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'American Idol' down to 5

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Mon, May 6th 2019 01:35 pm
`American Idol` top five Laine Hardy, Alejandro Aranda, Wade Cota, Madison Vandenburg and Laci Kaye Booth (ABC photo by Eric McCandless)
"American Idol" top five Laine Hardy, Alejandro Aranda, Wade Cota, Madison Vandenburg and Laci Kaye Booth (ABC photo by Eric McCandless)

Finalists performed inspirational ‘showstopper’ songs as Lauren Daigle returned to mentor

The stakes were high as the remaining “American Idol” finalists sang their hearts out Sunday in hopes of winning America’s vote and advancing to the next phase of the competition.

In the episode, each contestant performed one inspirationally powerful “showstopper” song, with the help of former “Idol” hopeful and now Grammy Award-winning artist Lauren Daigle, who served as celebrity guest mentor. Each finalist also took on a song performed at the famed Woodstock music festival in 1969. That event remains one of the most historic moments in popular music history.

Last season’s second runner-up and powerhouse vocalist Gabby Barrett also returned to the “Idol” stage to perform her latest song, “I Hope,” which has claimed her the No. 1 spot on Radio Disney Country’s Top 50 chart – and continues to rise on SiriusXM’s “The Highway.”

Sunday night’s show was the final opportunity for the judges to use the coveted save on one contestant this season. They opted to keep Laci Kaye Booth.

Helping to discover the next singing sensation are music industry legends and all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest hosts the beloved series, while famed multimedia personality Bobby Bones acts as in-house mentor.

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