Kris Allen and Adam Lambert will have plenty of company on the "American Idol" stage this week when they face off to determine who will emerge victorious in this season's competition.
According to an "Idol" spokesperson, Tuesday night's show will find former "Idol" champ and country superstar Carrie Underwood paying her second visit this year to the big stage, this time to perform the season's farewell song, her cover of Mötley Crüe's "Home Sweet Home."
Tuesday night will otherwise be devoted to Allen and Lambert singing for the crown, though the spokesperson said it has not yet been announced what the theme of the night is or who will be choosing the songs the two contestants perform.
Wednesday night's two-hour finale will, as usual, feature a cavalcade of stars filling out the drama of the crowning of the season-eight winner. In addition to the traditional top 10 group numbers, among the performers confirmed for the results show are season-seven winner [artist id="3080428"]David Cook[/artist], the [artist id="30064"]Black Eyed Peas[/artist], [artist id="1198"]Queen Latifah[/artist], [artist id="1161250"]Keith Urban[/artist], [artist id="15109"]Lionel Richie[/artist], [artist id="3098639"]Carlos Santana[/artist] and [artist id="10985"]Cyndi Lauper[/artist].
A spokesperson said there will be additional performances on the Wednesday night show, but the full lineup has not yet been announced. When asked, the spokesperson added that rumors speculating that Michael Jackson will appear on the finale — fueled by a Tweet from "Idol" castoff Scott MacIntyre last week — are "just rumors."
featured top two finishers Cook and David Archuleta dueting on the "Spider-Man" tune "Hero," the top six women singing "She Works Hard for the Money" and "Hot Stuff," followed by Donna Summer singing a new single. Texas rockers ZZ Top joined Cook for "Sharp Dressed Man," folk icon Graham Nash sang "Teach Your Children" with Brooke White, Seal sang "Waiting for You" with Syesha Mercado, the Jonas Brothers performed "S.O.S." and Archuleta joined OneRepublic for "Apologize."
In addition to a number of other top 10 finishers dueting and performing, the show featured a surprise appearance by George Michael and was capped by Cook singing the winner's single, "The Time of My Life."
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