American Idol: The Top 5 are revealed… as two contestants test positive for COVID-19


Two contestants on Sunday night’s American Idol on ABC had COVID but were still voted on into the Top 5, Noah Thompson and Fritz Hager, while Jay Copeland and Christian Guardino were eliminated.

Twenty-year-old construction worker Noah Thompson, from Louisa, Kentucky, was voted on despite the fact that he had to perform two of his songs quarantined in his hotel room.

‘I’m not going to wish you any bad luck but when you’re sick, you’re sounding a lot better,’ judge Lionel Richie, 72, told Noah when he finished singing. ‘You nailed it.’

Eliminated: Two contestants on Sunday night's American Idol on ABC had COVID but were still voted on into the Top 5, Noah Thompson and Fritz Hager, while Jay Copeland and Christian Guardino were eliminated

Eliminated: Two contestants on Sunday night’s American Idol on ABC had COVID but were still voted on into the Top 5, Noah Thompson and Fritz Hager, while Jay Copeland and Christian Guardino were eliminated

Noah: Twenty-year-old construction worker Noah Thompson, from Louisa, Kentucky, was voted on despite the fact that he had to perform two of his songs quarantined in his hotel room

Noah: Twenty-year-old construction worker Noah Thompson, from Louisa, Kentucky, was voted on despite the fact that he had to perform two of his songs quarantined in his hotel room

Nailed it: 'I'm not going to wish you any bad luck but when you're sick, you're sounding a lot better,' judge Lionel Richie, 72, told Noah when he finished singing. 'You nailed it'

Nailed it: ‘I’m not going to wish you any bad luck but when you’re sick, you’re sounding a lot better,’ judge Lionel Richie, 72, told Noah when he finished singing. ‘You nailed it’

Katy Perry, 37, agreed.

‘I think adrenaline took over,’ Katy said. ‘I think you just had to surrender ‘do the best that you can’ and you did the best you have ever done tonight.’

Fritz Hager, 22, from Tyler, Texas, who tested positive that day, also moved on in the competition.

Adrenaline: 'I think adrenaline took over,' Katy said. 'I think you just had to surrender 'do the best that you can' and you did the best you have ever done tonight'

Adrenaline: ‘I think adrenaline took over,’ Katy said. ‘I think you just had to surrender ‘do the best that you can’ and you did the best you have ever done tonight’

Fritz: Fritz Hager, 22, from Tyler, Texas, who tested positive that day, also moved on in the competition

Fritz: Fritz Hager, 22, from Tyler, Texas, who tested positive that day, also moved on in the competition

Fritz and Noah were two of top seven contestants that performed two songs on the show and also two of the five that were voted into the Top 5.

The first challenge of the night was to sing a song that was on TikTok. Guest mentor will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas met with each contestant before they performed to give them tips. 

Leah Marlene, 20, from Normal, Illinois went first and performed ‘Electric Love’ by Børns.

Voted on: Fritz and Noah were two of top seven contestants that performed two songs on the show and also two of the five that were voted into the Top 5

Voted on: Fritz and Noah were two of top seven contestants that performed two songs on the show and also two of the five that were voted into the Top 5

Mentor: The first challenge of the night was to sing a song that was on TikTok. Guest mentor will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas met with each contestant before they performed to give them tips

Mentor: The first challenge of the night was to sing a song that was on TikTok. Guest mentor will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas met with each contestant before they performed to give them tips

 

Leah: Leah Marlene, 20, from Normal, Illinois went first and performed 'Electric Love' by Børns

Leah: Leah Marlene, 20, from Normal, Illinois went first and performed ‘Electric Love’ by Børns

When she finished, Lionel told her she commanded the stage during the song.

‘You did a wonderful job,’ Lionel said.

Jay Copeland, 23, a medical receptionist from Salisbury, Maryland performed Whitney Houston’s song ‘I Have Nothing.’ 

Jay said he picked the song because it was popular on animal videos on TikTok. will.i.am advised him to sing the song in a lower key.

