Hollywood Week ended with the Showstopper Challenge on Monday’s episode of “American Idol.” Judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie then revealed who made the Top 24 and who will be competing for the U.S. vote. Many of the season’s favorites advanced, but a number of notables were fired before the fans took control. Which Season 20 contestant were you most outraged to be cut by the judges on Monday’s episode on ABC?
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The 27-year-old former Miss America is from Warner Robins, Georgia. She never expected to win the crown and sang opera in the talent portion of the competition. Her dream is to be the voice of a Disney princess. She auditioned with “A Moment Like This” by Kelly Clarkson and “Jesus take the wheel” of Carrie Underwood.
He is 17 years old and comes from Fordsville, Kentucky. Dakota grew up on a farm and couldn’t wait to play for Luke. The teenager sang “When it rains, it pours” by Luc Combes in his first audition and narrowly missed the Top 24 after losing a vocal to Dan Marshall.
The 26-year-old from Maxton, North Carolina grew up in a home as the only boy among six women. He says they always sing when they are together. His godmother died a few months before his audition and she played a very big role in his life. Dontrell auditioned with “For Your Glory” by Tasha Cobb for the judges and its showstopper was “Hello” by Lionel Richie.
Douglas Mills Jr.
The 18-year-old from Houston won a pass to audition with his local ABC News affiliate. Douglas always dreamed of auditioning, but he had never flown or left the state of Texas. The music is his safe zone against skeptics, haters and people who just don’t like it. Douglas has been a bit bullied throughout his life and still finds it difficult for him to like himself. Douglas gave one of the most memorable auditions of the season with “Strange Fruit” by nina simonebut struggled throughout Hollywood week.
This 21-year-old self-proclaimed “shower singer” didn’t even let people listen to him sing until his senior year of high school. The Pensacola, Florida resident was ignored throughout the early rounds of the competition. Jordan was later chosen to duet with the Platinum Ticket winner Kenedi Anderson. Despite their chemistry on stage, Jordan failed to convince the judges that he deserved his place in the Top 24.
This 18-year-old from Boone County, West Virginia was raised by her grandparents because her mother was a drug addict. Last year Keslie’s grandmother passed away from COVID-19 and it was hard on the family. Throughout Hollywood Week, Kelsie began to blossom as her confidence grew. Unfortunately, the judges didn’t think she was quite ready for prime time.
This 16-year-old country singer from Whiteville, North Carolina, was inspired by At Gabby Barrett’s become famous after “American Idol”. She auditioned with Barrett’s song, “The Good Ones,” but failed to impress the judges with her Showstopper performance of “Blue” by LeAnn Rimes.
This 25-year-old from Winterset, Iowa auditioned with her own original songs. Initially cut after her first audition, Sam returned after Katy continued to fight for her spot in the competition. In Hollywood, she rose through Showstoppers before falling just short of the Top 24.
Mayor of Yoli
The 26-year-old from Miami performed “Beautiful Broken Things,” an original song she wrote, for her first audition. There is a rock side to this singer, but she is also moving. Yoli came painfully close to the Top 24, losing in a match against Ava Maybee.
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