American Idol Season 6 Episode 7: The latest episode of American Idol, season 6 episode 6, aired on April 2, 2023, and showcased the beginning of Hollywood Week. In this episode titled “Hollywood Week Part #1,” fan-favorite American Idol alumni return as contestant mentors to help build confidence, stage presence, and songwriting. Judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie watch as the contestants deliver incredible performances on the iconic Hollywood Week stage.
Platinum Ticket Winner and Idol Veterans Mentoring
For the first time in Idol history, there are four platinum ticket winners: Elijah McCormick, Hayden Madison, and Matt Wilson. America has voted, and Elijah McCormick wins the platinum ticket, exempting him from the first round. Idol veterans Phillip Phillips and Catie Turner mentor contestants in songwriting, Clay Aiken and David Archuleta assist with confidence, and Justin Guarini and Jordan Sparks help contestants with stage presence.
Memorable Performances and Judge Feedback
Throughout the episode, contestants perform various songs, receiving mentorship from the alumni. Nutsa, Colin Stough, Sarah Beth, Mary Beth Byrd, Zachariah Smith, Hannah Nicolaisen, We Ani, Olivia Soli, Malik Heard, Kaeyra, Lyric Medeiros, Paige Anne, McKayla Stacey, Hayden Madison, Matt Wilson, and Oliver Steels all deliver memorable performances. The judges provide feedback, and some contestants face emotional moments on stage.
Advancing to the Next Round
After the performances, several contestants make it through to the next round, while others face the end of their American Idol journey. Lucy Love, Fire, Mariah Thompson, Trey Louis, Emma Busse, Megan Danielle, Dawson Wayne, Kya Money, and Iam Tongi are among those who advance. The episode concludes with the contestants selecting their duet partners for the next round of Hollywood Week.