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Dillon James Galanski (born April 27, 1993),[1] known professionally as Dillon James,[2] was a contestant in Season 18 of American Idol.


Dillon auditioned in Los Angeles. He sang "Make You Feel My Love" by Bob Dylan. All three judges voted "yes", sending him to the next round.

Hollywood Round[]

Dillon was shown in the "Singer-Songwriter" category of the Genre Challenge, alongside Sofia Schuster, Adam Curry, Francisco Martin, and Jonny West. He sang "Vienna" by Billy Joel. Afterwards, the judges told him he advanced. Later, he was shown in a duet with Evan Kuriga called "Dudettes" singing "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon. Both members of the duet advanced. For his final Solo performance, he sang an original song. He was later placed in the same deliberation room as Shannon Gibbons, Jeb Vonderbruegge, Jovin Webb, Nick Merico, Just Sam, Robert Taylor, Geena, Bilaal Avaz, Aliana Jester, Demi Rae, and Louis Knight, where the judges revealed that everyone in the room had advanced.

Hawaii Round[]

Dillon sang "The Times They Are a Changin'" by Bob Dylan. Afterwards, the judges told him that he did enough to become a Top 20 finalist.

This Is Me[]

Top 20[]

Dillon sang "Let It Be Me" by Ray LaMontagne. He received enough votes to become a Top 11 finalist.

Top 11[]

Dillon sang "Yesterday" by The Beatles. He received enough votes to become a Top 7 finalist.

Top 7[]

Dillon sang "Our Town" by James Taylor from the film Cars and "Hang On, Hang On" by Amos Lee. He received enough votes to become a Top 5 finalist and in the finale.

Season 18 Finale[]

Dillon sang "Change the World" by Eric Clapton and "The Times They Are A-Changin'" by Bob Dylan. He did not receive enough votes to place in the Top 2 in the voting, eliminating him from the competition. This effectively tied him for third place alongside Francisco Martin and Jonny West.


Round Song Choice Original Artist Theme (if any) Result
Auditions "Make You Feel My Love"


Bob Dylan

Dillon James

None Safe
Hollywood Week "Vienna" Billy Joel Hollywood Round 1 Safe
Hollywood Week "Use Somebody" Kings of Leon Hollywood Round 2 Safe
Hollywood Week Original Song Dillon James Hollywood Round 3 Safe
Hawaii Round "The Times They Are a Changin'" Bob Dylan Showcase Round Advanced
Top 20 "Let It Be Me" Ray LaMontagne None Advanced
Top 11 "Yesterday" The Beatles Homeward Bound Advanced
Top 7 "Our Town"

"Hang On, Hang On"

James Taylor

Amos Lee

Disney Night

Mother's Day

Top 5 "Change the World"
"The Times They Are A-Changin'"
Eric Clapton
Bob Dylan
Grand Finale Eliminated


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