American Idol 2019 Season 17 News Reviews

As the new season of American Idol takes shape here is our page covering all American Idol 2019 Season 17 News Reviews.

This is also identified as Season 2 on ABC for marketing reasons… just to be clear.

Moreover, you will find the latest news, videos and some spoilers with links on this page. Be warned. We try and focus on the contestants rather than the judges and host.


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The Finale lineup released…watch


FINALE Lineup – American Idol 2019 on ABC

The American Idol FINALE lineup is released!

Top 3 Results – in no particular order

Top 3 Results – in no particular order

  1. Laine

2. Madison

3. Alejandro

Wade and Laci were eliminated.

Alejandro Aranda: This CRAZY Piano Performance May Have Just Locked In The Win! | American Idol 2019

The Top 5 will perform three songs: a pick from the in-house mentor, Bobby Bones; a song dedicated to their heroes in honor of Mother’s Day; and a selection from Elton John’s world-renowned catalog. Two go home!

The American Idol Top 5 will perform three songs on Sunday (May 12). The themes include The Songs of Elton John, Bobby Bones Choice, and Mother’s Day dedication. What will Alejandro Aranda, Laci Kaye Booth, Laine Hardy, Madison Vandenburg, and Wade Cota sing? Find out below.

The Songs of Elton John

Alejandro Aranda – Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word
Laci Kaye Booth – Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting
Laine Hardy – Something About the Way You Look Tonight
Madison Vandenburg – Your Song
Wade Cota – Rocket Man

Bobby Bones’ Pick

These are unconfirmed from @IdolSpoilers, and therefore are subject to possible change.

Alejandro Aranda – No Woman No Cry by Bob Marley and the Wailers
Laci Kaye Booth – The House that Built Me by Miranda Lambert
Laine Hardy – Can’t You See
Madison Vandenburg – What About Us by Pink
Wade Cota –  You Are The Best Thing

Dedications Hero Tributes


Alejandro Aranda – Original Song Blesser
Laci Kaye Booth – Fleetwood Mac Dreams
Laine Hardy – The Beatles Hey Jude
Madison Vandenburg – Adele Make You Feel My Love
Wade Cota – KISS Hard Luck Women

Madison Vanderburg: Hits ALL The High Notes With The P!NK Hit! | American Idol 2019

Laci Kaye Booth: A PERFECT Miranda Lambert Song | American Idol 2019


Alejandro Aranda: WOWS The Judges Again On Route To The Finae | American Idol 2019

Wade Cota: Bobby Bones Picks "You Are The Best Thing" | American Idol 2019


The Top 5 acts remaining this week…

Laine Hardy's Journey – American Idol 2019 on ABC

Laine Hardy

Laci Kaye Booth's Journey – American Idol 2019 on ABC

Laci Kaye Booth

Wade Cota's Journey – American Idol 2019 on ABC


Wade Cota Journey

Alejandro Aranda's Journey – American Idol 2019 on ABC


Alejandro Aranda

Madison VanDenburg's Journey – American Idol 2019 on ABC


Madison Vandenberg



Top 6 American Idol had to jump through two themes. Who went home revealed!

The judges’ save was deployed – this week was the final chance and they saved one act!

American Idol 2019 Top 6 Performed Top 5 Revealed Judges' save was used

Our coverage of Top 6 Performances blog videos and comments!

What was Woodstock?

What was WOODSTOCK? – American Idol 2019 on ABC

GRAMMY winner and Contemporary Christian artist, returns to to mentor our Top 6!


What songs do the top 6 want to perform in the finale?

Wade Cota:

“I would do my original song, ‘Walk Tall.’ Because in a situation like that I’d like to but as much passion as possible into my performance. What better way to do that than singing your own lyrics?”

Madison Vandenberg:

“I would sing ‘Unwritten’ by Natasha Bedingfield because it’s about not knowing the future but going for it.”

Laine Hardy:

“‘Long Tall Sally’ by Little Richard — I am a big Little Richard fan and have been influenced by his music as an artist. I think ‘Long Tall Sally’ is a fun song to sing as a final song for America’s vote.”

