Luke Bryan and Darius Rucker will be among the superstar lineup of performers at the American Idol finale tonight (May 21st). Last nights part 1 featured the Top 3, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Gabby Barrett, and Maddie Poppe, each performing three songs live.
First up, each performed an original song, which they helped write along with several notable hit-makers, but with which they’d only had a few weeks to get to know. The second round of the night had each contestant revisit a song they performed earlier in the season.
The night wrapped up with a look at each contestant’s hometown visits from the past week and each of them performing a song dedicated to their roots. Judges Katy Perry, Luke Brian, and Lionel Richie offered some final words of advice and encouragement before Monday’s big finale.
Gabby Barrett delivered in her final performance with her rendition of “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey as a dedication to her hometown of Pittsburgh. At the end of the performance, it was noted that Steve Perry of Journey was watching Gabby’s performance. Steve said Gabby was “amazing.”
Caleb Lee Cash got right on in his country wheelhouse when he chose Johnny Cash’s classic “Folsom Prison Blues” as his hometown dedication song, and he had the crowd on their feet.
Maddie Poppe closed the show with her hometown dedication of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.” Her performance inspired Luke Bryan to say “that’s why [he] signed on for this” and Katy Perry saying she’s voting for Maddie.
Tonight the top 10 finalists will each be paired with one of the superstars, which also includes Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, Bebe Rexha, Gary Clark, Jr., Nick Jonas & Mustard, Patti LaBelle, Yolanda Adams and Kermit the Frog. The show airs tonight May 21st on ABC at 8 p.m.