‘American Idol’ finale week kicks off with a look back at all 15 seasons

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HOLLYWOOD — For more than a decade, American Idol has been an Entertainment powerhouse launching the careers of some of the biggest names in music. This week, it all comes to an end with a three-night grand finale.

Tuesday, you can watch American Idol: American Dream starting at 8 p.m. The 90-minute retrospective will feature host Ryan Seacrest, current and former judges, former Idol winners and contestants. The behind-the-scenes team will share their personal Idol memories, as they reflect on what the show has meant to them and how it became the groundbreaking series that it is today. Original Idol judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson offer never-before-revealed stories about how Idol came to be. You might want the tissues close by as you take this nostalgic journey.

Wednesday: America’s most crucial – and last-ever – vote will take place when the remaining finalists battle it out live from Dolby Theatre. Starting at 8 p.m. American Idol’s two-part grand finale will be filled with surprise appearances and star-studded performances, including winners Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, who return to the Idol stage one last time to perform on Thursday, starting at 8 p.m.

The farewell celebration will continue, as Idol pays tribute to the past 15 seasons, the amazingly talented contestants and the millions of fans who called, tweeted, texted and championed their Idols, before the 15th and final American Idol is crowned.

In addition to superstars Clarkson and Underwood, Thursday’s final episode will have an all-star performance that includes Season 14 winner and Connecticut’s own Nick Fradiani before host Ryan Seacrest announces the results of America’s votes and the final Idol is crowned.

We’re certainly sad to see Idol go. Are you?