‘American Idol’ Reveals Top 10 After Surprising Eliminations

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After two nights of intense competition and eliminations, American Idol has named its Top 10.

During Monday night’s episode of American Idol (April 22), two hopefuls were sent home in a shocking double elimination. The boots came one night after the Top 14 was cut to the Top 12 leaving Abi Carter, Will Moseley, Jayna Elise, Mia Matthews, Roman Collins, Jack Blocker, Emmy Russell, Triston Harper, Julia Gagnon, Kaibrienne, McKenna Faith Breinholt, and Kayko competing for a place in next week’s Top 10 round.

Each vocalist performed a Billboard No. 1 song from the past. Meghan Trainor was on-hand to tutor the singers for their performance, and all of them gave it everything they had in hopes of moving on.

As with every reality singing competition, emotions run high as the season advances and competitors begin to see the finish line. At the end of Monday’s show (April 22), fan favorites Jayna Elise and Roman Collins said goodbye.

Roman, a 24-year-old worship leader from California, earned a golden ticket to Hollywood with his audition cover of a Stevie Wonder hit. In the weeks since, Collins has brought his soulful gospel energy to every performance.

Jayne Elise was a two-time contestant on American Idol, having also made the Hollywood cut last year. She earned a standing ovation from the judges during her audition this time around with a smooth cover of Miley Cyrus’s “The Climb.”

Both contestants fought week after week to stay in the competition, but this week’s performances just weren’t enough.

The remaining 10 contestants will perform live once again next Sunday (April 28). They will each take on a song from their birth year and will be tutored by guest mentor and country music legend Shania Twain. 2011 American Idol champ and the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry, Scotty McCreery, will also make an appearance to sing his new single, “Slow Dance.”