During a live YouTube chat during Sunday’s American Idol Top 5 episode, a promo for next week’s live finale was unveiled. The three hour broadcast will air Sunday May 19 live coast to coast at 8 pm ET/5 PM PT on ABC. It’ll be a performance and results finale all rolled into one.
At the end of this week’s Top 5 episode, host Ryan Seacrest revealed Laine Hardy, Madison VanDerburg and Alejandro Aranda as the Top 3 finalists heading into next week’s finale. After receiving a hero’s welcome this week at the artist’s respective hometowns, the Top 3 will perform for your votes alongside some pretty special talent. Here’s what to expect on next Sunday’s finale:
- American Idol season 4 winner Carrie Underwood takes time out from her Cry Pretty tour to return to the Idol stage.
- Season 8 alum Adam Lambert, fresh off mentoring the singers during Queen week, will duet with Dimitrius Graham, along with performing his new single “New Eyes.”
- Dan + Shay sings with Madison VanDenburg. The country duo performed Celebrity Duets earlier in the season
- Country singer Jon Pardi duets with Laine Hardy.
- Another former American Idol contestant, Kane Brown, duets with Alyssa Raghu
- This is gonna be fun–Kool and the Gang will join forces with Uche
- The rock band Weezer will perform with Wade Cota and Walker Burroughs
- Alejandro Aranda performs and it’s “not to be missed” according to the promo. No duet for the artist?
- Montell Jordan takes the stage with a few “character” contestants like Margie Mays, Austin Michael Robinson and VoKillz
- Top 40 contestant Shayy performs with a surprise Grammy nominated singer.
- Judge Luke Bryan duets with Laci Kaye Booth
- Judge Katy Perry duets with Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon
- Judge Lionel Richie sings with the Top 10
Watch the promo right here.