The top 10 contestants for Season 17 of “American Idol” have been revealed and now the power has fully shifted from judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie to the viewers at home. 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 10 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”)
Jeremiah skyrockets to the top of the leaderboard this week after successfully capitalizing on his heartwarming narrative with two standout performances. While others were inconsistent or showed signs of weakness, Jeremiah flourished and even received a shout out from Elton John. The “Rocket Man” singer said Jeremiah “took my breath away” following his performance of “We All Fall in Love Sometimes” and called him “an amazing talent.”
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”)
Laine holds in second place for the second week in a row after proving he’s still the heartthrob to beat. The “Bayou Boy” has taken a liking to classic rock music and it seems to be resonating with the viewers and judges alike. His consistency, charisma and likability continue to make him a threat for the title.
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”)
Madison was thrilled to be the first artist catapulted into the Top 10 after she nailed her performance of “Fallin'” by Alicia Keys. The powerhouse pop singer was trying to distinguish herself from original idol, Kelly Clarkson, and successfully began to pave her own path towards potential victory.
4. 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”)
While Alejandro is still recognized as the most musically gifted contestant, the magic didn’t seem quite the same during the Top 14 week. He showed his musical diversity as a potential one-man DJ/singer with his cover of Drake‘s “One Dance,” but lost the heart with which we’re used to seeing him perform. Vocally, he hasn’t changed things up much and voters may start to sleep on the original front-runner.
5. Walker Burroughs
(Top 40: “Youngblood”; Top 20 Solo: “How Deep is Your Love?”; Top 20 Duet: “Have It All” with Jason Mraz; Top 14: “Climb Ev’ry Mountain”; Top 14 Results: “Lovebug”)
Walker moves up the power rankings this week after his surprising, yet effective rendition of “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” from “The Sound of Music.” It was the sort of surprise performance that makes for a great “Idol” moment and he nailed it. He followed it up with a charismatic performance of “Lovebug” and reminded everyone he’s still the fun Harry Potter-looking singer they originally came to enjoy.
6. 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”)
Laci has a mesmerizing, sultry voice and she knocked her unconventional cover of Blink 182‘s “I Miss You” out of the park. She probably would have remained in the Top 4 in our rankings had that been her only performance, but Monday’s rendition of Fleetwood Mac‘s “As Long as You Follow” was far less impressive and proved she’s capable of hitting some bad notes.
7. 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”)
Wade continues to impress fans with his gravely voice and he really had no serious misstep in either of his Top 14 performances. My concern with Wade is if there is enough diversity in what he’s bringing to the competition. He needs to surprise voters once in a while if he wants to hold their interest until the finale.
(Top 40: “Play That Funky Music”; Top 20 Solo: “Figures”; Top 20 Duet: “I Need Your Love” with Shaggy; Top 14: “Finesse”; Top 14 Results: “Diamonds”)
Uche’ is one of the three artists who needed a judge to save him to advance to the Top 10. Clearly his public support is not as strong as the others at this point so in the next week he really needs to step things up. Of the three at the bottom this past week, I believe Uche’ has the most potential to create excitement and get voted into the Top 8.
9. Dimitrius Graham
(Top 40: “Latch”; Top 20 Solo: “Hello”; Top 20 Duet: “Love Someone” with Lukas Graham; Top 14: “Perfect”; Top 14 Results: “When the Party’s Over”)
For whatever reason Dimitrius just isn’t resonating with viewers. He’s a bit shy and he also doesn’t really stick within any certain genre. I personally like how he changes up his musical choices, but there’s a strong possibility he has done so without securing a strong fan base. For that reason, I think there’s strong potential Dimitrius could be next on the chopping block.
10. Alyssa Raghu
(Top 40: “Dear Future Husband”; Top 20 Solo: “Ain’t It Fun”; Top 20 Duet: “Issues” with Julia Michaels; Top 14: “She Used to Be Mine”; Top 14 Results: “The One That Got Away”)
Alyssa was the final artist saved by the judges to advance to the Top 10. She has been one of Katy’s favorites all season, but she refuses to play to her own strengths. Instead of having fun on stage and accepting that she’s a pop star, she’s been delivering sub-par performances of ballads she doesn’t have the voice to command. If she wants to stick around, she needs to slay a dance number and show her stage presence. Stop with the ballads!
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