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AMERICAN IDOL
Air Date: Monday, May 21, 2018
Time Slot: 9:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#119) "119 (Grand Finale)"
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THE JOURNEY TO FIND THE NEXT SUPERSTAR COMES TO A CLOSE AS THE NEXT 'AMERICAN IDOL' IS REVEALED IN PART TWO OF THE TWO-NIGHT SEASON FINALE, MONDAY, MAY 21

The Grand Finale Will Include Performances by 'American Idol' Judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan

Additional Performances Include Artists Bebe Rexha, Darius Rucker, Gary Clark Jr., Kermit the Frog, Nick Jonas + Mustard, Patti LaBelle, Yolanda Adams and 'American Idol' Contestants

"119 (Grand Finale)" - Following amazing performances by music superstars and legends, including our very own "American Idol" judges, the winner of Season 1 of "American Idol" on ABC will finally be crowned, as the search for America's next superstar comes to a close on its new home on America's network, The ABC Television Network, MONDAY, MAY 21 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), streaming and on demand.

Performances during the grand finale include:

· Bebe Rexha + Top 3 Finalists - "Meant to Be" by Bebe Rexha

· Darius Rucker + Caleb Lee Hutchinson - "Wagon Wheel" by Darius Rucker

· Gary Clark Jr. + Dennis Lorenzo + Cade Foehner - "Bright Lights" by Gary Clark Jr.

· Katy Perry + Catie Turner - "Part of Me" by Katy Perry

· Kermit the Frog + Maddie Poppe - "Rainbow Connection" from "The Muppet Movie"

· Layla and Dyxie Spring - "Blue" by LeAnn Rimes

· Lionel Richie + Top 10 Finalists - "All Night Long" by Lionel Richie

· Luke Bryan - "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset" by Luke Bryan

· Luke Bryan + Gabby Barrett - "Most People Are Good" by Luke Bryan

· Nick Jonas + Mustard - "Anywhere" by Nick Jonas and Mustard

· Nick Jonas + Jurnee - "Jealous" by Nick Jonas

· Patti LaBelle + Ada Vox - "Lady Marmalade" by Patti LaBelle

· Yolanda Adams with a choir of voices + Michael J. Woodard - "What the World Needs Now"

· Top 2 Finalists - "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "What A Wonderful World"

· The winner of Season 1 of "American Idol" on ABC will sing his/her winner's single

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