‘American Idol’: The final three and what you didn’t see on TV

The top three “American Idol” finalists made their case for the last time on Sunday night’s (May 20) episode. Now, it’s up to viewers of the ABC reboot to decide who will win the 2018 edition.

The trio — Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Gabby Barrett, and Maddie Poppe — were each allotted three performances: one dedicated to their hometowns, a personal pick and an original song, which is are already available on iTunes. What didn’t you see on TV?

1. Caitlyn Jenner was among the VIPs in attendance. Also in the studio were ABC “Boy Band” winners In Real Life, who are opening the “American Idol” summer tour, former “Idol” mentor and Big Machine Label Group CEO Scott Borchetta and season 14 alum Rayvon Owen.

2. In the backstage area, Hutchinson was seen getting last-minute touch-ups for his opening song. Also spotted nearby were Barrett, Poppe, Cade Foehner, Catie Turner, Johnny Brenns, Harper Grace and Michelle Sussett.

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AMERICAN IDOL - '118 (Performance Finals)' - In part one of the two-night season finale, the Top 3 finalists visit their hometowns to celebrate their time on the show then return to the Idol stage for their last chance to win America's vote, as the search for America's next superstar continues on its new home on America's network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, MAY 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT). (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) GABBY BARRETT, CALEB LEE HUTCHINSON, MADDIE POPPE, RYAN SEACREST
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: Singer Gabby Barrett poses at ABC's 'American Idol' on May 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: Singer Caleb Lee Hutchinson poses at ABC's 'American Idol' on May 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 13: (L-R) Top three contestants Maddie Poppe, Caleb Lee Hutchinson and Gabby Barrett arrive at ABC's 'American Idol' show on May 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
AMERICAN IDOL - '113 (Top 14)' - After solo and celebrity duet performances with the top 24 contestants, the judges narrowed down the field to the top 14 finalists. Now the judges are handing over the reigns to America to start voting on who they want to crown the next Idol, as the search for America's next superstar continues on its new home on America's network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, APRIL 22 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT). (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) GABBY BARRETT
AMERICAN IDOL 108 (Showcase/Final Judgment) Idol hopefuls head to Exchange LA in downtown Los Angeles for the Showcase Round, where contestants perform solos in front of a live crowd and the judges. Following the performances, the judges sit down with each contestant for the Final Judgment and reveal which finalists made it through to the Top 24, as the search for Americas next superstar continues on its new home on Americas network, The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, APRIL 2 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT). (Eric McCandless via Getty Images) CALEB LEE HUTCHINSON
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 23: Singer Gabby Barrett arrives at ABC's 'American Idol' show on April 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 23: Singer Maddie Poppe arrives at ABC's 'American Idol' show on April 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 29: Singer Gabby Barrett arrives at ABC's 'American Idol' show on April 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: Singer Gabby Barrett arrives at ABC's 'American Idol' show on May 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
AMERICAN IDOL - '115 (Disney Night)' - The Top 10 'American Idol' contestants head to the happiest place on earth, Disneyland. (Eric McCandless via Getty Images) CALEB LEE HUTCHINSON, IDINA MENZEL
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 29: Singer Maddie Poppe arrives at ABC's 'American Idol' show on April 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
AMERICAN IDOL - '116 (Top 7)' - The Top 7 finalists perform two songs this week, battling it out for Americas vote to make it into the Top 5, as the search for Americas next superstar continues on its new home on Americas network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, MAY 6 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT, 5:00-7:01 p.m. PDT). (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) GABBY BARRETT
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 13: Singer Maddie Poppe arrives at ABC's 'American Idol' show on May 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
AMERICAN IDOL - '116 (Top 7)' - The Top 7 finalists perform two songs this week, battling it out for Americas vote to make it into the Top 5, as the search for Americas next superstar continues on its new home on Americas network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, MAY 6 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT, 5:00-7:01 p.m. PDT). (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) GABBY BARRETT
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 29: Singer Gabby Barrett arrives at ABC's 'American Idol' show on April 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
