American Idol 2022 updates — Top 10 to compete TONIGHT includes HunterGirl, Lady K & more amid Laine Hardy arrest news

AMERICAN Idol is back tonight, with a top 10 roster of contestants beloved by fans voting at home.

Previously, Lady K was saved by judges Katy Perry and Luke Bryan after they tied for the win in the Judge’s Song Contest.

Other performers competing in tonight’s episode include Emyrson Flora, Mike Parker, Jay Copeland, Nicolina, HunterGirl, Noah Thompson, Leah Marlene, Christian Guardino, and Fritz Hager.

The new episode comes after a previous American Idol winner, Laine Hardy, was issued a warrant from Louisiana State University Police, per a statement from the star.

LSU confirmed to WAFB that there is an active investigation against the singer, but declined to provide additional details.

Fans of Idol can watch the show every Sunday on ABC at 8pm ET.

Read our American Idol live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Protocols for this season

    This season, American Idol is airing live again, but with necessary safety protocols in place.

    To ensure the protection of the cast, crew, and participants, the number of cities where the auditions were held was reduced, and the judges are socially distanced.

  • How Covid-19 affected recent seasons 

    Season 18 of American Idol shut down due to Covid-19 protocols, but it was the first reality competition series to return to screens and air remotely.

    Using custom-built Zoom technology, contestants that sang for producers got a green light to move on to a judged audition.

  • How much does it cost to audition?

    It costs nothing to audition for American Idol, provided hopefuls meet the show’s eligibility requirements, and cover their own costs of travel and accommodation.

    You must be between 15 and 28 years old at your audition time and you must also be a legal US resident and not have competed in the Top 10 of a previous season.

  • When do contestants rehearse?

    Unfortunately, contestants on American Idol do not get to relax on the weekends.

    Saturdays and Sundays tend to be even busier than the weekdays, as contestants are required to do intense rehearsals.

    In addition to the weekend rehearsals and sessions with vocal coaches, contestants still do three rehearsals on the day they are slated to perform.

  • Celebrating 20 years

    The famed singing competition returned for its 20th season this year, with a few changes.

    American Idol first premiered in 2002, and host Ryan Seacrest was celebrated during this season’s premiere for being involved with the show for its 20 years.

  • Was American Idol canceled?

    The singing competition series ran for 15 seasons on FOX before it was canceled in 2016, TV Series Finale said.

    However, ABC revived the show in 2018 and brought back host Ryan Seacrest.

    This season, Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan all returned to judge the show with Bobby Bones not returning due to conflicting commitments.

  • Who are the judges? 

    Judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan have returned as American Idol judges this season, and executive producer and showrunner Megan Wolflick said they are thrilled to welcome them back.

    “The chemistry and passion Katy, Luke, Lionel, and Ryan bring is second to none. We couldn’t be more ecstatic that they are returning for this iconic 20th season in search of the freshest new talent that this nation has to offer.”

  • When did American Idol begin?

    Created by Simon Fuller, the reality competition series American Idol first premiered on Fox back on June 11, 2002.

  • How can I watch tonight’s episode?

    Season 20 of American Idol airs every Sunday and Monday at 8pm on ABC.

    The show can be watched live on ABC at 8pm EST or streamed through Hulu.

  • What happened to Kenedi Anderson?

    At the beginning of the season, Kenedi Anderson made history by earning the show’s first platinum ticket, which allows contestants to bypass the first round of Hollywood Week.

    Despite being one of the season’s frontrunners, she shocked fans when it was announced on April 11’s episode that she withdrew from the competition for “personal reasons.”

    The rising star then took to social media, where she confirmed the news.

    She wrote in an Instagram post: “For personal reasons, I’m unable to continue on American Idol.

    “This has been one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make, but I know it’s necessary.”

  • Who was eliminated last week?

    Tristen Gressett, 17, was eliminated from the season on last week’s episode.

    For his last performance, Tristen sang You Can’t Always Get What You Want by the Rolling Stones.

  • Season 20 finalists

    The 10 remaining contestants competing tonight are:

    • Christian Guardino
    • Emyrson Flora
    • Fritz Hager
    • HunterGirl
    • Jay Copeland
    • Lady K
    • Leah Marlene
    • Mike Parker
    • Nicolina
    • Noah Thompson

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