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The Top 8 contestants on the 2019 season of American Idol paid tribute to Queen last night, with the remaining contestants each performing a song from the legendary band’s catalogue, before partnering up for classic movie duet performances. (WARNING: Spoiler alerts!)

The remaining eight contestants battled it out to make it to the Top 6, and since the judges elected not to use their one “save” of the season during the episode, fearing that one of the front-runners will get the ax ahead of his or her time, two contestants were eliminated. In the end, Alyssa Raghu and Walker Burroughs were both sent home.

Read on for a recap of last night’s episode, and clips of both Raghu and Burroughs’ performances and a rundown of the judges reactions.

Walker Burroughs – “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”

Walker Burroughs Sings “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” – Queen Night – American Idol 2019 on ABCWalker Burroughs sings “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen in front of a live audience and judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie during Queen Night on American Idol 2019. See more of American Idol 2019 on our official site: http://www.americanidol.com Like American Idol on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanIdol Follow American Idol on Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanidol Follow American Idol on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/americanidol/ AMERICAN IDOL, the iconic series that revolutionized the television landscape by pioneering the music competition genre, returns on ABC. American Idol 2019 Helping to determine who America will ultimately vote for to become the next singing sensation are music industry forces and superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy® Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest returns as host of the beloved series. 2019-04-29T03:29:20.000Z

Walker Burroughs was the first contestant of the night, and he performed “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” Adam Lambert was Burroughs’ mentor for the evening, and the judges definitely took notice of his improved stage presence and performance. Lambert had noted that Burroughs was a bit awkward initially, and that he needs to work on trusting his instincts on stage so the judges and audience could see how charming he really is.

He began his performance near the judges table, and danced his way back to the stage, remaining nicely on pitch the entire way. Katy Perry loved that he used “all of his appendages” last night, and Luke Bryan said America was falling in love with his performance. Unfortunately, his rendition of “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” wasn’t enough to win over the voters, and he was sent home at the end of the night.

Alyssa Raghu – “Somebody to Love”

Alyssa Raghu Sings “Somebody To Love” – Queen Night – American Idol 2019 on ABCAlyssa Raghu sings “Somebody To Love” by Queen in front of a live audience and judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie during Queen Night on American Idol 2019. See more of American Idol 2019 on our official site: http://www.americanidol.com Like American Idol on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanIdol Follow American Idol on Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanidol Follow American Idol on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/americanidol/ AMERICAN IDOL, the iconic series that revolutionized the television landscape by pioneering the music competition genre, returns on ABC. American Idol 2019 Helping to determine who America will ultimately vote for to become the next singing sensation are music industry forces and superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy® Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest returns as host of the beloved series. 2019-04-29T03:42:38.000Z

Alyssa Raghu closed the show with “Somebody to Love,” and was coached by Lambert to be a “confident diva” on stage, which she definitely took to heart when she performed. She began her performance in full diva-mode, taking Lambert’s advice and channeling her inner-rockstar. Although she worked hard to prove herself to voters, her vocals weren’t as strong as they usually are, and she lost some of the musicality of the song throughout her performance.

The judges were still impressed, and gave her some advice toward the end; Lionel Richie told her to never lose her determination and Perry reminded her that she’s still going through puberty, before Raghu interrupted to mention how much she loves Bryan. Although Raghu’s performance performance was still pretty impressive, it wasn’t enough to get her into the top six.

Don’t Forget to Vote For Your Favorite Contestants & Start Preparing Your Audition Tape Now

For those of you who are hoping to audition for the singing competition, look no further. According to ABC, auditions for this season are closed now, so you’ll have to wait for next season to audition. However, auditions will be opening back up this summer, so you can start preparing your audition song and/or tape now!

According to the site, most of the auditions took place in August and September of 2018, so chances are the auditions for the 2019-2020 season will be open around the same time later this year. You can also start preparing your audition tape early, if you want to get a head start on auditions. If you aren’t able to make it to any of the tour stops, or none of the stops are near your hometown, you can submit your audition videos online via this website, or upload your talent to Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Musical.ly using the hashtag #TheNextIdol.

According to ABC, you just need to text the number of the contestant you want to vote for and then the assigned number to the contestant. For those who want to vote online, you can cast your votes at AmericanIdol.com/vote. You will need to create an account if you do not already have one, and you must be at least 13-years-old, and located in the U.S., Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands to vote.

In the meantime, enjoy the newest, rebooted season of American Idol, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite contestant!

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‘American Idol’: Judges vote to save Laci Kaye Booth after shocking elimination

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Spoiler alert! Contains details from Sunday’s episode of “American Idol.”

Days after we predicted he could win the whole thing, our favorite “American Idol” contestant has been sent packing.

Red-haired crooner Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon was shockingly eliminated from the ABC singing competition Sunday, after landing in the bottom two along with Laci Kaye Booth. Pressed to use their one save of the season as the end credits rolled, the judges voted for Booth to stay on the show as it moves into the Top 5 round next week.

