‘American Idol’ Season 20 Finale: How To Watch? Who’s Performing? 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 will air live coast-to-coast on Sunday, May 22, at 8/7c on ABC. The Top 3 finalists Noah Thompson, HunterGirl, and…

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Katy Perry, Leah Marlene, Lionel Richie, Noah Thompson, HunterGirl, Luke Bryan; Photo Courtesy of American Idol/ABC

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 on 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.

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 – “??”

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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