American Idol Season 18 – Meet the Top 21!
A few of the “joke” contestants were also included, such as Lou Dawg, the guy who didn’t recognize the judges, Sardines girl Eliza Catastrophe, patent leather booted subway singer Gilberto Rivera, and emo guy, Hunter Gibson. Fans also got updates on hillbilly singer Zack Dobbins and Alabama garbage man, Doug Kiker who GOT NEW TEETH Y’ALL.
These poor kids. They ended up on the wrong season of American Idol. In a parallel universe, where a coronavirus pandemic didn’t halt Hollywood production, the Top 21 would have stayed in Los Angeles after arriving in March to continued the competition. Live Coast to Coast was originally scheduled to start this week with the Top 10. But crap happens. It’s terrible, but as long as everyone stays safe, it’s not a tragedy.
Anyway! Each segment featured a look at the contestants “Idol journey” so far, with commentary from family members. It’s a thing producers would have normally done during the competition. The show shot the footage. They used it! Unfortunately, there were only three unaired performances. I was hoping for maybe full, uninterrupted songs from at least a few favorites. But, alas.
Highlights from American Idol 18 This Is Me Part 1
Watch Lauren Spencer-Smith’s unaired audition performance, “Always Remember Us This Way” by Lady Gaga, which she performed in front of judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan.
Katy Perry kept hounding Sophia Wackerman to change her name. And finally she did! But she’s not using her mom’s stagename Star, as Katy suggested. Her new stage name is Sophia James, after her beloved brother. She explains why here.
Watch Olivia Ximines UNSEEN Hollywood Week Genre challenge performance, where she sang Adele’s “All I Ask for the judges.
Franklin Boone’s clip features TWO unseen performances! He sang an original song at Katy’s request after performing Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams.” At Hollywood Week Genre Challenge he sang John Mayer’s “I Don’t Trust Myself (with loving you). Watch both performances.
Julia Gargano checks in from home to gush over Brandi Carlile, who complimented her Hollywood Week performance of “The Joke.” Earlier in the clip, she worries with mentor Bobby Bones over tackling a cover.
Doug Kiker shows off his new teeth! The Alabama garbage man check in from home, and he cannot stop smiling. American Idol changed his life, he says.
The episode concluded with a segment featuring the Americana singer from Nepal, Arthur Gunn. I think the producers really, really like him. In this clip, viewers meet his parents.
American Idol Will Finish the Season with Streaming “At Home” Competition
After “This is Me” concludes on April 19, the competition picks up again. On April 26, a “Top 20 Sing” episode airs, followed by two “Live Coast to Coast Feed” shows on May 3 and 10. The finale airs on May 17.
All the remaining new shows will be streamed from the judges, cast and competitors’ homes to keep within coronavirus mitigation guidelines. Earlier this week, Ryan Seacrest and Luke Bryan spoke about what the “at home” episodes might look like. Check it out HERE. See the current American Idol season 18 schedule HERE.