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; live from 2021 turned out to be stormy, as Paula Abdul returned and the dropout Wyatt Pike dropped out.

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The American Idol racers rely on faith, trust and a little pixie to advance to the next round.

After breaking the Oscars last week, the ABC reality show returned on Sunday with a live show featuring the top ten songs from Disney movies.

As usual, the singers received feedback from Judges Luke Brian, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry, who celebrated the theme of the night, dressed as Peter Pan’s Tinker Bell.

In virtual questions and answers after the show, Perry revealed the inspiration behind her costume, revealing that she borrowed her prosthetic ears from her partner Orlando Bloom, who plays Legolas in “The Lord of the Rings”.

“I just love that she has a little audacity and a sense of humor,” the singer told Tinker Bell. “She’s always kind of scarce, so I resonate with this character. I always want to be playful and believe in magic and find the best of everyone.”

At the beginning of the episode, Ryan Seacrest revealed which former contestant won enough votes after the return show to return to the race and round out the top ten. This singer was Arthur Gunn, who came in second last year. (Because the return of a recent runner-up is completely honest with the current competitors … right?)

Fans voted during the show, which aired live from coast to coast, who they wanted to see in the first seven.

Here’s what went down, including which three were eliminated:

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Caleb Kennedy

Caleb Kennedy stayed in his sturdy country cabin, singing “Real Gone” by Cars.

Channeling her inner Tinker Bell, Perry told the 16-year-old high school student that “this thing is really Peter Pen-in for you.”

“You have a real fire on stage,” she continued. “Every time you engage us, we bend down.”

Richie said Kennedy’s energy was “what is a manifestation.”

“It has to air off stage and it was a broadcast performance,” he added.

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Willie Spence

21-year-old Willie Spence uses his powerful voice for an exciting performance of The Circle of Life by The Lion King.

“You have that voice. You can sing the phone book and literally make it yours,” Richie told him. “God bless you, man. God bless you.”

Perry offered more support than Tinker-Bell: “Willie, you’re not a lost boy anymore. You’re a good idol.”

Deschaun Goncalves

20-year-old Deschaun Goncalves performed a jazz performance of “When You Wish Upon a Star” by “Pinocchio”, starting with the song, playing the piano and later getting up to develop some smooth movements.

All three judges congratulated the student on feeling more comfortable on stage.

“This is show business,” Richie said. “You stabbed him.”

Brian said he “grinned so hard” as he watched Goncalves come out of his shell.

“You are not the same person who appeared at the auditions,” he said.

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Casey Bishop

Proving once again that she is not a typical teenbopper, 16-year-old high school student Casey Bishop, stunned by the ghostly show “When She Loved Me” from “Toy Story 2.”

The judges complimented the teen, who usually performs rock songs, on her range.

“Your vocals will take you to infinity and beyond,” Perry said. – I love that you can do almost anything. In fact, you can do anything. You just have to believe. “

Brian added that he certainly believed in Bishop. “I just believe you’re a superstar in the making,” he said.

Chase Beckham

Chayce Beckham, who revealed after the show that he would sing “On My Way” by “Brother Bear” before switching at the last minute, took the soft “Baby Mine” from “Dumbo” and gave him some advantage with his gravel voice.

“This presentation is just for you,” Brian told the 24-year-old heavy machinery operator. “It was really great for the ears.”

Perry also praised Beckham for transforming the lullaby.

“Listen, I think all you need is a little faith, trust and pixie,” she added, throwing a glow in the air.

Alyssa Wray

Shaking a sparkling ball gown, student Alice Rai dazzled with a magical performance of “Dream is a wish that your heart makes” from “Cinderella”.

Richie and Brian said they were happy to see Urai save his belt and vocal acrobatics for the end of the song, while Perry called the singer “elegant and tall.”

“You are a permanent princess,” she added. “You’ll never turn back into a pumpkin.”

Arthur Gunn

In order to remind Idol fans of his vocal qualities, former runner-up Arthur Gunn sang “Remember Me” by “Coco”.

“It was one of the best performances I’ve seen,” Perry told the 23-year-old musician. “It was amazing and I always love it when you do something of your own because that’s who you are.”

Brian congratulated Gunn on his authenticity, while Richie said the musician had the sound.

“The biggest part of being a stylist is when you can take each song and make it your own,” he added.

Cassandra Coleman

Cassandra Coleman is open in the show for her struggles with nerves. But the cafe manager directed his inner hero, pulling “I Can Go The Distance” from “Hercules.”

Brian said Coleman gave her “the most solid top-down vocals” and was “the most comfortable we’ve ever seen.”

“Your confidence has certainly turned from scratch into a hero, and all the other doubts you have, you just leave them in the fabulous dust,” Perry added, continuing to keep his feedback on the subject.

Hunter Mets

Before taking the stage, Hunter Mets, 22, talked about his emotional performance during the last episode, where he rubbed the lyrics at the end of his song.

“To confuse the words at the very end, I thought I was going home,” said the software developer, adding that the experiment was “a difficult pill to swallow.”

After the show, the Mets said he was determined not to make the same mistake. “I can’t tell you how many times in the last week I just sat and read my texts and wrote my texts,” he said. “There’s something about the fear of it happening again.”

The practice paid off – the Mets jumped through “You’ll be in my heart” from Tarzan, winning high marks from the judges.

Perry even dropped another attempt at a clever play on words.

“It was so great to see you on stage with a full smile,” she said. “You really he swung that one. “

Grace Kinstler

20-year-old Grace Kinstler closed the show with a powerful broadcast of “Into the Unknown” from “Frozen II”. The student said that the song talks about how she feels performing “Idol” and the uncertainty of entering the music industry.

After the broadcast, Kinstler said she wanted to choose a song that matched what she and all Idol contestants were experiencing at this stage of the race.

“Our presentation is really about what I can show our audience about me as a person,” she said. “It was so important for me to sing this song because I feel like this song is a big part of the way we feel entering this industry, choosing this path.”

Brian told Kinstler he had a “tiger’s eye.”

“You had the whole room under control with your voice,” Perry added. “It was great.”

Who came home?

At the end of the episode, Seacrest revealed without any order who is safe. The final place in the top 7 went to Gunn, which means the end of the road for Wray, Coleman and Goncalves.

The three eliminated athletes reflected on their Idol travels after the show, saying their experience with Idol boosted their confidence.

“I got into this race thinking I just wasn’t worth anything,” Rai said. “These people, this race, America – they really taught me that I’m worth a lot more than I could ever dream of, and that I don’t have to do anything but be myself. I just have to do what I love. and that’s enough. “

And the singers said you haven’t seen the last one: Coleman plans to release an album, Goncalves wants to win a Grammy, and Rai has set a goal to achieve EGOT status.

“Idol” returns on Sunday at 8 EST with a themed episode for Coldplay and Mother’s Day.

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