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  1. Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's time to sing we know. We have three judges and we have a host, so let's get on with the show. It's Disney Night and this is American Idol! Please welcome your judges, Lionel Ritchie, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry (dressed as Ursula), your host, Ryan Seacrest, and special guests, Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse! Welcome to the only show where you can vote live in every time zone at the same time. Real time voting is back starting now. Real time results will be announced at the end of the show, and the Judges Save is back this season. It must be unanimous and can only be used once for the season. First up tonight last night is Uche. His sister and mom surprise him at Disneyland Resort where they explore California Adventure and meet with Rebel Wilson for some coaching advice and a Churro (or two). He has chosen I 2 I from A Goofy Movie and Rebel notes he has confidence and energy. Rocking out and giving Goofy a modern pop flavor, it's a high energetic performance with a vocal that could easily climb the charts on Disney Radio. The audience is into it, despite the obscurity of the song (Rec this post if you've heard it before!), and demonstrated he knows how to own the stage and leave nothing behind. Ursula says it was good; she doesn't know the song well but thinks he has more voice to bring. Lionel says you can't do wrong by me, but you are a performer and you can take 3 blind mice and make it something amazing. Uche can't believe they've never seen A Goofy Movie. Luke says bottom line, it's not a problem we don't know the song if you make the song an Uche song, and that's what you did tonight. Goofy joins Uche on stage and says that was an amazing performance (in Goofy speak). Remember you get 10 votes per contestant per method and voting is live in real time. Next is Laci Kay Booth who along with her mom meets Rapunzel in Disneyland where she felt like a kid again. In their practice session, Rebel tells Laci to go for it more and channel any anger she's ever had towards her mom. Disney princess can be sweet, Rebel says, but they can also be powerful. Laci is dressed in a white gown, standing in a light stage fog and lanterns are overlayed on the TV broadcast and on background screens. Her vocal is not quite as clear as the movie, but it is sweet and sincere, unique to her stylings, no liberties taken, but maybe a bit lacking in energy. Luke says you're like becoming a Disney Princess in front of our eyes, you make every song yours with your subtle delivery, felt like a live show. Lionel says that was a perfect song for you, perfect delivery, you're on a roll. Ursula says I agree with Luke, you made this your own, your own scamp and texture, instantly identifiable and you have stolen Cinderella's shoes. The judges are joined by Mickey, Donald, Pluto and Minnie, as Ursula gnaws on a lobster tail. Jordan's nephew joins Alejandro Aranda with his own arrangement of Remeber Me from Pixar's Coco. He confesses to Rebel he doesn't actually know the song. Wearing Mickey Ears, he plays his own arrangement of the song and she tells him to wish upon a star that he remembers the lines. Playing the acoustic guitar and singing in his upper octave with a breathy vocal, Alejandro easily captivates the stage with his unique take of Oscar-winning song. The arrangement carries an unearthly feeling, infused with a quick jazz beat, emotional vocal and a starry quality. Lionel says you embody true artistry, make any song your style, take us in on your journey. Audience, please vote. Ursula says everything you do is heartfelt and I can feel the emotion and I will remember you. Luke says this show forces you out of your comfort zone, even into your lower notes. You're still learning and your artistry has grown, just a great job. Carrie Underwood congratulates the Top 10 and to announce her upcoming tour. The sauce is next as Katy's final save Alyssa Raghu is surprised on Main Street USA with her family and all her little sisters together for the first time. She is singing Colours Of The Wind from Pocahontas. She learns how to focus while Rebel dances around her waving cotton candy. Alyssa's vocal is strong, confident and innocent in her Earth Day appropriate performance, the set decorated with flowers. Like many artists, she has a little trouble handing onto the lowest notes but in her comfort zone, she shines with all the beauty of a Disney heroine. Ursula says beauty and grace, such elegance, if only I could have your voice in my little conk shell! I know I'm purple but I'm glad you tried new notes. Luke says way to come out and fight after last week. You're going to be in the music business fighting every day so just make it happen like you did today. Lionel says this is not a beauty contest but you look absolutely beautiful. You are the most gorgeous fighter on the planet. Alyssa praises the band. She joined us last year for our duet's round, and tonight we're happy to welcome her back. She'll be playing Ariel at the upcoming production of The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl in May, and right now, here's an exclusive sneak peak with Part Of Your World, here's Leah Michele backed up by the Top 10! When Wade Cota visited the Happiest Place on Earth, he was greeted with a glowing magic wand from Rebel. She loves his cool, gravely