American Idol 18 Top 20 Twist: Vote for Grace Leer or Lauren Mascitti

American Idol 18 Top 20 - Grace Leer Lauren Mascitti
(l-r) Grace Leer, Lauren Mascitti

American Idol Drops New Top 20 Voting Twist

American Idol concluded their Top 40 Hawaiian Showcase round with a big twist. The show ended with a Top 21. But not for long! Fans can vote for either Grace Leer or Lauren Mascitti. The winner of the faceoff will nab the last spot in the season 18 Top 20.American Idol 2020 Spoilers – Top 20 (21) Contestant List

This week, host Ryan Seacrest teased THE BIGGEST TWIST IN American Idol history. I have to admit he kinda got me. Fans who follow American Idol spoilers knew the Top 20 list actually contained 21 names. However, the spoilers at @IdolSpoilers weren’t able to confirm a Top 21. Additionally, in last week’s teaser, country singers Grace Leer and Lauren Mascitti were shown walking away from Final Judgement hand in hand, all shocked and stuff.

Vote Either Grace Leer or Lauren Mascitti into the American Idol Top 20

So I speculated that the twist involved Grace and Lauren facing the judges, Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, together, believing that only one would advance. But instead, the judges would reveal that BOTH go through, expanding the semi-finalists to a Top 21.  I guessed correctly!. BUT THERE WAS MORE. Idol producers have been teasing all season that fans would be able to vote for their favorites earlier than ever this season. Yes, Lauren and Grace both advanced to a Top 21. But neither singer can get too comfy. Fans can vote NOW for either Lauren Mascitti or Grace Leer to take the 2oth spot. Voting closes Tuesday April 7 at 9 am ET. SO CLICK TO VOTE NOW. Or vote via the American Idol phone app. 

Both are country singers. But for her Top 40 performance, Grace decided to show off her soulful side with an R&B rendition of Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin. The singer has a history with Idol. She competed on American Juniors back in 2003. Lauren is engaged to a well-known Nashville songwriter. She impressed the judges with an original song at her audition. For the showcase, she covered the Emmylou Harris classic, Two More Bottles of Wine. Check out our American Idol Top 40 Showcase/Final Judgement Part 2 Recap to watch both performances. 

American Idol 2020 Season Still Up in the Air

While fans vote for the first time this season, the results of that vote are up in the air.  American Idol did not tape the semifinal episodes before coronavirus concerns halted film and TV production across the country. Clip shows are scheduled for the next two Sundays. However, Ryan told TMZ that Idol producers are exploring technologies that would allow the network to finish the season while abiding by coronavirus safety guidelines.

Stay tuned for details on when ABC will air the rest of the season.


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