AMERICAN IDOL - '115 (Top 10 - Disney Night)' - 'American Idol' heads to the happiest place on earth, Disneyland Resort, then returns to the Idol stage with a sprinkle of magic to perform fan-favorite Disney songs, as the search for Americas next superstar continues on its new home on Americas network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, APRIL 29 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT/5:00-7:01 p.m. PDT). (Eric McCandless via Getty Images) CALEB LEE HUTCHINSON
AMERICAN IDOL - '115 (Disney Night)' - The Top 10 'American Idol' contestants head to the happiest place on earth, Disneyland. (Eric McCandless via Getty Images) GABBY BARRETT, IDINA MENZEL
AMERICAN IDOL - '115 (Top 10 - Disney Night)' - 'American Idol' heads to the happiest place on earth, Disneyland Resort, then returns to the Idol stage with a sprinkle of magic to perform fan-favorite Disney songs, as the search for Americas next superstar continues on its new home on Americas network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, APRIL 29 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT/5:00-7:01 p.m. PDT). (Eric McCandless via Getty Images) MADDIE POPPE
AMERICAN IDOL - '115 (Top 10 - Disney Night)' - 'American Idol' heads to the happiest place on earth, Disneyland Resort, then returns to the Idol stage with a sprinkle of magic to perform fan-favorite Disney songs, as the search for Americas next superstar continues on its new home on Americas network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, APRIL 29 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT/5:00-7:01 p.m. PDT). (Eric McCandless via Getty Images) GABBY BARRETT
AMERICAN IDOL - '116 (Top 7)' - The Top 7 finalists perform two songs this week, battling it out for Americas vote to make it into the Top 5, as the search for Americas next superstar continues on its new home on Americas network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, MAY 6 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT, 5:00-7:01 p.m. PDT). (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) MADDIE POPPE
AMERICAN IDOL - '109 (Top 24 Solos)' - As the pool has been narrowed to the top 24 contestants,12 of the top 24 finalists perform solos at Academy LA in Hollywood during this week in the competition, as the search for Americas next superstar continues on its new home on Americas network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT). (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) GABBY BARRETT
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 13: Singer Caleb Lee Hutchinson arrives at ABC's 'American Idol' show on May 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 13: Singer Gabby Barrett arrives at ABC's 'American Idol' show on May 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
AMERICAN IDOL - '116 (Top 7)' - The Top 7 finalists perform two songs this week, battling it out for Americas vote to make it into the Top 5, as the search for Americas next superstar continues on its new home on Americas network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, MAY 6 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT, 5:00-7:01 p.m. PDT). (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) CALEB LEE HUTCHINSON
AMERICAN IDOL - '116 (Top 7)' - The Top 7 finalists perform two songs this week, battling it out for Americas vote to make it into the Top 5, as the search for Americas next superstar continues on its new home on Americas network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, MAY 6 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT, 5:00-7:01 p.m. PDT). (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) CALEB LEE HUTCHINSON
AMERICAN IDOL - '111 (Top 24 Solos)' - As the pool has been narrowed to the top 24 contestants, 12 of the top 24 finalists perform solos at Academy LA in Hollywood during this week in the competition, as the search for Americas next superstar continues on its new home on Americas network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, APRIL 15 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT). (Eric McCandless via Getty Images) CALEB LEE HUTCHINSON
AMERICAN IDOL - 103 (Auditions) - American Idol heads to Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City and Savannah, as the search for Americas next superstar continues on its new home on Americas network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, MARCH 18 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT). (Guy D'Alema/ABC via Getty Images) CALEB LEE HUTCHINSON (DALLAS, CA)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: Singer Maddie Poppe arrives at ABC's 'American Idol' show on May 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
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3. “American Idol” warmup comedian Jay Flats instructed the audience that each chair has an LED bracelet, which will automatically change colors to go with the performances. These are similar to what were used on the Taylor Swift and Coldplay tours. To test them, Flats had the audience practice by singing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin.’”

4. It’s showtime! As the judges take their seats, Lionel Richie took a moment to wave to fans, happily snapping a few shots with his camera.

5. After Hutchinson’s performance, Flats admonished the audience for taking pictures during the show — but noted that any photos or video snapped in between breaks should use the #AmericanIdol hashtag.

6. Some in the audience were having issues waving their LED bracelet lights in unison. Flats playfully called the audience out on this, too, and it was quickly remedied.

