The Sunday May 5 episode of “American Idol” spotlighted the Top 6. Each of these half dozen finalists sang two tunes: one from the summer of 1969 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock musical festival and another chosen as inspirational by Grammy-winning Christian singer Lauren Daigle, who got her start on the show.
As the show was seen live from coast-to-coast, America cast votes for their favorites in real-time. The results were revealed by host Ryan Seacrest at the end of the two-hour episode. The top four vote-getters — Alejandro Aranda, , Wade Cota, Laine Hardy and Madison VanDenburg — moved on in the competition to be crowned winner of season 17.
The bottom two — Laci Kaye Booth and Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon — were to be eliminated unless the judges chose to use their single save of the season. After a nerve-wracking few moments, Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie opted to throw a lifeline to Laci. Do you think this was the right decision or was Jeremiah robbed of a place in the Top 5?
Take a look at the list of songs that each has sung throughout the competition and then cast your ballot as to who should have moved on to the Top 5 on May 12.
Laci Kaye Booth
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 14 Song 1: “I Miss You” by Blink 182
Top 14 Song 2: “As Long as You Follow” by Fleetwood Mac
Top 10 Song: “I See the Light” from “Tangled”
Top 8 Song: “Love of My Life” by Queen
Top 6 Song 1: “Open Arms” by Journey
Top 6 Song 2: “To Love Somebody” by Janis Joplin
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon
Top 40: “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac
Top 20 Solo: “(To) Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan
Top 20 Duet: with Cynthia Erivo on “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper
Top 14 Song 1: We All Fall in Love Sometimes” by Elton John
Top 14 Song 2: “Almost Heaven” (original song)
Top 10 Song: “Candle on the Water” from “Pete’s Dragon”
Top 8 Song: “Who Wants to Live Forever” by Queen
Top 6 Song 1: “Somewhere” by Barbra Streisand
Top 6 Song 2: “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” by Joan Baez