The top six contestants for Season 17 of “American Idol” have been revealed and will each sing inspirational songs for America’s vote on Sunday, May 5. Judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie have one save to use this season should they feel the wrong artist is voted off. Gold Derby will continue our weekly power rankings to show which artist is on top and who is in danger of heading home during their quest for the title. Don’t agree with our assessment? Sound off in the comments and head over to our prediction center to influence our racetrack odds for who will be crowned the Season 17 champ. Below is our Top 6 power rankings.
1. Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon
(Top 40: “Landslide”; Top 20 Solo: “(To) Make You Feel My Love”; Top 20 Duet: “Time After Time” with Cynthia Erivo; Top 14: “We All Fall in Love Sometimes”; Top 14 Results: “Almost Heaven”; Top 10: “Candle on the Water”; Top 8: “Who Wants to Live Forever,” “A Million Dreams” with Madison VanDenburg)
Jeremiah delivered a pair of knockout ballads during Queen week to launch himself to the top of our power rankings for the second time. Katy said Jeremiah embodied the spirit of Freddie Mercury during his performance of “Who Wants to Live Forever” and his duet with Madison was one of the evening’s highlights. We’ve grown accustomed to Jeremiah slaying a power ballad, but what really put him over the top this week was the emotional impact of his parents attending a live performance for the first time. Tugging at the heartstrings of viewers is always a winning strategy!
2. Laine Hardy
(Top 40: “Come Together”; Top 20 Solo: “Bring It On Home”; Top 20 Duet: “The Weight” with Elle King; Top 14: “That’s All Right”; Top 14 Results: “Hurricane”; Top 10: “Oo-De-Lally”; Top 8: “Fat Bottomed Girls,” “Jackson” with Laci Kaye Booth)
Laine holds strong at number two this week after performing a couple of fun, upbeat numbers that couldn’t have been more different than Jeremiah’s. Laine is this season’s heartthrob and viewers have been loving his comeback story and image makeover. Don’t expect him to be heading home anytime soon!
3. Madison VanDenburg
(Top 40: “Who’s Lovin’ You”; Top 20 Solo: “Domino”; Top 20 Duet: “We Belong” with Pat Benatar; Top 14: “Fallin'”; Top 14 Results: “You & I”; Top 10: “How Far I’ll Go”; Top 8: “The Show Must Go On,” “A Million Dreams” with Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon )
Madison has been bubbling just under the surface for weeks, but has yet to match her powerful vocals with stage presence that keeps viewers glued to their television sets. As she continues to grow as a performer, she will become more of a threat. At this point, we’re confident she’ll sail through this week.
4. Laci Kaye Booth
(Top 40: “Georgia on My Mind”; Top 20 Solo: “I Want You to Want Me”; Top 20 Duet: “Mercy” with Brett Young; Top 14: “I Miss You”; Top 14 Results: “As Long as You Follow”; Top 10: “I See the Light”; Top 8: “Love of My Life,” “Jackson” with Laine Hardy)
Laci has had a couple of underwhelming weeks throughout the season, but she delivered a fantastic pair of songs during Queen week. “Love of My Life” reminded viewers of the Laci they grew to love throughout the audition process and “Jackson” proved she had a fun, flirtatious side as well. It doesn’t hurt that pure country music fans only have one option at this point – and Laci’s their girl.
5. Alejandro Aranda
(Top 40: “Yellow”; Top 20 Solo: “I Fall Apart”; Top 20 Duet: “There Will Be a Light” with Ben Harper; Top 14: “One Dance”; Top 14 Results: “Cholo Love”; Top 10: “Remember Me”; Top 8: “Under Pressure,” “Mrs. Robinson” with Walker Burroughs)
Alejandro just can’t seem to harness the magic that he showed during the auditions that made him a social media sensation. He is undoubtedly the most musically gifted, but his vocal performances in recent weeks have left much to be desired. Alejandro has enough of a fan base that he could still be a threat if he blows a couple more performances out of the water – but he better hurry up!
6. Wade Cota
(Top 40: “Work Song”; Top 20 Solo: “All I Want”; Top 20 Duet: “Broken” with Lovely The Band; Top 14: “Trouble”; Top 14 Results: “Simple Man”; Top 10: “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”; Top 8: “We Are the Champions,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” with Alyssa Raghu)
Nobody looked more shocked than Wade when Ryan Seacrest announced he had made the Top 6 over fan-favorite Walker Burroughs. Wade struggled through two numbers last week and hasn’t been able to rise to the performance level of the others remaining. It’s difficult to imagine Wade surviving another week.
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