Huntergirl, Leah Marlene and Noah Thompson will fight for the coveted title next week. Judge Luke Bryan says he wasn’t surprised who finished in the final three.
“I started thinking hard about what Noah and Huntergirl were — how far they would go,” Bryan said.
Fellow judge Lionel Richie sees a bright future for Leah Marlene.
“If she’s staying true to her style, don’t try to do acrobatics, she’s got the chance,” Richie said.
The “American Idol” journey is over for two more: Fritz Hager and Nicolina. But these top five performers are feeling anything but sad.
“I’m really, really excited to take all of this knowledge that we’ve gotten and apply it to our careers,” Hager said.
“I’ve had so many experiences, like performing on stage and behind the scenes, that will only benefit me in the future, mostly because I have some kind of an idea of what my future is like and I’m like that I’m excited to see how everything develops now,” said Nicolina.
Finalist Hunter Wokonowski says growing up, no one ever got her name right, so this is NOT just a stage name. “In my elementary school, I was the only girl named Hunter in my town and they said, ‘That girl Hunter, Hunter girl, come into the office.’ And then it started catching on around town, and I guess my name is Huntergirl!”
Thompson says having an audience was initially a challenge for him. No more!
“For me yes. People are what literally pulls this life out of you,” Thompson said.
Leah Marlene is already looking forward to the final.
“It’s just a celebration, I think, for all of us to just do the things that we love to do and make the songs that feel most like us and just enjoy the crap while doing it,” he said Leah Marlene.
Filled with all-star music, the live finale will feature songs by the judges and will also feature performances from Carrie Underwood, Ben Platt, Deana Carter, Earth, Wind & Fire, Flo Rida, Idol Graduate Gabby Barrett, James Arthur, Sara Bareilles, Melissa Etheridge, Michael Bublé, Tai Verdes and Thomas Rhett.
The finale is scheduled for Sunday, May 22 on ABC.
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