voice. He was feeling homesick so it was great meeting his sister in Disneyland for some homespun support. Singing You've Got A Friend In Me from Toy Story, his vocal is perfect for the song, kind of a cross between Randy Newman and Louis Armstrong. He even gives a leg lift as Rebel suggested. Solid, happy, positive, foot-tapping and hand-clapping, classic Disney. Luke untangles himself from Ursula's tentacles and says that was a glimpse into the future of what your future could be, right song. Lionel says you're having fun and you're a star, that identifiable voice in less than 5 seconds. Ursula says you're coming out of your shell, fantastic song choice, so approachable and relatable, you even put Andy on your foot. Hoping to win your votes tonight is Dimitrius Graham, who says Rebel Wilson smells like strawberries. Singing You'll Be In My Heart from Tarzan, she helps him learn how to use his fact to sell the song. Surprised out in front of Disneyland by his mom, the smile on her face was a dream come true. She pats down his tears with her Minnie hands. Mom became a little girl again and being able to do that for her meant everything to Dimitrius. On a misty stage in front of a dreamy jungle background, Dimitrius's vocal is soft and supportive, his outfit full of straps and flowing tails, as the arrangement jumps around. But when he is finally able to build up, he crescendos into a powerful vocal that brings the audience to their feet and him to his knees in tears. Ursula runs onto the stage and wraps her tentacles around Dimitrius as he regains his composure. This was the one song he wanted to truly devote to his mother, he tells Ryan. Lionel says your journey has been amazing and fans need to vote, your heart and soul is in everything you do. Ursula says you have an incredible instrument in your voice, great song choice, you took us on a right that was just enough, really emotional. Luke says I saved him. We've picked your voice apart, little things missed, but you didn't miss one note tonight on a very challenging song. Walker Burroughsis met by his sister and parents in Disneyland, the first time his parents have seen him famous. He is singing When She Loved Me from Toy Story 2 and tells Rebel he's not going to play the piano because he wants the performance to be about his voice. She helps him with a pitchy note, and tells him to find some inner emotion to connect with in the song. Behind the piano, Walker opens with a solid, clear and beautiful vocal, accompanied by a bass, it's a terrifically mesmerizing narrative performance that keeps your attention focused on the sweet, sensitive lyrics and melodies. The audience is silent until the final applause. Ursula says that was so impressive, you transported me into another time and place, the audience was so quiet and respectful of you telling that story, we tuned into every word. Luke says it is so difficult to do what you just did, to play piano, to hit the notes, to twin the notes on the piano to what your singing, you hit chords I don't even know, you're a seasoned veteran at 20. Lionel says we call you in our business a pro, as close to perfect a performance as I can think of. Disney's #1 couple (Mickey & Minnie, joined by Donald, Goofy and Pluto) are excited for this next performance by Idol's #1 sweetheart, performing A Whole New World from Aladdin, and Runner-Up, Caleb Lee Hutchinson! Madison VanDenburg meets up with her sister Taylor in Radiator Springs and explore their passion for going fast. After being a kid again, she rehearses How Far I'll Go with Rebel and they share a bathtub moment, They are in the Disneyland Dream Sweet, which gives her a more magical experience. Rebel says she'd cast Madison in a movie musical tomorrow. With the stage doubling as a sandy beach with ocean waters nipping at her feet, Madison's vocal is amazing, multi-dimensional, lilting, smiling, hopeful, wistful, powerful. Then she breaks out and glad hands the front row fans, pushing her voice to even further heights, a sense of urgency, destiny. Luke says can you just try to make it look difficult? Please? You just surpassed any version of that song. Lionel says what was that last note, the stratosphere of notes, your talent is amazing. Ursula says you really stepped into your power, so gorgeous, climbing the mountain of so many notes, when will you stop? Next in the spotlight is the one and only Laine Hardy, on the Mark Twain in New Orleans Square when he's surprised by his sister. He's singing Oo-De-Lally from Robin Hood, a song his father loves. Rebel gives him a beneits. Rebel tells him he needs to open his mouth a little and has him sing off the balcony to the Disneyland fans below. It's an interesting mix with his slicked back hair and Vegas jacket, but the vocal is infused with his southern rolicking vocal, delivering the rapid-paced lyrics with ease and fun. He jams with his fellow guitarist, then parties back into the chorus and basically just has a heck of a lot of fun on stage and maybe sending kids to check out the movie the song comes from on Netflix. Lionel says you have found your wheelhouse, hometown boy, hand clappin', foot stompin', perfect song. That was straight down the alley. Ursula says I said you could win it this time, don't not believe that. Luke says last year in New Orleans I said you better be careful or you might win American Idol. Our final performance tonight comes from Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon. Jeremiah