The American Idol finale took place on Sunday (May 22) and country stars Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, and Gabby Barrett all took the stage to perform.
Carrie Underwood was scheduled to perform but had to sit out last minute due to COVID-19 exposure. Host Ryan Seacrest made the announcement at the beginning of the episode saying, “There was a COVID exposure within Carrie Underwood’s group so following protocol, she is unable to perform tonight. Sad, but you can check her out on her tour, Denim & Rhinestones. That tour coming this fall. So, go see her.”
Luke Bryan teamed up with Top 3 finalist HunterGirl on a cover of Randy Travis’ “I Told You So.”
Gabby Barrett returned home to Idol to sing with Emyrson Flora.
It was a full-circle moment for Idol contestant Mike Parker when he took the stage with Deana Carter.
and Thomas Rhett and Katy Perry debuted the title track of Thomas’ latest album “Where We Started.”
— Luke Bryan (@lukebryan) May 23, 2022