Season 16 Audition
Alyssa auditioned in Los Angeles. She sang "Almost Is Never Enough" by Ariana Grande, ft. Nathan Sykes. All three judges voted "yes", sending her to the next round.
Season 16 Hollywood Round
Alyssa was shown singing "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler in the first televised Group of Ten with Trevor McBane, Layla Spring and Caleb Lee Hutchinson. She advanced and was later shown in a group called "TACO" along with Catie Turner, Kyah Robinson and Victoria McQueen singing "La La La" by Sam Smith. She advanced along with Catie and Victoria. Though she was not shown during the Solo Rounds, she advanced to the Top 50. At the Final Judgment, it was revealed that she did enough to make it to the Top 24.
Alyssa was shown in Group 2. She sang "Stay" by Rihanna, ft. Mikky Ekko and "Yellow" by Coldplay in a duet with Banners. She was eliminated at this stage of the competition.
Season 17 Audition
Season 17 Hollywood Round
Alyssa was shown in the third part of Hollywood Week, singing "What About Us" by P!nk for her final solo performance. She was placed in the third deliberation room, along with Tyler Mitchell, Wade Cota, Dimitrius Graham, Bumbly, Kason Lester, Eddie Island, Shawn Robinson and Myra Tran. It was revealed that everyone in the room advanced.
Alyssa sang "Dear Future Husband" by Meghan Trainor. The judges felt she was good enough to become a semifinalist.
Alyssa sang "Ain't It Fun" by Paramore and "Issues" by Julia Michaels in a duet with Michaels. Afterwards, the judges told her she did enough to become a Top 14 finalist.
Alyssa sang "She Used to Be Mine" by Sara Bareilles during the Live Show. Next, she sang "The One That Got Away" by Katy Perry during the Results Show. She did not make the Top 7 in the voting, but was saved by Katy Perry, making her a Top 10 finalist.
Alyssa sang "Colors of the Wind" by Vanessa Williams from Pocahontas. She received enough votes to be considered "safe" for another week.
Alyssa sang "Somebody to Love" by Queen and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" from Guardians of the Galaxy in a duet with Wade Cota. She, along with Walker Burroughs, received the lowest number of votes for that week, and the judges chose not to use their save, eliminating her from the competition.
Performances in American Idol
|Round||Song Choice||Original Artist||Theme (if any)||Result|
|Auditions||"Shark in the Water"||V.V. Brown||None||Safe|
|Hollywood Week||N/A||Justin Bieber||Hollywood Round 1||Safe|
|Hollywood Week (untelevised)||N/A||N.A||Hollywood Round 2||Safe|
|Hollywood Week||"What About Us"||P!nk||Hollywood Round 3||Safe|
|Final Showcase||"Dear Future Husband"||Meghan Trainor||None||Safe|
|Top 20||"Ain't It Fun"
"Issues" (with Julia Michaels)
|Top 14||"She Used to Be Mine"
"The One That Got Away"
|None||Bottom 7 (saved by Katy Perry)|
|Top 10||"Colors of the Wind"||Vanessa Williams||Disney Night||Safe|
- Alyssa and Kay Kay are the first semifinalist contestants to audition in another year.
- Alyssa is the first person in American Idol history to become a semifinalist twice in two separate years, as well as the only person to be a semifinalist in one year and a finalist in another.
- The judges gave her the nickname, "The Sauce".
|Maddie Poppe ·Caleb Lee Hutchinson ·Gabby Barrett ·Cade Foehner ·Michael J. Woodard ·Jurnee ·Catie Turner ·Dennis Lorenzo ·Michelle Sussett ·Ada Vox ·Jonny Brenns ·Marcio Donaldson ·Garrett Jacobs ·Mara Justine|
|Ron Bultongez ·Amelia Hammer Harris ·Shannon O'Hara ·Effie Passero ·Alyssa Raghu ·Brandon Diaz ·Dominique ·Kay Kay ·Trevor McBane ·Layla Spring|
|Laine Hardy ·Alejandro Aranda ·Madison Vandenburg ·Laci Kaye Booth ·Wade Cota ·Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon ·Walker Burroughs ·Alyssa Raghu ·Dimitrius Graham ·Uché ·Evelyn Cormier ·Ashley Hess ·Eddie Island ·Riley Thompson|
|Ryan Hammond ·Logan Johnson ·Raquel Trinidad ·Kate Barnette ·Bumbly ·Shawn Robinson|