Season 18 ‘American Idol’ Contestants Return For A Second Chance

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The big American Idol twist went down tonight with 10 Season 18 contestants coming back for a second chance. Only one of them will make it into Season 19’s Top 10 based on America’s votes. Keep reading for a recap of all of their performances and how to vote for your favorite contestants.

Which Season 18 ‘American Idol’ Contestants Returned For The Comeback?

Cyniah Elise

Cyniah Elise performed “Edge of Midnight (Midnight Sky Remix)” by Miley Cyrus feat. Stevie Nicks. She came out swinging with this high-energy performance. Luke Bryan applauded her ability to hit some mega-high notes and Lionel Richie encouraged American Idol fans to vote for her.

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Nick Merico

Nick Merico took a risk singing his original song “City Lights” that he wrote for a special person in his life. Bryan said that his vocals were not up to par with some of the Season 19 contestants. Richie disagreed and complimented his stage presence, attitude and “freedom of taking over the stage.”

Aliana Jester

Aliana Jester performed “I’ll Never Love Again” by Lady Gaga. She was way more confident this time around. Katy Perry said that Jester has grown so much from last season. Bryan said she “really has a chance to be in the Top 10.”

Franklin Boone

Franklin Boone sang “Meant to Live” by Switchfoot. This was a total rockstar performance that blew the house down. While Perry misses Boone’s singer/songwriter vibe, she also loved what he did tonight on the stage.

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Faith Becnel

Faith Becnel performed “Cry Baby” by Janis Joplin which she learned the lyrics to on the morning of her performance. Her performance of “Cry Baby” last season is emotional for her to watch because she forgot all of the words. This was the ultimate redemption. Bryan thought it was a “great song choice” and he “loved the performance.” Perry thinks Becnel took all of the notes the judges gave her to make the perfect balance of vocals this season.

Arthur Gunn

Arthur Gunn sang “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls. The Nepali artist played the guitar as he sang the smooth tune. Richie complimented his instant identity as an artist. Perry loves that he goes his own way and recognized that his name has trended on Twitter multiple times over the past year.

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DeWayne Crocker Jr.

DeWayne Crocker Jr. sang “Voice of God” by Dante Bowe feat. Steffany Gretzinger & Chandler Moore. Perry enjoyed the fact that he played the piano and also got up and engaged the audience. Crocker Jr. has come such a long way from performing in front of his Christmas tree in the living room last season.

Makayla Phillips

Makayla Phillips performed “Anyone” by Demi Lovato which she dedicated to her sister whose father died last year. She received a standing ovation from the judges and nearly broke down in tears. Perry enjoyed the moments where Phillips’s voice was cracking and she was about to cry. This was certainly one of the breakthrough performances of the night.

Olivia Ximines

Olivia Ximines performed “Say Yes” by Michelle Williams feat. Beyoncé & Kelly Rowland. Her performance had a dance break in the middle which the judges absolutely loved. Perry was so happy that Ximines was able to get out of her living room like last season’s virtual shows and perform on the stage where she belongs.

Louis Knight

Louis Knight rounded off the group of returning contestants with his original song “Maybe That.” Bryan thought his vocal runs were “so well done.” He felt like he was at a real show because the performance pulled him in. He called this his favorite American Idol moment that he has had with Knight.

Harry Connick Jr. And Lauren Daigle Put On Amazing Performances

Former American Idol judge Harry Connick Jr. stopped by to perform music from the album he wrote in quarantine. He played a multitude of instruments and showed why he is a highly respected artist.

Former American Idol contestant Lauren Daigle also returned for a show-stopping performance.

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Due to the upcoming Academy Awards, American Idol will not air on Sunday, April 25, so voting for which Season 18 contestant will return to the competition is going to close at 6 a.m. ET on Monday, April 26. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Samantha Agate
Samantha Agate

Samantha Agate is a contributor and host for Talent Recap on YouTube with a previous byline at The Blast. She graduated from Hunter College in 2019 with a degree in Media Studies and a Concentration in Journalism. When she isn't binge-watching reality television shows or binge-eating fried food, she loves hanging out with her friends and family and petting puppies.

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