American Idol landed in Hawaii over the weekend. Judge Lionel Richie performed a concert Friday night (Jan 25), and then it was right to work with his fellow coaches, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan!. As previously reported, the American Idol 2019 Showcase Round is taking place at the Disney Aulani Resort and Spa in Honolulu.
— American Idol (@AmericanIdol) January 28, 2019
It’s all going down now! And as in previous season, the Idol Pad insiders are spoiling contestant names. So far, there are 36 contestants rumored to have made the showcase round. I suspect the list will be longer? So watch this space for updates.
There are a couple of notable returnees, including Alyssa Ragu and Laine Hardy. Laine was a surprise boot at the Top 50 last season. I am not at all surprised the show brought him back. He just needed a bit more experience. Actually, Alyssa’s dismissal was a real head scratcher as well. Hopefully they’ll both go farther in the competition this year.
UPDATE: Apparently, there are 40 Showcase contestants. We’re missing four. Also, TIP has added the song choices for most of the contestants. As always, there will be updates.
- Alyssa Raghunandan – American Idol 16 Top 24 – Dear Future Husband by Meghan Trainor
- Ashley Hess – Feel A Way by H.E.R.
- Assata Renay – TBD
- Cristina Contreras – The Four: Battle For Stardom Season 2 Holding Room – Baby by Clean Bandit, Marina & Luis Fonsi
- Dakota Cohen – Ain’t No Other Man by Christina Aguilera
- Emma Kleinberg – Is This Love? by Bob Marley And The Wailers
- Evelyn Cormier – No Roots by Alice Merton
- Idalis Monzon – The X-Factor U.S.A. Season 3 Top 200 – Mi Tierra” by Gloria Estefan
- Johanna Jones – American Idol 15 Hollywood Week
- Kalifa Wilson – Wild Things by Alessia Cara
- Kate Barnette – TBD
- Laci Booth – TBD
- Madison VanDenburg – Who’s Lovin’ You by The Miracles
- Margie Mays – All About That Bass by Meghan Trainor
- Mica Giaconi – This Love by Maroon 5
- Myra Tran Minh Nhu – The X-Factor Vietnam Season 2 Winner – How Far I’ll Go from Disney’s ‘Moana’ by Auli?i Cravalho/Alessia Cara/herself (Vietnamese soundtrack)
- Payton Taylor – American Idol 16 Hollywood Week – Black Horse And The Cherry Tree by K.T. Tunstall
- Raquel Trinidad – Rich Girl by Hall And Oates
- Riley Thompson – Real Country Season 1 Top 21 – Mama’s Broken Heart by Miranda Lambert
- Shevonne Philidor – America’s Got Talent Season 6 Top 61 & AI15 Top 51 – You’ve Got A Friend In Me by Randy Newman
- Alejandro Aranda – TBD
- Cameron Goode – Nobody’s Perfect by Jessie J.
- Clay Page – Fishin’ In The Dark by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
- Demetrius Graham – TBD
- Drake McCain – Girls Like You by Maroon 5
- Eddie Island – TBD
- Jeremiah Harmon – Landslide by Fleetwood Mac
- Kason Lester – Wanted Dead Or Alive by Bon Jovi
- Laine Hardy – American Idol 16 Top 50 – Come Together by The Beatles
- Logan Johnson – TBD
- Nate Walker – TBD
- Nick Townsend – The Voice Seasons 12 & 13 Blind Auditions – Hold Back the River by James Bay
- Ryan Hammond – A Song For You by Leon Russell
- Shawn Robinson – Rock With You by Michael Jackson
- Shelton Taylor – Earned It by The Weekend
- Uché Ndubizu – Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry
- Wade Cota – Work Song by Hozier
- Walker Burroughs – Youngblood by 5 Seconds Of Summer