American Idol (season 17)

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American Idol
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Season 17
Broadcast fromMarch 3 (2019-03-03) –
May 19, 2019 (2019-05-19)
Judges
Host(s)
BroadcasterABC
Winner
Laine Hardy
OriginLivingston, Louisiana
Song"Flame"
Genre(s)Rock and Roll, country, southern rock
Runner-up
Alejandro Aranda
Chronology

The seventeenth season of American Idol premiered on March 3, 2019[1] on the ABC television network. It is the show's second season to air on ABC. Ryan Seacrest continues his role as the show's host, while Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie returned for their second season as judges. Bobby Bones returned as the in-house mentor, and acted as guest host for the taped April 8, 2019 episode.

Laine Hardy from Livingston, Louisiana, won the season on May 19, 2019, while Alejandro Aranda was the runner-up, and Madison VanDenburg finished in third place. Hardy, who was cut at the Top 50 in season 16, becomes the third returning contestant to win, after Candice Glover in season 12 and Caleb Johnson in season 13 and the eighth guy with guitar (GWG) to win in ten seasons.

Regional auditions[edit]

American Idol announced in June 2018 that 20 cities would be visited by the Idol bus, beginning with Orlando, Florida and San Diego, California on August 25. Auditions may also be submitted on the official website, or on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and TikTok.[2] During the 2018 CMA Awards, three contestants who didn't enter the competition and didn't audition initially, were given a chance to enter the competition. The contestants were Cameron Lenz, Natalee Spiroff, and Megan Woods.[3] The winner of that vote was revealed to be Megan Woods on Good Morning America on November 16, 2018.[4] However, Megan Woods wasn't shown in any episode.

Episodes City Date Venue
1, 3, 4, 5 Denver, Colorado October 2, 2018 Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Coeur d'Alene, Idaho October 14–15, 2018 Hagadone Events Center at the Coeur d'Alene Resort[5]
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Louisville, Kentucky October 22–24, 2018 Muhammad Ali Center
1, 3, 4, 5 New York City, New York October 29–30, 2018 Madison Square Garden[6]
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Los Angeles, California November 8–10, 2018 Hollywood and Highland Center

Hollywood Week[edit]

Hollywood Week aired over two episodes on March 24 and 25 at the Orpheum Theater. It featured three rounds: Lines of Ten, Group Round and Solo Round. In the first round, each contestant sang individually, and after ten sang, they gathered in a line. Those who impressed the judges advanced to the next round where the contestants perform in groups of three to five people, singing a song together. The remaining auditionees who passed through the group rounds performed their final solos to advance to the showcase round, held in Hawaii.

Showcase Round[edit]

The Showcase Round aired on March 31, which featured the top 40 performing for the judges and a live audience at Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii. The following day, the judges narrowed the number of contestants down from 40 to 20 in the Final Judgement. The following is a list of the contestants who performed, the song they performed at the Showcase, and whether or not they made the Top 20:

Color key:

