Well, this is convenient. Ryan Tedder, normally one-third of the Songland judging panel, sits with his OneRepublic bandmate Zach Filkins for the finale and has tunes presented to him for a change.
Tedder admits to his fellow panelists, Ester Dean and Shane McAnally, that his band has never taken on an outside song. But such is the crazy, upside-down, whack-a-doodle world we’re living in these days, folks. We all must roll with the punches.
And so the only guest musician in this season-closer episode is songwriter and producer Jason Evigan, who’s penned hits for such pop luminaries as Demi Lovato (“Heart Attack”), Nick Jonas (“Chains”) and Maroon 5 (“Girls Like You”). Tonight he takes a seat next to Shane and Ester.