‘American Idol’ Reveals Surprise Twist For Hollywood Week

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American Idol is shaking things up for Hollywood Week 2024 by introducing a new element: “Idol Arena.”

This unexpected addition will challenge the 143 contestants who received a Golden Ticket.

In a unique setup, they’ll all sit in the same arena, facing each other. Lionel Richie said he prefers to call it “The Gladiators’ Pit.”

Furthermore, as they are randomly called to the stage, each contestant will experience intensified nerves, adding an element of surprise.


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This single performance will decide their fate, as more than half of them will face elimination in what marks the largest cut in Idol history.

Consequently, with uncertainty hanging over their heads regarding when they’ll take the stage, the aspiring singers must deliver their best under immense pressure.

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Judges’ Deliberation

Following all the performances, judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan will meticulously sift through the talent pool. This will ultimately narrow the competition down to just 56 individuals.

“Now it gets serious. This is where you’re going to be tested, not only on your talent but on your ability to stand with your nerves about to jump out of your skin,” remarked Richie regarding the intensified stakes introduced in the competition.


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Platinum Ticket Holders Shine

The three Platinum Ticket winners of Season 22 kicked off the first night of Hollywood Week with a performance that set the stage on fire. They delivered a captivating rendition of “California Dreamin’” by The Mamas & The Papas.

Scroll down to watch their performance!

What Is The Platinum Ticket?

In Season 20, Idol introduced the Platinum Ticket as the ultimate prize. Only three exceptional talents receive this coveted ticket each season.

These holders enjoy a distinct advantage — skipping the initial round of Hollywood Week and diving straight into the heart of the competition.

  • The first Platinum Ticket of Season 22 went to Odell Bunton Jr. from Arlington, Texas, for his rendition of Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home to Me.”
  • The second ticket was awarded to Abi Carter from Indio, California, for her performance of Billie Eilish’s “What Was I Made For.”
  • Additionally, Julia Gagnon from Cumberland, Maine, secured the third ticket with her rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way.”

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