Abi Carter's Epic Win and Katy Perry's Emotional Farewell in the 'American Idol' Season 22 Finale

May 20
Abi Carter attends the "American Idol" 2024
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Abi Carter has become the new winner of the “American Idol” competition.

On Sunday, May 19, 2024, Abi Carter (2002) from Indio, California, became the winner of the 22nd season of “American Idol.” Will Moseley (2000), a 23-year-old musician from Hazelhurst, Georgia, finished as the runner-up, while Jack Blocker (1998), a 25-year-old graphic designer from Dallas, Texas, secured third place.

The finale featured three final performances of Bon Jovi classics, including a group rendition of “Livin’ on a Prayer” with Jon Bon Jovi (born 1962) himself. Carter performed “Bed of Roses” and a stunning rendition of “Somewhere” in her final appearances, ultimately leading to her victory.

This season also marked the departure of long-time judge Katy Perry (1984), who became emotional during the finale. Perry, along with Luke Bryan (1976) and Lionel Richie (1949), has been a key part of the show’s revival since 2018. A notable contestant throughout this season was Loretta Lynn’s (1932) granddaughter, Emmy Russell (1999), who, however, did not advance to the finale.

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