So far, at least three Utahns are still in the running on “American Idol.”
On Sunday night’s episode, singers Liahona Olayan, Wyatt Pike and Lizzy O’Very all survived the first round of Hollywood Week. For this round, “Idol” contestants had to choose and perform a song that fell under one of six genres: indie-folk, pop, rock, R&B, soul and country.
Throughout the two-hour episode, “Idol” judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie compared the singers in each category and made cuts. Tonight, the singers who made it through will compete in the second part of Hollywood Week.
Tonight’s round will have all of the show’s remaining contestants pairing up for duets. After each duet, the judges can choose to send one or both or none of the singers through to the next round.
Ahead of tonight’s episode, here’s a breakdown of the Utah singers who are still in the running.
Liahona Olayan and her brother, Ammon, got to audition for “American Idol” together. But for Hollywood Week, the siblings were on their own.
“Going on the stage without my brother this time is going to be a little nerve-wracking,” Liahona Olayan said in a clip that aired before her performance. “But this is a solo competition, and I do have to do this on my own.”
Sunday night’s episode kicked off with performances from the Olayans. The siblings both competed in the pop category — the genre with the most singers. Liahona Olayan chose to perform Meghan Trainor’s “No Excuses” while Ammon Olayan performed Shawn Mendes’ “Lost in Japan.”
Although Ammon Olayan joked he should be the next “American Idol” so he could beat his sister “and make sure she stays humble,” it was Liahona Olayan who ended up making it through to the next round.
Liahona Olayan was visibly emotional after her brother’s elimination. She previously told the Deseret News it was her older brother who got her into music in the first place.
“He’s just helped me a lot, so it’s going to be hard to go on without him,” she said during Sunday night’s “Idol” episode.
One of the more unique categories in the competition, the indie-folk genre had two Utah singers directly competing against each other: Wyatt Pike and Lizzy O’Very.
Pike chose to perform his own rendition of Rihanna’s “Stay.”
“I hope they’ve never heard a version like this before,” the 20-year-old singer from Park City said in a clip that aired before his performance.
Meanwhile Lizzy O’Very, a 20-year-old singer from Ephraim, chose to play the accordion and perform Ellie Goulding’s “Lights.” Lizzy O’Very’s husband, Grayson O’Very, also competed in Hollywood Week but did not end up advancing after his performance, which “Idol” did not air.
After her performance, Lizzy O’Very was emotional, admitting she was a little “shaky” and that the performance wasn’t her best.
In the end, though, both Pike and Lizzy O’Very ended up making it through to the next round.
“I cannot begin to describe all the crazy emotions I’m feeling right now,” O’Very posted on her Facebook music page. “I’m so grateful for the support!!! ... I want to give a special shoutout to my husband @graysonovery for being the one to push me forward even when I wanted so badly so go home! I love you my dear.”
“American Idol” didn’t show a performance from Springville native Abby LeBaron Sunday night, but the 19-year-old singer posted on Facebook that she did make it to the next round.
“My genre challenge song wasn’t aired, but don’t worry — I went through to the next round! I sang ‘Rivers and Roads’ by The Head and The Heart. I’ll post a cover soon since it wasn’t shown,” LeBaron posted on Facebook. “Thanks so much for all the love and sweet comments/DMs! They don’t go unnoticed!”
On Monday morning, an “American Idol” representative told the Deseret News that LeBaron will not be featured during Monday night’s episode, so LeBaron’s status on “Idol” going forward is unclear.
Olayan, Pike and O’Very, meanwhile, will all be featured during Monday’s episode. The episode airs at 7 p.m. MT on ABC.
Once Hollywood Week concludes Monday night, the next round of “Idol” will air March 28 and 29.