The Top 10 is revealed LIVE on the April 15 episode of ‘American Idol,’ with seven singers earning a spot based on America’s votes, and three more getting the chance to move on thanks to the judges.
It’s time for results on the April 15 episode of American Idol! America had their first chance to vote for their favorite season 17 singers after the Top 14 performed last night, and the first person to be called to the stage for results is Madison VanDenburg. Madison’s performance earns her the votes from America to move on, and she gets the chance to sing a victory song to celebrate. She belts out a version of Lady Gaga’s “You & I” that starts off toned down and gets beyond powerful by the end. Madison is so overwhelmed with emotion about moving on that she nearly starts crying by the end of her performance!
Evelyn Cormier is the next contestant to get her results, but unfortunately, she does not get a guaranteed spot in the Top 10. The judges vote will still come into play later on, though, and Evelyn gets another chance to impress the judges with a performance of “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas. Her unique tone is put on display once again in the performance, and despite the tough circumstances, Evelyn doesn’t falter. The judges praise Evelyn for her professionalism and assure her that, regardless of the results on Idol, she’s going to be a star.
Up next is Walker Burroughs, who earns one of America’s seven spots in the Top 10. He celebrates with a performance of “Lovebug” by the Jonas Brothers, which has the audience clapping along and the judges dancing in their seats. The next singer to find out their fate is Riley Thompson, who’s the youngest in the competition. She doesn’t earn enough votes from America to guarantee her spot, but she performs “It Must Be Love” in hopes of earning one of the three judges saves. The judges notice Riley is a bit nervous, but they praise her song choice and growth throughout the competition.
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon learns his fate next, and he gets a spot in the Top 10. For his victory song, he performs an original song, and proves how well-rounded he is as a singer and an artist once again. Following Jeremiah is Alyssa Raghu, but she is not voted through to the Top 10 by America. For her second chance song, Alyssa sings Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away,” in front of judge Katy herself. The judges give Alyssa a standing ovation, and Katy says it was “100 times better” than she ever sang it herself.
Up next is Wade Cota, who unsurprisingly gets a spot in the Top 10. He’s been a judges favorite since week one, and it’s not shocking that America has fallen in love with him, as well. Wade performs “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd to celebrate the good news, and proves once again why he deserves to be at this point in the competition.
The next contestant to get results is Dimitrius Graham, but he doesn’t get a Top 10 spot from America. Dimitrius performs “When The Party’s Over” by Billie Eilish for his second chance and shows off his incredible range. Luke Bryan praises him for emotionally connecting to the song more than ever, and Katy agrees that Dimitrius “really brought it.” Laci Kaye Booth learns her fate next, and she admits she took a risk with her performance of a Blink 182 song the night before. However, it proves to pay off, as she earns the fifth spot in the Top 10, and she sings “As Long As You” follow by Fleetwood Mac to celebrate.
Eddie Island is put in the hot seat next, and he misses out on an automatic spot in the Top 10. He sings “Use Somebody” by Kings Of Leon in hopes of earning one of the judges picks. Luke admits that Eddie maybe hasn’t been making the best song choices, as he hasn’t been hearing the vocals he’s wanted to from him in recent performances. The judges all let Eddie know that his performance this week wasn’t his best, but urge him to celebrate getting this far.
Next, Ashley Hess learns that she was not voted into the Top 10 by America. Ashley performs Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke” for her redemption song, and the judges rave over how natural she is onstage. Katy even calls it Ashley’s “best performance” on the show so far. Laine Hardy learns his fate next, and gets the good news that he’s safe. He shows off his talents with a performance of “Hurricane” by The Band of Heathens to celebrate after the results are read.
Ryan reveals that Alejandro Aranda receives America’s last spot in the Top 10, and he gives a gorgeous performance of an original song to celebrate. That leaves Uche to sing for a possible judge’s pick, and he fights for his spot with a unique rendition of “Diamonds” by Rihanna. Uche is admittedly upset that America didn’t vote for him, and the judges urge him to never change his style just because of that public opinion. Lionel Richie even gets out of his seat to give Uche a comforting hug, and gives Uche his Top 10 pick.
Finally, it’s time for Katy and Luke to reveal their decisions. Luke admits he keep changing his mind, but he picks Dimitrius to move on, while Katy chooses Alyssa. So, Riley, Eddie, Evelyn and Ashley are heading home, and the Top 10 are: Alyssa Raghu, Dimitrius Graham, Uche, Wade Cota, Madison VanDenburg, Alejandro Aranda, Laci Kaye Booth, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, Walker Burroughs and Laine Hardy!