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'American Idol' Preview: The Top 7 sing the Songs of Prince, Nick Jonas mentors


"American Idol" Top 7 (L-R): Gabby Barrett, Cade Foehner, Jurnee, Caleb Lee Hutchinson,
Maddie Poppe, Michael J Woodard and Catie Turner
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"American Idol" narrows things down again on Sunday as the show 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 continues Sunday, May 6 (8:00–10:01 p.m. EDT/5:00-7:01 p.m. PDT), on The ABC Television Network. 
The Top 7 finalists perform two songs this week, battling it out for America’s vote to make it into the Top 5, as the search for America’s next superstar continues on its new home on America’s network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, MAY 6 (8:00–10:01 p.m. EDT, 5:00-7:01 p.m. PDT), streaming and on demand.

In this episode, “American Idol” will break more boundaries as the show pays tribute to music luminary Prince. The Top 7 will take on the legendary Prince catalogue, paying homage to the late icon in a historic first-time tribute episode by a singing competition series. The tribute continues “American Idol”’s longstanding relationship with the Prince family, following Prince’s live performance on the show in 2006. Iconic musician Sheila E., who toured with Prince earlier in her career, will perform with “American Idol” music director, Kris Pooley, and the house band for this special tribute.

Golden Globe® and GRAMMY®-nominated artist Nick Jonas will lend his expertise to the Top 7 finalists as mentor for this week’s performances. In addition to singing a song from Prince’s catalogue, each contestant will also sing a song from the year of their birth.

The Top 7 finalists and their song choices for this week include:

Cade Foehner
“Jungle Love” from Prince’s catalogue
 “Who Will Save Your Soul” by Jewel (1996)
Caleb Lee Hutchinson
“When Doves Cry” from Prince’s catalogue
 “Amazed” by Lonestar (1999)
Catie Turner
“Manic Monday” from Prince’s catalogue
 “Oops! … I Did It Again” by Britney Spears (2000)
Gabby Barrett
“How Come U Don’t Call Me Anymore” from Prince’s catalogue
 “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack (2000)
Jurnee
“Kiss” from Prince’s catalogue
 “Back At One” by Brian McKnight (1999)
Maddie Poppe
“Nothing Compares 2 U” from Prince’s catalogue
 “If It Makes You Happy” by Sheryl Crow (1997)
Michael J. Woodard
“I Would Die 4 U” from Prince’s catalogue
 “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion (1997)

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 to determine who America will ultimately vote for to become the next singing sensation are music industry forces and superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy® Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest returns as host of the beloved series. 

“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.


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