Their decision to keep Booth over Harmon was a head-scratcher, given her underwhelming set of performances during the episode. The judges were critical of her wooden rendition of Janis Joplin’s “To Love Somebody,” imploring her to engage with the crowd and not merely stand in one place. They were more receptive of her take on Journey showstopper “Open Arms,” although viewers weren’t as impressed, tweeting that her “voice isn’t strong enough” and it was the “wrong song” for her.

Harmon, meanwhile, delivered a one-two punch: wowing the judges with his vocal runs on gospel hymn “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” and reaching new emotional heights with the stunning “Somewhere” from “West Side Story,” which perfectly showed off his seemingly limitless range.

“I was locked in every single word, every single syllable; you did so great,” Katy Perry said afterward.

Luke Bryan noted that Harmon got off to a shaky start, before adding, “From halfway through the song to the end, it was just incredible. Incredible.”

Lionel Richie was the most effusive in his praise, saying, “You cannot study mesmerizing. The audience was completely locked in on you. You killed it tonight.”

It’s a heartbreaking end of the road for Harmon, 26, a Catonsville, Maryland, native who once worked as a janitor at his father’s church before coming out as gay. The singer-songwriter has been candid all season-long about his struggle for acceptance from his conservative parents, who finally attended an “Idol” taping last week.

Three more episodes remain of this season of “Idol,” with the Top 5 battling it out Sunday (8 EDT/PDT) before the two-part finale begins May 19.

“American Idol” judges Lionel Richie, left, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan said goodbye to Wade Cota and Laci Kaye Booth during Sunday’s episode. So which finalists made it to the Top 3 and will head to the two-part season finale? Craig Sjodin, ABC ALEJANDRO ARANDA // 24 // Pomona, California // Signature performance: Post Malone’s “I Fall Apart” Eric McCandless, ABC LAINE HARDY // 18 // Livingston, Louisiana // Signature performance: Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home to Me” Eric McCandless, ABC MADISON VANDENBURG // 17 // Cohoes, New York // Signature performance: Kelly Clarkson’s “Already Gone” Eric McCandless, ABC

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‘American Idol’ Winner Crowned

American Idol came to a close on Sunday night with a performance-filled, three-hour finale. It was down to Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy and Madison VanDenberg as the final three contestants. After each contestant sang twice, the bottom vote getter was eliminated. The final two then had to duke it out over the course of the three-hour episode. Judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan were on hand for feedback.

Richie got things started with a performance of “Dancing On The Ceiling.” Then Hardy got things started with a performance of “home” by Marc Broussard. The song choice leaned into his gritty sound, and he delivered a solid performance. Richie called it “nasty.”

VanDenberg followed with a performance of “Shallow” from A Star Is Born, which played to her strengths as an artist. She showcased impressive vocals and performance skills, making the song her own with an artful arrangement. Bryan said the performance was “next level.”

Next, Aranda sang an original song titled “Millennial Love.” Aranda has taken a lot of risks this season by performing original songs, and it always pays off. His songwriting skills are as impressive as his vocal abilities, and it makes for very memorable performances. It was an intensely vulnerable performance, and all three judges were blown away.

For his second performance, Hardy sang “Jambalaya” by Hank Williams. He leaned into the southern funk and had a lot of fun with the song choice. Bryan praised the song choice.

VanDenberg next sang “Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson, which allowed her to deliver the big, powerful notes that have defined her journey on this show. Bryan praised her range, and Perry told her to keep working hard to achieve her dreams.

Aranda sang another original for his second performance. The song was called “Tonight,” and he also played the keyboard for this one, showcasing his vocal and instrumental abilities. It was another impressive performance that showed off his artistry. The judges called it “beautiful.”

After former Idol winner Carrie Underwood sang her new song “Southbound,” it was announced that VanDenberg was the lowest vote getter. She was eliminated, and that left Aranda and Hardy to compete for the champion title.

Montell Jordan performed “This Is How We Do It,” joined by auditioners Margie Mays and Austin Michael Robinson. Perry then joined Daddy Yankee on stage for a performance of “Con Calma.”

Aranda then returned to the stage for yet another original song. This one, called “10 Years,” was even more emotional than the others, with Aranda really showcasing the full extent of his talent, backed by a full orchestra.

Former Idol runner-up Adam Lambert sang his new song “New Eyes.” He was then joined by Dimitrius Graham for a performance of “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

VanDenberg returned to the stage to sing “Speechless” with Dan + Shay. Then Bryan performed “Knocking Boots” as well as a duet of “Every Breath You Take” with Laci Kaye Booth. Jon Pardi and Hardy next sang a medley of “Dirt On My Boots” and “Night Shift.”

Perry sang “Unconditionally” with Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon. Wade Cota also returned to sing “Africa” with Weezer, and Walker Burroughs sang “Take On Me” with the band. Alyssa Raghu came back to sing “Lost In The Middle Of Nowhere” with country singer Kane Brown. Former contestant Shayy also sang “Rise Up” with Andra Day, and Uche sang “Hollywood Swinging” with Kool & The Gang. Other members of the final ten joined the stage.

Hardy returned to the stage one last time to sing “Bring It On Home To Me” by Sam Cooke. It was a great song choice for him, playing to his strengths and allowing him to really work the stage. Perry called him “authentic.”

