Here are five things you need to know about “American Idol” as the Season 10 finale approaches.

Here are five things you need to know about “American Idol” as the Season 10 finale approaches.


1. The final three contestants are Lauren Alaina (from Rossville, Ga.), Scotty McCreery (Garner, N.C.) and Haley Reinhart (Wheeling, Ill.). One of them will be eliminated on Thursday, May 19.


2. The two finalists will perform on Tuesday, May 24. The Season 10 finale is at 8 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, May 25.


3. Lady Gaga and Taio Cruz will perform during the finale.


4. The top 11 Season 10 singers will be on tour this summer. Tickets are on sale now; go to the American Idols LIVE! 2011 Tour page for more information.


5. Want to be a Season 11 “Idol”? Audition dates have been announced – they will be held St. Louis, Portland, Ore., San Diego, Pittsburgh, Charleston, S.C., and Houston this summer.