This week and next week, American Idol will be airing the Showcase Round performances of the Top 40 contestants of Season 18. The episode airs on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/PT and is two hours long.
During Showcase Round, Idol features solo performances from each of the artists who have made it this far in the competition. They will each be backed by a full band and perform in front of an audience for the first time on the show.
According to the episode synopsis, “The top 40 contestants take to the beach and perform solo in front of a live audience in Ko Olina, Hawaii. The judges sit down with each contestant to reveal their fate.”
The competition is judged by Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie. The reality singing show is hosted by Ryan Seacrest and features in-house mentor Bobby Bones.
Read on to learn more about who is performing on tonight’s episode of Idol.
Who Is Performing on Showcase Round Part One?
Tonight’s episode features a dozen performances from contestants who have left Hollywood Week in the past and made it through to the top 40 of Season 18 of American Idol. It will reveal which of the contestants made it through to the Top 20 and eventual live episodes.
Here are the contestants performing tonight:
DeWayne Crocker Jr.
Camryn Leigh Smith
The group features many contestants who have been referred to by the judges as stars or front-runners for the competition. They have even told Francisco Martin and Louis Knight that they could win the whole thing.
Two performances have been released early on American Idol’s YouTube channel. Camryn Lee Smith performed “Break Every Chain” by Tasha Cobbs Leonard, which leads Perry to say that she has a very “cool voice.” Lionel Richie later says he didn’t connect with the performance, and the judges sit down the next day to talk to Smith about whether or not she’ll move forward.
Dillon James’ performance has also been released. He performed “The Times They Are a Changin’,” and the judges seem very happy with the song choice, though his sit-down is not shown in the preview.
Were ‘Idol’ Live Shows Canceled Due to Coronavirus?
While the American Idol live shows have not been canceled due to the global coronavirus pandemic, they have been postponed. The schedule for the remainder of the season has shifted as well.
Originally, live shows would have started in early April, continuing on through much of May. Now, there will be no new episodes airing on Monday nights, and the show has spread out the next two episodes. They have also added two special American Idol: This is Me episodes, which will feature the top 20 contestants of Season 18. The special will highlight some of the journey for those contestants so far in the season, and it will also feature unseen footage of auditions and other performances.
ABC production has no solid plan with how to go forward from that point on since developments happen on a daily basis.