Tonight On American Idol: Top 20 Sing For Your Votes (From Home!)

After a couple of weeks of American Idol 2020 clip shows and no actual new content to provide you, the sining competition show is finally back in full swing tonight!

Of course it’s going to look a little differently than we’re all used to. The Top 20 will be performing from their homes. The judges, Ryan Seacrest and a full band will also be working from home. But don’t worry, it’s not going to be a Zoom screen split into 25-30 little talking heads. American Idol producers promise that each contestant was sent the same high quality equipment to record their performances and each one will still be lead by a show director.

Let’s take a look at the official press release for tonight’s historic episode of American Idol 2020.
The stakes have never been higher as the Top 20 perform remotely for a spot in the Top 10 of “American Idol,” SUNDAY, APRIL 26 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. For the first time ever, “American Idol” reaches audiences in an all-new way, as judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie, host Ryan Seacrest, in-house mentor Bobby Bones and the Top 20 contestants participate from different locations. Don’t miss the remaining Idol hopefuls as they continue their journeys remotely, filming their performances on iPhones, singing their hearts out for a chance to win America’s vote and ultimately the coveted season three crown! (TV-PG, L) Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.
“American Idol”‘s Top 20 finalists include the following:
Aliana Jester – Fort Walton Beach, FL
Arthur Gunn – Wichita, KS
Cyniah Elise – Jonesboro, GA
DeWayne Crocker Jr. – Castle Rock, CO
Dillon James – Bakersfield, CA
Faith Becnel – Luling, LA
Francisco Martin – Daly City, CA
Franklin Boone – Hillsborough, NC
Grace Leer – San Ramon, CA
Jonny West – Studio City, CA
Jovin Webb – Baton Rouge, LA
Julia Gargano – Staten Island, NY
Just Sam – Sherman Oaks, CA
Kimmy Gabriela – Lakeland, FL
Lauren Spencer-Smith – Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada
Louis Knight – Narberth, PA
Makayla Phillips – Temecula, CA
Nick Merico – Woodland Hills, CA
Olivia Ximines – Menifee, CA
Sophia Wackerman – Long Beach, CA
Helping to determine who America will ultimately vote for to become the next singing sensation are music industry legends and all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy® Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest returns as host of the beloved series, and famed multimedia personality Bobby Bones continues his role as in-house mentor.
“American Idol” is produced by Fremantle and Industrial Media’s 19 Entertainment. Executive producers include Fremantle’s Trish Kinane, also serving as showrunner, Jennifer Mullin, Megan Wolflick, with Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman serving as executive producers for 19 Entertainment. Fremantle distributes the series worldwide.
You also might have noticed that Grace Leer is officially in the Top 20. That’s because she beat Lauren Mascitti for the final spot in the first nationwide vote of the season.

The Top 10 will be announced next week based on your votes from tonight’s performances, America.

Be sure to join us back here tonight for our live coverage of American Idol 2020. It’s going to be interesting, that’s for sure!