‘American Idol’ Recap: Hawaii Week Wraps Up with More Top 26 Performances

Jill O'Rourke
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American Idol Season 21 returned on Monday night, as the second half of the Top 26 performed at Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii, mentored by Noah Cyrus. It’s time for America to vote for their favorite singers to make it into the Top 20.

Paige Anne Returns to American Idol After Elimination

During last week’s Showstoppers round, the judges expanded the Top 24 to the Top 26. However, one contestant dropped out of the competition before the Hawaii round. That meant that eliminated contestant Paige Anne got to return to the show.

Paige, who is the youngest singer in the competition at 16, chose to sing “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus, who is the older sister of mentor Noah Cyrus. The powerhouse performance had the judges on their feet. As Katy Perry told her, “I just don’t like being wrong … You belong here.”

Paige wasn’t the only singer who took on a Miley Cyrus song during Monday’s show. Wé Ani also delivered an impressive performance of “Edge of Midnight” by Miley and Stevie Nicks. Like Paige, she also earned a standing ovation from the judges.


Katy Perry Calls Malik Heard a ‘Dark Horse’

There were plenty of other amazing performances on Monday night, presenting viewers with a tough decision about who to vote for. One incredible example is Malik Heard, who performed “Ain’t It Fun” by Paramore, showing off a great stage presence.

Luke Bryan told Malik that it was his best performance of the show so far, and Perry called him a “dark horse,” suggesting that he could even win the entire competition. Meanwhile, the judges also praised heartthrob Michael Williams for his performance of “Tuesdays” by Jake Scott, with Perry telling him it gave her goosebumps.

The show ended with a wild performance from Nutsa, who sang “Paris (Ooh La La)” by Grace Potter. Lionel Richie called it “so wonderful to watch,” while Perry compared the singer to a glitter bomb.

It’s time for fans at home to vote for their favorites. Voting is open until Tuesday at 6 a.m. ET. You can vote on the website, through the American Idol app, or by texting the number of your favorite singer to 21523. The Top 20 will be revealed next week.

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