It has only been about two weeks since we met the Top 26 American Idol 2023 contestants. Now, we’re already lost over half of them in a two-day span. The Top 26 Idol contestants have become the Top 12 American Idol 21 contestants. We saw the first six go home on Sunday’s episode. The first six to be eliminated from the Top 26 were Malik Heard, Elijah McCormick, Dawson Wayne, Elise Kristine, Pjae, and Emma Busse. A few of the eliminated contestants were our favorites from previous nights, so there were definitely some shocking cuts from the Top 26. Monday’s episode brought even more shocking eliminations as eight contestants from the Top 20 left American Idol.
The eight eliminated on the Monday episode were: Kaeyra, Matt Wilson, Paige Anne, Michael Williams, Nailyah Serenity, Mariah Faith, Hannah Nicolaisen, and Olivia Soli. Despite our sadness to see so many talented contestants cut so early, we’re happy to see these 12 finalists. The Top 12 American Idol contestants are:
- We Ani
- Warren Peay
- Haven Madison
- Tyson Venegas
- Colin Stough
- Marybeth Byrd
- Oliver Steele
- Iam Tongi
- Zachariah Smith
- Megan Danielle
- Lucy Love
The heartbreaking eliminations will continue until the Sunday, May 21 finale as we crown someone the winner of American Idol 21.
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