'Idol' Set to Stomp the Competition

5/23/2006 2:17 PM PDT

'Idol' Set to Stomp the Competition

Former 'Idol' winners Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood will perform tonight but, ironically, not on 'American Idol.' Clarkson and Underwood will take the stage at the '41st Academy of Country Music Awards' airing against 'Idol' on CBS.

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Tonight FOX airs the first of 'American Idol's' two-part finale with the final two, Katharine McPhee and Taylor Hicks, performing three songs each.

For those viewers looking for some horror of the non-'Idol' variety, ABC is airing Stephen King's 'Desperation' against the ratings powerhouse and the author is none too pleased. King writes on his website, "I will know if you watch 'American Idol' and if something bad happens to you, it will be your own fault."

Over at NBC, the network is apparently throwing in the towel to 'Idol' and airing back-to-back episodes of 'Outrageous TV Moments.'