The countdown has begun to the biggest night on television ... the American Idol season finale. This record-breaking fifth season continues to captivate viewers with talented contestants, stellar guest artists and dynamic weekly performances. When the competition is whittled down to the final two contestants, they will battle it out live from the renowned Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Tuesday, May 23 (8:00-9:00 PM live ET/tape-delayed PT) on FOX. On Wednesday, May 24 (8:00-10:00 PM live ET/tape-delayed PT), the newest American Idol will be crowned before thousands of fans and millions of television viewers.

The explosive fifth season of American Idol has surpassed last year's ratings by 13% among Adults 18-49, 10% among Adults 18-34, 4% among Teens and 14 in Total Viewers (31.1 Mil vs. 27.2 Mil).

Fourteen-time Emmy-nominated American Idol is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, founder of 19 Entertainment. Fuller has made music history in the UK and the U.S.A., producing a stream of No. 1 hits and managing multi-platinum-selling acts. Fuller recently became the world's most successful manager breaking a record set by the Beatles manager Brian Epstein in the 1960s when three of his artists occupied the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 positions on the U.S. single chart as well as the No. 1 position on the album chart. 19 Entertainment has been involved in the creation of 109 No. 1 singles and 87 No. 1 albums in the UK alone, with an impressive tally of 296 Top-40 albums and 465 Top-40 singles.