American Idol‘s second night of celebrity duets ended with the Top 14 being decided. Ten contestants performed duets with stars like Lukas Graham, Ben Harper, Julia Michaels, and Chris Isaak.
Monday’s episode also marked the first time Ryan Seacrest has not hosted the show. He explained at the beginning that he had to take a sick day, but show mentor Bobby Bones filled in as host. Check out all the performances, and find out if your favorites made it through, below.
Alyssa Raghu & Julia Michaels
Alyssa and Julia performed the singer/songwriter’s hit “Issues,” which Julia said has a lot of “feelings and history” for her. Julia called Alyssa a “powerhouse.” Katy Perry said it was a “fresh take” on the song. Luke Bryan praised Alyssa for not overdoing things vocally. “You brought the sauce, sister,” Lionel Richie told her, pointing out how confident she is.
Eddie Island & Lukas Graham
Eddie joked that he’s been singing celebrity duets his entire life in the shower. He and Lukas joined forces to sing the artist’s hit song “7 Years.” Lukas encouraged him to show his vulnerability instead of just showing off his funny personality. Luke said the song was “the perfect fit” for what they were looking for from him. Lionel said he noticed Eddie’s range tonight.
Wade Cota & Lovelytheband
Lovelytheband’s frontman Mitchy Collins said he saw a lot of himself in Wade, who spoke about wanting to improve his mom’s life. He and the band performed “Broken.” Wade even showed off his dance skills at one point. Mitchy called Wade’s voice “powerful.” Lionel called it “a voice to be reckoned with.”
Ryan Hammond & Cynthia Erivo
Ryan was honored to sing with Cynthia, a Broadway singer and actress. Although Ryan hadn’t heard Sam & Dave’s “Hold On, I’m Coming” before the show, he was excited to perform it with Cynthia. Katy said Ryan held his own with her on stage. Luke encouraged him to add more “swagger” to his performances.
Evelyn Cormier & Chris Isaak
Evelyn said that getting to sing with Chris is her “dream duet.” The pair sang “Wicked Game,” which Evelyn previously sang in her audition for the show. Chris said he’s actually never sung the song as a duet before. Lionel said that both Evelyn and Chris are “stylists,” so they worked well together. Katy called it “sophisticated.”
Logan Johnson & Julia Michaels
Logan said it was “intimidating” to sing with Julia, saying he might have a crush on her. Together, they performed “What a Time,” which Julia recorded with Niall Horan. Logan was nervous after hearing criticism from the judges last week, but Lionel told him he did a “great job.” The other judges agreed, with Luke calling it “solid.”
Raquel Trinidad & Lovelytheband
Mitchy Collins called Raquel a “firecracker” and even said he was “intimidated” singing next to her. They performed Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer,” which Raquel said she had never heard before. “I’ve never heard you sing that well,” Katy told her after the performance. Lionel advised her to look at the audience more.
Alejandro Aranda & Ben Harper
Alejandro and Ben are both from Pomona, California, and Alejandro says he’s admired Ben’s music for a long time. Ben even revealed that he had heard Alejandro busking before. They performed Ben’s “There Will Be a Light,” with both artists playing guitar as they sang. Lionel said the combination of Alejandro’s voice and guitar-playing is “lethal.” Katy said he embodies authenticity.
Dimitrius Graham & Lukas Graham
These two Grahams teamed up to sing Lukas’ song “Love Someone.” Dimitrius tapped into his emotions for his mother, who underwent heart surgery during his time on the show. Katy called it “the best-sounding duet” of the night so far, adding that he’s a “male Beyoncé.” Luke agreed it was the “best thing I’ve seen today.”
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon & Cynthia Erivo
Cynthia called Jeremiah “brave” and an “inspiration” for his experience coming out to his family. The pair performed Cyndi Lauper’s classic “Time After Time.” Katy said it was like their “souls were singing to each other,” calling Jeremiah’s style “timeless.” Lionel said it was “glorious,” pointing out how well Cynthia directed Jeremiah during the performance.
Who Was Eliminated?
Another three contestants went home in Monday’s episode, leaving 14 hopefuls who will move on to sing for America’s vote. As in Sunday’s episode, the judges put a beloved artist (Alejandro) in the last four standing. Of course, he made it through. Ryan Hammond, Logan Johnson, and Raquel Trinidad were eliminated.