THE JOURNEY TO FIND THE NEXT SUPERSTAR COMES TO A HEAD
IN PART ONE OF THE TWO-NIGHT SEASON FINALE AS THE TOP 3 PERFORM,
SUNDAY, MAY 20, ON ABC'S 'AMERICAN IDOL'
Bobby Bones Will Mentor the Top 3 Finalists
"118 (Performance Finals)" - In part one of the two-night season finale, the Top 3 finalists visit their hometowns to celebrate their time on the show then return to the Idol 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 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand.
In this episode, the Top 3 finalists - Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Gabby Barrett and Maddie Poppe - return to their hometowns - Dallas, Georgia; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; 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 Top 3 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 Top 3 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, May 20, to determine who will be crowned the next "American Idol" during the grand finale on Monday, May 21. Voting for the finale will open for the Top 3 contestants when the show goes live on Sunday, May 20, at 8:00 p.m. EDT and will remain open overnight, closing at 9:00 a.m. EDT on Monday, May 21. You can vote online at AmericanIdol.com/vote, in the American Idol app or via text. You 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(R) Award-winning Ryan Seacrest returning as host.
"American Idol" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and CORE Media Group's 19 Entertainment. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America's Trish Kinane, serving as showrunner, and Jennifer Mullin, along with executive producer Phil McIntyre representing CORE Media. FremantleMedia International distributes the series worldwide.
"American Idol" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG, L parental guideline.
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.