American Idol Season 20: Why Was Carrie Underwood Not on American Idol?

Stretch your vocal cords; Season 20 of American Idol has arrived in America. The popular singing competition returns in search of the next singing superstar. The most recent season of American Idol premiered in February 2021, with Chayce Beckham victorious over Grace Kintsler and Willie Spence.

So, who will join Beckham and previous American Idol winners Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks, Phillip Phillips, and others? We’ll have to wait and see, but here’s what we do know about season 20 of American Idol.

When Will be the Next Episode of American Idol Air?

The grand finale of American Idol season 20 will air on Sunday, May 22, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The final three contestants will take the stage for their final performances during the finale. One round is dedicated to Bruce Springsteen songs.

Judges Luke Bryan, Lionel Ritchie, and Katy Perry will also perform, as will Carrie Underwood, James Arthur, Sara Bareilles, Gabby Barrett, Michael Bublé, Deana Carter, Earth, Wind & Fire, Melissa Ethridge, Flo Rida, Ben Platt, Thomas Rhett, Tai Verdes, and others.

These episodes will be available the day after they air on and Hulu. These services also provide previous episodes from this season and previous seasons.

Season 20 Finale of American Idol

The American Idol season 20 finale three were revealed in the May 15 episode. Here are the remaining contestants and their latest episode performances:

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  • Hunter Lady

HunterGirl chose the well-known “Dancing in the Dark for the Bruce round.” Katy claimed to have brought the power. The rising country star performed her hit “Red Bird in round two.” Luke was moved by the uplifting symbolism of the red birds.

Lionel praised her music therapy work with veterans. For her final performance, HunterGirl chose Rascal Flatts’ “Riot.” During the auditions, it initially secured the platinum ticket. Katy nicknamed her “HunterWoman.” Luke is confident in his protégé’s future success.

  • Noah Thompson

Noah shone brightly in “I’m on Fire.” The single “One Day Tonight” by the small-town construction worker followed. Luke praised him for coming so far and being humble throughout the process.

“You came from working on the arc and from a place where all your heroes are from, and you’re about to do something really big,” Katy said. “Never stop dreaming.” In the final round.

Noah came out swinging with his “Showstopper” week pick “Stay” by Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko. Katy and Luke admired his progress from the last time they heard the song from him to now. Lionel had only two words to say: That’s It.

  • Marlene Leah

Leah debuted first with “Cover Me,” a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s song that Lionel felt she made her own. She performed the original “Flowers” in round 2.

Lionel praised the songwriting. Katy, overcome with emotion, referred to Leah as a brilliant messenger. Leah was overcome with emotion as she accepted the affection and reflected on her journey to the stage.

All of the Contestants Who Have Been Eliminated From the Competition Since the Top 24 Are Listed Below:

  • Kenedi Anderson (left for personal reasons)
  • Scarlet
  • Danielle Finn
  • Sir Blayke
  • Cameron Whitecomb
  • Cadence Baker
  • Elli Rowe
  • Jacob Moran
  • Katyrah Love
  • Sage
  • Allegra Miles
  • Ava Maybee
  • Dan Marshall
  • Tristen Gressett
  • Emyrson Flora
  • Lady K
  • Mike Parker
  • Christian Guardino
  • Jay
  • Nicolina
  • Fritz Hager

When Is the Season 20 Finale of American Idol?

The season 20 finale of American Idol is set to air on Sunday, May 22.

Who Is the Host of American Idol?

Since its inception, Ryan Seacrest has hosted American Idol (he had a co-host for the first season, Brian Dunkleman, remember?). He is still the reality competition series’ guiding hand for the current season.

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Who Are the Judges on American Idol?

Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan return as American Idol judges. The trio has been together since the premiere of Season 16 on ABC. Because this will be the trio’s fifth season on the show, they will be the longest-serving judges since Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson.

Bobby Bones, a recent American Idol mainstay will not return for season 20 because he is working on another TV project for a different network. Another behind-the-scenes news is that American Idol showrunner Trish Kinane is stepping down after handling the job since season 15 (the final season on Fox).

Megan Michaels Wolflick, who has worked on the show in various capacities for the past 15 years, will take over as showrunner for season 20.

Why Was Carrie Underwood Not on American Idol?

Due to COVID exposure, country superstar Carrie Underwood could not perform in the season finale of American Idol 20.

Is There a Trailer for American Idol Season 20?

The first official look at American Idol season 20 was shown during a recent Television Critics Association event. The trailer shows some of the cities where American Idol’s season 20 auditions were held, including Los Angeles, Austin, and Nashville.

We also get a look at some of the new talent competing for the title of American Idol, as well as a sneak, peek at a new twist to the competition, a platinum ticket that gives three contestants in each audition city a shortcut in the competition (what precisely that is wasn’t fully explained).

ABC has also released a fun promo for the new season, which features Ryan Seacrest, Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan imagining their lives if they hadn’t been discovered:

Season 20 of American Idol: How to Watch

American Idol is broadcast on ABC, one of the four major US networks. It is available to any viewer with a traditional cable/satellite pay-TV subscription or a TV antenna to receive their local ABC station signal. The network can also be accessed via live TV streaming services such as FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, and YouTube TV.

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Past episodes of American Idol can also be viewed on or Hulu. Subscribers to these services will be able to watch the most recent episodes the day after they air on (if they missed them live). You can also watch the most recent episodes if you have a Hulu subscription.

Outside of the United States, American Idol has traditionally aired on CityTV in Canada on the same day as the US broadcast and on Netflix in the United Kingdom a few days later. Though not confirmed, season 20 will most likely be the same.

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