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A guide to 'American Idol' on TV this week: April 6th – 12th

April 5, 2011 |  7:31 pm

Et-liwtdknc "American Idol" has spawned dozens of celebrities who continue to make their mark on popular culture. Listed below are the highlights of TV programs airing during the next week related to "Idol," including appearances by contestants and judges, past and present.

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” 4 p.m. Wednesday NBC. Kelly Clarkson performs; in Orlando. (N)

“Behind the Music” 6 p.m. Wednesday VH1. Jennifer Lopez openly discusses her career and her life.

“The Insider” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday CBS. Simon Cowell. (N)

“American Idol” 8 p.m. Wednesday Fox. The contestants perform songs from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, accompanied by guitarist Jeff Beck. (N)

“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” 11:35 p.m. Wednesday NBC. Carrie Underwood (right). (N)

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” 4 p.m. Thursday NBC. Carrie Underwood. (N)

“Entertainment Tonight” 7 p.m. Thursday CBS. Carrie Underwood. (N)

“American Idol” 8 p.m. Thursday Fox. A contestant is eliminated; Constantine Maroulis performs. (N)

“Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew” 10 and 11 p.m. Thursday MTV. (Season Premiere) Dance crews from around the country compete. (N)

“Access Hollywood” 7:30 p.m. Friday NBC. The most recent “American Idol” castoff. (N)

Movie: The Wedding Planner” ** (2001) 9 p.m. Friday TBS. Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey. A lonely organizer falls for an engaged pediatrician while coordinating his wedding and reception. (PG-13)

“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” 11:35 p.m. Friday NBC. The most recently eliminated “American Idol” contestant. (N)

“Live With Regis and Kelly” 9 a.m. Monday ABC. The latest “American Idol” castoff performs. (N)

“Today” 7 a.m. Tuesday NBC. The latest contestant eliminated from “American Idol.” (N)

-- Compiled by Matt Cooper

Photo of Carrie Underwood: Neilson Barnard / Getty Images