“American Idol” will crown the season 18 winner at the end of the live two-hour finale on May 17. The Top 11 contestants were revealed at the top of the first live show of the season on May 3. Ten were chosen by viewers from the Top 20 while one was saved by the three judges — Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie.
The nine sent packing were: Faith Becnel, Franklin Boone, DeWayne Crocker, Jr., Cyniah Elise, Kimmy Gabriella, Aliana Jester, Nick Merico, Lauren Spencer Smith, and Olivia Ximines. See photos of each of these Top 20 contestants, read their bios and find out the songs they’ve sung to date.