Laci Kaye Booth:

“‘Landslide’ by Fleetwood Mac — I have been singing ‘Landslide’ at all my gigs since I first started performing. It’s a very special song to me and has stuck with me through my journey as an artist.”


Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon:

“‘Learn to Love’ (an original song) — I would sing ‘Learn to Love’ as I feel the song has been the theme of my life over the past few months. It’s about learning to love yourself & others, and I wrote it as a personal anthem to myself.”

Alejandro Aranda: 

“‘Ten Years’ (an original song) — It was the first song I ever wrote and has a lot of personal meaning to me. ‘Ten Years’ is 100% who I am as a person.

Showstopper Charades with the Top 6 – American Idol on ABC

Showstopper Charades with the Top 6 – American Idol on ABC


Top Six perform May 5, 2019, with special guest Gabby Barrett who will sing her new song!

You can watch all the performances below. Adam Lambert guided the eight in his own special way.


Top 8 American Idol 2019 Top 6 revealed

Recap Top 8 Performance Queen Theme 


THE RESULTS: Here's Your Top 6! Did America Get It Right? | American Idol 2019

Laci Kaye Booth performed Love Of My Life and moved many of us.

Laci Kaye Booth: This STUNNING "Love Of My Life" Performance Will Move You | American Idol 2019


This week is gonna rock! is new with songs, movie duets, and guest mentor on Sunday, followed by Monday’s ABC special, The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story.

Laci Kaye Booth & Laine Hardy Sing "Jackson" from Walk The Line – American Idol 2019 on ABC

10 Idols Remain Season 2019 video link

Season 3 on ABC announcement…interview… read the tea!

We’re coming to the end of this season in a few weeks. We’re already planning the casting for next season. We’ve got an audition call coming out on Disney night, so we’re going to start the audition process again. We’ve got the buses ready to go out and the judges’ calendars all sorted out, so we’re getting ready to do it all again and it’s exciting. – Trish Kinane show runner.

American Idol executive producers Trish Kinane and Megan Michaels Wolflick interview via Billboard.


American Idol goes live coast to coast for the first time on Sunday (April 21). Fans across all US time zones will be able to watch and vote at the same time! At the end of the night, TWO singers will head home.


Disney Night American Idol 2019 Performances Blog video

Laci Kaye Booth Meet you video

Laci Kaye Booth – Meet Your American Idol 2019 Top 8 Finalists

Laine Hardy meet you video

Laine Hardy – Meet Your American Idol 2019 Top 8 Finalists

Alejandro Aranda meet you video.

Alejandro Aranda – Meet Your American Idol 2019 Top 8 Finalists


The result – Dimitrius and Uche were eliminated.

Alejandro Aranda – Remember Me from Coco
Alyssa Raghu – Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas
Dimitrius Graham – You’ll Be in My Heart from Tarzan
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon – Candle on the Water – Pete’s Dragon
Laci Kaye Booth – I See the Light from Tangled
Laine Hardy – Oo-De-Lally from Robin Hood
Madison VanDenburg – How Far I’ll Go from Moana
Uche – Eye to Eye from A Goofy Movie
Wade Cota – You’ve Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story
Walker Burroughs – When She Loved Me from Toy Story 2

Four hopefuls went home.

Some post-show interviews for fans.

Goodbye to In summary


THE RESULTS: Did Your Favorite Make It Into The TOP 10? | American Idol 2019


The four acts that went home were:





Top 14 American Idol 2019 sing for your votes

These performances were recorded on April 12, 2019, and aired Sunday night April 15, 2019. Monday, April 16, 2019, will be the first live show this season. This season the voting ratio is 7 public votes and 3 judges making the top 10!

Song Spoilers in Performance Order:

All the videos from April 14, 2019, show can be found here.