For his final performance, Aranda sang another original song called “Out Loud,” which is what he sang when he auditioned for the show. It was a full circle moment for him, and it reiterated how special he is as a rare songwriter on the show.

Then it was finally time for Ryan Seacrest to crown a winner. After the nationwide vote, Laine Hardy became the next American Idol. Aranda was the runner-up.

‘American Idol’: Contestants make Elton John’s discography their own; field down to Top 3

Spoiler alert: The following contains details of the May 12 episode of ABC’s “American Idol.”

Only three contestants are “still standing” after Sunday’s “American Idol” featuring Elton John tributes.

The final five Idol contestants each had three song assignments this week: one hand-picked by mentor Bobby Bones, another chosen by the contestant as a tribute to his or her heroes, and a third by the Rocket Man himself.

“We all appreciate the hard work and sacrifice it takes to make music,” John told contestants in a prerecorded video message, adding that he was honored his songs could be a part of their musical journeys.

Alejandro Aranda, 24, slowed things down on the piano with a cover of “Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word” that left Katy Perry “so sad” — in the best way possible.

“You are owning the night, my friend,” judge Luke Bryan fawned. “Wrap your head around being a ginormous star, please. Because there’s no other way around it.”

17-year-old Madison VanDenburg had some big platform shoes to fill with “Your Song.” And fill them she did, with a cover Bryan dubbed “soulful” and “truly amazing.”

“You’re coming into this competition with a bat to knock everybody out. It’s so amazing,” judge Lionel Richie added. “Just take us on the journey, because your star is shining bright.”

Laine Hardy, 18, donned a sparkly all-silver suit that Richie thought might have been taken from his own closet. The judges agreed that Hardy’s style and voice were equally on point in a cover of “Something About the Way You Look Tonight.”

“You’ve got this gravelly thing that’s your signature, but we heard you singing tonight,” Bryan said.

But Sunday night wasn’t all “holding hands and skimming stones.” The candle burned out for Wade Cota and Laci Kaye Booth, whose respective covers of “Rocket Man” and “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” weren’t enough to save them from elimination.

Still, Richie found a silver lining for the two contestants heading home.

“Whether you get sent home on this round or not, you are all going to work,” he said. “Because the stars have been set right here. This is the best group ever.”

Now down to the top three, Hardy, VanDenburg and Aranda head into the season finale of “American Idol” live Sunday (8 EDT/PDT).

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American Idol returns Sunday night with the moment we have all been waiting for—the crowning of this season’s winner.

The remaining three contestants—Madison Vandenburg, Alejandro Aranda and Laine Hardy—were determined during last week’s tribute to Elton John’s classic hits. Find out which contestant will be crowned the winner when American Idol airs Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

As the anticipation grows for the finale episode to air, some fans are still mourning the elimination of faves Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon and Wade Cota, while others have been going on Twitter to share who they plan to vote for to win the whole enchilada.

While the remaining three contestants have loyal fanbases of their own, it looks like the pendulum may be swinging in Laine’s favor. This season of American Idol is the Louisiana singer’s second time on the show — he was cut last season before the live rounds — and he didn’t initially want to audition for another go on the reality TV talent contest.

He accompanied his hometown friend Ashton Gill on guitar for her audition, but the judges — all of whom remembered him from the year before — convinced the 19-year-old to audition on his own and both Ashton and Laine made it through to the Hollywood Week round.

As American Idol fans know, Ashton was eliminated early on but Laine continued to make waves in the competition resulting in #HardyParty to become a trending topic.

“I’m ready to party with a hardy,” Twitter user @LDart13 wrote after the Top 3 was announced.

“@TheLaineHardy is My Idol All Aboard The Laine Train,” @AshleyEPerry added.

A special message from @TheLaineHardy to the whole Hardy Party __ pic.twitter.com/mWE7QqLK1Y

— American Idol (@AmericanIdol) May 18, 2019

When Laine first appeared on American Idol last season, the then-17-year-old didn’t even make it to the Top 50 after the judges concluded that he didn’t embody the confidence of a performer.

If Laine were to win Sunday’s finale, it wouldn’t be the first time an artist won American Idol after being eliminated from an earlier season of the show. Season 12 champion Candice Glover took the prize after competing in Season 9 and 10, while Season 13 winner Caleb Johnson had previously appeared in seasons 10 and 11.

Along with crowning a new Idol, Sunday’s episode will also see performances from Idol royalty Carrie Underwood and Adam Lambert—as well as Weezer, Dan + Shay, Kane BrownKool & The Gang and Jon Pardi.

American Idol judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie will also hit the stage for a jam-packed, musical night.

Find out who is ultimately crowned the winner of American Idol when the finale episode airs Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET.

‘American Idol’ Top 3 are (left to right) Madison Vandenburg, Alejandro Aranda and Laine Hardy. ABC/Twitter

‘American Idol’: Top 10 Sing Disney Hits, Bottom Three Go Home

In performances aired live across time zones in the U.S., the top 10 contestants of ABC’s American Idol sang Disney songs for America’s vote on Sunday night. The results were then announced instantly at the end of the show, with three singers leaving the competition. At this point in the season, judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan have relinquished control of who moves forward and who goes home. Broadway star Idina Menzel also joined to mentor the contestants.

