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American Idol XIV Top 12 Theme + Wildcard Twist Revealed

Next week, we learn which singers will earn a place in the American Idol XIV Top 12. But what will the finalists be singing?

The theme has been announced for Top 12 week: The Top 12 will sing their Audition Songs!

On the one hand, I find some of the audition songs painfully bland (sorry, Loren, but “Saving All My Love for You” does jack all for me). On the other hand, there are some real gems in the lineup (Rayvon’s version of “Wide Awake” is STUNNING). Of course, whether or not we get to hear those gems depends on whether or not certain contestants make the cut. But since we know what each contestant sang for his or her audition, we know the song spoilers as a result. Well, except for the contestants who, like Adam Ezegelian, Loren Lott and Daniel Seavey, sang two songs at their audition. In fact, Caleb Johnson’s “Back to the Start” performance for his Audition Songs theme was an alternate song that he auditioned with, but one which we didn’t see. So contestants might still wind up singing a song we’re not expecting.

So here’s the list of who sang what at their audition:

Daniel Seavey — “Hallelujah”/”Straight Up”
Mark Andrew – “Soulshine”
Rayvon Owen – “Wide Awake”
Adam Ezegelian – “Born to Be Wild”/”I’m Yours”
Clark Beckham – “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World”
Nick Fradiani, Jr. – “In Your Eyes”
Qaasim Middleton – “Sir Duke”
Quentin Alexander — “Royals”
Adanna Duru — “You and I”
Alexis Gomez — “Little White Church”
Joey Cook — “King of Spain”
Loren Lott — “Treasure”/”Saving All My Love for You”
Maddie Walker — “Suitcase”
Sarina Joi-Crowe — “Love Runs Out”
Jax — “I Want to Hold Your Hand”
Tyanna Jones — “Wings”

But that’s not all, as a WILDCARD TWIST has been revealed for this season! But not in the way we might have expected. We’re still only getting 12 finalists for this season. But two of those twelve finalists will be contestants who were previously eliminated. Here’s how it’s going to work, according to TVLine:

On Wednesday, March 11, Ryan Seacrest will reveal the five guys and five women who advanced from this week’s Top 16 performances based on the public vote. Judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban will then name two Wild Cards to round out the roster of finalists.

That lucky dozen will immediately reprise the songs* that scored them Golden Tickets to Hollywood — only this time in an effort to win over America.

Thursday’s telecast (March 12) will see one contestant sent to the guillotine — with the remaining 11 finalists once again performing for the public’s fancy.

The following Thursday, March 19 — the first of Idol‘s new once-per-week schedule — will result in one more elimination (along with another set of contestant performances).

Then, beginning March 25 (the week after Empire concludes its freshman run), Idol will air on a Wednesday-only basis — combining performance show and elimination.

So we’re going from 16 to 12, and then from 12 to 11 next week. Then we’ll be getting one episode (a combined performance/elimination show) each week from then on out. It seems like a pretty tightly-plotted season, so I’m stoked to see how it all plays out, although I get the feeling the two wildcards will be singers who would have been voted through anyway. Or someone who was just eliminated, a la The Voice 7 wildcard Damien. But I’m still glad there’s a safety net in place in the event that America gets it wrong.

But what do you think? Which twelve artists do you want to see make the cut?

If you missed any of this week’s performances, check out our live blogs for both nights, as videos of each performance have been uploaded: The Top 8 Guys and The Top 8 Girls

Also, don’t forget to voice your opinion on which 12 artists will advance by voting in our official poll!

American Idol XIV Top 12 Theme + Wildcard Twist Revealed

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