Laine Hardy – That’s Alright Mama by Elvis Presley with guitar


Evelyn Cormier – The Middle by Jimmy Eats World

Alyssa Raghu STUNS with "She Used To Be Mine" by Sara Bareilles – American Idol 2019

Alyssa Raghu – She Used to Be Mine by Sara Bareilles
Eddie Island – Benny and the Jets by Elton John
Riley Thompson – Suds in a Bucket by Sara Evans

Wade Cota WOWS the Audience with "Trouble" by Ray LaMontagne – American Idol 2019

Wade Cota – Trouble by Ray LaMontagne with guitar
Dimitrius Graham – Perfect by Ed Sheeran (reworked arrangement)


Madison VanDenburg Gets on the Piano for "Fallin'" by Alicia Keys – American Idol 2019



Madison Vandenburg – Fallin’ by Alicia Keys (the judges went nuts over this)
Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon – We All Fall in Love Sometimes by Elton John on piano (Judges raved afterward. Jeremiah mentioned attending his sister’s wedding where he reconnected with his parents.)
Uche – Finesse by Bruno Mars (Crowd ate it up! He performed a dance break that impressed the judges)

Alejandro Aranda Brings a FRESH TAKE to "One Dance" by Drake – American Idol 2019



Alejandro Aranda – One Dance by Drake – Performed “electronic style” – Per @IdolSpoilers it was performed with a keyboard and a DJ set.

Ashley Hess Delivers an EMOTIONAL Take on "Fix You" by Coldplay – American Idol 2019

Ashley Hess – Fix You by Coldplay on piano – (mentions that she’s dating James IV from season 15 Top 24).

Laci Kaye Booth SURPRISES with Her Take on "I Miss You" by Blink-182 – American Idol 2019

Laci Kaye Booth – I Miss You by Blink 182 (Katy said she was “the Idol”)
Walker Burroughs – Climb Every Mountain from Sound of Music

Got some Idol questions? We’ve got answers!

1. When does the voting for American Idol begin?
Voting starts on SUNDAY, APRIL 14 when your votes help determine the Top 10 contestants who will move on to the live shows.  After that, your votes will decide who makes it through each week and ultimately gets crowned the next American Idol.

2. So how do I vote?
We have three convenient ways for you to keep your favorite contestants singing. You can vote online at, in the American Idol app or via text. You have to be at least 13 years old and located in the U.S., Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands to vote on or in the American Idol app.

For text message voting, simply text the number of the contestant you would like to vote for to “21523”. The number for each contestant is outlined below:



Text voting is open to all Wireless Carriers. Message & data rates may apply. SMS voting terms are available at

3. When exactly can I vote?
Voting to help determine the Top 10 will open on Sunday, April 14 when the show begins on the East Coast at 8 pm ET/5pm PT and locks at 9 am ET/6am PT on Monday, April 15.

Then, each Sunday from April 21 through May 12, voting will open at the start of the nationwide simulcast at 8 pm ET/5pm PT and will close during the show’s last commercial break. There will also be a nationwide vote during the live finale simulcast to determine who will be crowned the next American Idol.

4. How many times can I vote?
Each week, you can submit up to ten (10) votes for each remaining contestant per voting method (online at, in the American Idol app, and via text message voting*).  For example, if you want to vote for a given contestant – you could submit: up to ten (10) votes for that contestant on, up to ten (10) votes for that contestant on the American Idol app and up to ten (10) votes for that contestant via text message, for a total of up to thirty (30) votes for that contestant across all voting methods that week.

When voting online at or in the American Idol app, you can reallocate your votes until the voting window closes. Just be sure to hit “save” each time you make a change to your votes!

*Text message voting is open to all Wireless Carriers. Message & data rates may apply. SMS voting terms are available at

A live 12-minute random play event now shared for you

Welcome Rebel Wilson as a guest mentor on Disney Night! Really?

Top 14 Announced


Top 20 Celebrity Duets Performances (In Order)

All-Star Advice for the audience.

