American Idol Series Finale

TVLine Items: Idol Faves Join Finale, 'Welcome to Hulu, The O.C.' and More

Before crowning its final champion, American Idol will welcome back two of its most successful victors.

Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood are set to perform on Idol’s series finale, airing Thursday, April 7, at 8/7c. The divas will take the stage as part of Fox’s three-night Grand Finale event, beginning with the 90-minute retrospective American Idol: American Dream on Tuesday, April 5, at 8 pm.

The last-ever performance show will then air April 6 at 8 pm, leading up to Idol‘s swan song the following night. In addition to Clarkson and Underwood, a whole slew of Idol alumni will return for the series finale, including Season 6 standout — and our own Michael Slezak’s Reality Check co-host — Melinda Doolittle.

Also confirmed for the final episode (deep breath!): Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery, Candice Glover, Caleb Johnson, Nick Fradiani, Ace Young, Allison Iraheta, Amber Holcomb, Blake Lewis, Bo Bice, Brandon Rogers, Bucky Covington, Carly Smithson, Casey James, Chris Daughtry, Clark Beckham, Clay Aiken, Colton Dixon, Constantine Maroulis, Danny Gokey, Diana DeGarmo, Elliott Yamin, George Huff, James Durbin, Jessica Sanchez, Josh Gracin, Joshua Ledet, Justin Guarini, Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler, Kimberley Locke, Kree Harrison, LaToya London, Lauren Alaina, Pia Toscano, Sanjaya, Skylar Laine and Tamyra Gray — with more to come.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* As part of a new deal with Warner Bros. TV, Hulu will begin streaming The O.C. in April, while Southland, Smallville and Rizzoli & Isles will become available later this year.

* Season 2 of PlayStation’s comic-book drama Powers will premiere Tuesday, May 31. The first three episodes will become available at noon PT, with subsequent episodes released every Tuesday thereafter.

* Starz announced Thursday that The Dresser — its TV-movie adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s play, starring Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Anthony Hopkins — will premiere Monday, May 30, at 9/8c. Watch a trailer below:

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34 Comments
  1. Kate says:

    I sort of wonder if Kelly Clarkson’s is sort of more of a tentative plan…you know because she’s about to burst, and almost was when she was on there like two weeks ago.

  2. Charile from Revolution STINKS says:

    No Jennifer Hudson? Hmmm …

  3. I read the name “Melinda Doolittle” and I passed out with joy. ABOUT DAMN TIME they invited her back!

  4. MyFavoriteSong says:

    Kelly said that trip to LA for her recent AI performance was her last per her doctor. Betcha she has prerecorded something which AI won’t admit in advance. She sure won’t be there in person and appearing via video is not the same. Makes me wonder if those on that long laundry list of former contestants will be there in person? So glad when the casket is lowered on this show. Should have been down after Phil Philips season.

  5. MyFavoriteSong says:

    Kelly said that trip to LA for her recent AI performance was her last per her doctor. Betcha she has prerecorded something which AI won’t admit in advance. She sure won’t be there in person and appearing via video is not the same. Makes me wonder if those on that long laundry list of former contestants will be there in person? So glad when the casket is lowered on this show.
    Should have been done after Phil Philips season.

  6. Steven says:

    Oh no not Sanjaya…

  7. Lululimon says:

    Kelly Clarkson prerecorded her performance, and the rumor is that it’s a 10 song medley of her hits finishing with A Moment Like This.

  8. MW says:

    so… no Haley Reinhart?

  9. I want Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams at this dang finale!!

  10. Jennifer Adams says:

    Joshua Ledet, Melinda and David Cook. My prayers are answered.

    • Max1 says:

      But all those idols aren’t getting individual performances. Are they going to have some group numbers or just bring them. Onto stage

  11. Max2 says:

    Is Archuleta still on his Mormon mission? I’d like to see him.

    Is it a Final 3 instead of Final 2? All 4 are going on hometown visits & my cable listing have Top 3 perform at Dolby Theater on Finale part 1 on 4/6

  12. Kayk says:

    Awwwww, a series finale including all these former contestants but NO Adam Lambert OR Hayley Reinhart? Now I am extra sad! They will be missed!

    • Terry says:

      2 of the best ever to come out of Idol right there! I’m sad too they won’t be there but they did already come back and perform this season, so that’s good at least. And with all those alums appearing they probably wouldn’t get much air time on the finale anyway.

  13. Dagnabit. Now that I’ve already bought most of the Rizzoli and Isles episodes (before it turned into a lackluster show) they put it on Hulu?

  14. Emily says:

    Oh, God.

    I hear the phantom voice of Kristen Baldwin yelling PUT THE GO IN GOKEY.

  15. Trent says:

    Jena Irene? Jax? Archuleta? Phillip Phillips?

    • Terry says:

      I’m not surprised about Jax and P2, they didn’t just burn that bridge, they took a blow torch to it, hahah. I guess if you bite the hand that feeds you, it’s going to stop feeding you! Not sure why Archie or Jena wouldn’t want to attend, they are both second place finishers so I’m pretty certain they would have been invited.

  16. HTGR says:

    HMm no Haley?