Season 16, Episode 18 – “Performance Finals”
In part one of the two-night season finale, the Top 3 finalists visit their hometowns to celebrate their time on the show then return to the Idol stage for their last chance to win America’s vote, as the search for America’s next superstar continues.
Season 16, Episode 17 – “Top 5”
In this episode in honor of Mother’s Day, the Top 5 finalists will sing songs dedicated to moms, in addition to performing from the catalogue of American Idol alum and seven time GRAMMY® winner Carrie Underwood. The Top 5 finalists were surprised with a trip to Nashville and the opportunity to learn from Underwood while she served as superstar guest mentor for the week. Underwood will also perform her hit single, “Cry Pretty,” which she co-wrote and co-produced, from the Idol stage on Sunday.
Season 16, Episode 16 – “Top 7”
American Idol breaks more boundaries as the show pays tribute to music luminary Prince. The Top 7 take on the legendary Prince catalogue, paying homage to the late icon in a historic first-time tribute episode by a singing competition series. The tribute continues American Idol’s longstanding relationship with the Prince family, following Prince’s live performance on the show in 2006. Iconic musician Sheila E., who toured with Prince earlier in her career, performs with American Idol music director, Kris Pooley, and the house band for this special tribute.
Golden Globe® and GRAMMY®-nominated artist Nick Jonas lends his expertise to the Top 7 finalists as mentor for this week’s performances. In addition to singing a song from Prince’s catalogue, each contestant will also sing a song from the year of their birth.
Season 16, Episode 14 – “Top 10 Reveal”
America’s overnight vote from Sunday will solidify the safety of the six contestants with the most votes. Those that are safe will perform a victory song, and the eight contestants who are in jeopardy will sing to impress the judges. The judges will choose four contestants to join America’s top six picks, pushing 10 talented Idol hopefuls one step closer to stardom.
Season 16, Episode 13 – “Top 14”
After solo and celebrity duet performances with the Top 24 contestants, the judges narrowed down the field to the Top 14 finalists. Now the judges are handing over the reigns to America to start voting on who they want to crown the next Idol, as the search for America’s next superstar continues.
Season 16, Episode 11 – “Top 24 Solos”
As the pool has been narrowed to the top 24 contestants, 12 of the top 24 finalists perform solos at Academy LA in Hollywood during this week in the competition, as the search for America’s next superstar continues. Nationally-syndicated host of iHeartMedia’s “The Bobby Bones Show” and New York Times best-selling author Bobby Bones returns as a mentor for the top 24 contestants, meeting with each contender and helping them to reach the next level in their artistry and performances.
Season 16, Episode 10– ” Top 24 Celebrity Duets”
As the pool has been narrowed to the top 24 contestants, 12 of the top 24 finalists perform duets with celebrity partners at Academy LA in Hollywood during this week in the competition, as the search for America’s next superstar continues on its new home on America’s network.