Next American Idol: Sia, Stevie Van Zandt, Katharine McPhee

AMERICAN IDOL: Top 5: L-R: Top 5 contestants Sonika Vaid, La'Porsha Renae, Trent Harmon, MacKenzie Bourg and Dalton Rapattoni on AMERICAN IDOL airing Thursday, March 17 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2016 FOX Broadcasting Co. Cr: Ray Mickshaw/ FOX. This image is embargoed until Thursday, March 17,10:00PM PT / 1:00AM ET

Next week on American Idol, the Top Five will perform two songs. Multiple Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/producer/hitmaker Sia will mentor the Top Five on songs from her repertoire, as well as perform her hit “Cheap Thrills” from her new album “This is Acting.”

Then, E Street Band’s Stevie Van Zandt (“The Sopranos,” “Lilyhammer”) will mentor the finalists on classic rock songs.

Actress and IDOL alum Katharine McPhee also will return to the stage to perform her memorable rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” During the penultimate week, IDOL judge Keith Urban will perform his new single on Thursday, March 31 (8:00-10:00 live ET/tape-delayed PT).

This week on American Idol, the Top Five finalists were announced, including MacKenzie Bourg, Trent Harmon, Dalton Rapattoni, La’Porsha Renae and Sonika Vaid. Judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. determined that Sonika would be saved, leaving Tristan McIntosh to be eliminated.

Also on tonight’s show, NASCAR drivers Ryan Blaney and Bubba Wallace surprised the finalists to inform them that the Top Five will sing “God Bless America” prior to the start of the Nascar Sprint Cup Series Auto Club 400 race airing LIVE Sunday, March 20 (3:00 PM ET/12:00 PM PT) on FOX.

American Idol airs Thursdays 8:00-10:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed.

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