PREDICTION: Who Will WIN American Idol 2021? + Shocking Eliminations!


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'American Idol': Katy Perry celebrates first Mother's Day, Coldplay's Chris Martin mentors, top 5 revealed

USA TODAY 11 May, 2021 - 05:20pm

"American Idol" offered a Mother's Day show that likely left fans tear-eyed and calling their moms. Here's what happened, plus post-show details.

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"American Idol" returned with a poignant episode Sunday that likely left fans teary-eyed and calling their moms.

Each contestant performed twice for the Mother's Day-themed show. First, they sang tunes from the band Coldplay, with input from frontman and guest mentor Chris Martin. Later, they gave touching performances dedicated to their mothers.

As usual, the singers got feedback from judges Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry, who opened up in a virtual Q&A post-show about celebrating her first Mother's Day as a mom. The pop star and her partner Orlando Bloom welcomed their first child together, daughter Daisy, last August.

"I got to nap with her today, this morning," said Perry, who revealed she also celebrated the holiday with her family Saturday. "And, strangely, she usually naps for like an hour, but she napped for like two-and-a-half hours with me, and I was holding her hand, and it was perfect."

She added that the Mother's Day performances, especially the contestants' original songs, hit even more close to home now that she's a mom.

"My baby is my baby," she said. "To see these mystery, strong men be sensitive and vulnerable and need their mommy, it's so sweet. It's so beautiful. I was really moved by a lot of their songs."

Here's what went down during the live coast-to-coast episode, which saw the final seven whittled down to five.

First up was high school student Casey Bishop, with the rocker teen taking on the band's song "Paradise."

Martin gave the 16-year-old some advice on stage presence and confidence, telling her to "exist within the song” to calm her nerves.

And the teen succeeded, according to the judges.

"It was so great to see you let loose toward the middle of the song," said Perry, adding that Bishop could get even wilder. "I want more tornado, but that was perfect."

Bryan, who predicted Bishop would win the show after her first audition, told her he's "never heard you hit a bad note this whole competition."

"That was yet another glimpse into your future and what you can be," he added.

Bishop returned with her rocker edge for her second song, "Ironic" by Alanis Morissette.

Perry said Bishop delivered the "whirlwind" she was looking for.

"Way to be possessed by personality," she added. "Keep bringing that kind of stage presence and energy."

Heavy machine operator Chayce Beckham, 24, took the stage next, giving a rendition of "Magic" that brought all three judges to their feet.

"Half of the game is you have the confidence. The other half of the game is that you’re having fun," Richie advised. "Enjoy the ride, my man."

Perry praised Beckham's vocals, but added she wished he took Martin's advice to let a strand of his slicked-back hair fall in front of his face.

"You have that Chris Martin magic about you," she said. "The only thing I missed was that strand. I stand for that strand."

For his second song, Beckham performed an original called "Mama," which he wrote during Hollywood Week for his mom.

"If it wasn't for her, I would be dead or in jail," Beckham said post-show, adding that he hopes to release an album soon after "Idol" wraps. "Hopefully I got to touch some people's hearts across America, because that's all I want to do."

Beckham certainly touched the judges' hearts.

"As a songwriter, I'm gonna say, put that song out now," Richie told the contestant, as he teared up onstage. "That’s a smash record."

Perry called Beckham a "sensitive, vulnerable heavy machinery operator."

Caretaker Willie Spence, 21, gave a soaring performance of "Yellow," that Richie called "a religious experience."

Perry agreed, saying Spence sings "between heaven and earth." 

"You let go and let God," she added.

Spence gave another electrifying performance with Joe Cocker’s “You Are So Beautiful." Post-show, he revealed he chose the song because "to me, my mom is the most beautiful person in the world."

"I think only a mother’s unconditional love will get that kind of song opening up to the heavens like that," said Perry.

Caleb Kennedy, 16, gave a gravelly rendition of "Violet Hill," which Perry said was the first time she'd ever been frightened by a Coldplay song.

"That scared me, and it scared me in a good way, because it was that good, Caleb," Perry told the high school student.

Richie noted the teen's confidence took a dip in the middle of the song.

"Remember, the crowd did not come to rehearsal," he said. "Bring you every time you come to this table, because that’s what we’re looking for."

Like Beckham, Kennedy also performed an emotional original song for his mom, called "Mama Said."

"You, my friend, are a true anomaly," said Bryan. "To be able to write songs like that, to truly connect like a 50-year-old wise man wrote it. It’s amazing."

