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Julia Gargano performed Sunday on `American Idol.` (ABC photo)
Julia Gargano performed Sunday on "American Idol." (ABC photo)

'Live's "American Idol" Encore' returns, giving 'Idol' fans one more national TV performance by a Top 7 finalist


Mon, May 11th 2020 07:10 pm

Viewer poll will bring one favorite finalist back to television to perform on ‘Live with Kelly and Ryan’ on Thursday, May 21

‘American Idol’s” epic grand finale event airs Sunday, May 17, on ABC

It’s an “American Idol” season like no other, and the anticipation grows as fans cast their votes to choose the next winner of this iconic program.

Only seven contestants remain in the competition during this history-making season, but “Idol” fans can play a part in giving a favorite finalist an additional national TV appearance: an at-home performance on “Live with Kelly and Ryan.” “Live’s ‘American Idol’ Encore” will return Monday, May 18, allowing viewers to choose one of the runners-up to perform on “Live” on Thursday, May 21.

It’s a special opportunity for “American Idol” fans to bring back a favorite contestant for one more performance. After the 2020 “Idol” winner is crowned on Sunday, May 17, on ABC, viewers will get to weigh in via an online poll opening at 10 a.m. EDT, Monday, May 18, and closing at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 19. After polling ends, one of the eliminated “Idol” singers will return to national television to appear on “Live,” Thursday, May 21. Further details and the link to the online poll will be available at KellyandRyan.com on Monday, May 18.

The 2020 “American Idol” Top 7 are the following:

  • Arthur Gunn – Wichita, Kansas
  • Dillon James – Bakersfield, California
  • Francisco Martin – Daly City, California
  • Jonny West – Studio City, California
  • Julia Gargano – Staten Island
  • Just Sam – West Hollywood, California
  • Louis Knight – Narberth, Pennsylvania

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