American Idol Season 20 Episode 16 Recap: Top 10 Live

american idolcontinues on May 1 for its fifth season on ABC and 20th overall. Like always, Ryan Seacrest hosts the reality show series of competitions as the country superstar Luke Bryanpop princess Katy Perry and Oscar-winning singer-songwriter Lionel Richie compose the jury.

Follow our recap of “American Idol” Season 20 Episode 16 as the Top 10 performs live. The iconic Disney Night tradition continues as “American Idol” returns for a magical night of pixie dust performances and surprise live guests on the “Idol” stage. The top 10 contestants visit the Disneyland Resort in California as they prepare to perform beloved Disney tunes in hopes of securing the U.S. vote. Derek Hough is tonight’s mentor.

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This season, the judges embark on a new nationwide search for America’s next musical sensation. Auditions were held in Nashville, Tennessee, Austin, Texas and Los Angeles, California. If given a golden ticket, hopeful idols qualify for the Hollywood round. In a new twist this season, three contestants received a platinum ticket, allowing them to skip the first phase of Hollywood week. Kenedi Anderson withdrew from the competition on April 11, but HunterGirl and Jay keep staying.

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Below, follow all the action from Night 16 of Season 20 of “American Idol.” Timestamps are in Eastern Standard Time. Hit refresh to see the latest thoughts on the top 10 performers!

20:00Previously on “American Idol“, the Top 11 played for the American vote. After Seacrest announced the Top 9, the judges saved Lady K and we said goodbye to Tristen Gresset. Who will shine brightest tonight? Let’s go!

8:10 p.m. – The judges enter Disneyland where they encounter the Magic Mirror, voiced by a sinister Seacrest. He calls Luke the most handsome of them all and Lionel the most talented. Katy is disgusted and pulls back the curtain to reveal Seacrest. Then the show opens with the five contestants singing “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” from “Encanto”. They are joined by Adassa and Rhenzy Feliz. It’s funny! Then men join in the fun of this amazingly produced opener. Everyone looks fantastic. But it’s time for now I’ve been really waiting to see which Disney character Katy is dressed as. She gets rolled around like Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” and her fin is a bit difficult to manage. Check out our photo gallery of Katy’s stunning Disney costumes over the years here. Oh my God! Katy just fell backwards in her chair, lol. It’s hilarious, at least she laughs. It could have been dangerous. Either way, she keeps the fin. Off to the show!

8:18 p.m. – Lady K starts the evening with “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana”. This first verse is the best I’ve heard her sing. She sounds great and looks like an absolute star. That’s exactly what Lionel says about her too. He describes his growth as “incredible”. Katy said she thought vanessa williams was on stage and calls her a “stunning” voice. Luke says the performance validated why they saved her last week.

8:30 p.m.Noah Thompson will then sing “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from “Toy Story”. I was curious what Noah’s choice would be and I guess that makes sense. He actually sounds the best he’s had all year too. This song suits him well. He is slowly getting comfortable on this stage and I think he is a real threat to win this season. Katy calls it her favorite song and thinks Noah reinvented it. Luke thinks Noah has a bright future. Lionel called it “the perfect song choice”.

8:40 p.m. — The next one is 16 years old Emyrson’s Flora singing “Carry Me With You” from “Onward”. It’s definitely a risky song choice because it’s not exactly one of Disney’s most memorable songs. In fact, this may be the first time I hear it. She sounds pretty good and has a confident stage presence. Emyrson isn’t one of the season’s best singers, but there’s kind of an X factor with her. Luke loved watching her having fun in the moment. Lionel calls it “top notch material”. Katy says Emyrson has “come a long way” this season and his voice is spectacular.

8:50 p.m. – HunterGirl will sing “I See the Light” from “Tangled” next. I think Disney Week really got the most out of those contestants. I think it sounds 100% better than last week. It is a magical and pure performance. Katy says if that’s how everyone sounds going to Disneyland, everyone should go once a week. They never sounded better. It was HunterGirl’s “Cinderella moment”. Luke says she carries the torch of country music and makes a heartfelt mention of the recent death of Naomi Judd.

9:03 p.m. — The next step is Jay singing “Remember Me” from “Coco”. He sounds good too, but I think he relies too much on falsetto notes and I wish he sang more of the song. I’m a little nervous about his chances of staying in the competition on this basis. Katy says he used the stage better than anyone and compliments her “controlled” singing. Luke says this is the second week in a row that he’s given us a timeless performance. Lionel says Jay is a star.

9:10 p.m. – Now it’s Lea Marlene singing “When She Loved Me” from “Toy Story 2”. I love the emotion Leah pours into her performances and she has such a pure, recognizable tone. It’s not my favorite performance from her, in fact, it’s not even close, but it still sounds great. She could also win this season! Luke calls her an amazing singer and says she hasn’t hit a bad mark yet. Lionel says she knocked him out of the park. Katy thinks Leah’s delivery went smoothly.

9:20 p.m.Nicoline will then sing “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from “The Little Mermaid”. I love this song choice. It’s way out of the box and not something we expected. She has fun with it! She’s having a bit of fun like a Broadway show, but I think this theme night justifies it. It’s hilarious to see Katy throughout this performance looking terrified like Ariel. This performance was so entertaining. Well done Nicolina! Katy says it was so good it was scary and Nicolina stole the show. Lionel calls it the best Disney party ever.

9:31 p.m.Mike Turner will then sing “You’ll Be in My Heart” from “Tarzan”. He dedicates the heartfelt song to his mother who is battling leukemia. Mike sounds great tonight, adding a few more riffs than he sometimes does. It sounds a bit like john legend tonight and seems to be relying on his gospel roots rather than caring about country music voters. This is his best performance of the season. Katy says she could feel every moment. Luke says Mike navigated the song amazingly.

9:42 p.m. – His Christian Guardian then and he will sing “Circle of Life” from “The Lion King”. Jennifer Hudson gave an iconic rendition of this song in Season 3 18 years ago. Wow! I can’t believe it was 18 years ago. It was a great song choice for Christian and it allows him to really use his belt voice. That’s how you sing a Disney song! Not quite a J-Hud moment, but solid. Luke says Christian made it. Lionel says he stood totally in his light. Katy calls it Christian’s best performance to date.

9:52 p.m.Fritz Hager closes the show with a performance of “Go the Distance” from “Hercules”. He’s someone who just looks like he’s in concert when he performs. Or like he’s already a star who just popped in for a guest performance. Fritz ticks so many boxes of what it takes to become an “American Idol,” beyond just being the clichéd “white guy with a guitar” that fans often talk about dominating this show. Lionel says Fritz also entered his light. Katy urges America to vote.

9:59 p.m. — The votes have been counted and three hopefuls will leave the competition tonight. In no particular order, Ryan announces the Top 7: Leah, Jay, Noah, Fritz, HunterGirl, Nicolina and Christian. This means Lady K, Mike and Emyrson have been eliminated.

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