       Male contestant  
       Female contestant
       Contestant was chosen by the judges to move on to the Top 20
       Contestant was eliminated
Order Contestant Age Hometown Audition city Song[7] Result
1 Alyssa Raghu 16 Orlando, Florida Los Angeles, California "Dear Future Husband" Advanced
2 Madison VanDenburg 17 Cohoes, New York New York City "Who's Lovin' You" Advanced
3 Myra Tran 19 Federal Way, Washington Coeur d'Alene, Idaho "How Far I'll Go" Eliminated
4 Logan Johnson 20 Boise, Idaho Coeur d'Alene, Idaho "Sorry" Advanced
5 Nate Walker 18 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania New York City "Still" Eliminated
6 Dimitrius Graham 27 Baltimore, Maryland Los Angeles, California "Latch" Advanced
7 Ashley Hess 27 Fremont, California New York City "Gone Away" Advanced
8 Drake McCain 18 Spring City, Tennessee Louisville, Kentucky "Girls Like You" Eliminated
9 Kai The Singer 19 Kingstree, South Carolina Louisville, Kentucky "Wild Things" Eliminated
10 Laci Kaye Booth 23 Livingston, Texas Denver, Colorado "Georgia on My Mind" Advanced
11 Nick Townsend 26 Tekamah, Nebraska Coeur d'Alene, Idaho "Hold Back the River" Eliminated
12 Clay Page 24 Elberton, Georgia Coeur d'Alene, Idaho "Fishin' in the Dark" Eliminated
13 Kason Lester 29 Lebanon, Texas Louisville, Kentucky "Wanted Dead Or Alive" Eliminated
14 Johanna Jones 23 Las Vegas, Nevada Coeur d'Alene, Idaho "Evergreen"[8] Eliminated
15 Walker Burroughs 20 Birmingham, Alabama Louisville, Kentucky "Youngblood" Advanced
16 Ryan Hammond 25 Modesto, California Los Angeles, California "A Song For You" Advanced
17 Kate Barnette 23 Kennesaw, Georgia Los Angeles, California "Royals" Advanced
18 Evelyn Cormier 20 Claremont, New Hampshire New York City "No Roots" Advanced
19 Emma Kleinberg 21 Bel Air, Maryland Louisville, Kentucky "Is This Love" Eliminated
20 Uché 24 Sugarland, Texas Coeur d'Alene, Idaho "Play That Funky Music" Advanced
21 Alejandro Aranda 24 Pomona, California Los Angeles, California "Yellow" Advanced
22 Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon 26 Catonsville, Maryland New York City "Landslide" Advanced
23 Shayy 18 Midlothian, Virginia Louisville, Kentucky "All I Ask" Eliminated
24 Mica Giaconi 16 San Diego, California Los Angeles, California "This Love" Eliminated
25 Payton Taylor 22 Nashville, Tennessee Louisville, Kentucky "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" Eliminated
26 Idalis Monzon 22 Orlando, Florida New York City "Mi Tierra" Eliminated
27 Riley Thompson 16 Mabank, Texas Los Angeles, California "Mama's Broken Heart" Advanced
28 Shawn Robinson 22 Atlanta, Georgia Coeur d'Alene, Idaho "Rock With You" Advanced
29 Raquel Trinidad 21 Tampa, Florida Louisville, Kentucky "Rich Girl" Advanced
30 Bumbly 27 New York City New York City "Baby" Advanced
31 Wade Cota 27 Phoenix, Arizona Los Angeles, California "Work Song" Advanced
32 Margie Mays 25 Wilmington, Delaware Los Angeles, California "All About That Bass" Eliminated
33 Eddie Island 25 Nashville, Tennessee Los Angeles, California "Don't You Worry Child" Advanced
34 Tyler Mitchell 26 Florien, Louisiana New York City "Suitcase" Eliminated
35 Laine Hardy 18 Livingston, Louisiana Coeur d'Alene, Idaho "Come Together" Advanced
36 Assata Renay 26 New Orleans, Louisiana Denver, Colorado "Golden" Eliminated
37 Cameron Goode 21 Tampa, Florida New York City "Nobody's Perfect" Eliminated
38 Shevonne Philidor 26 Orlando, Florida New York City "You've Got a Friend in Me" Eliminated
39 Dakota Cohen 19 Hollywood, California Los Angeles, California "Ain't No Other Man" Eliminated
40 Shelton Taylor 19 Bulverde, Texas Los Angeles, California "Earned It" Eliminated

Top 20[edit]

The Top 20 performed at Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, California, and solo performances aired in one episode on April 1.

Solos (April 1)[edit]

Order Contestant Song[9]
1 Madison VanDenburg "Domino"
2 Shawn Robinson "Jealous"
3 Laine Hardy "Bring It on Home to Me"
4 Uché "Figures"
5 Eddie Island "Ho Hey"
6 Evelyn Cormier "Leaving on a Jet Plane"
7 Alyssa Raghu "Ain't It Fun"
8 Ryan Hammond "You Say"
9 Raquel Trinidad "Lovefool"
10 Logan Johnson "Love Don't Live Here Anymore"
11 Dimitrius Graham "Hello"
12 Riley Thompson "Jolene"
13 Walker Burroughs "How Deep Is Your Love"
14 Bumbly "Vision of Love"
15 Ashley Hess "Dreaming with a Broken Heart"
16 Alejandro Aranda "I Fall Apart"
17 Kate Barnette "Sunday Morning"
18 Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon "Make You Feel My Love"
19 Laci Kaye Booth "I Want You to Want Me"
20 Wade Cota "All I Want"

All-Star Duets (April 7 & 8)[edit]