thinks he's getting a photo shoot with Mickey but it's his newlywed sister and brother-in-law of 11 days that surprises him. Mickey might as well not even be there. She says his sexuality has been a journey for the family and an opportunity for them to grow. Singing Candle On The Water from Pete's Dragon (the original), Rebel says he's more interesting than he lets on and tells him to rip off his hoodie like Magic Mike. His range is incredible, she says, and you can't improve on perfection. Dressed kind of like Michael Jackson (no glove), Jeremiah opens with a strong, romantic vocal, just a bit of roughness around the edge, confident in his upper octave, delivering powerful notes and giving this classic Disney ballad a whole new life as a pop song. Ursula says you hit that note at the end with such gorgeous ease, it's a pleasure to watch you sing, you've grown in leaps and bounds. Luke says you're a pro pro pro, never not in complete control. We're relaxed because we know you're going to deliver. Lionel says we are watching one of the greatest shows ever, and you are just owning your talent. This is your last chance to vote. Voting closes at the end of this commercial break. Two people will be leaving the show tonight unless the judges use their one and only save of the season! After an amazing show of fantastic Disney performances, the voting is now closed and I have the results. We are going to start building your Top 8 right now. Dim the lights and here we go. The first person through to the Top 8 after the nationwide vote is... Laine! The next person taking a spot in the Top 8 after the nationwide vote is... Madison! Also America wants to see more of... Alejandro! Up next, singing again for another week, after the nationwide vote, it is... Jeremiah! Up next, in the Top 8, after the nationwide vote is... Walker! And sealing a spot in the Top 8 is... Laci! The nation has totally fallen in love and wants to see you back again... Wade! That leaves three left: Uche, Dimitrius and Alyssa. One spot left in the Top 8. These were last week's Wild Card picks. The person taking the final spot in the Top 8 is... Alyssa! Uche tells Alyssa he's so proud of her. Two people on the edge of elimination. Judge, it's down to these two guys. Will you be using your Save for either of them tonight? It must be unanimous and you only get one per season. The judges talk it over. Judges, you get one per season, It has to be unanimous. Ursula asks how many shows are left? You have 3 weeks to use it, Ryan says, and 25 seconds to decide. I need results, Ryan says. OK, Lionel says, we're going to hold our vote. That means we say goodbye to Uche and Dimitrius tonight. Monday night is a highlight show with never-before-seen performances and we'll be back next Sunday live with your Top 8!
  2. Host - Phil Keoghan Serving as host and co-executive producer of CBS' multi-Emmy Award-winning reality series The Amazing Race, Phil Keoghan is arguably the most-traveled host on the planet. Born in New Zealand, Keoghan has experienced a life full of travel and adventure. He started traveling around the world at the age of two and has been globetrotting ever since. After Keoghan survived a near-death experience at the age of 19, he wrote a list of things to do before he died. He created the Tick-it Before You Kick-it! philosophy which he turned into a bestselling book, No Opportunity Wasted. Now, he is a regular motivational speaker at colleges and Fortune 500 companies around the world. Keoghan has visited more than 100 countries and has been sharing his stories in front of a TV camera for almost 30 years. His adventures include riding his bicycle from Los Angeles to New York; having a five-star meal on top of an erupting volcano of Stromboli; breaking an unofficial world bungy jumping record; putting a golf ball across Scotland; changing a light bulb on top of the Verrazano Bridge; diving the world's longest underwater caves; and swimming from Asia to Europe across the Bosporus. Keoghan's most daring challenge to date involves retracing the exact route of the 1928 Tour de France riding an original heavy steel vintage bicycle that had no gears. Riding an average of 150 miles a day for 26 days, he shot a documentary, Le Ride, to tell the forgotten 'underdog' story about the first English speaking team to take on the toughest sporting event on earth. Le Ride screened at SXSW and was selected as the opening night and festival favorite film at a number of festivals around the world. As a philanthropist, Keoghan has raised over $1 million for his favorite charity, MS, and was voted into the world's top 200 Most Influential Philanthropists and Social Entrepreneurs in 2017. Keoghan's work has earned him numerous awards, including 10 Primetime Emmy Awards as a producer and host of The Amazing Race; Best Director Award at the 2017 American Documentary Film Festival; the 2018 Sports Documentarian Award from the International Sports Hall of Fame; a World Class New Zealand Award; The Dorothy Corwin Spirit of Life Award for services to MS; a 2012 Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award; and the Endurance Live, Celebrity Athlete of the Year in 2013. Keoghan was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2014 for his services to television and tourism. Phil lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter. His birthday is May 31. Follow Phil on Twitter @PhilKeoghan and on Instagram @Philiminator.
