AMERICAN Idol returns TONIGHT for another episode of the hit singing competition show.
The final seven contestants will perform for America’s votes in a special Mother’s Day episode, where the singers will dedicate their performances to mother figures in their lives.
The next night, the singing competition show celebrated 20 years with The Great Idol Reunion, and alumni like Jordin Sparks, David Cook, and Kris Allen returned to perform jaw-dropping duets for judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie.
Tonight’s episode will determine the competition’s top five as the show draws to a close with the season 20 finale reportedly set for later this month.
Fans of Idol can tune in to the show every Sunday on ABC at 8pm ET.
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Top 7: Christian Guardino
Christian Guardino, 21, joined American Idol for its 20th season and has made an impact on the judges for his resounding voice and his ability to overcome the setbacks and struggles he has encountered throughout his life.
Originally from Long Island, New York, Christian was born legally blind.
He was diagnosed with a rare genetic eye disorder, Leber Congenital Amaurosis, which affects the retina, impairing the individual’s vision.
His remaining vision continued to deteriorate as he got older, but when he reached his teenage years, Guardino participated in a gene therapy trial.
The trial was successful and restored his eyesight to about 80 percent.
When did American Idol begin?
Created by Simon Fuller, the reality competition series American Idol first premiered on Fox back on June 11, 2002.
What happened to Kenedi Anderson?
At the beginning of the season, Kenedi Anderson made history by earning the show’s first platinum ticket, which allows contestants to bypass the first round of Hollywood Week.
Despite being one of the season’s frontrunners, she shocked fans when it was announced on April 11’s episode that she withdrew from the competition for “personal reasons.”
The rising star then took to social media, where she confirmed the news.
She wrote in an Instagram post: “For personal reasons, I’m unable to continue on American Idol.
“This has been one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make, but I know it’s necessary.”
Where was American Idol 2022 filmed? continued
The new showrunner, Megan Michaels Wolflick, told Deadline in an interview: “now we’re going to the biggest music cities in America, we’re able to go out again. We’re able to go to the places that make this show sing.”
However, due to the ongoing pandemic, the first round of auditions for the 2022 season took place virtually through Zoom.
They resumed in-person from October 2021 with health and safety protocols in mind.
Where was American Idol 2022 filmed?
Unlike season 18, which was virtual and season 19, which was filmed in California, American Idol’s season 20 took its time to visit some of the trending capitals in America:
- Los Angeles, California
- Nashville, Tennessee
- Austin, Texas
- Disney Aulani, Hawaii
Who are the judges?
“The chemistry and passion Katy, Luke, Lionel, and Ryan bring is second to none. We couldn’t be more ecstatic that they are returning for this iconic 20th season in search of the freshest new talent that this nation has to offer.”
How can I watch tonight’s episode?
Season 20 of American Idol airs every Sunday and Monday at 8pm on ABC.
The show can be watched live on ABC at 8pm EST or streamed through Hulu.
Season 20 finalists
The seven remaining contestants competing tonight are:
- Christian Guardino
- Fritz Hager
- Jay Copeland
- Leah Marlene
- Noah Thompson
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