American Idol fans were shocked by the semifinals elimination.
On Sunday (May 16), the second to last episode of the season aired live. Instead of two eliminations, only one elimination happened. Former Top 5 contestant Caleb Kennedy left the show. This follows a video of Kennedy allegedly with a person wearing a KKK hood that surfaced online last week.
Chayce Beckham kicked off the show by performing a cover of Zac Brown Band’s “Colder Weather.” Judges admired his performance and Luke Bryan raved about how genuine and authentic he is while on stage. Beckham later performed his original song “23” and Chris Stapleton’s “You Should Probably Leave.” The track made it to the top of the iTunes Country chart.
Contestant Casey Bishop was over the moon to work with producer and songwriter Finneas. She covered his sister Billie Eilish’s song “Wish You Were Gay.” Fans and judges agreed that it was her best performance yet. “You killed it, my dear,” Lionel Richie exclaimed. Bishop performed her song “Love Me, Leave Me” and her audition song of “Live Wire” by Motley Crue. Katy Perry said that her new song is her favorite.
Grace Kinstler performed American Idol alum Kelly Clarkson’s hit “A Moment Like This.” The performance left the crowd wanting more. Kinstler performed her original “Love Someone” and Demi Lovato’s “Father.”
Willie Spence performed “Glory” originally sung by John Legend. Perry said that she was left speechless. Spence crushed his performance of his new single “Never Be Alone” along with “I Was Here” by Beyonce.
Beginning with a Top 4, contestant Casey Bishop was eliminated. The Top 3 contestants moving into the finals are Chayce Beckham, Willie Spence and Grace Kinstler.
‘American Idol’ Scandal
American Idol fans were shocked to learn about Caleb Kennedy’s departure from the show. The former contestant said that the video was recorded when he was 12, four years ago.
Meanwhile, the judges were surprised to learn about his departure and incident.
“Well losing great talent is always [hard]… this is our class. This is the class of 2021. So, you know, it was an unfortunate situation,” Richie told Entertainment Tonight. “We had to ride with what’s happening with ABC, and you know that’s where we play. So you know we wish him all the best, but that was just one of those unfortunate things that happens along the way of life.”
Bryan added, “You know, we love these kids, we love every aspect of their growth and all of this, but it’s certainly devastating news when we hear about this. But like we said, our thoughts will be with him as he grows as an artist.”