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AMERICAN IDOL
Air Date: Sunday, May 20, 2018
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-10:01 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#118) "118 (Performance Finals)"
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THE JOURNEY TO FIND THE NEXT SUPERSTAR COMES TO A HEAD IN PART ONE OF THE TWO-NIGHT SEASON FINALE AS THE TOP 3 PERFORM, SUNDAY, MAY 20, ON ABC'S 'AMERICAN IDOL'

Bobby Bones Will Mentor the Top 3 Finalists

"118 (Performance Finals)" - In part one of the two-night season finale, the Top 3 finalists visit their hometowns to celebrate their time on the show then return to the Idol stage for their last chance to win America's vote, as the search for America's next superstar continues on its new home on America's network, The ABC Television Network, SUNDAY, MAY 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand.

In this episode, the Top 3 finalists - Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Gabby Barrett and Maddie Poppe - return to their hometowns - Dallas, Georgia; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Clarksville, Iowa, respectively - to say thank you to all of their supportive fans back home and enjoy the day with their family and friends.

Nationally syndicated host of iHeartMedia's "The Bobby Bones Show" and New York Times best-selling author Bobby Bones will return to "American Idol" to mentor the Top 3 as they enter their final week of the competition.

Back on the Idol stage, the Top 3 finalists will perform three songs: a hometown dedication, a repeat of their favorite song of the season and their winner's single. In addition to performances by Caleb, Gabby, and Maddie, four past contestants - Jonny Brenns, Catie Turner, Michelle Sussett and Harper Grace - will also come back to "American Idol" to perform an original song medley.

The Top 3 finalists and their song choices for this week include:

· Caleb Lee Hutchinson

· Hometown: "Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash

· Repeat: "Don't Close Your Eyes" by Keith Whitley

· Winner's Single: "Johnny Cash Heart" (Original)

· Gabby Barrett

· Hometown: "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey

· Repeat: "Little Red Wagon" by Miranda Lambert

· Winner's Single: "Rivers Deep" (Original)

· Maddie Poppe

· Hometown: "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac

· Repeat: "Don't Ever Let Your Children Grow Up" (Original)

· Winner's Single: "Going Going Gone" (Original)

The original song medley will include:

· Jonny Brenns - "Blue Jeans" (Original)

· Catie Turner - "21st Century Machine" (Original)

· Harper Grace - "Yard Sale" (Original)

· Michelle Sussett - "I'm a Dreamer" (Original)

America will vote overnight on Sunday, May 20, to determine who will be crowned the next "American Idol" during the grand finale on Monday, May 21. Voting for the finale will open for the Top 3 contestants when the show goes live on Sunday, May 20, at 8:00 p.m. EDT and will remain open overnight, closing at 9:00 a.m. EDT on Monday, May 21. You can vote online at AmericanIdol.com/vote, in the American Idol app or via text. You can vote 10 times per contestant, per method.

Helping America determine who will become the next singing sensation are music industry forces and superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, with Emmy(R) Award-winning Ryan Seacrest returning as host.

"American Idol" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and CORE Media Group's 19 Entertainment. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America's Trish Kinane, serving as showrunner, 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 vote for their favorite contestants, as well as on AmericanIdol.com/vote or via text. Fans can also use the app to "IDOLize" their selfies with "American Idol" filters and stickers, and track what's trending with judges, contestants and fans.

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AMERICAN IDOL (ABC)
Returns in Midseason 2020 (Exact Date TBA)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
6/11/02 - ???
STATUS:
returning in 2019/2020 (date TBA)
TIME SLOT:
not on the schedule
CURRENT SEASON:
18 (??? episodes)
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ADDITIONAL NOTES:
renewed through the 2019-20 season (the show's 18th) on 5/13/19
DESCRIPTION:
(from ABC's press release, February 2019) Last summer, the "American Idol" bus visited 24 cities across the nation in search of a superstar. As previously announced, viewers at home will be able to follow the inspiring journey starting SUNDAY, MARCH 3 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, when the first crop of Idol hopefuls audition for their shot at a ticket to Hollywood. The cross-country audition tour will move forward with an all-new episode on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), rounding out a talent-filled premiere week. New episodes will continue on Sunday, starting MARCH 10 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), and adds Mondays for five consecutive weeks, starting MARCH 18 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT). "American Idol" is returning to The ABC Television Network after first making its return to airwaves as the No. 1 reality show launch for its inaugural season on the network during the 2017-2018 season. Helping to find the next singing sensation are music industry legends and all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy(R)-winning producer Ryan Seacrest will also return as host, and famed multimedia personality Bobby Bones will take on the role of in-house mentor.
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:
· Chris Anokute as EP
· Jennifer Mullin as EP
· Megan Wolflick as EP
· Trish Kinane as EP
GENRE(S):
· reality (all)
· reality (competition)
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· 19 Entertainment
· FremantleMedia North America