Commanded: When she finished, Lionel told her she commanded the stage during the song

Commanded: When she finished, Lionel told her she commanded the stage during the song

Jay: Jay Copeland, 23, a medical receptionist from Salisbury, Maryland performed Whitney Houston's song 'I Have Nothing'

Jay: Jay Copeland, 23, a medical receptionist from Salisbury, Maryland performed Whitney Houston’s song ‘I Have Nothing’

Lower: will.i.am advised him to sing the song in a lower key

Lower: will.i.am advised him to sing the song in a lower key

TikTok: Jay said he picked the song because it was popular on animal videos on TikTok

TikTok: Jay said he picked the song because it was popular on animal videos on TikTok

Lionel gave him a standing ovation when he finished.

‘Okay baby blue ends on a sophisticated note,’ Katy Perry said when he finished. ‘You did justice to a Whitney Houston song. It was wonderful.’

Fritz played his original song ‘All My Friends’ that he released on TikTok for will.i.am who told him that he was impressed with his original song.

Justice: 'Okay baby blue ends on a sophisticated note,' Katy Perry said when he finished. 'You did justice to a Whitney Houston song. It was wonderful'

Justice: ‘Okay baby blue ends on a sophisticated note,’ Katy Perry said when he finished. ‘You did justice to a Whitney Houston song. It was wonderful’

TikTok: Fritz played his original song 'All My Friends' that he released on TikTok for will.i.am who told him that he was impressed with his original song

TikTok: Fritz played his original song ‘All My Friends’ that he released on TikTok for will.i.am who told him that he was impressed with his original song

‘You’ve got a special talent,’ will.i.am said.

Instead of performing live for the audience and judges because of his COVID diagnosis, the show played Fritz’ rehearsal video from the day before. 

Fritz then appeared from his hotel room and told the judges he was feeling good.

‘I’m just ready to get back on that stage, hopefully, ” Fritz said.

Talent: 'You've got a special talent,' will.i.am said

Talent: ‘You’ve got a special talent,’ will.i.am said

Rehearsal: Instead of performing live for the audience and judges because of his COVID diagnosis, the show played Fritz' rehearsal video from the day before

Rehearsal: Instead of performing live for the audience and judges because of his COVID diagnosis, the show played Fritz’ rehearsal video from the day before

Feeling good: Fritz then appeared from his hotel room and told the judges he was feeling good

Feeling good: Fritz then appeared from his hotel room and told the judges he was feeling good

‘Thank God we video tape rehearsal,’ Luke Bryan said. ‘Man you got just all the tools. You have the creativity to go a long way. Sorry you can’t be here, Feel better get back safe.’

Ryan asked Fritz what he was doing to pass the time.

‘I’m literally just laying in bed sleeping,’ Fritz said.

Luke: 'Thank God we video tape rehearsal,' Luke Bryan said. 'Man you got just all the tools. You have the creativity to go a long way. Sorry you can't be here, Feel better get back safe'

Luke: ‘Thank God we video tape rehearsal,’ Luke Bryan said. ‘Man you got just all the tools. You have the creativity to go a long way. Sorry you can’t be here, Feel better get back safe’

Sleeping: 'I'm literally just laying in bed sleeping,' Fritz said

Sleeping: ‘I’m literally just laying in bed sleeping,’ Fritz said

Christian Guardinio, 22, from Patchogue, New York, turned to will.i.am for advice on performing Justin Bieber & benny blanco cover ‘Lonely.’ 

He told him that the song resonated with him because he was born with a retinal condition. will.i.am told him to own the words of the song when he performed.

‘You were not born broken,’ Lionel told him. ‘You were born unique. …the reason you are on this stage is that you are unique on this planet. Your talent is shining through like a diamond.’

Christian: Christian Guardinio, 22, from Patchogue, New York, turned to will.i.am for advice on performing Justin Bieber & benny blanco cover 'Lonely'

Christian: Christian Guardinio, 22, from Patchogue, New York, turned to will.i.am for advice on performing Justin Bieber & benny blanco cover ‘Lonely’

Not broken: 'You were not born broken,' Lionel told him. 'You were born unique. …the reason you are on this stage is that you are unique on this planet. Your talent is shining through like a diamond'

Not broken: ‘You were not born broken,’ Lionel told him. ‘You were born unique. …the reason you are on this stage is that you are unique on this planet. Your talent is shining through like a diamond’

Ryan then shared with him a celebrity shout out for him from Michael Bublé, who told him it was really nice to meet him last week.

