“American Idol” will host a music superstar in the Top 7 episode, which will air on May 9, 2022.
Will.i.am will join judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan for the Mother’s Day themed episode.
The episode description reads: “In a special Mother’s Day episode, the Top 7 songs are dedicated to her mother or the mother figure in her life and feature viral hits that became popular on TikTok. GRAMMY® Award-winning artist and producer will.i.am returns to American Idol to mentor the remaining contestants as they battle for a spot in the Top 5.”
Will.i.am is the next in line of guest mentors to appear on American Idol so far this season. He was preceded by Derek Hough, Jimmie Allen, Gabby Barrett and other former American Idol contestants, who also appeared on the 20th Anniversary Great Idol Reunion, which aired Monday, May 2, 2022.
The episode featured performances by former winners and contestants, including Laine Hardy.
Hardy was arrested by the Louisiana State University Police Department last week after an arrest warrant was issued for him. Hardy has been accused of leaving a listening device in a woman’s home, according to the WAFB and WBRZ. The show aired with a small disclaimer that the episode was pre-taped when Hardy was on screen.
While the show aired, some fans took to social media to vent their frustration with the show.
“Laine Hardy didn’t appear on my bingo card tonight,” one person tweeted. “You should have reduced the power @AmericanIdol. To let [Laci Kaye Booth] Come and sing at a future show. #American Idol.”
Another person tweeted, “@AmericanIdol really uses that ‘pre-recorded’ banner for Laine Hardy’s appearance. I was disgusted when I said he would still be in this episode after he was arrested for bugging his ex’s room. At least they didn’t have him live after that. #American Idol.”
“I know it was pre-taped but I’m surprised #AmericanIdol didn’t edit Laine considering the arrest news just came out.” reads a tweet.
After the warrant was issued, Hardy gained weight Twitter and Instagram to make a statement.
“Earlier this morning I was issued a warrant for my arrest relating to the allegations against me and have fully cooperated with the Louisiana State University Police Department,” the statement began. “I understand that my career has put me in the public spotlight and I wholeheartedly embrace that as my whole world belongs to my music and my fans.”
American Idol Season 20 is coming to an end, with only seven contestants currently remaining on the show: Fritz Hager, Leah Marlene, HunterGirl, Noah Thompson, Christian Guardino, and Jay Copeland.
“American Idol” airs live coast-to-coast on ABC on Sundays at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.
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