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American Idol: Adele Night, May 5, 2024, ABC



American Idol 2024

With the competition heating up, the upcoming episodes promise incredible performances and emotional moments. On May 5, the top seven contestants will take on the songs of pop icon Adele, accompanied by Meghan Trainor, who will also perform her new single. The fan votes will determine the top five, setting the stage for the highly anticipated Disney Night on May 12.

On April 29, 2024, American Idol aired its Judges’ Song Contest episode, marking a pivotal moment in the competition as the top eight contestants performed songs chosen by the judges. With Katy Perry’s departure from the show looming, this episode held extra significance as viewers tuned in to witness the judges’ selections and the contestants’ fate.

The 22nd season of American Idol premiered on February 18, 2024, on ABC, marking the final season for judge Katy Perry. This announcement, made just days before the premiere, cast a unique light on the season, adding an extra layer of emotion and uncertainty to the usual excitement and anticipation.

The Idol Across America virtual auditions once again played a crucial role, with remote auditions taking place from August 2 to September 8, 2023. Open-call auditions were also held, providing a platform for aspiring singers to showcase their talent. The auditions took place in various locations, including new venues in the judges’ hometowns: Leesburg (Bryan), Tuskegee (Richie), and Santa Barbara (Perry).


The Platinum Ticket Advantage

The “platinum ticket” made its return, a feature introduced in the previous two seasons to celebrate the show’s 20th season. During the audition round, three lucky contestants were awarded this coveted prize, which granted them direct advancement to the second round of Hollywood Week. The recipients this season were Odell Bunton Jr., Abi Carter, and Julia Gagnon, who formed a trio to perform “California Dreamin’.”. Their talent and privilege to skip the first round set them apart, but they also had to deliver a bonus performance, showcasing their skills.

The Road to the Top

The competition intensified as the top 56 contestants performed in the Showstopper round, filmed on December 11, 2023, and aired on April 1, 2024. The judges then narrowed down the field to the top 24, who traveled to the Aulani resort in Kapolei, Hawaii. The contestants were divided into two groups, with Tori Kelly and Jelly Roll serving as guest mentors and judges. The public vote determined the fate of these aspiring singers, with two contestants from each group advancing to the next round.

The journey continued with the top 20 performances, taped on April 10 and aired on April 14, followed by a live results show on April 15. The contestants sang their hearts out, hoping to secure their spot in the top 14. The pressure was on as the competition heated up, and the judges’ decisions carried significant weight.

A Tribute to Mandisa

As the competition progressed, the top eight contestants took center stage during the Judges’ Song Contest episode on April 29. With songs chosen by the judges themselves, the contestants gave it their all. Adding to the emotion of the night was a special tribute to the late season 5 alum, Mandisa. Her impact on the show and the contestants was undeniable, making the episode a memorable and heartfelt experience for all.


As the season draws closer to its conclusion, the fate of the contestants hangs in the balance. Who will rise to the occasion and secure their place in the finale? Only time will tell as we witness the journey of these aspiring idols, chasing their dreams on the American Idol stage.

American Idol: Adele Night airs Sunday May 5, 2024 at 8.00pm on ABC.

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