American Idol 2023 Episode 17 Recap: It's Disney Night!

American Idol 2023 Episode 17 Recap: It's Disney Night!

"American Idol" embraced the enchantment of iconic Disney songs for Mother's Day! The judges Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie, and Katy Perry (as Elastigirl aka Mrs. Incredible from "The Incredibles") gathered alongside substitute genie and host Ryan Seacrest as the Top 5 contestants performed some musical magic on the way to becoming the Top 3. Adding to the magic, guest mentor Sofia Carson joined the Top 5 at the Disneyland Resort, guiding them in delivering exquisite renditions of beloved Disney classics.

Katy, joined by Luke and Lionel, transformed into Elastigirl to witness the magnificent performances prepared by the Top 5!

In this captivating episode, the contestants experienced a heartwarming reunion with their families at the enchanting Disneyland Resort, as well as delivered breathtaking renditions of beloved Disney classics:

  • • Triple-threat megastar Sara Bareilles was joined by the Top 5 of this season for a stunning harmonious rendition of "When You Wish Upon A Star" from "Pinocchio to start off the MAGICAL night! 
  • Wé Ani asserted her power in the beloved anthem "Into The Unknown" from "Frozen II". Lionel Richie commended for her extraordinary stage presence, while Mrs. Incredible bestowed upon her the title of vocal superhero.
  • • Zachariah Smith embodied a king in his delivery of "I Just Can't Wait To Be King" from "The Lion King". The judges applauded Zachariah for his unwavering commitment to his outstanding stage arrangements and admired his perseverance, which led him to secure a spot in the Top 5! 
  • Colin Stough electrified the stage with his rendition of "Real Gone" from "Cars". The judges praised Colin for his song selection and his decision to break free from the guitar, allowing him to unleash and have a blast on the stage.
  • Megan Danielle poured her heart into her cover of "You Can't Stop The Girl" from "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil". The judges expressed immense pride in Megan's remarkable growth, applauding her vocal range and the strides she has made.
  • Iam Tongi mesmerized the audience with his powerful vocals, weaving a beautiful narrative through his performance of "Lava" from the film "Lava". The judges lauded Iam's authenticity, acknowledging his ability to radiate the room.
  • Wé Ani beautifully narrated her own journey through her portrayal of "The Climb" from "Hannah Montana: The Movie". The judges were enamored with 's song choice, as her superb vocal dynamics conveyed the arduous climb into the Top 5, allowing the audience to feel every moment.
  • • The Little Mermaid" through her very special performance of "Part of Your World".

Halle Bailey center stage at the Disneyland Resort with a spellbinding performance.

  • Zachariah Smith set the stage ablaze with his fiery rendition of "Life Is A Highway" from "Cars". The judges hailed Zachariah as the ultimate entertainer and praised his song choice, perfectly tailored to showcase his exceptional vocal talent
  • Colin Stough touched the hearts of the nation with his delivery of  "Nobody Knows" from "Pete's Dragon". The judges applauded Colin for confidently stepping into the spotlight, exuding a commanding stage presence that left a lasting impression.
  • Megan Danielle stirred the audience to clap along during her cover of "Carried Me With You" from "Onward". The judges showered Megan with accolades for her extraordinary vocal prowess and her remarkable gift to whisk the audience away.
  • Iam Tongi delivered an enchanting interpretation of "Father and Son" from "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2". The judges were astounded by the sheer beauty of Iam's stage presence and performance.

Unfortunately, the time came for Zachariah Smith and Wé Ani to bid farewell to the "American Idol" stage.

Sara Bareilles and the Top 5 make vocal magic.

Get ready to be dazzled as our Top 3 contestants take center stage in the thrilling 3-hour Grand Finale. The star-studded extravaganza will feature incredible performances by Pitbull, TLC, Lauren Davis, James Blunt, Ellie Goulding, Jazmine Sullivan, Clay Aiken, Ruben Studdard, REO Speedwagon, Keith Urban, and, of course, our esteemed panel of judges. Don't miss a single moment! Tune in and unleash your final voting power as America decides who will become the next "American Idol" LIVE COAST-TO-COAST SUNDAY at 8e/5p on ABC.

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