American Idol 2022 – Fans go wild for top 24 as Jimmie Allen is in tears after Mike Parker performance


COUNTRY star Jimmie Allen guest-starred on Sunday night’s episode of American Idol, and he cried.

Contestant Mike Parker performed Jimmie’s song, Best Shot, and revealed to the country star how inspirational he was.

“His journey is what inspires millions of people like me,” Mike said before taking the stage.

After Mike performed, Jimmie broke down in tears.

“Let him tell me that I represent for him what Charlie Pride represents for me, it’s pride,” said the emotional star.

The final episode of American Idol aired Sunday night and featured half of the contestants who passed the auditions and Hollywood Week in Hawaii.

Jay Copeland, Nicolina Bozzo, Emyrson Flora, Katyrah Love and Leah Marlene are among those who received the good news that they will be moving forward.

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

  • Are the auditions scripted?

    Over the years, people have shared their experiences auditioning for American Idol judges, which currently include Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan.

    Even former judges have said parts of the show aren’t “real.”

    Former judge Mariah Carey once told Australia Kyle and Jackie O radio show that his “non-existent feud” with fellow judge Nicki Minaj was manipulated for the notes.

    She went so far as to call the series “so boring and fake”.

    “You have to make things up to say about people,” she said. “Half the time the performance is good.”

  • 20 years celebration

    The famous singing competition returned for its 20th season this year, with some changes.

    American Idol first premiered in 2002, and host Ryan Seacrest was celebrated at this season’s premiere for his involvement with the show over its 20th anniversary.

  • When is the next episode of American Idol?

    American Idol airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET for the second half of the Top 24 performances in Hawaii.

  • Who is Bobby Bones?

    Bobby Bones was the fourth judge for the previous four seasons of American Idol.

    Bones was dropped from the show due to conflicting commitments.

    In a now-expired Instagram post, Bones said, “Some of you have noticed that I’m not in Idol promos this season. My contract (with) my new network won’t let me do another show for the moment. Love Idol, by the way. It was an amazing 4 years.”

  • Protocols for this season

    This season, American Idol will once again air live, but with the necessary safety protocols in place.

    To ensure the protection of cast, crew and contestants, the number of cities where auditions have been held has been reduced and judges will be socially distanced.

  • How Covid-19 has affected recent seasons

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

    Using custom Zoom technology, contestants who sang for the producers were given the green light to move on to an audition from the judges.

  • Who is Cadence Baker?

    Cadence Baker’s audition aired on the March 13 episode of American Idol.

    She sang a cover of Whitney Houston’s I’m Your Baby Tonight while her father, Shane, played guitar.

    After her performance, the judges gave Cadence a standing ovation.

    Hailing from Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Cadence is the granddaughter of famed songwriter Gary Baker.

  • Famous American Idol Alumni

    Many American Idol contestants have used their 15 minutes of fame to create successful careers.

    It was hugely controversial when Jennifer Hudson was kicked out of season seven of the singing competition.

    However, she made the most of her talent and received numerous awards for her singing and acting.

    Another notable alumnus is Kelly Clarkson, who rose to fame for winning the first season of American Idol and is now a renowned television personality, co-hosting the first season of American Song Contest.

  • Has American Idol been cancelled?

    The singing competition series ran for 15 seasons on FOX before being canceled in 2016, TV series finale says.

    However, ABC revived the show in 2018 bringing 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.

  • What is Ryan Searest’s net worth?

    During Ryan Seacrest’s career, he has taken on various titles across multiple platforms.

    During his long tenure in entertainment, he has been nominated for several Emmy Awards, including one in 2010.

    In 2008, he founded his own production company: Ryan Seacrest Productions.

    By CelebrityNetWorththe popular tycoon’s net worth is $450 million.

  • Does Ryan Seacrest have children?

    Ryan Seacrest has no children.

    The media host repeatedly touched on ideas of fatherhood.

    The famous tycoon says WSJ Magazine: “I want to have children.”

    Seacrest continued, “But I didn’t even go down that road, which is crazy at my age.”

    He added: “I think last year it became clear to me that yes, I want to do this.…I want to be available and present.”

  • What is Randy Jackson’s net worth?

    According to rich peopleJackson is worth $60 million.

    The same site reports that his salary with American Idol was around $5 million per season.

    Fans can assume that much of his wealth was accrued due to his time on American Idol, as well as his work with MTV and other musical artists.