For All-Star Duets, contestants were split into two groups of ten. The first group aired on April 7 and the second group on April 8. After each contestant performed their duets, the judges selected seven contestants from each group to advance to the Top 14. Idol contestants were paired with celebrity singers as their duet partners. The artists who duetted with the Top 20 included: Jason Mraz, Julia Michaels, Brett Young, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Cynthia Erivo, Lukas Graham, Ben Harper, Elle King, Chris Isaak, Lovelytheband and Shaggy.[10]

Bobby Bones served as a guest host for the April 8 episode filling in for Seacrest who missed the taping due to illness.[11]

Color key:

       Contestant was chosen by the judges to move on to the live shows
       Contestant was eliminated
Date of airing Order Contestant Song[12] Duet partner[12] Result[13]
Sunday, April 7 1 Walker Burroughs "Have It All" Jason Mraz Advanced
2 Kate Barnette "Heartbreaker" Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo Eliminated
3 Riley Thompson "Like I Loved You" Brett Young Advanced
4 Uché "I Need Your Love" Shaggy Advanced
5 Madison VanDenburg "We Belong" Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo Advanced
6 Shawn Robinson "Proud Mary" Elle King Eliminated
7 Ashley Hess "I'm Yours" Jason Mraz Advanced
8 Bumbly "Angel" Shaggy Eliminated
9 Laci Kaye Booth "Mercy" Brett Young Advanced
10 Laine Hardy "The Weight" Elle King Advanced
Monday, April 8 1 Alyssa Raghu "Issues" Julia Michaels Advanced
2 Eddie Island "7 Years" Lukas Graham Advanced
3 Wade Cota "Broken" lovelytheband Advanced
4 Ryan Hammond "Hold On, I'm Comin'" Cynthia Erivo Eliminated
5 Evelyn Cormier "Wicked Game" Chris Isaak Advanced
6 Logan Johnson "What a Time" Julia Michaels Eliminated
7 Raquel Trinidad "Tiny Dancer" lovelytheband Eliminated
8 Alejandro Aranda "There Will Be a Light" Ben Harper Advanced
9 Dimitrius Graham "Love Someone" Lukas Graham Advanced
10 Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon "Time After Time" Cynthia Erivo Advanced

Top 14 (April 14 and 15)[edit]

The Top 14 performances were taped on April 12, 2019, and aired on Sunday, April 14, followed with the live results on Monday, April 15, 2019.[14]

Color key:

       Contestant received the top seven highest number of votes and directly advanced to the Top 10
       Contestant was not chosen by the public and was left to perform again for the judges
       Contestant was immune from elimination and performed a "victory song"
       Contestant was chosen by the judges to advanced to the Top 10
       Contestant was eliminated
Date of airing Order Contestant Song[15] Result
Sunday, April 14 1 Laine Hardy "That's All Right" Safe
2 Evelyn Cormier "The Middle" Not Chosen
3 Alyssa Raghu "She Used to Be Mine" Not Chosen
4 Eddie Island "Bennie and the Jets" Not Chosen
5 Riley Thompson "Suds in the Bucket" Not Chosen
6 Wade Cota "Trouble" Safe
7 Dimitrius Graham "Perfect" Not Chosen
8 Madison VanDenburg "Fallin'" Safe
9 Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon "We All Fall in Love Sometimes" Safe
10 Uché "Finesse" Not Chosen
11 Alejandro Aranda "One Dance" Safe
12 Ashley Hess "Fix You" Not Chosen
13 Laci Kaye Booth "I Miss You" Safe
14 Walker Burroughs "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" Safe
Monday, April 15 1 Madison VanDenburg "Yoü and I" Immune
2 Evelyn Cormier "Dust in the Wind" Eliminated
3 Walker Burroughs "Lovebug" Immune
4 Riley Thompson "It Must Be Love" Eliminated
5 Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon "Almost Heaven"
(original song)
Immune
6 Alyssa Raghu "The One That Got Away" Saved by Katy
7 Wade Cota "Simple Man" Immune
8 Dimitrius Graham "When the Party's Over" Saved by Luke
9 Laci Kaye Booth "As Long as You Follow" Immune
10 Eddie Island "Use Somebody" Eliminated
11 Ashley Hess "Sir Duke" Eliminated
12 Laine Hardy "Hurricane" Immune
13 Alejandro Aranda "Cholo Love"
(original song)
Immune
14 Uché "Diamonds" Saved by Lionel

Live shows[edit]

Color key:

       Contestant was saved by America's vote
       Contestant was saved by the judges
       Contestant was eliminated

Week 1: Top 10 – Disney Night (April 21)[edit]

