The show must go on! american idolbegan to reduce the competition in a big way on Sunday, and this left some viewers with strong feelings about the season.
Sunday Idol kicked off a new round of Showstopper Performances, and ushered in the judges’ unenviable task of narrowing the wide field of contenders to just the Top 24.
One of the many lucky stars of the night was 17-year-old Hannah Everhart, who caught people’s attention for her striking resemblance to Katy Perry, as well as her seemingly unpolished and un-rude personality.
Last week, Everhart made headlines during the duet round when she was paired with Claudia Conway. Together they delivered a version of “Sign of the Times,” which pushed Everhart into the next round but left Conway packing.
Sunday’s newest IdolEverhart stepped out of his country music comfort zone and tried his hand at some pop, with a rendition of Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball.”
While the performance didn’t surprise Perry, Luke Bryan or Lionel Richie, who watched remotely from home after possible COVID-19 exposure, all three judges saw enough potential in Everhart to give it another shot in the next round. .
The singer was so excited by the news that she jumped into a pool fully dressed in denim from head to toe. Meanwhile, fans on Twitter were more divided.
Later in the evening, however, there was an elimination that apparently brought all of the Idol fans together in total disagreement with the judges.
A singer named Murphy, who became a fan favorite for his fun-loving personality and unique performances, came out and delivered an original tune titled “Am I Still Mine?” The performance came after he revealed that he has a degenerative eye condition that will likely blind him by the time he is 30.
Despite the heartfelt original song, sad backstory, and the fact that it was his birthday, the aspiring musician ended up getting the ax, and this didn’t sit well with many viewers at home.
Meanwhile, Murphy took the bad news in stride and shared a message of positivity and optimism after being ousted.
“Thank you for everyone who showed faith in me. Even though my journey has ended on #AmericanIdol, I will still be singing,” she wrote on Instagram alongside a panoramic shot of the sunset on the horizon. “Tomorrow is a new day and the horizon looks very welcoming. #Murphyonidol See you soon. :)”
Fans will have a chance to see the next half of this round on Monday night, when the Top 24 is finalized.
american idol airs Sundays and Mondays at 8 pm ET / PT on ABC.