Season 17 of American Idol premiered on ABC on Sunday March 3, 2019 and ended on May 19, 2019. It is the show's second season to air on ABC.

Ryan Seacrest returned as the host, Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan returned as judges, and Bobby Bones returned as the in house-mentor. Bones even subbed for Ryan Seacrest as host for one episode.

This season was won by 18-year-old Louisiana singer Laine Hardy.

Auditions[edit | edit source]

Main article: Season 17 Auditions

Twenty cities were visited by the Idol bus beginning with Orlando, Florida and San Diego, California on August 25, 2018. Auditions could also be submitted via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and

Auditions aired from March 3rd 2019 to March 18th 2019.

Audition Cities[edit | edit source]

The following cities held auditions for Season 17, dates of the auditions are also shown.

Regional Auditions[edit | edit source]

During the live broadcast of the 2018 Country Music Awards, three contestants didn't enter the competition and didn’t audition initially, were given a chance to enter the competition. The contestants were Cameron Lenz, Natalee Spiroff, and Meghan Woods. The winner of that vote was revealed to be Meghan Woods on Good Morning America on November 16, 2018. However, Meghan Woods wasn't shown in any episode.

Hollywood Week[edit | edit source]

During Hollywood Week, the contestants must perform in front of the judges in hopes of advancing to the next round. These rounds consist of numerous cuts while the contestants perform in solos and in groups. Only the best contestants will advance.

Hollywood Week aired on March 24 and 25, 2019. Like years prior, the first round consisted of the contestants lining up into groups of ten and each singing one at a time followed by a cut. The contestants who survived the cut would then participate in a group round where three to five contestants must choreograph a performance overnight followed by another cut. Then the remaining contestants perform one last time in front of the judges. At the end of the day, the contestants are placed into three deliberation rooms, two of the room advanced, and one was eliminated.

Forty contestants remained, and won the privilege to travel to Aulani Resort and Spa in Hawaii and perform in front of a crowd. Following this showcase round, the judges announce which twenty contestants would advance to the semifinals.

Judgement Round[edit | edit source]

The first judgement round of Hollywood was known as "Lines of Ten". Numerous groups of contestants lined up in sets of ten to perform a song individually. After a line performed, the judges chose the best to advance on while others were cut from the competition. Those who advanced moved on to the group rounds.

Group Rounds[edit | edit source]

The group rounds are the ultimate test of the stability and harmony of an artist within a group. Like previous seasons, contestants were required to assemble into gender neutral groups of three or more. Those who failed to assemble a group of three or more, were instantly disqualified due to the three person rule. Groups who gave a quality performance advanced on to the next round. However, groups or certain group members that didn't perform to a good enough extent were cut from the competition.

Solo Round[edit | edit source]

Those who advanced passed the Group Rounds had to perform a solo in front of the judges. After the performances, 40 contestants were chosen to perform in front of a live audience for their Final Judgement.

Showcase Week[edit | edit source]

After the Top 40 performed in front of their first full audience, they met with the judges for their Final Judgement. Only 20 were able to advance to the next round while the rest were unfortunately cut from the season.

Top 20[edit | edit source]

After the Final Judgement, 20 contestants were chosen to move on to the semifinals.



Semifinals[edit | edit source]

During the Semifinals of Season 17, the Top 20 performed in solos and in duets with Idol Alumni. The Top 20 was split into two groups, one group performing one week and the other the following week. After the combination of solos and duets were performed within a group, the judges handpicked only seven out of the twenty to continue to the next round of competition. The remaining three contestants were cut from the season. By the end of the the Top 20's performances, the Top 14 were revealed.

Celebrity Duets[edit | edit source]

Instead of Idol alumni since Season 16, Celebrity singers were chosen as duet partners for the Top 20 contestants. Jason Mraz, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Brett Young, Shaggy, and Elle King for the first group while Julia Michaels, Lukas Graham, lovelytheband, Cynthia Erivo, Chris Isaak, and Ben Harper were assigned for the second group.

Top 14[edit | edit source]

The following contestants advanced on to the Top 14:



Semifinal Voting Rounds[edit | edit source]

On April 8, the Fourteen semifinals compete for America's vote for their places in the Top 10. During tomorrow's live results, the seven contestants who received the highest amount of votes Vandenburg, Burroughs, Lloyd Harmon, Cota, Kaye Booth, Hardy, and Aranda who advanced in the Finals while the seven remaining singers who received the least amount of votes had to sing for three remaining spots to advance. Afterwards, the judges selected Uche, Graham, and Raghu to complete the Top 10.

Top 10[edit | edit source]

The following contestants were Season 17's Top 10:

Finals[edit | edit source]

Top 10 Perform[edit | edit source]

During this season's live shows, each performance offered real-time voting before the end of the show until the Finale on March 21. In the first round of the Finals, the contestants performed songs from the Disney films. The first two finalists will be eliminated after the performances.

Eliminated Contestants[edit | edit source]

Dimitrius Graham was one of the two finalists to be eliminated on April 21, 2019 bringing the total down to 8 remaining contestants.

Uché was one of the two finalists to be eliminated on April 21, 2019, bringing the total down to 8 remaining contestants.

Top 8[edit | edit source]

The following contestants advanced on to the Top 8:

Performances[edit | edit source]

The contestants performed in the following order:

  • Uché - "I 2 I" by Tevin Campbell and Rosie Gaines (from A Goofy Movie)
  • Laci Kaye Booth - "I See the Light" by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi (from Tangled)
  • Alejandro Aranda - "Remember Me" by Benjamin Bratt, Gael García Bernal, Anthony Gonzalez, and Ana Ofelia Murguía (from Coco)
  • Alyssa Raghu - "Colors of the Wind" by Judy Kuhn (from Pocahontas)
  • Wade Cota - "You've Got a Friend in Me" by Randy Newman and Lyle Lovett (from Toy Story)
  • Dimitrius Graham - "You'll Be in My Heart" by Phil Collins (from Tarzan)
  • Walker Burroughs - "When She Loved Me" by Sarah McLachlan (from Toy Story 2)
  • Madison Vandenburg - "How Far I'll Go" by Auli'i Cravalho (from Moana)
  • Laine Hardy - "Oo-De-Lally" by Roger Miller (from Robin Hood)
  • Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon - "Candle on the Water" by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn (from Pete's Dragon)

Group Performance:

  • Group performance: "Part of Your World" with Lea Michele

Top 8 perform[edit | edit source]

The eight finalists who survived the first live show participated for the Idol Tour 2019. During this round of the Finals, the contestants performed songs written by Queen and also pair up as duets for singing songs from a movie or movie soundtrack. Afterwards, two contestants were eliminated at the end of the program.

Eliminated Contestants[edit | edit source]

Walker Burroughs was one of the two finalists to be eliminated on April 28, 2019 bringing the total down to 6 remaining contestants.

Alyssa Raghu was one of the two finalists to be eliminated on April 28, 2019, bringing the total down to 6 remaining contestants.

Top 6[edit | edit source]

The following contestants advanced on to the Top 6:

Performances[edit | edit source]

The contestants performed in the following order:

Queen Night


Group Performance:

  • Group performance: "We Will Rock You" - Top 8

Top 6 Perform[edit | edit source]

Eliminated Contestant[edit | edit source]

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Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon was a finalist to be eliminated on May 5, 2019 bringing the total down to 5 remaining contestants.

Top 5[edit | edit source]

The following contestants advanced to the Top 5:

Performances[edit | edit source]

The contestants performed in the following order:



Top 5 Perform[edit | edit source]

Eliminated Contestants[edit | edit source]

Wade Cota was one of the two finalists to be eliminated on May 12, 2019 bringing the total down to 3 remaining contestants.

Laci Kaye Booth was one of the two finalists to be eliminated on May 12, 2019 bringing the total down to 3 remaining contestants.

