May 23, 2007 12:29 PM by Joe Blackmon
Americanidol.com, a unit of Fox
Interactive Media (FIM), today announced online plans for the upcoming
season finale of “American Idol” scheduled for May 23 at 8pm EST. The
show’s official site will feature exclusive live Webcast coverage from
The Kodak Theater red carpet May 23 from 6:00-8:00pm EST (3:00-5:00pm
PST) before the live telecast of the “American Idol” finale.
Season five top 12 contestant Lisa Tucker and Americanidol.com’s own James Pumphrey will serve as correspondents on the red carpet conducting exclusive interviews with the contestants, Hollywood celebrities and “American Idol” judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell. In addition, the pre-show coverage will be available on demand after this year’s “American Idol” is crowned. Fans can also visit Americanidol.com to check out videos of the two finalists and all of their performances throughout this year’s entire season.
“The season finale is the most exciting time for fans of ‘American Idol’ and we are committed to bringing that excitement online to millions of fans by providing exclusive pre-show LIVE video coverage, photos and interviews to the site,” said Jeff King, Vice President and General Manager of Americanidol.com. “With the added coverage and downloads, fans will be able to visit the site and enjoy content from the finalists, even after the finale is over and a winner is crowned.”
Americanidol.com is the most-visited broadcast network television show Web site among a category of selected shows from the six leading broadcast networks, according to Hitwise, the leading online competitive intelligence service measuring 10 million US Internet users. The Web site is home to the Internet’s largest “American Idol” community, powered by MyIdol. The custom-built MyIdol community is the ultimate hub where fans can create their own “Idol” profile and share blogs, personal photos, play games and more as they connect with contestants and fellow fans.
The site also features in-depth, behind-the-scenes coverage including exclusive photos and video from auditions and all of the backstage action. Throughout this year’s season, Americanidol.com has continued to update content and offered exclusive exit interviews from contestants, fashion tips from idol experts and idol tour info. In addition to allowing fans the opportunities to get closer to their favorite finalists, die-hard fans of the music also have the ability to stream performances and purchase extended recordings from the top 12 each week via digital download in MP3 format.