Is there an elimination on American Idol tonight?
Update: Ava August, Madison Watkins, and Beane were eliminated from American Idol on Sunday night.
By the end of the evening, only nine singers will still be in the running to be the next American Idol.
Tonight, this season’s contestants will be singing Oscar-nominated songs. And tomorrow, ten of last year’s top 20 contestants will have a chance to perform live on the Idol stage, in the hopes of becoming the next Idol. (The show will air at 8 p.m. ET.) Why Oscar-nominated songs? It’s all in honor of the Academy Awards, which will air on April 25, in place of Idol.
Those performing tomorrow include Faith Becnel, Franklin Boone, DeWayne Crocker Jr., Cyniah Elise, Arthur Gunn, Aliana Jester, Louis Knight, Nick Merico, Makayla Phillips, Olivia Ximines.
Voting, fans should note, will continue through April 26.
Find out how to vote, in real-time, here.
Here’s what you need to know:
Luke Bryan’s Return
One thing that fans will be excited about is Luke Bryan’s return to the judging panel.
The country singer sat out of last week’s live shows after being diagnosed with COVID-19, and American Idol OG Paula Abdul sat in for him.
As Variety pointed out, Bryan “being cleared for a return to work suggests, under current protocols, that he has tested negative for at least two weeks now. If that’s true, it leaves questions about the timeline of Bryan’s diagnosis and recovery, as it was only last Monday, April 12, that he announced on social media he had contracted the virus and would be unable to appear on that night’s episode.”
The outlet added that it was known by Idol staffers that Bryan did not receive a vaccination before coming down with COVID.
Wyatt Pike Leaves the Show
Last week, Seacrest announced that singer Wyatt Pike would not be returning to American Idol. Fans considered him a front-runner, but the Utah native will unfortunately not be coming back to the stage.
On Instagram, Pike wrote, “I had to leave the @AmericanIdol competition for personal reasons but am so thankful I get to play music for the rest of my life… Fellow contestants — miss you all, good luck!”
When Seacrest made the announcement, he shared with audiences, “Before we get to the results, I have to tell you that finalist Wyatt Pike will not be competing in the competition… He had to drop out — but we wish him the very best, OK?”
Who is still vying for the title of this season’s winner? Alyssa Wray, Ava August, Beane, Caleb Kennedy, Casey Bishop, Cassandra Coleman, Chayce Beckham, Deshawn Goncalves, Grace Kinstler, Hunter Metts, Madison Watkins, and Willie Spence.
Fans tonight can vote on American Idol online, with text messages, or through the American Idol app. It’s worth noting you can only vote a total of 30 times– ten votes per voting method.
The show will air at 8pm ET on ABC.