Judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan will perform, as will season four winner Carrie Underwood, who has served as a mentor on the show.
Leah Marlene, Noah Thompson, and HunterGirl were good enough to impress the judges all season long, and in fact, it’s fair to say that the trio had them hyped from the start.
HunterGirl, who Bryan called her “favorite female country voice I’ve ever heard” in five seasons on the show, is considered the favorite to win.
“I don’t feel like, I don’t know, I don’t know how I got here,” he said. “But I’m so happy that I got to this point.”
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If she wins, she will be the first country singer to win since Underwood launched her career on “Idol.”
The star has been mentoring Thompson this season, and his place in the top three is all the more remarkable because he overcame COVID.
“He charged a great price,” he said. “I almost felt like I couldn’t breathe, and my throat was killing me, so it almost broke my heart.”
As for the third runner-up, Perry said Marlene looks and sounds like an angel.
“I’m just celebrating,” he said. “That’s my frame of mind. I’m in shock that I’m still here, and I’m just going to celebrate and savor every last moment because we’ve all been together for so long.”
Win or lose, everyone calls their time on “American Idol” a life-changing experience.
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