Everything You Need To Know About the ‘American Idol’ Finale, Including What Songs Are Being Performed

The milestone Season 20 finale of American Idol is upon us! The three-hour, star-studded Season 20 finale of American Idol…


Lauren Jo Black

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May 22, 2022


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Ryan Seacrest with Leah Marlene, Noah Thompson, Huntergirl; Photo by ABC, American Idol

The milestone Season 20 finale of American Idol is upon us! The three-hour, star-studded Season 20 finale of American Idol will air live coast-to-coast on Sunday, May 22, at 8/7c via ABC.

The Top 3 finalists Noah Thompson, HunterGirl, and Leah Marlene will deliver performances of their debut singles as well as cover Bruce Springsteen hits, competing for America’s votes one final time with the hopes of being crowned the next American Idol and winning a record deal with Hollywood Records/19 Recordings.

Leah Marlene, Noah Thompson, HunterGirl; Photo by ABC American Idol
Leah Marlene, Noah Thompson, HunterGirl; Photo by ABC American Idol

Idol judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan will also perform alongside current Idol finalists and alum. Richie will join the Top 10 for a collaborative performance, Perry will sing “Firework” with Marlene and Bryan will perform a cover of Randy Travis’ “I Told You So” with HunterGirl. Meanwhile, Thompson will perform “I’m The Only One” alongside Melissa Etheridge.

In addition to Thompson, HunterGirl and Marlene, several other contestants from Season 20 will return to the Idol stage for star-studded duets, including Mike Parker, Christian Guardino, Jay Copeland, Nicolina Bozzo, Fritz Hager, Emyrson Flora, Lady K, and more.

The season finale of American Idol will also feature a star-studded list of performances from Season 4 Idol winner Carrie Underwood and Idol alum Gabby Barrett, as well as superstars James Arthur, Sara Bareilles, Michael Bublé, Deana Carter, Earth, Wind & Fire, Melissa Etheridge, Flo Rida, Ben Platt, Thomas Rhett, Tai Verdes and more. 

See a full list of everything you need to know about the milestone Season 20 finale below.

How & Where To Watch?

Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the three-hour season 20 finale of American Idol airs live coast-to-coast on Sunday, May 22 at 8/7c on ABC.

Fans can also stream the show live via ABC.com or in the ABC app.

The finale will also be available to watch via Hulu on Monday (May 23).

Who Are The Top 3 Finalists?

The Top 3 finalists include HunterGirl, Noah Thompson and Leah Marlene.

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What Songs Are Being Performed?

Carrie Underwood – “Denim & Rhinestones” (Live Debut)

Katy Perry and Thomas Rhett – “Where We Started” (Live Debut)

Luke Bryan and HunterGirl – Randy Travis’ “I Told You So”

Katy Perry and Leah Marlene – “Firework”

Noah Thompson and Melissa Etheridge – “I’m The Only One”

Tai Verdes and Top 3 Finalists – “A-O-K”

Gabby Barrett and Emersyn Flora – “??”

Gabby Barrett – “Pick Me Up”

Michael Bublé and Christian Guardino – “Smile”

Deana Carter and Mike Parker – “Strawberry Wine”

Earth, Wind & Fire and Jay Copeland – Medley Of Earth, Wind & Fire Hits

James Arthur and Fritz Hager – “Can I Be Him”

Sara Bareilles and Nicolina Bozzo – “She Used To Be Mine”

Ben Platt and Lady K – “??”

Ben Platt and Sara Bareilles – “Grow As We Go”

Flo Rida and The Top 10 Contestants – “Good Feeling”

Lionel Richie x Top 10 Contestants – “??”

How Do You Vote?

Fans can cast votes via the American Idol app, by visiting AmericanIdol.com/vote or by texting 2 (Noah Thompson), 4 (HunterGirl) or 6 (Leah Marlene) to 215323.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.