After Qaasim Middleton surprisingly but deservedly snagged the only save of the season last week, the pressure was on for tonight’s performances. It was a double-elimination night on American Idol, and Boy George mentored the top 11 contestants as they took on hits from the 1980s.
The top 11 gave the first group performance of the season on American Idol tonight, singing “Get Lucky” with music legend Nile Rodgers, who mentored the contestants this week. But as Ryan Seacrest put it, only ten singers could get lucky tonight, as the end of the road came for one Idol hopeful.
Empire's Taraji P. Henson drop by American Idol tonight to deliver the official results from the previous night's voting to host Ryan Seacrest. Throughout the episode, Seacrest revealed one by one who had advanced to the top 11— the contestants' chairs turning from red to green if they made it through. Last night's theme was "let's get this party started," which was vague enough to give the remaining contestants a lot of flexibility with their song choices.
"This is where the competition kicks into overdrive," Ryan Seacrest says at the top of tonight's American Idol. It's a major crossroads for the competition, as the top 12 are revealed. The contestants also sing the songs they first auditioned with tonight, returning to where their Idol journey began.
As Motown Week continues on American Idol, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. return to the Fillmore in Detroit to hear the top eight girls perform for their shot at season 14's top 12. Just as with the boys last night, Ryan Seacrest reveals who made the cut after last week's voting as the episode progresses.
The first performer to take the stage on American Idol tonight gets a standing ovation from judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. But it isn’t one of the season 14 contestants who lights up the Fillmore in Detroit. It’s the living legend Aretha Franklin, singing “I Will Survive.” Franklin advised the contestants this week, as they all take the stage with Motown songs for their chance to advance in the competition.
We don't know much, but we know we love this medley of duets by Kelly Clarkson and Jimmy Fallon.
The American Idol alum was a guest on Monday's Tonight Show, and Fallon mentioned that Clarkson recently said she's had trouble finding guest performers for her albums. Luckily, Fallon was more than willing to remedy the situation.
American Idol returns to the Fillmore in Detroit Thursday, and this time it’s the top 12 girls taking the stage for their first shot at singing for the viewers’ votes. Overall, the girls take more risks with their song choices than the boys did last night, but some of those choices receive mixed reactions from the judges.
It’s the guys’ turn to sing for America's vote tonight on American Idol. So much more has to go into the contestants' choices now that they’re performing live and not just for the deliberations of judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. Everything from their look to the way they work the stage factors into how America votes, and there definitely seems to be a bit of a learning curve as the contestants transition from Hollywood Week and Showcase Week into these live show episodes.
On Wednesday, a California appeals court revived claims against Steven Tyler's attorney, Dina LaPolt, connected to the way she handled her client's contract negotiation to return as a judge on American Idol.
Tonight, Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr., and Keith Urban dole out their final judgment before handing over the power to voters during next week’s live shows. Right off the bat, there’s a much different tone to tonight’s episode than the first part of Showcase Week. Only 11 spots remain in the top 24, and 23 singers awaiting their fate.
On its Wednesday night broadcast, American Idol revealed half of the season 14 contestants who will move into the top 24. With 12 names put forward, another 12 will complete the field on Thursday night. But no point waiting to meet the dozen hopefuls who just made the grade. In interviews with The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard, the finalists reveal which previous Idols they had crushes on, their favorite Beatles song (“Rocky Raccoon,” anyone?) and their earliest musical memories.