'American Idol' finale set – Beckham vs. Fradiani

LOS ANGELES (KTVU and wires) – It's already been a big news week for "American Idol" and now comes the season finale.

Soulful Clark Beckham and country rocker Nick Fradiani advanced to Wednesday's night finale after Jax was voted off by the "Idol" viewers on Tuesday night's show.

Each will perform three songs during two-hour finale that will also include performances by Chris Brown, rapper Pitbull and a collaboration featuring Idol judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr.

After being announced as the finalists, Beckham and Fradiani got down to business and delivered a pair of songs to convince the voters they deserved the title.

Beckham sang Ray Charles' "Georgia on My Mind" and Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" while Fradiani performed Matchbox 20's "Bright Lights" and Jason Mraz's "I Won't Give Up."

"I think I did everything I could," Beckham said after the show. "I sang and played the way I wanted to. I played the cords I wanted, how I wanted. I felt I did my best."

Fradiani also was pleased with his performance.

"I hope I win," he said. "If I don't win, American Idol will have a great winner in Clark. I think we are both happy for each other."

Both singers have chosen a song to sing when they are declared the winner. Beckham has chosen a song called "Champion," while Fradiani's will go with a tune entitled "Beautiful Life."

The winner's song will also be featured in Fox Sports upcoming coverage of the Women's World Cup soccer championship.

The finale caps a week that began with the announcement that next season will be the show's 15th and final year. Aspiring contestants were already lining up  for Thursday morning's 2016 tryouts at Los Angeles' Dolby Theater.

The cast from the past few seasons, with Ryan Seacrest as host and Lopez, Urban and Connick Jr. as judges, will return for a season-long celebration of the show's history.

"It was not an easy decision.' American Idol' has been such a vital part of Fox for its run," said Gary Newman, Fox Television Group co-chairman and CEO. He promised a season-long celebration that matches the show's significance, with the suggestion that its big-name contestants and past judges may be involved.

It will also be a busy year for Lopez who announced on Tuesday night's show that she was heading to Las Vegas next year for a residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Lopez's stint at the AXIS Theater will begin Jan. 20, 2016. She has live shows set for January, February, May

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