The top 24 American Idol contestants were revealed Monday night, and while some received a life-changing yes, others were sadly eliminated.
Fans were forced to say goodbye to some of their favorites, like Thaddeus Johnson, who experienced the same cut during the Final Judgment eight years ago in Season 9. “There’s so much talent that we have to spread through 24 slots,” Lionel Richie told Johnson. “We all think that now is the right time. In this case, my friend, now is not the right time.” And with a nod to his killer performance Sunday night, Katy Perry assured him, “Thaddeus, you’ll rise.” Thaddeus was, understandably, devastated as he shared through tears, “I finally felt like I was getting something right. Getting a ‘no’ just feels like, you know, guess I didn’t do enough.” Johnson was the contestant Idol fans were most upset about as they took to social media:
Thaddeus being cut was the worst decision! He deserves to be there #AmericanIdol
— ᎬᎡᏆN ♡ (@ErinSant) April 3, 2018
This is some B.S. that Thaddeus did not make it. One of the truly best singers on the competition. SMH. #AmericanIdol
— Chris (@ooohchile) April 3, 2018
American Idol? More like mediocre idol. How did Thaddeus not go through? #americanidol
— hannah ✌️ (@_legallyhannah) April 3, 2018
Fan favorite Noah Davis, also known as the “alpaca kid,” who struggled through his last performance, was also sent home. One fan on Twitter has already started a campaign to get him back.
— Brooke Ray (@brookeyray) April 3, 2018
And the judges said goodbye to American Idol’s first “Idol baby,” Victoria McQueen.
— Victoria McQueen (@vmcqueenmusic) April 3, 2018
Surprisingly, Perry’s boy crush Trevor Holmes was also cut Monday night. Not so surprisingly, not many people on Twitter seemed to care — except Holmes himself, who started his own effort to get back on the show.
— Trevor Holmes (@tholmesmusic) April 3, 2018
And while we have to say goodbye to those contestants, the final 24 are sure to bring the heat next week as they compete alongside some of their favorite celebrity artists.
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