American Idol really loves to put the screws to its contestants. Monday (April 15) night’s episode is when the Top 14 become the Top 10, but not before host Ryan Seacrest reads each of the trilling moppets the results of America’s vote from the night before.
Yes, we’re live for the first time in Season 17. That means all you folks get to cast your votes and push seven of these trilling kiddos through to next week, while judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan will save an additional three from the axe on Monday’s episode.
Following our Billboard staff-picked list of the 99 greatest songs of 1999, we're writing this week about some of the stories and trends that defined the year for us. Here, we remember how boy bands were so popular in 1999, even some alums from groups of previous generations were solo having breakout moments.
Season-long mentor Bobby Bones fills in for Ryan Seacrest under the roof of The Wiltern in La La Land, while judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan guide the second half of the Top 20 through another night of all-star duets.
Ten of American Idol’s current Top 20 contestants may have the thrill of performing duets with seasoned pros like Pat Benatar, Jason Mraz and Shaggy on Sunday (April 7) night’s episode, but that’s countered with the terror of knowing only seven will be left standing once the dust settles.
Next week, judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan will be tasked with dropping the axe on six contestants. Ahead of that, here’s how each of the hopefuls stated their case for staying in the competition.