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Season 19 of American Idol premiered on ABC on Sunday February 14th, 2021 and ended on May 23, 2021. It is the show's fourth season to air on ABC.[1]

Ryan Seacrest returned as host, Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan returned as judges, and Bobby Bones returned as mentor. On April 12, Paula Abdul filled in for Bryan.

This season was won by Chayce Beckham.


Main article: Season 19 Auditions

Audition Cities[]

The following cities held auditions for Season 19, date of the auditions are also shown.

  • Los Angeles, California - October 5, 2020
  • San Diego, California - October 16, 2020
  • Ojai, California - November 16, 2020

Hollywood Week[]

Hollywood Week was filmed from December 7th-10th, 2020 in the Dolby Theater, Los Angeles, CA and aired March 21st & 22nd, 2021. This season was similar to the 18th season, with contestants competing in the Genre Challenge. The judges brought a twist and decided to do a Duet challenge, where they chose who performed with who. Those who survived the Duet Challenge moved onto the Showcase & Final Judgement.

Showcase/Final Judgement[]

The Showcase & Final Judgement aired on March 28th & 29th, 2021. It featured the Top 64 contestants. Each contestants performed, and at the end 24 contestants were chosen to move on to the Live shows.

Top 24[]

After the Final Judgement, 24 contestants were chosen to move on to the semifinals.



All Star Duets and Solos[]

The Top 24 performances were split into 2 groups (12 each), and were pre-recorded and aired on April 4th & 5th, 2021. Each contestant sang a solo, followed by a duet with a celebrity, resulting in a total of 48 performances. The following week the Top 16 would be revealed. Celebrities included people such as Katherine McPhee, Tori Kelly & Jimmie Allen.

Contestant Order Solo Song Duet Partner Duet Song Result
Alanis Sophia 1 "Alive" Jimmie Allen "Shallow" Safe
Cassandra Coleman 2 "Find Me" Ryan Tedder "Apologize" Safe
Alyssa Wray 3 "Something in the Water" Katharine McPhee "I'm Your Baby Tonight" Safe
Wyatt Pike 4 "Rubberband" Ben Rector "Brand New" Safe
Alana 5 "Blow Your Mind (Mwah)" Brian McKnight "Back at One" Eliminated
Anilee List 6 "my future" Joss Stone "Tell Me Something Good" Eliminated
Deshawn Goncalves 7 "Forever Young" Ryan Tedder "I Lived" Safe
Graham DeFranco 8 "Raye" Ben Rector "Love Like This" Safe
Andrea Valles 9 "Lo Vas a Olvidar" Brian McKnight "Careless Whisper" Eliminated
Cecil Ray 10 "Paint Me a Birmingham" Jimmie Allen "Freedom Was a Highway" Eliminated
Willie Spence 11 "Wind Beneath My Wings" Katharine McPhee "The Prayer" Safe
Grace Kinstler 12 "Queen" Joss Stone "Midnight Train to Georgia" Safe
Group 2 (April 5, 2021)
Contestant Order Solo Song Duet Partner Duet Song Result
Jason Warrior 1 "Call Out My Name" PJ Morton "How Deep Is Your Love" Eliminated
Madison Watkins 2 "Holy" Tori Kelly "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing" Safe
Beane 3 "Don't Start Now" Josh Groban "Angels" Safe
Hannah Everhart 4 "I Was Wrong" Jason Aldean "She's Country" Eliminated
Mary Jo Young 5 "Castle on the Hill" Jewel "Foolish Games" Eliminated
Chayce Beckham 6 "Afterglow" Brandon Boyd "Drive" Safe
Colin Jamieson 7 "Locked Out of Heaven" Tori Kelly "Hollow" Safe
Liahona Olayan 8 "Just Friends" PJ Morton "Say So" Eliminated
Ava August 9 "drivers license" Josh Groban "Both Sides, Now" Safe
Caleb Kennedy 10 "Midnight Rider" Jason Aldean "Fly Over States" Safe
Hunter Metts 11 "Chandelier" Jewel "Who Will Save Your Soul" Safe
Casey Bishop 12 "Decode" Brandon Boyd "Wish You Were Here" Safe

Top 16[]

The Top 16 were revealed on April 11th, 2021. This was recorded a few days prior. The Top 16 shortly became the Top 15, due to Wyatt Pike withdrawing. America then voted 10 into the Top 12, while the judges saved 2 from the 5 in the danger zone.

Contestant Order Song Result
Alyssa Wray 1 "Killing Me Softly with His Song" Safe
Graham DeFranco 2 "That's Life" Not Chosen
Grace Kinstler 3 "Elastic Heart" Safe
Alanis Sophia 4 "The Story" Not Chosen
Willie Spence 5 "Set Fire to the Rain" Safe
Deshawn Goncalves 6 "Feeling Good" Safe
Wyatt Pike 7 "Use Somebody" Withdrew
Cassandra Coleman 8 "Wicked Game" Safe
Caleb Kennedy 9 "Midnight Train to Memphis" Safe
Colin Jamieson 10 "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" Not Chosen
Casey Bishop 11 "Black Hole Sun" Safe
Madison Watkins 12 "Gravity" Not Chosen
Beane 13 "Searching For A Feeling" Not Chosen
Hunter Metts 14 "Skinny Love" Safe
Ava August 15 "2002" Safe
Chayce Beckham 16 "Waiting in Vain" Safe

The Top 12 results were revealed on April 12th, with Paula Abdul as guest judge due to Luke Bryant having COVID-19 and staying home.

