Who America voted into the Top 7 is revealed. In the hybrid Disney and Mother's Day show, the remaining finalists perform two songs each; one from the renowned Disney songbook and the second dedicated to the mother figures in their lives as a Mother's Day tribute. Season two winner, Laine Hardy, returns to perform "Life is a Highway" and share his journey after winning the show last year.
While preparing for the results of America's first vote, "American Idol" delves deeper into the lives of the remaining Top 21 contestants, sharing incredible, unseen performances and moments while rediscovering previous fan favorites. Don't miss the chance to learn more about the Top 21 and find out if America voted Grace Leer or Lauren Mascitti through to the Top 20 with a special results reveal by host Ryan Seacrest.
The remaining top 40 contestants perform in a concert showcasing their artistry before awaiting their final judgment for a spot in the coveted top 20. Tune in to watch as the remaining top 40 leave the judges with difficult, heartbreaking decisions and a shocking first-ever twist in the show's history for two contestants that no one saw coming.
While contestants anticipate the infamous group rounds, they are in for a shock when the judges announce they have to pick just one partner to duet with on The Orpheum Theatre stage. One pair's tensions run high as they can't agree on a song, while sparks fly with another pair. Two pop divas come together for a powerful rendition of a Celine Dion song; and later, one pop vocalist and one country singer team up to wow the judges with their unexpected harmony.
The brand-new Hollywood Week ramps up with the Genre Challenge round where contestants select a specific genre they identify with to perform a song of their choice in front of the judges and fellow contestants, showcasing themselves as fully formed artists. With unexpected surprises no one saw coming, fan favorites from auditions return to sing for their lives in hopes of making it through to the next never-before-seen challenge.
In Oregon, a couple wins over the judges during their audition with their version of Shallow. Later, the judges meet their match when one Hawaiian hopeful confuses the judges with other pop-culture icons.
This week's episode sees a determined hopeful defy the odds for a chance to audition in front of the judges, resulting in an "American Idol" first. Then, a fan favorite from season one returns for another chance to wow the judges, while another hopeful's great-grandmother fulfills her lifelong dream of meeting Lionel Richie.
In Savannah, the judges take to the streets as one Idol hopeful sings for her life, while the Philadelphia Eagles cheer team visits the Washington, D.C., auditions as one of their own goes in front of the judges. In Los Angeles, another hopeful unleashes her unique love for sardines with an original song during a must-see audition. An emergency in Sunriver results in a visit from local firefighters who save the day, then celebrate with a victory song alongside the judges.
In the season three premiere, a nation-wide journey across Savannah, Georgia; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles, California; and Sunriver, Oregon, where the show's iconic judge auditions surprise audiences with never-before-seen twists. Those auditioning for the coveted ticket to Hollywood include a subway performer from Harlem who gives one of the most emotional auditions in "Idol" history; a garbage collector with no experience who heads to the streets of Savannah.