As the anticipation builds for the crowning of the Season 21 winner of American Idol, an extraordinary lineup of celebrities has been assembled for the grand celebration scheduled for Sunday, May 21. The three-hour finale episode promises an electrifying live broadcast that will captivate audiences from coast to coast, commencing at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT.
In the latest episode, Ryan Seacrest revealed the dazzling array of performers who will grace the stage on the momentous night of the winner’s announcement. Among the notable revelations is the return of Keith Urban, a seasoned mentor from previous seasons, who will guide and inspire the Top 3 finalists. Urban’s presence will not be limited to mentorship alone, as he is also set to deliver a riveting performance of his own.
Joining the chorus of talent, American Idol judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan will command the stage on the grand finale night, each presenting a mesmerizing musical piece. Adding to the allure of the occasion, the Top 12 contestants from this season will make a triumphant return to the hallowed Idol stage, igniting the atmosphere with their unparalleled artistry.
The Season 21 finale promises an abundance of star power, with an impressive roster of guest performers announced. Season 2 favorites Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard, the enchanting Ellie Goulding, the soulful James Blunt, the captivating Jazmine Sullivan, the dynamic Jelly Roll, and the incomparable Kevin Cronin from REO Speedwagon are just a few of the illustrious names on the list. Furthermore, the immensely talented Kylie Minogue, the spellbinding Lainey Wilson, the extraordinary Lauren Daigle, the unstoppable Pitbull, and the iconic TLC are set to grace the stage, among numerous others who will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on the evening’s festivities.
In a fascinating twist, the previous week saw judges Perry and Richie temporarily absent from the show, called upon to perform at the coronation ceremony of King Charles III. Making a grand appearance all the way from London, the judges delighted viewers with an unexpected royal surprise, joining forces with the newly crowned monarch and Queen Camilla in a truly majestic moment.