The Top 10 performed Disney songs on Sunday, April 21, 2019. Rebel Wilson served as a guest mentor.[16]

Order Contestant Song[17] Featured Film Result
1 Uché "I 2 I" A Goofy Movie Eliminated
2 Laci Kaye Booth "I See the Light" Tangled Safe
3 Alejandro Aranda "Remember Me" Coco Safe
4 Alyssa Raghu "Colors of the Wind" Pocahontas Safe
5 Wade Cota "You've Got a Friend in Me" Toy Story Safe
6 Dimitrius Graham "You'll Be in My Heart" Tarzan Eliminated
7 Walker Burroughs "When She Loved Me" Toy Story 2 Safe
8 Madison VanDenburg "How Far I'll Go" Moana Safe
9 Laine Hardy "Oo-De-Lally" Robin Hood Safe
10 Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon "Candle on the Water" Pete's Dragon Safe
Non-competition performances
Order Performers Song Featured Film
14.1 Lea Michele and the Top 10 "Part of Your World" The Little Mermaid
14.2 Maddie Poppe and Caleb Lee Hutchinson "A Whole New World" Aladdin

Week 2: Top 8 – Queen Night / Movie Duets (April 28)[edit]

Adam Lambert will serve as a guest mentor, and all the top eight members will be singing Queen songs. All eight remaining contestants also paired as a duet and will be singing songs from a movie soundtrack.[18]

Individual performances
Order Contestant Queen Song[19] Result
1 Walker Burroughs "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" Eliminated
2 Madison VanDenburg "The Show Must Go On" Safe
4 Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon "Who Wants To Live Forever" Safe
5 Alejandro Aranda "Under Pressure" Safe
8 Laine Hardy "Fat Bottomed Girls" Safe
9 Laci Kaye Booth "Love Of My Life" Safe
11 Wade Cota "We Are The Champions" Safe
12 Alyssa Raghu "Somebody To Love" Eliminated
Duet performances
Order Contestants Song Featured Film
3 Laci Kaye Booth & Laine Hardy "Jackson" Walk The Line
6 Alyssa Raghu & Wade Cota "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" Guardians Of The Galaxy
7 Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon & Madison VanDenburg "A Million Dreams" The Greatest Showman
10 Alejandro Aranda & Walker Burroughs "Mrs. Robinson" The Graduate
Non-competition performances
Order Performer Song
15.1 Top 8 "We Will Rock You"
15.2 Avett Maness "Bohemian Rhapsody"

Week 3: Top 6 - Woodstock / Showstoppers (May 5)[edit]

The remaining six contestants asked to sing a song that from Woodstock Festival in 1969 and songs that inspires them, and American contemporary Christian singer/songwriter, Lauren Daigle will set as guest mentor for this week.

Contestant Order Song Order Song Result
Madison VanDenburg 1 "Piece Of My Heart" 7 "I Surrender" Safe
Laine Hardy 2 "I Don't Need No Doctor" 12 "Johnny B. Goode" Safe
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon 3 "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" 10 "Somewhere" Eliminated
Laci Kaye Booth 4 "To Love Somebody" 9 "Open Arms" Judges' save
Alejandro Aranda 5 "White Rabbit" 8 "Poison" (original song) Safe
Wade Cota 6 "With A Little Help From My Friends" 11 "Through The Valley" Safe
Non-competition performance
Order Performer Song
16.1 Gabby Barrett "I Hope"

Week 4: Top 5 - Elton John / Bobby Bones' Choice / Hero Dedications (May 12)[edit]

This week, each contestant will perform three songs: a pick from in-house mentor, Bobby Bones; a song dedicated to their heroes; and a selection from Elton John's catalog. [20]

Contestant Order Song Order Elton John Song Order Hero Dedication Song Result
Wade Cota 1 "You Are the Best Thing" 6 "Rocket Man" 11 "Hard Luck Woman" Eliminated
Laci Kaye Booth 2 "The House That Built Me" 7 "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" 12 "Dreams" Eliminated
Alejandro Aranda 3 "No Woman No Cry" 8
"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" 15 "Blesser" (original song) Safe
Laine Hardy 4 "Can't You See" 10 "Something About The Way You Look Tonight" 14 "Hey Jude" Safe
Madison VanDenburg 5 "What About Us" 9 "Your Song" 13 "Make You Feel My Love" Safe

Week 5: Finale (May 19)[edit]

This week, the Top 3 performed two new songs that they haven't performed on the show before. After the Top 3 performed their two songs, one contestant was eliminated landing in 3rd place, based on the results up to that point. Voting continued for the remaining two contestants and closed after the two finalists sang their last songs.

