The top 14 returned to the stage on the April 24 episode of American Idol. This week, the contestants were mentored by Idol alum, Gabby Barrett. First, Jay Copeland made “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars. Jay, who was examined by the jury last week, received a standing ovation from all three this time. “I feel this is the closest thing to your artistry,” Lionel Richie extrusion. “Tonight, this song is a crucifixion song [who you’re going to be as an artist] right on top. ”
Next, HunterGirl performed “Baby Girl” by Sugarland. As the only female country performer left in the competition, Hunter got some great advice from Gabby. “You have a heart of gold and a voice of gold and I just want to see you win,” Katy Perry told Hunter after the show.
‘American Idol’ Top 14 Performances
The next performance is from Christian Guardino. He sang “Take Me To Church” by Hozierget advice from Gabby to “choose [his] moment” during the performance. “You took it to the next level,” Luke Bryan tell Chrisitan. “It went from one level to another level to another.”
Country singer Dan Marshall next step. He sang Kenny Chesney’s “She’s Got It All” for his top 14 performance. After a bit of stress during practice, Dan put in a solid performance at the live show. “That’s how you do it, Dan,” Lionel told the singer. “I love Kenny Chesney, but that’s your song tonight. You are sounding like a star. ”
Next, Gabby helped Leah Marlene choose between two songs for her performance. She was on “Happy Together”, which sent the judges and the crowd into a frenzy. “I really feel like you’ve come,” Katy said. Luke also talked about Leah’s growth on the show. “It’s one of the most inspiring things I’ve seen,” he admits.
The next artist to perform is Fritz Hager. Fritz sang “Let It Go” by James Bay. The judges were captivated by Fritz’s art. “That whole performance felt like I was on YOUR show,” says Luke. Following Fritz was Tristen Gressettwho sang? Adam Lambert’s “What do you want from me.” Gabby admits it was a “risky” but “fantastic” song choice for Tristen. The risk paid off, as the crowd went wild, although Tristen had a bit of a “hiccup” with the lyrics. “What you have now is a presence on stage,” Lionel said. “It was great. I loved that performance. ”
Lady Ky also sang a song of a Idol alum when she performed “I Believe” by Fantasia. Lady K was given a standing ovation. “Honestly, elegance is personified right now,” Katy said cheerfully. “The glow is real. That’s a good song. Overall, the growth has been amazing.” Lionel also said it was Lady K’s best performance.
Next, Allegra Miles sang “Ocean Eyes” by Billie Eilish. Allegra played the piano during her performance, and Luke confessed that she “naked” her vocal choices during the performance. After Allegra, Ava Maybee went on stage to sing a Harry Styles hit, “Signs of the Times.” Lionel offered some constructive criticism to Ava, urging her to “get out of here [her] the first half,” but the judges agreed that the second half of the performance was excellent.
After being examined by the jury last week, Mike Parker back singing “Hurricane” by Luke Combs. He hit a huge note at the end of the song that left the judges and the audience stunned. “It was your stage, you made it yours,” Katy raved. “It’s some authentic, country, soulful singing.”
Emyrson Flora went up next. She performed Olivia Rodrigo’s “Driver’s License” and Gabby’s advice is to “loosen up” as she steps onto the stage. Luke admits: “It’s hard for me to wrap my head around when you’re 16. “The way you sing is so classic and timeless.” Next, Gabby urged Noah Thompson to change the song selection he connects to more than his original selection. He went with “Stand By Me,” and Lionel promised Noah that it was the right choice. “Your voice suits that song perfectly,” he said.
The last performance of the night came from Nicolina. Nicolina gave a wonderful performance of “Hallelujah”, dedicated to her grandmother. “It was like watching an angel sing this beautiful song,” admits Katy. “It’s really, really beautiful.”
Top 11 ‘American Idol’ revealed
Throughout the episode, the US voted for their favorite artist and the top 11 were announced at the end of the night. The artists that have been saved are: Leah Marlene, HunterGirl, Jay Copeland, Fritz Hager, Nicolina, Noah Thompson, Christian Guardino, Lady K, Emyrson Flora, Mike Parker and Tristen Gressett. That means the three artists eliminated are: Dan Marshall, Ava Maybee and Allegra Miles.