  3. Chris Hammons and Bret LaBelle (Friends) Previous season: Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X Bret LaBelleAge: 44Hometown: Dedham, MassachusettsCurrent occupation: Police SergeantThree words to describe you: Funny, proud, and easygoing.What excites you most about traveling?Seeing other places and experiencing other cultures.Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests or Castaways?Our biggest competition will be the Racers because they have done it all before and we are new to the Race.Chris HammonsAge: 40Hometown: Moore, OklahomaCurrent occupation: AttorneyThree words to describe you: Competitive, tough, and loyal.What excites you most about traveling?I love seeing new and exotic places. Experiencing the cultures, so that I appreciate ours even more.Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests or Castaways?I believe the Race teams are the scariest competition!
  4. Rupert and Laura Boneham (Married) Previous seasons: Survivor: Pearl Islands, Survivor: All-Stars, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, and Survivor: Blood vs. Water (Rupert); Survivor: Blood vs. Water (Laura) Rupert BonehamAge: 54Hometown: IndianapolisCurrent occupation: Self-employedThree words to describe you: Strong, smart, and brave.What excites you most about traveling?The adventure.Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways?The Amazing Race-rs will most definitely have the advantage. Returning players always have the advantage over newbies.Laura BonehamAge: 49Hometown: IndianapolisCurrent occupation: Registered NurseThree words to describe you: Kind, strong, and smart.What excites you most about traveling?Seeing breathtaking scenery and new places I have never been before.Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways?Our biggest competition will most definitely be the Racers. There is a learning curve to running the Race and returnees have the advantage, no question!
  5. Corinne Kaplan and Eliza Orlins (Friends) Previous seasons: Survivor: Gabon and Survivor: Caramoan (Corinne); Survivor: Vanuatu and Survivor: Micronesia (Eliza) Corinne Kaplan and Eliza Orlins (Friends) Previous seasons: Survivor: Gabon and Survivor: Caramoan (Corinne); Survivor: Vanuatu and Survivor: Micronesia (Eliza) Corinne Kaplan Age: 39 Hometown: Denver Current occupation: Medical sales for the real money, podcasting for the side hustle Three words to describe you: 100% that bitch. What excites you most about traveling? Hangovers don't exist on vacation and calories don't count on airplanes. Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways? Racers. It's the same concept as taking your SATs. Your score goes up every time. Eliza Orlins Age: 35 Hometown: New York City Current occupation: Public Defender Three words to describe you: Intense, politically active, and outgoing. What excites you most about traveling? EVERYTHING! I absolutely love to travel and love seeing new places, meeting new people, and experiencing new cultures. Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways? Racers. Hands down. It's like when Boston Rob went up against a bunch of newbies on Survivor: Redemption Island.
  6. Nicole Franzel and Victor Arroyo (Engaged) Previous seasons: Big Brother 16, winner of Big Brother 18 (Nicole); Big Brother 18 (Victor) Nicole FranzelAge: 26Hometown: Ubly, MichiganCurrent occupation: Registered Nurse, content creator, podcast co-hostThree words to describe you: Cuddly, quirky, and competitive.What excites you most about traveling?Being immersed in different cultures and learning about them. Also, as cliche as it sounds, getting to see the world; it's not easy to get this experience and I'm not going to take it for granted.Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways?Former Race teams, for sure! They know how to work together as a team, what their prior strengths and weaknesses are and know what to pack, which we are very uncertain about!Victor ArroyoAge: 28Hometown: Ubly, MichiganCurrent occupation: Freight brokerThree words to describe you: Outgoing, silly, and competitive.What excites you most about traveling?Experiencing different cultures, foods, meeting new people and trying new activities. Also, seeing the other beautiful landscapes of the world.Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways?Racers, because they have done this before which makes them more prepared for this type of competition.
