American Idol 2022 updates — Top 10 to compete TONIGHT includes HunterGirl, Lady K & more amid Laine Hardy arrest news

AMERICAN Idol returns tonight with a top 10 list of contestants loved by fans who voted at home.

Lady K was previously saved by Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan following a tie for the Judge’s Song Contest win.

Tonight’s episode features other performers such as Emyrson Flora and Mike Parker, Jay Copeland and Nicolina.

According to a statement by the star, Laine Hardy was previously a winner of American Idol.

LSU confirms to WAFB that there is an active investigation against the singer, but declined to provide additional details.

Every Sunday at 8pm ET, Idol fans can catch the show on ABC.

Check out our American Idol live blog to get the most current news and updates.

  • Los Angeles options

    Los Angeles’ network has allowed viewers to see the broadcast at 5pm because of the California mayoral election airing on ABC7 tonight.

  • Magical evening

    According to a tweet sent by the official Twitter account, Disney Week kicks off tonight’s episode.

  • Top 10: Noah Thompson

    Noah Thompson, 19, is a construction worker from Kentucky and was pushed to audition for American Idol by a co-worker.

    His love of music began at an early age, when his father bought him his first guitar and taught him how to play it.

    Thompson spoke Hollywood Life that it was his dad who wanted him to “be in music,”But his father taught him how to play his first chords and his passion for music grew.

    It was his dad’s dream as well that Thompson would make it in the music industry, and Thompson said, “Kind of the whole point of me being here, for my dad. I wanted it to be almost for the two of us. 

    Thompson performed Stand With Me, Ben E. King’s hit song, to the judges on April 25th.

  • Top 10: Nicolina Bozzo

    Nicolina is 18 years old and from Toronto, Canada.

    She is a university student, and she has stated that she is used perform with her family.

    This star has a remarkable TikTok following, with over 258,000 followers.

    She sang She Used To Be Mine by Sara Bareilles for her first audition. She received a gold ticket and a standing ovation.

  • Top 10: Mike Parker

    Mike Parker, contestant, was called a “superstar” by judge Luke Bryan towards the beginning of the season.

    Mike Parker was born in Gainsville, Virginia, and attended Fauquier High School.

    According to Hollywood Life Parker was a part of his school’s musicals growing up.

    Prior to his time on American Idol season 20, Parker auditioned for The Voice.

    On The Voice, he made it to Jennifer Hudson’s team after his third try during season 15.

    On April 18’s episode, Parker failed to win the public vote to become one of the Top 14 on American Idol season 20.

    However, it wasn’t all over for the Idol wannabe as he became one of the four contestants saved by the judges — leading him to the top 10.

  • Top 10: Leah Marlene

    Leah Marlene is a standout this season because of her soulful sound and obvious songwriting talent. She also has a hilarious personality.

    The 20-year-old quirky musician is from Normal, Illinois.

    Leah’s father is Derry Grehan, a Canadian rock band Honeymoon Suite.

    She claimed that she was channeling her father while she performed before the judges.

    Leah told American Idol: “My whole childhood, my life was just filled with guitars and amp.

    “He was a freaking rock star and last night my dad was there and it was just like a full circle moment. It was so cool.”

  • Top 10 Lady K

    Lady K, also known as Kezia Istonia is from Tuskegee, Alabama.

    Tristen Gressett, the 25-year-old singer, was scheduled to be eliminated last week. However, the judges saved her and she was placed in the Top 10.

  • Top 10: Jay Copeland

    Jay Copeland, a musician aged 23 from Salisbury Maryland.

    He graduated college two years back, majoring in music.

    During his audition, he revealed he was on a fellowship to go to graduate school for acting but dropped out after he was told he had to choose between acting and music.

    Jay was able to sing a Stevie Wonder song during his audition and received a platinum ticket.

  • Top 10: HunterGirl

    HunterGirl was the first American Idol winner with a platinum ticket.

    The 23-year-old country singer is from Winchester, Tennessee, and her real name is Hunter Wolkonowski.

    When she’s not focusing on her own music, HunterGirl works with veterans in music therapy.

    She graduated from Middle Tennesse State University.

  • Top 10: Fritz Hager

    Fritz Hager III, 17, is from Tyler, Texas.

    Fritz received three song options from the judges last week. Each judge selected a song for Fritz to perform.

    Katy Perry selected God Only Knows by the Beach Boys, and Lionel Richie gave him the option of Perfect by Ed Sheeran.

    Hager ultimately chose Luke Bryan’s option of Wonderwall by Oasis and said he was thrilled when he heard he could perform it.

