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The iconic talent search for the next superstar lives on with the return of American Idol on ETC!

With AI’s season premiere last March 4, fans and viewers were able to meet many amazing and inspiring individuals who graced the stage to let their voices and stories be heard.The cross-country auditions wrapped up successfully with more than 150 contenders securing their golden ticket to Hollywood.

Last episode, the dynamic roster of talented hopefuls geared up for the kick-off of Hollywood Week—also known as the “make-or-break” boot camp where contestants are narrowed down as they battle out in three challenging rounds: Lines of 10, groups, and solos.

While there was a solid lineup of impressive performances that night, unfortunately some contestants fumbled and let their nerves get the best of them. Some of those who failed to blow away the judges were Courtney Penry, Ashton Gill, Jade Flores, and Colby Swift.

As we head into Episode 7, this season’s crop of contenders gets whittled down to just 40.

Will your favorites be able to stand out and deliver a performance good enough to make them stay? As the tension builds and the competition heats up, here are the top reasons why you shouldn’t miss an episode of #AIonETC:

  1. Outstanding talents are taking this season by the storm.

The competition has just begun but there is no denying that the judges have found a dynamic and diverse batch of hopefuls who are all equally vying for the American Idol legacy.

Among those who notably advanced last episode were folk-country singer Laci Kaye Booth whom pop judge Katy Perry dubbed as a “diamond in the rough”, Alejandro Aranda who wowed the judges and viewers with his original song “Out Loud” during his audition, Madison Vendenburg who powerfully and suitably sang Kelly Clarkson’s “Already Gone”, and Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon (who beautifully sang an emotional rendition of Carole King’s “Beautiful”.

It might still be too early to tell who will win the crown, but it’s exciting to witness how these fresh talents will strive and soon emerge as the frontrunners who will make a powerful impression in the music industry.

The fun-loving trio is back at the helm of the judges’ panel.

Country superstar Luke Bryan joins pop chameleon Katy Perry and R&B legend Lionel Richie once again as the judges this season.

At their very core, the trio has a very charming and balanced chemistry. There are no assigned good guy or bad guy roles to play since all of them agree on offering only what the contestants truly need to improve their artistry: constructive and impassioned criticism that comes from the heart.

Famed radio host and award-winning personality Bobby Bones also came back as AI’s in-house mentor to help the contestants reach their fullest potential and become the stars they were meant to be.


  1. There are MORE celebrity guests to look forward to!

Your favorite pop culture staple has a lot of special guest performances in store for you! Season 16 finalists Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Catie Turner already made special appearances, and even Idol winner Maddie Pope surprised the judges in the final round of auditions.

Included in this year’s lineup of all-star duets are powerhouses Jason Mraz, Julia Michaels, Brett Young, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Cynthia Erivo, Lukas Graham, Ben Harper, Elle King, Chris Isaak, lovelytheband, and Shaggy.

Watch magic unfold as these stars team up with the finalists who will make it to the Top 20 on April 1, 2019.

Tune in on ETC to witness the journey of the next singing sensation who will continue the American Idol legacy! Catch it every Monday and Tuesday, 6PM via satellite with encore telecast at 8PM.

For all American Idol updates and happenings, follow ETC on, on Twitter and Instagram @etc_channel, and log on to Join the conversation at #AIonETC. Catch us on UHF channel 21, Sky Cable channel 16, Destiny Digital channel 16, Global Destiny channel 28, Cignal channel 9, Cablelink channel 34, or East TV channel 1.



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ETC, the number one free-to-air female entertainment network, is an interactive platform where ladies of all ages can freely share and express who they truly are and who they aspire to be. It is a channel that not only embraces but also celebrates everything that a woman value; from beauty and style, to her interests, passions and relationships. With world class shows paired with its own local content, ETC is sure to deliver the latest trends in the world of TV, fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and Hollywood news tailor made for the fun and stylish Filipina today.