How is the Top 10 decided on season 17 of ‘American Idol’: By public vote or judges choice?

The Top 14 on season 17 of “American Idol” take to the stage on Sunday, April 14. Twenty-four hour later, six of them will hear from host Ryan Seacrest that they’ve landed a place in the Top 10 based on their standing in the public vote. The remaining eight contestants will have to sing again. The three judges – Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie – will then confer and decide which four other finalists are their choices to move on in the competition and which four will go home.

Heading into Sunday’s show, three of the Top 14 — Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy and Jeremiah Harmon — are your clear favorites, according to our poll of viewers. Each of them has racked up at least 10% of the total tally to date. If they earn at least that when America weighs in, each of them should number among the six finalists to move through automatically on Monday, April 15.

None of the other 11 other artists in the Top 14 — Laci Booth, Walker Burroughs, Evelyn Cormier, Wade Cota, Dimitrius GrahamAshley Hess, Eddie Island, Uché Ndubizu, Alyssa Raghunandan, Riley Thompson and Madison VanDenburg — has merited more than five percent of the vote so far.

Do you think we are underestimating one or more of these talents? Song choice will be the key to getting enough votes to earn a spot in the Top 10. Be sure to vote in our poll as to which of the Top 14 is likeliest to win season 17 of “American Idol.”

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