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How to vote for Casey Bishop, rest of Top 4

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Casey Bishop returns to “American Idol” Sunday to sing an original song and compete to be in the show’s Top 3 singers.

Will she make it? That’s up to the voters to decide.

Viewers can start voting after the episode begins at 8 p.m., and the Top 3 winners will be announced by the end of the episode at 10 p.m.

To vote for Bishop, text 4 to 21523. You can also vote at or in the American Idol app.

You can vote up to 10 times per contestant for each voting method (or 30 votes total).

Hometown show? Casey Bishop might not play in SWFL, after all

Previously:The Top 7 becomes the Top 5 on ‘American Idol’

Casey Bishop, 16, of Estero performs May 9 on

An unexpected development this week: The Top 5 singers are now the Top 4.

South Carolina’s Caleb Kennedy has left the competition after a controversial video surfaced on social media. The three-second video shows him sitting beside someone who appears to be wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood. Kennedy, now 16, has said he was 12 at the time.

Now only four singers will perform Sunday, according to “Idol.” And there will be just one elimination instead of the planned two.

For Sunday’s episode, Bishop and the rest of the Top 4 will be mentored by producer and singer-songwriter Finneas, brother to pop star Billie Eilish. They’ll also perform their new singles recorded with top producers.

Bishop, 16, of Estero landed in the show’s Top 5 singers on May 9 after performing Coldplay’s “Paradise” and Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic.” The rest of the Top 4 are Grace Kinstler, Chayce Beckham and Willie Spence.

“American Idol’s” finale airs May 23. The show airs at 8 p.m. Sundays.

Learn more about the show at

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