Only eight are left on season 17 of ‘American Idol,’ and during the April 28 episode, they hit the stage TWICE with hopes of earning a spot in the top 6!
The April 28 episode of American Idol features the top 8 performing Queen’s biggest hits after getting mentored by the band’s current frontman, Adam Lambert — who’s also an Idol alum, of course! Additionally, the eight remaining contestants are paired up for duets of famous movie songs. Up first is Walker Burroughs, who gets tips from Adam for how to work the stage better. Walker sings “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and totally works the stage, earning a standing ovation from the judges and praise for being himself throughout the performance.
Next, Madison VanDenburg gives a powerful performance of “The Show Must Go On.” She admits to struggling with hitting all the notes during rehearsals, and Adam advises her to make sure she puts emotion behind her voice while singing. Luke Bryan tells Madison that this was her best performance of the season, but Katy Perry admits she can still take things up a “couple notches” if she’s still around in the weeks to come.
Laine Hardy and Laci Kaye Booth hit the stage next for a rendition of “Jackson” from Walk the Line. The judges are on their feet and the crowd goes wild for the duet. Katy even wonders if there’s possibly something more than friendship going on between the two! Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon is up next, and he’s feeling a lot of pressure, as his parents are attending the show for the very first time. Jeremiah sings “Who Wants To Live Forever,” and his voice sounds like perfection, as always.
Next up is Alejandro Aranda, who sings an acoustic version of “Under Pressure.” As always, Alejandro does a unique arrangement of the track, although he struggles with his confidence a little since it takes him awhile to learn the song lyrics. The crowd goes nuts for the performance. Luke admits that Alejandro has had better performances vocally in the past, but never fails to impress them with his musical style.
Alyssa Raghu and Wade Cota are up next with a duet of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Even though it’s an unexpected pairing, Wade and Alyssa pull off an incredible performance. The next duet is Jeremiah and Madison, who sing a powerful rendition of “A Million Dreams” from The Greatest Showman. Of course, they get a standing ovation from the judges!
Laine is back onstage next with his performance of “Fat Bottomed Girls.” He’s admittedly shy, and Adam gives him some expert advice to bring his confidence out onstage. Laine’s inner rockstar comes out when he gives his performance, and Katy is on her feet the entire time dancing. He gets rave reviews from the judges. Following Laine is Laci, who sings a gorgeous rendition of “Love of My Life.” She absolutely captivates the judges and audience with her performance.
Alejandro and Walker team up next for a performance of “Mrs. Robinson.” The guys put together a stripped-down rendition of the well-known track and totally nail it. Wade is back onstage next, and he sings Queen’s “We Are The Champions” for his solo performance. Although he flubs the lyrics quite a bit, Wade continues on with a super powerful rendition of the iconic song. The judges praise him for fighting through the mistake. To close out the night, Alyssa hits the stage to sing “Somebody to Love.” Lionel Richie praises Alyssa’s ability to stay confident week after week, and Luke applauds her for hitting all the notes.
Finally, it’s time to get to the results. American votes through: Jeremiah, Laci, Madison, Laine, Alejandro and Wade. That means Alyssa and Walker are the bottom two. The judges have one save to use for the remaining of the season, but they decide not to use it tonight, which means Alyssa and Walker are heading home.