Hollywood Week has come to an end on Season 15 of ‘American Idol,’ and we finally know which singers will be moving on to the Top 24. 51 contestants performed in the most intense night of competition yet, but 27 were sent packing during final judgments. Read our full recap here!
Meet your Season 15 Top 24 of American Idol! The 51 remaining singers gave one final performance for the judges during the last night of Hollywood Week, and then individually faced Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. to find out their fate. Find out who’s moving on right here!
Stephany Negrete was the first to hear her fate, and the judges were totally wowed by her final Hollywood Week performance of Alicia Keys‘ “Girl On Fire.” “There is no way that we wouldn’t want you in our Top 24 on this, our last season of Idol,” Jennifer told Stephany. “You were amazing yesterday.” And we have our first finalist!
As Steph celebrated, Shelbie Z. made her way to the judges’ room, and Keith gushed over her performance of “Heart” by Barracuda. It was certainly enough to impress all three judges, because she became the second member of the Top 24. Michelle Marie sang “Little Toy Guns” by former Idol winner Carrie Underwood for her last go at Hollywood Week, and she was amazing. Unfortunately, though, the judges had to let her go, looking back at her performances as a whole and realizing there were just too many other singers ahead of the game
The judges have gone back and forth with Colette Lush all season long, but she made it through to final judgments, and used her chance to wow the superstars with Meghan Trainor’s “Like I’m Gonna Lose You.” It wasn’t enough to earn her a spot in the Top 24, though, and Colette was disappointingly sent home. Shockingly, early favorite Jessica Cabral also wasn’t able to cut it, along with Jessica Clark, Ameet Kanon and Terrian. It’s so hard to see all these great vocalists go at once!
After a tough run of eliminations for the girls, the first male contestant of the night, Mackenzie Bourg, got his chance in front of the judges. The crowd went absolutely crazy over his rendition of Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” and it was a no-brainer for Keith, J.Lo, and Harry to send him through. Trent Harmon, who fell ill with mono during Hollywood Week, was next to be judged, and even though he still wasn’t feeling great, his performance of “Tiny Dancer” was nothing short of epic. His ability to give it his all through crazy adversity wowed the judges, and they unanimously decided he deserved a spot in the Top 24 — and we agree!
Jenna Renae, James VIII, Kory Wheeler, Adam Lasher were also all announced safe, and will be moving on to the exciting next round, along with Jeneve Mitchell, 15, who sang an amazing version of “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash for her showcase. C.J. Johnson performed “Parachute” by Chris Stapleton for his final judgment, and he was also good enough for the next round, and so was the quirky Amelia Eisenhauet, who left it all on the stage while singing “New York State of Mind.” The judges had some criticism for 16-year-old Lee Jean, but he, too, was ultimately announced to be moving on, and so was the always unique and confident Avalon Young.
But not everyone was so lucky, like Chynna Sherrod, Mary Williams and Zach Person. After seeing these great, talented singers fall short, Dalton Rapatton went into his final judgment with more nerves than ever, but his confidence was likely strengthened when the judges gave him some exciting news: He’s Top 24-bound! Manny Torres barely made it through solo week, but he totally slayed the final showcase, and that was enough for Keith, Jen and Harry — he, too, was sent through.
Laurel Wright, Anatalia Villarandia and Isaac Cole were all eliminated, along with Jon Klausen, Kassy Levels and Andrew Nazarbekian. Would Thomas Stringfellow be the guy to turn it all around after performing One Direction’s “Story Of My Life”?! As it turns out, yes! Thomas excitedly accepted a spot in the Top 24, but with the spots filling up, who will join him? Sonika Vaid was next to find out, and the judges admittedly had a tough time deciding whether or not she had enough performance skill to move on — and the answer is yes! She, too, is headed to the next round.
Malie Delgado had a rough go during the solo round of Hollywood week when she completely lost her voice, but while she made it through then, she simply didn’t have enough momentum, as the judges told her she’d be going home this time. Meanwhile, Olivia Rox was dealing with health issues during the showcase round — not a good time for an illness to come on, huh?! — but she gave it her all on stage, and it was enough for the judges to advance her to the Top 24. Yay!
Emily Brooke made it to Final Judgments last season, but was unfortunately sent packing, so it was a huge moment for to get back here again. This time, her fate was much different, and Jennifer excitedly told her she’d be moving on! Not all the girls were able to advance, though: Sara Sturm, Jordyn Simone, Tiffany Harnly, Kayla Micklesen, Mionne Destiny were all, sadly, eliminated. It was an extra big night for Gianna Isabella, because her mom, Brenda Starr, has a past as a pop star — will she be following in her footsteps? It’s definitely a possibility now that she’s made the Top 24!
With only a few spots left, Jenn Blosil had a lot to prove during her showcase, and that’s just what she did. Jenn will move on, but others, like Christian Eason, Ariel Sprague, Kelsie Watts and Shevonne Philidor, were cut. And although the judges didn’t make it seem so promising at first, Tristan McIntosh is onto the next round, leaving only two spots and four contestants left.
The final two guys, Jordan Sasser and Kacye Haynes, went in front of the judges first, but only one could move on, and Harry revealed that it will be Jordan. For the final spot, it came down to La’Porsha Renae and Lindita, but it’s La’Porsha who will close out the Top 24. And there you have it, guys — for one last time, American Idol has named 24 finalists, and next week, 12 of them will sing duets with former (now-famous) contestants, with five going home. Stay tuned!
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of tonight’s episode of Idol?! Who is your favorite contestant still in the competition?