Deana Carter and Mike Parker Team Up For ‘Strawberry Wine’ Duet On ‘American Idol’ Finale

Deana Carter, Mike Parker; Photo via American Idol
Deana Carter, Mike Parker; Photo via American Idol
Deana Carter, Mike Parker; Photo via American Idol

Deana Carter and Mike Parker teamed up for a performance of a chart-topping country hit during the Season 20 finale of American Idol on Sunday, May 22. 

The country superstar and Top 7 finalist performed “Strawberry Wine,” which was co-written by  Matraca Berg and Gary Harrison and appears on Carter’s debut album, Did I Shave My Legs for This?.

Carter entered the stage to deliver the first verse before Parker joined her onstage to blend flawlessly blend their vocals together for the track’s chorus. 

Earlier this year, Parker delivered a soulful rendition of “Strawberry Wine” during his Idol audition, which earned praise from Carter.

“So blown away at the aspiring artists and existing icons that this amazing song continues to take on new life and new fans!” Carter wrote at the time. ”Way to go Mike Parker & American Idol …THANK You for continuing to lift this up! My #mentor bags are packed and ready! 🙌🏻🤗✈️”

The three-hour Season 20 finale of American Idol also featured performances from the Idol judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, as well as the Top 3 finalists Noah Thompson, HunterGirl, and Leah Marlene. 

Additionally, superstars Gabby Barrett, James Arthur, Sara Bareilles, Michael Bublé, Earth, Wind & Fire, Melissa Etheridge, Flo Rida, Ben Platt, Thomas Rhett, Tai Verdes, and more also performed during the star-studded broadcast.

Several other contestants from Season 20 also returned to the Idol stage, including Christian Guardino, Jay Copeland, Nicolina Bozzo, Fritz Hager, Emyrson Flora, and Lady K.

Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the American Idol finale aired live coast-to-coast on Sunday, May 22, at 8/7c on ABC. The finale also streamed live on ABC.com and the ABC app and will be available to watch via Hulu on Monday (May 23).