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Who will make the ‘American Idol’ top 9?

‘American Idol’ is whittling the competition down to single digits

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Judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan on the set of “American Idol.” On Sunday night, “American Idol” will reveal the top 9 singers.


American Idol” is whittling the competition down to single digits.

By the end of Sunday night’s episode, only nine singers will remain in the running. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect.

Who has a shot at the ‘American Idol’ top nine?

  • On Sunday, the top 12 singers on “American Idol” will compete for a spot in the top nine.
  • Sunday’s episode will honor the Academy Awards, which airs on April 25. The top 12 singers will perform Oscar-nominated songs, and viewers will have a chance to vote for their favorite singers in real-time, “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest said last week.

The Deseret News reported that the following singers have a shot at the top nine:

  • Alyssa Wray
  • Ava August
  • Beane
  • Caleb Kennedy
  • Casey Bishop
  • Cassandra Coleman
  • Chayce Beckham
  • Deshawn Goncalves
  • Grace Kinstler
  • Hunter Metts
  • Madison Watkins
  • Willie Spence

How do you vote for the ‘American Idol’ top nine?

  • “American Idol” provides three ways to vote: online at idolvote.abc.com; through the “American Idol” apps that can be downloaded via the App Store or Google Play Store; and texting a contestant’s corresponding number — given during the episode — to “21523,” the Deseret News previously reported.
  • Voting typically takes place overnight, but Sunday night’s episode is live and voting will take place in real-time, with the results being revealed by the end of the episode.
  • Sunday night’s episode airs at 6 p.m. MT on ABC.

What happens after the ‘American Idol’ top nine reveal?

On April 16, “American Idol” will air a special episode called “The Comeback.”

The episode will feature 10 finalists from this past season of “American Idol” — finalists who didn’t have a chance to perform on the “Idol” stage due to the pandemic, Parade reported.

Viewers will have the chance to vote for these contestants, and one of them will be added to the current “Idol” competition to form the top 10.

On Friday, “Idol” announced that artists Lauren Daigle and Harry Connick Jr. would also be making special appearances during the “Comeback” episode.