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AMERICAN IDOL
Air Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-10:01 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#1611) "111 (Top 24 Solos)"
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THE JOURNEY TO FIND THE NEXT SUPERSTAR CONTINUES AS 12 OF THE TOP 24 CONTESTANTS PERFORM SOLOS, THIS WEEK ON ABC'S 'AMERICAN IDOL'

Bobby Bones Serves as Mentor to the Top 24 Contestants

"111 (Top 24 Solos)" - As the pool has been narrowed to the top 24 contestants, 12 of the top 24 finalists perform solos at Academy LA in Hollywood during this week in the competition, as the search for America's next superstar continues on its new home on America's network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, APRIL 15 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand. Nationally-syndicated host of iHeartMedia's "The Bobby Bones Show" and New York Times best-selling author Bobby Bones returns as a mentor for the top 24 contestants, meeting with each contender and helping them to reach the next level in their artistry and performances.

Performing during this episode are contestants:

· Ada Vox

· Alyssa Raghu

· Amelia Hammer Harris

· Caleb Lee Hutchinson

· Effie Passero

· Garrett Jacobs

· Jurnee

· Maddie Poppe

· Mara Justine

· Marcio Donaldson

· Ron Bultongez

· Shannon O'Hara

Helping to determine who America will ultimately vote for to become the next singing sensation are music industry forces and superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy(R) Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest returns as host of the beloved series.

"American Idol" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and CORE Media Group's 19 Entertainment. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America's Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin, along with executive producer Phil McIntyre representing CORE Media. FremantleMedia International distributes the series worldwide.

"American Idol" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG, L parental guideline.

The official "American Idol" app is available on iOS and Android devices. Using the app, fans can play along with the show in real time guessing which contestants will go to the next round, "IDOLize" their selfies with "American Idol" filters and stickers, answer trivia questions and track what's trending with judges, contestants and fans. Later this season, fans can vote for their favorite contestants on the app, as well as on AmericanIdol.com/vote or via text.

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AMERICAN IDOL (ABC)
Returns in Midseason 2019 (Exact Date TBA)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
6/11/02 - ???
STATUS:
returning in 2018/2019 (date TBA)
TIME SLOT:
not on the schedule
CURRENT SEASON:
17 (??? episodes)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through the 2018-19 season (the show's 17th) on 5/4/18
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, May 2018) The journey continues as America's beloved singing competition series "American Idol" is set to return for its second season on The ABC Television Network for the 2018-2019 season. Following the historic revival of the beloved series on ABC, the fan favorite will set out once again on a nationwide search to discover the next singing sensation. Returning to help find the cream of the crop are music industry legends and all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy(R)-winning producer Ryan Seacrest will also return to helm the music competition series as host. In its first season on ABC, "American Idol" has finished as Sunday's No. 1 entertainment broadcast series on each of its 8 telecasts this season in Live + Same Day Adults 18-49. In fact, on average, the series ranks No. 1 in its 2-hour slot with Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34, across all key Women (W18-34/W18-49/W25-54) and Teens 12-17. "American Idol" is more than doubling ABC's Sunday 8:00-10:00 p.m. time-period results year-to-year in Total Viewers (+158%) and Adults 18-49 (+110%), producing the Net's best results in the 2-hour slot in 4 years among viewers and in 3 years among young adults - since the comparable weeks of 2014 and 2015, respectively. Season to date, including delayed viewing, "American Idol-SUN" draws an average audience of 9.3 million viewers with a 2.1/8 among Adults 18-49. Additionally, the broad-appealing unscripted series has dominated the social landscape as the most social prime-time reality series of the year to date. (Source: Social Content Ratings, 1/1/18 - 4/29/18. Ranked by total program-level interactions. Facebook organic metrics no longer included as of 4/6/18).
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Katy Perry as Judge (Season 16- )
· Lionel Richie as Judge (Season 16- )
· Luke Bryan as Judge (Season 16- )
· Ryan Seacrest as Host
RECURRING/PREVIOUS CAST INFORMATION:
· Brian Dunkleman as Host (Season 1)
· Ellen DeGeneres as Judge (Season 9)
· Harry Connick, Jr. as Judge (Season 13-15)
· Jennifer Lopez as Judge (Season 10-11, 13-15)
· Kara DioGuardi as Judge (Season 8-9)
· Keith Urban as Judge (Season 12-15)
· Mariah Carey as Judge (Season 12)
· Nicki Minaj as Judge (Season 12)
· Paula Abdul as Judge (Season 1-8)
· Randy Jackson as Judge (Season 1-12)
· Simon Cowell as Judge (Season 1-9)
· Steven Tyler as Judge (Season 10-11)
CREW INFORMATION:
· Jennifer Mullin as EP
· Megan Wolflick as CO-EP
· Phil McIntyre as EP
· Trish Kinane as EP
GENRE(S):
· reality (all)
· reality (competition)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· 19 Entertainment
· FremantleMedia North America