American Idol will host the series' two-night grand finale from a new home at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE Tuesday, May 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) and Wednesday, May 21 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on Fox. After weeks of performing on the American Idol stage, the two remaining finalists will perform live Tuesday in front of a theater audience of over 7000 as well as millions of viewers watching at home. Then, on Wednesday night, at the end of a two-hour music celebration, Ryan Seacrest will announce the next American Idol
Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE hosts more than 120 music, family, dance and comedy acts, award shows, televised productions, conventions and product launches annually. Since opening its doors in October 2007, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE has hosted the Eagles and Dixie Chicks, Sugarland, Queens of the Stone Age, Neil Young, Anita Baker, the American Music Awards, Mary J. Blige, the "So You Think You Can Dance" Tour, John Mayer, Bjork, John Fogerty, Tori Amos and George Lopez.
Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE will be the heart and soul of L.A. LIVE, the 4 million square foot sports, residential and entertainment district of downtown Los Angeles. Located adjacent to the Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center, L.A. LIVE will ultimately become the primary event center for people seeking sports and entertainment offerings in a unique urban environment.
American Idol is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, founder and CEO of 19 Entertainment; and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; Nigel Lythgoe, President, 19 Television; and Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.