American Idol is really starting to narrow the field. Monday’s new episode saw the judges round out their choices for the Top 24.
Starting the Showstopper round with 64 contestants, the judges — including Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan — had the unenviable task of eliminating 40 hopefuls after a string of impressive performances.
Some of the choices were no-brainers, with the Idol hopefuls bringing down the house with numbers that were truly mind-blowing — like Willie Spence’s rendition of “I Was Here” by Beyoncé and Colin Jamieson’s exciting rock performance with a cover of Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar, We’re Goin Down.”
However, this season’s big elimination was also met with a lot of divisive criticism from fans, who felt the judges cut performers who really deserved a chance to move on — like musician Murphy, who performed an original tune — or kept singers around who hadn’t earned it.
Regardless of how fans felt about their choices, the judges have finalized their selections. So, before the next round of this season’s competition kicks off, here’s a look at all the singers who are still fighting for the title, and the Showstopper performances that earned them a spot in the Top 24.
Alana Sherman – “Bust Your Windows” by Jazmine Sullivan
Alanis Sophia – “Uninvited” by Alanis Morissette
Alyssa Wray – “I’m Here” from The Color Purple
Andrea Valles – “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd
Anilee List – “Ain’t Nobody” by Rufus & Chaka Khan
Ava August – “Ghost Of You,” original song
Beane – “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye
Caleb Kennedy – “When You Leave,” original song
Casey Bishop – “She Talks To Angels” by The Black Crowes
Cassandra Coleman – “Running With Wolves” by Aurora
Chayce Beckham – “You Should Probably Leave” by Chris Stapleton
Colin Jamieson – “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down” by Fall Out Boy
Deshawn Goncalves – “Over The Rainbow” by Judy Garland
Grace Kinstler – “Father” by Demi Lovato
Graham DeFranco – “Beautiful War” by Kings Of Leon
Hannah Everhart – “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus
Hunter Metts – “July” by Noah Cyrus
Jason Warrior – “Believer” by Imagine Dragons
Liahona Olayan – “Me Too” by Meghan Trainor
Madison Watkins – “Man’s World” by James Brown
Mary Jo Young – “Us” by James Bay
Willie Spence – “I Was Here” by Beyoncé
Wyatt Pike – “Blame It On Me” by George Ezra
American Idol airs Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.