Richie agreed that the teen has talent far beyond his years.

"That’s a 90-year-old man writing that song," he said. "That’s a smash record right there."

Last year's runner-up, Arthur Gunn, performed a folksy rendition of "In My Places." The musician, 23, changed up the musical arrangement, with Martin's blessing.

Gunn earned praise for his vocals, but drew mixed reactions from the judges for rewriting the song.

"Anyone who can stand before the writer and say, 'I’ll change the melody, and I’ll change a few words too'… is called an artist, my friend," said Richie.

Perry disagreed. Though she commended Gunn's artistry, she wasn't as gung-ho about the changes.

"I did want to sing along with you, Arthur, and I didn’t know that melody," she said.

Gunn then dedicated a performance of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Simple Man" to "all the moms out there."

Richie praised Gunn's "signature voice," while Perry complimented his song choice. Bryan challenged him to "really dig in even more."

College student Grace Kinstler, 20, wasn't sure which song to perform when she walked into her session with Martin. After going back-and-forth, the singer, known for her powerful belting and stealthy riffs, settled on a simple, stripped-down version of "Fix You."

"Let’s just go super vulnerable," Martin recommended.

And, according to the judges, the advice paid off.

"It was breaking through the facade of show business," Perry said. "It was really connected. I think you finally arrived with that song."

Bryan said Kinstler was so good that he almost said a bad word on live national television.

"It took me even out of what I’m doing," he said. "It was amazing."

After the show, Kinstler said she thought of recent losses in her family as she was singing, recalling how her father and grandmother died less than a month apart.

"I just thought of my family, everything I had witnessed, and how I felt," she said. "That's a really important part of myself to share, because that's a lot of what's made me who I am today and changed my perspective on my life."

For her second song, Kinstler sang one of her mom's favorites: “When We Were Young," by Adele.

"It was like being in a movie," Bryan said. "It was truly a magical performance."

Hunter Metts, 22, put his smooth voice to use for a dreamy performance of "Everglow."

The judges joked about how many fans have grown to love the software developer.

"I get so many texts about you," said Perry. "Just know that you are beloved. You are beloved by the world, and it’s beautiful seeing you sing and soar."

Richie predicted big things for Metts.

"You are a storyteller as well as having a unique voice, so the problem that you are going to have is nothing," he said. "The sky is the limit for your career."

Metts later closed the show with an original called "The River," which Bryan rated a "10 out of 10."

"It is one thing to sing, but to be a songwriter, to be in the driver's seat of your life and your message is the whole thing," Perry added.

Not every contestant could move on to the next round. After a "really, really close vote," host Ryan Seacrest revealed Gunn and Metts didn't make the top five.

"I learned so much," Metts said post-show. "I made so many friends and doors opened and so much beautiful growth. I'm excited for what's next and to get home and get to work for real because, at the end of the day, this is the launch pad."

Gunn added that he's happy to have been able to perform on the big "Idol" stage, after singing in quarantine last season.

"I wasn't expecting it, but it just happened," he said. "It's a good feeling to be able to be on the stage and perform songs."

"Idol" continues next Sunday at 8 ET, when the top five will be mentored by Billie Eilish's brother and songwriting partner Finneas O'Connell.

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Coldplay Live-Debut 'Higher Power' On 'American Idol': Watch

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Just days after giving "Higher Power" an out of this world premiere, Coldplay live-debuted their new single on American Idol Sunday evening (May 9). Though the band wasn't joined by dancing alien holograms this time around, they did still incorporate their intergalactic theme with giant planets hanging above the stage.

“I think right now we are, right now, able to imagine alien worlds as a way of saying what we think about life on earth. It’s safer to say it about aliens than it is to say it about humans," frontman Chris Martin explained about the song's extraterrestrial theme. "It really is one big allegory, and the song is about trying to find the astronaut in all of us—the person who can do amazing things."

Watch Coldplay's live debut of "Higher Power" above.

Aside from performing himself, Martin also mentored Idol's Top 7, with each contestant tasked to cover a song off Coldplay's extensive catalog. Casey Bishop sang "Paradise;" Chayce Beckham covered "Magic;" Willie Spence turned "Yellow" into a gospel hymn; Caleb Kennedy put a country spin on "Violet Hill;" Arthur Gunn completely reinvented "In My Place" (to Martin's dismay); and Grace Kinster belted out "Fix You."

