Re-Live Willie Spence’s Solo ‘American Idol’ Finale Performances Including Covers Of Ray Charles, Erivo And Sam Cooke

Willie Spence has been a stand-out contestant through the entire season of American Idol and during tonight’s finale was no different with impressive covers of Ray Charles, Erivo and Sam Cooke. During the Idol finale on Sunday, May 23, the…

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Willie Spence; Photo Courtesy of ABC/Eric McCandless

Willie Spence has been a stand-out contestant through the entire season of American Idol and during tonight’s finale was no different with impressive covers of Ray Charles, Erivo and Sam Cooke.

During the Idol finale on Sunday, May 23, the top 3 finalist and Georgia native was tasked with performing a song that was the judges choice, a hometown song and a song previously performed during their Idol journey.

Spence chose to perform Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” as his hometown song, the Idol judges choice for Spence was Ray Charles’ “Georgia On My Mind” and his previously performed song choice was “Stand Up” by Erivo. He previously performed the Erivo song during the Oscar nominated round in the Top 12.

In addition to the covers performed by Spence, he also joined Fall Out Boy, Macklemore and Leona Lewis for duets.

See all of his solo performances below.

Sam Cooke – “A Change Is Gonna Come”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5emj8PLwE0

Ray Charles – “Georgia On My Mind”

YouTube video

Erivo – “Stand Up”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7I3B1C9tOc

The three-hour American Idol finale also featured performances from Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, Sheryl Crow, Alessia Cara, Leona Lewis, Mickey Guyton, Luke Combs, Macklemore, Chaka Khan, Fall Out Boy, and Idol judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie & Luke Bryan.

In addition to the celebrity performers on the star-studded finale lineup, the top 3 including Chayce Beckham, Grace Kinstler and Willie Spence also performed several times throughout the show. Idol also welcomed back several contestants from the Top 24 to perform during the finale including Alyssa Wray, Arthur Gunn, Cassandra Coleman, Casey Bishop, DeShawn Goncalves, Hunter Metts, Phillip Murphy and more.

Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the season finale of American Idol aired live on Sunday, May 23 at 8/7c on ABC.

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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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