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American Idol 2022: Carrie Underwood will mentor Top 5 contestants (and they couldn’t be more excited)

American Idol will not air in its regular time slot tonight, Monday, May 9, 2022. After weeks of airing on Sundays and Mondays, the show will return to one episode per week on Sunday nights.

The next new episode of American Idol is the Top 5 and Top 3 performance reveal episode, featuring guest mentor Carrie Underwood, airing Sunday, May 15, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET, live coast-to-coast.

At the end of the episode, the Top 3 contestants will be revealed ahead of the three-hour season finale, airing May 22, 2022.

Top 5 travel to Las Vegas

The Top 5 contestants, Fritz Hager, Noah Thompson, HunterGirl, Nicolina and Leah Marlene, will travel to Las Vegas this week to meet country music superstar and “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood.

It is unclear if Hager and Thompson will be able to travel with the rest of the crew. Both contestants were in health and safety protocols for the Top 7 episode, with the show airing rehearsal footage of Hager and Thompson performing from their hotel room.

Hager was sick from his performances of two originals, though he showed up via video to see the results. The producers saved the announcement of his safety for last, which thrilled him.

“As soon as those cameras went off, I was ON THE FLOOR in my hotel room,” Hager wrote in an Instagram post after the performances. “Thank you guys so much for this. You are truly making my dreams come true. Here’s to another week of beautiful music at @americanidol.”

Fortunately for fans, however, the top 7 contestants recorded original songs with producers. The Top 5 will have their songs released this week, Friday, May 13, 2022.

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Carrie Underwood “I can’t wait’ to be a mentor.”

The contestants will also be joined by singer-songwriter Finneas, who was a mentor on the last season of the show. He will perform during the semifinals episode alongside the contestants.

“Last season’s guest mentor @finneas will return to Idol, this time to perform next Sunday!” wrote the show.

The season finale will also feature performances by each of the Top 10 artists alongside celebrities in duets. One of those duets will be Michael Bublé performing alongside Christian Guardino, who was thrilled when the news was revealed to him during the Top 7 episode. Guardino was eliminated, but each of the top 10 will be in the final episode of the show.

Here’s what the rest of the current known American Idol schedule looks like: Sunday, May 15: Top 5 (live coast-to-coast) Sunday, May 22: season finale, live coast-to-coast, three-hour episode, winner’s coronation.


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