shortly thereafter had his first song placement, “Blackbird Song” on “The Walking Dead” – a song he had written specifically for the show.