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The White House is hosting a talent show. Seriously.

Call it "American Idol: White House." Or something like that.

Semifinalist: "It was the week when David Archuleta sang John Lennon's 'Imagine' and really moved me," says Sterling resident June Sumiyoshi, 35, a senior designer at AOL Money and Finance, of Fox's "American Idol." "I'm especially proud of the expressive Peep judges representing Randy, Paula and Simon."

The White House is hosting its first ever talent show next week. Yes, you read that right. There's going to be a talent show at the White House.

By all indications this one should be a bit higher caliber than what you're used to: school auditoriums filled with the sounds of squeaky violins or "Waiting for Guffman"-style community theater productions.

First lady Michelle Obama and the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities will host the show Tuesday. Celebrities including actors Sarah Jessica Parker, Kal Penn and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. It is part of a week of activities, dinners and school visits to showcase the importance of arts and music education.

(#TBT to Carrie Underwood on "American Idol") 

But the show does have a serious side: It will showcase performances by participants in Turnaround Arts, a program implemented in low-performing schools to help increase student achievement through the arts. Turnaround Arts is a program administered through the President's Committee on Arts and the Humanities. Students in the show come from schools across the country, including Boston, Bridgeport, Conn., Des Moines, Lame Deer, Mont., New Orleans, Portland, Ore., and Washington, D.C.

According to the White House, the performance will be followed by an event that showcases programs that integrate the arts into other classroom subjects.

No word on whether J.Lo will be judging.

This post has been updated with the names of celebrities who will attend the talent show and additional information about events. 

Katie Zezima is a national political correspondent covering the 2016 presidential election. She previously served as a White House correspondent for The Post.



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