  7. Rachel Reilly and Elissa Slater (Sisters) Previous seasons: Big Brother 12, winner of Big Brother 13, The Amazing Race 20 and The Amazing Race: All-Stars (Rachel); Big Brother 15 (Elissa) Rachel ReillyAge: 34Hometown: Van Nuys, CaliforniaCurrent occupations: Student, PT tech, yoga teacher, entrepreneur, casting, mom, entertainment, and blogger.Three words to describe you: Loyal, fierce/competitive, and courageous.What excites you most about traveling?This is my third Race and my first two I did with Brendon, my husband. It was really fun to race with him but this Race is really exciting because I get to do this with my sister. Growing up, Elissa and I moved a lot. I think I went to three middle schools and two high schools.Moving and only having your sister as a constant made us super close, then we went to college, got married, and didn't live together anymore. We still love to do everything together. Elissa was on Big Brother after I was, we got engaged the same weekend, we got married the same year, and we had babies together! So for us, doing the Race together is a dream come true! SISTER BONDING!Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways?I think the biggest threats are the Racers. The Race teams know what to expect and even though I have raced twice, my partner has never raced so this will be totally new to her. It's probably good to have a new set of eyes on something I feel so confident about, but I also hope that she listens to me because after all, I've done this twice before and NEVER BEEN ELIMINATED. This also adds pressure on both of us, but I mean, I'm Rachel Reilly, I've won two reality shows. I've got this in the bag Elissa SlaterAge: 32Hometown: Las VegasCurrent occupation: Founder, CEO Drop Method® appThree words to describe you: Go-getter, focused, and determined.What excites you most about traveling?Seeing the world—especially with my sister, meeting new people and cultures, realizing the infinite possibilities of our world.Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways?Definitely the Racers.
  8. Janelle Pierzina and Britney Haynes (Friends) Previous seasons: Big Brother 6, Big Brother All-Stars, and Big Brother 14 (Janelle); Big Brother 12 and Big Brother 14 (Britney) Janelle PierzinaAge: 38Hometown: Lakeville, Minnesota Current occupation: Realtor Three words to describe you: Determined, competitive, and honest.What excites you most about traveling? Seeing new places and experiencing new cultures.Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways? Our biggest competition will absolutely be The Amazing Race teams. They have done this before and know what they are doing.Britney HaynesAge: 30Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma Current occupation: Stay-at-home mom Three words to describe you: Sarcastic, emotional, and witty. What excites you most about traveling? Experiencing other cultures. Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways? Definitely Racers! They are well-seasoned and more prepared for the Race.
  9. Tyler Oakley and Korey Kuhl (Best Friends) Previous season: The Amazing Race 28 Tyler OakleyAge: 30Hometown: Los AngelesCurrent occupation: Video BloggerThree words to describe you: Giggly, curious, and adventurous.What excites you most about traveling?Seeing more of the world and learning more about myself.Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways? Racers! They know what to expect!Korey KuhlAge: 34Hometown: San FranciscoCurrent occupation: Podcast HostThree words to describe you: Witty, competitive, and funny.What excites you most about traveling?Seeing and experiencing new cultures/stepping out of my comfort zone.Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways?Racers!
  10. Leo Temory and Jamal Zadran (Cousins) Previous seasons: The Amazing Race 23 and The Amazing Race: All-Stars Leo TemoryAge: 31Hometown: Pasadena, CaliforniaCurrent occupation: Bar OwnerThree words to describe you: Optimistic, fun, and creative.What excites you most about traveling?Seeing new places and interacting with new people.Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways? Racers, by far! Because they have experienced the Race before. Nothing prepares you for the Raceunless you have run it before.Jamal ZadranAge: 30Hometown: HoustonCurrent occupation: Customer Financial Services ManagerThree words to describe you: Ambitious, confident, and resilient.What excites you most about traveling?Being able to experience the different cultures and dissecting each language.Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways?Clearly, the biggest threats will be past Racers. Just simply because of the experience. Having been on the Race before definitely helps you prepare mentally and physically.
