Fan Favorite Eliminated As “American Idol” Names Top 7

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As Season 22 of American Idol draws nearer to its finale, the excitement builds with the recent reveal of the Top 7 in the latest episode.

In Monday night’s (April 29) episode, contestants squared off by selecting from three songs chosen by judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, and Lionel Richie. Each judge battled to have their selections chosen the most, continuing a theme that’s now in its third year.

As the competition heated up and each contestant fought for a spot in the Top 7, America had the chance to vote for a Top 6 in real-time. However, the judges threw a curveball by adding a surprise wildcard, expanding the field to a Top 7. During the episode, contestants Abi Carter, Will Moseley, Jack Blocker, Emmy Russell, Triston Harper, Julia Gagnon, Kaibrienne, and McKenna Faith Breinholt gave it their all to continue on their Idol journey.

It’s always tough to see a talented performer leave at this stage of the competition, especially when each contestant has demonstrated their worthiness of being there.

Kaibrienne and McKenna Faith Breinholt were the last two remaining after the rest were declared safe. Keeping with the tradition of allowing the judges to save one of those in danger from elimination during the judges’ song pick week, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie chose to save McKenna. Although they were a crowd favorite, the latest contestant to bid farewell was Kaibrienne.

In addition to revealing this season’s Top 7, American Idol also dedicated a touching moment to remember former contestant Mandisa.

During the show, an emotional moment was dedicated to honoring Mandisa, who passed away on April 18 at the age of 47. Known for her remarkable voice and uplifting personality, she stole the hearts of viewers during the fifth season of the show. Despite finishing in ninth place, Mandisa’s career flourished, particularly in the realm of Christian music, where she became a Grammy award-winning artist.

Former Idol contestants Colton Dixon, Melinda Doolittle, and Danny Gokey came together to honor Mandisa with a performance of the spiritual song “Shackles (Praise You)” by Mary Mary.

Watch the Top 7 announcement in the video below.