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'American Idol' to perform for Memorial Day in DC

Thursday - 5/9/2013, 5:00pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The winner of "American Idol" next week will perform the national anthem for the National Memorial Day Concert on the Capitol lawn in Washington.

Organizers are announcing plans Thursday for the Memorial Day festivities. Actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise will host the program again this year. The concert will be televised May 26 on PBS.

The lineup of entertainers will include actor Ed Harris, "Dancing with the Stars" finalist Katherine Jenkins, singer Chris Mann, who was a finalist on "The Voice," and tenor Alfie Boe. They will perform with the National Symphony Orchestra.

For several years, the concert has included performers from "American Idol." This year's winner to be chosen May 16 will perform the national anthem and will return on July 4 to perform for Independence Day.


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