Color key:

       Contestant finished in 3rd place.
       Contestant finished as the runner-up.
       Contestant won the season.
Contestant Order Song Order Song Order Song Result
Laine Hardy 1 "Home" 4 "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)" 7 "Bring It on Home to Me" Winner
Madison VanDenburg 2 "Shallow" 5 "Breakaway" N/A N/A 3rd Place
Alejandro Aranda 3 "Millennial Love" (original song) 6 "Tonight" (original song) 8 "Out Loud" (original song) Runner-up
Non-competition performances
Order Performer(s) Song
19.1 Lionel Richie with Top 10 "Dancing on the Ceiling"
19.2 Carrie Underwood "Southbound"
19.3 Montell Jordan with Margie Mays, Austin Michael Robinson and VoKillz "This Is How We Do It"
19.4 Katy Perry and Daddy Yankee "Con Calma"
19.5 Alejandro Aranda "10 Years" (original song)
19.6 Adam Lambert "New Eyes"
19.7 Adam Lambert with Dimitrius Graham "Bohemian Rhapsody"
19.8 Dan + Shay "All To Myself"
19.9 Dan + Shay with Madison VanDenburg "Speechless"
19.10 Luke Bryan "Knockin' Boots"
19.11 Luke Bryan with Laci Kaye Booth "Every Breath You Take"
19.12 Jon Pardi with Laine Hardy "Dirt On My Boots" & "Night Shift"
19.13 Katy Perry with Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon "Unconditionally"
19.14 Weezer with Wade Cota "Africa"
19.15 Weezer "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"
19.16 Weezer with Walker Burroughs and Wade Cota "Take On Me"
19.17 Kane Brown "Good as You"
19.18 Kane Brown with Alyssa Raghu "Lost in the Middle of Nowhere"
19.19 Andra Day with Shayy "Rise Up"
19.20 Kool & the Gang with Uché "Hollywood Swinging"
19.21 Kool & the Gang with Laci Kaye Booth, Madison VanDenburg and Alyssa Raghu "Ladies Night"
19.22 Kool & the Gang with the Top 10 "Celebration"
19.23 Laine Hardy "Flame" (original song)

Elimination chart[edit]

Color key

Females Males Not Chosen Third place Runner-up Winner
Did Not Perform Public's vote Judges' save Immune Eliminated
Results per stage
Place Contestant Top 20 Top 14 Wildcard Top 10 Top 8 Top 6 Top 5 Finale
4/7 4/8 4/14 4/15 4/21 4/28 5/5 5/12 5/19
1 Laine Hardy Safe N/A Safe Immune Safe Safe Safe Safe Winner
2 Alejandro Aranda N/A Safe Safe Immune Safe Safe Safe Safe Runner-up
3 Madison VanDenburg Safe N/A Safe Immune Safe Safe Safe Safe 3rd Place
4–5 Laci Kaye Booth Safe N/A Safe Immune Safe Safe Safe Eliminated
Wade Cota N/A Safe Safe Immune Safe Safe Safe
6 Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon N/A Safe Safe Immune Safe Safe Eliminated
7–8 Walker Burroughs Safe N/A Safe Immune Safe Eliminated
Alyssa Raghu N/A Safe Not Chosen Safe Safe
9–10 Dimitrius Graham N/A Safe Not Chosen Safe Eliminated
Uché Safe N/A Not Chosen Safe
11–14 Evelyn Cormier N/A Safe Not Chosen Eliminated
Ashley Hess Safe N/A Not Chosen
Eddie Island N/A Safe Not Chosen
Riley Thompson Safe N/A Not Chosen
15–20 Ryan Hammond N/A Eliminated
Logan Johnson N/A
Raquel Trinidad N/A
Kate Barnette Eliminated
Bumbly
Shawn Robinson

Top 10 Contestants[edit]

