'American Idol' 2018: Top 7 Contestants Revealed!

She is a student at Florida International University and has been singing and dancing since she was a child. It was also the second season during which both the winner and the runner-up were male contestants, with the second season being the first. Cook's interest in music began early in life; he received his first guitar at the age of 2. For the first time ever, contestants had the option of either being accompanied by the band or playing an instrument themselves. This section needs additional citations for verification.

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In the final round, all the remaining contestants performed individually a song chosen from a large list of songs provided accompanied by the band and three backup singers. After each performance, the judges decided whether or not to cut the contestant. By the end of the day, only 50 contestants remained.

The judges then deliberated further on who should be in the Top 24, and their decision was revealed the next day in the Green Mile episode. One of the more prominent contestants during the Hollywood week was Josiah Leming whose unhappiness with the backing band resulted in him dismissing the band.

He was cut in the Green Mile episode. Another piece of drama involved contestant Kyle Ensley when Simon Cowell voiced strong objection over him not being selected for the semifinals.

It was later revealed that his non-selection resulted in serious rift between Simon Cowell and the show producer Nigel Lythgoe. Cook's interest in music began early in life; he received his first guitar at the age of 2. He later joined Midwest Kings in Tulsa, but left to pursue a solo project where he released an album titled Analog Heart. Prior to Idol he worked as a bartender at the "Blank Slate" in Tulsa, where he would also occasionally play shows.

He enjoys doing crossword puzzles in his spare time and calls himself a "word nerd. He wore an orange wristband to support a seven-year-old fan with leukemia from Top 12 week onward. He was never in the "bottom three". On May 21, , he was declared the winner.

He suffered from vocal paralysis after that show which affected one of his vocal cords. He was never in the "bottom three" and finished as the season seven runner-up. He was signed to Jive Records. She is a student at Florida International University and has been singing and dancing since she was a child. During Hollywood week, she became ill and almost completely lost her voice. In preparation for her final Hollywood performance with Aretha Franklin's " Chain of Fools ", she went on voice rest and wrote down everything she had to say on a pad of paper.

Kara DioGuardi , who was one of the coaches on the Endemol franchise, joined Idol for season eight. He started in music playing the drums. In high school, he played for a band, Keeping Lions, which has since disbanded. Castro is the first person in his family, which is originally from Colombia , to be born in the United States.

He began growing his hair out for dreadlocks during his senior year of high school. He exited the competition in fourth place. During her audition, she admitted to never having seen an R-rated movie, prompting Cowell to state that the show will "bring her over to the dark side. She performed Carole King 's "Beautiful" on Hollywood week. She finished in fifth place. The album sold approximately copies in the first three months following its release.

Smithson was originally auditioned in Las Vegas during season five, but was dropped from the show due to a problem with her visa. She finished sixth in the show. Kristy Lee Cook born January 18, , 24 at the time of the show is a horse trainer from Selma, Oregon. She sold her prized horse in order to afford the trip to audition in Philadelphia where she auditioned with Amazing Grace , a song she also performed during the Hollywood week.

In , she was signed to a major label, Arista Nashville. He was Australian; he moved to the U. Afterwards, he lived in Los Angeles, California. After recording a demo and traveling to Los Angeles to showcase for a number of labels in , he signed with Maverick Records and formed a rock band called The Rising. He was eliminated on April 10 and finished in eighth place.

Johns died on August 1, , making him the first American Idol finalist to die. Prior to auditioning on Idol , she was a nursing student at Broward Community College and worked part-time at a sushi restaurant. She started Polynesian Dancing when she was in the first grade and started singing at the age of twelve. Since the age of 12, Ramiele has sung at various Filipino-American events.

She was eliminated in ninth place. During the competition, he dropped using his last name because it was so frequently mispronounced 'eh-zee' and not 'EE-zee'. She received a nursing degree from Ivy Tech Community College and deals predominantly in respiratory issues. She has been the lead singer of several local hard rock bands, including Steeleto and Ruinaces. A week before the Hollywood week, she was injured in a serious car accident. He gave up his apartment to move to Hollywood. Until September 30, , Hernandez worked as a male stripper named "Caden" at Dick's Cabaret in Phoenix, Arizona , performing fully nude and giving lap dances to male patrons.

He was voted off in twelfth place. The results show was moved to Thursday, April During the Hollywood weeks, " Hollywood's Not America " by Ferras played when contestants were eliminated, while "Best Days" by Graham Colton was the elimination song for the semi-finals round. Guest artists may perform songs to promote their work or the show itself, or for charitable purpose. Most performed on the result shows, except for Ruben Studdard at the end of the Top 2 performance show and those on the Idol Gives Back special.

Included is a list of those songs with the impact of performance on the Billboard Hot and Hot Digital Songs chart for the week. See Idol Gives Back for the list of performances in that special episode. It reached the top 60 before it was removed.

The " Idol Gives Back " initiative returned on April 9 for a second year, with a special start time of 7: Again, proceeds will go to children's charities in Africa and the United States. Unlike "Idol Gives Back " when no finalist was eliminated and two were eliminated in the following week , Michael Johns was eliminated during "Idol Gives Back During Season 7, American Idol partnered with iTunes to make available for sale exclusive performance videos, live performance singles of the semi-finalists and full-length studio recordings of the songs that contestants performed on the show.

In order to keep the competition fair, these singles were not allowed to appear on iTunes sales charts until after the finale. The contestants' performances during the season were removed from sale soon after the finale. A single from the album, " Light On ", was released and peaked at 20 on the billboard top list.

David Archuleta signed with Jive Records and his self-titled debut album was released on November 11, and debuted at number two.

Archuleta's album certified gold. Archuleta's first single, " Crush ", debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot and number one on the Hot Digital Songs chart, giving it the highest single debut of and the highest single debut in 18 months.

The song has sold 1. Season 7 of American Idol overall was the most watched primetime program in the United States for the fourth consecutive year, during the conclusion of the television season. The Tuesday episode viewership averaged In October , Semi-Finalist Joanne Borgella posted a video stating she had been diagnosed with cancer.

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January Learn how and when to remove this template message. The New York Times. Retrieved December 24, Archived from the original on May 12, Vox said that he and his fiance had previously discussed going to Disneyland for their honeymoon, so it was special to be able to visit it now together. In head to toe gold, Vox delivered a flawless performance, as always, and the judges were blown away. Of course, Sussett implemented her bilingual skills for the performance, which the judges loved.

Fortunately, she was surprised by her aunt and uncle during rehearsals. Gabby Barrett was up for the next performance and she talked about the close relationship she has with her sister. Woodard met with Idina Menzel to consult her on his performance from Beauty and the Beast. The quirky Catie Turner was the next performer up and she was able to hang out with her mother this week.

Lorenzo, whose father was murdered, said that he related to Simba and Mufasa from the animated film, which helped him channel his emotions in the song. Before reading the results, Ryan Seacrest said that the votes were incredibly close. And the first person in the top 7 was … Caleb Lee Hutchinson. The next top 7 winner announced was Gabby Barrett, followed by Michael Woodard.

Cade Foehner was then revealed to be moving on in the competition, followed by Maddie Poppe. Catie Turner was the sixth singer revealed as being a part of the top 7. And the final person going through was revealed to be … Jurnee. Published Apr 29, at 8: I accurately predicted the three that would go home. You got it mostly wrong! Ada was the best in the whole thing, and Dennis should have gone through too. Maddie is just ok, and the rocker is horrible. Do you people actually listen or is it just a popularity contest?

Maddie is amazing and Cade destroys that makeup wearing freak.

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