If you turned on your TV on Monday with the intention of seeing the judges and competitors of “American Idol,” you may have been disappointed when you instead saw a fuzzy blue puppet.
Normally, season 19 of the singing competition is on Sunday and Monday nights. However, Sunday night was the Academy Awards. This means ABC was quite occupied the entire night.
What Replaced ‘American Idol?’
Then, “American Idol” ran into yet another roadblock for the Monday night premiere. ABC decided to air the “Sesame Street: 50 Years of Sunny Days” special instead of the singing competition. It was a two-hour special starting at 8 p.m. ET.
The network was honoring 50 years in which the Sesame Street characters have been teaching new things to the kids watching. The show actually reached this milestone in 2019, but the special is just now being released.
According to Popculture, the special was produced by TIME Studios. Stevie Wonder performed the classic Sesame Street song “Sunny Days.” Other guests on the show included First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, John Oliver, Angelina Jolie, Whoopi Goldberg, Gloria Estefan, Dr. Anthony Fauci, John Legend, Lucy Liu, Olivia Munn, Rosie Perez, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, W. Kamau Bell, Christopher Jackson, Usher, and Chrissy Teigen.
Although it premiered on Monday, it can now be streamed on Hulu as well.
The classic children’s show has had a massive impact on the television industry. The show worked to teach children a variety of topics. Oftentimes, these lessons could be important social issues like racial justice and equality. The 50th-anniversary show looked to reflect on the show’s important social impact.
When Will the Singing Competition Return?
“American Idol” took a break this week after ABC was fully booked on both Sunday and Monday. The show will be sticking to its normal schedule for the rest of the season.
The show will return next week on Sunday, May 2. “American Idol” is down to just a handful of competitors during the live performances. When the show returns, contestants will take part in Disney night.
The contestants left so far are Alyssa Wray, Grace Kinstler, Willie Spence, Cassandra Coleman, Caleb Kennedy, Casey Bishop, Hunter Metts, Chayce Beckham, and Deshawn Goncalves.
There’s a big twist around the corner, too. The “Comeback Contestant” will be announced on May 2. This is one contestant from last season that will be taking the last spot in the top 10. The most recent episode of the show featured 10 finalists from the past season taking the stage. These contestants never got to perform on the official stage due to the pandemic.
The episode on May 2 reveals which person got the most votes and is being added to this season.