This Week On American Idol 2015: Wild Card & Double Eliminations

This week on American Idol 2015 we finally head home to Los Angeles to kick off the finalists rounds when the Top 12 is revealed and the Judges make their Wild Card picks.

American Idol 2015 Judges
American Idol 2015 Judges – Source: FOX

Starting Wednesday, March 11 at 8PM ET/PT we’ll see the return of the Top 16 semi-finalists from last week’s performance shows. Host Ryan Seacrest will announce five guys and five girls who have made it through to the Top 12 based on your votes, America. The last two spots will go to the Judges’ picks. These will be the Season 14 Wild Cards.

Contestants eligible for the Wild Card spots will be limited to those who were voted in to the Top 16. That means last week’s eliminated singers can’t return and we’ve officially seen the last performances from those contestants. As a reminder, here is who was voted off American Idol last week:

Michael Simeon, Riley Bria, Savion Wright, and Trevor Douglas for the guys. Katherine Winston, Lovey James, Shannon Berthiaume, and Shi Scott for the ladies.

Instead the Judges will pick from the six singers who did not receive the top number of votes. While I’d expect the Judges to pick one guy and one girl to round out the Top 12 I don’t know if that’s a requirement for their picks and could depend upon any surprise vote results.

Those twelve finalists will reprise their audition song from the start of the season in a bid to move on to the next round which is coming up the very next night!

Wednesday’s episode will supposedly be taped in advance on Tuesday which would mean American Idol spoilers could be coming up shortly for who went home this week and who made the Top 12.

Then on Thursday starting at 8PM ET/PT the first finalist elimination will be revealed while the Top 11 perform “Party Songs,” according to TIP. The American Idol voting will then reopen for you to get out and support your favorites to help keep them in the competition.

This will be a very busy week on American Idol with two nights of performances and two rounds of eliminations. Stick with us on Facebook, Twitter, and by Email Updates so you don’t miss a thing this season.

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  1. I’m still kind of in shock that Joey Cook made it this far. She’s an absolute joke in my opinion and I truly believe that she took a spot from someone more deserving.

    I am disappointed that those eliminated last week will not be eligible for a Wild Card spot. I think Katherine Winston should be part of the Top 16 as well as Riley Bria. With a little more practice, Shannon could’ve done extremely well.

    I just hope the judges make smart choices although I’m not expecting a lot from them.

    • just think of Joey as the clown that comes in for the intermission. It’s easier to get a chuckle out of it & really that’s what everyone is feeling pretty much. It’s more entertaining to keep a clown for awhile rather than someone who you want to hit the fast forward button when they are singing. At least when Joey starts, you can get some popcorn or take a potty break.

      • When Joey sang Keith Urbans song, that was cute, but I think it was a one time deal. I don’t think she deserves to be in this last group. I still cannot believe Katherine and Riley didn’t make it. I am just crushed.

    • I cannot believe Katherine and Riley are not continuing.They are really talented. I also cannot believe that little kid Simeon, with his crackling voice, is still in the running. Also, love Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopaz as judges really great but Harry Connick has come across as a Mr. Know It All and tries to run the show.

  2. It would be nice if for one week, there were ballet dancers or any kind of dancers, dancing to a song where the idol contestant sang in the background, so we could just LISTEN to the voice without seeing the singer until after the song for the judges comments. After watching a great classic song butchered last week & some added sexuality moves, it would just be great to remove that for one of the performances. If the Cirque Du Soleil performers came in to put on shows for each idol’s song, now THAT would be so GREAT to watch wow.

  3. Why can’t the contestants from last week’s elimination can’t be eligible for a Wild Card spot? I mean like, everyone deserves a second chance right?

  4. According to TVGuide(dot)com, Wednesday night’s episode is an hour. Yet again, another episode of rushed performances, folks.

    • Very much in agreement with you Idol Girl. Hating these rushed shows they’ve been having. These semi-final shows should have been live and the performers should
      have been given the opportunity to perform within a longer time frame.
      This abbreviated time frame defeats the whole purpose of the Top 24
      Semi-Final show.

    • This new format from the reduced air time is ridiculous. I believe the announcements, followed by a performance moments later is ridiculous. it’s hurting the quality of the performances and the product on-air. I realize these first “live” rounds with voting have been pre-recorded, so it’s hard to judge how much time the contestants got to collect themselves before having to go on stage and sing. But there have been consistent pitch issues since the beginning in Detroit.

      I hope AI learns from this terrible mess for the next season. I also hope once the 2-hour shows begin that there is more of a pure results and entertainment hour, followed by performances and that all survivors are announced up-front and early so there is time to gather themselves and realize what order they are performing in. Those kids were under lots of pressure on Thursdays in the past and you can see it now on performance night. I wish they had just announced all the Top 10 plus Wild Card’s at the show open and given them all time to breathe backstage.

      Almost every one of them is turning in sub-par performances to what we saw before the voting episodes. Okay, my rant is over now.

      PS – I loved that the judges finally woke up and threw shade all over Seavey, and then fired up the bus and put it in gear for good measure. No doubt the producers were alarmed at where he stood in the voting tally. But that kid should have been sent home for some more baking and invited back in a couple of years.

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