American Idol 2018 Recap: Top 3 Contestants Revealed

Cheryl Sanders
May 14, 2018

American Idol returned to its roots Sunday with a tribute both to moms and Season 4 victor Carrie Underwood.

The Top 3 will compete again for America's Vote as the American Idol two-night finale begins LIVE SUNDAY 8|7c on America's network, ABC!

"American Idol" fans cast nearly 20 million votes Sunday during the coast-to-coast live competition. "In some ways, I kinda feel their nerves because it's like flashbacks, you know?"

It's been a whopping 13 years since Carrie Underwood took home the crown as the next American Idol back in 2005. In fact, at one point the judges had to tell her not to try and be a Carrie-clone and fine her own identity.

"She got the time to talk with Carrie without the cameras".

Poppe will be in the "Idol" finale with Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Gabby Barrett after they were voted through in a live, nationwide vote.

The night was divided into two parts: for the first hour, the five finalists were each tasked with singing a Carrie Underwood song - the season 4 victor was the celebrity mentor for the week - and for the second half, song choices were catered to Mother's Day. "He said, 'I like you just how you are.' He didn't want me to put makeup on". "Carrie told Gabby there is nobody in country like her and country (music industry) could use her". Bryan said he is showing us what he's all about. Ever since she earned the title, the singer blazed her own trail through country music and became a queen in her own right among many other talents in the genre.

Barrett was hospitalized Friday for bronchitis, laryngitis and a sinus infection, according to Blase Barrett.

She auditioned for the show last summer in Omaha. Perry thinks his parents created something special with this kid, with is talent and humor, and Katy said when he turns 21, she'd like to have a beer with him. "The five contestants are extremely talented, but she is more versatile in my opinion".

For text message voting, text the number of the contestant you would like to vote for to "21523". Following the performance, Bryan called Barrett, "Carrie Underwood reincarnated".

Joyce Hanz is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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