  11. Becca Droz and Floyd Pierce (Friends) Previous season: The Amazing Race 29 Becca DrozAge: 28Hometown: Boulder, ColoradoCurrent occupation: Rock Climbing Instructor/Coach/GuideThree words to describe you: Excitable, honest, and fun-loving.What excites you most about traveling?Gaining new perspectives on the world and life, new experiences.Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways?Our biggest competition will be Racers. They've done it before and they know how this game works.Floyd PierceAge: 23Hometown: Highlands Ranch, ColoradoCurrent occupation: Client Service ManagerThree words to describe you: Spunky, charismatic, and contemplative.What excites you most about traveling?Getting to experience the lives of other people. Every country is so unique and each feels like a different world, and I'm so lucky that I get to see other countries in a way that your average tourist can't.Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways?Definitely the Castaways. I feel like Survivor can be psychologically tougher than the Race because it's more social and you're just sitting around alone with your thoughts. So I think the Castaways can handle themselves during the stressful moments. The Race is also physically and mentally challenging, and obviously, the Castaways are used to those kinds of conditions!
  12. Colin Guinn and Christie Woods (Life Partners) Previous season: The Amazing Race 5 Colin GuinnAge: 38Hometown: Austin, TexasCurrent occupation: Tech EntrepreneurThree words to describe you: Loving, energetic, and capable.What excites you most about traveling?Getting to experience other cultures and people around the world and witnessing their way of life firsthand... seeing how different their culture can be, while at the same time recognizing how similar we all are at the core.Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways? Racers, without a doubt. The Amazing Race is very different than the other shows in that the competitors are out in the real world having to navigate countries with different cultures and language, dealing with uncontrollable flight delays, lack of sleep, jet lag, etc. I think the people who have experienced that before and proved to be successful in that environment, will be our biggest competition.Christie WoodsAge: 40Hometown: Austin, TexasCurrent occupation: Integrated Sex, Love, and Relationship CoachThree words to describe you: Adventurous, curious, and fun.What excites you most about traveling?Seeing the world, and experiencing new people and different cultures.Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways?Racers for sure!!
  13. Art Velez and JJ Carrell (Best Friends) Previous season: The Amazing Race 20 Art VelezAge: 49Hometown: Temecula, CaliforniaCurrent occupation: Federal AgentThree words to describe you: Humorous, outgoing, and positive.What excites you most about traveling?Exploring new wonders.Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways?Racers!JJ CarrellAge: 49Hometown: San Marcos, CaliforniaCurrent occupation: Border Patrol Agent / Immigration EnforcementThree words to describe you: Loyal, strong, and determined.What excites you most about traveling?Everything about experiencing new cultures, sights, smells, and people.Who do you think will be your biggest competition: Racers, Houseguests, or Castaways?Racers.
  14. It's a reality showdown on an all-new season of The Amazing Race, premiering Wednesday, Apr. 17 at 9/8c. Get ready for an epic reality showdown on the 31st season of The Amazing Race! That's right, the Emmy Award-winning global competition returns with the first clash among some of the most memorable players from The Amazing Race, Survivor, and Big Brother. The 11 teams will compete on the 25,000+ mile journey around the world to be crowned winners of the $1 million prize. Phil Keoghan returns to host. Racers, Castaways, and Houseguests will not only compete for the cash prize, but for bragging rights for their respective shows. Will the former Racers' travel experience be the most helpful? Will the former Survivors outwit, outplay and outlast the competition? Or, will the Big Brother players' abilities to adapt and expect the unexpected make all the difference?
