3 local artists make Top 20 on ‘American Idol’

Makayla Phillips
Makayla Phillips, 17, of Temecula has advanced to the top 20 of season 18 of “American Idol” on ABC. Valley News/ABC/Eric McCandless photo
Three area music artists have advanced to the top 20 of season 18 of “American Idol” on ABC.Two high school student vocalists, Olivia Ximines, 17, of Menifee and Makayla Phillips, 17, of Temecula, are competing alongside 23-year-old Murrieta singer songwriter Jonny West.The three artists have battled through the audition process, two rounds of Hollywood Week competitions, and the showcase week performances in Hawaii to reach the roster of 20 contestants.The competition resumes on Sunday, April 26, and when it starts back up again, things will be a little different.Due to the coronavirus pandemic outbreak, the show was forced to split up all the contestants, sending them home for the foreseeable future and throwing the contest into doubt.[caption id="attachment_24163
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