After a performance of “When You Wish Upon a Star” by Perry and the top 10 and some Disney promotional shenanigans at the top, Maddie Poppe was the first singer to perform. She sang “The Bare Necessities” from Jungle Book, and during their mentor meeting, Menzel worked with her on hitting the high notes. Poppe accompanied herself on the ukulele, delivering a slowed-down arrangement of the song that allowed her to showcase her vocals. Bryan called her voice “timeless.”

Jurnee, who was one of the judges’ picks for the top 10, delivered a stunning performance of “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana. Menzel encouraged her to be vulnerable onstage, and that advice definitely paid off, with Jurnee giving one of her most emotional performances to date. Her phrasing was strong, and her presence was powerful throughout. Richie praised her ability to sing from the heart.

Cade Foehner was up next, singing “Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid, turning it into a modern rock ballad. He made it his own and proved that he could take a very specific theme week that doesn’t necessarily cater to his strengths and use it to show his creativity and versatility. Perry gushed over his charm, as usual.

Ada Vox followed with a dramatic, stunning performance of “Circle of Life” from The Lion King, yet again showcasing huge range and bold dynamics. Jennifer Hudson tackled the song in one of the most iconic American Idol moments of all time, so Vox had big shoes to fill, but she sang it with just as much passion and talent. It really was a great song choice for her. She brought the judges to their feet and seemed to remain one of their favorites with this performance.

Michelle Sussett sang “Remember Me” from Coco, starting a capella and eventually singing in Spanish, which the judges have been encouraging her to do all season. It wasn’t a pitch-perfect song choice, but she once again proved she’s a talented performer with great stage presence and a pop star vibe. Bryan reiterated that Sussett is a star, and Richie thought her real self came through.

This live-voting format definitely gave the first half a slight advantage by allowing for more time for voters swayed by the singing, and it seemed like the first half was front-loaded with a lot of the judges’ favorites. Ryan Seacrest teased that at that point in the evening, 8 million votes had already been cast.

Gabby Barrett was up next, singing “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas, and Menzel worked with her on her nerves. She gave a straightforward cover of the song, not playing around with much, but it allowed her to really focus in on the technical aspects of her voice. Barrett sounded strong on the high notes, and Bryan said she has the right tools to win.

Singing “Beauty and the Beast” from the film of the same name, Michael J. Woodard gave yet another beautiful, slow performance showcasing his unique tone. It was a great song choice that allowed him to show off his higher range. Perry compared Woodard to Michael Jackson and Frank Ocean.

Caleb Lee was up next with a country performance of “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story. It was another fitting song choice, allowing him to stick to his wheelhouse. He sang with confidence, giving a fun, light-hearted performance dedicated to his dog. The judges praised his song choice.

Catie Turner followed with a signature indie take on “Once Upon a Dream” from Sleeping Beauty. It was her personal best performance from a vocal perspective, more dynamic and complex than her song arrangements tend to reflect. Richie called it “magical.”

Dennis Lorenzo closed out the show with a performance of The Lion King’s “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” He gave an entertaining performance and then really pulled through for the high notes. Lorenzo showed his personality and versatility on Sunday night, elevating the song into more than just a sappy showtune. The judges were unanimously impressed.

Then it was time for the live eliminations. After the nationwide vote, three contestants were sent home: Vox, Lorenzo and Sussette. Vox’s elimination was particularly shocking.

“Nobody ever said life was fair.” That’s a lesson I learned early on from the 1981 camp/horror classic Mommie Dearest, and a lesson that was brutally reiterated during tonight’s installment of American Idol.

Halfway through the results telecast, three of the most lovely and talented graduates ever to emerge from The House That Kelly Clarkson Built — Season 8’s Allison Iraheta, Season 10’s Pia Toscano and Season 11’s Jessica Sanchez — engaged in a few seconds of beautiful harmony to kick off… brace for it… judge Jennifer Lopez’s rendition of… of… I don’t wannt type this… please don’t make me type this… ugh it’s my job to type this… “I Luh Ya Papi.”

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I’m not even going to bother reviewing Jenny From the Block’s performance. I’ll just let the “Random Pop-Music Cliché Generator” spit out a few phrases: Bedazzled Daisy Dukes. Backing Track. Soul-Destroying Lyrics. Death of the English Language. Squatting.

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Meanwhile, Harry Connick Jr. used his “tastemaker” status to champion so-so New Orleans act Royal Teeth, while the show’s producers continue to ignore really terrific new music from the likes of Ms. Iraheta’s band Halo Circus, Ms. Toscano’s new duo, Melinda Doolittle, Skylar Laine, Lee Dewyze (recently featured on The Walking Dead), Elise Testone, Didi Benami and many, many more.

I know, I know, I’m a broken record of the same complaints week after week, season after season. And nobody ever said life was fair.

On that note, let me get to results. Because sometimes, results are all an Idoloonie has left to hold onto.

