WATCH: Steve Perry Surprises Contestant on American Idol! 

Posted: 11:36 am Monday, May 21st, 2018

By hildiwmmo

This is how you know your song has reached CLASSIC status…

Steve Perry

Photo by Mirek Towski/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

“Don’t Stop Believin’ ” was featured in the star-studded opening skit on the Saturday Night Live season finale this weekend (see it below). And then Gabby Barrett sang it on Part 1 of the American Idol season finale last night.

As if it wasn’t nerve-wracking enough for Ms. Barrett, to be so close to winning a nationwide TV singing competition…up pops the legendary singer of the song from the audience.

Watch Gabby’s performance below, and you’ll also hear Steve Perry tell her, “It was the most amazing version I’ve ever heard.”

Contestant Maddie Poppe sang Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide”.

The winner will be revealed tonight on Part 2 of the American Idol season finale at 8 on WFTV Channel 9.