‘American Idol’ In Hawaii: Heartbreaking Eliminations In The Final Judgment [VIDEO]

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This week on American Idol Season 18, the Top 40 headed to Hawaii for the Final Judgment. The singers performed solo, with some of them moving on to the Top 20. However, there were also a few heartbreaking eliminations that brought contestants to tears.

The show started with a message from host Ryan Seacrest, saying this episode was shot in January. He expressed his hope that the show could give viewers some joy during a difficult time. The future of the live shows remains uncertain in the midst of coronavirus fears.

‘American Idol’ Top 40 Perform In Hawaii

Nick Merico

Nick said he’s been “humbled” by being on the show. He performed “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars, and dedicated it to his mom. Lionel Richie admitted he didn’t think Nick would make it this far. However, Nick ended up proving him wrong and made it to the Top 20.

Makayla Brownlee

This singer had a scary moment during Hollywood Week when she suffered a seizure on stage. In Hawaii, Makayla got to talk to Ingrid Andress, whose song “More Hearts Than Mine” she chose to sing. Makayla broke down in tears after her performance. Luke Bryan questioned her arrangement of the song. Unfortunately, Makayla was eliminated.

DeWayne Crocker Jr.

This singer had fun with his family in Hawaii before performing. He put a reggae twist on “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X. Katy Perry said it was “gimmicky,” but Lionel added that gimmicks can work. DeWayne is going to the Top 20, and Katy said it was “one of our favorite performances.”


Camryn Leigh Smith

Camryn had a hard time during Hollywood Week, but she says her confidence has grown. She performed “Break Every Chain,” a worship song by Tasha Cobbs. Katy said she has a “cool voice,” but Lionel said he “didn’t connect.” The judges felt like she didn’t take a risk, and Camryn was eliminated.

Louis Knight

This singer performed “Castle on the Hill” by Ed Sheeran, which he said made him think of his home in England. Katy said it “wasn’t his best performance,” adding that he got into his head instead of his heart. However, the judges said they were betting on him, and want him to succeed. Louis is going to the Top 20.

Francisco Martin

Franciso says he recently went through a dark time and developed insecurities. He chose to perform “Falling” by Harry Styles. Katy said she didn’t recognize him during that performance. Luke called him “a wonderful talent.” Francisco is going through to the Top 20.


Jovin Webb

This stylish singer performed “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne. Lionel said he didn’t hit all the notes, but they complimented his sound and his artistry. Luke said he’ll have to keep working on it. They faked him out at first, but Jovin is moving on to the Top 20.

Faith Becnel

Faith performed a lively rendition of “Ain’t Nobody” by Rufus and Chaka Khan. Luke said the performance wasn’t “a step up” for Faith, but the judges still love her personality. She’s going to the Top 20.

Amber Fiedler

After her audition, this singer gave birth, and her daughter was adopted. In Hawaii, she performed “Good Kisser” by Lake Street Dive. Luke said she’s been growing throughout the competition, but they were unsure about this performance. Sadly, Amber was eliminated. She cried and said she was “heartbroken” over it. “It sucks when you gave 100 percent of yourself and thought you did so good, and then it just wasn’t enough,” she said through tears.


Just Sam

Sam took a risk by singing “Como La Flor” by Selena, even though she’s not fluent in Spanish. Katy was clearly amazed by the performance, standing up in the middle and dancing. She called it a “metamorphosis.” Sam cried with happiness as the judges praised her performance. She made it to the Top 20.

Jonny West

Jonny’s girlfriend Margie Mays was eliminated in Hollywood Week. He said he’s ready to “fight for it” now. Jonny performed “You Found Me” by The Fray, while Margie supported him from the crowd. Katy called him a “serious artist.” The judges sent Jonny through to the Top 20.

Dillon James

This singer has struggled with addiction and homelessness, and is now two years sober. In Hawaii, he performed Bob Dylans’ “The Times They Are a Changin’.” Katy Perry called him “a star.” However, we won’t know whether Dillon made it to the Top 20 until next week’s show.

What did you think of the first American Idol Hawaii performances? Did your favorites make it through to the next round? Let us know in the comments.

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