‘By the way you killed your prep of The Circle of Life,’ Bublé said. ‘I have an idea what you would think of in a couple of weeks singing with me on the finale.

Ryan said yes on Christian’s behalf.

Surprise: Ryan then shared with him a celebrity shout out for him from Michael Bublé, who told him it was really nice to meet him last week

Surprise: Ryan then shared with him a celebrity shout out for him from Michael Bublé, who told him it was really nice to meet him last week

Michael: 'By the way you killed your prep of The Circle of Life,' Bublé said. 'I have an idea what you would think of in a couple of weeks singing with me on the finale

Michael: ‘By the way you killed your prep of The Circle of Life,’ Bublé said. ‘I have an idea what you would think of in a couple of weeks singing with me on the finale

‘Are you kidding me,’ Christian screamed. ‘Yeah, oh my God I’m going to celebrate that for sure.’

Huntergirl, 23, a singer from Winchester, Tennessee told will.i.am that she posted often on TikTok and that the song she was doing, ‘You Broke Me First’ by Tate McRae was one she first heard on the platform.

‘You have a really awesome voice,’ will.i.am said. ‘Just make sure that whatever emotion you are feeling that you convey to your audience.’

Huntergirl: Huntergirl, 23, a singer from Winchester, Tennessee told will.i.am that she posted often on TikTok and that the song she was doing, 'You Broke Me First' by Tate McRae was one she first heard on the platform

Huntergirl: Huntergirl, 23, a singer from Winchester, Tennessee told will.i.am that she posted often on TikTok and that the song she was doing, ‘You Broke Me First’ by Tate McRae was one she first heard on the platform

Awesome voice: 'You have a really awesome voice,' will.i.am said. 'Just make sure that whatever emotion you are feeling that you convey to your audience'

Awesome voice: ‘You have a really awesome voice,’ will.i.am said. ‘Just make sure that whatever emotion you are feeling that you convey to your audience’

‘You are just such a natural on that stage,’ Katy said when she finished. ‘You don’t even need the fringe but you got the fringe so it’s twice as nice.’

Noah was next and he told will.i.am that he’s not very good with social media and that his buddy signed him up for this competition as a joke. will.i.am encouraged him to find some way to connect with the song he was going to perform.

Noah then sang his song ‘Painted Blue’ by Sunday Best from his hotel room. All three judges stood and applauded when he finished.

Natural: 'You are just such a natural on that stage,' Katy said when she finished. 'You don't even need the fringe but you got the fringe so it's twice as nice'

Natural: ‘You are just such a natural on that stage,’ Katy said when she finished. ‘You don’t even need the fringe but you got the fringe so it’s twice as nice’

Will and Noah: Noah was next and he told will.i.am that he's not very good with social media and that his buddy signed him up for this competition as a joke. will.i.am encouraged him to find some way to connect with the song he was going to perform

Will and Noah: Noah was next and he told will.i.am that he’s not very good with social media and that his buddy signed him up for this competition as a joke. will.i.am encouraged him to find some way to connect with the song he was going to perform

Hotel performance: Noah then sang his song 'Painted Blue' by Sunday Best from his hotel room. All three judges stood and applauded when he finished

Hotel performance: Noah then sang his song ‘Painted Blue’ by Sunday Best from his hotel room. All three judges stood and applauded when he finished

‘American Idol is so good at finding stars,’ Luke said. ‘They are stars whether they are on the stage or sitting in a hotel room with Covid. Great, great job.’

Luke asked him how he was doing. Noah said he was getting through it.

Nicolina, 18, a university student from Toronto, Ontario and an admitted massive TikTok Queen with 4 million followers, and will.i.am spontaneously decided to do a TikTok together after they met. 

Nicolina told him she was going to do ‘Alone’ by Heart.