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AMERICAN IDOL - ABC's 'American Idol' judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan. (Eric Liebowitz/ABC via Getty Images)
AMERICAN IDOL - American Idol, the iconic series that revolutionized the television landscape by pioneering the music competition genre, will return to airwaves on SUNDAY, MARCH 11 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), at its new home on The ABC Television Network. (Eric Liebowitz/ABC via Getty Images) LIONEL RICHIE, KATY PERRY, LUKE BRYAN
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04: Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan leave ABC's 'Good Morning America' in Times Square on October 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
AMERICAN IDOL - '101 (Auditions)' - The gold standard of all music competition series, American Idol, will make its highly anticipated return to television as superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie set out on a journey across the nation to discover a new crop of inspiring talent with a touch of Disney magic, as it premieres its first season at its new home on Americas network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, MARCH 11 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT). (Eric Liebowitz via Getty Images) LIONEL RICHIE, KATY PERRY, LUKE BRYAN
AMERICAN IDOL - '101 (Auditions)' - The gold standard of all music competition series, American Idol, will make its highly anticipated return to television as superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie set out on a journey across the nation to discover a new crop of inspiring talent with a touch of Disney magic, as it premieres its first season at its new home on Americas network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, MARCH 11 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT). (Eric Liebowitz via Getty Images) RYAN SEACREST, LIONEL RICHIE, KATY PERRY, LUKE BRYAN
AMERICAN IDOL - '101 (Auditions)' - The gold standard of all music competition series, American Idol, will make its highly anticipated return to television as superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie set out on a journey across the nation to discover a new crop of inspiring talent with a touch of Disney magic, as it premieres its first season at its new home on Americas network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, MARCH 11 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT). (Eric Liebowitz via Getty Images) LUKE BRYAN, KATY PERRY, LIONEL RICHIE
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 08: (L-R, Back Row) Showrunner/executive producer Trish Kinane, co-executive producer Megan Michaels Wolflick (l-r, front row) host Ryan Seacrest, judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie of the television show American Idol speak onstage during the ABC Television/Disney portion of the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 8, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
(L-R) Singers/Songwriters Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie attend the Disney ABC Television TCA Winter Press Tour on January 8, 2018, in Pasadena, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
(L-R) Singers/Songwriters Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie attend the Disney ABC Television TCA Winter Press Tour on January 8, 2018, in Pasadena, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
TCA WINTER PRESS TOUR 2018 - 'American Idol' Happy Hour - The cast and executive producers of 'American Idol' addressed the press at Disney | ABC Television Group's Winter Press Tour 2018. (Image Group LA/ABC via Getty Images) LUKE BRYAN, KATY PERRY, LIONEL RICHIE
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7. A fan in the audience held a cute sign — “Weighing in for Caleb Hutchinson” — and waved it furiously after mentor Bobby Bones joked that he is seeing less of Hutchinson. The 19-year-old has lost five more pounds since the show went to live episodes.

8. Ryan Seacrest, ever the professional, rehearsed his lines just seconds before the camera’s red light came on, and nailed the TelePrompTer read with smooth precision.

9. Luke Bryan made a point of interacting with fans regularly between breaks. He also handed out plenty of hugs to contestants’ parents. Meanwhile, Katy Perry’s hair and makeup got quick touch-ups.

10. Scott Borchetta, noticing Rayvon Owen sitting a few rows behind him, strolled up for a handshake and a chat.

11. Barrett sang the classic Journey hit, “Don’t Stop Believin'” with Journey’s own Steve Perry sitting in the audience. He took a moment to say hello to the judges before taking his place by Barrett’s father. After the on-air appearance, all three judges come over for a group photo with Perry, who described Barrett’s interpretation of the song as “amazing.”

12. There was big applause in the studio for Maddie Poppe’s homecoming package and her performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.” And while Katy Perry played it off that she was actively voting for Poppe, but her phone didn’t appear to be turned on.

13. After the show, Caitlyn Jenner comes down to the judges for a quick conversation and a photo.

14. As the crowd filed out, audience members were told that they can return for a taping of a Katy Perry performance. Hutchinson was also set to come back for a rehearsal post-show, as was Lionel Richie.

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