Sent to Safety (in No Particular Order)
Jessica Meuse
Malaya Watson
Alex Preston
Caleb Johnson
C.J. Harris
Jena Irene
Sam Woolf

Bottom 3 Vote-Getters
Dexter Roberts
Majesty Rose
M.K. Nobilette

Rescued From Jeopardy First
Majesty Rose

Rescued From Jeopardy Second
Dexter Roberts

Lowest Vote-Getter
M.K. Nobilette

“Save-Me Song”
M.K. poured quite a bit of passion into John Legend’s “All of Me,” but despite the judges’ “deep talking” faces and chit-chat, you knew they weren’t gonna use it. I mean, the producers chose to show M.K. asking bandleader Rickey Minor for the opening line to her song — not exactly a ringing endorsement for her readiness to take Candice Freakin’ Glover’s crown and sash. But hey, as exit performances go, this one was solid — a good reminder that while M.K. may have some growing to do, there could be some real musical success at the end of the road.

And with that, I turn it over to you…

What did you think of Season 13 Top 10 results night? Did the right contestant get the boot? If not, who should’ve been cut? And how did you feel seeing/hearing J.Lo on the Idol stage? What about the fact that Allison, Pia and Jessica were backing her? Sound off in the comments!
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People have been talking about American Idol‘s Disney night all week. But the hottest topic of that conversation isn’t the amazing performances we saw, or Katy Perry’s amazing Ursula getup. Sunday night’s results re-fueled a long-standing Idol debate: is there some sort of racial bias involved with this show?

Sunday’s episode ended with the elimination of Dimitrius Graham and
Uché from the competition, with Alyssa Raghu joining them in the bottom 3. These three were among the bottom seven last week, but were each chosen by one of the judges to be saved and stay in the competition.

They were also three of the only three people of color left standing, with Dimitrius and Uché being the only two black contestants in the top 10, or to even make it to the live rounds. And this was something that did not go unnoticed by a lot of fans.

How American idol vote off both black people the same night? ?

— Tayler (@tayfoe14) April 25, 2019

America, why can’t you vote for the incredibly talented black men this season? Too many bland white boys going through tonight. I call BS. #AmericanIdol

— queen of irony, RN (@queenofironyRN) April 22, 2019

While others simply rolled their eyes at the people upset by the results.

People claiming @AmericanIdol is racist bc the only two black guys got voted off in the same episode? Don’t blame the show, blame the people watching the show, they’re the ones voting, not those producing the show, blame the viewers #AmericanIdol

— Alfredo Sauce (@freddy25) April 22, 2019

was dreading getting on twitter after hearing tonight’s results. two black men being voted off does not mean american idol is racist! https://t.co/aASjbbe20S

— leah brooke (@_leahthomas13) April 22, 2019

One thing to note is that this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a scenario like this on Idol. Of the show’s previous 16 winners, 12 have been white. And it’s fairly common to see the bulk of the people of color to make it to the live rounds leave relatively early (like last season when we lost at least one person of color every week and the finale ended up consisting of – you guessed it – three white contestants.

#AmericanIdol voters: you can be black or you can be flamboyant but you can’t be both ?????

— Bubby (@flyguy2snackz) April 22, 2019

While I would guess most of the audience isn’t thinking directly about the races of the contestants when voting, there may be some implicit biases involved. While this can never be confirmed as RIGHT, it does make sense. While Idol isn’ on FOX anymore, ABC’s main demo tends to be a bit more on the conservative side, compared to, say, NBC where The Voice airs (though not without this sort of thing happening at times as well).

The bottom 3 are all people of color? (and clearly NOT the weakest singers) It’s not a coincidence!! I’m not trying to start anything but I can’t be the only one thinking this.. Also I’m salty AF that Uche went home.. ???

— Kait (@KaitNicholexo) April 24, 2019

It’s very unfortunate that we often lose talented people of color so early on this show like we did on Sunday night. Is it racism? Probably not explicitly, and it’s definitely not always the case. But when these sorts of scenarios happen this often, it seems very possible that there is some sort of internal bias going on. For some reason, a lot of American Idol‘s (predominantly white) audience seems to have an easier time connecting with and getting behind performers who…fit a certain mold.

How can this change? Will it ever change? Is there even anything that needs to change? Conversations like these can be difficult – even uncomfortable at times – but they’re certainly ones worth having. So please, share your thoughts on all of this in the comments below!

American Idol‘s remaining eight finalists took on some of Queen’s greatest hits on Sunday, and by the end of the night, only six were left vying for the throne. But eight solo performances do not a two-hour event make, so Idol‘s final eight were also paired up for a series of (mostly successful) duets from other artists.

Before we get to the results, let’s break down all of tonight’s performances…

WALKER BURROUGHS, Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” | Following his “tremendously awkward” practice with Adam Lambert — who, in Burroughs’ defense, did look like a pirate — real-life Archie Andrews took the stage for a performance that was… just as awkward. The vocals were fine, but I was too distracted by the dad moves to appreciate them. We’ve seen Burroughs make magic at the piano, so I’m not sure why the show is forcing him to cheesily strut around the stage in an attempt to be something he’s not. The judges keep stressing “authenticity,” but I’m starting to wonder if they even know what that means anymore. Grade: B ( to watch!)

