On the April 7 episode of “American Idol,” Ryan Seacrest revealed that only seven of the 10 singers were moving on to the live shows. This meant that three contestants in Group 1 of the Top 20 saw their dreams of winning season 17 end. Which of these artists do you think was wrongly eliminated and was most deserving of a place in the Top 14? Vote in our poll below and then sound off in the comments section.
In episodes taped weeks ago, the remaining score of artists from the Top 40 had been split into two groups. Each of those Top 20 contestants 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 three singers in contention in Group 1 to be eliminated were: Kate Barnette, Cristina Contreras and Shawn Robinson. The seven to make the cut were: Laci Booth,Walker Burroughs, Laine Hardy, Ashley Hess, Uché Ndubizu, Riley Thompson and Madison VanDenburg. (Be sure to vote for your favorite of these Top 14 artists.)
Scroll down to review the names of the three contestants from Group 1 who were eliminated and then cast your ballot as to which of these was the most deserving of a place in the Top 14. To help you make up your mind, we’ve listed the titles of the songs they sang as well as their celebrity duet partners.
Top 40: “Royals” by Lorde
Top 20 Solo: “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5
Top 20 Duet: with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo on”Heartbreaker” by Benatar
Cristina Contreras (Bumbly)
Top 40: “Baby” by Clean Bandit, Marina and Luis Fonsi
Top 20 Solo: “Vision Of Love” by Mariah Carey
Top 20 Duet: with Shaggy on “Angel” by Shaggy & Rayvon
Top 40: “Rock With You” by Michael Jackson
Top 20 Solo: “Jealous” by Nick Jonas
Top 20 Duet: with Elle King on “Proud Mary” by Creedence Clearwater Revival