American Idol Reveals the Top 10: Who's Making It to Disney Night?

The eliminated contestants aren't even that broken up about it

By Lauren Piester Apr 16, 2019 7:10 PMTags
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American Idol has found its finalists. 

The singing competition revealed its top 10 singers this week, whittling the contestants down from 14. That means four singers had to say goodbye, and while they're sad of course, it's still pretty impressive that they made it to the top 14. 

"It's so crazy to even be in the top 14 with the thousands of people that have auditioned, and the fact that we made it this far is just incredible," Ashley Hess told E! News after Monday's show. 

"It's incredible to be here. I never thought I'd make it this far," Riley Thompson said. "So to be in the top 14 on American you see it on TV, but you never think that you'd actually be here, so my dreams honestly came true." 

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Evelyn Cormier and Eddie Island were also eliminated, and they're feeling pretty much the same way.

"We're relieved, we're sad, it's all in one," Eddie said. "But like, we're just so proud that we made it this far, honestly. I think just having the ball kind of drop and you stop and you kind of say wait a second, OK, we were top 14, this is crazy." 

As for the 10 who did make it, seven were voted through by America, while the final three spots were decided by each of the judges. There was a particularly emotional moment during the episode when Uche delivered one hell of a performance of Rihanna's "Diamonds" after he learned he hadn't been voted through, and instead of offering his critique from the judge's table, Lionel Richie joined him on stage and walked him over to join the rest of the top 10. 

"I wasn't thinking anything," Uche said of Lionel's move. "I thought he was just coming to give me a hug, because I really needed a hug. Like I was not OK, and I'm still not OK, but we love to pretend like, 'and smile big.'"  

Uche was joined by Dimitrius Graham and Alyssa Raghu as the judges' saves. 

For more from the eliminated singers about the best advice they got in the competition, hit play on the top video above!

See below for all of the contestants who will make it to Disney Night on Sunday, April 21. 


Ashley, 27, was eliminated on April 15.

ELIMINATED: Riley Thompson

Riley, 16, was sent home on April 15.

ELIMINATED: Evelyn Cormier

Former 90 Day Fiance star Evelyn was sent home during the live results show on April 15.

ELIMINATED: Eddie Island

Eddie, the 25-year-old from Nashville, was sent home during the live results show.


Uché, 24, was saved by Lionel Richie in the top 10, but was eliminated before the top 8. 

ELIMINATED: Dimitrius Graham

Dimitrius, 27, made his way to the Top 10, but didn't quite make it to the top 8. 

ELIMINATED: Walker Burroughs

The 20-year-old made it to the Top 8.

ELIMINATED: Alyssa Raghu

Alyssa made it to the Top 8.

Wade Cota

Wade, 27, made it to the Top 6.

Madison VanDenburg

Madison, 17, made it to the Top 6.

Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon

Jeremiah, 26, is in the Top 6.

Laine Hardy

Laine, 18, proceeded to the Top 8.

Laci Kaye Booth

Laci, 23, made it to the Top 8.

Alejandro Aranda

Alejandro Aranda, 25, made it to the Top 8.

American Idol airs Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC. 

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