American Idol 2024 Episode 7 Recap: The Top 24 Selected

AMERICAN IDOL – 707 (Showstopper/Final Judgment) LUKE BRYAN, ODELL BUNTON JR., LIONEL RICHIE, KATY PERRY (Disney/Eric McCandless)

Tonight American Idol kicks off the Showstoppers round of the competition. Only a little over 50 contestants remain to fight for a place in the crucial top 24 spots. They only need to impress the judges one more time before the viewers decide on their favorites among a very talented group of singers. This could be an exciting final run, as the competition is wide open for anyone to win American Idol 22. 

Last season’s Showstopper week gave us plenty of dramatic moments, some with shocking twists and devastating eliminations. Hopefully, this season’s Showstoppers gives us the same level of drama and intensity. We want a great show

American Idol 2024 will hit rapid speed after tonight as Americans begin to vote for their favorite singers. The cut will be brutal as we edge closer and closer to finale night. The great thing about live shows is that we’ll get to know the finalists better and hear how they perform under pressure, with a full band, and with themes. Plus, this is Katy Perry’s last season as a judge on American Idol, so we know she wants one final great season. This could be it. 

I am excited and I hope you are as well, so let’s get into the recap.

KB and Alyssa Raghu on American Idol 2024
AMERICAN IDOL – 707 (Showstopper/Final Judgment) KB and Alyssa Raghu (Disney/Eric McCandless)

Hollywood Week Day 2: Showstoppers

Who will impress the judges and make it into the live shows?

Jordan Anthony sang “Love In the Dark” by Adele for his Showstoppers performance. He took the first spot in the Top 24. Platinum ticket holder Odell Bunton Jr. sang “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” by Nina Simone for his late sister.  He’s the second person to learn if he made it to the Top 24. He breaks down when talking about his situation at home. Katy plays with his emotions making him think he’s eliminated before telling him he’s in the Top 24.

Nya sings “Get Ready” by The Temptations as her Showstoppers song. She makes it to the Top 24. Blake Proehl was the next to find out his fate in the game. He sings “In My Blood” by Shawn Mendes. Katy tells him that he doesn’t have enough confidence in himself as a performer. He made it into the Top 24 and got the news delivered by his grandma. Triston Harper finds out his fate next. His Showstopper song is “By Your Grace” by Cody Johnson. He’s going into the Top 24.

Roman Collins sings “Come Together” by The Beatles as his Showstopper song.  Blake says his hurdle is that he continues to edit himself. He says that he wows them. He makes it in the Top 24. Katy says it was the best performance of the night.  The judges call Alyssa Raghu and KB to the judges’ room together. She sings Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” as her Showstopper song. KB sings “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd. lionel said both did a great job but they have to do a sing-off for their spot in the Top 24. They have the choice between two songs and get an hour to practice.

They decide to sing ‘Shallow” by Lady Gaga. Alyssa performs first. After some deliberation, they decide to cut Alyssa and send KB to the Top 24. Justice Murphy, Micaela McCall, Scarlett Lee, and Michael Rice are all cut.

Jack Block sings “You Should Have Seen The Other Guy” by Nathaniel Rateliff for his Showstopper performance. Lionel and Katy admit they were wrong for not picking him. They bring the crew who fought for him out. He’s in the Top 24.

Mia Matthews and Mckenna Faith Breinholt  are called together. They tell McKenna that her performance of “Anyone” by Demi Lovato wasn’t her best moment. They say her singing “You Ain’t Woman Enough” by Loretta Lynn was powerful. Mia is in the Top 24. McKenna is also in the Top 24.

Emmy Russell sings “More Hearts Than Mine” by Ingrid Andress. Luke says they have been wanting her confidence to grow. She’s in the Top 24. Will Moseley goes next with his performance of “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers. He’s in the Top 24. Ajii sings “Too Close” by Alex Clare. He’s in the Top 24. Kayko, Elleigh Marie,  and Kennedy Reid all make it in the Top 24. Kblocks makes it the top 24. Lionel says she gives it her all.

Abi Carter learns her fate next. Her Showstopper didn’t go as well as she would have hoped. She sang Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time.” She’s in the Top 24. Katy pulls another fake-out but says she deserves some grace for her misfire with Showstoppers. Jayna Elise sings “It’s All Coming Back To Me” By Celine Dion. She’s officially in the Top 24.  Hailey Mia and Quintavious are also in the Top 24. Jennifer Jeffries is the next to learn that she’s in the Top 24.

Julia Gagnon feels a lot of pressure as a Platinum holder. She sings “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” from Dreamgirls. Lionel tells her she has an incredible gift. She’s in the Top 24.  Two hopefuls remain. It’s Ziggy and Mackenzie Sol 

Ziggy sings “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman. Mackenzie sings “With A Little Help From My Friends” by Joe Cocker. They must do a sing-off for the last spot in the Top 24. They pick “Jealous” by Labrinth as their sing-off song. The judges debate who to send to the Top 24. they decide to cut Ziggy and send Mackenzie in the Top 24.

Tomorrow the Top 24 perform. Tori Kelly and Jellyroll will be the mentors and guest judges for next week.

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