MADISON VANDENBURG, Queen’s “The Show Must Go On” | Lambert immediately zeroed in on VanDenburg’s only notable fault — her inability to convey emotion in her performances — and she promised to take his advice to heart. That said, I wouldn’t exactly say she kept her promise, as she smiled her way through what is clearly a dramatic ballad. Technically speaking, this was an impressive performance, but if the goal is to improve, I wouldn’t say VanDenburg quite hit the bullseye. (Or as Katy Perry clumsily put it, “You still have a little far to go.”) And I’m a little irked by the disconnect between what the judges want (hair flips!) and what the show is giving us (aka literal nails in VanDenburg’s hair). Grade: A-

LAINE HARDY & LACI KAYE BOOTH, Johny Cash’s “Jackson” | The force was definitely with these two tonight… and by that, I mean the chemistry they allegedly exhibited during their duet couldn’t have been more forced. And Perry certainly towed the company line by suggesting that Hardy’s big smile was a result of his singing partner. (“Watch out, Maddie and Caleb!”) All snark aside, the performance was solid — so why overshadow the talent with some phony romantic angle? You’re better than this, Idol. (Or not.)
Grade: B+ ( to watch!)

JEREMIAH LLOYD HARMON, Queen’s “Who Wants to Live Forever” | “I’m going to sing with my heart, and whatever that looks like, it’s going to be beautiful,” Harmon said after his rehearsal with Lambert, and boy did he make good on that promise. This was the first song of the night that really took us on a journey, one that began simply and crescendoed into something really powerful. Lambert was right when he asked Harmon to rethink using a guitar; it really felt like he was baring his soul on that stage. The fact that his parents were in the audience — and loved the performance! — was merely the icing on the cake. Grade: A

ALEJANDRO ARANDA, Queen’s “Under Pressure” | As he is wont to do, Aranda put his own spin on this classic Queen jam, admitting in rehearsal that he worried he might be changing things up too much. Come performance time, though, it was clear he had nothing to worry about, giving us a surprisingly calming rendition of a song about being crushed by the weight of your own stress. He even gave us a hint of a guitar solo, making this a true Aranda performance. Grade: B+

WADE COTA & ALYSSA RAGHU, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” | First of all, how dare Bobby Bones say that most people know this song from Guardians of the Galaxy? He had so little screen time tonight. Why did he have to go and ruin it by saying that? Anyway, this unlikely pairing gave us a pretty decent performance, even if the background singers completely drowned them out during the chorus. Grade: B- ( to watch!)

MADISON VANDENBURG & JEREMIAH LLOYD HARMON, “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman | This was probably my favorite duet of the night, and not just because it felt like a premonition of the season’s final two. He overpowered her a little, which I wouldn’t have expected, but when they were on, they were on. (I’m not sure what “beautiful dance of respect” Perry was watching.) Grade: A

LAINE HARDY, Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls” | “Your voice is fine, have some fun” might be the best piece of advice anyone has given Hardy all season. (The actual best advice would be to drop that “party with a Hardy” nonsense.) And I actually think Hardy took Lambert’s words to heart, both in his interactions with the audience and in ensemble. (I can’t imagine a social event in which those sparkly gold shoes would be appropriate, but I still want them.)
Grade: B ( to watch!)

LACI KAYE BOOTH, Queen’s “Love of My Life” | I really only have one word after that performance: YES! … OK, maybe a few more: From those smoky vocals to the intimate bond she formed with the audience, this really was Booth at her absolute best. And don’t even get me started on the outfit, a fitting look for a budding country queen. In fact, I’d like to edit one of my earlier statements; I’d very much like to see Booth in this season’s final two. (I also appreciated Booth shooting down Ryan Seacrest’s inquiry about whether she’s thinking about a certain someone while singing. Can’t a girl just be talented without this show trying to anchor her to some guy? Telling Bones that she’s proud to represent “all the small-town girls” was also a nice touch.) Grade: A

ALEJANDRO ARANDA & WALKER BURROUGHS, Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” | Assuming it gets released, I’d love to hear the studio version of this duet. Aranda and Burroughs’ voices blended nicely, and the bones of a potentially great performance were definitely there, but something kept it from being truly exceptional — even if it did end on a lovely little harmony.
Grade: B ( to watch!)

WADE COTA, Queen’s “We Are the Champions” | Coming to bookstores this summer: Are You There, Falsetto? It’s Me, Wade. … OK, now that I’ve had my fun, this performance really wasn’t that bad, even if I raised my eyebrow at the arrangement a few times. And even though he flubbed a lyric. (Kudos on powering through, I guess…?)
Grade: C+ ( to watch!)

ALYSSA RAGHU, Queen’s “Somebody to Love” | Given the tepid reception she’s gotten from America thus far, I feel like Raghu really needed a win… and this wasn’t exactly it. Sure, she exuded natural confidence on stage, and the vocals were mostly solid. But the fact that Lionel Richie’s only critique was that Raghu shouldn’t lose her determination pretty much said it all.
Grade: B ( to watch!)

Results time! After America’s vote, the following contestants were marked as safe: Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, Laci Kaye Booth, Madison VanDenburg, Laine Hardy, Alejandro Aranda and Wade Cota, leaving Walker Burroughs and Alyssa Raghu in jeopardy. Sadly, the judges chose not to save either of them, sending both Burroughs and Raghu home.

