Seven singers remain in the running to win American Idol, but only five will get to sing for viewers’ real-time votes in Sunday’s season finale (ABC, 8/7c). And regardless of which contestant takes home the title, it’s going to be a close race.
Arthur Gunn, Dillon James, Francisco Martin, Jonny West, Julia Gargano, Just Sam and Louis Knight round out this season’s Top 7, though two singers will be sent home — or will just continue to stay home, considering they’re all quarantined — early into Sunday’s broadcast. America will then be able vote for the singer they’d like to see crowned the next Idol at the end of the two-hour event.
At this point, we always ask the same two questions: First, who should win. (i.e. Which singer has proven themself more than any other finalist?) And then we ask who will win. (i.e. Which singer has proven to be a fan favorite, regardless of what feels earned?) Those dynamics have been much clearer in years past; now, as you’ll see from our gallery of reader rankings, the singers in the Top 5 are only separated by 2 percent of the votes — or less. That’s way too close to call.
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In addition to revealing the next Idol, Sunday’s finale will also include performances from all three judges. Lionel Richie will even be joined by former Idol winners and finalists — Alejandro Aranda, Fantasia, Gabby Barrett, Jordin Sparks, Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler, Laine Hardy, Lauren Alaina, Phillip Phillips, Ruben Studdard and Scotty McCreery — for a special rendition of “We Are the World.”
Browse our gallery of reader rankings — you can click here for direct access — then cast your votes below. Who should win Season 18… and who probably will?