Fox has put the finishing touches on its “American Idol” series finale plans, on Thursday announcing a three-night event that will feature performances and surprise appearances by successful alums and a 90-minute retrospective of the series that changed the face of television during its 15-season run.
As previously announced, the series finale of “American Idol” is set for Thursday, April 7 and will live air from 8 to 10:06 p.m. ET/tape-delayed in the West. The evening will include performances from winners Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, returning to the “Idol” stage one last time, as well as numerous others “Idol” faves from over the years including Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook and Kris Allen.
The retrospective “American Idol: American Dream” is set for Tuesday, April 5 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. It will feature host Ryan Seacrest, current and former judges, former Idols and contestants and the behind-the-scenees team sharing their personal “Idol” memories, as they reflect on what the show has meant to them and how it became such a groundbreaking series.
The following night, the final “American Idol” vote will take place when the remaining finalists battle it out live from Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The hourlong episode will air Wednesday, April 6 at 8.
“American Idol” is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. The series was created by Simon Fuller.