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A guide to 'American Idol' on TV this week: May 18 - 25

May 17, 2011 |  7:00 pm

"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.

Et-idol1 “The Insider” 7:30 p.m., Wednesday CBS: Cameron Diaz Backstory! -- The journey to Cameron Diaz's fame; the final three “American Idol” contestants. (N)

“American Idol” 8 p.m., Wednesday Fox: Three Finalists Compete -- The finalists each perform three songs. (N) (N)

“Dateline on E!” 10:30 p.m., Wednesday E!: Steven Tyler -- Steven Tyler discusses his past in rock 'n' roll and his present on “American Idol.”

“American Idol” 8 p.m., Thursday Fox: One of Three Voted Off -- A finalist is sent home; Il Volo performs; Nicole Scherzinger and 50 Cent perform. (N)

“Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew” 10 p.m., Thursday MTV: Nicki Minaj -- Dance crews from around the country compete. (N)



“The Graham Norton Show” 7 p.m., Saturday BBC America: Comic Bill Bailey; actress Jennifer Hudson.

“The Graham Norton Show” 10 p.m., Saturday BBC America: Comic Bill Bailey; actress Jennifer Hudson.

“Oprah Presents Master Class” 7 a.m., Sunday OWN: Simon Cowell -- Simon Cowell critiques himself.

“The 2011 Billboard Music Awards” 8 p.m., Sunday ABC: Festivities at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas recognize popular artists across a variety of genres for the fan support they've garnered; host Ken Jeong; performances include Jennifer Lopez, Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna and Keith Urban. (N)

“The E! True Hollywood Story” 9 a.m., Monday E!: Adam Lambert -- The American Idol runner-up launches his career.


“American Idol” 8 p.m., Tuesday Fox: Two Finalists Compete -- The remaining two finalists perform. (Part 1 of 2) (N)

“American Idol” 8 p.m., Wednesday Fox: Winner Announced -- (Season Finale) The top-13 finalists reunite on stage; the winner is announced. (Part 2 of 2) (N) (N)

-- Compiled by Ed Stockly



Photos: Lauren Alaina, top, Haley Reinhart and Scotty McCreery. Credit: Michael Becker / Fox