It’s Another exciting night of American Idol on ABC tonight with an all-new Sunday, May 12, 2019, season 17 episode 18 and we have your weekly American Idol recap below. On tonight’s American Idol season 17 episode 18 as per the ABC synopsis, “The remaining five hopefuls perform three songs, including a pick from an in-house mentor, Bobby Bones; a song dedicated to their heroes in honor of Mother’s Day; and a selection from Elton John’s catalog.”
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Tonight we have our top five; Lane Hardy, Wade Cota, Madison VanDenburg, Alejandro Aranda, Laci Kay Booth, all competing for the title of American Idol. Each hopeful will sing three songs for America’s votes. One of the songs will be an Elton John, one will be chosen by Bobby Bones and another will be a special Mother’s Day themed song.
Wade Coda is singing, “You Are The Best Thing,” by Ray LaMontagne and chosen by Bobby Bones.
Judges Comments: Katy: “I am just so happy that sometimes we get pushed past our comfort zone and I am happy Bobby got you there. For your next two songs, just let it go.” Luke: “I think that you didn’t try to overdo that song, just watching you grow week to week and seeing your confidence grow has been great.” Lionel: “When we first met you, it was real! Now it is very clear that you are on your way to something huge, just enjoy this ride.”
Lacy Kaye Booth is singing, “The House That Built Me,” by Miranda Lambert and chosen by Bobby Bones.
Judges Comments: Luke: “I’m glad we saved you. It is so hard to come back after you know America did not send you through. I think it is so important that you give us grace and style.” Lionel: “Everyone once in a while you find a song that finds your character, that song fit you perfectly. You are a storyteller, your vocals were the best that I have heard. Keep focused on what you are about.” Katy: “The stakes are so high right now, it is at a fever pitch. The only way to win this show is taking chances, and you did that. The next two songs, take chances and you will make it.”
Alejandro Aranda is singing, “No Woman, No Cry,” by Bob Marley, chosen by Bobby Bones.
Judges Comments: Lionel: “There are words to describe you, I say do. You understand what it is to be an artist, you take everything and make it you. I am a fan of yours now.” Katy: “I just think I saw you in real time step into power. I don’t know if you have taken yourself seriously up to now, this is going to be an interesting two shows.” Luke: “That was the most present and upfront that I have heard from you. You are going to change music man.”
Lane Hardy is singing, “Can’t You See,” by The Marshall Tucker Band, chosen by Bobby Bones.
Judges Comments: Katy: “Laine lets pretend that you don’t win this show. The next two songs, I want to see that fight even more. That guitar is your girlfriend, treat her good.” Luke: “Love the pants and the shoes. Great song choice, great arrangement with the band.” Lionel: “The shoes are kickin’ ass. You have to give us attitude now, you got the sound.”
Madison Vandenburg is singing, “What About Us,” by Pink, chosen by Bobby Bones.
Judges Comments: Luke: “Those movements, in the end, were great, Katy levitated. Keep digging in, you interact more with the audience, but don’t get complacent.” Lionel: “With a voice like that, it is absolutely amazing how much you have grown. The last two notes that you hit were way out of the stratosphere.” Katy: “It is happening right now before our eyes, what you just show us at the end of the song was some crazy musical talent.”
Wade Cota is singing, “Rocket Man,” by Elton John.
Judges Comments: Lionel: “Who are you? You have gone from the guy that was not so sure to the Rocket Man glasses with attitude. You are doing something right and perfect, you are playing with the character. You turned that difficult song into something you were into.” Katy: “I love when you bring your character out, I know you are really funny. The way that you held us at the beginning of that song, stay that way.” Luke: “You should have kept the glasses on, we were laser focused on you. Even your whisper is like the most believable whisper, great job, you slew it.”
Laci Kay Booth is singing, “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” by Elton John.
Judges Comments: Katy: “You are not just one thing, you are every woman inside you. You keep bringing every girl out, you are a pop star. The more relaxed you are, the more we love it, keep doing that.” Luke: “We were like, where is the guitar, the moody sultry song. You livened up the crowd and played the part.” Lionel: “I have seen Elton perform that song 90 million times and never did I think it would be a silky, sultry you do it. Just be you.”
Alejandro Aranda singing, “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word,” by Elton John.
Judges Comments: Luke: “Have you been holding back? You are owning the night. Wrap your head around being a big star, there is no way around it. It’s just amazing what you are doing.” Lionel: “You killed that. You took your style, took us on a journey. The art of your artistry is so beautiful, the sky is the limit.” Katy: “When I was growing up music was the thing that spoke the language of my feelings. That song gave me such joy, it comforted me.”
Madison VanDenburg singing, “Your Song,” by Elton John.
Judges Comments: Lionel: “The song you did, I got into the songwriting business, because I wanted to be like Elton John. Take us on the journey because your star is shining bright.” Katy: “Did you ever have a hamburger without the ketchup and the mustard? You just gave us the ketchup and the mustard.” Luke: “I think we have to focus on just how soulful, and the range of your voice.”
Lane Hardy is singing, “Something About The Way You Look Tonight,” by Elton John.
Judges Comments: Katy: “Did you go to a voice coach? It really shows you pushed yourself, it is paying off.” Luke: “You got this grave thing, but we heard you sing tonight.” Lionel: “Have you been in my closet? You crossed the line. You have that look, you have that style, you have that sound; that is called a winner in my book.”
Wade Coda is singing, “Hard Luck Woman,” by Kiss.
Judges Comments: Luke: “If this journey got you to this point, that was an amazing tribute to your mother. Great performance.” Lionel: You were born enough. Recognize your power inside you and go forward.” Katy: “I am so proud of you, you have come so far and it is just the beginning for you.”
Laci Kaye Booth is singing, Dreams by Fleetwood Mac.
Judges Comments: Lionel: “It is so refreshing to see the decision we made, you coming back now stronger than ever, your star is here. That was fabulous.” Katy: “I’m just waiting for a commercial break, I’m such a mess. That was a great song choice, I am proud of you. We love all of you contestants like you are our own children.” Luke: “That was a complete visual into the future of your career. It was a beautiful rendition of that song from top to bottom.”
Madison VanDenburg singing, “Make You Feel My Love,” by Bob Dylan.
Judges Comments: Katy: “That must have been so difficult, the emotion was so real. You were so elegant, timeless, classic and beautiful.” Luke: “Three words, Power House. Oh, that’s two words.” Lionel: “I am going to use three words, vote, vote, vote.”
Lane Hardy is singing, “Hey Jude,” by the Beatles.
Judges Comments: Luke: “Great job Lane.” Lionel: “I think that is my jacket, America vote.” Katy: “That was super cool, you got this. Thank you for coming back and agreeing to do this all over again, that is what made the difference.”
Alejandro Aranda singing, “Blesser.”
Judges Comments: Lionel: “What America is watching, on American Idol, is musical history, this guy is unbelievable.” Katy: “Stay humble homie.” Luke: “I am not worthy of being a judge judging you, from here on out, I am just your champion.”
Time for results, we will find out who will compete in the finale. The artists who make it through get to go to their home towns.
The first person, in no particular order, to get a home town heroes welcome and compete in the finale, Laine Hardy.
The next person competing in the finale, Madison VanDenburg.
One spot left, the final person to make it is Alejandro Aranda.
Wade Coda and Laci Kay Booth are both leaving the competition.