“American Idol” changed up its format Sunday night as each contender got the chance to perform twice.
The seven contestants in the competition each performed a Coldplay number and then dedicated a second song to their mothers or other special figures in their lives.
And now, the competition is officially down to the top five.
Here’s a breakdown of who made it through, drawing one step closer to the season finale on May 23.
After showing off different styles the past few weeks on “American Idol,” Casey Bishop returned to her rock roots Sunday night. The 16-year-old singer from Florida — one of the youngest singers in the entire competition this season — performed Coldplay’s “Paradise” and Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic.”
“I’ve never heard you hit a bad note this whole competition,” “Idol” judge Luke Bryan said after the teenager’s performance of “Paradise,” adding that he believed the performance was a glimpse into her future in the music industry.
Katy Perry praised Bishop’s energy and stage presence — especially at such a relatively young age — and told her to bring that back to the stage for every performance.
“Way to be possessed by personality,” she said after Bishop performed “Ironic.” “That is what is going to take you to higher heights.”
Perrry predicted that Chayce Beckham could be a top five contestant from the start. And now, that prediction has come true.
The 24-year-old singer from Apple Valley, California, performed Coldplay’s “Magic” and drew praise and emotion from the judges after performing his original song “Mamma,” dedicated to his own mom.
“You have me crying on your own song,” “Idol” judge Lionel Richie said. “As a songwriter, I’m going to tell you, put that song out now. That’s a smash record.”
Willie Spence’s rendition of Coldplay’s “Yellow” was so powerful that Richie called it a “religious experience.”
The 21-year-old singer from Georgia also performed the Joe Cocker classic “You Are So Beautiful,” and drew praise for the emotion he has continually poured into the competition.
“I will cherish forever the times I’ve gotten to watch you perform like 20 feet away from me,” Bryan said. “I will always cherish this time getting to watch you sing. ... It’s a special thing, week after week, and I don’t want it to end.”
Although Caleb Kennedy is one of the younger singers in the “Idol” competition, he has made it clear that he knows who he is an artist. That continued Sunday with a performance of his original song “Mama Said.”
“You, my friend, are a true anomaly, to be 15 years old, to be able to write songs like that.” Bryan told the teenager from South Carolina. “It’s amazing.”
Kennedy also put a country/rock spin on Coldplay’s “Violet Hill.”
“I’ve never had a Coldplay song scare me,” Perry joked. “It scared me in a good way, because it was that good.”
Grace Kinstler, a powerhouse vocalist from the Berklee College of Music, showed more vulnerability Sunday night with performances of Coldplay’s “Fix You” and Adele’s “When We Were Young.”
“Always remember when you’re vulnerable and you show yourself, your vulnerability is your strength and people resonate with that,” Perry said after the 20-year-old singer from Chicago performed “Fix You.” “I think you finally arrived with that song.”
Note: Based on viewer votes, Hunter Metts and Arthur Gunn were eliminated from the “Idol” competition.