‘American Idol’ finale 2022: Finalists Noah Thompson, HunterGirl and Leah Marlene belt it out in last performances

LOS ANGELES — The votes are in and the new “American Idol” has been named! Noah Thompson is taking household the crown.

“It truly is remarkable to me to imagine that so quite a few folks voted for me like that, you know, to make me the next American Idol,” Thompson explained. “I did not hope this working experience to finish up this way, so, I’m blown away man.”

The a few finalists sang the new music of Bruce Springsteen in a bid to acquire the title.

HunterGirl came in second spot in the levels of competition, and Leah Marlene arrived in 3rd.

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Thompson, Marlene, and HunterGirl have been superior ample to impress the judges all year extended, and in fact, it is really fair to say the trio acquired them enthusiastic from the quite get started.

Sunday’s finale was like a free of charge live performance. The contestants, the judges and some large names in new music carried out in a 3-hour, audio-stuffed celebration.

Amid the several musical visitors: Earth, Wind and Fire, Melissa Etheridge, Flo Rida and Michael Bublé.

Carrie Underwood was scheduled to perform at Sunday’s finale but was not able to do so.

“There was a COVID publicity inside of Carrie Underwood’s team,” host Ryan Seacrest reported at the beginning of the present. “So subsequent protocol, she’s unable to carry out tonight. Unhappy, but you can look at her out on her tour, Denim & Rhinestones. That tour coming this slide, Ok. So, go see her.”

Acquire or get rid of, all three finalists referred to as their time on “American Idol” a life-switching expertise.

“I arrived into the show and I hardly ever know what to expect, but I know I am likely to depart with so considerably encounter, so quite a few people today I am likely to converse with for the relaxation of my life,” HunterGirl explained.
Finalist Leah Marlene claims that she loves the electrical power of a reside audience. For her, this complete knowledge was a person significant celebration.

“Music is all about sharing a second with other persons and so, like, to have people today to feed off of, like, that’s what it is all about, is to delight in it together and be in it together,” Marlene claimed.

At 19 yrs old, Noah Thompson is the youngest of the 3.

“I recall walking in, looking at the judges. Man, I was terrified out of my intellect,” Thompson claimed. “I have never ever been so anxious in my lifestyle, you know? But now, the people today is what pretty much provides that daily life out of you.”

“American Idol” is coming back again for season 21.

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