American Idol Season 20 Episode 20 Recap: Who Wins the Grand Final?

American Idol Season 20 Episode 20 Recap: Who Wins the Grand Final?

Season 20 of “american idolends in an epic fashion with the Top 3 each reaching the Idol stage in hopes of getting America’s vote, including a round dedicated to “The Boss”. Bruce Springsteen. Ultimately, the host Ryan Seacrest will name a winner the next American Idol. In addition to the finalists, there will be outstanding performances by superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richieas well as the legend of the idol Carrie Underwood and stars james arthur, Sara Bareilles, Gabby Barrette, Michael Buble, Deana Carter, Earth, Air and Fire, Melissa Etheridge, Florida, Ben Platt, Thomas Rhet, Thai greens and more.

Follow our recap of the “American Idol” Season 20 Episode 20 Grand Finale as the Top 3 take to the stage one last time in hopes of becoming this year’s winner. Will be HunterGirl, Lea Marlene or Noah Thompson take the crown?

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This season, the judges embark on a new nationwide search for America’s next musical sensation. Auditions were held in Nashville, Tennessee, Austin, Texas and Los Angeles, California. If given a golden ticket, hopeful idols qualify for the Hollywood round. In a new twist this season, three contestants received a platinum ticket, allowing them to skip the first phase of Hollywood week. Kennedy Anderson withdrew from the contest on April 11. Jay reached the Top 7 and was eliminated on May 8. Huntergirl is among the top three in the Grand Finals.

TO SEE Everything you need to know about American Idol Season 20

Below, follow all the action from night 20 of season 20 of “American Idol.” Timestamps are in Eastern Standard Time. Hit refresh to see the latest thoughts on tonight’s live final!

20:00 – Previously on “American Idol”, the Top 5 performed for America’s vote. After Seacrest announced the Top 5, we said goodbye to Fritz Hager and Nicoline. Tonight a champion will be crowned. Let’s go!

8:07 p.m. – The finale begins with a performance of “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida from the top of the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. I think nine of the Top 10 are performing alongside him, I can’t see Emyrson’s Flora. Maybe she couldn’t come? She’s still in high school, maybe she had other obligations. Seacrest then let the whole audience down when he announced that there was exposure to COVID in Carrie Underwood‘s crew so, due to protocols, Carrie will not be performing tonight. The show will start in Battle Round. After two rounds of music, we’ll see a snapshot of the vote and the third place person will be eliminated! Let’s go!

8:12 p.m. – The first round will feature performances from the iconic songbook of Bruce Springsteen. The first is is Lea Marlene singing “Cover me”. She plays guitar, but I’m not sure I would have chosen this song for her. There are so many classics, why this one? It really doesn’t do much for his voice. At the end, I say to myself, sure, it sounds good, but what an unforgettable moment. Lionel says it’s not a familiar song (thanks!), but she got us to come anyway (not really). Katy calls it “such a groove” and thinks Leah is the complete package.

8:18 p.m.HunterGirl is next with a far superior song choice, “Dancing in the Dark”. Unfortunately, she only sings about half the notes in the right key. Sorry, I know the judges won’t mention it, but she’s everywhere. It may have been edgy, but it was one of his worst vocal performances. Katy applauds him for bringing “the electricity” to his performance. Luke loves his song choice. Lionel wants his jacket.

8:28 p.m.Noah Thompson will end this first round with “I’m on Fire”. It’s a great song choice and suits his gritty vocals. He’s a little stiff on stage, but he sounds good. He’s the idol of the season, so I’d say he won this round. Luke calls him the “King of the Aw Shucks”. Lionel says he is now “an artist”. Katy says Noah picked his favorite Springsteen song and just walked in and grabbed everyone’s hearts in America. Ryan asks the judges who is in the lead. Of course, they totally give in and refuse to answer. It’s a bit boring, just give a review! I will give mine. Noah won this round.

8:40 p.m. – In the second round, the finalists will sing their first singles after a preview of their Hometown Hero visit. After her trip to Normal, Illinois, Leah will sing her original song “Flowers”. She has such a beautiful tone. This song has a Stevie Nicks vibe, but I think Leah could have a lot of success in the country genre if she chose to go that route. She bends genres in a way reminiscent Brandi Carlile. Lionel gives her props on her songwriting skills. Katy cries and says she feels blessed to be part of the show. She thinks Leah’s song will change lives. Luke says the song is great and he is overwhelmed with joy watching it.

8:52 p.m. – After his trip back to Louisa, Kentucky, Noah sings his original song “One Day Tonight.” It’s a song that’s already ranked well on iTunes, which makes me think he’s probably the winner. It’s a pretty basic song, but it gives a solid performance. The video package on his trip home will have far more impact on voters than this performance. Katy tells him not to stop dreaming. Lionel says there’s nothing better in life than having the mayor, friends and high school all to yourself. But what makes your career last forever is when people fall in love with you.

9:05 p.m. – After her trip back to Winchester, Tennessee, HunterGirl ends Round 2 with a performance of her single “Red Bird.” But, wow, that music video of her with the veterans was so impactful. It was a teardrop. It was great to see the impact she had on these veterans. I love the staging of this show. The lyrics are beautiful. Luke is emotional because his farm is called Red Bird Farm. Katy says everyone tonight is doing something special.

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