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Contestant “American Idols” cling to faith, trust and little angels to qualify for the next round.

After a break last week for the Oscars, the ABC reality singing competition returns on Sunday with a live performance featuring songs from the top ten Disney movies.

As usual, the singer was welcomed by judges Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry, who celebrated the theme of the night by dressing up as Tinkerbell. From “Peter Pan”

In a post-show virtual Q&A, Perry opened up about the inspiration behind her costume, revealing that she borrowed a prosthetic ear from her partner, Orlando Bloom, who plays Lego. Lass in “Lord of the Rings”

“I love how you have a good sense of humor,” says the singer Tinkerbell. “She’s always a scrappy, and I really get along with that character. I want to be playful and believe in magic and find the best in everyone.”

At the top of the episode, Ryan Seacrest revealed which contestants received enough votes after their comeback performance to return to the competition and qualify for the top ten. That singer was Arthur Gunn, who came in at number two last year. (Due to the recent bringing back to the runner-up position is all Fair to today’s contestants … right?)

Fans voted during the live coastal-to-coast show who wants to see who in the top seven.

This is what is reduced, including the three that are eliminated:

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Caleb Kennedy

Caleb Kennedy is stranded at a rugged country wheel house and sings “Real Gone” from “Cars.”

Perry told a 16-year-old high school student, “This is really what Peter Pan is doing for you.”

“You have real life fire on stage,” she continued. “Every time you get involved with us, we’ll lean in.”

Richie said that Kennedy’s power was

“It had to shine off the stage and that was the show that glitters,” he added.

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Willie Spence

Willie Spence, 21, used his powerful voice to perform “Circle of Life” from The Lion King.

“You have that voice, you can sing in the phone book and make it yours,” Richie told him. “God bless you man, God bless you.”

Perry offers more Tinker-Bell inspired support: “Willie, you’re no longer a lost kid, you’re a lovable idol.”

Deshawn Goncalves

De Shaw Gon Calves, 20 years old, performed “When You Wish Upon a Star” from “Pinocchio” from “Pinocchio”, starting with a piano song and later rising to a smooth movement.

The three judges praised the college students for being comfortable on the stage.

“That’s show business,” Richie said. “You nailed it.”

Brian said he “Grinning very wide” as Lookon Calves came out of his shell.

“You’re not the same person who showed up at the auditions,” he observes.

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Casey Bishop

Casey Bishop, a 16-year-old high school student, has to prove once again that she’s not a typical teenage gangster. 16-year-old high school student Casey Bishop is stunned by the haunting meaning of “When She Loved Me” from ” Toy Story 2 “

The judge praised the teenager, who often performed rock music in her range.

“Your singing will lead you to infinity,” Perry said. “I love that you can do almost anything. Actually, you can do anything. You just have to believe. “

Brian added that he definitely believed in the bishop. “I just believe you are a superstar in the making,” he said.

Chayce Beckham

Chayce Beckham, who revealed after the show that he was going to sing “On My Way” from “Brother Bear” before changing the song at the last minute, took “Baby Mine” from “Dumbo” and gave it a nice voice.

“The performance is up to you,” Brian told a 24-year-old heavy equipment worker. “It’s amazing in my ears.”

Perry also praised Beckham for changing the lullaby.

“Listen, I think all you need is faith, trust and a little bit of pixie dust,” she adds, throwing a light in the air.

Alyssa Wray

Alyssa Wray, a college student, was dazzled by the wonderful performance of “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” from “Cinderella”.

Richie and Brian said they were happy to see Wray save her belt and perform some of her stunts towards the end of the song, while Perry called the singer “The Little One”. “Graceful and lofty”

“You’re a permanent princess,” she added. “You’ll never go back to being a pumpkin.”

Arthur Gunn

Aim to remind “idol” fans of his bravery. Former No. 1 Arthur Gunn sings “Remember Me” from “Coco”.

“That’s one of your best shows I’ve ever seen,” Perry told the 23-year-old musician. “It’s amazing, and I always love it when you do what you like, because that’s what. That you are “

Brian praised Gunn for his authenticity, while Richie said the musicians owned his voice.

“It’s the greatest part of being a stylist when you can pick up any song and make it yours,” he adds.

Cassandra Coleman

Cassandra Coleman opens up a show about her nerve fight. But the coffee shop manager unexpectedly mentioned her hero, “I Can Go The Distance” from “Hercules”.

Brian Coleman said. “Voiced the strongest voice from top to bottom” to her and “the most comfortable we’ve ever seen you”.

“Your confidence has disappeared from zero, definitely a hero, and the other doubts you have, you leave it in fairy dust,” Perry adds, continuing to provide feedback on her theme.

Hunter Mette

Before taking the stage, 22-year-old Hunter Metts opened up about his soulful performance in the final episode where he discovered the lyrics at the end of the song.

“To confuse the words at the end, I thought I was going home,” the developer said, adding that the experience was. “The pills are hard to swallow”

Post showmette said he was determined not to make the same mistake. “I can’t tell you how many times in the last week I sat and read my lyrics and wrote my own lyrics,” he said.

The practice worked – Matt soared through. “You will be in my heart” from “Tarzan”, highly praised by the judges.

Perry also threw another attempt at a clever pun.

“It’s great to see you on a stage like that with a full smile,” she said. cast That one. “

Grace Kinstler

Grace Kinstler, 20, closed the performance with the powerful “Into the Unknown” from “Frozen II”. The college student said the song conveys her feelings for performing “Idol” and the uncertainty of entering. To the music industry

After the performance, Kinstler said she wanted to choose a song that spoke about what she and all of the “Idol” contestants felt at this stage of the competition.

“With our performance, it’s about what I can show our audience about me as a person,” she said. “It’s very important for me to sing that song because I feel that the song is indicative. Of how we feel that we have stepped into this industry by choosing this path “

Brian told Kinstler that she had “tiger eyes”.

“You can control the whole room with your voice,” Perry adds. “It’s awesome.”

Who came home?

At the end of the episode, Seacrest reveals who’s safe. The last in the top 7 is Gunn, meaning the end of the road for Wray, Coleman and Goncalves.

The three eliminated contestants reflected the post-performance “idol” journey, saying that their “idol” experience boosts confidence.

“I came into this competition thinking I was worth nothing,” Ray said. “These people, this race, America – they truly taught me that I am worth more than I ever dreamed of, and I am not. I have to do anything but be myself, I just have to do what I love. And that is enough. “

And the singers say you haven’t seen their last: Coleman plans to release an album, Goncale wants to win the Grammy, and Wray has set a goal of achieving EGOT status.

“Idol” returns on Sunday 8 EST with a Coldplay-themed episode and Mother’s Day.

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