Fox’s American Idol has been on the air for the past 12 seasons. And some seasons seem more exciting than others. Maybe this season got a slow start, but it’s making its stride known a bit more each week. The show began with the 10 contestants rising from the floor, Hunger Games-style. Five of them will continue, while five of them met their end. Find out who made it through to the next round … Spoiler Alert! The final picks for the Top 20 follow:Cortez Shaw, Burnell Taylor, Lazaro Arbos, Nick Boddington and Vincent Powell.
And yes, it was guys’ night, but finalist Zoanette Johnson made a cameo when she stood up and cheered Powell’s performance, prompting host Ryan Seacrest to run over with a microphone. (For a brief moment, It felt like a ’90s-era episode of Ricki Lake, which is actually a very good thing.) “Get it, Papa Smurf,” Johnson screamed. “You go get it.”
Tonight’s finalists will join Charlie Askew, Curtis Finch Jr., Paul Jolley, Elijah Liu and Devin Velez – and 10 female finalists – to sing for America’s votes next week.