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Everything to Know About The ‘American Idol’ Top 5 Original Songs

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On Sunday’s upcoming episode of American Idol, the Top 5 contestants will be showcasing their own original songs. After working with big-name producers, we know all of the songs will be incredible and true to each individual artist. All of the contestants are very excited to perform their songs and have been posting behind-the-scenes content gearing up for the big show.

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Chayce Beckham

Chayce Beckham is working with Ross Copperman on his song called “23.” He joined Copperman at Sound Factory in Hollywood on Tuesday to cut the track. Copperman has worked with everyone from Luke Bryan to Blake Shelton and scored over 30 No. 1 country singles.

“So stoked I finally get to share some of my music with you guys! I’ve been waiting to sing some originals and now I actually get to record release and perform one on the show this week” Chayce wrote on Instagram and Twitter. “Thanks to @americanidol I’m working with one of the best producers in country music.”

Caleb Kennedy

Caleb Kennedy is also working with Copperman. His original song is called “Raised On Dirt.” Caleb posted an exciting photo from the studio to highlight his progress. The 16-year-old is one of the contestants that has already shared original music and compelling songwriting skills with the American Idol audience this season. He has solidified himself as the country outlaw this season with his authentic sound and sticking to his roots.

“He really knows who he is as an artist,” Copperman told Billboard about working with Caleb.

Willie Spence


Stewart is also producing “Never Be Alone” with Willie Spence. Fans have been waiting for Willie to showcase some original music on the show and are finally going to get the opportunity to hear him sing it.

“I decided to do @americanidol because I’ve always dreamed of being an artist! This whole experience has been Unbelievable” Willie wrote on Instagram for his 449,000 followers.

Willie also got a big shoutout online from supermodel Bella Hadid. Hadid has a whopping 41.5 million followers of her own so Willie definitely gained even more fans as he vies for a spot in the American Idol finale.

Stewart told Billboard that Willie “is bringing so much to the table, and when we got to the room we just really clicked. It was really, truly sparks.”

Grace Kinstler

Grace Kinstler got to work with Christopher “Tricky” Stewart on her song “Love Someone.” Stewart is the mastermind behind some of Justin Bieber, Rihanna, and Nicole Scherzinger’s biggest hits. The 20-year-old college student opened up on Instagram about the experience of finally getting into the studio to record.

“I auditioned for @americanidol because I wanted to share not only my voice, but also who I am as an artist and a person,” she wrote. “I’ve been able to take away so much from this experience, and I am incredibly grateful that I had the opportunity to record a single, which I will also be performing on the show THIS SUNDAY and releasing on all platforms THIS FRIDAY!!!”

Casey Bishop

Casey Bishop stepped into the recording studio for the first time ever to work on her song “Love Me, Leave Me.” She’s working with two-time Grammy winner Ian Fitchuk. She is the youngest artist left in the competition at 15 years old and feels “so lucky to be working with such a welcoming, incredibly talented producer.”

In between time at the studio, Casey got a quick visit from her American Idol bestie Mary Jo Young. Mary Jo has made it clear that she is rooting for Casey to win the whole competition. So have the Estero, Florida teens fans.

Eliminated Contestants Hunter Metts, Arthur Gunn Also Record Original Songs

Hunter Metts and Arthur Gunn also recorded original songs despite being eliminated during last week’s show. Though they will not perform on Idol, the songs will be released on all streaming platforms.

Hunter worked with Fitchuk on his song “20,000 Kisses.” His American Idol elimination certainly came as a shock to some but is only the beginning for the Tennessee heartthrob. Fitchuk posted photos working with Hunter and Casey together in what looks like the coolest experience ever.

Copperman worked with Arthur in the studio on his song which he teased on social media. We have seen a ton of his unique arrangements performed on American Idol in both Season 18 and Season 19. Expect Arthur’s song to follow that same trend, especially after re-mastering Coldplay’s “In My Place” during his Top 7 performance.

You can stream all seven original songs starting on Friday. To hear the Top 5 perform their original songs live, tune in on Sunday, May, 16 to American Idol. The results from this episode will determine which artists are heading into the finale. Even though it feels impossible to choose a winner.

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