I’m starting a new spoiler thread for tonight…
- Green Day is the “surprise” guest, singing “Working Class Hero” from the John Lennon Tribute album.
- Gladys Knight will perform “Midnight Train to Georgia” with the Top 6 female finalists.
- Smokey Robinson performs “Ohh Baby Baby” with the Top 6 male finalists.
- Melinda Doolittle performs with Bebe and Cece Winans
- Sanjaya duets with Aerosmith’s Joe Perry to the Kink’s “You really got me.”
- Blake Lewis duets with rappyer Doug E. Fresh.
- Blake Lewis and Jordin Sparks duet on the Beatles, “I Saw Her Standing There”
- Tony Bennett will perform
- Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Ruben Studdard and Taylor Hicks will perform.
- In an interview this morning, Taylor Hicks said that he would be performing a Sgt. Peppers medley with the Top 12. Taylor will also be performing his single, “Heaven Knows.”
ETA: Somebody gave me the heads up: They are pre-taping one of the bands today, it looks to be a last-minute deal. From the email:
We are taping a performance by a VERY special, surprise band and tickets are FREE. This pre-tape will be aired as a segment of tonight finale.
The taping is at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood and the arrival time is 1:30 PM.
More after the jump!
You can tune in to americanidol.com for a live pre-show webcast hosted by Lisa Tucker and James Pumphrey will serve as correspondents on the red carpet. It starts at 6 pm EDT.
- Nigel Lythgoe said in an interview on Good Day LA that Peter Noone would sing a medley of Herman’s Hermits hits (was he kidding?).
- Lakisha Jones said on a radio interview this morning, that ONLY THE TOP 3 will get to sing duets with special musical guests.
- There will be no hometown parties. The original plan was to have them, but the producers thought otherwise and cancelled them.
- Jordin Sparks performs with Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce, Anika Noni Rose
- According to this article, Sanjaya Malakar will sport short, platinum blonde hair tonight, and sing a duet with Steve Perry, former lead singer of Journey.
- According to Perez Hilton, there is buzz around Hollywood that Britney Spears will appear on the Finale. Hello trainwreck!