American Idol 2020: It’s a Top 11!

Lee DeWyze, 12/28/19

With a shortened American Idol schedule comes a rather big cut from 20 to 10. Personally, I don’t mind this big cut for the semi-finals to the finals stage, though my personal opinion has always been that I think the Top 20 should each perform twice before the cut is made. Nonetheless, there weren’t too many issues with the results in my opinion. I would’ve liked to have seen Nick, who was one of my favourites, and Faith, whose performance I really enjoyed, make it through over a couple that did; I was also pleasantly surprised to see Jovin make it through. He had a weak first-night, but I’m a fan of his style and liked everything he’d turned in up until that point.

The judges’ decision to “save” Makayla Phillips to make it a top eleven was appreciated as well, as she’s quickly become one of my favourites from this cast as well. It turned out to be a good decision, too, as I think she delivered the best performance of the evening. Elsewhere, Just Sam bounced back incredibly well from her first performance to now. Julia, who I haven’t really been a fan of this season, also delivered a performance I wound up enjoying as well.

  1. Makayla Phillips – “The House That Built Me” (Miranda Lambert)
  2. Francisco Martin – “Falling Like the Stars” (James Arthur)
  3. Just Sam – “Grandma’s Hands” (Bill Withers)
  4. Louis Knight – “In My Place” (Coldplay)
  5. Jovin Webb – “Voodoo” (Allen Stone)
  6. Julia Gargano – “New York State of Mind” (Billy Joel)
  7. Sophia James – “In My Room” (The Beach Boys)
  8. Jonny West – “Faithfully” (Journey)
  9. Dillon James – “Yesterday” (The Beatles)
  10. Grace Leer – “Over the Rainbow” (Judy Garland)
  11. Arthur Gunn – “Take Me Home, Country Roads” (John Denver)

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