American Idol 2024 Recap Episode 11: The Top 14 Are Chosen

American Idol – 710 (Top 20)- (Disney/Eric McCandless) Ryan  Seacrest, Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan.

American Idol 2024 turns the Top 20 into the Top 14 tonight with one of the biggest cuts of the season. We only lost four Idol hopefuls with last night’s eliminations. Tonight, we’re going to lose a whomping six contestants. America picks the first ten finalists to move on to the Top 14. Then the judges choose the final four. Last night’s American Idol episode revealed a lot of great performances.

Plenty of emotions were shown, vocal dynamics were on display, and contestants poured their all into the performances. Every single contestant is fighting for their spot in the next round. It was a great night of American Idol. However,  three hours of performances was a tiny overwhelming.  Therefore, I am excited to have fewer performances to watch tonight. With fewer performances, tonight should allow us to appreciate the talent of the Top 14 performers and their performances. 

It’s another night that would be nearly impossible to predict the outcome.  Every contestant has been putting so much into their performances that I have no clue what the viewers vibed with the most. The unpredictability of this season (so far) is increasing my anticipation for it. I want to enter each night with a clear head, ready to see who shines this night. 

So let’s see who will make it to the Top 14

America Selects The Top Ten Hopefuls

Mckenna Faith Breinholt is the first person in the Top 14. She sings her birth mother’s song “Tumbleweed” by Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl.

Jack Blocker makes it into the Top 14.  He sings “Feeling Whitney” by Post Malone.

Mia Matthews is in the Top 14. She sings “Burning House” by Cam.

Kayko is in the Top 14. He sings another original song. It’s “What If,?” that he sang before on Idol.

Will Mosley performs his original “Gone for Good.” He makes it into the Top 14.

Abi Carter is in the Top 14. She sings “My Mind” by Yebba.

Kaibrienne (KB) makes it in the Top 14. She sings “Zombie” by The Cranberries.

Emmy Russell makes it to the Top 14, so she sings “Skinny, her original song, as her celebration song.

Julia Gagnon makes it to the Top 14. Her celebration song is “Need a Favor” by Jelly Roll.

Only Triston Harper and Roman Collins remain. One makes it to the Top 14, and the other must sing for his life.

Triston Harper makes it into the Top 14. He sings “Til You Can’t” by Cody Johnson.

The Judges Pick Four To Continue On

Quintavious learns he didn’t make it in the Top 14…yet. He has to sing for his life. He sings Mariah Carey’s “Make It Happen.”

Luke Bryan says this was his best performance of the night. He says that usually, the first person knows that they’re going through to the next round, so it must have been hard for him, but he showed up.

Jordan Anthony also must sing for his life. He sings “Attention” by Charlie Puth.

Katy Perry says she was surprised that he didn’t make it because he was great last night. She says he was great again and thinks it was his best performance. She says she likes the attitude of Quintavious and him about doing it or themselves.

Kennedy Reid finds out she did not make the Top 14 yet. She needs to sing to try to stay in the competition. Kennedy performs “Something Bad” by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood. Lionel Richie says that’s the way to deal with a no. She had all the confidence in the world on stage.

Jennifer Jeffries learns that America didn’t put her in the Top 14. She sings “All I Want” by Kodaline. Luke says that her voice is so unique and so hers.

Ajii is also not in the Top 14 yet. He sings “Call Out My Name” by The Weeknd. Katy says he gave them vocals and made a smart decision to choose a song for them to feel confident in him as a singer.

Nya must sing to make it into the Top 14. She sings “Water’ by Tyla. Lionel says she gave a star performance. He says she has a great voice and attitude.

Odell Bunton Jr. is in danger,so he must sing for his life. He sings “Wait on You” by Elevation Worship and Maverick City Music. Luke says he can tell his pastor that he’s been going to church. He has spiritual enlightenment. Luke says it was moving and he wonders if there are too many in his category this season and that might be splitting the votes.

MacKenzie Sol must sing to save his Idol life.  “False Alarms” by Lawrence (FT. Jon Bellion). Katy says he is a tornado of energy and it’s about controlling it. She says he does that tonight.

Jayna Elise must sing for survival. She sings “All I Wanted” by Paramore. Lionel says she gave a command performance. He loved it.

Roman Collins is the last person to sing for his life.  He sings “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” by James Brown. Luke says he brings everyone out of their seats. He says it was such a great performance.

The judges pick Jayna Elise, Jordan Anthony, Nya, and Roman Collins to go on to the Top 14.

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