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'American Idol' top five finalists revealed

Fri, Mar 18th 2016 10:45 am

Tristan McIntosh is eliminated

Sia to perform hit single "Cheap Thrills" and mentor top five with songs from her repertoire; E Street Band's Stevie Van Zandt to mentor with rock classics for top five's second song; alum Katharine McPhee to perform "Somewhere Over The Rainbow"; and one singer is sent home Thursday, March 24, on FOX

Thursday on "American Idol," the top five finalists were announced: MacKenzie Bourg, Trent Harmon, Dalton Rapattoni, La'Porsha Renae and Sonika Vaid.

Judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. determined Vaid would be saved, leaving Tristan McIntosh to be eliminated.

Also on the show, NASCAR drivers Ryan Blaney and Bubba Wallace surprised the finalists to inform them 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 p.m.), on FOX.

Next week, Thursday, March 24 (8-10 p.m.), the top five will perform two songs. Multiple Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter/producer/hitmaker Sia will mentor them 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 will mentor the finalists on classic rock songs. Actress and "American Idol" alum Katharine McPhee also will return to the stage to perform her memorable rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

During the penultimate week, Urban will perform his new single on Thursday, March 31 (8 p.m.).

Viewers at home have five ways to vote for their favorite singer, including the SuperVote online at www.americanidol.com/vote; SuperVote on the FOX NOW app; Google search voting; text vote (SMS); and toll-free voting. All voting rules and frequently asked questions are available on http://www.americanidol.com/voting-faq.

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