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A guide to 'American Idol' on TV this week: May 4 - 11

May 3, 2011 |  7:55 pm

Et-idol5  "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.

“Access Hollywood” 7:30 p.m., Wednesday NBC: Jennifer Lopez; Kate Hudson; Rob Lowe; “Dancing With the Stars.” (N)

“American Idol” 8 p.m., Wednesday Fox: Five finalists each perform a current song and one from the 1960s. (N)

“Live With Regis and Kelly ” 9 a.m., Thursday ABC: Kate Hudson; Jennifer Hudson performs. (N)

“The Insider” 7:30 p.m., Thursday CBS: “American Idol”; “The Big Bang Theory”; “Community”; “Wipeout.” (N)

“American Idol” 8 p.m., Thursday Fox: A finalist is sent home; Jennifer Lopez performs with Pitbull; Lady Antebellum performs. (N)

“Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew” 10 p.m., Thursday MTV: The six remaining crews dance to the music of Rihanna. (N)

“Access Hollywood Live” 11 a.m., Friday NBC: Jennifer Lopez. (N)

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

“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” 11:35 p.m., Friday NBC: Steven Tyler; The Civil Wars perform. (N)

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

“Behind the Music” 10 p.m., Monday VH1: Jennifer Hudson finds success in spite of an early elimination from “American Idol.”

“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” 11:35 p.m., Monday NBC: Jennifer Lopez; Chris Colfer; BC Jean performs. (N)

“Today” 7 a.m., Tuesday NBC: The latest contestant eliminated from “American Idol”; author Paul Reiser (“Familyhood”); groundbreaking new hotels; Chelsea Handler; Andy Samberg. (N)

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show” 4 p.m., Tuesday NBC: Jennifer Lopez; Rosie Huntington-Whiteley; Stevie Nicks performs. (N)

“Conan” 11 p.m., Tuesday TBS: Jennifer Lopez; Demetri Martin; Al Madrigal performs. (N)

“Lopez Tonight” Midnight, Tuesday TBS: Jennifer Lopez; Chris Hemsworth. (N)

“American Idol” 8 p.m., Wednesday Fox: Four Finalists Compete. (N)

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

-- Compiled by Ed Stockly

 Photo: Clockwise from left, James Durbin, Lauren Alaina, Jacob Lusk, Scotty McCreery and Hayley Reinhart. Credit: Michael Becker / FOX.