Advice from the All-Stars – American Idol 2019 on ABC

Group 2 (Episode to Air Monday, April 8) All the video performances and recap

Alyssa Raghunadan & Julia Michaels – Issues by Julia Michaels
Eddie Island & Lukas Graham – 7 Years by Lukas Graham
Wade Cota & LovelytheBand (with multiple instruments) – Broken by Lovely the Band
Ryan Hammond and Cynthia Erivo – Hold on I’m Comin’ by Sam and Dave
Evelyn Cormier & Chris Isaak (with guitar) – Wicked Game by Chris Isaak
Logan Johnson & Julia Michaels – What a Time by Julia Michaels & Niall Horan
Raquel Trinidad & LovelytheBand (with multiple instruments) – Tiny Dancer by Elton John


Alejandro Aranda & Ben Harper Perform "There Will Be a Light" – All-Star Duets – American Idol 2019


Alejandro Aranda & Ben Harper (both with guitar) – There Will be a Light by Ben Harper


Dimitrius Graham & Lukas Graham – Love Someone by Lukas Graham


Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon & Cynthia Erivo Perform "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper – American Idol 2019

Jeremiah Harmon & Cynthia Erivo – Time after Time by Cyndi Lauper


Eliminated were Logan, Raquel, and Ryan

Group 1 (Episode to Air Sunday, April 7) All the video performances and recap

Laci Kaye Booth & Brett Young – Mercy by Brett Young best of the night…

Laci Kaye Booth & Brett Young Perform "Mercy" – All-Star Duets – American Idol 2019


Ashley Hess (with piano) & Jason Mraz – I’m Yours by Jason Mraz

Ashley Hess & Jason Mraz Perform "I'm Yours" – All-Star Duets – American Idol 2019

Laine Hardy (with electric guitar) & Elle King – The Weight by The Band



Laine Hardy & Elle King Perform "The Weight" by The Band – All-Star Duets – American Idol 2019


Kate Barnette (with guitar) & Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo – Heartbreaker by Pat Benatar
Walker Burroughs & Jason Mraz – Have it All by Jason Mraz
Riley Thompson & Brett Young – Like I Loved You by Brett Young
Uché Ndubizu & Shaggy – I Need Your Love by Shaggy, Mohombi, Faydee, and Costi
Madison VanDenburg & Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo – We Belong by Pat Benatar
Shawn Robinson & Elle King – Proud Mary by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Bumbly & Shaggy – Angel by Shaggy & Rayvon

Eliminated were Bumbly, Kate and Shawn.

A Three-hour live finale coast to coast

just like last season, the American Idol live finals will air coast to coast simultaneously (5 pm PT/6 PM MT/7 PM CT/8 PM ET) But for the very first time,

Following a cross-country search for the next singing sensation, the iconic singing competition rounds out its second season on ABC. For the first time ever, America’s live coast-to-coast vote will determine the winner of American Idol, with all voting taking place during the show. The crowning moment will be preceded by special performances from music legends among other surprises.

A sobering comment about three hours

Here’s your three hour finale:

60 minutes of commercials,
26 minutes of judges’ antics,
20 minutes of Idol performances with a few semi-current artists,
21 minutes of Idol performances with people viewers age 8-38 have never heard of,
12 minutes of reviewing the season’s sob stories one more time,
10 minutes explaining voting and reviewing how voting is going,
18.5 minutes of misc. filler — occasional Bobby Bones and misc. ABC promo here,
10 minutes of reviewing the sob stores one last time,
2 minutes of announcing the winner,
1.5 minutes of celebration with the winner,
cut to news at 11:01 p.m. EST.



Laci Kaye Booth Sings “Georgia on My Mind”

Laci Kaye Booth Sings "Georgia on My Mind" by Ray Charles at Disney Aulani – American Idol 2019


Ashley Hess Gone Away – Top 40

Ashley Hess Performs "Gone Away" by H.E.R. at Disney Aulani – American Idol 2019 on ABC


Madison VanDenburg Performs “Who’s Lovin’ You”

Madison VanDenburg Performs "Who's Lovin' You" by The Jackson 5 at Disney Aulani – American Idol


Hollywood Week and the latest video and contestant information. American Idol 2019 Season 17 Latest News Reviews


Highlights from the auditions March 17, 2019


Evelyn Cormier watch this contestant
Age: 19
Hometown: Claremont, NH
Occupation: Teacher
Random Fact: Currently writing a historical fiction romance novel
Instagram: @evelyncormier

Lionel Richie posted “Breathtaking unique presence…”

Ashley Hess watch this contestant!
Age: 27
Hometown: Fremont, CA
Occupation: PR
Random Fact: Is terrified of clowns
Instagram: @ashleyhessmusic

Bobby Bones, to Ashley…” you’re crazy talented…”

Ashley Hess Serenades Katy, Luke and Lionel in AMAZING Audition – American Idol 2019 on ABC


Preview all the contestants each week here until the auditions conclude.