Your thoughts on this week’s elimination? More videos will be added when they become available. In the meantime, vote for your favorite performance(s) in our poll below and drop a comment with your thoughts on the results.

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‘American Idol’s Top 6 Elimination Shocker — Did the Judges Save the Right Person? (POLL)

American Idol’s Top 6 was whittled down to a Top 4 during Sunday night’s broadcast as two contestants fell on the chopping block, but a surprise save allowed one of those bottom two a second chance.

The contestants that were vying for a spot in the Top 4 included Alejandro Aranda, Madison VanDenburg, Wade Cota, Laine Hardy, Laci Kaye Booth, and Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon. When it came down to reveal who America chose as its final four, host Ryan Seacrest regretfully shared that Laci Kaye Booth and Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon didn’t make the cut.

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This came after Harmon sang “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” for the night’s Woodstock theme and Barbra Streisand’s “Somewhere” as his “showstopper.”

For her part, Booth sang Janis Joplin’s “To Love Somebody” for the night’s theme, and then “Open Arms” by Journey for her showstopper.

Although it appeared that all hope was lost, the judges — Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie — finally used their save for the season as they placed Booth back in the competition. But did they pick the right person to save? Fans had a lot of feelings about their decision during last night’s broadcast.

Whether it was reactions to the bottom two overall or the judges decision, fans weren’t exactly happy.

So glad they saved @lacikayebooth! But so sad to see @jlloydharmon go! #AmericanIdol 💔😭

— Ashley Dale Cotton ♡ (@AshleyDCotton) May 6, 2019

Not the decision I would have made…[email protected] should have been saved …

— Tina Redmond-Locke (@Redmond2Tina) May 6, 2019

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okayyy woah. america voted @jlloydharmon out? @katyperry picked @lacikayebooth over jeremiah? are your brains working tonight? all of top 5 knew Jeremiah shoulda made it. BIG mistakes made tonight. not happy 😡

— julia dempsey (@jjclaired) May 6, 2019

WHAT????? NO @jlloydharmon and @lacikayebooth in the top 4???!!!#AmericanIdol

— Maritza Puello (@cocodark) May 6, 2019

You sent the wrong one home! @jlloydharmon is way better than @lacikayebooth

— Esmeralda Dimas (@dimas_esmeralda) May 6, 2019

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Over the show’s 16 seasons, the auditions never failed to wow.

How could they not save @jlloydharmon @lacikayebooth is good but but not close to the greatness of Jeremiah.

— Josh (@JoshuaMosse) May 6, 2019

So what do you think about the Idol judges decision to save Booth? Was it the right one? Let us know in the poll below.

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Laci Kaye Booth is almost certain to face elimination on “American Idol” this Sunday according to the results of our poll of viewers. She only made the final five on last Sunday’s episode when Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie decided to use their one judges save of the season to keep her in the competition. But she has earned only a measly 6% in our survey of “American Idol” fans heading into the Top 5 show on May 12.

The other contestant joining her in the bottom two is likely to be Madison VanDenburg who merited a mere 8% in our poll results. All five singers still in the competition will take to the stage on Sunday to perform a trio of tunes. Each will sing a song from the Elton John catalog, another picked out by mentor Bobby Bones and a third in honor of Mother’s Day.

Of the other three artists still in the hunt to win season 17, Wade Cota looks the most vulnerable. Wade has only 15% support. Combined, these three contestants have earned just 29% of the total tally as of this writing. Compare that to Alejandro Aranda who remains the frontrunner to win season 17 with a whopping 40% support. His closest competition, Laine Hardy, has racked up 31% of the vote to date.

Who do you think will be sent home on May 12? Vote in our poll at the bottom of this post and then weigh in with your thoughts on your predictions for season 17 of “American Idol” in our comments section. To help you make up your mind, we’ve listed all the songs sung by the Top 5 to date.

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Alejandro Aranda
Top 40: “Yellow” by Coldplay
Top 20 Solo: “I Fall Apart” by Post Malone
Top 20 Duet: with Ben Harper on “There Will Be A Light” by Harper
Top 14 Song 1: “One Dance” by Drake
Top 14 Song 2: “Cholo Love” (original song)
Top 10 Song: “Remember Me” from “Coco”
Top 8 Song: “Under Pressure” by Queen
Top 6 Song 1: “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane
Top 6 Song 2: “Poison” (original song)

Laci Kaye Booth
Top 40: “Georgia on My Mind” by Ray Charles
Top 20 Solo: “I Want You To Want Me” by Cheap Trick
Top 20 Duet: with Brett Young on “Mercy” by Young
Top 14 Song 1: “I Miss You” by Blink 182
Top 14 Song 2: “As Long as You Follow” by Fleetwood Mac
Top 10 Song: “I See the Light” from “Tangled”
Top 8 Song: “Love of My Life” by Queen
Top 6 Song 1: “To Love Somebody” by The Bee Gees
Top 6 Song 2: “Open Arms” by Journey

