For better or worse, the fate of the Idol contestants is finally in the hands of America.
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America, you crazy. Predictable, but crazy.

As a reminder: The Top 10 will consist of six contestants voted in by America, and the four remaining spots will go to contestants selected by the judges. All 14 finalists will be singing, but based on the results, it will either be a celebration as they head into the Victory Zone, or a song of survival as they attempt to impress Katy, Lionel, and Luke one last time, before waiting in the Danger Zone to learn their fate.

America’s six choices are mostly as one would expect (country singers, Catie Turners), and it is up to the judges to not let any gems get overlooked. Here’s how it all played out:

Maddie Poppe
Status: Victory Zone!
Song: “Walk Like An Egyptian” The Bangles
What a fun choice for this little hummingbird! It doesn’t provide any huge Idol Moments, but it does show off Maddie’s versatility. She’s been able to navigate through lots of genres so far this season while still remaining very “Maddie Poppe” and that will serve her well as the competition continues. Maddie heads over to claim the first chair in the Victory Zone.

Michelle Sussett
Status: Highway to the Danger Zone
Song: “I’m a Dreamer” Michelle Sussett
It is a huge risk to do an original song when fighting for your Judges’ Pick spot, and although the verse in Spanish is pretty great, the vocals overall are not. But the judges have loved Michelle since her audition, so she is definitely being considered for one of those four available spots. Even if you have been “let down by the people you love and trust, which is America,” Katy Perry will save you.

Marcio Donaldson
Status: Right into the Danger Zone
Song: “Jealous” by Nick Jonas
This isn’t Marcio’s best performance, but it is nice to see him singing a contemporary song. On the bright side: Marcio’s wardrobe this season is unbeatable. The judges’ critiques are of the “knowing you’ve always been enough” and “the mark of a good fighter is how many punches he can take” variety, rather than the “you’re amazing and America doesn’t know what it’s doing” variety, which does not bode well for Marcio.

Cade Foehner
Status: Victory Zone!
Song: “Bright Lights” by Gary Clark, Jr.
After a very long and awkward walk, Ryan has Cade stand behind the stage to receive the good news. Of course Cade is in the Top 10 — the high school girls across America must be going crazy for this dude. He’s a rock guy, but, like, in a wholesome way. To celebrate his victory, he does more of his rock thing. Give the people what they want, ya know?

Garrett Jacobs
Status: Highway to the Danger Zone
Song: “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” by Creedence Clearwater Rival
This is an excellent song choice for Garrett. He has some pitch problems, but for the most part, he really brings it. Both Katy and Luke agree that this is the best Garrett has sounded. I mean, Luke might be distracted with the joy that fills his face when he lays eyes on Honey in the audience, but still. Garrett may have a tough time nabbing a spot when the country space is a little crowded this season, but at least go out performing your best.

Gabby Barrett
Status: Victory Zone!
Song: “Little Red Wagon” by Miranda Lambert
Speaking of the country space…welcome Gabby Barrett to the Victory Zone. She celebrates the good news in an, um, energetic way. She bops around the stage like we’ve never seen her do before, and her vocal suffers at times for it. Still, it is a different side to the country queen, and it will probably only endear her to her fans even more.

Dennis Lorenzo
Status: Gonna take you right into the Danger Zone
Song: “This Woman’s Work” by Maxwell
This was the first “Danger Zone” announcement that made me yell out “no!” Dennis, you guys? Not Dennis? This is getting nutty. Dennis takes it in stride though, and knows it is his time to change some minds. He delivers. His vocals are gorgeous and his performance is top-notch. All three of the judges pretty much tell Dennis that he’ll be getting their vote for one of the four remaining spots, so he doesn’t have to sweat it out too much. (Recap continues on next page)

Jonny Brenns
Status: Highway to the Danger Zone
Song: “Demons” by Imagine Dragons
Jonny sounds good on this Imagine Dragons hit, and Luke tells him that this type of music is his sweet spot. He may or may not be moving on tonight, but whatever happens, this is the type of music he should be singing. In good news: Jonny’s dad is all in on his son’s burgeoning singing career, even signaling little heart symbols from the audience. If this is the end of the line for Jonny, at least his story has come full circle.

Caleb Lee Hutchinson
Status: Victory Zone!
Song: “Getting You Home” by Chris Young
If you didn’t think this country boy was making the American Idol Top 10, then you haven’t watched American Idol before. Like most of America’s votes tonight, this isn’t surprising. Caleb also continues his march toward country heart-throb with his fun song choice, which really cannot hurt going forward. Take in those dulcet tones!

Mara Justine
Status: Right into the Danger Zone
Song: “Love on the Brain” by Rihanna
Mara is obviously feeling the pressure once she hears she’s going to have to sing to survive this whole shebang. Mara works her pipes in this big Rihanna number, but she’s still a little dramatic when it comes to her performance. Again, the judges give Mara critiques about learning and growing and this not being the end for her, which definitely means this will be the end for her, on this show at least.

Status: Highway to the Danger Zone
Song: “Never Enough” from The Greatest Showman
WHAT IS GOING ON? The only consolation after hearing this news is knowing that there is absolutely no way the judges will let Jurnee go. She tries to hide how emotional she is after getting the news, but it bleeds through into her performance — in the best way. The judges are baffled: Luke is sold on Jurnee (she’s definitely getting a spot). Katy doesn’t think there is anyone more qualified (she’s definitely getting a spot). Lionel is in love. Yeah, she’s definitely getting a spot.

Michael J. Woodard
Status: Victory Zone!
Song: “Believe in Yourself” from The Wiz
America loves Michael J. Woodard and he thanks them with another excellent Broadway number. Can he just sing Broadway songs the rest of the season? Honestly, he might after he sees all three of the judges up on their feet before the song even ends. If it works, it works! (It works.)

Catie Turner
Status: Victory Zone!
Song: “Havana” by Camila Cabello
I mean, of course. Catie was always a sure thing, but it’s not an unearned spot. Her victory lap song proves she has some vocal chops. Catie is more than just a personality and it’s nice to be reminded of that.

Ada Vox
Status: Gonna take you right into the Danger Zone
Song: “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” by Jennifer Holliday
Let’s be honest: Was this planned? Ada not earning America’s vote and then closing out the night with this Dreamgirls show-stopper is dramatic perfection. Most could guess that Ada would tackle this number at some point this season, but to deploy it right now is smart. Hopefully, America will realize how ridiculous it is being collectively. And America will definitely get the chance to right its wrongs since the judges don’t even wait to deliberate: They tell Ada to get her butt over to the Victory Zone immediately. Ada Vox is in the Top 10.

And joining her and the seven other contestants, thanks to the judges are: Jurnee, Michelle Sussett, and Dennis Lorenzo.

There’s your Top 10. It feels about right, doesn’t it? Who was the biggest surprise? Do you think the four judges’ picks will ever win over America? How many times have you watched Ada Vox’s performance so far? Like four times, probably?

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