American Idol 2022 Fans Can Vote a Finalist to Nab Kelly & Ryan ‘Encore’

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l-r top clockwise: Nicolina Bozzo, Emyrson Flora, Fritz Hager, Mike Parker, HunterGirl, Lady K, Leah Marlene, Jay Copeland, Christian Guardino, Noah Thompson

It’s become a tradition. ABC’s Live with Kelly & Ryan has held a fan voted contest every year during the ABC era to choose an American Idol Top 10 contestant to perform on the show. Back in the FOX days, each of the Top 10 did a New York media tour after being eliminated and would make a stop at Live.

But these days, only the Top 2 contestants fly, via private jet, to New York City the morning after the finale to perform on Live and make other media stops such as on Good Morning America.

However, if you are season 17 runner-up Alejandro Aranda and hate flying, you exit the plane before it takes off and skip the media tour altogether! (Not to make light of Alejandro’s struggle with anxiety. Recently he shared how, despite his anxiety, he flew on a plane to make a gig. The struggle is real, and good for him facing his fears!)

The contest works like this:

From Monday, May 23rd, at 9:00 a.m. until Tuesday, May 24th, at 9:00 a.m. EDT, viewers can vote via an online poll to select one finalist to take center stage on Live. Further details and the link to the online poll will be available on the Live website,

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Additionally, the world’s next American Idol will perform live on Live on Monday, May 23rd, and the runner-up will perform Thursday, May 26th. The top 3 vying for the crown are HunterGirl, Leah Marlene and Noah Thompson.

The 2022 American Idol Top 10 are as follows:

Leah Marlene
Noah Thompson
Fritz Hager
Nicolina Bozzo
Christian Guardino
Jay Copeland
Emyrson Flora
Lady K
Mike Parker

Former winners of the Live with Kelly & Ryan “American Idol Encore” include: Cade Foehner 4th place, season 16; Madison Vandenburg 3rd place, season 17; Julia Gargano Top 7 season 18; and Grace Kinstler 3rd place season 19. 

The season finale of American Idol airs live coast to coast Sunday, May 22nd (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/6:00-9:00 p.m. MDT/5:00-8:00 p.m. PDT), on ABC.

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