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Phoenix Contestant Makes 'American Idol's' Top 20!

American Idol has its Top 20. Judges Katy PerryLuke Bryan, and Lionel Richie narrowed the search on last night’s episode of ABC’s reality singing competition.

After picking the top 40 during Hollywood Week, the show went to Hawaii for the showcase round performances from Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa, where the list was cut in half. They now head back to Los Angeles and will perform in front of a live audience from the famed The Wiltern starting tonight.

Some standouts in the Top 20 include Alejandro Aranda, who blew the judges away with his guitar-playing skills, along with 90 Day Fiancé star Evelyn Cormier. The quirky Eddie Island also made it to the Top 20, along with Laci Kaye Booth, who made an impression in the very first episode of the season. And Phoenix, Arizona’s own Wade Cota, who had never been on a plane before AI!

Unfortunately, some early standouts didn’t quite make it through, including pastor son Jeremiah Lloyd HarmonNick Townsend (whose two brothers died from suicide), blind contestant Shayy, and Vietnamese immigrant Myra Tran.

Home audiences will get to start voting with the show’s April 15th broadcast.

Watch Wade Cota:

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