Watch all the Idol contestants' performances below.

62% of ‘American Idol’ fans say Hunter Metts was most robbed of a spot in Top 5 [POLL RESULTS]

Gold Derby 11 May, 2021 - 05:20pm

American Idol” fans are still pulling their hair out over Hunter Metts being eliminated during Sunday’s Top 7 episode. In our recent poll that asked viewers to name who was most robbed of a spot in the Top 5, this 22-year-old singer-songwriter from Franklin, Tennessee topped the list with 62%. The other eliminee, Arthur Gunn, came in at 24%. The remaining 14% of poll respondents couldn’t decide and voted for the “both of them” option. Do you agree or disagree with your fellow “Idol” watchers? Sound off down in the comments section.

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At his original audition, Hunter explained that he was finally allowed to try out for “American Idol” this year because of his sister, who resigned her job at Disney in order to avoid a conflict of interest. He chose Kaleo‘s “All the Pretty Girls” as his audition song and blew away the trio of judges: Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.

After Hollywood Week, the curly-haired heartthrob took on “July” (showstopper round), “Chandelier” (Top 24 solo), “Who Will Save Your Soul” (Top 24 duet with Jewel), “Skinny Love” (Top 16 week),”I Can’t Make You Love Me” (Top 12 live reveal), “Falling Slowly” (Oscar week), “You’ll Be in My Heart” (Disney week), “Everglow” (Coldplay song) and “The River” (Mother’s Day song).

Following Hunter’s rendition of his original song “The River” (watch below), Luke declared him to be a “10 out of 10.” He added that it was a “musical experience done by a pro.” Lionel agreed, noting, “You drifted over to pro status, my friend. Amateurs are out right now. The Top 10 of this group is just amazing and you held in there so strongly.” Katy applauded him for taking a big risk with an original song, saying, “It is one thing to sing, but to be a songwriter, to be in the driver’s seat in your life and your message is the whole thing.”

With only five contestants still in the running to join the “American Idol” winners list, let’s take a look at their updated odds to win:

1. Grace Kinstler — 13/1

2. Willie Spence — 13/1

3. Chayce Beckham — 14/1

4. Casey Bishop — 15/1

5. Caleb Kennedy — 16/1

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Chayce Beckham's 'Magic': Apple Valley singer performs Coldplay hit and 'Mama' tribute to reach 'American Idol' Top 5 10 May, 2021 - 06:04pm

Like Beckham, the six other remaining “Idol” contestants sang Coldplay hits, as well as songs dedicated to their mothers. The popular band also performed their single “Higher Power,” which was released on Friday.

Beckham sang an emotionally charged “Mama,” which he wrote during the show’s “Hollywood Week” earlier this season.

“I’ll do anything I can for the lady who gave me my name,” Beckham sang. “Just know that it’s not your fault, because without you I’d be nothing at all. Because mama, I love you.”

During Beckham’s performance, Petersen appeared via live feed from her home. She told her son, “You make my heart happy, Chayce.”

After the performance, “Idol” judge Lionel Richie told Beckham that the song had him crying, too.

Judge Katy Perry rated Beckham's performance an “A-plus, A-plus, A-plus” after he cried on stage.

“Way to pull out the right song on the right night to mama and all mamas out there,” judge Luke Bryan added.

During the two-hour live episode, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, 44, mentored each contestant as they prepared to deliver their renditions of some of the band's favorites.

Beckham and Martin seemed to form a bond as the two strummed guitars and sang “Magic,” with Beckham saying his time with Martin felt “like a dream come true.”

Beckham, who works as a United Rentals heavy machinery operator, called Martin a “down-to-earth, easy-going guy.”

Beckham said he’ll remember the day he spent with Martin forever and “the way that he treated me and the way that he treated everybody here.”

Martin seemed fascinated by Beckham’s slicked-back hair and asked the 24-year-old singer what kept each strand in place.

“It’s a special paste,” Beckham told Martin, who suggested that the “Idol” singer produce “Chayce Paste,” which he could begin selling tomorrow.

Bryan told Beckham that every time he performs, it seems like he has an abundance of “artistic and signature” talents.

“I mean you’re giving us a big vocal moment that we kind of used to have to push out of you in the early part of this competition,” Bryan said. “But what I’m really pumped up about is when you were with Chris (it was) just you having fun, man. So fun to see you (transition) from the guy that came in during the audition to where you’re at now is remarkable, buddy.”