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Wade Cota
Top 40: “Work Song” by Hozier
Top 20 Solo: “All I Want” by Kodaline
Top 20 Duet: with Lovely The Band on “Broken” by Lovely The Band
Top 14 Song 1: “Trouble” by Ray LaMontagne
Top 14 Song 2: “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Top 10 Song: “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from “Toy Story”
Top 8 Song: “We Are the Champions” by Queen
Top 6 Song 1: “With A Little Help From My Friends” by The Beatles
Top 6 Song 2: “Through The Valley” by Shawn James

Laine Hardy
Top 40: “Come Together” by The Beatles
Top 20 Solo: “Bring It On Home” by Sonny Boy Williamson
Top 20 Duet: with Elle King on “The Weight” by The Band
Top 14 Song 1: “That’s Alright Mama by Elvis Presley
Top 14 Song 2: “Hurricane”
Top 10 Song: “Oo-De-Lally” from “Robin Hood”
Top 8 Song: “Fat Bottomed Girls” by Queen
Top 6 Song 1: “I Don’t Need No Doctor” by Ray Charles
Top 6 Song 2: “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry

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Madison VanDenburg
Top 40: “Who’s Lovin’ You” by The Miracles
Top 20 Solo: “Domino” by Jessie J.
Top 20 Duet: with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo on “We Belong” by Benatar
Top 14 Song 1: “Fallin’” by Alicia Keys
Top 14 Song 2: “You and I” by Lady Gaga
Top 10 Song: “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana”
Top 8 Song: “The Show Must Go On” by Queen
Top 6 Song 1: “Piece Of My Heart” by Janis Joplin
Top 6 Song 2: “I Surrender” by Celine Dion

It was Disney night on American Idol this week, and the show kicked off the first live coast-to-coast voting of the season. Judge Katy Perry put on her best Ursula costume to watch the Top 10 perform songs from Disney movies.

The contestants got to visit Disneyland and meet with mentor Rebel Wilson before performing. Voting was open in all time zones for the entire episode until the last commercial break.

The show ended with two contestants going home, leaving us with a Top 8 going into next week’s show. The judges will be able to save one contestant this season, but chose not to use it this week. Check out all of the night’s performances and find out who went home below.

Uché

Uché’s mom and sister surprised him at Disneyland after last week’s save from Lionel Richie. He chose to sing “I 2 I” from A Goofy Movie, which Rebel Wilson called an “obscure” choice. Although the judges were unsure about the song, they said it didn’t matter because of his amazing energy. To top it all off, Goofy himself showed up after the performance.

Laci Kaye Booth

Laci’s favorite Disney Princess is Rapunzel, so she chose to sing “I See the Light” from Tangled. Her mom shared how proud she is before the performance. Luke Bryan said she can make any song hers, and said he felt like he was at a real concert. Lionel called it a “perfect song” for her.

Alejandro Aranda

Alejandro admitted to Rebel that he didn’t actually know the lyrics to his song, “Remember Me” from Coco. He chose to give the track his own unique arrangement on acoustic guitar. Lionel said he embodies “true artistry,” and encouraged viewers to vote. Katy played on the song title by saying she’ll always remember him.

Alyssa Raghu

Katy’s pick from last week got to hang out with her little sisters at Disneyland before her performance of “Colors of the Wind” from Pocahontas. Katy said she wanted to steal her voice like Ursula. Luke praised her for fighting for her place after almost getting eliminated.

Wade Cota

Wade chose to sing “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story. His sister joined him in Disneyland and said he’s been her American Idol since day one. Luke said it was a “glimpse into the future” of what he could be as an artist. Lionel called him a “star” with an instantly recognizable voice.

Dimitrius Graham

Dimitrius got to spend time with his mom at Disneyland, calling her “my hero.” He chose to sing “You’ll Be in My Heart” from Tarzan, and Rebel advised him to emote more. Dimitrius broke down at the end of the performance, and Katy ran to give him a hug. She said he has “an incredible instrument of a voice.” Meanwhile, Luke gloated about saving him.

Walker Burroughs

Walker chose to sing “When She Loved Me” from Toy Story 2. Rebel advised him to connect the song to himself emotionally. Katy said it was “so impressive,” pointing out how quiet the audience was as he sang. Lionel said it was “as close to a perfect performance as I could ever think of.”

Madison VanDenburg

Madison chose to sing “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana. She said she felt “super confident” after working with Rebel. “Can you just try to make it look difficult, please?” Luke said after the performance, adding that she “surpassed” everyone else who has covered that song.

Laine Hardy

Laine chose to sing “Oo-De-Lally” from Robin Hood, which he said his father loves. He put a cool rock ‘n’ roll twist on the tune, and Lionel said he found his “wheelhouse.” Katy reiterated her belief that he could win the whole show, and Luke agreed with her.

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon

Jeremiah’s sister surprised him at Disneyland, which marked the first time one of his family members has visited him during the show. He sang “Candle on the Water” from Pete’s Dragon. Katy said it’s a “pleasure” to watch him sing, and Luke called him a “pro.” Lionel said he’s “owning” his talent.

Who Made It Into The Top 8?

Interestingly, the last three artists to learn their fate were the judges’ picks from last week — Dimitrius Graham, Alyssa Raghu, and Uché. Alyssa was chosen to go into the Top 8, and the judges chose not to use their save. That means Dimitrius and Uché were sent home.