Dillon James (age 26), a construction worker from Bakersfield, California performed “The Times They Are a-Changin’” by Bob Dylan during the Hawaii Showcase and Final Judgment round of American Idol 2020 (Season 18).
“The Times They Are a-Changin'” was released as the title track of Bob Dylan’s 1964 album of the same name. It reached number 9 on the UK Singles Chart. The song was ranked number 59 on Rolling Stone’s 2004 list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.
American Idol judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie were pleased with Dillon’s performance. Katy Perry said that Dillon looks like a star. After Dillon’s rendition, Katy commented “I wish he would like, lean in to the emotional part of his voice a little bit more.”
American Idol: Season 18
Episode: “Hawaii Showcase and Final Judgment, Part 1”
Performance: “The Times They Are a-Changin'” by Bob Dylan
Audition: Dillon James audition
Result: Advanced to Top 20
Dillon said in the interview offstage, “There’s a lot of me in the way. But I’m just happy. I’m in Paradise, I’m singing, it’s a beautiful thing.”
American Idol Season 18 premiered at 8PM, February 16, 2020 on ABC television and will air Sundays and Mondays at 8/7c until the live shows. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, filming of American Idol is temporarily suspended and the production will assess things on a weekly basis.
Ryan Seacrest continues his role as the show’s host and Bobby Bones returns as the in-house mentor. Despite budget cuts, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, and Lionel Richie come back as judges for their third season of the series.
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