“American Idol” has reached the Top 14 stage of the competition for season 17. 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 14. 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 150 plus would-be winners. They then made the cut down to the Top 40.
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 20 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 three more artists apiece from Group 1 and Group 2, leaving just 14 to compete in the live shows.
The photo gallery above inclues a recap of this roster of talent, including the songs they performed at both the Top 40 and Top 20 stages of the competition and their celebrity duet partners at the latter.