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'American Idol': Top 10 get sprinkled with Disney magic as journey continues

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Tue, Apr 16th 2019 10:10 am
`American Idol` (Top 10 Reveal)`- The search for America's next superstar continues on ABC. Pictured, from left, are finalists Walker Burroughs, Laci Kaye Booth, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, Laine Hardy, Wade Cota, Alejandro Aranda, Uche, Dimitrius Graham, Madison Vandenburg and Alyssa Raghu. (ABC photo by Eric McCandless)
"American Idol" (Top 10 Reveal)"- The search for America's next superstar continues on ABC. Pictured, from left, are finalists Walker Burroughs, Laci Kaye Booth, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon, Laine Hardy, Wade Cota, Alejandro Aranda, Uche, Dimitrius Graham, Madison Vandenburg and Alyssa Raghu. (ABC photo by Eric McCandless)

Rebel Wilson serves as mentor to contestants

Sunday will also kick off coast-to-coast simul-vote for first time this season

“American Idol’s” Top 10 contestants head to “The Happiest Place On Earth,” Disneyland Park in Anaheim, to prepare for the next phase of the competition, “Disney Night.” The finalists will be joined by celebrity mentor Rebel Wilson, who will offer up her pitch-perfect expertise as the superstar hopefuls prepare for their Disney-themed performances.

Additionally, all-star judges Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie will perform a timeless Disney song in Disneyland Park’s Fantasyland. The Top 10 will then return to the iconic Idol stage in Los Angeles to perform fan-favorite Disney songs, in hopes of winning America’s heart and vote for a spot in the Top 8. Joining the Top 10 to perform the beloved song “Under the Sea” from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” is singer and actress Lea Michele. Also, America’s sweethearts, ABC’s season one “American Idol” winner, Maddie Poppe, and runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson, return to the stage to sing a Disney classic during a special duet performance.

The magic takes place Sunday (8-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

After making history last season as the first reality competition series on American television to allow viewers to watch and vote from coast to coast simultaneously, “American Idol” kicks off its simulcast once again in all time zones across the country. For this episode, viewers will be able to vote by text, via AmericanIdol.com/vote and on the “American Idol” app during the show. Results will be revealed at the end of the show in real time, across all time zones.

The episode will be rebroadcast during its normal time slot on the West Coast.

ABC to Air ‘American Idol: Meet Your Finalists’ Special

On the heels of Sunday night’s performances and reveal of the remaining contestants, ABC will air “American Idol: Meet Your Finalists,” a two-hour special. The episode will take a deep-dive into each finalist’s journey on “American Idol” thus far, highlighting new, never-before-seen songs, stories, performances and footage from “American Idol,” as well as revisiting favorite moments from this season. America will have a chance to get to know each finalist individually as they share their stories in hopes of capturing America’s heart and future vote on Monday, April 22 (8-10 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Live performance shows and voting will resume with an all-new episode on Sunday, April 28.

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