The show airs on the Fox network Tuesdays at 8 PM and Wednesdays at 9 PM (ET). Check your local listings. After narrowing down thousands of wannabe singers from auditions across the country, the audience votes upon who will make it through the next round each week. Music industry folk including singer-choreographer Paula Abdul, producer Randy Jackson and the infamous record exec Simon Cowell — who is known for his honest, at times brutal, comments — critique the contestants.
In the final weeks of the show, contestants are tested in different genres of music — country, Motown, etc. Manilow's own oeuvre was previously used as a theme on the show. The eleven current finalists in the popular making-a-pop-star reality series will each sing a song from the '50s this week.
Recording artist and songwriter Manilow collaborated with Bruce Sussman — who penned book and lyrics — on the musical Harmony. The work about a singing group in nazi-era Germany was originally staged at La Jolla Playhouse and slated for a pre-Broadway run in Philadelphia, but fell apart due to lack of funding. The work is featured on the album "Manilow Scores" with his previous score (with Sussman and Jack Feldman) Copacabana.
Manilow, the one-time accompanist to songstress Bette Midler, is known for such pop hits such as "Copacabana," "I Made It Through The Rain," "Can't Smile Without You," "Somewhere Down The Road," "Mandy" and "I Write the Songs."
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