It definitely won't be the American Idol finale of old, what with the fireworks raining down on the winner of season 18 and the dramatic lights and parade of superstars singing duets with the top two in a blowout coronation. Thanks to the COVID-19 lockdown next Sunday's (8-10:00 p.m. EST, May 17) season-ender will have to take place from home, but that doesn't mean this year's finalists won't get some A-list help.
On Sunday's semi-final, host Ryan Seacrest revealed some of the special guests who will dial in to wrap the challenging season, which include two performances from the top five (which will be announced at the beginning of the episode after two eliminations) preceding the live vote to determine this year's winner. The top five will then perform a song celebrating their induction into the semi-final round, followed by a previously performed song and, then, their official AI single. (The winner will be determined live in a real-time vote on the East Coast broadcast.)