Last year's contestants missed out on performing on the big 'Idol' stage because of COVID-19. Now they're getting that chance.
Just over a year ago, the season 18 American Idol finalists were gathered at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, home to the Idol stage for the series' entire history, to spend two days being interviewed by Billboard. At that time, the stage was being built for their live performances. Before the set was completed, California went into lockdown and the contestants were sent home. For the rest of the season, they competed via remote performances from their houses and apartments. Now, in a surprise twist announced Monday (April 12) morning by Ryan Seacrest on Live with Kelly & Ryan, ten of last season's top 20 contestants will finally have their opportunity to sing on the big Idol stage at Television City, with one of them advancing into season 19's top 10.
Voting on the "comeback" hopefuls will open during the show as they perform on Monday, April 19. The voting process will be the same as any other Idol show, with one exception. American Idol is pre-empted on Sunday, April 25 because ABC will be airing the Oscars live that night, so the voting will be open for an entire week, closing at 6 a.m. ET on Monday, April 26. The winner will be revealed on Sunday, May 2, completing the season 19 top 10.