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[03/23/09 - 12:38 PM]
FOX Reality Channel's Original Series "American Idol Extra" Premieres at a Special Time on Thursday, March 26
Smokey Robinson and Season 7 alum Brooke White will stop by during the season premiere.

[via press release from Fox Reality]

FOX REALITY CHANNEL'S ORIGINAL SERIES "AMERICAN IDOL EXTRA" PREMIERES AT A SPECIAL TIME ON THURSDAY, MARCH 26

Music Legend Smokey Robinson and Former Idol contestant Brooke White Scheduled to Appear on Debut Episode

LOS ANGELES � The fourth season of Fox Reality Channel's Original series, "American Idol Extra" premieres at a special time on Thursday, March 26th at 1a ET / 10p PT. "American Idol Extra" will return to its regular time slot on Thursdays at 7 &10p ET/PT with an exclusive sneak peek every Wednesday at 1a ET/10p PT beginning April 1.

"American Idol Extra" is the ultimate companion show to the pop-culture phenomenon "American Idol." Coming directly from the Idol stage, "American Idol Extra" gets the exclusive first in-depth interview with each of the Top 10 Idol contestants, moments after their emotional elimination.

Smokey Robinson is set to appear on the first episode of" American Idol Extra", following his special "50 Years of Motown" performance on "American Idol." Season 7 Idol contestant Brooke White will also stop by to give an update on her post-Idol life and perform the single "Hold Up My Heart" from her upcoming album, "High Hopes and Heartbreak."

This season on "American Idol Extra," Jillian Reynolds joins as the new Host and Ace Young as the new Co-Host. Former Idol contestant Constantine Maroulis returns periodically as a special field correspondent. The fourth season of "American Idol Extra" gives viewers more exclusive access and Idol insider scoop than ever before with exciting new segments, including Ace's "On Tour with�," where he hits the road with former Idol contestants David Cook, Kellie Pickler and Bo Bice on their respective tours. Also, for the first time, "American Idol" music director Rickey Minor will share his opinions and insights weekly with Jillian during "Rickey's Review."

ONLY Fox Reality Channel's original "American Idol Extra" is on-stage and backstage to bring viewers the WHOLE Idol story. Only American Idol Extra has exclusive musical performances by memorable Idol alums, behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Idol's movers and shakers.

ABOUT FOX REALITY CHANNEL

Fox Reality Channel launched in May 2005, to become the premier destination for lovers of unscripted programming. Fox Reality Channel is the only all-reality, all-the-time cable and satellite network featuring compelling original programming, never-before-seen U.S. premieres of international reality hits, and network favorites. Fox Reality Channel is available in nearly 50 million homes and can be accessed via broadband, mobile devices and other digital platforms such as iTunes� (excluding American Idol Extra). For more information on Fox Reality Channel programs and schedules, please visit foxreality.com.

ABOUT FREMANTLEMEDIA NORTH AMERICA

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is the U.S. production division of global media giant FremantleMedia. Based in Burbank, California, FMNA produces entertaining and innovative television programs for network, cable and syndicated platforms, including the Emmy-nominated musical/reality phenomenon "American Idol" (FOX), "American Idol Rewind" (syndicated), "American Idol Extra" (Fox Reality), "America's Got Talent" (NBC), "Celebrity Family Feud" (NBC), "The Osbournes: Reloaded" (FOX), "Hole In The Wall" (FOX), "Farmer Wants A Wife" (The CW), "The Phone" (MTV), "Rock The Cradle" (MTV), "Can You Duet" (CMT), "The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency" (Oxygen), "Match Game" (TBS), "Family Feud" (syndicated), "Million Dollar Password" (CBS), and the longest-running game show in television history, "The Price Is Right" (CBS).

ABOUT 19 ENTERTAINMENT LTD

Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment Ltd. is recognized as a lead creator, provider and promoter of globally successful entertainment and music brands of today. The company has attracted a unique team of exceptionally creative executives, who work together to integrate and leverage activity across television, sports, film, touring, merchandising, music publishing, recording and artist management. 19 Founder/CEO Simon Fuller has developed and managed some of the biggest entertainment properties of our time, with credits that include the creation of TV phenomenon AMERICAN IDOL, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, and the HBO series Little Britain USA. 19's unique talent includes legendary musical icon Annie Lennox, country music sensation Carrie Underwood, the pop group sensation Spice Girls, and IDOL alumni Chris Daughtry and David Cook, supermodel Claudia Schiffer and soccer icon David Beckham.





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