American Idol 2022 Episode 9 Recap: The Top 24 Perform at Disney's Aulani Resort in Hawaii Part 1
Apr 10th, 2022
Season 20 of "American Idol" has its Top 24! Disney's Aulani resort in Hawaii welcomed the Idol hopefuls for the first of two nights of dazzling performances. Jimmie Allen served as guest mentor, alongside judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan, and with host, Ryan Seacrest. Contestants were all given the chance to sing a song of their choice as, for the first time this season, they competed for America's votes! We were also treated to a performance from Jimmie Allen, of his new single, "Down Home". So, what songs did the contestants choose to sing? Let's find out!
With no restrictions on which songs to pick, we saw an eclectic mix of performances last night:
• Jay kicked us off with a performance of "I Want You Back" by The Jackson 5
• Elli performed a reimagined version of Fleetwood Mac's "Everywhere"
• Tristen worked the crowd with a performance of the The Beatles/Joe Cocker classic "With A Little Help From My Friends"
• Scarlet infused her energy into "Levitating" by Dua Lipa
• Sage put her spin on Dolly Parton's timeless "Jolene"
• Danielle jazzed up Elton John's "Your Song"
• Mike took on Jimmie Allen's own song "Best Shot"
• Emyrson sang a rendition of Miley Cyrus's hit "Angels Like You"
• Dan performed '80s hit "Heaven" by Bryan Adams
• Jacob sang "In My Blood" by Shawn Mendes
• HunterGirl kept it Country with "Banjo" by Rascal Flatts
• Nicolina showcased her vocal ability with "Elastic Heart" by Sia
After a phenomenal first night of performances, you won't want to miss the second! Part 2 of the Top 24 at Disney's Aulani Resort airs tonight at 8/7c on ABC!
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