Top 3[edit | edit source]

The following contestants advanced on to the Top 3:

Performances[edit | edit source]

The contestants performed in the following order:

Bobby Bones' Choice

Elton John Songs

Hero Dedication Songs

Top 3 Perform[edit | edit source]

Main article: Season 17 Finale

In the Finale, the final three contestants performed their winner's single, a reprise of their favorite performance and a dedication to their respective hometowns. During the final results, the contestant who finished in third place will be revealed midway of the program followed by the announcement of the winner at the end of the show.

Third place[edit | edit source]

Madison Vandenburg finished in third place on May 19, 2019.

Runner-Up[edit | edit source]

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Alejandro Aranda was announced as the Runner-Up on May 19, 2019.

Performances[edit | edit source]

The contestants performed in the following order:

Winner[edit | edit source]

Laine Hardy was declared the winner of second revival season of American Idol on May 19, 2019.

Group Performances[edit | edit source]

  • Lionel Richie with the Top 10 - "Dancing on the Ceiling"
  • Kool & the Gang with the Top 10 - "Hollywood Swinging", "Ladies Night", and "Celebration"

Guest Performances[edit | edit source]

Results[edit | edit source]

Females Males Top 20 Top 14 Wild Card Third place Runner-up Winner
Did Not Perform Public vote Judges' save Eliminated
Results per week
Stage: Top 20 Top 14 Top 10 Live shows
Date: 4/7 4/8 4/14 4/15 4/21 4/28 5/5 5/12 5/19
Place Contestant Result
1 Laine Hardy Safe Top 10 Winner
2 Alejandro Aranda Safe Top 10 2nd place
3 Madison Vandenburg Safe Top 10 3rd place
4-5 Laci Kaye Booth Safe Top 10 Saved Elim
Wade Cota Safe Top 10
6 Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon Safe Top 10 Elim
7-8 Walker Burroughs Safe Top 10 Elim
Alyssa Raghu Safe Not Chosen Saved
9-10 Dimitrius Graham Safe Not Chosen Saved Elim
Uché Safe Not Chosen Saved
11-14 Evelyn Cormier Safe Not Chosen Elim
Ashley Hess Safe Not Chosen
Eddie Island Safe Not Chosen
Riley Thompson Safe Not Chosen
15-20 Ryan Hammond Elim
Logan Johnson
Raquel Trinidad
Kate Barnette Elim
Shawn Robinson

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Final Showcase episode in which the Top 20 is revealed, as well as the Grand Finale, are the longest American Idol episodes to date, at three hours long.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Main article: Season 17/Gallery

Season 17
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
American Idol
1  · 2  · 3  · 4 · 5  · 6  · 7  · 8  · 9  · 10  · 11 · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15 · 16 · 17 · 18 · 19
Simon Cowell (Seasons 1-9)  · Paula Abdul (Seasons 1-8) · Randy Jackson (Seasons 1-12) · Kara DioGuardi (Seasons 8-9) · Ellen DeGeneres (Season 9) · Steven Tyler (Seasons 10-11)  · Nicki Minaj (Season 12)  · Mariah Carey (Season 12) · Jennifer Lopez (Seasons 10-11,13-15)  · Keith Urban (Seasons 12-15)  · Harry Connick, Jr. (Seasons 13-15)  · Katy Perry (Seasons 16-)  · Luke Bryan (Seasons 16-)  · Lionel Richie (Seasons 16-)
Ryan Seacrest (Seasons 1-16) · Brian Dunkleman (Season 1)
Kelly Clarkson · Ruben Studdard · Fantasia Barrino · Carrie Underwood · Taylor Hicks · Jordin Sparks · David Cook · Kris Allen · Lee DeWyze · Scotty McCreery · Phillip Phillips · Candice Glover · Caleb Johnson · Nick Fradiani · Trent Harmon · Maddie Poppe · Laine Hardy · Just Sam
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Coronation Songs
"A Moment Like This" · "Flying Without Wings" · "I Believe" · "Inside Your Heaven" · "Do I Make You Proud" · "This Is My Now" · "The Time of My Life" · "No Boundaries" · "Beautiful Day" · "I Love You This Big" · "Home" · "I Am Beautiful" · "As Long As You Love Me" · "Beautiful Life" · "Falling" · "Going Going Gone" · "Flame"
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