    After his performance, Bryan said he chose the song as a curveball, and his inspiration to provide it as an option came from hearing Hager prepare with his band during a soundcheck in Las Vegas.

  • Top 10: Emyrson Flowera

    Emyrson Flora, 16, is the youngest performer to compete in American Idol, beating Jordin Sparks who was 17 years old when she competed in 2007.

    American Idol regulations state that performers must be at least 15 years old to compete.

    Flora said the Akron Beacon Journal that she didn’t have any formal training for performing and had only sung for her family and friends.

    She said: “I just come from singing in my room to this pretty quick.”

    The high school student, aged 16, is from Cleveland Ohio.

    Emyrson sings and plays the guitar, piano and other instruments.

    With over 13,000 followers, she has a good following on TikTok. Her username is @emyrsonflora

  • Top 10: Christian Guardino

    Christian Guardino (21), joined American Idol’s 20th Season. He has impressed the judges with his powerful voice and ability to overcome all the difficulties and setbacks he has faced throughout his life.

    Originally from Long Island, New York, Christian was born legally blind.

    He was diagnosed with a rare genetic eye disorder, Leber Congenital Amaurosis, which affects the retina, impairing the individual’s vision.

    As he grew older, his vision began to decline. However, Guardino was able to participate in a trial of gene therapy when he was in his teens.

    The trial was successful, and his vision returned to approximately 80 percent.

  • Protocols for this Season

    This season, American Idol is airing live again, but with necessary safety protocols in place.

    The number of cities in which the auditions took place was decreased to ensure that the cast, crew, as well as participants, were protected. Judges are also socially distant.

  • How Covid-19 has affected the recent seasons 

    Season 18 of American Idol shut down due to Covid-19 protocols, but it was the first reality competition series to return to screens and air remotely.

    Contestants who sang for producers were given the green light to proceed to a judged audition using custom-built Zoom technology.

  • What does it cost to audition for a show?

    It costs nothing to audition for American Idol, provided hopefuls meet the show’s eligibility requirements, and cover their own costs of travel and accommodation.

    At audition, you must be between 15-28 years old. You must also be legal US residents and have not competed in the Top 10 of any previous season.

  • What time do contestants practice?

    American Idol contestants don’t get to enjoy weekends off.

    Saturdays and Sundays are often busier than weekdays because contestants have to attend intense rehearsals.

    The weekend rehearsals include sessions with vocal coaches and rehearsals. Contestants also have to do three rehearsals before the performance.

  • Celebrating 20 Years

    The famed singing competition returned for its 20th season this year, with a few changes.

    American Idol first premiered in 2002, and host Ryan Seacrest was celebrated during this season’s premiere for being involved with the show for its 20 years.

  • Is American Idol cancelled?

    Before being canceled in 2016, the FOX singing competition series aired 15 seasons. TV Series Finale.

    However, ABC revived the show in 2018 and brought back host Ryan Seacrest.

    This season, Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan all returned to judge the show with Bobby Bones not returning due to conflicting commitments.

  • Who are the judges 

    Judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan have returned as American Idol judges this season, and executive producer and showrunner Megan Wolflick said they are thrilled to welcome them back.

    “The chemistry and passion Katy, Luke, Lionel, and Ryan bring is second to none. We couldn’t be more ecstatic that they are returning for this iconic 20th season in search of the freshest new talent that this nation has to offer.”

  • What year did American Idol start?

    Created by Simon Fuller, the reality competition series American Idol first premiered on Fox back on June 11, 2002.

  • How can I see tonight’s episode online?

    American Idol’s 20th Season airs at 8 p.m. on ABC.

    The show can be watched live on ABC at 8pm EST or streamed through Hulu.

  • Kenedi Anderson: What happened?

    At the beginning of the season, Kenedi Anderson made history by earning the show’s first platinum ticket, which allows contestants to bypass the first round of Hollywood Week.

    Despite being one of the season’s frontrunners, she shocked fans when it was announced on April 11’s episode that she withdrew from the competition for “personal reasons.”

    The rising star then took to social media, where she confirmed the news.

    She wrote in an Instagram post: “For personal reasons, I’m unable to continue on American Idol.

    “This has been one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make, but I know it’s necessary.”

  • Who was eliminated last Wednesday?

    Tristen Gressett (17 years old), was expelled from the season’s last episode.

    Tristen performed You Can’t Always Have What You Want by The Rolling Stones.

  • Finalists of Season 20

    Tonight’s remaining 10 contestants are:

    • Christian Guardino
    • Emyrson Flora
    • Fritz Hager
    • HunterGirl
    • Jay Copeland
    • Lady K
    • Leah Marlene
    • Mike Parker
    • Nicolina
    • Noah Thompson

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