American Idol, Judges’ Song Contest Recap (ABC April 29)

American Idol 2024

In a high-stakes episode of American Idol, the competition heated up as the judges chose songs for the contestants, with Katy Perry having the most song choices selected. The episode, which aired on April 29, 2024, on ABC, saw the contestants taking on a variety of genres and showcasing their versatility.

The episode opened with Will Moseley, performing “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash. This was followed by Kaibrienne’s rendition of Olivia Rodrigo’s “traitor,” and McKenna Faith Breinholt’s take on Lissie’s “Everywhere I Go.” Jack Blocker brought Gwen McCrae’s “Always on My Mind” to the stage, while Abi Carter belted out Evanescence’s “Bring Me to Life.”

Julia Gagnon, who had impressed the judges in previous rounds, chose the classic “Over the Rainbow.” Triston Harper, the young singer who had wowed the judges with his guitar skills, took on “Sand in My Boots” by Morgan Wallen. Emmy Russell, hoping to secure her spot, sang “Coal Miner’s Daughter” by Loretta Lynn.

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The episode also featured duet performances, with Jack and Emmy singing “Hello” by Lionel Richie, and Triston and Will harmonizing on “What Makes You Country” by Luke Bryan. The judges also took the stage, with Melinda Doolittle, Colton Dixon, and Danny Gokey paying tribute to Mandisa with “Shackles (Praise You).” The female contestants, Abi, McKenna, Julia, and Kaibrienne, united for a powerful performance of Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake.”

In the end, it was Katy Perry’s turn to shine, as she had the power to save one contestant from elimination. She chose to save McKenna Faith Breinholt, securing her spot in the competition.

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