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The next 'American Idol' will be revealed on Sunday's grand finale event

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Wed, May 15th 2019 01:00 pm

Carrie Underwood returns to ‘American Idol’ stage, in addition to Adam Lambert and other special guest performers

Following a cross-country search for the next singing sensation, “American Idol” rounds out its second season on ABC with an epic grand finale event, featuring the Top 3 contestants: Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy and Madison VanDenburg. 

For the first time in “Idol” history, America’s live coast-to-coast vote will determine the winner of the iconic singing competition series, with all voting taking place during the show. The crowning moment will be preceded by special performances from music legends, including “American Idol’s very own superstar judges, the return of fan-favorite contestants from the current season, and a special visit by last season’s winner, Maddie Poppe – whose debut album, “Whirlwind,” drops Friday, May 17. The jam-packed music event airs Sunday, May 19 (8-11 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

Grand finale performances include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Adam Lambert will perform his new single, “New Eyes,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” with Dimitrius Graham
  • Carrie Underwood will make a special appearance during her “Cry Pretty Tour 360” to perform her new hit single, “Southbound,” live on the “American Idol” stage
  • Daddy Yankee and Katy Perry will perform “Con Calma”
  • Dan + Shay will perform “All To Myself” and “Speechless” with Madison VanDenburg
  • Jon Pardi will perform a medley of “Night Shift” and “Dirt On My Boots” with Laine Hardy
  • Kane Brown will perform “Good As You” and “Lost in the Middle of Nowhere” with Alyssa Raghu
  • Perry will perform “Unconditionally” with Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon
  • Kool & The Gang will perform a medley of “Hollywood Swinging,” “Ladies Night” and “Celebrate” with the Top 10
  • Luke Bryan will perform “Knockin’ Boots” and “Every Breath You Take” with Laci Kaye Booth
  • Lionel Richie will perform “Dancing on the Ceiling” with the Top 10
  • Montell Jordan will perform “This Is How We Do It” with Margie Mays and Austin Michael
  • Viral sensation Shayy returns to perform “Rise Up”
  • Weezer will perform a medley of “Africa,” “Take On Me” and “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” with Wade Cota and Walker Burroughs

Helping to determine who America will ultimately vote to become the next singing sensation are music industry legends and all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy Award-winning producer Ryan Seacrest hosts the beloved series, while famed multimedia personality Bobby Bones acts as in-house mentor.

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