American Idol Encore Returns to Live with Kelly & Ryan for 4th Season

AMERICAN IDOL 401 (Auditions) American Idol, the iconic series that revolutionized the television landscape by pioneering the music competition genre, will return to airwaves during its season premiere SUNDAY, FEB. 14 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. (ABC/Christopher Willard) RYAN SEACREST
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ABC’s music competition American Idol will crown its 2021 winner on Sunday May 23. However, Idol fans can once again play a part in bringing back a favorite finalist for an additional national TV appearance: a special encore performance on Live with Kelly and Ryan via “Live’s ‘American Idol’ Encore.”

“Live’s ‘American Idol’ Encore” will return Monday, May 24, allowing viewers to choose one of the eliminated Top 10 finalists to perform on Live. From Monday, May 24, at 9 a.m. until Tuesday, May 25, at 9 a.m. EDT, viewers will get to weigh in, via an online poll, about which finalist they would most like to see return to national television. On Wednesday, May 26, hosts Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest will announce which of the eliminated  American Idol singers has been selected to appear on Live on Friday, May 28.

Further details and the link to the online poll will be available on the “Live” website,, on Monday, May 24.

The 2021 “American Idol” Top 9 are as follows:

  • Chayce Beckham of Apple Valley, California
  • Casey Bishop of Estero, Florida
  • Cassandra Coleman of Columbia, Tennessee
  • Deshawn Goncalves of Cleveland
  • Arthur Gunn of Wichita, Kansas
  • Grace Kinstler of Chicago
  • Hunter Metts of Franklin, Tennessee
  • Willie Spence of Douglas, Georgia
  • Alyssa Wray of Perryville, Kentucky

ABC has been holding the Live with Kelly & Ryan competition beginning with the network reboot of the series in 2018. Previous winners of the “American Idol Encore” competition include 4th place finisher Cade Foehner in 2018, 3rd place finisher Madison VanDenburg in 2019 and Top 7 finalist Julia Gargano in 2020.

*Caleb Kennedy is removed from the list after American Idol disqualified him from competition.

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