“American Idol” has reached the Top 14 stage of the competition for season 16. These artists are still in the hunt to win this reality competition series hosted by Ryan Seacrest. They will sing for America’s votes for the first time on Sunday, April 22. Take a closer look at each of the 14 artists in the photos above and then vote for the winner of this ABC revival of “American Idol” at the bottom of this post and be sure to sound off on your favorites in the comments section.
This pool of talent was selected by judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie in a series of auditions. First, they caught the eye of the panel at one of the regional auditions. That won them a trip to Hollywood, where they numbered among the 169 would-be winners. They then made the cut down to the Top 50.
At that point, they had to sing solo for the judges, who then sent more than half of the hopefuls packing. As part of the Top 24, each had to perform twice more for the judges. First they sung a solo and then they partnered with a professional, often singing one of their trademark songs. The judges then eliminated 10 more artists, leaving just 14 to compete in the live shows.
Below is a recap of this roster of talent, including the songs they performed at both the Top 50 and Top 24 stages of the competition and their celebrity duet partners at the latter.
Top 50 Song: “Church Bells” by Carrie Underwood
Top 24 Solo: “My Church” by Maren Morris
Top 24 Duet: With Sugarland on “Stay” by Sugarland
Top 50 Song: “Lay Me Down” by Sam Smith
Top 24 Solo: “Georgia” by Vance Joy
Top 24 Duet: With Andy Grammer on “Back Home” by Grammer
Top 50 Song: by Stevie Wonder
Top 24 Solo: “Inseparable” by Natalie Cole
Top 24 Duet: With Allen Stone on “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye
Top 50 Song: “No Good” by Kaleo
Top 24 Solo: “Watchtower” by Bob Dylan
Top 24 Duet: With Bishop Briggs on “Never Tear Us Apart” by INXS
Top 50 Song: “I Was Wrong” by Chris Stapleton
Top 24 Solo: “Die A Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett
Top 24 Duet: With Bebe Rexha on “Meant To Be” by Rexha & Florida Georgia Line
Top 50 Song: “Knock on Wood” by Eddie Floyd
Top 24 Solo: “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes
Top 24 Duet: With Colbie Caillat on “Lucky” by Jason Mraz & Caillat
Top 50 Song: “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” by Etta James
Top 24 Solo: “Run To You” by Whitney Houston
Top 24 Duet: With Rachel Platten on “Fight Song” by Platten
Top 50 Song: “A Song For You” by Leon Russell
Top 24 Solo: “Rude” by Magic
Top 24 Duet: With Allen Stone on “Unaware” by Stone
Top 50 Song: “Me and Bobby McGee” by Janis Joplin
Top 24 Solo: “Brand New Key” by Melanie
Top 24 Duet: With Colbie Caillat on “Bubbly” by Caillat
Top 50 Song: “Never Enough” by Loren Allred
Top 24 Solo: “Flashlight” by Jessie J.
Top 24 Duet: With Lea Michele on “Run To” by Michele
Top 50 Song: “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars
Top 24 Solo: “If I Were A Boy” by Beyonce
Top 24 Duet: With Luis Fonsi on “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt
Top 50 Song: “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga
Top 24 Solo: “Call Me” by Blondie
Top 24 Duet: With Andy Grammer on “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah)” by Grammer
Top 50 Song: “Creep” by Radiohead
Top 24 Solo: “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone
Top 24 Duet: With Lea Michele on “Defying Gravity” by Idina Menzel
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Top 50 Song: “You Oughta Know” by Alanis Morissette
Top 24 Solo: “Homeward Bound” by Simon & Garfunkel
Top 24 Duet: With Pat Monahan on “Angel In Blue Jeans” by Train
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