Well, America, the Top 10 has officially been decided for this season of American Idol.
Although it’s been a journey of ups and downs for both the contestants and the judges, the contestants moving on to the next round of the competition and making it past the critical cut definitely came out with guns blazing during some live performances on Monday (April 23).
Gabby Barrett knew she was heading forward in her journey to win the title before her time on stage, so she let her excitement show with a sensational version of Miranda Lambert’s “Little Red Wagon.” From flipping her blonde curls back and forth to jumping across the stage with some pep in her step, Barrett revved up the evening and even left Katy Perry breathless. Not needing to stop by the panel for critique due to her immediate jump to the Top 10, the singer felt energized when she finished her set.
Without any doubt in viewers’ minds, Caleb Lee Hutchinson also had an easy break getting into the Top 10 with his country charm and pretty boy style. Winning over fans with his heartthrob status on the series, Hutchinson toasted his victory into the Top 10 by wooing the audience with a performance of Chris Young’s “Getting’ You Home.” His signature deep voice and sweet delivery left no question on the table of why Hutchinson got into the next round.
A plot twist arose during the evening, though, when Perry broke all the rules in order to keep contestant Ada Vox in despite eliminating her from the chance to be in the Top 10. In Vox’s favor, the show allowed Perry to override the final decision and let the singer go through to the group.
The final Top 10 includes Ada Vox, Cade Foehner, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Catie Turner, Dennis Lorenzo, Gabby Barrett, Jurnee, Maddie Poppe, Michael J. Woodard, and Michelle Sussett.
American Idol airs new episodes on Sunday and Monday nights at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.