American Idol: Who are in the final 12?

AMERICAN Idol season 19 is nearly halfway through the competition after premiering in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.

This season, the judges will have an opportunity to decide who moves to the next round and give six contestants with the least number of votes a chance at redemption.

American Idol: Who are in the final 12?

The competition at American Idol already has the top 12 contestants ready to battle it out in the last few episodes of the show.

After Wyatt Pike suddenly dropped out of the competition, longtime host Ryan Seacrest announced that Casey Bishop would move on to the next round in his place.

The final 12 currently standing are: 

  • Casey Bishop
  • Deshawn Goncalves
  • Cassandra Coleman
  • Caleb Kennedy
  • Ava August
  • Chayce Beckham
  • Alyssa Wray
  • Willie Spence
  • Grace Kinstler
  • Hunter Metts
  • Madison Watkins (saved by judges)
  • Beane (saved by judges)

Alanis Sophia did not make it through the top 12 even after performing Heart Attack by Demi Lovato as her second chance song. 

Similarly, the final wildcard spot was given to Hunter Metts who was voted through after nearly facing elimination. 

He performed I Can’t Make You Love Me and was saved from getting sent home.

Why was Luke Bryan not on American Idol?

Country singer Luke Bryan was not able to judge the first live episode of the competition after he was diagnosed with coronavirus. 

He was replaced by original Idol judge, Paula Abdul.

Bryan took to Twitter to announce his temporary leave, writing: “I’m sad to say I won’t be a part of tonight’s first live @AmericanIdol show.

"I tested positive for Covid but I’m doing well and look forward to being back at it soon.”

Shortly after Bryan updated his fans on Twitter, Abdul confirmed she was filling in for him, writing: “We’ll miss you tonight @LukeBryanOnline. Thank you for trusting me with your judge’s seat!"

When is American Idol on and how can I watch?

You can tune into the competition on ABC Sunday and Monday nights at 8pm.

Episodes are also available to stream on or the ABC app with a TV service provider.

ABC programming can also be viewed on Hulu with a subscription.

The show is also available on YouTube TV.

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