‘American Idol’ Top 6 power rankings: Laine Hardy closes in on Alejandro Aranda heading into May 5 show

On May 5, the “American Idol” Top 6 will sing two songs apiece: one will be inspirational (as chosen by Grammy-winning Christian singer Lauren Daigle) while the other will date back to the summer of 1969 in honor of the 5oth anniversary of the Woodstock music festival. At the end of the live two-hour show, Ryan Seacrest will reveal the four artists to make it through based on the public vote.

“Idol” fans still give the edge to Alejandro Aranda to win season 17. His audition video went viral and he continues to lead our viewers poll as he has all season long. As of this writing, he has a solid 38% of the total tally. But Laine Hardy is coming on strong. Last week, he registered 22% support; this week he is up to 26%.

Of the other four artists still in the competition, only two break into double digits in our power rankings: Wade Cota has 12% and Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon is at 10%. That leaves the last two women standing —  Madison VanDenburg (8%) and Laci Kaye Booth (6%) — as the likelist artists to be eliminated on Sunday’s show.

If you haven’t made your season 17 winner predictions yet, be sure to do so in the poll at the bottom of this post. Before you make up your mind, take time to review the songs that the contestants have sung to date from the Top 40 and Top 20 stages of the competition to the live shows.

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Alejandro Aranda
Top 40: “Yellow” by Coldplay
Top 20 Solo: “I Fall Apart” by Post Malone
Top 20 Duet: with Ben Harper on “There Will Be A Light” by Harper
Top 14 Song 1: “One Dance” by Drake
Top 14 Song 2: “Cholo Love” (original song)
Top 10 Song: “Remember Me” from “Coco”
Top 8 Song: “Under Pressure”

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”

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Wade Cota
Top 40: “Work Song” by Hozier
Top 20 Solo: “All I Want” by Kodaline
Top 20 Duet: with Lovely The Band on “Broken” by Lovely The Band
Top 14 Song 1: “Trouble” by Ray LaMontagne
Top 14 Song 2: “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Top 10 Song: “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from “Toy Story”
Top 8 Song: “We Are the Champions”

Laine Hardy
Top 40: “Come Together” by The Beatles
Top 20 Solo: “Bring It On Home” by Sonny Boy Williamson
Top 20 Duet: with Elle King on “The Weight” by The Band
Top 14 Song 1: “That’s Alright Mama by Elvis Presley
Top 14 Song 2: “Hurricane”
Top 10 Song: “Oo-De-Lally” from “Robin Hood”
Top 8 Song: “Fat Bottomed Girls”

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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”

Madison VanDenburg
Top 40: “Who’s Lovin’ You” by The Miracles
Top 20 Solo: “Domino” by Jessie J.
Top 20 Duet: with Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo on “We Belong” by Benatar
Top 14 Song 1: “Fallin’” by Alicia Keys
Top 14 Song 2: “You and I” by Lady Gaga
Top 10 Song: “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana”
Top 8 Song: “The Show Must Go On”

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