The competition is heating up! The 12 contestants left are vying for a spot in the top 14. Who will make it? Read our recap of the April 16 episode of ‘American Idol’ now!
The judges are going to narrow it down to the top 14, but they have to see 12 more celebrity duets! First up is Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Bebe Rexha, who are singing her song “Meant To Be” with Florida Georgia Line. This song is a great choice for Caleb. It allows him to flex his country muscles while having a little bit of fun with the song’s pop vibe. After the performance, Bebe gives Caleb a kiss on the cheek, and he can’t help but blush! The judges really love how Caleb kicked things off. Lionel gushes that “everything” about Caleb’s performance was “just fantastic!”
Ada Vox is next and she’s paired with the incredible Lea Michele. They’re singing “Defying Gravity” from Wicked. Lea is the perfect celebrity mentor for Ada. Their duet is nothing short of fantastic. Their voices are simply perfect together. We all know Lea has amazing pipes, but Ada gives Lea a run for her money! The judges give Ada and Lea a rightfully earned standing ovation. “A star is born,” Lionel tells Ada. Enough said!
Maddie Poppe and Colbie Caillat, who actually auditioned twice for Idol, team up for a wonderful duet. They sing Colbie’s hit “Bubbly.” The duet is fine, but nothing more. Ada’s a tough act to follow, and Maddie’s performance seems a little safe. Right after Maddie’s performance, Katy split her pants!
Ron Bultongez sings “Someone to You” with Banners. Yes, this is the song that always plays during the show. Ron has so much fun with the performance. Lionel loves that Ron was out of his comfort zone during the performance. All in all, the judges are big fans of Ron! Amelia Hammer Harris sings “Me, Myself & I” alongside Bebe. Amelia holds her own. “I think that you’re a star,” Katy says.
Shannon O’Hara and Cam perform a powerful rendition of “Burning House.” When Shannon hits a high note, Lionel is taken aback. Shannon and Cam really work together in this duet, holding hands almost the entire time. Katy wants to see more of what she just saw from Shannon. That voice is something else!
Alyssa Raghu and Banners sing Coldplay’s “Yellow.” It’s a good performance, but nothing mind-blowing. Lionel gets booed after giving Alyssa some constructive criticism. “That didn’t give me what you shine on,” he says. She appreciates his words of advice. Marcio Donaldson and Allen Stone are up next. Marcio was originally supposed to sing with Toni Braxton, but she got sick. He only had one day to rehearse, and he was really feeling the nerves. But he absolutely slays. He has the judges on his feet and dancing along. Marcio is electric on stage. The judges are so psyched to see Marcio come alive. “You’re meant to be here, and you know it now,” Katy says.
Lea returns to sing with Jurnee. They team up and perform Lea’s song “Run to You.” Like Ada, Jurnee holds her own alongside the singer and actress. The judges are blown away by Lea and Jurnee’s synchronicity. “The sky is the limit for you,” Lionel says about Jurnee. WOW!
Garrett Jacobs and Colbie sing “Lucky” together. If you weren’t swooning over Garrett before, you are now! He’s just so darn cute! And he’s super talented, too! He admits that he was thinking of singing to his girlfriend during the performance! Turns out, she’s been in the audience the whole time! Mara Justine performs “Fight Song” with Rachel Platten. For just 16 years old, Mara has one hell of a voice. She cries tears of joy when the judges commend her for her performance. Effie Passero and Cam sing “Diane.” Effie was supposed to perform with Jessie J, so this was a last-minute switch.
Mara is the first contestant of this bunch to make it to the top 14. She’s followed by Jurnee, Maddie, Ada, Caleb, Garrett, and Marcio! This is the rest of your top 14! The competition is only going to get tougher from here, so get ready!