On Sunday night, American Idol Season 19 returned with Disney Night, as the Top 10 performed songs from famous Disney movies. The episode featured live voting, and three contestants were eliminated at the end of the show.
The night opened with a performance of “A Whole New World” from Aladdin by Disney Channel star Sofia Carson, accompanied by the Top 9 contestants. Then judge Katy Perry stepped out in an amazing Tinker Bell costume.
Later in the episode, Jon Batiste took the stage to perform “It’s All Right” from the Disney and Pixar movie Soul. Batiste played the piano and was accompanied by a band. He finished the performance by standing up and dancing on the brightly lit stage.
This episode also revealed which comeback singer from Season 18 earned a spot in the Top 10. As Talent Recap predicted, viewers voted for last year’s runner-up Arthur Gunn. He performed with the Top 9, who were decided two weeks ago.
During Sunday’s Disney Night episode, the Top 9 singers got to visit Walt Disney World, where they were mentored by Full House star John Stamos. Viewers had the opportunity to vote for their favorite artists during the show, and the Top 7 was revealed at the end of the night.
Caleb was surprised by his mother during his time at Disney World. He sang “Real Gone” from the movie Cars for his Disney Night performance. Perry said he gets “a little bit more sparkle” every time she sees him perform, and she praised his song choice. Luke Bryan agreed, complimenting his energy. Lionel Richie said he was glad to see Caleb smile.
Willie chose to sing “The Circle of Life” from The Lion King. Stamos suggested he should relate the song to his late grandfather. Bryan said the performance made him “feel alive,” adding that Willie has “the magic.” Richie said Willie could sing the phone book and still make it his own. Perry told him his arrangement was “sparkly and magnificent.”
While at Disney World, Casey was surprised by her family. She sang “When She Loved Me” from Toy Story 2 for her Disney Night performance. Perry praised Casey for showing “so many different colors” throughout the competition. Bryan called her a “superstar in the making,” saying he had goosebumps. Richie said she has “grace beyond your years.”
Chayce chose to sing “Baby Mine” from Dumbo, saying it reminded him of his childhood. Bryan said this performance is what he’s about as an artist. Richie advised him to stop wondering how he ended up on the show, and to just enjoy it. Perry said he turned the song into something really cool, and threw a little pixie dust for him.
Comeback singer Arthur chose to sing “Remember Me” from the movie Coco. He said he tried to make it feel more hopeful than the original. Perry said it was one of Arthur’s best performances, praising him for being himself. Bryan said it was authentic to the style they’ve come to know from him. Richie encouraged him to “own your voice.”
Hunter had an emotional moment last week, but America voted him into the Top 10. He chose to sing “You’ll Be in My Heart” from Tarzan for Disney Night. Richie encouraged him to “enjoy the stage.” Perry praised him for taking a “big leap” at the end of the song. Bryan said he’s glad that Hunter is “going there” now, adding that his voice is recognizable.
Grace chose to sing “Into the Unknown” from Frozen 2, saying it represents her experience taking a risk by competing on the show. Perry called her a goddess, adding that she seemed to control the whole room with her voice. Bryan said she had “the eye of the tiger.”
Voting was open during the show, and closed during the final commercial break. At the end of the night, host Ryan Seacrest announced the Top 7. Sadly, the show had to say goodbye to three contestants.
Deshawn performed “When You Wish Upon a Star” from Pinocchio. Richie told him he has “the cool factor,” saying he “nailed it.” Perry told him, “I just met you for the very first time,” adding that he showed “real, true growth.” Bryan said he was grinning while watching Deshawn’s performance, and told him his family must be so proud. Unfortunately, Deshawn didn’t make it into the Top 7.
Alyssa performed “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from Cinderella. She even got to meet the princess herself at Walt Disney World. Richie was glad that she held things back until the end of the performance. Perry agreed, praising Alyssa’s control. Bryan said he loved watching artists like Alyssa blossom into a “work of art.” Unfortunately, Alyssa didn’t make it into the Top 7.
Cassandra and her family got to enjoy the Star Wars attractions at Disney World together. She chose to perform “Go the Distance” from Hercules for Disney Night. Bryan said it was Cassandra’s best performance, and she seemed more comfortable than ever. Perry said her confidence has gone “from zero to hero,” calling her a star. Unfortunately, she wasn’t voted into the Top 7.
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