“American Idol” is halfway through the Top 20 stage of the competition and seven of the singers in Group 1 have made the cut to sing on the live shows starting April 14. Which of these these lucky seven do you think could go all the way and win season 17? Vote in our poll below and then sound off in the comments section.
The first wave of contestants in the Top 14 were revealed at the end of the April 7 episode of this revival on ABC hosted Ryan Seacrest. In episodes taped weeks ago, the remaining score of artists from the Top 40 were divided into two groups. Each one of these two dozen hopefuls had to perform both solo and in duets with celebrities in front of judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. That trio of talent then determined if each contestant deserved a place in the Top 14.
The Group 1 duets aired on April 9. The six women in contention in Group 1 were Kate Barnette, Laci Booth, Cristina Contreras, Ashley Hess, Riley Thompson and Madison VanDenburg. The four men in the running were: Walker Burroughs, Laine Hardy, Uché Ndubizu and Shawn Robinson.
Scroll down to review the names of the seven contestants from Group 1 who will sing on the first live show on April 14 and then cast your ballot for the most likely to win season 17. To help you make up your mind, we’ve listed the titles of the songs they’ve sung to date as well as their celebrity duet partners.
Top 40: “Georgia on My Mind” by Ray Charles
Top 20 Solo: “I Want You To Want Me” by Cheap Trick
Top 20 Duet: with Brett Young on “Mercy” by Young
Top 40: “Youngblood” by 5 Seconds Of Summer
Top 20 Solo: “How Deep Is Your Love?” by The Bee Gees
Top 20 Duet: with Jason Mraz on”Have It All” by Mraz
Top 40: “Come Together” by The Beatles
Top 20 Solo: “Bring It On Home” by Sonny Boy Williamson
Top 20 Duet: with Elle King on “The Weight” by The Band
Top 40: “Feel A Way” by H.E.R.
Top 20 Solo: “Dreaming With A Broken Heart” by John Mayer
Top 20 Duet: with Jason Mraz on “I’m Yours” by Mraz
Top 40: “Play That Funky Music” by Wild Cherry
Top 20 Solo: “Figures” by Jessie Reyez
Top 20 Duet: with Shaggy on “I Need Your Love” by Shaggy, Mohombi, Faydee & Costi
Top 40: “Mama’s Broken Heart” by Miranda Lambert
Top 20 Solo: “Jolene” by Dolly Parton
Top 20 Duet: with Brett Young on “Like I Loved You” by Young
Top 40: “Who’s Lovin’ You” by The Miracles
Top 20 Solo: “Domino” by Jessie J.
Top 20 Duet: with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo on “We Belong” by Benatar