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AMERICAN IDOL: The Top 3 Revealed on Disney Night … Did You Agree with the Nationwide Vote?

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On Sunday night’s American Idol semi-finals, the five contestants were ready for their sing-off as they vied for America’s vote and the three spots in the finals next week.

It was also Disney Night, where the setlist featured songs from popular movies and Broadway shows. The mentor this week was Sofia Carson, and of course, pop superstar and judge, Katy Perry wore a Disney-inspired costume (as she does every year). This time she dressed as Mrs. Incredible/Elastgirl and made quite the impression.

Being that it was Mother’s Day and while at Disneyland, semi-finalists: Colin Stough, Iam Tongi, Megan Danielle, Wé Ani and Zachariah Smith were also seen in video packages with special heartfelt letters and moments of appreciation for each of their moms.

So, who went through and who went home? After the nationwide vote, ‘Idol’ host Ryan Seacrest revealed that Colin Stough, Megan Danielle and Iam Tongi were safe, while Wé Ani and Zachariah Smith were eliminated.

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Based on the performances last night, some were critical of Stough getting a spot in the finals over Ani and Smith.

You be the judge! Take a look below at each of the five semi-finalists performances from round 1 and round 2 of last night’s competition. American Idol concludes its season 21 on Sunday, May 21st with a star-studded three-hour season finale beginning at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT on ABC and streaming live.

ROUND 1

ROUND 2

Let us know in the comment section below, if you agree with Iam, Megan and Colin as your top 3 finalists. 

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I think We Ani should have been in the top 3. I was unable to vote because voting was already closed at 8:00 p.m. when the show airs in Calif. Doubting nation wide votes.

No I didn’t agree

I haven’t watched this season. I don’t like Katy as a judge.

No I didn’t agree. I thought We Ani and Zacharia should have been in the top 3 with Iam.

No I don’t agree. I thought We Ani, Zachariah and Iam should be top 3.

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AMERICAN IDOL Season 22 Opener: Contestant Reunites with Birth Family, Former NFL Pro’s Emotional Journey and More

You really needed the hankies for the season 22 premiere of American Idol that aired on Sunday night on ABC. In what was edited, pretty darn perfectly, to hook viewers into the back-story of some of the talented contestants, we got our first glimpse of just who could wind up in the top ten or be your next ‘American Idol.”

Judges Katy Perry (who just announced this season will be her last), Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan were back as the two-hour episode featured auditions in the hometowns of three music superstars: Santa Barbara for Perry, Tuskegee, Alabama for Richie, and Leesburg, Georgia for Bryan.

‘Idol’ starts out red hot with young male singer Mackenzie Sol, a Las Vegas resident hails from Newcastle, a small town in England. He sings Bring it On Home to Me by Sam Cooke, and tells the judges he did not tell his mother he was coming to audition, in case it went badly. With soulful voice he wows the judges and his mom shows up to surprise to boot! He’s in tears, so are we, and we have one of this year’s heartthrobs in the making.

Later we meet Triston Harper from McIntosh, Alabama. The 15-year old country singer says he’s been through a lot at his young age. At one point he and his mother were homeless after escaping his abusive stepfather. He is also the first Idol contestant with Choctaw Indian heritage, that we know of. Triston sings Cover Me Up by Jason Isbell.. His mother comes into the audition room to hear the good news that the judges are sending the young teen to Hollywood.

In one of the more poignant moments of the episode, we meet Blake Proehl, a 24-year old from Charlotte, North Carolina. In the clip package viewers learn that he is actually a former NFL pro football player for the Minnesota Vikings. His life change dramatically when he suffered a career-ending leg injury and had to learn to walk again. He credits his grandmother for saving him and pushing him to sing. Blake sits down at the piano and sings “In Case You Didn’t Know” by Brett Young. The judges get emotional and amped up on this guy that he could be the one to take it all.

In Santa Barbara, we meet Micaela McCall is a 28-year old voice and piano teacher who performed Stevie Wonder’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered with her own unique singing style. The rendition brings Katy to tears!

Currently living in a small hotel room with his five children and his wife, viewers meet Odell Bunton Jr. from Dallas. He works the nightshift in security at the airport, and he wants a better life for his family. Not only does he impress the judges with Bring it On Home to Me by Sam Cooke, he later receives a surprise on the local Fox station that the judges have deemed him one of three platinum tickets winners for the season. That allows him to skip the first week of competition at Hollywood week.

Jack Blocker, 25-year old graphic designer who currently lives in Nashville performed an original song of his with his guitar called, I Was Wrong.  Problem was his facial expressions while he was singing made his face look quite distorted and when the judges took a vote only Luke gave him a “Yes”. Then, in a first for “Idol”, Luke asked the crew what they thought and they wanted him in the competition. Jack was brought back into the audition room and given a golden ticket. Thank you behind the scenes crew!

