‘American Idol’ fans are at odds over the guest cast in the finale, as some viewers vowed to boycott the final episode of season 21
AMERICAN Idol fans are at odds over the season finale cast member as many vowed to boycott the episode.
The long-running singing competition will perform at Sunday’s season finale with a star-studded cast.
However, one viewer had mixed opinions as to whether he was the right choice for such a big night.
The singer is country artist Jelly Roll, as announced by Idol on their official website Instagram page on Thursday.
They shared a portrait of the Need a Favor singer’s face with the caption, “You already know @jellyroll615 will bring this.” [insert fire emojis] at the IDOL #GrandFinale on Sunday!”
Fans stormed the comments section to share their thoughts, and many were excited for the CMT Music Award winner to take the stage.
But others weren’t so kind, believing he wasn’t a household name like the other artists like Kylie Minogue, Lauren Daigle, James Blunt and TLC.
“He really called himself Jelly Roll,” someone scoffed.
“WHO the heck is JELLY ROLL???” another quizzed.
“What’s American Idol about?” asked a third.
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“Is this a joke?” a fourth wondered.
And others were so put off by the cast that they “refused” to tune in to the episode.
But that’s been the plan for some since last week’s episode, when fan-favorite Wé, 24, was eliminated from the competition.
She ended her performance on the show by singing “Into The Unknown” from Frozen II for Disney Night and Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb” for her second performance.
Fans threatened to stop watching the show because of the shocking elimination.
One fan said: “Ok I’m done with American Idol… the fact that Wé Ani didn’t make the top 3 but Colin Stough and Megan Danielle did?”
A second commented via Twitter: “It’s FIXED. #WeAni should be the winner. Won’t watch it again.”
Another wrote: “We Ani is the best singer on American Idol. She is Whitney Houston of this generation. You can’t compare them to Colin or Iam. American Idol is rigged.”
And a fourth said: “This show is rigged. We, Ani, should definitely be the winners of this season.”
Zachariah Smith was also eliminated in Sunday’s episode.
Colin Stough, Megan Danielle and Iam Tongi are the last three to fight for the title.
While Wé was often praised by judges Lionel Richie, 73, Luke Bryan, 48, and Katy Perry, 38, she had tensions with the pop star.
Last month, Katy was held accountable for “rude” behavior towards Wé.
The singer was criticized for looking shocked when Wé was voted last in the top 12 and for not giving her any feedback after her performance.
Wé was selected from Dawson Wayne, Elijah McCormick and Malik Heard and joined the 12 contestants who made it to the next round.
The camera panned to Katy at the judges’ table, who looked shocked at the news.
Wé then performed Adele’s song “Skyfall” to round out the show.
Rather than provide feedback on her performance, Katy said she was “shocked” by the results and urged viewers to vote for their favourites.
Katy made it clear who her favorite was last week when she told contestant Iam she thought he would win.
Viewers were outraged by her seemingly hasty prediction, while many have already called for the Fireworks singer to be ousted from the panel.