Countdown to the 'Idol' Finale: Is Bono Coming? Will Haley Sing An Original?
Countdown to the 'Idol' Finale: Is Bono Coming? Will Haley Sing An Original?
Tomorrow night on American Idol, it's the finale! It's Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery performing three songs each for the crown. If I was really mean I'd call it "Country Prom Night" (thank this photo) but while we can expect to hear a lot of country tomorrow (save for David Cook performing this season's boot song), Wednesday night's show will also feature a bunch of performances from a bunch of artists, as well as the return of the Top 13. That means it's time to ask the question: who's appearing on the Idol finale?

Here's what we know right now: Jack Black is performing a duet with Casey Abrams, although we've got no idea if he's appearing alone or with his Tenacious D bandmate Kyle Gass. We also know that Stevie Nicks won't be appearing in the finale, contrary to rumors. And despite Steven Tyler's little promise, Aerosmith won't be appearing on the finale -- to quote the band's guitarist Joe Perry, "We were never asked by producers."

First question: is Bono coming? The New York Post reported over the weekend that Idol producers are talking with U2's Bono and The Edge to appear on Wednesday's show. The plan is for the two to perform songs from their musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark and, if plans go well, they'll be performing with the beleaguered Broadway musical's cast. If they do perform on the show, fingers crossed they all finish the number in one piece. UPDATE: Yes, Bono is coming, as Billboard reports.

Second question: is Haley Reinhart doing an original track? MJsBigBlog reports that the recently-eliminated growler will be performing an original song in the finale. The source: her parents. (They also leaked Haley's tracklist for Top 3 week, so way to go, parents!) According to Harry and Patti Reinhart, Haley will be releasing a single soon, with an album coming up if it all works out. If true, that plays well with the Idol producers' plans to release music from finalists as early as the summer, rather than waiting for an album in the fall.

I just find this odd. The finale is still going to be about Scotty and Lauren -- wouldn't it be weird if a third-place finisher comes up with her own single, too? And this also begs the question: what about Pia Toscano, who was also rumored to be recording after she got the boot during Top 9 week?

Third question: who is James Durbin performing with? No idea at the moment, but executive producer Nigel Lythgoe is saying James' fans will love the treat:


Who do you want to appear with James, then?

Fourth question: what is the Top 13 up to? The finalists have been busy rehearsing for the finale all this past week, and in between, they've been busy tweeting. Kicking things off, the season's most prolific tweeter, Paul McDonald:


And here's a photo from the rehesrsals courtesy of Stefano Langone:


Okay, I don't think that's actually happening. But we might want to expect some hip-hop dancing, with Naima Adedapo confirming that So You Think You Can Dance's Tabitha and Napoleon are doing some choreography for the finale:


I'm guessing we'll have a bit more information when the Top 13, along with other Idol alumni (Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson and David Cook, I think) honor Idol boss Simon Fuller, who's getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For now, this is all that we have.

Who do you want to see on the American Idol finale?

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(Image courtesy of Fox)