The 18th season of American Idol marred by the COVID-19 was a virtual affair. Just like the premier of most movies, TV shows, award functions and reality TV shows, American Idol also ran its 2020 course online.
Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan were judges. Ryan Seacrest, host of the 18th season had announced 20-year-old Just Sam, from Harlem as the winner of American Idol 2020. As per reports, the results were so shocking for Sam, that she almost dropped the tablet she was using to attend the virtual finale.
Dillion James, Jonny West, Arthur Gunn, Francisco Martin and Just Sam gave five singing performances. Each finalist gave two performances each. One was pre-recorded and the other they sang live.
The top American Idol contestants were--Just Sam, Dillon James, Francisco Martin, Julia Gargano, Louis Knight, Arthur Gunn, Makayla Phillips, Jonny West, Sophia James, and Grace Leer.
The shoot for American Idol 2020 was stopped short right after the Top 21 contestants were revealed resuming in late April of 2020 once the contestants started shooting from their homes.