  • Laine Hardy (born September 12, 2000) is from Livingston, Louisiana. Raising in bayou area near Baton Rouge. Thus began his life-long love of music from the ’50s. Laine started taking music lessons when he was 7 and playing local gigs at 14. Although initially he did not sing, he was encouraged by his brother to sing. Laine Hardy first auditioned for season 16 of American Idol after his mother urged him to try, but did not go far in that season, making it only to the top 50. He sang The Weight and got the Golden Ticket. During the Hollywood week, he perform She Talks to Angels and Proud Mary for solo performances, Grenade for group performance. After giving a performance of Come Together during Showcase Round in Hawaii, he advanced to the Top 20. This time he made it to the final and won the competition. During the Finale, Laine sang "Home" by Marc Broussard, Jambalaya (On the Bayou) by Hank Williams and Bring It On Home to Me by Sam Cooke. He was announced as the winner on May 19. His coronation song Flame was released after the Finale and was performed after he was crowned American Idol.
  • Alejandro Aranda (born August 11, 1994) is from Pomona, California. Alejandro always looked up to his older sister when she played classical music on the piano. That got him into classical music, and then he ventured out to the library to listen to music. As a child, he taught himself to play guitar and sing. His interest continued through his teenage years but he didn’t become serious about being a musician until he was 20. He worked a variety of jobs as a dishwasher, in fast food, and in warehouses, but he was always busking in the streets of Pomona. Alejandro auditioned in Los Angeles. He sang two original songs, one called "Out Loud" on the guitar and another called "Cholo Love" on the piano. During Hollywood Week, he was shown in the same Group of Ten as Laci Kaye Booth, he sang Sorry by Justin Bieber. For his final solo performance, he sang an original song called "Ten Years" and advanced to the Top 40. For the Finale, Alejandro sang three of his own songs. He was announced as runner-up on May 19.
  • Madison VanDenburg (born December 9, 2001) is from Cohoes, New York. Madison considers her first introduction to music the piano lessons she took when she was six years old. She started a duo next year with her older sister Taylor at her dad’s restaurant and gigged around her hometown since then. Her piano teacher suggested she should try out for Idol. Auditioning in New York, the 17-year-old sang Dan + Shay’s Speechless. Madison sang Who's Lovin' You for Showcase Round and advanced to the Top 20. She went straight to the final showing her vocal range round after round. After singing Shallow by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper and Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson during the Finale, finishing in third place on May 19.
  • Laci Kaye Booth (born August 28, 1995) is from Livingston, Texas. Born the daughter of Texas country singer Jody Booth, her earliest musical memory is singing along with him at age three when he was sitting on the living room couch, playing his guitar. Soon after, her parents divorced and eventually, her father passed along his collection of LPs to his daughter. She was eight years old when she figured out that singing is what she really wanted to do. Laci sang Mama Tried by Merle Haggard during her audition in Denver. During the first part of Hollywood Week, she sang (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin. She was later shown in a group called "Diamond Dixies" along with Katie Belle, Laine Hardy and Colby Swift singing Grenade by Bruno Mars. For her final solo performance, she sang Stars by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Laci sang Georgia on My Mind by Ray Charles during Showcase Round to earn her spot in the Top 20. She was controversially saved by the judges on the Top 6 Live Show and eliminated next week, along with Wade Cota, tied at fourth-fifth place.
  • Wade Cota (born August 26, 1991) is from Phoenix, Arizona. Wade never took a lesson for guitar or for vocals, because the money was never there in his family. He self-taught and considered it as an escape. For one semester in eighth grade, Wade sang in his school choir. Then he went in a different direction with metal music. His first time playing in front of an audience was a music festival called the Way Out West Metal Fest. From there, he started his own metal band with friends from school. Wade first auditioned for Idol nine years ago, right after he graduated from high school. He failed to receive a "yes" that made him quit metal. Wade auditioned for this Idol season in Los Angeles. He sang Blame it On Me by George Ezra. During the Hollywood Week. he sang "Litost" by X Ambassadors and an original song named "Stay" for solo rounds. He was shown in a group singing California Dreamin' by The Mamas and the Papas and advanced despite forgetting the lyrics. Wade made it to the Top 5. He, along with Laci Kaye Booth received the lowest number of votes for that week, eliminating him from the competition at fourth-fifth place.
  • Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon (born October 9, 1992) is from Catonsville, Maryland. Jeremiah’s earliest childhood memory of music is singing in church with his mom and the rest of his siblings. Despite that early start and the fact that he always enjoyed singing, Harmon didn’t think about a musical career path until years later. He was one of this season’s most compelling singers and stories. A pastor’s son, he came out to his parents but they were not immediately accepting. Supported at his audition and on subsequent episodes by his boyfriend John. He auditioned in New York with an original song called "Almost Like Heaven”. He gave an emotional performance during Hollywood week with Beautiful by Carole King and The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack for solo rounds, then made it to the Top 40. His performed Elton John's "We All Fall in Love Sometimes" during Top 14 Show. For Top 6 Live Show, Jeremiah sang Swing Low, Sweet Chariot by Joan Baez and Somewhere from the 1957 Broadway musical West Side Story. He was placed in the Bottom 2 for that week, and the judges controversially chose to save Laci Kaye Booth over him, eliminating him from the competition at sixth place.
  • Walker Burroughs (born September 29, 1998) is a Belmont University student from Birmingham, Alabama but originally from Louisville, Kentucky. Walker had participated in church choir since elementary school, wrote his first song when he was in fifth grade and joined the band in middle school, continuing with choir and band in high school. He auditioned in Louisville with "Love Like This" by Ben Rector and "Hello" by Lionel Richie. During the Hollywood Week, he sang "Whereabouts" by Stevie Wonder and "Your Song" by Elton John for his first round and his final solo performance. After performing Youngblood by 5 Seconds of Summer, Walker advanced to the Top 20. During the Top 8 Live Show, Walker sang Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen and Mrs. Robinson in a duet with Alejandro Aranda. He is one of two who had the lowest number of votes. He was eliminated on April 28, along with Alyssa Raghu, tied at seventh-eighth place.
  • Alyssa Raghu (born March 2, 2002 as Alyssa Raghunandan) is from Orlando, Florida. Growing up with two different cultures, hearing Indian music in the house and then also hearing Mexican music in the house in Spanish, gave her a lot of perspective that there are so many things to listen to. Alyssa took guitar lessons for a short period of time. She gave her first performance when she was in sixth grade and wrote her first song in the seventh grade. Alyssa auditioned for Idol’s first season on ABC and made it through until got cut at Top 24. She took several classes to improve skills and then auditioned again this season in Los Angeles with the song Shark in the Water by V.V. Brown. Alyssa was shown in the third part of Hollywood Week, singing What About Us by P!nk for her final solo performance and advanced to Top 40. This time, she made to the Top 8, after she got a wild card by Katy Perry at the end of Top 14. For Top 8 Live Show, she sang Somebody to Love by Queen and Ain't No Mountain High Enough in a duet with Wade Cota. She, along with Walker Burroughs, received the lowest number of votes for that week, and the judges chose not to use their save, eliminating her from the competition at seventh-eighth place.
  • Dimitrius Graham (born June 8, 1991) is from Baltimore, Maryland. Dimitrius's earliest memory of music is his mother singing a gospel song at church. He joined the children’s choir of the church and performed his first solo with ‘The Shepherd’s Song’. He considered following in his stepfather’s career path as a police officer and thought about becoming a teacher. A mentor later introduced him to opera and gave him secret lessons. Once he got a chance to see Pavarotti and Renée Fleming conquer an entire orchestra, he fell in love with their music. Dimitrius was first shown in the first solo round of Hollywood Week. He sang Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Midler in front of the judges and his mother (via phone), who was about to have an operation. Then he appeared in a group called "Unexpected Vibe" singing I Want It That Way by Backstreet Boys. He advanced to the Top 10. Dimitrius sang You'll Be in My Heart by Phil Collins for the Disney Night Live Show. He is one of two who received the lowest number of votes, and the judges chose not to save him, eliminating him from the competition at ninth-tenth place.
  • Uché (born July 15, 1994 as Uchechukwu Walter Ndubizu-Egwim-Okoli) is from Sugarland, Texas. As a child, Uché visited family in Nigeria and learned how to dance from his aunts and uncles. He had an epiphany while watching the Disney TV movie High School Musical when he was 11. He begged his parents to sign him up for an acting class. After living in Minnesota for ten years, his family moved back to Houston when he was 16. He auditioned for a musical named "The Music Man" and tried out for varsity choir at the same time. Later, he became the lead singer of the youth group band in his church. Uché graduated from Texas State with a degree in psychology. He went before the Idol judges with his rendition of Ain't No Other Man, and he sang Smokie Norful's "God Is Able" and talked about his musical influences. Uché was shown in the third part of Hollywood Week, singing Scars to Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara for his final solo performance.[21]. Uché sang "Eye to Eye" from A Goofy Movie for the Disney Night Live Show. He is one of two who received the lowest number of votes, and the judges chose not to save him, eliminating him from the competition at ninth-tenth place.