Shayy Winn – 17-year-old high school student from Midlothian, VA. She was obsessed with dinosaurs as a kid. This audition is a real tear-jerker. Shayy lost her eyesight a few years ago. Instagram: @shaylashayywinn. She auditioned with Rise Up…this is why we do these shows…pure emotional joy...Three yeses!

Blind Contestant Shayy Brings Lionel Richie to TEARS With Andra Day's "Rise Up" – American Idol 2019

Furthermore, Alejandro Aranda totally has us all under his powerful presence in this once a season moment. Here it is folks. Watch this young 24-year-old kill it!

Alejandro Aranda GENIUS Full Audition Leaves Judges Speechless – American Idol 2019 on ABC

Recap Review Episode 2 American Idol Season 2 ABC

Recap Review Premiere American Idol Season 2 ABC video

Laci Kaye Booth audition – 23 – Livingston TX – Mama Tried by Merle Haggard aired March 3, 2019, watch her video here.

Laci Kaye Booth Shares Emotional Reunion With Dad Before Audition – American Idol 2019 on ABC

Uche’s Ndubizu – 24 – Sugarland, TX – Ain’t No Other Man by Christina Aguilera. One to watch people.

Uche's Unique Style Gets Lionel Richie to Change His Vote – American Idol 2019 on ABC

Nick Townsend contestant video watch

American Idol Contestant Nick Townsend's Emotional Journey – American Idol 2019 on ABC


The Showcase round took place over the weekend which involved forty contestants. They performed for judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. Host Ryan Seacrest and mentor Bobby Bones.

This video hit the release on The Voice Finale night… ABC wants to attract as many crossover fans as possible.

American Idol 2019 Season 17 Top 14 spoiler leak at the bottom of this page!



Latest Schedule American Idol 2019 Season 17 Latest News Reviews

American Idol 2019 – Season 17 Schedule

Monday, March 18 – Auditions

Sunday, March 24 –  Hollywood Part 1
Monday, March 25 – Hollywood Part 2

Sunday, March 31 – Top 40 Showcase Round/Green Mile
Monday, April 1 – Top 20 Groups Solo Performances

Sunday, April 7 – Top 20 Group 1 Celebrity Duets and Results
Monday, April 8 – Top 20 Group 2 Celebrity Duets and Results (Bobby Bones serves as guest host for an absent Ryan Seacrest)

Sunday, April 14 – Top 14 Performances
Monday, April 15 – Top 14 Results, Top 14 Redux Performances and Top 14 Redux Results (Redux = Wildcard performances and results, probably)

Sunday, April 21 – Top 10 Performances and Results

Sunday, April 28 – Top 8 Performances and Results

Sunday, May 5 – Top 6 Performances and Results

Sunday, May 12 – Top 4 Performances and Results

Sunday, May 19 – Finale Part 1
Monday, May 20 – Finale Winner Crowned



American Idol is set to kick off its iconic live performances and America’s vote from Los Angeles starting Sunday April 14 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT, live-to-tape episode), on the ABC network. The season’s first all-live performance show will air Monday April 15 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), and the schedule continues with live shows on Sundays only for five consecutive weeks.

In its inaugural season on ABC, American Idol set the stage as the first reality-competition series in the history of American television to allow viewers to watch and vote from both coasts simultaneously as the series was simulcast in all time zones across the country over a three-week span.

Starting Sunday April 21 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), viewers at home will yet again be able to help determine the fate of this season’s Idol hopefuls via the coast-to-coast simul-vote, which will also be extended to the show’s Sunday May 19 finale event, marking another historic first.

As the country prepares to take the fate of American Idol’s budding superstars into its own hands, don’t miss all-new episodes next week as the show’s iconic Hollywood Week rounds kick off from the historic Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.



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