American Idol 2023: Top 26 Contestant Photo Gallery Night 1 and 2

(ABC/Eric McCandless) MICKEY MOUSE, LUKE BRYAN, KATY PERRY, RYAN SEACREST, LIONEL RICHIE, MINNIE MOUSE

The American Idol Top 26 will sing for your votes on Sunday April 16 and Monday April 17 on ABC at 8 pm ET/PT.

The show filmed the round at the Disney Aulani Resort & Spa in Hawaii. The singers split into two groups. Thirteen contestants sang on each night and featured Celebrity mentors. Allen Stone on night 1 (Sunday), and Noah Cyrus on night 2.

The Season 21 Top 26 filmed in Hawaii in January, shortly before American Idol premiered on February 19. Spoilers came soon after, with eyewitnesses in Hawaii reporting the details.

Reported song choices are still technically Spoilers, but no reason to keep them secret at this point. But because Idol has not officially confirmed them, I won’t post them here. Click this link below to find out what each of the Top 26 (a few are missing) sang on stage, and feel free to discuss here!

American Idol 2023 Spoilers: Top 26 Celebrity Mentors, Song Picks

Additionally, American Idol uploaded photos of Paige Anne, confirming that she DID make the Top 26. At the end of the Showstopper round, fans were left believing that she went home after losing a head to head sing-off with Megan Danielle. But after a contestant mysteriously left the competition after advancing to the Top 26, Paige is officially in.

America will vote Sunday and Monday night. On Sunday April 23, the Top 20 will be revealed. That episode films ahead on April 19. Click this link for studio ticket details.

AMERICAN IDOL TOP 26 PART 1 (Sunday April 16)

Allen Stone is a singer-songwriter’s whose songs have become singing show staples, in particular the 2011 song “Unaware.” Last year, Allen competed on the American Song Contest on NBC representing his home state, Washington.

(ABC/Eric McCandless) ALLEN STONE
(ABC/Eric McCandless) ELISE KRISTINE
(ABC/Eric McCandless) EMMA BUSSE
(ABC/Eric McCandless) HAVEN MADISON
(ABC/Eric McCandless) IAM TONGI
(ABC/Eric McCandless) KAEYRA
(ABC/Eric McCandless) LUCY LOVE
(ABC/Eric McCandless) MARIAH FAITH
(ABC/Eric McCandless) MATT WILSON
(ABC/Eric McCandless) NAILYAH SERENITY
(ABC/Eric McCandless) OLIVER STEELE
(ABC/Eric McCandless) PJAE
(ABC/Eric McCandless) WARREN PEAY
(ABC/Eric McCandless) ZACHARIAH SMITH

AMERICAN IDOL TOP 26 PART 2 (Monday April 17)

Noah Cyrus is Miley’s younger sister. Noah’s most recent single, “Snow in LA” came out last fall. In 2021, her live performance of “This is Us” with Jimmie Allen was nominated for a CMT Award. Paige Anne is rumored to be singing big sister Miley’s “Wrecking Ball.” That will be an interesting mentoring session.

Noah Cyrus
(ABC/Eric McCandless) COLIN STOUGH
(ABC/Eric McCandless) DAWSON WAYNE
(ABC/Eric McCandless) ELIJAH MCCORMICK
(ABC/Eric McCandless) HANNAH NICOLAISEN
(ABC/Eric McCandless) MALIK HEARD
(ABC/Eric McCandless) MARYBETH BYRD
(ABC/Eric McCandless) MEGAN DANIELLE
(ABC/Eric McCandless) MICHAEL WILLIAMS
(ABC/Eric McCandless) NUTSA
(ABC/Eric McCandless) OLIVIA SOLI
(ABC/Eric McCandless) PAIGE ANNE
(ABC/Eric McCandless) TYSON VENEGAS
(ABC/Eric McCandless WÉ ANI

History of American Idol in Hawaii

American Idol began the Aulani tradition in 2019 for season 17–season 2 on ABC. That year, the entire Top 40 travelled to the island resort to sing for the judges and a crack at the Top 20.

The Top 40 Showcase round once again took place the following year, in 2020, filmed in December before the COVID-19 pandemic shut productions down. The remaining episodes were shot virtually. With the pandemic ongoing in 2021, producers auditions went virtual, while studio filming and the live shows stayed in California.

For season 20 in 2022, American Idol once again took the show on the road, filming the Top 24 round in Hawaii. Ditto the current season.

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