American Idol: 117 (Top 5) (5/13)

117 (Top 5) (5/13)

THE JOURNEY TO FIND THE NEXT SUPERSTAR CONTINUES
AS THE TOP 5 PERFORM LIVE COAST TO COAST,
 THIS WEEK ON ABC’S ‘AMERICAN IDOL’

Carrie Underwood Returns to Idol as Superstar Guest Mentor
and Performs Hit Single ‘Cry Pretty’

“117 (Top 5)” – The stakes are high as the Top 5 finalists perform in hopes of winning America’s vote and making it through to the finals, as the search for America’s next superstar continues on its new home on America’s network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, MAY 13 (8:00–10:01 p.m. EDT, 5:00-7:01 p.m. PDT), streaming and on demand.

In this episode in honor of Mother’s Day, the Top 5 finalists will sing songs dedicated to moms, in addition to performing from the catalogue of “American Idol” alum and seven time GRAMMY® winner Carrie Underwood. The Top 5 finalists were surprised with a trip to Nashville and the opportunity to learn from Underwood while she served as superstar guest mentor for the week. Underwood will also perform her hit single, “Cry Pretty,” which she co-wrote and co-produced, from the Idol stage on Sunday.

The Top 5 finalists and their song choices for this week include:

  • Cade Foehner
    • “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
    • “Undo It” by Carrie Underwood
  • Caleb Lee Hutchinson
    • “Stars in Alabama” by Jamey Johnson
    • “So Small” by Carrie Underwood
  • Gabby Barrett
    • “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston
    • “Last Name” by Carrie Underwood
  • Maddie Poppe
    • “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys
    • “I Told You So” by Carrie Underwood
  • Michael J. Woodard
    • “Still I Rise” by Yolanda Adams
    • “Flat on the Floor” by Carrie Underwood

For the first time in the history of American television, a reality-competition series is allowing viewers to watch and vote from coast to coast simultaneously, as “American Idol” is simulcast in all time zones across the country over a three-week span, which concludes Sunday, May 13 (8:00–10:01 p.m. EDT/5:00-7:01 p.m. PDT), on The ABC Television Network. Viewers are able to vote by text, via AmericanIdol.com/vote and on the “American Idol” app during the live broadcast. Results will be revealed at the end of each show in real time, across all time zones. During this three-week span, these episodes will also be rebroadcast during their normal time slot on Sundays at 8:00-10:01 p.m. PDT.

Helping America determine who will become the next singing sensation are music industry forces and superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, with Emmy® Award-winning Ryan Seacrest returning as host.

“American Idol” is produced by FremantleMedia North America and CORE Media Group’s 19 Entertainment. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America’s Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin, along with executive producer Phil McIntyre representing CORE Media. FremantleMedia International distributes the series worldwide.

“American Idol” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG, L parental guideline.

The official “American Idol” app is available on iOS and Android devices. Using the app, fans can vote for their favorite contestants, as well as on AmericanIdol.com/vote or via text. Fans can also use the app to “IDOLize” their selfies with “American Idol” filters and stickers, and track what’s trending with judges, contestants and fans.

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