The Top 10 Are Revealed As ‘American Idol’ Goes Live

Jill O'Rourke
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American Idol revealed its Top 10 in the first all-live show of the season Monday night. Seven of the contestants were chosen by America’s vote, based on Sunday night’s performances. The coaches then chose the last three based on tonight’s performances.

It was a difficult decision, as last night’s show was so strong. Luke Bryan said the contestants were making the judges’ job “incredibly hard,” and Katy Perry said she has 14 favorites, which doesn’t really narrow things down.

All of the Top 14 performed tonight, including the ones who were sent through by America’s vote. Check out all the performances below, and find out who made it to the Top 10.

Madison VanDenburg

America voted to put Madison into the Top 10. She celebrated with a performance of Lady Gaga’s “You and I.” She began to tear up toward the end of the song, and thanked everyone who voted. She said it’s “everything I’ve ever wanted.”

Evelyn Cormier

Evelyn didn’t make it into America’s chosen seven. She sang “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas for a chance at the judges’ vote. Lionel Richie said he was “in shock” that America didn’t choose her. Katy called her a “super pro” for being able to sing at such a stressful moment. Luke said her style might not be some people’s thing, but that shouldn’t stop her.

Walker Burroughs

America voted to send Walker into the Top 10. He marked his achievement with a bubbly performance of “Lovebug” by the Jonas Brothers. The performance ended with the judges eating a tub of ice cream inspired by Walker.

Riley Thompson

America didn’t vote Riley into the Top 10. She sang “It Must Be Love” by Don Williams for a chance at the judges’ choice. Luke called it a “great song choice.” Katy said this should be an example that viewers need to vote for their favorites. Riley thanked everyone who has supported her.

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon

America voted to send Jeremiah into the Top 10. He marked the moment by singing a reprise of his audition song, an original track called “Almost Heaven,” on the piano.

Alyssa Raghu

Alyssa wasn’t voted into the Top 10 by America, but she sang “The One That Got Away” by Katy Perry for her final chance. Alyssa said she’s “grateful” for the opportunity. Katy said that she sang the song “100 times better than me.” Lionel said “the sky is the limit” for her.

Wade Cota

Wade made it into the Top 10 thanks to America’s vote. He celebrated by singing “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. “It’s always crazy to perform in front of a crowd like this,” Wade said of last night’s performance.

Dimitrius Graham

America didn’t vote Dimitrius into the Top 10. He sang “When the Party’s Over” by Billie Eilish for a chance at the judges’ vote. Luke said he put up “a big fight,” and Katy said he brought the emotion tonight. Lionel said this performance showed that “there is more to you.”

Laci Kaye Booth

Laci’s unconventional song choice paid off, as America voted her into the Top 10. She celebrated the big moment by singing “As Long as You Follow” by Fleetwood Mac.

Eddie Island

Eddie didn’t make it into the Top 10 by America’s vote, but he sang “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon for his last chance. Luke questioned his song choices this week, saying it hasn’t been as strong vocally. Katy said he has “room for growth.”

Ashley Hess

Ashley didn’t make it into the Top 10 by America’s vote, but she sang “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder for a chance to move forward. Luke called it her “most comfortable, natural performance.” Katy actually called it her “best performance” yet. Ashley said Stevie Wonder is one of her inspirations.

Laine Hardy

Laine made it into the Top 10 from America’s vote, and performed “Hurricane” by the Band of Heathens. Interestingly, this was his audition song from last season. He put a new spin on the track this time. Katy called him “smokin’ hot.”

Alejandro Aranda

Unsurprisingly, America voted Alejandro into the Top 10. He celebrated by singing his original song “Cholo Love” on the piano. This left Uché as the last contestant in danger of being eliminated.


Shockingly, Uché didn’t make it into America’s top contestants after last night’s performance. He performed “Diamonds” by Rihanna for a chance at the judges’ vote. He said he was “sad” that he didn’t get America’s vote. Lionel felt so passionately, he sent Uché into the Top 10 straight away, surprising even the other judges.

Who Did The Judges Choose?

Lionel chose Uché to send into the Top 10. Luke chose Dimitrius based on the “sheer emotion” he felt during his performance. Katy chose Alyssa and told her to “fight for her life.”

That leaves the Top 10 as follows: Madison, Walker, Jeremiah, Wade, Laci, Laine, Alejandro, Uché, Dimitrius, and Alyssa.

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