AMERICAN Idol returned on Sunday night for another episode of the hit singing competition show, and two contestants were eliminated.
Meanwhile, the singing competition show celebrated 20 years with The Great Idol Reunion last week, and alumni like Jordin Sparks, David Cook, and Kris Allen returned to perform jaw-dropping duets for judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie.
Sunday night’s episode determined the competition’s top five as the show draws to a close with the season 20 finale reportedly set for later this month.
Fans of Idol can tune in to the show every Sunday on ABC at 8pm ET.
Read our American Idol live blog for the latest news and updates…
Protocols for this season
This season, American Idol is airing live again, but with necessary safety protocols in place.
To ensure the protection of the cast, crew, and participants, the number of cities where the auditions were held was reduced, and the judges are socially distanced.
How Covid-19 affected recent seasons
Season 18 of American Idol shut down due to Covid-19 protocols, but it was the first reality competition series to return to screens and air remotely.
Using custom-built Zoom technology, contestants that sang for producers got a green light to move on to a judged audition.
Are the auditions scripted?
Even past judges have said parts of the show aren’t “real.”
She went as far as calling the show “so boring and so fake.”
“You have to make up things to say about people,” she said. “Half the time the performances are good.”
The audition process, continued
There are both open auditions and, according to that performer, invite-only auditions.
According to Cinema Blend, open audition contestants are asked to prepare a few songs, and when they arrive, they sing either alone or with one to two other possible contestants for a few “rounds.”
Potential contestants perform for all sorts of people involved with the show during this process.
Barnum said his first audition was with a casting team member.
The audition process
According to a singer/songwriter who auditioned for the show in 2017, Michael Barnum, there is a long process to the American Idol auditions before the taped “first” audition that viewers are familiar with.
“They didn’t just show up that day and immediately sang for the judges,” the performer wrote in a Medium blog post.
“It’s a process and there are many hoops you have to go through before any of that happens, including a 500 questionnaire psych evaluation.”
How much does it cost to audition?
It costs nothing to audition for American Idol, provided hopefuls meet the show’s eligibility requirements, and cover their own costs of travel and accommodation.
You must be between 15 and 28 years old at your audition time and you must also be a legal US resident and not have competed in the Top 10 of a previous season.
The contestants going home are…
Christian and Jay.
Fritz was the final contestant to make it in the Top 5.
HunterGirl and Leah are also in the Top 5.
So far, Noah and Nicolina are in the top 5.
Results are in
Two contestants will be going home tonight.
They are being revealed now.
Judges react to Christian
“I feel the spirit in here,” said Katy. “I feel like we’ve all been baptized by Christian.”
“You were just playing with it.” Katy called it “one of your best.”
“It was just pouring out of your soul,” said Luke.
“I am going to ask for a family root check,” said Lionel.
“That was the most incredible felt performance ever coming out of your mouth.”
To vote for Christian, text 9 to 21523.
Up next, Christian
The last Mother’s Day performance tonight is by Christian.
He is singing Dear God by Smokie Norful.
“I honestly couldn’t picture a better song to be honest with you,” his mother told him.
“I really think that your entire journey has led you to this.”
Judges react to Nicolina
“That performance was absolutely flawless,” said Lionel.
“Both performances have been A++,” said Katy.
Luke also called the performance flawless.
To vote for Nicolina, text 7 to 21523.
Up next, Nicolina
Nicolina is dedicating her next performance to her Nonna.
Light in the Hallway by Pentatonix
“I’m just so happy to be able to share in this journey with you,” said Nicolina’s Nonna.
“Happy Mother’s Day and thank you for everything you have done for me,” Nicolina told her.
Judges react to Noah Thompson
“Great performance, you sound great,” said Luke.
“Whatever you’ve got going on man you look like a star in that room.”
“When you’re sick, you’re sounding a lot better,” said Lionel. “You nailed it.”
“I think adrenaline took over,” said Katy.
“You did the best that you have ever done tonight, in our opinion.”
To vote for Noah, text 2 to 21523.
Up next, Noah Thompson
He is singing Landslide, by Fleetwood Mac.
He is performing for his grandmother, Karen.
“My grandma basically raised me,” said Noah. “My parents divorced and my dad thought it would be better for me to be with my grandma.”
“She’s a big part of Walker’s life too.”
Judges react to HunterGirl
“Listen HunterGirl, you got the platinum ticket,” said Katy. “You still deserve the platinum ticket today.”
“You’ve also got a platinum heart.”
“To be able to see the appreciation and love you have for your mother, it was beautiful,” said Luke.
“If you did not do a better job of selling not only that song but your mother and the feelings you have toward your mother, you did a fabulous job,” said Lionel.
To vote for HunterGirl, text 4 to 21523.
Up next, HunterGirl
HunterGirl is singing Like My Mother Does by Lauren Alaina.
“You worked so hard and we watched you since you were a little girl,” said HunterGirl’s mother.
“I couldn’t give up because she believed in me,” said an emotional HunterGirl.
Judges react to Leah
“So all I’m going to say to you is that the sound, your storytelling performance, you found that place,” said Lionel.
“You can take that for the rest of your life and make the greatest career ever.”
“You look like an angel and you sound like an angel,” said Katy.
“The purity and quality and tone of your voice is just so listenable,” said Luke.
To vote for Leah, text 6 to 21523.
Up next, Leah
“My mom is my absolute best friend,” said Leah.
She is singing Sanctuary by Nashville Cast.
“You’re just so talented and beautiful inside and out,” said Leah’s mother.
“I will always be here for you sweetie, I promise.
The judge was given a moving Vinyl cake.
Lionel was recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as part of the 2022 class.
“You are a treasure and a dear friend, congratulations from all of us,” said Ryan Seacrest.
Judges react to Fritz
Fritz’s rehearsal was aired again, instead of a live performance due to his Covid-19 diagnosis.
“You look like a pro, you sound like a pro, you play the guitar with tons of emotion,” said Luke. “It was just another amazing performance.”
“My friend your star has arrived,” said Lionel.
“I think that was one of the most beautiful songs about Grandma in general,” said Katy. “You continue to shock me and blow me away.”
To vote for Fritz, text 10 to 21523.
Up next, Fritz
Fritz and his mother watched memories of his grandmother.
“This past year I felt like I could find the words and make something special,” said Fritz.
He is singing an original called The Ocean.
“It’s an anthem to our family,” said Fritz’s mother.
“You found your place babe, and we couldn’t be happier for you,” she told her son.
Judges react to Jay
“We’re so proud of you Jay,” said Kate. “I feel like you have found exactly who you are and you’re never going back.”
“You’re hitting everything perfectly right now,” said Luke.
To vote for Jay, text 5 to 21523.
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