American Idol alum and Grammy winning crossover CCM artist Lauren Daigle will serve as mentor on this Sunday’s American Idol. Lauren auditioned for American Idol in 2010 and 2012. In 2010, Lauren was cut on the green mile right before the Top 24 semifinals. She did not make it to Hollywood in 2011. In 2012, she made it to Hollywood, but was cut in the first Las Vegas round.
Additionally, last year’s second runner-up, Gabby Barrett returns to the Idol stage to perform her new single.
Lauren will mentor the Top 6 finalists as they each perform one inspirationally powerful “showstopper” song. Each finalist will also take on a song performed at the famed Woodstock music festival in 1969, which remains one of the most historic moments in popular music history.
Two contestants will be eliminated by night’s end, unless the judges use their final opportunity to save one contestant from going home. Gabby is set to perform her latest song, “I Hope,” claiming her the No. 1 spot on Radio Disney Country’s Top 50 Chart and continuing to rise to the Top 3 on SiriusXM’s “The Highway.”
The journey to find the next superstar continues Sunday May 5 (8:00–10:01 p.m. EDT/5:00-7:01 p.m. PDT), on ABC.
After making history last season as the first reality competition series on American television to allow viewers to watch and vote from coast to coast simultaneously, American Idol continues its simulcast once again in all time zones across the country. For this episode, viewers will be able to vote by text, via AmericanIdol.com/vote and on the American Idol app during the show. Results will be revealed at the end of the show in real time, across all time zones. The episode will be rebroadcast during its normal time slot on Sunday at 8:00-10:01 p.m. PDT on the west coast.
Helping to determine the next singing sensation are music industry legends and all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Ryan Seacrest hosts, and famed multimedia personality Bobby Bones acts as in-house mentor.