American Idol 10 Finale to Air Tuesday May 24th and Wednesday May 25th!

UPDATE: Here’s a breakdown of the schedule:

Tuesday May 25 (No Glee on Tuesday)

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American Idol – 8-9p
Terra Nova – 9-10p

Wednesday May 25

American Idol 8-10:07 pm

I just heard from an inside source that the American Idol 10 finals will air on Tuesday May 24th and Wednesday May 25th.

My source is good, so believe it.

Makes sense. They get in that extra week of Idol, but still manage to stay within the all-important advertiser’s sweeps period, which ends on May 25th.

One more thing. If there’s a Top 13–10 contestants voted in 3 picked by each of the judges–it works out perfectly with this schedule.

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21 Comments

  1. Awesome job getting the scoop MJ! I can easily see it working with Glee too for the f2 performances.

    Now the question is whether Gaga’s really set for the finale or if she’s performing at f3 results.

  2. Now the question is whether Gaga’s really set for the finale or if she’s performing at f3 results.

    I bet they will do with her what they did last time. They’ll record her performance on the F3 results night and show it on the Finale (not that she was on the Finale, before, just that they recorded her stuff one week and showed it later. They do that a lot). She typically requires massive set pieces which cannot be quickly assembled, so it is tough to do live. Plus, it gives them more time to edit the camera angles to exactly her pleasing rather than edit them on the fly. The one trick is that they typically have the finale at a different theatre, but I’m sure they can figure out something for that.

  3. Umm, but they usually don’t tape the finale in the regular studio, so how could they pre-tape Gaga?

  4. Kirsten: That makes so much sense, thanks!

    Mateja: That’s also a great point but maybe they plan on blinding us with so many lasers, lights, and production thinking that we won’t notice that Gaga’s on a different stage?!

  5. Umm, but they usually don’t tape the finale in the regular studio, so how could they pre-tape Gaga?

    They could do what they do with IGB. They could pretend that the Finale is SO MASSIVE, they are doing it in two theatres. Nobody except those completely within the bubble will question it.

    They do start practicing early in the Nokia (or Kodak), so they could just get some Gaga fans to show up to be the audience a week early. I’m sure she’d have no problem getting a crowd.

  6. If I were on Team Gaga, I’d pretty much insist on the finale over F3. BTW drops 5/23; why would I send my artist on the biggest show on television to promote her album and make the iTunes-attuned audience wait a week to get it? Much better that she perform when it’s already available with big shiny iTunes banners so that people can find it.

  7. I think a lot of assumptions have been made, by the LadyGagaPromotions, twitter, AOL Music and Wiki, that the finale would occur on May 19 because if you count backwards, it works out perfectly to a Top 12.

    There’s been no official word from Gaga (that twitter turns out to be a fan twitter) or Idol. I’m guessing Gaga will perform live on May 25.

  8. One more bit of evidence for the finale on May 25: I just noticed that online TV Guide says one person will be eliminated on Thursday, Mar 10, the first S10 finals results show. If there are 13 contestants with the finale on May 19, there would likely be a double elimination on Mar 10 (there would have to be one at some point).

  9. MJ, isn’t that confusing with the audience? i thought, they moved everything to wed & thurs?

  10. I’m so glad the finale will run right on time and end promptly at 10:07 p.m. lol!

  11. I stil wish for a top 15 so my favourites can get through easier :(

  12. This is exactly what I was thinking, Idol wasn’t going to end outside of sweeps nor give up the last week of sweeps so moving back to Tue/Wed for the finale makes the most sense.

    I’m not so sure Gaga would want to perform with the 15 other acts that populate the finale. If I was her I’d want to have the entire F3 results show to myself. Let the washed up ancient acts and previous Idols perform on the finale.

  13. MJ, isn’t that confusing with the audience? i thought, they moved everything to wed & thurs?

    It will be well advertised that the days will change.

  14. Mateja:
    02/28/2011 at 4:25 pm
    Umm, but they usually don’t tape the finale in the regular studio, so how could they pre-tape Gaga?

    The Final and Finale are both done at The Nokia. I was at the Season 6 finale when Green Day performed. It looked live, but wasn’t. They were using The Kodak back then. They just let in the audience that was waiting in line, filmed GD, then put the audience back out in the street. We were all numbered so we didn’t lose our spots. On the actual show, it looked like Green Day was live. Gaga could do somehting like this.

  15. I’m kinda hoping they move the finale across the street to the Staples Center this year.

  16. I’m kinda hoping they move the finale across the street to the Staples Center this year.

    During the NBA playoffs? I doubt Kobe and the Lakers will be out by then and even if there’s no game the same day, I don’t think they can change the whole arena in a very short amount of time.

  17. What’s with the 10:07 finish time? I’m sure each and every minute is so earth-shatteringly noteworthy that they couldn’t possibly find 7 min to remove.

  18. Thanks MJ, planning to leave early from work both days so I can catch the East Coast Live feed.
    I don’t think I can wait around for 3 hours like what I have to do every Thursday now + no login to computer + not follow any twitter feed.
    Aghh !

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