ABC announced the change on May 1, adding that Perry and Richie will continue to check out “Idol” with live updates from all the festivities at Windsor Castle. Morissette and Sheeran are scheduled to take over the “616” episode where America will vote for the remaining top 5 contestants. This is the first “Idol” appearance for both guest judges who will be performing their own performances on the episode, Morissette sings one of her many hits, and Sheeran sings the new single “Boat”.
Morissette will also mentor the other contestants who will be performing their songs live. Meanwhile, the finalists will also team up with each other in duets of Sheeran’s greatest songs. Eight finalists remained in the long-running talent competition series, where artists aged between 17 and 25 filled the quotas. These include Colin Stough, Haven Madison, Iam Tongi, Megan Danielle, Oliver Steele, Warren Peay, Wé Ani and Zachariah Smith.
“American Idol” will be broadcast live from coast to coast on ABC from 8-10pm ET / 5-7pm PT on Sunday.
Sheeran joins the jury in the middle of his time on the hot seat. an attempt at copyright infringement It surrounds Marvin Gaye’s song “Thinking Out Loud”, which was accused of copying “Let’s Get It On”. Sheeran, Warner Music Group and Sony Music Publishing are being sued by the three heirs of songwriter Ed Townsend, who co-wrote with Gaye on the 1973 song.