American Idol is releasing more details about Sunday’s (May 22) three hour season 20 finale. After the Top 3 contestants, Leah Marlene, HunterGirl and Noah Thompson returned from their Hometown visits (Click for clips and photos!) the show posted a clip of judges Katy Perry and Luke Bryan revealing the finalists duet partners.
Katy Perry and Leah Marlene will sing a duet of Katy’s hit “Firework” because 9 year old Leah uploaded a cover on Youtube! Luke joked with HunterGirl, “Being that I don’t have a single to promote, or anything helping my career…you and I are going to perform on the finale, ‘I Told You So; by Randy Travis.” And last but not least: “Our friend reached out and wanted to sing with you,” said Katy to Noah Thompson. “Her name is Melissa Etheridge.”
Lady K told the Montgomery advertiser that the entire Top 10 would be assigned duet partners. “Top 10 is returning to do 4 performances” including group performances.
Additionally, American Idol socials have been releasing celebrity guest/contestant pairings. Ben Platt cancelled mentoring for Disney night, but instead, he’ll join forces with Top 10 contestant Lady K. Deana Carter will sing with soulful country singer Mike Parker on his audition song, “Strawberry Wine.” Tai Verdes will perform with the Top 20 contestants. Earth Wind and Fire will perform a medley with Jay Copeland. And there is more. Check out the list below.
Additionally, Thomas Rhett and Katy Perry will team up to sing their country duet “Where We Started.”
Complete list of American Idol season 20 contestant duets
- Tai Verdes performs with the Top 20
- Flo Rida performs with the Top 10
- Lionel Richie performs with the Top 10
- Luke Bryan and HunterGirl sing “I Told You So” by Randy Travis.
- Katy Perry and Leah Marlene sing “Firework”
- Melissa Etheridge and Noah Thompson sing “Only One”
- James Arthur and Fritz Hager sing “Can I Be Him”
- Gabby Barrett and Emyrson Flora sing “The Good Ones
- Sara Bareilles and Nicolina Bozzo sing “She Used to Be Mine”
- Michael Buble and Christian Guardino sing “Smile”
- Ben Platt duets with Lady K.
- Deana Carter and Mike Parker sing “Strawberry Wine”
- Earth Wind & Fire and Jay Copeland sing a medley of hits
Carrie Underwood will also perform
The Top 3–Noah Thompson, HunterGirl and Leah Marlene will perform songs by Bruce Springsteen, in addition to the original songs they recorded last week.
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