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A guide to 'American Idol' on TV this week: May 11 - 18

May 10, 2011 |  7:00 pm


Et-idolfinal4  "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 Insider” 7:30 p.m., Wednesday CBS: “American Idol.” (N)

“American Idol” 8 p.m., Wednesday Fox: Four Finalists perform the songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller; Lady Gaga mentors the finalists. (N)

“Dateline on E!” 10 p.m., Wednesday E!: Steven Tyler discusses his past in rock-and-roll and present on American Idol. (N)

“True Hollywood Story” Midnight, Wednesday KDOC: American Idol: Girls Rule -- Kelly Clarkson; Fantasia Barrino; Carrie Underwood.

“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” 12:37 a.m., Wednesday NBC: Keith Richards; Jennifer Hudson and Jakob Dylan perform. (N)

“Dateline on E!” 5:30 p.m., Thursday E!: Steven Tyler discusses his past in rock-and-roll and present on American Idol.

“Entertainment Tonight” 7 p.m., Thursday CBS: American Idol: The Final Four! (N)

“The Insider” 7:30 p.m., Thursday CBS: “American Idol”; Steven Tyler. (N)

“American Idol” 8 p.m., Thursday Fox:  A finalist is sent home; premiere of the video for Steven Tyler's “(It) Feels so Good”; Jordin Sparks performs. (N)

“Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew” 10 p.m., Thursday MTV: Justin Bieber. (N)

“Access Hollywood” 7:30 p.m., Friday NBC: “American Idol.” (N)

“The Bernie Mac Show” Noon, Sunday BET: That Old Mac Magic -- Bernie's performance in a commercial is critiqued by “American Idol” judges Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.

“Live With Regis and Kelly” 9 a.m., Monday ABC: Jimmy Kimmel; Jane Lynch; the latest “American Idol” castoff performs. (N)

“The View” 10 a.m., Monday ABC: Randy Jackson; Suze Orman. (N)

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

“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” 12:37 a.m., Tuesday NBC: Randy Jackson; chef Mario Batali; Death Cab for Cutie performs; Robert Randolph performs with the Roots. (N)

“The E! True Hollywood Story” 9 a.m., Wednesday E!: Jennifer Lopez.

“The E! True Hollywood Story” 11 a.m., Wednesday E!: Steven Tyler and his daughter Liv Tyler.

“American Idol” 8 p.m., Wednesday Fox: Three finalists perform. (N)

-- Compiled by Ed Stockly

 Photo: The Final 4: Haley Reinhart, left, Scotty McCreery, James Durbin and Lauren Alaina. Credit: Michael Becker / FOX.

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