AceShowbiz - "American Idol" returned with a new episode on Monday, March 23. The episode marked the final night of Hollywood Week with Top 40 being announced at the end of the episode. Opening the night was Kimmy Gabriela, who sang "I'm Here" from "The Color Purple", much to Katy Perry's liking.
Later, Genavieve Linkowski followed it up with a stunning rendition of "In My Blood" by Shawn Mendes. Also offering an impressive performance was Jovin Webb who belted out Chris Stapleton's "Parachute". Perrin York, meanwhile, managed to get Katy to sing along with her as she sang "Good as Hell" by Lizzo.
The next singers were Faith Becnel and Jeb Vonderbruegge who performed Elmore James' "Cry For Me Baby" and Elton John's "Rocket Man" respectively. As for Arthur Gunn, he took the stage to once again perform the same song he sang at his auditions, "Have You Ever Seen The Rain?" He made a few alterations though, and the judges loved it.
That night, Robert Taylor, Amelia, Jimmy Levy and Julia Gargano sang original songs but the judges were not really impressed. However that wasn't the case for Lauren Mascitti, who earned a standing ovation for her original song "God Made a Woman".
Meanwhile, Makayla Brownlee, who has a heart condition that affects the way she reacts to stress, didn't get to perform because she had to be taken to be looked by doctors. The auditions continued with a performance from Camryn Leigh Smith who sang "Always Remember Us This Way". Devon Alexander and Lauren Spencer-Smith wowed Katy, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan with their performances. Later, Makayla returned and gave a solid performance of "Rainbow" by Kacey Musgraves.
After a few more performances, it was time for the big reveal. The contestants were divided into three groups. Room one had Johnny West, Arthur Gunn, Sophia Wackerman, Franklin Boone, Makayla Phillips, Kimmy Gabriela, Cyniah Elise and Lauren Mascitti among others. Room two held Margie Mays, Jimmy Levy, Kat Luna, Sarah Isen and Madison Paige among others, while room three included Louis Knight, Jovin Webb, Nick Morico and Just Sam.
Later, the judges went to room one and told them that they were heading to Hawaii as part of the Top 40. They were joined by singers in room three while the ones in room two were eliminated.