Contestants who appeared on other seasons/shows[edit]

  • Alyssa Raghu was part of Top 24 on last season of American Idol. She is the first person in American Idol history to make the semifinals twice.
  • Laine Hardy also appeared on season 16 of Idol but was eliminated at The Top 50.
  • Riley Thompson previously appeared on Real Country and finished in the Top 21.
  • Evelyn Cormier was previously on 90 Day Fiance.
  • Bumbly was on The Four: Battle for Stardom as Cristina Contreras.
  • Myra Tran (under the name of Trần Minh Như) was the winner on season 2 of The X Factor Vietnam.
  • Nick Townsend auditioned on season 12 of The Voice but failed to turn a chair.
  • Idalis Monzon was on Yo Soy El Artista on Telemundo in 2014. [22]
  • Payton Taylor auditioned last season but decided not to continue on to Hollywood Week. [23]
  • Moriah Formica was a Top 24 contestant of The Voice season 13.
  • Shevonne made the Wild Card of season 6 of America's Got Talent and made the Top 50 of the fifteenth season of American Idol.
  • Chloe Channell made it to the quarterfinals on the eighth season of America's Got Talent. She was eliminated in a tie breaker during judges' choice.
  • Peter Lemongello Jr. was featured on the PBS My Music series as the lead singer of The Crests in 2018.

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Timeslot (ET) Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Auditions, Part 1" March 3, 2019 Sunday 8:00 p.m. 1.7/7 8.65[24] 0.4 1.81 2.1 10.47[25]
2 "Auditions, Part 2" March 6, 2019 Wednesday 8:00 p.m. 1.5/6 7.82[26] 0.4 1.92 1.9 9.75[27]
3 "Auditions, Part 3" March 10, 2019 Sunday 8:00 p.m. 1.3/6 7.27[28] 0.3 1.57 1.7 8.84[29]
4 "Auditions, Part 4" March 17, 2019 1.3/6 7.18[30] 0.4 1.56 1.7 8.75[31]
5 "Auditions, Part 5" March 18, 2019 Monday 8:00 p.m. 1.2/5 6.11[32] 0.4 1.90 1.6 8.01[33]
6 "Hollywood Week, Part 1" March 24, 2019 Sunday 8:00 p.m. 1.2/5 7.08[34] 0.4 1.74 1.7 8.83[33]
7 "Hollywood Week, Part 2" March 25, 2019 Monday 8:00 p.m. 1.2/5 6.45[35] 0.4 1.85 1.6 8.31[36]
8 "Showcase Round & Final Judgment" March 31, 2019 Sunday 8:00 p.m. 1.2/5 7.22[37] 0.4 1.56 1.6 8.78[36]
9 "Top 20 Solos" April 1, 2019 Monday 8:00 p.m. 1.1/5 6.23[38] 0.4 1.92 1.5 8.15[39]
10 "All-Star Duets, Part 1" April 7, 2019 Sunday 8:00 p.m. 1.0/5 6.12[40] 0.4 1.73 1.4 7.85[39]
11 "All-Star Duets, Part 2" April 8, 2019 Monday 8:00 p.m. 1.1/5 6.49[41] 0.4 1.77 1.5 8.27[42]
12 "Top 14" April 14, 2019 Sunday 8:00 p.m. 1.3/6 7.26[43] 0.4 1.65 1.7 8.92[42]
13 "Top 10 Reveal" April 15, 2019 Monday 8:00 p.m. 1.2/5 7.10[44] 0.4 1.56 1.6 8.67[45]
14 "Top 10 Perform: Disney Night" April 21, 2019 Sunday 8:00 p.m. 1.3/6 7.11[46] 0.3 1.40 1.6 8.52[47]
15 "Top 8 Perform: Queen Night" April 28, 2019 1.6/7 8.74[48] 0.2 1.56 1.9 8.19
16 "Top 6 Perform: Woodstock & Showstoppers" May 5, 2019 1.2/5 7.49[49] 0.9 1.50 1.8 8.29
17 "Top 5 Perform: Elton John / Bobby Bones' Choice" May 12, 2019 1.2/6 7.87[50] 0.8 2.40 1.6 8.39
18 "Grand Finale" May 19, 2019 1.5/7 8.74[51] 0.9 2.49 1.7 9.49

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