Thursday, April 1, 2021

American Idol Season 19: AI18 Top 20 Second Chance Twist

April 2nd Confirmation: This is not an April Fool's Day joke.

For those who forgot or didn't know, the most recent episode was suppose to end with "a surprise twist that no one saw coming," according to its official synopsis, but it didn't happen. Well, the announcement of said twist was simply delayed. It's not just any twist, either. In our opinion, it's the largest twist in American Idol history, by far.
  • The major twist is that 10 contestants from the AI18 Top 20 will be returning for a second chance, effectively making a Top 34.
  • To clarify, the Second Chance contestants are in addition to the 2 wild cards, which will be selected by the judges.
  • Second Chance contestants will in fact be voted on by the public.
  • Second Chance Performances will air Monday, April 19th, with the voting results serving as the cliffhanger for the 13-day hiatus.
  • Only a "few" of the 10 Second Chance contestants will ultimately compete with the new contestants.
  • The "few" winners of Second Chance will be officially revealed and merge with the remaining newbie finalists on Sunday, May 2nd.

Dibesh Pokharel (a.k.a. Arthur Gunn) - Runner-Up
Louis Knight - Top 7
Makayla Phillips - Top 11
Aliana Jester - Top 20
Cyniah Elise - Top 20
DeWayne Crocker, Jr. - Top 20
Faith Becnel - Top 20
Franklin Boone - Top 20
Nick Merico - Top 20
Olivia Ximines - Top 20

Declined Offer Or Not Offered
Jonny West - Top 5
Jovin Webb - Top 11
Sophia James/Wackerman - Top 7
Kimmy Gabriela - Top 20
Lauren Spencer-Smith - Top 20

(won and/or signed by American Idol-affiliated record labels)
Samantha Diaz (a.k.a. Just Sam) - Winner
Dillon James - Top 5
Francisco Martin - Top 5
Julia Gargano - Top 7
Grace Leer - Top 11


  1. I wonder what this twist is.. for those doubters, Arthur Gunn, Faith Becnel and Franklin Boone are all in LA according to their Instagram. One of Franklin's photos had the caption "Working on something really special this week. I can’t wait until I can share details with you all." Also some of the current contestants seemed to have been following a lot of the names you listed.

  2. If this is true I don’t how I feel about this because Arther and Louis would most likely steel the season again taking away from the current contestants.

  3. I kind of wonder if the second chance contest is separate from the main contest. They are doing two 2 hour shows a week. Maybe this years contestants perform on Sundays, with the results on Mondays, and the second chance contestants perform then. I'm not sure how fair it would be to directly compete with the new contestants. Unless they do something like have one or two of the 2nd chance contestants compete with the new contestants.

  4. To make it fair, vote for whomever did not make the top 11.

  5. I am a Louis die-hard, so I can't wait for this!

  6. This is so unfair to the contestants this season.

  7. If American Idol gets renewed for season 20, second chance should be done again, but this time, only those who were eliminated in the top 24 round should get it.

    1. I don’t think so. The only reason their doing this is because their season was cut short and wasn’t fair to the contestants

    2. The second chance thing may help the show’s ratings.

    3. The second chance thing may help the show’s ratings.

    4. The second chance thing may help the show’s ratings.

  8. I don’t know how they’re gonna do it. But if Arthur and Louis are competing with this year’s contestants, it would be VERY disrespectful and unfair to them! Arthur would win it all.

    1. If they ever do this again, the top 5 should be deemed ineligible. They should bring back whoever was eliminated in the early weeks of the public voting stage of the previous season.

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