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Big CBS Love to air American Idol's grand finale live in India

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MUMBAI: Big CBS Love is all set to live telecast the grand finale of singing reality show American Idol season 12 in India.

The telecast marks the first time ever that the finals of an international singing reality show will be aired live on Indian television screens.

The show will witness performances by the likes of the ex-judge Jennifer Lopez and international phenomenon PSY. The grand finale of American Idol Season 12 with the top two finalists Candice Glover and Kree Harrison and judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson will air on 17 May at 5.30 am with a repeat telecast on Friday and Saturday at 9 pm exclusively in India on Big CBS Love.

According to the channel, the American Idol season 12 grand finale promises to be a star-studded musical affair. Joining these stars during the finale will be two Indian singers who through the 'Love to Sing' contest conducted in association with Talenthouse India have won the "once-in-a-lifetime" opportunity to witness the show Live in Los Angeles.

Big CBS Networks business head Anand Chakravarthy said, "We constantly strive for excellence in terms of the quality of content we offer to our audiences. A show like American Idol which is followed by millions across the globe warrantees the need of a live telecast for its grand finale. We are extremely proud to be the first movers in introducing this trend and are confident that the show's loyal fan following in India will appreciate our efforts. The appeal of the show is sure to attract music lovers across the county while allowing us to provide an added value proposition to our advertisers."

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