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ABC’s American Idol on Monday went live for the first time this season, announcing the top 10 during a two-hour results episode. Seven contestants from the top 14 were voted through by viewers overnight after Sunday night’s performances. The remaining seven had to sing for judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan, who then chose three to round out the top 10. The contestants voted through by America also sang victory songs.
The first contestant voted through was Madison VanDenburg, who sang “You and I” by Lady Gaga for her victory song.
Evelyn Cormier was not voted through, so she had to sing “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas in hopes it would secure her a spot in the top 10. The song allowed her to show off more of the layers to her voice. Richie and Perry both said they’re fans of hers.
Walker Burroughs was voted through, and he sang “Lovebug” by Jonas Brothers for his victory lap.
Riley Thompson, however, had to fight for her spot, singing “It Must Be Love” by Don Williams after learning she was not voted into the top 10. It wasn’t a pitch-perfect performance, and she seemed affected by nerves, but she still showcased some of her strengths. Perry also encouraged her to brush the results off her shoulders.
America voted through Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, who sang his original song “Almost Heaven.”
Despite a standout performance Sunday night, Alyssa Raghu was not voted into the top 10. She sang Perry’s own song “The One That Got Away” in her play for a wildcard selection from the judges. It was an ambitious choice, but she sang with emotion and worked through the nerves. Perry even said it was better than her own version.
Wade Cota was voted through and celebrated the news with a performance of “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.
In another surprise of the evening, Dimitrius was not voted through. He sang “When the Party’s Over” by Billie Eilish, making the song totally his own with a creative performance that highlighted his artistry and individuality. Bryan commended him on the song choice, and Richie said he saw more to him with this performance.
Laci Kaye Booth was voted through, and she sang Fleetwood Mac’s “As Long as You Follow.”
Eddie Island, however, had to sing for one of the wildcard spots. He sang “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon, and he put on a good performance, but the vocals were not as impressive as some of the other singers. Bryan suggested that he hasn’t been choosing the right songs.
Ashley Hess also had to sing for a save, performing “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder. She didn’t play the piano this time, instead focusing on just the vocals. Bryan called it her most comfortable performance, and Perry thought it was a personal best.
Laine Hardy was voted into the top 10 and sang “Hurricane” by Band of Heathens.
That left Alejandro Aranda and Uche as the final two artists. America voted through Aranda, who sang an original song. Meanwhile, Uche had to sing for the wildcard, giving a powerful, theatrical performance of “Diamonds” by Rihanna. It was a great song choice for the high-stakes situation. Richie decided to waste no time and told Uche he was picking him for the top 10.
Perry and Bryan then had to make their selections for the top 10. Perry went with Raghu, and Bryan went with Dimitrius. The top 10 will sing for America’s vote on Sunday night.
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