American Idol Season 18 was back on Sunday, as the Top 7 was revealed and performed songs for Disney Night and Mother’s Day. It’s up to America to vote for which singers they want to see in next week’s finale, when the winner will be announced.
This week, Katy Perry dressed up as Mrs. Jumbo the elephant, with her dog Nugget dressed as Dumbo. The judge loves to dress up for Disney night, with past costumes including Snow White and Ursula. But we’re big fans of this one, because it was perfect for both the Disney and Mother’s Day themes. Her being pregnant was just the cherry on top.
You can vote for your favorite singers up to 10 times per voting method. Either go to the American Idol website to cast your vote, or text the number of your favorite contestant to 21523. Voting is open until 9 am ET on Monday morning. Check out the night’s performances in the videos below.
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Arthur performed “Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid on acoustic guitar from his home. Katy said he looked “relaxed” and “cool.” Luke said he’s turning into a “potentially massive recording artist.” Lionel praised him for sticking to his own style.
Arthur also dedicated a song to his mom Maiya, who bought him his first guitar. He performed “Hey, Ma” by Bon Iver. Luke praised the high part of his voice, and said he never has a bad performance. Lionel said he could sing the phone book.
Just Sam performed “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from Cinderella. She said she did her own makeup, and Katy said she looked “stuns-ville.” Luke complimented her range, and Lionel said they’ve watched her grow up in front of them.
Sam also performed a tribute to her grandmother, who adopted her and her sister when she was young. She sang “I Turn to You” by Christina Aguilera. Lionel told her she’ll know the judges for the rest of her life, bringing Sam to tears.
Jonny performed “Almost There” from The Princess and the Frog on the keyboard. Lionel called Jonny a “casual assassin,” saying he makes it look “effortless.” Katy, meanwhile, compared him to Billy Joel, Randy Newman, and Paul Simon, praising his song choice.
Jonny performed a personal version of “Amazing Grace” for his mom, who has supported him in his pursuit of music. Katy compared him to Alejandro Aranda, but said he’s his own artist. She added that she thinks he should win the competition.
Louis performed “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King in his yard, surrounded by plants. “Niall Horan better watch out!” Katy told him. Luke praised the “tenderness” of the performance.
Louis also celebrated his mom, who bought him his first piano. He performed his favorite song “You’ve Got a Friend” by Carole King and James Taylor. Luke said it was his favorite at-home performance from Louis. Lionel called it “heartfelt.”
Julia performed “Beauty and the Beast” in a yellow dress reminiscent of Belle’s gown. Luke and Lionel gave her advice about her lower register, but they still praised the performance. Katy said she has “star quality,” and complimented the “soulful” arrangement.
Julia honored her mom, with whom she has always been close. She performed “Sweetest Devotion” by Adele. The performance brought Katy to tears. Luke said she “owned it.”
Francisco performed “You’ll Be in My Heart” from Tarzan on guitar. Lionel said he witnessed “the transformation of Francisco,” praising his confidence and emotion. Katy compared him to Louis, saying the ending of this performance was better.
Mother’s Day is also Francisco’s mom’s birthday, so he made her breakfast and dedicated a performance of “River” by Leon Bridges to her. Katy marveled that he’s “grown even more” since the last song. Luke said it was better than the original.
Dillon performed “Our Town” from Cars on the guitar. Katy said Dillon was “making love to the camera,” praising his sincerity. Luke called it “great from top to bottom.” Lionel called Dillon a “storyteller” and said he “did the work.”
Dillon wrote a heartfelt letter to his mom and performed “Hang On, Hang On” by Amos Lee for her. Luke predicted he’ll go far whether or not he wins. Lionel called Dillon an inspiration to young people who are struggling.