The last time Blake Lewis was on the American Idol stage, he was being told that the audience had decided that the recording contract should go to his rival, Jordin Sparks. But he’s being given the chance to climb up there once more—and this time, no one can vote him off.


Blake, 26, was adored by fans and mesmerized audiences by ripping up classic songs with his beatboxing skills. Now the singer from Redmond, Washington, is ready to release his debut album, Audio Day Dream, and he’s returning to Idol as an alum to perform his new single, "How Many Words," live on the March 6 show.


Meanwhile, it has also been announced that another AI vet is coming back to the show on something of a more permanent basis. Producers have picked the new single from season two winner Ruben Studdard as the "farewell song" for this season. His version of Kenny Loggins’ "Celebrate Me Home" will send the fallen Idols on their way as we watch the highlights from their Idol experience. We wonder if it will make that farewell any easier, listening to a former winner’s eighth single bidding them good-bye?

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