American Idol (season 17)
|Broadcast from||March 3 –|
May 19, 2019
|Genre(s)||Rock and Roll, country, southern rock|
The seventeenth season of American Idol premiered on March 3, 2019 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.
- 1 Regional auditions
- 2 Hollywood Week
- 3 Showcase Round
- 4 Top 20
- 5 Top 14 (April 14 and 15)
- 6 Live shows
- 7 Elimination chart
- 8 Top 10 Contestants
- 9 Contestants who appeared on other seasons/shows
- 10 Ratings
- 11 References
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. 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. The winner of that vote was revealed to be Megan Woods on Good Morning America on November 16, 2018. However, Megan Woods wasn't shown in any episode.
|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|
|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|
|1, 2, 3, 4, 5||Los Angeles, California||November 8–10, 2018||Hollywood and Highland Center|
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.
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:
|Contestant was chosen by the judges to move on to the Top 20|
|Contestant was eliminated|
|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"||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|
The Top 20 performed at Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, California, and solo performances aired in one episode on April 1.
Solos (April 1)
|3||Laine Hardy||"Bring It on Home to Me"|
|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"|
|10||Logan Johnson||"Love Don't Live Here Anymore"|
|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)
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.
Bobby Bones served as a guest host for the April 8 episode filling in for Seacrest who missed the taping due to illness.
|Contestant was chosen by the judges to move on to the live shows|
|Contestant was eliminated|
|Date of airing||Order||Contestant||Song||Duet partner||Result|
|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|
|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|
|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)
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.
|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||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|
|7||Dimitrius Graham||"Perfect"||Not Chosen|
|9||Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon||"We All Fall in Love Sometimes"||Safe|
|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|
|4||Riley Thompson||"It Must Be Love"||Eliminated|
|5||Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon||"Almost Heaven"
|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|
|13||Alejandro Aranda||"Cholo Love"
|14||Uché||"Diamonds"||Saved by Lionel|
|Contestant was saved by America's vote|
|Contestant was saved by the judges|
|Contestant was eliminated|
Week 1: Top 10 – Disney Night (April 21)
|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|
|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)
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.
|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|
|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|
|15.1||Top 8||"We Will Rock You"|
|15.2||Avett Maness||"Bohemian Rhapsody"|
Week 3: Top 6 - Woodstock / Showstoppers (May 5)
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.
|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|
|16.1||Gabby Barrett||"I Hope"|
Week 4: Top 5 - Elton John / Bobby Bones' Choice / Hero Dedications (May 12)
|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)
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.
|Contestant finished in 3rd place.|
|Contestant finished as the runner-up.|
|Contestant won the season.|
|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|
|19.1||Lionel Richie with Top 10||"Dancing on the Ceiling"|
|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)|
|Females||Males||Not Chosen||Third place||Runner-up||Winner|
|Did Not Perform||Public's vote||Judges' save||Immune||Eliminated|
|Place||Contestant||Top 20||Top 14||Wildcard||Top 10||Top 8||Top 6||Top 5||Finale|
|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|
|6||Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon||N/A||Safe||Safe||Immune||Safe||Safe||Eliminated|
|Alyssa Raghu||N/A||Safe||Not Chosen||Safe||Safe|
|9–10||Dimitrius Graham||N/A||Safe||Not Chosen||Safe||Eliminated|
|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|
Top 10 Contestants
- 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.. 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
- 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. 
- Payton Taylor auditioned last season but decided not to continue on to Hollywood Week. 
- 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.
|No.||Title||Air date||Timeslot (ET)||Rating/share
|1||"Auditions, Part 1"||March 3, 2019||Sunday 8:00 p.m.||1.7/7||8.65||0.4||1.81||2.1||10.47|
|2||"Auditions, Part 2"||March 6, 2019||Wednesday 8:00 p.m.||1.5/6||7.82||0.4||1.92||1.9||9.75|
|3||"Auditions, Part 3"||March 10, 2019||Sunday 8:00 p.m.||1.3/6||7.27||0.3||1.57||1.7||8.84|
|4||"Auditions, Part 4"||March 17, 2019||1.3/6||7.18||0.4||1.56||1.7||8.75|
|5||"Auditions, Part 5"||March 18, 2019||Monday 8:00 p.m.||1.2/5||6.11||0.4||1.90||1.6||8.01|
|6||"Hollywood Week, Part 1"||March 24, 2019||Sunday 8:00 p.m.||1.2/5||7.08||0.4||1.74||1.7||8.83|
|7||"Hollywood Week, Part 2"||March 25, 2019||Monday 8:00 p.m.||1.2/5||6.45||0.4||1.85||1.6||8.31|
|8||"Showcase Round & Final Judgment"||March 31, 2019||Sunday 8:00 p.m.||1.2/5||7.22||0.4||1.56||1.6||8.78|
|9||"Top 20 Solos"||April 1, 2019||Monday 8:00 p.m.||1.1/5||6.23||0.4||1.92||1.5||8.15|
|10||"All-Star Duets, Part 1"||April 7, 2019||Sunday 8:00 p.m.||1.0/5||6.12||0.4||1.73||1.4||7.85|
|11||"All-Star Duets, Part 2"||April 8, 2019||Monday 8:00 p.m.||1.1/5||6.49||0.4||1.77||1.5||8.27|
|12||"Top 14"||April 14, 2019||Sunday 8:00 p.m.||1.3/6||7.26||0.4||1.65||1.7||8.92|
|13||"Top 10 Reveal"||April 15, 2019||Monday 8:00 p.m.||1.2/5||7.10||0.4||1.56||1.6||8.67|
|14||"Top 10 Perform: Disney Night"||April 21, 2019||Sunday 8:00 p.m.||1.3/6||7.11||0.3||1.40||1.6||8.52|
|15||"Top 8 Perform: Queen Night"||April 28, 2019||1.6/7||8.74||0.2||1.56||1.9||8.19|
|16||"Top 6 Perform: Woodstock & Showstoppers"||May 5, 2019||1.2/5||7.49||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||0.8||2.40||1.6||8.39|
|18||"Grand Finale"||May 19, 2019||1.5/7||8.74||0.9||2.49||1.7||9.49|
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