Luke: 'American Idol is so good at finding stars,' Luke said. 'They are stars whether they are on the stage or sitting in a hotel room with Covid. Great, great job.

Luke: ‘American Idol is so good at finding stars,’ Luke said. ‘They are stars whether they are on the stage or sitting in a hotel room with Covid. Great, great job.

Nicolina and Will: Nicolina, 18, a university student from Toronto, Ontario and an admitted massive TikTok Queen with 4 million followers, and will.i.am spontaneously decided to do a TikTok together after they met

Nicolina and Will: Nicolina, 18, a university student from Toronto, Ontario and an admitted massive TikTok Queen with 4 million followers, and will.i.am spontaneously decided to do a TikTok together after they met

Alone: Nicolina told him she was going to do 'Alone' by Heart

Alone: Nicolina told him she was going to do ‘Alone’ by Heart

‘You’ve got skills,’ will.i.am said.

‘Star in control,’ Lionel said when she finished. ‘You got it.’

Ryan announced that the contestants that made it into the top five would be jetted over to Las Vegas for a mentor session with Carrie Underwood.

Skills: 'You've got skills,' will.i.am said

Skills: ‘You’ve got skills,’ will.i.am said

Vegas: Ryan announced that the contestants that made it into the top five would be jetted over to Las Vegas for a mentor session with Carrie Underwood

Vegas: Ryan announced that the contestants that made it into the top five would be jetted over to Las Vegas for a mentor session with Carrie Underwood

The second challenge of the night was a mother’s day dedication song. Jay went first and dedicated his song to his mother Christiana.

‘She’s a hard working woman and raised me single handedly,’ Jay said to the camera. ‘I love her very much.’

Jay took the stage and performed ‘A Song For Mama’ by Boyz to Men.

Jay and Christina: The second challenge of the night was a mother's day dedication song. Jay went first and dedicated his song to his mother Christiana

Jay and Christina: The second challenge of the night was a mother’s day dedication song. Jay went first and dedicated his song to his mother Christiana

Mama: Jay took the stage and performed 'A Song For Mama' by Boyz to Men

Mama: Jay took the stage and performed ‘A Song For Mama’ by Boyz to Men

‘We are so proud of you, Jay,’ Katy said when he finished. ‘I feel you have found exactly who you are and you are never going to go back.’

‘You are hitting everything perfectly right now,’ Luke said.

Fritz then did an original song to honor his mother Sarina and his grandmother Bea. He played a family movie of them growing up.

So proud: 'We are so proud of you, Jay,' Katy said when he finished. 'I feel you have found exactly who you are and you are never going to go back'

So proud: ‘We are so proud of you, Jay,’ Katy said when he finished. ‘I feel you have found exactly who you are and you are never going to go back’

Fritz and Sarina: Fritz then did an original song to honor his mother Sarina and his grandmother Bea. He played a family movie of them growing up

Fritz and Sarina: Fritz then did an original song to honor his mother Sarina and his grandmother Bea. He played a family movie of them growing up

‘B always wanted me to write a song about their family beach house,’ Fritz said and then performed his original song called ‘The Ocean’ for his mother.

‘You found your place and we couldn’t be happier for you,’ Sarina told him.

‘You look like a pro, you sound like a pro,’ Luke said. ‘It was just another amazing performance.’

Ocean: 'B always wanted me to write a song about their family beach house,' Fritz said and then performed his original song called 'The Ocean' for his mother

Ocean: ‘B always wanted me to write a song about their family beach house,’ Fritz said and then performed his original song called ‘The Ocean’ for his mother

Pro: 'You look like a pro, you sound like a pro,' Luke said. 'It was just another amazing performance.

Pro: ‘You look like a pro, you sound like a pro,’ Luke said. ‘It was just another amazing performance.

‘My friend, your star has arrived,’ Lionel said.

‘I think that was one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard about grandma,’ Katy said who then dabbed her eyes.

Ryan took a moment to acknowledge that Lionel Richie was just inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Katy and Luke jokingly bowed down to him. A crew member then brought out a case shaped like a record turntable that said ‘Congratulations Lionel!’ On the side.

