American Idol kicked off its first week of live shows with a “Let’s Get This Party Started” theme tonight (March 12) at CBS Studios in Los Angeles, Calif.
The show began with Empire‘s Taraji P. Hensen bringing host Ryan Seacrest the envelope with the names of contestants who will be performing that evening. Top 10 – Tyanna Jones, Quentin Alexander, Clark Beckham, Daniel Seavey, Maddie Walker, Jax, Qaassim Middleton, Adanna Duru, Joey Cook and Rayvon Owen – then performed for judges Harry Conick, Jr., Jennifer Lopez, and Keith Urban and America’s votes.
In between the performances, Jussie Smollett & Yazz performed their number one single “No Apologies,” which can be found on the season one soundtrack for Empire, for America, the judges, and contestants.
With only one spot left and two contestants remaining, it was time for Ryan Seacrest to announce who will be returning to American Idol next week. Nick Fradiani was saved thanks to America’s votes and performed an acoustic version of Aloe Blacc’s “Wake Me Up” for Jennifer, Harry, and Keith. Sarina-Joi Crowe was still able to perform for America and the judges, hoping to receive a save from either Jennifer, Harry, or Keith. Unfortunately, the judges did not save Sarina-Joi and her journey on American Idol ended this evening.
The Top 11 are Tyanna Jones, Quentin Alexander, Sarina-Joi Crowe, Clark Beckham, Daniel Seavey, Nick Fradiani, Maddie Walker, Jax, Qaassim Middleton, Adanna Duru, Joey Cook and Rayvon Owen.
Check out photos and videos from tonight’s episode of American Idol below. Make sure to tune in next Thursday at 8pm on FOX to see the Top 11 perform!
Rayvon Owen – “Burn” – Live Show 3/12/15
Maddie Walker – “She’s Country” – Live Show 3/12/15
Joey Cook – “Fancy” – Live Show 3/12/15
Qaasim Middleton – “Jet” – Live Show 3/12/15
Tyanna Jones – “Tightrope” – Live Show 3/12/15
Adanna Duru – “Runaway Baby” – Live Show 3/12/15
Sarina-Joi Crowe – “Neon Lights” – Live Show 3/12/15
Daniel Seavey – “Happy” – Live Show 3/12/15
Jax – “Blank Space” – Live Show 3/12/15
Clark Beckham – “Takin’ it to the Streets” – Live Show 3/12/15
Nick Fradiani – “Wake Me Up (Acoustic)” – Live Show 3/12/15
Quentin Alexander – “Rolling in the Deep” – Live Show 3/12/15
Jussie Smollett & Yazz – “No Apologies” – American Idol 3/12/15