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Was Benson Boone eliminated? Shocking 'American Idol' twist suggests Anilee List replaced him

Benson Boone was not shown in the Hollywood round episodes on both episodes that aired this week and chances are he's no longer a part of the show
UPDATED MAR 23, 2021
Benson Boone in 'American Idol' (ABC)
Benson Boone in 'American Idol' (ABC)

Benson Boone, the TikToker and chance singer kicked off 'American Idol' Season 19 and judges immediately fell in love with him. Katy Perry even went as far as calling him the winner of the season if he could believe that he could do it. However, it seems like his journey to the top has been cut short and he is no longer a part of the show. 

The Hollywood rounds commenced on Sunday (March 21) and 'American Idol' returned for a second time on Monday to further cull out singers before next week's showstopper rounds. However, Benson wasn't seen on both nights and fans kept wondering what could be the reason that he didn't make the cut.


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Is Benson Boone eliminated from 'American Idol'?

Boone's Instagram feed is constantly updated but he has yet to talk about the reason he wasn't in the Hollywood rounds episodes. The 'Idol' Spoilers, an online portal for advance information on what is about to happen in the show further stated that Boone is no longer associated with Season 19 of the show. 

The portal had earlier revealed that Boone has made it to the Top 24 of the season however, his absence from the Hollywood Round episode is very telling of where he stands as far as his fate on the show goes. First things first, Boone didn't appear in the Hollywood Round but he will surely be seen in the next showstopper round, here are details about what might happen ahead. 


Will Benson Boone appear in the showstopper round in 'American Idol'?

After being absent through both episodes in Hollywood week, it's believed that Boone has made it to the showstopper rounds. Even though his face was missing from the seconds-long preview for the next episode, Boone will be seen next week singing for a spot in the semi-finals or the Top 24 rounds.

We say this because the line-up of the Top 24 artists has already been announced and Boone's name sits right on top of the list of the male contestants but there is a twist. There's been a lot of hearsay that the TikToker who discovered that he could sing and be exceptionally great at it, by chance, has been eliminated from the show. 


Is Benson Boone eliminated from 'American Idol'?

Benson Boone, after making it to the Top 24 is rumored to have pulled out of the competition. Since these singers are not contractually bound, he took himself out and the showrunners had to find a replacement for him and it's rumored to be none other than Anilee List. She too wasn't seen in the Hollywood Round episodes leaving fans wondering about her fate on the show as well but if spoilers are to be believed, she is the one replacing Boone and is very much a part of the Top 24. 

What are your thoughts about Benson Boone who was a presumed winner of the show withdrawing himself from the competition? Sound off in the comments below. 


'American Idol' airs Sunday and Monday at 8 pm ET on ABC.