‘American Idol’ 2021 Winners & Spoilers: Top 5 Live Results

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On the May 9, 2021 episode of ABC’s “American Idol,” the top seven contestants performed Coldplay songs and Mother’s Day songs in hopes of earning enough votes to make it through to the top five, which were announced at the end of the episode.

WARNING: Spoilers for the top 5 live reveal episode of “American Idol” follow. Do not read on if you don’t want to know who made it through to the top 5. 

Read on below for a live recap of the results as they aired. If you’d rather just have a list of which contestants made it through and which were eliminated, scroll to the bottom for that.

This post will be updated as the episode airs.


‘American Idol 2021 Top 5 Live Recap

The show started with long-time host Ryan Seacrest introducing “American Idol” and the three judges, wishing Katy Perry a Happy Mother’s Day. Chris Martin, of Coldplay, mentored the contestants for the week.

Seacrest also announced that the season finale was just two weeks away, on Sunday, May 23, 2021.

The first performance of the night came from Casey Bishop, who chose to perform “Paradise” for her Coldplay song. During the mentor pre-taped portion, Casey said that she was feeling anxious before her performances and hoped to work on her stage presence, and that was obvious in the first part of her performance, though she later got more into the song.

The judges told Casey that when she finally let loose, they loved the performance, and Katy Perry told her she needed “more tornado,” while Luke Bryan said he had never heard Casey hit a bad note.

Chayce Beckham was up next, who chose to sing “Magic.” Chris Martin said in the pre-taped portion that he loved Chayce’s voice so much that he forgot to mentor him. His only piece of advice was to “let one strand of hair” hang down, but decided against it when he actually saw it in action.

The judges told Beckham that he did a great job and complimented his artistry.


‘American Idol’ Top 7 & Who Was Eliminated

This will be updated as the episode airs.

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“American Idol” airs on Sundays and Mondays at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC.

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