American Idol 2023 Spoilers: Top 26 Season 21 Contestant List
The American Idol season 21 Top 26 are performing at the Disney Aulani Resort in Hawaii on Feb 12 and 13 in an outdoor concert in front of the judges, Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. The semi-finalists will perform songs on the beach in front of an audience.
As usual, TheIdolPad.com (@IdolSpoilers) have spoiled the semi-finalists. And just remember, at this point this list is RUMORS. There could be mistakes on the list. But probably not, as TIP has a long and excellent track record.
Two celebrity artists will mentor the American Idol 2023 Top 26
We reported earlier that OnCameraAudiences.com, the outfit that seats American Idol studio audiences, advertised a Top 26 when promoting the semi-finalist tapings taking place this week. TIP has confirmed that yes indeed, there are 26 semi-finalists this season up from the typical Top 24.
Also, American Idol will bring back celebrity mentors, who are reportedly Allen Stone and Noah Cyrus.
American Idol celebrates its 21st Season
Over the fall, American Idol judges auditioned hopefuls in Las Vegas first, which accounts for this year’s “sing city” theme. Next, the gang travelled to New Orleans and then wrapped it all up in Nashville.
The Hollywood Round took place in December, ending with a Top 55 performing a Showstopper Round live in front of an audience and the judges at the Los Angeles Theater for a spot in the semi-finals.
For more information on the Top 26, check out our massive guide to the Top 55 contestants who performed in the Showcase Round:
American Idol 2023 Top 55 Contestants Guide (Videos, Photos)
Plus, more on the Season 21 American Idol contestants:
American Idol 2023 Spoilers Showcase Round Contestant and SONG List
American Idol 2023 Spoilers: 12 Competition Vets Who Make It Far
All three artists who competed for the Platinum Ticket during the AMAs made the top 24. There are also FIVE The Voice and one America’s Got Talent alum on the list, but no American Idol returners.
UPDATED WITH Most Song Selections. The singers will perform in front of the judges and an audience Sunday and Monday nights.
UPDATED: Kenley Brown is not in the Top 26, but Hannah Nicolaisen and Paige Anne did.
American Idol 2023 Top 26 Females with Song Choices
- Elise Kristine – Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler – Instagram: Tik Tok: “This Love” Cover:
- Emma Busse – Lay Me Down by Sam Smith – Instagram: Tik Tok: “Andromeda” cover:
- Hannah Nicolaisen – Instagram: Tik Tok: Original Song:
- Haven Madison (Vyed for Platinum ticket) – The Middle by Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey – Instagram: Tik Tok: “Still Need You”:
- Kaeyra (AGT 13 went by Caroline Baran) – Don’t Let Go (Love) by En Vogue – Instagram
- Lucy Love – What’s Love Got to Do with It by Tina Turner – Instagram: Tik Tok: “Misunderstood” (Nina Simone Cover): American Idol promo:
- Mariah Faith – You Should Probably Leave by Chris Stapleton – Instagram: Tik Tok: “Where Rainbows Never Die” Cover:
- Marybeth Byrd (The Voice 17) – Heart Like a Truck by Lainey Wilson – Instagram: Tik Tok: “Jolene” Cover:
- Megan Danielle (The Voice 18) – The Chain by Fleetwood Mac – Instagram: Tik Tok: “Rebel Heart” (Lauren Daigle Cover):
- Nailyah Serenity – Lovin You by Minnie Riperton – Instagram: Tik Tok: “Unloyal” (Summer Walker Remix):
- Nutsa Buzaladze – Paris (Ooh La La) by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – Instagram: Tik Tok: “Feeling Good”:
- Olivia Soli – Emotions by Mariah Carey – Instagram: Tik Tok: “Stone Cold” (Demi Lovato Cover):
- Paige Anne – Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus – Instagram – Website – EP – Original song “Missle”
- Wé McDonald (The Voice 11) – Edge of Seventeen by Stevie Nicks – Instagram: Tik Tok: “Lift Me Up” Cover:
American Idol 2023 Top 26 Males with Song Choices
- Colin Stough – Instagram: Tik Tok: “Wild Palomino” Original:
- Dawson Wayne – Copycat by Billie Eilish – Instagram: Tik Tok: “The Night We Met” Cover:
- Elijah McCormick (Platinum Ticket Holder) – Good Vibes by Chris Janson – Instagram: Tik Tok: Article: “Ordinary People” Cover:
- Malik Heard (The Voice season 10) – Ain’t it Fun? by Paramore – Instagram: Tik Tok: “Riot” Cover:
- Matt Wilson (Vyed for Platinum Ticket) – Speechless by Dan + Shay – Instagram: Tik Tok: “Glory” Cover:
- Michael Williams (The Voice 18) – Tuesdays by Jake Scott – Instagram: Tik Tok: “Biblical” (Calum Scott Cover):
- Oliver Steele – Better Together by Jack Johnson – Instagram: Tik Tok: Better Together/Full House Theme Medley:
- Pjae – Golden by Jill Scott – Instagram: Tik Tok: “Know That You Are Loved” (Cover):
- Tyson Venegas – It Will Rain by Bruno Mars – Instagram: Tik Tok: “A Song For You” Cover:
- Warren Peay – Set Fire to the Rain by Adele – Instagram: Tik Tok: “I Got You” Cover:
- William Guy Tongi – Don’t Let Go by SpawnBreezie – Instagram: Tik Tok: Interview
- Zachariah Smith – Lucille by Little Richard – Instagram: Tik Tok: “Tennessee Whiskey” Cover:
American Idol season 21 premieres on ABC Sunday February 19 at 8 pm ET.