WEEK AHEAD: The Final Idol Battle
Plus: Madonna hits the road, The Academy of Country Music Awards goes to Vegas, and more
Katharine McPhee and Taylor Hicks try to sing their way to the Idol crown on FOX on Wednesday. PEOPLE looks at the big night, plus other events to watch for in the coming week:
SUNDAY, MAY 21: If Madonna has her way, she’s “going to turn the world into one big dance floor.” She’s already got a solid start: The Material Mom is taking her Confessions tour – which kicks off in Los Angeles’s Forum – across the universe through the fall.
TUESDAY, MAY 23: The country world is hitting Sin City: Reba McEntire hosts The Academy of Country Music Awards, broadcast live on CBS from Las Vegas’ MGM Grand at 8 p.m. ET. American Idol champ Carrie Underwood (whose “Jesus, Take the Wheel” is nominated for song of the year), Kenny Chesney, Big & Rich and Rascal Flatts will take the stage at the gala event.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 24: America will have its final say about who’s the next American Idol – Katharine McPhee or Taylor Hicks. After Tuesday’s final performance show, both finalists will be keeping their fingers crossed that they’ll get the chance to be the next Kelly, Carrie, Fantasia or Ruben in the two-hour finale (FOX at 8 p.m. ET).
FRIDAY, MAY 26: Katie Couric will bid good-bye to her Today show pals when she makes her final appearance on the morning show (NBC at 7 a.m. ET). “I know it’s going to be really tough and really surreal,” she tells PEOPLE.
TV FINALES: Go back to the beginning as we learn how the women of Wisteria Lane became pals in the two-hour season finale of Desperate Housewives (ABC at 9 p.m. ET). Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) and her gang of spies will have their final mission when Alias has its show finale (ABC at 8 p.m. ET). And Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) will end another harrowing day in the season finale of 24 (FOX at 8 p.m.).
NEW THIS WEEK:
• Movies (now in theaters): The Da Vinci Code, starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou; Over the Hedge, voiced by Bruce Willis, Steve Carell, Gary Shandling and Wanda Sykes; The King, starring Gael Garcia Bernal and William Hurt
• Music (in stores Tuesday): Dixie Chicks, Taking the Long Way; American Idol: Season 5 Encores; Johnny Cash, Personal File; Michael Bolton, Bolton Swings Sinatra; Angels and Airwaves, We Don’t Need to Whisper; Huey Lewis & The News, Greatest; X Men: The Last Stand (soundtrack)
• DVDs (in stores Tuesday): Transamerica; High School Musical; The Closer: The Complete First Season; Bloodrayne; Dog Whisperer with Cesar Milian: The Complete First Season; Deadwood: The Complete Second Season; Cheaper By the Dozen 2; Kingdom of Heaven