‘American Idol’: Kate Barnette was robbed of a place in the Top 14, say 45% of season 17 viewers

On Sunday’s “American Idol,” three of the Top 20 contestants were eliminated: Kate Barnette, Cristina Corteras (Bumbly) and Shawn Robinson. They came so close to making the Top 14 who get to sing for America’s voters on the live shows starting April 14. But they didn’t make the cut with the three judges — Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie — who sent them home.

The seven contenders in Group 1 to get through are: Laci Booth,Walker Burroughs, Laine Hardy, Ashley Hess, Uché Ndubizu, Riley Thompson and Madison VanDenburg. (Be sure to vote for your favorite of these season 17 Top 14 artists.)

We asked you which of the three to be sent packing was most deserving of a place in the Top 14. Your overwhelming pick is Kate, a 23-year-old charmer from Kennesaw GA, who captured 45% of the vote as of this writing. Bumbly, a 27-year-old from New York City, is second with a respectable 32%. And Shawn, a 22-year-old Atlantan, managed to net 23% of the total. Which of these artists would you most like to have seen continue in the competition?

If you haven’t voted in our poll yet, be sure to do so at the bottom of this post. To help you make up your mind we’ve listed the titles of the songs that each of them sang on the show as well as their celebrity duet partners.

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Kate Barnette
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

Shawn Robinson
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

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