‘American Idol’ Episode Guide (April 5): ‘Idol’ Retrospective Special

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‘American Idol’ Episode Guide (April 5): ‘Idol’ Retrospective Special

“American Dream” Special Presentation (04/05/16) – “American Idol,” the cultural phenomenon that changed the face of television and created some of today’s biggest music stars, will kick off its three-night Grand Finale week tonight, April 5 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT), with “American Idol: American Dream.”

The can’t-miss, 90-minute retrospective will feature host Ryan Seacrest, current and former judges, former IDOLs and contestants and the behind-the-scenes team sharing their personal IDOL memories, as they reflect on what the show has meant to them and how it became the groundbreaking series that it is today.

In addition to Seacrest, original IDOL judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson offer never-before-revealed stories about how IDOL came to be. This is a very special, inside look at the journey that IDOL has taken viewers on during its 15-season run.

The original music show phenomenon, “American Idol” returns for its farewell – and 15th – season in January 2016. Featuring host Ryan Seacrest and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr., the farewell celebration will pay tribute to the past 14 seasons, the amazingly talented contestants and the millions of fans who called, tweeted, texted and championed their “Idols.”

The audition journey will feature auditions from Denver, CO; Little Rock, AR; Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco, CA; and Atlanta, GA. Hopefuls from around the country will be given one last shot to sing for a ticket to Hollywood and become the final “American Idol.”

Once again, Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group and one of the most successful forces in the music industry today, returns as mentor to help shape the career of the competition’s winner.

“Idol” is the gold standard and the only TV singing competition show to produce hit recording artists. From the first-ever IDOL winner, Kelly Clarkson, who continues to dominate the charts with three Grammy Awards under her belt; to Season Four winner Carrie Underwood, who has sold 15 million albums worldwide, with 16 No. 1 singles and five Grammy Awards; to Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips, whose debut single, “Home,” has become the best-selling single of any “Idol” to date, “American Idol” is a bona fide cultural phenomenon. Additional “Idol” fan favorites include Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, Chris Daughtry, Kellie Pickler and Katharine McPhee, who have all become household names and made their marks on the recording industry.

“Idol’s” impact on the entertainment industry resonates beyond the scope of television. Over the past 13 seasons, “Idol” finalists have released more than 200 albums, scored 449 No.1 Billboard hits, garnered more than 250 million iTunes downloads and have been certified with 95 Gold and 83 Platinum records. “Idol” contestants have conquered Broadway, television and film and have won numerous awards and accolades, including American Country Music Awards, Country Music Awards, Grammy Awards and an Academy Award.

“American Idol” is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. The series was created by Simon Fuller.

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