American Idol 2022 – Christian Guardino receives a standing ovation after a moving performance as the singer makes the top 20

Christian Guardino performed a moving cover of John Lennon’s hit song Imagine and received a standing ovation after breaking into the Top 20.

Katy Perry wiped away tears throughout Christian’s performance.

“You were put on this planet to do something super powerful, and you’re doing it right now and in this room,” she said.

Luke and Lionel also praised Christian.

“You just killed that performance,” Luke said. “I haven’t heard anything but perfection.”

HunterGirl also delivered a moving performance with an original song titled Heartbreak Down, which is about veterans.

“What you do for veterans is profound,” Katy said. “Are you an artist.”

Meanwhile, Sage delivered a nostalgic performance with their cover of Fleetwood Mac’s song Rhiannon.

Lionel Richie said the singer’s performance brought him back to 1968, and Katy Perry said it reminded him of Janis Joplin.

“You carved this song like a Halloween pumpkin,” Katy said. “You gave it a whole new shape.”

The performances took place before host Ryan Seacrest revealed that Scarlet Ayliz, Danielle Finn and Sir Blayke had failed to make the Top 20.

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

  • 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.

    According to CelebrityNetWorth, the 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 told WSJ Magazine, “I want to have kids.”

    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.”

  • How to vote

    American Idol has shared a guide, listing all of the contestants and how to vote for each.

    Voting is open until 9 a.m. ET and can be done through the app, website, or by texting the candidate’s number to 21523.

  • Voting is now open

    Voting is officially open, and fans can make their choice until 9 a.m. ET Monday morning.

  • Judges react to Lady K

    “You showed us all what faith is, what compassion is, what spirit is,” Lionel said. “Thank you very much for your lesson, Lady K.”

    “You are beautiful inside and out and now you can perform and shine like the goddess you’ve always been,” Katy said.

    To vote for Lady K, text “16” to 21523 or visit Americanidol.com after 11 p.m. ET.

  • Lady K is safe

    Lady K is the last contestant to advance to the next round and Sir Blayke has been knocked out of the competition.

    “Every time I create music, I hope to inspire people,” Lady K said during her video segment.

    “It’s so good to know that I can be that light for people who didn’t know it was possible.”

    She sings Love On The Brain, by Rihanna.

  • The last place

    There is only one place left in the Top 20, and Sir Blayke or Lady K will claim it shortly.

  • Judges react to Cadence Baker

    “When the crowd gets so hot beat it up,” Lionel said. “You delivered the goods, congratulations.

    Katy called her performance one of her best.

    To vote for Cadence, text “13” to 21523 or visit Americanidol.com after 11 p.m. ET.

  • Cadence Baker is safe

    Cadence is the next candidate to learn that she is safe.

    “I struggled throughout this competition with nerves,” Cadence said during his video segment.

    She sings Train Wreck by James Arthur.

  • Judges react to Cameron

    “You stood there and really delivered it,” Luke said.

    “Take a chance and try a second verse while standing still, then go nuts,” Lionel said.

    “You really are changing before our eyes,” Katy said.

    To vote for Cameron, text “20” to 21523 or visit Americanidol.com after 11 p.m. ET.

  • Cameron Whitcomb is safe

    Cameron has just received the good news that he has entered the Top 20.

    “My journey on American Idol has been fantastic,” he said in his video segment.

    “I’m going to get an American Idol tattoo if I make the Top 10.”

    He sings Changes from Black Sabbath.

  • Judges react to Katyrah Love

    “You are so beautiful and I just think you have an amazing voice,” Katy said. “You have Whitney moments.”

    “Your energy as a whole, you’re like a light,” Luke said.

    “Winning our vote is one thing, winning America’s vote is everything,” Lionel said. “Congratulations, my dear.”

    To vote for Katyrah, text “22” to 21523 or visit Americanidol.com after 11 p.m. ET.

  • Katyrah Love is safe

    Katyrah is the next contestant to receive the good news that she has reached the Top 20.

    “I was first exposed to music in church,” she said in her video segment. “Ever since I was little, I knew I wanted to be a singer.”

    She sings Dream by Bishop Briggs.

  • Judges react to Fritz

    “I cry over Fritz,” Lionel said. “That was a stellar performance from you.”

    “I don’t think you will be misunderstood again,” Katy said as she burst into tears.

    “It could have been recorded for an album,” Luke said.

    To vote for Fritz, text “23” to 21523 or visit Americanidol.com after 11 p.m. ET.

  • Fritz is safe

    After hearing his inspiration play, Fritz received the good news that he is in the Top 20.

    “Music is who I am and because they considered my dreams secondary, I felt secondary,” he said during his video segment.

    He sings When the Party’s Over, by Billie Eilish.

  • Phillip Phillips takes the stage

    Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips took to the American Idol stage to perform his new single, Love Like That.

    Philippe won the competition in 2012.

  • Judges react to Christian Guardino

    Katy was seen wiping away tears during Christian’s performance of Imagine.

    “How many cry stages are there?” Luke asked Katy.

    “You just killed that performance. I haven’t heard anything but perfection.”

    “You are the poster child or the power of the human spirit,” Lionel said.

    Katy said, “You were put on this planet to do something super powerful, and you’re doing it right now and in this room.”

    To vote for Christian, text “21” to 21523 or visit Americanidol.com after 11 p.m. ET.

  • Christian Guardino is safe

    “I’m so grateful,” Christian said during a video segment. “I will never forget seeing the moon for the first time.”

    He sings Imagine by John Lennon.

  • Judges react to Leah Marlene

    “Are you real?” Kathy asked. “I felt every ounce of your pain.”

    “It feels like a final night,” Luke said. “You go beyond anything I could have imagined.”

    “We witnessed a possession,” explained Lionel. “This class here is the strongest class ever.”

    To vote for Leah, text “19” to 21523 or visit Americanidol.com after 11 p.m. ET.

  • Leah Marlene is safe

    Leah is the next contestant to receive good news.

    “People stopped me and recognized me,” she said.

    “Even though I’m an energetic, crazy person, I take this music very seriously.”

    She sings Deal by Tom Odell.

  • Judges react to Noah Thompson

    “Tonight you were just a little shy,” Lionel said. “You made him my brother.”

    “You just deserve the world,” Katy said. “You are a great human being.”

    “You get more and more confident and you get better and better,” Luke said.

    To vote for Noah, text “18” to 21523 or visit Americanidol.com after 11 p.m. ET.

  • Noah Thompson is safe

    “As a kid, I was always around the music,” he said in a segment before his performance.

    “I really didn’t expect it to go this far at all,” he continued.

    Noah sings Falling by Harry Styles.

  • Judges react to Allegra Miles

    “It was my favorite performance of the night, so far,” said Luke.

    “The way you just thread the needle, told the story,” Lionel said. “You turned a Tom Petty song into a love song.

    Katy said Allegra just leveled up. “She’s a fucking pro and she’s here to play,” she said.

    To vote for Allegra, text “15” to 21523 or visit Americanidol.com after 11 p.m. ET.

  • Allegra Miles is safe

    Allegra has just learned that she is part of the Top 20.

    “It was truly an amazing journey on Idol,” she said in one segment. “I am perhaps the happiest of all my life.”

    She sings Free Fallin’ by Tom Petty.

  • The judges react to Ava Maybee

    “It was an interesting song choice,” Katy said. “You just reinvented that song.”

    “You showed us another side of yourself,” Luke said. “You made it, good job.”

    Lionel said she “surprised us today”.

    To vote for Ava, text “17” to 21523 or visit Americanidol.com after 11 p.m. ET.

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