  15. Last night, America voted. Tonight, who did you love? The Top 10 are revealed. The buzz is that this is the most talented group in Idol history. We have your Top 10 results. This is American Idol! Ladies & gentlemen, your host, Ryan Seacrest! Please show some love to your judges, Luke Bryan, Lionel Ritchie and Katy Perry! Last night, our Top 14 fought for their place in the Top 10. Seven will be selected by your votes, the remaining three by your judges. Everyone will sing tonight, either a new song or reprising a song they have already performed. 14 tense faces in the lounge. First up, Madison VanDenburg takes the stage. She sang Fallin (Alicia keys) and after the nationwide vote, America wants more Madison! You are through to the Top 10! She reprises her performance. The next person to join Ryan on stage is Evelyn Cormier. She sang The Middle (Jimmy Eat World). After the nationwide vote, America unfortunately did not put you in the Top 10. She now sings Dust In The Wind (Kansas) for one of the three judges votes. Her vocal is low and breathless, an affected accent in a 3 dimensional performance that has an air of mystery and spiritualness to it. Lionel says he's in shock, he's a fan, but this is not the end, this is the beginning of a long career. Katy says she's a super pro, graceful, beautiful, will be a spectacular artist. Luke says watching her grow into your style, some like it and some don't but that has never stopped a good artist. Don't let America's vote change who you are. More results. Next in the spotlight is, Walker Burroughs. You sang Climb Ev'ry Mountain (Sound of Music). After the nationwide vote, America is happy to put you in the Top 10! Walker chooses to sing Lovebug (The Jonas Brothers) with no pressure, delivering a light and airy performance with a vocal of innocence and joy, then kicking into an excited rockish beat of celebration. During Walker's performance, Ryan found a gallon of the ice cream flavor that Brewsters named for Walker. Katy runs up on stage (in high heels), grabs the tub from Ryan and retreats to the judges table. The air is intense in the lounge, and 100 degrees with no AC. Riley Thompson, your results are next. You sang Suds In The Bucket (Sara Evans). After the nationwide vote, America unfortunately did not put you in the Top 10 but you can sing for your life right now for the judges picks. Singing It Must Be Love (Don Williams), Riley is pretty in pink singing an upbeat country love song, full of the innocence and joy of a young girl's first love. The vocal is solid and the performance expressive, professional. Luke says great song choice and loved her growth. Katy says she needs to brush this off and keep focused, everyone loved her on Twitter last night. Lionel says you can't teach being ready to go on stage at just 16. Forget the point, it's all about the game. The next person to join Ryan is Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, who sang We All Fall In Love Sometimes (Elton John). Elton John posted on Instagram that Jeremiah's performance took his breath away. But is America a fan as well? After the nationwide vote, America is also a fan. He's in the Top 10! Jeremiah sings an original song, Almost Heaven. Sitting at the piano, the song starts out quiet, somber, sensitive, with a string quartet coming in to complement the narrative vocal as his voice reaches for the sky. Three spots in the Top 10 are filled. Next to find out their fate is Alyssa Raghu, who sang She Used To Be Mine (Sara Bareilles ). After the nationwide vote, America has not voted you into the Top 10. For the judges' vote, she sings The One That Got Away (Katy Perry). A little wistful, her voice is sweet, confident, powerful and entertaining but there's an air of recognition this could be her last time on the Idol stage. She has tears in her eyes at the finish. Luke says Raghu, our sauce, I applaud you for coming back with your voice and a new shining light. If you commit that much to music, it will pay you back. Katy says how dare you! How dare you sing that song 100x better than me. That was so beautiful and you're a gorgeous young woman, the second semester of a master class and you have time. It will happen. Lionel says It's your heart and drive and for 17yrs old, you've done all we could ask with a smile. Keeping things rolling with Wade Cota, who sang Trouble (Ray LaMontagne ) last night. After the nationwide vote, I'm surprised, no I'm not. You're in the Top 10! That was so mean, Katy says. Wade performs Simple Man (Lynyrd Skynyrd), his characteristically rough vocal giving the southern rock song a bit of a blues vibe. With the pressure off, his pacing is on point and his power fearless. Returning next week will be real time voting with the show live in all time zones. Will Dimitrius Graham be there? He sang Perfect by Ed Sheeran. After the nationwide vote, America did not feel like putting you in the Top 10. Singing for his life, he performs When The Party's Over (Bille Eilish). The vocal starts off quiet and hesitant, living in his upper range showcasing the range of his voice, his power, his dynamics, his understated talent. Luke says great choice of song and maybe the most he's been emotionally connected. Way to fight. Katy says you can sing any note in the world and you really brought your heart through, always remain an emotional singer, it's all about connection. Lionel says we felt you go inside, take that breath, and let us know who you really are. Tonight we saw there's more to you. I know how you feel, you were born enough, stand on top of your emotions and go forward. Next up is Laci Kaye Booth, who sang I Miss You (Blink-182). You took a risk with that song and after the nationwide vote, that risk paid