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Journey to find next superstar comes to a head on ABC's 'American Idol'


Fri, May 18th 2018 10:25 pm
`American Idol`: A new winner be will crowned on Monday on ABC. From left: Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. (ABC photo by Eric McCandless)
"American Idol": A new winner be will crowned on Monday on ABC. From left: Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. (ABC photo by Eric McCandless)
Bobby Bones will mentor top 3 finalists on Sunday; grand finale will include performances by 'American Idol' judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie & Luke Bryan
In part one of the "American Idol" two-night season finale, the Top 3 finalists visit their hometowns to celebrate their time on the show then return to the stage for their last chance to win America's vote, as the search for America's next superstar continues on its new home on America's network, The ABC Television Network, Sunday, May 20 (8-10:01 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand.
In this episode, the finalists - Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Gabby Barrett and Maddie Poppe - return to their hometowns - Dallas, Georgia; Pittsburgh; and Clarksville, Iowa, respectively - to say thank you to all of their supportive fans back home and enjoy the day with their family and friends.
Nationally syndicated host of iHeartMedia's "The Bobby Bones Show" and New York Times best-selling author Bobby Bones will return to "American Idol" to mentor the finalists as they enter their final week of the competition.
Back on the "Idol" stage, the Top 3 finalists will perform three songs: a hometown dedication, a repeat of their favorite song of the season and their winner's single. In addition to performances by Caleb, Gabby and Maddie, four past contestants - Jonny Brenns, Catie Turner, Michelle Sussett and Harper Grace - will also come back to "American Idol" to perform an original song medley.
The finalists and their song choices for this week include:
•Caleb Lee Hutchinson
  • Hometown: "Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash
  • Repeat: "Don't Close Your Eyes" by Keith Whitley
  • Winner's Single: "Johnny Cash Heart" (Original)
•Gabby Barrett
  • Hometown: "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey
  • Repeat: "Little Red Wagon" by Miranda Lambert
  • Winner's Single: "Rivers Deep" (Original)
•Maddie Poppe
  • Hometown: "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac
  • Repeat: "Don't Ever Let Your Children Grow Up" (Original)
  • Winner's Single: "Going Going Gone" (Original)
The original song medley will include:
  • Jonny Brenns - "Blue Jeans" (Original)
  • Catie Turner - "21st Century Machine" (Original)
  • Harper Grace - "Yard Sale" (Original)
  • Michelle Sussett - "I'm a Dreamer" (Original) 
America will vote overnight on Sunday to determine who will be crowned the next "American Idol" during the grand finale on Monday. Voting for the finale will open for the Top 3 contestants when the show goes live at 8 p.m. Sunday, and will remain open overnight, closing at 9 a.m. on Monday. Fans can vote online at AmericanIdol.com/vote, in the "American Idol" app or via text. One can vote 10 times per contestant, per method.
Helping America determine who will become the next singing sensation are music industry forces and superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, with Emmy Award-winning Ryan Seacrest returning as host.
Then on Monday, the winner of season one of "American Idol" on ABC will finally be crowned, as the search for America's next superstar comes to a close starting at 9 p.m.
Performances during the grand finale include:
  • Bebe Rexha + Top 3 Finalists - "Meant to Be" by Bebe Rexha
  • Darius Rucker + Caleb Lee Hutchinson - "Wagon Wheel" by Darius Rucker
  • Gary Clark Jr. + Dennis Lorenzo + Cade Foehner - "Bright Lights" by Gary Clark Jr.
  • Katy Perry + Catie Turner - "Part of Me" by Katy Perry
  • Kermit the Frog + Maddie Poppe - "Rainbow Connection" from "The Muppet Movie"
  • Lionel Richie + Top 10 Finalists - "All Night Long" by Lionel Richie
  • Luke Bryan - "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset" by Luke Bryan
  • Luke Bryan + Gabby Barrett - "Most People Are Good" by Luke Bryan
  • Nick Jonas + Mustard - "Anywhere" by Nick Jonas and Mustard
  • Nick Jonas + Jurnee - "Jealous" by Nick Jonas
  • Patti LaBelle + Ada Vox - "Lady Marmalade" by Patti LaBelle
  • Yolanda Adams with a choir of voices + Michael J. Woodard - "What the World Needs Now"
  • Layla and Dyxie Spring - "Blue" by LeAnn Rimes
  • Top 2 Finalists - "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "What A Wonderful World"
  • The winner of Season 1 of "American Idol" on ABC will sing his/her winner's single
The official "American Idol" app is available on iOS and Android devices. Using the app, fans can vote for their favorite contestants, as well as on AmericanIdol.com/vote or via text. Fans can also use the app to "IDOLize" their selfies with "American Idol" filters and stickers, and track what's trending with judges, contestants and fans.

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