Finally, in the heart-tugger of the night, McKenna Breinholt, a 25-year medical assistant from Gilbert, Arizona tells the story of how in three weeks she slated to meet her birth family. Her biological mother was a singer who passed away.  Her adopted family was with her at the audition (or so she only that).  She goes to the piano with her smoky voice and sings There Was Jesus by Zach Bryan and Dolly Parton.  Next, she is in for a surprise when after she received a gold ticket to Hollywood in walks not only her adopted family, but members of her birth family. Everyone is crying, and so are we.  Then, McKenna in honor of her mother sits down and the piano and plays one of her songs.

So, after night one of the audition of American Idol? Who were you most impressed by? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Katy Perry Reveals She’s Leaving ‘American Idol’ After Seven Seasons

Monday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Kate Perry shocked American Idol fans when she shared that she is exiting the reality-singing competition series as a judge at the conclusion of its seventh season.

That season officially begins this coming Sunday night, February 18th (8PM ET/PT on ABC). During her segment, Katy revealed her upcoming plans and why she is bowing out after the end of this year’s American Idol.

Perry expressed: “Well, you know, this fall, this September, I’m going to be doing this huge music festival in Brazil called Rock in Rio. It’s really exciting … it’s a big deal for people all over the world, especially my Brazilian fans.”

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Katy then pivoted to, “So I think this will probably be my last season for Idol.” Perry has been a judge on the show since 2018 alongside Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. After the studio audience gasped, the singer shared, “I love ‘Idol’ so much. It’s connected me with the heart of America. But I need to feel that pulse of my own beat.”

When Kimmel asked how Luke and Lionel felt about her departure, the singer added, “Well, they’ll find out tonight.” Clearly, they had no idea that he was exiting from her comment.

Perry took to her Instagram as well and confirmed her exit, stating: “Let’s play two truths and a lie: 1. I beat Usher at Monopoly Deal. 2. I’m headlining Rock in Rio this September. 3. This is my last season on American Idol.”

American Idol is celebrating its 22nd season overall. No word yet on who might be the next in line to take Perry’s place after this season.

So, are you sad or happy that Katy is stepping away from ‘American Idol’ following the conclusion of the upcoming season? Let us know in the comment section.  But first, check out her segment on Jimmy Kimmel Live! below.

 

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AMERICAN IDOL: The Season 21 Winner is Crowned In Emotional Season Finale

Sunday’s season 21 finale of American Idol brought with it many tears, and several outstanding guest and competitor performances.

The Top 3: Colin Stough, Iam Tongi and Megan Danielle took to the stage for the last time trying to win America’s vote and be named the new ‘American Idol’.

The entire Top 12 returned for their last performances of the season as well, including the eliminated: Nutsa, Haven Madison, Lucy Love, Marybeth Byrd, Oliver Steele, Tyson Venegas, Warren Peay, Wé Ani and Zachariah Smith.

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Keith Urban was back on ‘Idol’ for the first time in seven years, mentoring the 3 finalists and then later taking to the stage to perform his tune, “Wild Hearts”.  The Idol judges: Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan also took turns performing and viewers were reminded why each are pop and country star icons in their own right.

In addition, the all-star season finale line-up also included: Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard, Ellie Goulding, James Blunt, Jazmine Sullivan, Jelly Roll,  Kevin Cronin from REO Speedwagon, Kylie Minogue, Lainey Wilson, Lauren Daigle, Pitbull and Lil Jon, and TLC.

During the last night of competition, after each contestant sang twice, one was eliminated.  Mississippi’s Colin Stough was sent home.  Leaving Danielle and Tongi.

Throughout the night, Tongi’s set list included:  Urban’s “Making Memories of Us,” “Cool Down,” and his new single, “I’ll Be Seeing You”.  Danielle performed Urban’s “God Whispered Your Name,” Journey’s “Faithfully” and  her new single “Dream Girl.”  When the confetti flew, America went. as predicted, with Hawaii’s Tongi.

The night was filled with tearjerking moments. Mostly from the judges as Katy Perry and Luke Bryan were overcome numerous times being the proud ‘parents’, if you will, of the three finalists and noting how far they have come and grown through the competition.

To really make you reach for the hankies, the producers teamed Tongi with singer/songwriter James Blunt to perform Blunt’s song, “Monsters”, which started Iam’s journey on ‘Idol’ during the judges audition process.  At that time, Iam related he was dedicating the song to his father, Rodney, who had passed way.  For the finale, Tongi struggled to get through the duet, but it was still powerfully effective.

So, were you happy Ian Tongi took home the top prize … or were you rooting for Megan Danielle? Share your thoughts on the finale in the comment section below.

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