‘American Idol’ 2020 Time & Schedule: When Is the Finale Date?

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The 2020 season of American Idol is heading toward the finale with the Top 7 being announced. The season finale is next week, on May 17, 2020, at 8 p.m./7 p.m. central.

During tonight’s episode, the Top 7 contestants will be revealed and then perform their own chosen Disney song and a second song in a special Mother’s Day-themed performance. Four contestants will be eliminated from the running to become the next American Idol, which will leave seven contestants to battle it out.

Idol comes to viewers from more than 12 locations judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie will broadcast from their own homes as will long-time host Ryan Seacrest and in-house mentor Bobby Bones. Each of the contestants filmed their performances for the night in their homes as well, giving voters a look into their home lives and, in some cases, a way to meet the families of their favorite contestants.

The finale will feature the Top 5 contestants who make it through this week’s episode.

Here’s what we know about the Season Finale of American Idol: 

The Season Finale Is On May 17

There were originally going to be a total of six live shows, which would have started with a Top 14 show on April 12, a Top 10 show on April 18 and a Top 8 show on April 26; however, due to the circumstances, the number of live shows got cut down to just a few.

The season finale of the show now set to air on Sunday, May 17 when host Ryan Seacrest will crown the Season 18 American Idol.

It will be an interesting show to tune into since America voted on the Top 7 rather than the Top 4 or something along those lines before the show airs. It’s extremely likely that the show will have some type of live voting during the show in order to determine the winner.

The Top 5 contestants will be announced at the top of next week’s show, and they will then perform one final time for America’s vote before the winner is announced.

The Top 5 Contestants Will Be in the Season Finale

Tonight’s votes decide who gets to perform in the American Idol Season 18 finale. The voting will begin mid-show once all of the top seven contestants have been announced, and it will wrap up tomorrow morning around 9 a.m. ET.

There are three separate ways to vote for your favorite contestants. First, you can vote at AmericanIdol.com/vote or download the American Idol text. The other convenient way to vote is via text message. For texting, you simply text the number of the contestant you would like to vote for to “21523.”

This list will be updated after the Top 7 are revealed.

The numbers for the contestants are:

Jovin Webb: text “2” to 21523
Louis Knight: text “5” to 21523
Makayla Phillips: text “6” to 21523
Francisco Martin: text “12” to 21523
Sophia James: text “13” to 21523
Dillon James: text “15” to 21523
Arthur Gunn: text “16” to 21523
Julia Gargano: text “17” to 21523
Grace Leer: text “18” to 21523
Just Sam: text “19” to 21523
Jonny West: text “20” to 21523

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