off. You're in the Top 10! She performs As Long As You Follow (Fleetwood Mac) as her moving-on song, struggling with her ear piece but not with her performance as she delivers a delightful even-tempo, somewhat sleepy vocal. Five of America's Top 7 have been selected, and it's Eddie Island's turn in the hot seat, having sung Bennie And The Jets (Elton John) last night. After the nationwide vote, you have not made it into the Top 10 but will sing Use Somebody (Kings of Leon) to fight for the judges' choice. Rockin' with the electric guitar, he returns to a grunge approach, working the front row fans, dancing around the stage, and releasing all the emotion and artistry he can muster. Luke says they love Eddie's personality, but vocally, it may be song choices, I was crossing my fingers. It's so important to partner your voice with the perfect song. Katy says it's not just a singing competition but an Idol competition and he has room for growth, to overcome nervousness. Lionel says look how far you've gotten on a dare. It's not that you're not good or gifted but that the competition is fierce. Celebrate being in the Class of 14. Ashley Hess is next to learn the results of last night's performance of Fix You (Coldplay). After the nationwide vote, America voted and, you need to play some more to fight your way into the Top 10. Singing Sir Duke (Stevie Wonder), she goes up tempo to celebrate music and have a little fun, getting down with her brass section with a fun, dynamic vocal, strong and confident, a bit of attitude, an effortless key change and a smile never leaving her face. Luke says we've told you to stay behind the piano and you just gave your most comfortable, natural performance without it. Katy says you had nothing left to lose and you just did you, the best performance you've had. Lionel says life begins at the end of your comfort zone and you were out of your comfort zone, great job. Next to face the music is Laine Hardy, who last night sang That's All Right (Elvis). He never planned to audition, and after the nationwide vote, America is glad you did. You're in the Top 10! He sings Hurricane (The Band Of Heathens) with his electric guitar twanging, clouds over head, steam rising from the ground. His voice returns to his bayou roots in his hometown tribute. The vocal was swampy, dripping with quiet swagger and the confidence of a man who has found his home on stage and ain't never movin' out. Luke says way to deliver it with style. Katy says smokin' hot. You touched the sky and brought the color back, you look good, sound good and I'm shy. Lionel says a lot of people have leave home to make it, but you brought us back home to make it. Ryan points out that Laine is wearing the shirt that Luke gave him. One spot remains and both Alejandro Aranda and Uche are hoping America gave it to them. Alejandro sang One Dance (Drake) while Uche sang Finesse (Bruno Mars). One will earn America's pass into the Top 10 and the other will have to sing for his chance to move forward. Gentlemen, good luck to both of you, here we go. After the nationwide vote, the person to make it into the Top 10 is... Alejandro! Congratulations! He heads out to the stage to sing his original song, Cholo Love. Playing the piano and singing in his falsetto, the band kicks in with a Latin jazz beat, the artist clearly enjoying this opportunity for performance art. Last to perform, after receiving some last minute advice from Bobby Bones, Uche leaves it all on the stage with Diamonds (Rihanna). From the very first strobe-lit note, Uche served notice that he will not conform to any expectation just for votes. Complete with a voice delay and echo effect, he delivers an emotional, passionate and moving performance that brought everyone to their feet. Ryan asks how he's feeling and he says he's kind of side that people didn't like who he was in his Sunday night performance. Luke says I don't know how America missed the electricity this young man puts out. Never change that. Katy says last night was a lot of movement and choreography, you can do so much, and you are learning the art of entertaining. Lionel gets up on stage to hug Uche as the young man struggles to maintain his composure. We are not in the singing business, Lionel tells Uche, we're in the entertaining business and you will never touch as many as you've touched. A lot of people can sing but few can perform. And you can perform. Follow me, young man. He's taking him to the Top 10, Ryan excitedly shouts as Uche takes his place on the proper side of the stage. Katy and Luke are shocked. Lionel has made his pick for the Top 10, leaving only two spots left, one chosen by Katy and the other chosen by Luke. The remaining six artists from the Bottom 7 take the stage. There are two spots, two coaches, and just two minutes remaining. Bobby Bones picks Dimitrius and Riley as his choices. But it's up to Katy and Luke. Ryan tells them they are all remarkably talented. Luke, it's time for your decision. Dim the lights and here we go. Luke says he's changed his mind 3 times tonight. He leans on the shear emotion he felt with Dimitrius. You are in the Top 10! And it all comes down to Katy. There's one spot and 5 contestants remaining. Katy says everyone is fantastic, everyone has grown so much. You better fight for your life the next time you sing, Alyssa Raghu. You are in the Top 10! That means we say goodbye tonight to Evelyn Cormier, Eddie Island, Riley Thompson and Ashley Hess. And say hello to your Top 10: Laine Hardy, Wade Cota, Madison VanDenburg, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, Uché, Alejandro Aranda, Laci Kaye Booth and Walker Burroughs! Who is your favorite to win it all?
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