Billboard has your exclusive look at the iconic songs the top 12 will sing on Sunday night’s (April 18) American Idol episode, which will pay tribute to Oscar-nominated classics.
The dozen semi-finalists will sing their favorite Academy Award-worthy tracks for a chance to advance into the top nine in the two-hour showdown on ABC, kicking off at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Their choices range from the rousing anthem in Hugh Jackman’s The Greatest Showman to a Dirty Dancing favorite, a modern James Bond theme, a beloved Barba Streisand standard and, of course, Judy Garland’s trip “Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz.
The very special episode will open with judge Lionel Richie’s performance of his soaring 1985 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 ballad “Say You, Say Me” from Taylor Hackford’s Russian ballet defection drama White Nights.
Monday’s (April 19) episode will mark the first time 10 of last year’s lucky Idol finalists will be performing in the Idol dome at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, since they had to sing from their homes in 2020 because of COVID restrictions; the performers will be vying for a chance to join this season’s top 10.
Check out the list below:
Alyssa Wray: “This is Me” – Keala Settle & The Greatest Showman Ensemble (from The Greatest Showman)
Ava August: “City Of Stars” – Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone (from La La Land)
Beane: “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (from Dirty Dancing)
Caleb Kennedy: “On the Road Again” – Willie Nelson (from Honeysuckle Rose)
Casey Bishop: “Over The Rainbow” – Judy Garland (from The Wizard of Oz)
Cassie Coleman: “Writing’s On The Wall” – Sam Smith (from Spectre)
Chayce Beckham: “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” – Bryan Adams (from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves)
Deshawn Goncalves: “The Way We Were” – Barbra Streisand (from The Way We Were)
Grace Kinstler: “Happy” – Pharrell Williams (from Despicable Me 2)
Hunter Metts: “Falling Slowly” – Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová (from Once)
Madison Watkins: “Run to You” – Whitney Houston (from The Bodyguard)
Willie Spence” “Stand Up” – Cynthia Erivo (from Harriet)