Contestant Order Song Result
Casey Bishop 1 "The House of the Rising Sun" Safe
Colin Jamieson 2 "Waves" Eliminated
Deshawn Goncalves 3 "Higher Ground" Safe
Cassandra Coleman 4 "Light On" Safe
Caleb Kennedy 5 "Nowhere" (original song) Safe
Madison Watkins 6 "Hotline Bling" Judges' Save
Ava August 7 "Love of My Life" Safe
Beane 8 "Grow as We Go" Judges' Save
Chayce Beckham 9 "What Brings Life Also Kills" Safe
Alyssa Wray 10 "The Greatest Love of All" Safe
Alanis Sophia 11 "Heart Attack" Eliminated
Willie Spence 12 "Diamonds" Safe
Grace Kinstler 13 "Dangerous Woman" Safe
Hunter Metts 14 "I Can't Make You Love Me" Safe
Graham DeFranco 15 "Cover Me Up" Eliminated

Oscar Nominated Songs (Top 12)[]

The Top 12 aired live on April 18th, 2021. The contestants sang songs from movies that were nominated Oscar Awards, such as The Greatest Showman, Harriet & Despicable Me 2. The Top 9 were revealed at the end. Special performances by Lauren Daigle, Henry Connick Jr. & Lionel Richie.

Contestant Order Song Featured Film Result
Grace Kinstler 1 "Happy" Despicable Me 2 Safe
Ava August 2 "City of Stars" La La Land Eliminated
Caleb Kennedy 3 "On the Road Again" Honeysuckle Rose Safe
Hunter Metts 4 "Falling Slowly" Once Safe
Madison Watkins 5 "Run to You" The Bodyguard Eliminated
Chayce Beckham 6 "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Safe
Beane 7 "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" Dirty Dancing Eliminated
Alyssa Wray 8 "This Is Me" The Greatest Showman Safe
Deshawn Goncalves 9 "The Way We Were" The Way We Were Safe
Casey Bishop 10 "Over the Rainbow" The Wizard of Oz Safe
Cassandra Coleman 11 "Writing's on the Wall" Spectre Safe
Willie Spence 12 "Stand Up" Harriet Safe

The Comeback[]

10 Contestants from Season 18 were invited to perform again on a live stage due to not being able to last year because of the pandemic. The winner from the 10 would join the Top 9, making it the Top 10. Aired live on April 19th, 2021.

Contestant Order Song Season 18 Placement Result
Cyniah Elise 1 "Edge of Midnight (Midnight Sky Remix)" Top 20 Eliminated
Nick Merico 2 "City Lights" (original song) Top 20 Eliminated
Aliana Jester 3 "I'll Never Love Again" Top 20 Eliminated
Franklin Boone 4 "Meant to Live" Top 20 Eliminated
Faith Becnel 5 "Cry Baby" Top 20 Eliminated
Arthur Gunn 6 "Iris" Runner-Up Safe
DeWayne Crocker Jr. 7 "Voice of God" Top 20 Eliminated
Makayla Phillips 8 "Anyone" Top 11 Eliminated
Olivia Ximines 9 "Say Yes" Top 20 Eliminated
Louis Knight 10 "Maybe That" (original song) Top 7 Eliminated

Disney Night (Top 10)[]

The Top 10 performed Disney songs live on May 2nd, 2021. The 10 also got to go to Disney World. The Top 7 were revealed at the end of the show. John Stamos as guest mentor. Special performances by Sofia Carson & John Bastite.

Contestant Order Song Featured Film Result
Caleb Kennedy 1 "Real Gone" Cars Safe
Willie Spence 2 "Circle of Life" The Lion King Safe
Deshawn Goncalves 3 "When You Wish Upon a Star" Pinocchio Eliminated
Casey Bishop 4 "When She Loved Me" Toy Story 2 Safe
Chayce Beckham 5 "Baby Mine" Dumbo Safe
Alyssa Wray 6 "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" Cinderella Eliminated
Arthur Gunn 7 "Remember Me" Coco Safe
Cassandra Coleman 8 "Go the Distance" Hercules Eliminated
Hunter Metts 9 "You'll Be in My Heart" Tarzan Safe
Grace Kinstler 10 "Into the Unknown" Frozen II Safe

Mother's Day (Top 7)[]

The Top 7 will perform 2 songs, one for Mother’s Day & a song by Coldplay. This will air live on May 9th, 2021. Coldplay will be guest mentor. Coldplay also sang their new single, Higher Power. The Top 5 were revealed at the end of the show.

Contestant Order Coldplay Song Order Mother's Day Song Result
Casey Bishop 1 "Paradise" 8 "Ironic" Safe
Chayce Beckham 2 "Magic" 9 "Mama" (original song) Safe
Willie Spence 3 "Yellow" 10 "You Are So Beautiful" Safe
Caleb Kennedy 4 "Violet Hill" 11 "Mama Said" (original song) Safe
Arthur Gunn 5 "In My Place" 12 "Simple Man" Eliminated
Grace Kinstler 6 "Fix You" 13 "When We Were Young" Safe
Hunter Metts 7 "Everglow" 14 "The River" (original song) Eliminated

Top 4[]

The Top 4 will perform 3 songs, one from their Personal Idol, an Artist single, and a duet of a song by guest mentor FINNEAS with another contestant.

Despite securing a place in the Top 5, Kennedy was disqualified from the show due to a controversial video, thus changing the Top 5 to the Top 4 with one contestant eliminated that week.

Top 4[]

The following contestants advanced to the Top 4:


Top 3[]

The following contestants advanced to the Top 3: