Two Atlanta Area Hopefuls Make American Idol Top 20


American Idol spent the night in Hawaii for the final 40 contestants Sunday night. After some tough cuts and some amazing perfromances, Luke, Katy and Lionel cut it down to 20 who will perform in the Live rounds.

Shawn Robinson, formerly an Atlanta Home Depot employee sang "Rock With You" by Micheal Jackson in his Hawaiian print shirt at Disney's Aulani Resort & SpaAulani Resort & Spa. He impressed the judges enough to move on and up to the Top20.


Kate Barnette, who hails from Kennesaw, GA and works as a Nanny, is another to root for in the Top 20. She sang "Royals" by Lorde in Hawaii and has a quite funky, unique vibe.


They now head back to Los Angeles and will perform in front of a live audience from the famed The Wiltern starting tonight. Home audiences will get to start voting with the show’s April 15 broadcast. And this will be the first year that all the voting will be done live when they get down to the final round!

Here is the full list of this years Top 20:

  • Madison Vandenburg – Cohoes, N.Y.
  • Shawn Robinson – Atlanta, Ga.
  • Eddie Island – Nashville, Tenn.
  • Evelyn Cormier – Claremont, N.H.
  • Alyssa Raghu – Orlando, Fla.
  • Ryan Hammond – Modesto, Calif.
  • Raquel Trinidad – Tampa, Fla.
  • Logan Johnson – Boise, Idaho
  • Dimitrius Graham – Baltimore, Md.
  • Riley Thompson – Mabank, Tex.
  • Walker Burroughs – Birmingham, Ala.
  • Bumbly – New York, N.Y.
  • Ashley Hess – Fremont, Calif.
  • Alejandro Aranda – Pomona, Calif.
  • Laine Hardy – Livingston, La.
  • Kate Barnette – Kennesaw, Ga.
  • Uché – Sugar Land, Tex.
  • Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon – Catonsville, Md.
  • Laci Kaye Booth – Livingston, Tex.
  • Wade Cota – Phoenix, Ariz.

Personally I think Alajandro Aranda is going to win the entire thing! Blown away by his voice!!



Otis was born and raised in a small town in Morton, IL between two pumpkin patches. It’s the Pumpkin Capitol of the World, so there’s that. He considers Charlotte, NC his hometown, after spending 10 years there doing radio and meeting his wife... Read more


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