    He divides his wealth between his children, Taylor, Zoe and Jordan Jackson.

  • Who is Randy Jackson, continued

    Randy Jackson attended Southern University, where he studied music.

    He also worked as an executive producer for the competitive dance reality show America’s Best Dance Crew.

    Prior to joining the television industry, Jackson was a music industry veteran.

    As a bass player with many music legends such as Whitney Houston, Bruce Springsteen, the band Journey and Aretha Franklin.

  • Who is Randy Jackson?

    Randy Jackson made his mark on American Idol where he judged contestants on their ability to sing for 12 years.

    Fans will recognize his name if they were avid American Idol watchers from 2002 to 2014.

    Randy Jackson, 65, is an American bassist, television personality, record producer and music manager.

    Born on June 23, 1956, Jackson is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

  • Who is Jacob Moran?

    Jacob Moran is a nurse from East Lansing, Michigan.

    He auditioned for the show in 2019 and was sent to the next round.

    However, he did not survive the Hollywood week.

    This season, he went to his audition with more confidence and covered judge Katy Perry’s song, Rise.

    He won another golden ticket, with Katy saying he did his song justice.

  • How to vote

    Each contestant has been given a number in the order they played in tonight, which you can text to 21523.

    The numbers for each contestant who played tonight are listed below:

    • 1 – Jay
    • 2 – Elli Rowe
    • 3 – Tristen Gresset
    • 4 – Scarlet
    • 5 – Sage
    • 6 – Danielle Finn
    • 7-Mike Parker
    • 8 – Flora Emyrson
    • 9-Dan Marshall
    • 10 – Jacob Moran
    • 11 – Huntress
    • 12 – Nicoline

    Voting is open until 6 a.m. ET Monday.

  • Vote!

    Half of the Top 24 played tonight, and you can now vote for who you want to stay in the competition.

    Each competitor has a number, which you can text to 21523.

    You can submit up to 10 votes.

  • Judges call Nicolina a ‘favorite’

    “You always deliver,” Luke said.

    “What are we going to do with you,” said Lionel. “Your voice is angelic and haunting.”

    Lionel called Nicolina one of his favourites.

    “You’re not going to snap,” Katy said.

  • Last to sing: Nicolina

    Nicolina will close the evening with a cover of Elastic Heart by Sia.

    “You’re awesome, like why am I here?” said Jimmy.

  • Judges react to Hunter Girl

    “I’m not worried about you girl,” Katy said. “It’s the first time I’ve seen you without a guitar.”

    “The fact that you can walk away from your guitar…and have fun is a feather in your cap,” Luke said.

    “The artist is the one who directs the crowd”, said Lionel. “You have mastered this.”

  • Until next time, Hunter Girl

    Hunter Girl, winner of the Platinum ticket, is next.

    She will sing Banjo by Rascal Flatts.

    Jimmie recommended that she do “the church girls’ rock”, as she won’t have her guitar.

    “I can’t wait to see this,” he said.

  • The judges are proud

    “You held it, you held it,” Lionel said. “This is one of the greatest performances from you I’ve seen in a long time.”

    “I think you have an amazing, spectacular voice,” Katy said. “I just want you to sing more with your heart and let it flow from you next time.”

    “It’s really high level singing that you do,” said Luke.

  • Until next time, Jacob Moran

    “I’ve made a lot of changes in my life and I feel ready,” Jacob said.

    “I still have a hard time trusting myself, but I never gave up.”

    He sings In My Blood by Sean Mendes.

    “Bro, you have a voice that people need to hear,” Jimmie said.

    “Jacob has a very good chance of winning this competition.”

  • Allyson and the judges respond

    “I’m speechless right now,” Dan’s girlfriend Allyson said.

    “You started muffling the microphone to death,” Lionel said. “And then you calmed down.”

    “It’s okay to take that mic off the mic stand and walk over to Allyson.”

    Katy said she agreed and disagreed with Lionel.

    “I think if you had the guitar, you could have relaxed a bit.”

    Luke said it wasn’t Dan’s best performance but he doesn’t think it hurt him either.

  • Until next time, Dan Marshall

    He will sing Heaven, by Bryan Adams.

    “My girlfriend will be in the audience, and she means so much to me,” Dan said.

    “This performance will be your proposal audition,” Jimmie joked.

    Jimmie suggested that Dan lose the guitar for his performance.


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