American Idol 2022 Updates – Top 7 Revealed In Drama Show Featuring Hunter Girl, Fritz Hager & Noah Thompson
THE TOP seven continuing on American Idol have been revealed.
After counting the American votes, Ryan Seacrest announced that the top seven were Leah Marlene, Jay, Noah Thompson, Fritz Hager HunterGirl, Nicolina and Christian Guardino.
Tonight was Disney night, and while Katy Perry dressed for the part, the top 10 remaining contestants sang their favorite Disney song.
Previously, Lady K was rescued by judges Katy Perry and Luke Bryan after winning the Judge’s Song Contest.
Other artists competing on tonight’s episode include Emyrson Flora, Mike Parker, Jay Copeland, Nicolina, HunterGirl, Noah Thompson, Leah Marlene, Christian Guardino and Fritz Hager.
The new episode comes after a previous American Idol winner, Laine Hardy, received a police warrant from Louisiana State University, according to a statement from the star.
LSU confirmed to WAFB that there is an active investigation against the singer, but declined to provide further details.
Idol fans can watch the show every Sunday on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.
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Who is Paula Abdul?
After her successful singing and cheerleading careers, Paula Abdul became one of three feature judges on Fox’s American Idol in 2002.
Abdul served as a gentle, compassionate voice opposite the exhausting Simon Cowell.
Abdul stayed on the hugely popular show for 9 seasons, where she was reported to earn over five million dollars per season.
The former judge will return to the show in tonight’s episode.
Who is David Cook?
David Cook won the seventh season of Idol, beating David Archuleta, the runner-up.
After winning the show, he released his debut single The Time of My Life, which went platinum.
After initial success, Cook became an independent artist and began creating more pop-style music.
Who is Chris Allen?
Kris Allen faced off against Adam Lambert in the close American Idol final in 2009.
Allen ultimately triumphed, but to much controversy. Some even suspected the competition to be rigged.
Allen has released two albums since but suffered a car accident that broke his wrist in 2013, meaning he had to relearn how to play the guitar.
He will play with 2008 winner David Cook.
Who is Scotty McCreery?
Scotty McCreery won American Idol in 2011 at just 17 years old.
Her debut album, Clear As Day, went platinum when it was released in October 2011.
He has since released three more studio albums and written his own book, Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream, which details his rise to stardom.
The country singer will perform on tonight’s episode with his season’s runner-up Lauren Alaina.
Who is Maddie Poppe?
Folk singer Maddie Poppe was the winner of American Idol Season 16 in 2018.
She beat finalists Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Gabby Barrett. In a shocking twist, Hutchinson revealed he and Poppe were dating during the results show.
She released her debut studio album, Whirlwind, with Hollywood Records in 2019.
The singer will perform tonight with Hutchinson.
Who is Ruben Studdard?
Ruben Studdard won American Idol in his second season.
Studdard rose to fame for his incredible R&B and gospel performances on American Idol 2003.
Studdard received a Grammy nomination in 2003 for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for his recording of Superstar – and has since released seven studio albums.
He also dabbled in acting, playing the role of Fats Waller in a nationwide revival tour of Ain’t Misbehavin’.
He will perform in a duet tonight with Jordin Sparks.
Who is Grace Kinstler?
Grace Kinstler is from Lakewood, Illinois. During her time on the show, Kinstler was a student at Berkley College of Music located in Boston, Massachusetts.
The 20-year-old singer brought Judge Luke Bryan to tears during his February 2021 audition, where he compared her to former Idol contestants Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson.
Prior to her appearance on the show, Kinstler revealed that she lost her father in 2020. She reached the top 24 after performing Demi Lovato’s song “Father” in honor of her father.
Kinstler will return to the show tonight to sing a duet with Willie Spence.
Who is Jordan Sparks?
Jordin Sparks debuted on the idol scene in season 6 of the series in 2007.
At the time, she became the youngest winner in the show’s history at 17 years old.
Since her time on American Idol, the Grammy-nominated singer has released over six studio albums.
Sparks returned to American Idol already this season on the March 28 episode as a mentor.
meeting of idols
Tonight’s episode will be an “unforgettable night” as many familiar faces from Idol will be seen on the show for special appearances and duet performances.
Ruben Studdard, Jordin Sparks, Maddie Poppe, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Willie Spence, Grace Kinstler, Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery, Kris Allen and David Cook will all be returning to the American Idol stage.
According to social media posts, Justin Guarini, David Archuleta and Brooke White will also be in the episode.
Former judges Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson will also make special appearances.
Protocols for this season
This season, American Idol is once again airing live, but with the necessary safety protocols in place.
To ensure the protection of cast, crew and contestants, the number of cities where auditions have been held has been reduced and judges are socially distanced.
How Covid-19 has affected recent seasons
Season 18 of American Idol came to a halt due to Covid-19 protocols, but it was the first reality competition series to return to screens and air remotely.
Using personalized Zoom technology, contestants who sang for producers were given the green light to move on to a judged audition.
Watch Fritz Hager play Go The Distance
Watch Christian Guardino sing Circle Of Life
Watch Nicolina play Poor Unfortunate Souls
Watch Leah Marlene Sing “When She Loved Me”
Watch Jay play “Remember Me”
Watch HunterGirl perform I See The Light
Watch Noah Thompson perform You’ve Got A Friend in Me
Where was American Idol 2022 filmed? continued
New showrunner Megan Michaels Wolflick told Deadline in an interview, “Now we’re going to the biggest music cities in America, we can go out again. We are able to go to places that make this show sing.
However, due to the ongoing pandemic, the first round of auditions for the 2022 season were held virtually via Zoom.
They resumed in person from October 2021 taking into account health and safety protocols.
Where was American Idol 2022 filmed?
Unlike Season 18, which was virtual and Season 19, which was filmed in California, American Idol Season 20 took its time visiting some of America’s trending capitals:
- Los Angeles, California
- Nashville, TN
- Austin, TX
- Disney Aulani, Hawaii
Last night’s episode kicked off Disney Week, according to a tweet from the show’s official Twitter account.
Top 10: Noah Thompson
Noah Thompson, 19, is a construction worker from Kentucky and was pressured into auditioning for American Idol by a co-worker.
His affinity for music began at a young age when his father bought him his first guitar and gave him lessons.
Thompson told Hollywood Life that it was his father who wanted him “to be in music,” but as his father taught him to play his first chords, his love for music grew.
It was also his father’s dream for Thompson to succeed in the music industry, and Thompson said, “It’s kind of the point that I’m here, for my dad. I wanted to do it almost for both of us.
On April 25, Thompson wowed the judges with a rendition of Ben E. King’s song Stand With Me.
Top 10: Nicolina Bozzo
Nicolina is 18 years old and comes from Toronto, Canada.
She is a college student and said she used to perform with her family.
The star has an impressive TikTok following of over 258,000 subscribers.
For her original audition, she sang She Used To Be Mine by Sara Bareilles, which earned her a golden ticket, and a standing ovation from the judges.
Top 7: Lea Marlene
Leah Marlene stands out this season for having a soulful sound, an obvious talent for songwriting and a fun personality.
The eccentric musician, 20, is from Normal, Illinois.
Leah’s father is Derry Grehan of Canadian rock band Honeymoon Suite.
The singer said she was channeling her father as she performed in front of the judges.
Leah told American Idol, “My whole childhood life was just filled with guitars and amps.
“She was a fucking rock star and last night my dad was there and it was like a full circle moment. It was so cool.