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Dillon James was a contestant in Season 18 of American Idol.

Audition Edit

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 Edit

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 Edit

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 Edit

Top 20 Edit

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

Top 11 Edit

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

Top 7 Edit

Dillon sang "Our Town" by James Taylor from the film Cars and "Hang On, Hang On" by Amos Lee.

Season 18 Finale Edit

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.

Performances Edit

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

"Gunsmoke"

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

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

Trivia Edit

  • Dillon was at one point a drug and alcohol addict and was even homeless.

Gallery Edit

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