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Lauren Alaina, shown here performing live on `Good Morning America,` returns to `American Idol` on the May 17 season finale. (ABC photo by Lou Rocco)
Lauren Alaina, shown here performing live on "Good Morning America," returns to "American Idol" on the May 17 season finale. (ABC photo by Lou Rocco)

'We are the World,' and this is 'American Idol'

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Mon, May 11th 2020 07:15 pm

“American Idol” rounds out its all-new innovative and critically celebrated season on ABC, crowning its next singing sensation live during the epic grand finale event, Sunday, May 17 (8-10 p.m. EDT). Kicking off the finale event following America’s last nationwide vote, the road comes to an end for two contestants in the Top 5 reveal. The Top 5 will then each perform two songs as they fight to win the coveted “American Idol” title.

The first song will celebrate their induction into the Top 5, and the second will be a previously performed song and their new official “American Idol” single.

Before America’s real-time vote determines the winner live on the East Coast broadcast, special performances will be offered from music legends including “Idol’s” very own superstar judges, the return of the Top 11, and a fan favorite from this season.

In the first TV performance of “We are the World” in 35 years, former “Idols” and judges Katy Perry and Luke Bryan join Lionel Richie to close the show with an “Idol” family performance dedicated to all the families at home around the world.

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

•Academy Award nominee Cynthia Erivo and Top 11 to perform a medley of iconic Aretha Franklin songs

•Grammy winner Lauren Daigle and Top 5 to perform triple-Platinum hit “You Say”

•Superstar vocal group Rascal Flatts and Doug Kiker to perform “Bless The Broken Road”

•Bryan to perform his new single “One Margarita”

•Perry to perform her new single “Daisies” in its first-ever TV debut

•Richie to perform “We are the World” joined by “Idol” judges and members of the “American Idol” family, including Alejandro Aranda (aka Scarypoolparty), Gabby Barrett, Jordin Sparks, Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler, Laine Hardy, Lauren Alaina, Phillip Phillips, Ruben Studdard and Scotty McCreery

“American Idol’s” Top 7 finalists include 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

Alaina is currently making her way up the country charts with her single, “Getting Good.”

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