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AMERICAN IDOL
Air Date: Sunday, May 19, 2019
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-11:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#218-180) "218 (Season Finale)"
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SEASON FINALE

THE NEXT AMERICAN IDOL IS REVEALED ON THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED GRAND FINALE EVENT, SUNDAY, MAY 19, AIRING AND VOTING LIVE COAST TO COAST IN A HISTORIC TELEVISION FIRST

SUPERSTAR CARRIE UNDERWOOD RETURNS TO THE 'IDOL' STAGE, IN ADDITION TO ADAM LAMBERT AND OTHER SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMERS

"218 (Season Finale)" - Following a cross-country search for the next singing sensation, "American Idol" rounds out its second season on ABC with an epic grand finale event, featuring "Idol"'s Top 3 contestants: Alejandro Aranda, Laine Hardy and Madison VanDenburg. For the first time in "Idol" history, America's live coast-to-coast vote will determine the winner of the iconic singing competition series, with all voting taking place during the show. The crowning moment will be preceded by special performances from music legends, including "Idol"'s very own superstar judges, the return of fan-favorite contestants from the current season and a special visit by last season's winner, Maddie Poppe. Poppe's debut album, "Whirlwind," drops on Friday, May 17. The jam-packed music event airs SUNDAY, MAY 19 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

Grand finale performances include, but are not limited to, the following:

· Adam Lambert to perform his new single, "New Eyes," and "Bohemian Rhapsody" with Dimitrius Graham

· Carrie Underwood to make a special appearance during her Cry Pretty Tour 360 to perform her new hit single, "Southbound," live on the "Idol" stage

· Daddy Yankee and Katy Perry to perform "Con Calma"

· Dan + Shay to perform "All To Myself" and "Speechless" with Madison VanDenburg

· Jon Pardi to perform a medley of "Night Shift" and "Dirt On My Boots" with Laine Hardy

· Kane Brown to perform "Good As You" and "Lost in the Middle of Nowhere" with Alyssa Raghu

· Katy Perry to perform "Unconditionally" with Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon

· Kool & The Gang to perform a medley of "Hollywood Swinging," "Ladies Night" and "Celebrate" with the Top 10

· Luke Bryan to perform "Knockin' Boots" and "Every Breath You Take" with Laci Kaye Booth

· Lionel Richie to perform "Dancing on the Ceiling" with the Top 10

· Montell Jordan to perform "This Is How We Do It" with Margie Mays and Austin Michael

· Viral sensation Shayy returns to perform "Rise Up"

· Weezer to perform a medley of "Africa," "Take On Me" and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" with Wade Cota and Walker Burroughs

Helping to determine who America will ultimately vote to become the next singing sensation are music industry legends and all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy(R) Award-winning producer Ryan Seacrest hosts the beloved series, and famed multimedia personality Bobby Bones acts as in-house mentor.

"American Idol" is produced by Fremantle and Industrial Media's 19 Entertainment. Executive producers include Fremantle's Trish Kinane, also serving as showrunner, Jennifer Mullin, Megan Wolflick and Industrial Media's Chris Anokute. Fremantle distributes the series worldwide.

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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