Grace Leer and Lauren Mascitti: Who Made the ‘American Idol’ Top 20?

Did viewers make the right choice?


Lauren Jo Black

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April 20, 2020


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Lauren Mascitti, Grace Leer: Photo by ABC/Karen Neal

American Idol contestants Grace Leer and Lauren Mascitti went head to head on a recent episode, both competing for one slot in the Top 20. With Greer taking on the 1967 classic, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” originally recorded by Aretha Franklin, and Mascitti performing “Two More Bottles Of Wine” by Emmylou Harris, the judges couldn’t decide who should stay and who should go.

‘We have one position left, and we couldn’t make a decision,” Bryan told the pair.

Their fate was then left in the hands of viewers, who were given the chance to vote for which contestant they wanted to see in the Top 20.

America’s decision was revealed during Sunday night’s (April 19) episode of American Idol, where host Ryan Seacrest was joined by Leer and Mascitti virtually. As they watched on from their homes, Seacrest shared that Leer would be advancing in the competition.

 “Lauren, I love you. I wish I could hug you. I love you,” Greer emotionally told Mascitti.

“I’m gonna make country proud, I promise,” she assured her.

Grace Leer initially impressed judges with her cover of Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” during the audition rounds.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.