Beautiful: 'I think that was one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard about grandma,' Katy said who then dabbed her eyes

Beautiful: ‘I think that was one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard about grandma,’ Katy said who then dabbed her eyes

Hall of fame: Ryan took a moment to acknowledge that Lionel Richie was just inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Hall of fame: Ryan took a moment to acknowledge that Lionel Richie was just inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

‘Is that a cake?’ Katy said.

Lionel cut into it and then fed a piece to Katy.

‘You treasure and are a dear friend and we are so happy,’ Ryan said as Luke cut himself a piece of the cake.

Feed: Lionel cut into it and then fed a piece to Katy

Feed: Lionel cut into it and then fed a piece to Katy

Treasure: 'You treasure and are a dear friend and we are so happy,' Ryan said as Luke cut himself a piece of the cake

Treasure: ‘You treasure and are a dear friend and we are so happy,’ Ryan said as Luke cut himself a piece of the cake

‘Thank you everybody,’ Lionel said.

Leah went next and dedicated her song to her mother Deanna. She told her mother she was going to sing the song ‘Sanctuary’ from the show Nashville because every word made her think of her.

‘Growing up you always supported and nurtured my love of music,’ Leah said to her.

Dedicated: Leah went next and dedicated her song to her mother Deanna. She told her mother she was going to sing the song 'Sanctuary' from the show Nashville because every word made her think of her

Dedicated: Leah went next and dedicated her song to her mother Deanna. She told her mother she was going to sing the song ‘Sanctuary’ from the show Nashville because every word made her think of her

Support: 'Growing up you always supported and nurtured my love of music,' Leah said to her

Support: ‘Growing up you always supported and nurtured my love of music,’ Leah said to her

‘You just mean the world to me,’ Deanna said.

After she performed, Lionel told her that she found her center with her storytelling presence.

‘You look like an angel and you sound like an angel,’ Katy said.

The world: 'You just mean the world to me,' Deanna said

The world: ‘You just mean the world to me,’ Deanna said

Center: After she performed, Lionel told her that she found her center with her storytelling presence

Center: After she performed, Lionel told her that she found her center with her storytelling presence

Huntergirl dedicated her song to her mother Urla. They had a picnic together at the beach where she told her she was singing ‘Like My Mother Does’ by Lauren Alaina.’

‘I just wanted to dedicate that song to you because I’ve always wanted to be like you when I grow up,’ Huntergirl said. ‘You worked so hard for me to be able to live my dream.’

‘I know one song can’t sum up everything you’ve done but if for three minutes you get to feel special for a day, you deserve it.’

Picnic: Huntergirl dedicated her song to her mother Urla. They had a picnic together at the beach where she told her she was singing 'Like My Mother Does' by Lauren Alaina

Picnic: Huntergirl dedicated her song to her mother Urla. They had a picnic together at the beach where she told her she was singing ‘Like My Mother Does’ by Lauren Alaina

Sum up: 'I know one song can't sum up everything you've done but if for three minutes you get to feel special for a day, you deserve it'

Sum up: ‘I know one song can’t sum up everything you’ve done but if for three minutes you get to feel special for a day, you deserve it’

Huntergirl cried and hugged her mother.

‘Listen Huntergirl, you got a platinum ticket,’ Katy said when she finished performing the song on stage. ‘You still deserve the platinum ticket today and you got a platinum heart as well.’

Huntergirl cried on stage after the emotional performance.

Emotional: Huntergirl cried on stage after the emotional performance

Emotional: Huntergirl cried on stage after the emotional performance

Platinum: 'Listen Huntergirl, you got a platinum ticket,' Katy said when she finished performing the song on stage. 'You still deserve the platinum ticket today and you got a platinum heart as well.'

Platinum: ‘Listen Huntergirl, you got a platinum ticket,’ Katy said when she finished performing the song on stage. ‘You still deserve the platinum ticket today and you got a platinum heart as well.’

‘I’m still trying to process what you said to your mother on that beach,’ Luke said. ‘To be able to see the appreciation and the love that you have for your mother. Great song choice and great performance.’