“The fact that you’re sitting here with that guy (Martin) enjoying the process of this,” Ritchie said. “You have a signature voice now, you understand? I know that’s you, we know that’s you. Enjoy the ride, my friend, it’s going to be an amazing run for you.”

Perry said she believes Beckham has that “Chris Martin magic” and saw the singers “as equals” when they were sitting and talking together.

She noted that she wished he had taken Martin's advice to let a strand of his slicked-back hair fall in front of his face.

“Idol” hopeful Hunter Metts was sent home Sunday, as was last season’s runner-up Arthur Gunn, who won a comeback round earlier this season.

“Idol” continues next Sunday at 5 p.m. PST when the Top 5 will be mentored by Billie Eilish's brother and songwriting partner, Finneas O'Connell.

The season finale is scheduled for Sunday, May 23.

Visit the “American Idol” YouTube channel to watch full performances. Episodes are available on Hulu.

Vote: Who Do You Want to Win 'American Idol' Season 19?

Talent Recap 10 May, 2021 - 05:30pm

In a shocking elimination, Season 18 comeback singer Arthur Gunn was voted out of the competition, meaning this year’s top spot will go to one of the current season’s original contestants. We want to know who you want to win the whole show.

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This country singer is only 16 years old. He’s proven himself to be a talented songwriter, performing an original song for his American Idol audition and sharing a song he wrote for his mother during this season’s Mother’s Day episode. Judge Lionel Richie has said Caleb has a “storyteller’s voice.” Caleb is known for his signature hats, which give him a mysterious vibe on stage.

Casey is another 16-year-old with a voice beyond her years. She loves rock music, but has proven herself capable of taking on various genres. Her audition to Mötley Crüe’s “Live Wire” was so impressive, she got a shout-out from the band on social media afterward. After being rejected by other talent shows such as America’s Got Talent and The Voice, Casey is now closer than ever to reaching her dreams.

This 24-year-old forklift operator has an inspiring story and a powerful voice that has captivated viewers. Chayce’s life changed after a drunk driving accident last year, and he hasn’t been afraid to be vulnerable on the show. After performing an emotional original song for his mom on Mother’s Day, Chayce broke down in tears on stage. Richie encouraged him to “put that song out now.”

This 20-year-old college student is the definition of a powerhouse. She made the judges cry with her first audition, and she’s delivered knockout performances every week since then. Recently, she absolutely slayed a rendition of “Into the Unknown” from Frozen 2 for Disney Night, and she later took a risk by choosing to sing “Fix You” by Coldplay. Judge Katy Perry told Grace that she “finally arrived.”

This talented 21-year-old has been open about his past health struggles, having lost almost 200 pounds. The singer has also captivated the judges with his incredible voice, with Richie describing his recent performance of Coldplay’s “Yellow” as “a religious experience.” His previous performance of “The Circle of Life” for Disney Night made fellow judge Luke Bryan “feel alive.”

The Top 5 will be mentored by Finneas next week, as they fight for a place in the finale. Which of the remaining contestants do you think will be crowned this year’s winner?

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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Georgia's Willie Spence advances to American Idol's Top 5 with performance of Coldplay classic

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Georgia's Willie Spence, 21, has made it to the Top 5 on American Idol.

Georgia's Willie Spence, 21, has made it to the Top 5 on American Idol.

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Georgia's Willie Spence, 21, has made it to the Top 5 on American Idol.

American Idol is down to 5. And Georgia's Willie Spence continues to amaze the judges.

During Sunday's episode, Spence, of Douglas, Ga., performed 'Yellow' by Coldplay.

The performance helped keep him in the show while two other contestants were sent home.

"I will cherish forever the times I've gotten to watch you perform 20 feet away from me," said judge Luke Bryan. "I will always cherish these times getting to watch you sing."

The performance followed another by Spence that recently got an 'Amen' from judge Loinel Richie.

"Two words," he said after Spence sang 'Stand Up' from the 2019 biopic 'Harriet.' "Religious experience. ...You deliver the goods. Congratulations."

Willie says his ultimate goal is to win a Grammy. And he hopes Idol can help get him there.

The journey to Idol began several years ago when he was caught on video singing 'Diamonds' by Rhianna. It wasn't long before that video went viral.

Willie performed Adele's 'Set Fire to the Rain' (above) to earn him a spot in the Top 12.

"I think you came in as that diamond in the rough and now you are brilliant," Katy Perry said following the performance.

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