There is no official press release from ABC regarding this week’s American Idol Top 5 episode, but @IdolSpoilers posted that this week’s theme will be Elton John and Bobby Bones Choice.
American Idol Season 17 Top 5 Themes are Elton John and Bobby Bones’ Choice, rather than Free Choice. Additionally, for what it is worth, our sources claim the Bobby Bones round will arguably produce the moment of the season, but not without controversy.
Not sure what “moment of the season, but not without controversy” means. Maybe Bobby allows Alejandro Aranda to sing whatever original he feels like performing. I don’t know! It was a little odd last week when he performed his original “Poison” for a theme–Inspirational Showstoppers–that seemed geared toward well-known covers. The rest of the Top 5 includes Laine Hardy, Wade Cota, Madison VanDenburg and Laci Kay Booth
The only controversy I can see is that Elton John Night is happening the week after Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon was eliminated. Elton heaped praise on Jeremiah after the singer’s performance of “We All Fall In Love.” Jeremiah shone when he sang while accompanying himself on piano.
The official presser is forthcoming. I’ll update this post with additional details. UPDATE: Here it is. The contestants will perform 3 songs. One a Mother’s day themed tune.
In this episode, each contestant will perform three songs: a pick from in-house mentor, Bobby Bones; a song dedicated to their heroes in honor of Mother’s Day; and a selection from Elton John’s world-renowned catalog. To help prepare for this week’s theme, contestants will be the first to watch the highly anticipated feature film “Rocketman,” an epic musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. The jam-packed Idol episode airs SUNDAY, MAY 12 (8:00–10:01 p.m. EDT/5:00-7:01 p.m. PDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.
After making history last season as the first reality competition series on American television to allow viewers to watch and vote from coast to coast simultaneously, “American Idol” continues its simulcast once again in all time zones across the country. For this episode, viewers will be able to vote by text, via AmericanIdol.com/vote and on the “American Idol” app during the show. Results will be revealed at the end of the show in real time, across all time zones. The episode will be rebroadcast during its normal time slot on Sunday at 8:00-10:01 p.m. PDT on the West Coast.
Helping to determine the next singing sensation are music industry legends and all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy® Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest hosts the beloved series, and famed multimedia personality Bobby Bones acts as in-house mentor.