‘You’ve got me crying, Katy crying and the people around us crying’ Lionel said. ‘You did a fabulous job.’

Noah dedicated his song to his grandmother Karen.

Process: 'I'm still trying to process what you said to your mother on that beach,' Luke said. 'To be able to see the appreciation and the love that you have for your mother. Great song choice and great performance'

Process: ‘I’m still trying to process what you said to your mother on that beach,’ Luke said. ‘To be able to see the appreciation and the love that you have for your mother. Great song choice and great performance’

Noah: Noah dedicated his song to his grandmother Karen

Noah: Noah dedicated his song to his grandmother Karen

‘My grandmother basically raised me,’ Noah said. ‘She’s a big part of Walker’s life too. She loves to watch him.’

Noah told his grandmother that he didn’t know what he would have done without her. He told her he was going to be singing ‘Landslide’ by Fleetwood Mac and she said that she loved that song.

After Noah performed the song in his hotel room, the audience applauded. Luke told him the right vibes were happening for him in that room.

Hotel performance: After Noah performed the song in his hotel room, the audience applauded. Luke told him the right vibes were happening for him in that room

Hotel performance: After Noah performed the song in his hotel room, the audience applauded. Luke told him the right vibes were happening for him in that room

Vibes: After Noah performed the song in his hotel room, the audience applauded. Luke told him the right vibes were happening for him in that room

Vibes: After Noah performed the song in his hotel room, the audience applauded. Luke told him the right vibes were happening for him in that room

‘Great performance,’ Luke said. ‘You look like a star.’

Nicolina dedicated her song to her Nona Clara. She told her that she would be singing ‘Light In The Hallway’ by Pentatonix. She said in a confessional that she was really lucky to have a person like Clara in her life.

‘If it wasn’t for support and her guidance, I don’t think I could be here doing what I love,’ Nicolina said.

Nicolina: Nicolina dedicated her song to her Nona Clara. She told her that she would be singing 'Light In The Hallway' by Pentatonix. She said in a confessional that she was really lucky to have a person like Clara in her life

Nicolina: Nicolina dedicated her song to her Nona Clara. She told her that she would be singing ‘Light In The Hallway’ by Pentatonix. She said in a confessional that she was really lucky to have a person like Clara in her life

‘That performance was absolutely flawless,’ Lionel said when she finished.

‘Both performances have been A plus, plus,’ Katy said.

‘It was flawless,’ Luke said.

A plus: 'Both performances have been A plus, plus,' Katy said

A plus: ‘Both performances have been A plus, plus,’ Katy said

Christian dedicated his song to his mother Beth. He said he going ‘Dear God’ by Smokie Norful.

‘I listen to it every day,’ Beth said. ‘I honestly couldn’t picture a better song.’

Beth cried.

Beth and Christian: Christian dedicated his song to his mother Beth. He said he going 'Dear God' by Smokie Norful

Beth and Christian: Christian dedicated his song to his mother Beth. He said he going ‘Dear God’ by Smokie Norful

‘What else could a Mom ask for,’ Beth said. ‘I couldn’t be more proud to be your Mom.’

‘I feel the spirit in here,’ Katy said when he finished. ‘Christian that was one of your best, it was so authentically you.’

‘Just a beautiful moment,’ Luke said.

What else: 'What else could a Mom ask for,' Beth said. 'I couldn't be more proud to be your Mom'

What else: ‘What else could a Mom ask for,’ Beth said. ‘I couldn’t be more proud to be your Mom’

‘That was the most incredible performance, ‘Lionel said.

At the end of the night, Ryan announced the voting results that Noah, Nicolina, Huntergirl, Leah, and Fritz would be moving on and that Jay and Christian were voted off.

American Idol will return Monday night on ABC.

Voted off: At the end of the night, Ryan announced the voting results that Noah, Nicolina, Huntergirl, Leah, and Fritz would be moving on and that Jay and Christian were voted off

Voted off: At the end of the night, Ryan announced the voting results that Noah, Nicolina, Huntergirl, Leah, and Fritz would be moving on and that Jay and Christian were voted off

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