Only 20 singers are left on season 17 of ‘American Idol,’ and they’re all hitting the stage with hopes of impressing the judges once again during the April 1 episode.
The competition continues on the April 1 episode of American Idol! The Top 20 are given another chance to wow the judges with their vocals and stage presence with another set of solo performances, and up first is Madison VanDenburg. She sings “Domino” by Jessie J, and works the stage while belting out the powerful vocals. The judges reiterate their sentiment that Madison could be the next Kelly Clarkson, but Lionel Richie admits she could use some work on her stage presence — and once she nails that, everyone will love her even more.
Shawn Robinson is up next with a rendition of Nick Jonas’ “Jealous,” which allows him to really show off his high vocal range. Katy Perry reminds Shawn that his low voice is just as smooth as his higher notes, and urges him not to forget to use it. Overall, though, the comments are overwhelmingly positive. The next performer is Laine Hardy, who sings “Bring It Home To Me” by Sam Cooke. He has the crowd going wild and the judges up out of their seats by the end!
Laine is a tough act to follow, but Uche is up to the task. He sings “Figures” by Jessie Reyez, and Katy falls to the floor because she’s so damn excited by it. Needless to say, the judges are beyond impressed and Uche gets rave reviews. Next, Eddie Island performs “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers, hoping to show off just how serious he is about winning this competition, even though he likes to goof around. Once again, the judges are up on their feet for a standing ovation, and they applaud Eddie for finally taking this thing seriously.
Evelyn Cormier is up next. She sings John Denver’s “Leaving On A Jet Plane,” and Katy praises her unique voice. The judges also urge her to make sure she doesn’t lose her distinctive style as the competition continues. Next to take the stage is Alyssa Raghu, with a rendition of “Ain’t It Fun” by Paramore. The high-energy performance gets the judges very excited, although Luke Bryan and Katy admit the song choice wasn’t her best.
Alyssa is followed by Ryan Hammond, who performs a moving rendition of Lauren Daigle’s “You Say.” The judges are beyond impressed by Ryan’s powerful voice, but let him know that he could use a little work on commanding the stage. Raquel Trinidad performs next. She sings “Lovefool” by The Cardigans, and although she doesn’t blow the judges “out of the water,” she proves to them that there’s a very specific kind of artist she wants to be, which they praise her for.
Up next is Logan Johnson, who sings “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” with his acoustic guitar. The judges admit the performance was a bit slow, and push him to really give it his all for the FULL performance in the future. Taking the stage next is Dimitrius Graham, who makes a bold move by singing Adele’s “Hello.” As always, the judges are very impressed by Dimitrius’ ability to hit insane notes with confidence.
The youngest singer in the competition, Riley Thompson, is up next. She sings an upbeat rendition of “Jolene” by Dolly Parton, and the judges advise her not to be afraid to change up her musical style and add some grit if the song warrants it. However, they’re impressed by her growth so far. Walker Burroughs sings “How Deep Is Your Love” next. Luke admits he’s “blown away” by the performance, and all three judges praise Walker for how much he’s “blossomed” so far.
Bumbly performs Mariah Carey’s “Visions Of Love” next. Katy tells her the song choice wasn’t her best, while Lionel admits he could sense her nerves throughout the performance. However, Luke assures Bumbly that they’re only being so hard on her because they know how talented she really is. Next, Ashley Hess sings “Dreaming With A Broken Heart” by John Mayer, while playing piano. The judges are very impressed, and Lionel praises Ashley’s performance as “solid.”
Up next, Alejandro Aranda takes on Post Malone with a rendition of “I Fall Apart.” As always, he makes the song completely his own, and as always, the judges are obsessed. Luke is basically speechless, and all three judges make note of just how special Alejandro is. Kate Barnette is next to take the stage. She puts her own spin on Maroon 5’s “Sunday Morning” for her performance, and all the judges rave over her unique style and sound.
The next performer is Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, who gives an amazing performance of “Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan. The simple, but touching, performance sucks the judges in from the first note, and Lionel is even brought to his feet while praising Jeremiah. Jeremiah’s performance is followed by a rendition of “I Want You To Want Me” by Laci Kaye Booth. Laci slows the song down and makes it completely unique, and it’s no surprise when the judges give her a standing ovation once again.
The final performance of the night is from Wade Cota. He sings “All I Want” by Kodaline, and the judges are freaking out in their seats from the very beginning. Of course, they’re on their feet and going nuts for Wade by the time he’s done! That wraps up the Top 20 solos, but next week, all 20 contestants will perform duets with some of the biggest names in music. By the end of that round, the Top 14 will be revealed!