By Peter White for Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: American Idol is heading into its Showstoppers round but is already planning a 20th birthday celebration with some familiar faces.
The ABC series is bringing back a slew of Idol alums – dubbed The Great Idol Reunion – for its May 2 episode.
These stars from the past will get on to the Idol stage at Television City to sing together. They include Ruben Studdard, Jordin Sparks, Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery, David Cook, Kris Allen, Laine Hardy, Laci Kaye Booth, Maddie Poppe, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Willie Spence and Grace Kinstler.
Studdard, who won the second season of Idol, will be singing with Sparks, who won the sixth season; Alaina, the runner up in season ten, will be singing with McCreery, who won that season; Cook, who won the seventh season, will be paired with Allen, winner of season eight; Hardy, who won season 17, is teamed up with Laci Kaye Booth, who was in the top five that season; Poppe, who won season 16, is singing with Hutchinson, who was runner up that year; Spence, who was on season 19, is singing with Kinstler, who came third last year.