Derry icon features on American Idol

Derry's Hands Across the Divide, which will have been seen by some 20million plus viewers across America, formed the backdrop to a performance of Luther Vandross' 'Dance with my Father' by contestant Jessica Sanchez
Derry's Hands Across the Divide, which will have been seen by some 20million plus viewers across America, formed the backdrop to a performance of Luther Vandross' 'Dance with my Father' by contestant Jessica Sanchez

One of Derry’s most iconic landmarks has featured in one of the world’s most watched television programme.

The Hands Across the Divide statue, the work of local sculptor Maurice Harron, formed the backdrop in a recent episode of reality show American Idol, aired on Fox in the States three weeks ago and here on ITV2 last week.

Eagle eyed Journal reader Catherine Healy flagged it up on the Derry Journal’s Facebook page, wondering if anyone else had seen it.

The ‘Journal’ contacted the show’s producers in Los Angeles, to find out how the image came to be used on the show, but as of yet they have not replied.

The Derry image, which will have been seen by some 20million plus viewers across America, formed the backdrop to a performance of Luther Vandross’ ‘Dance with my Father’ by contestant Jessica Sanchez - it has since been watched in excess of 800,000 times on YouTube.

Hands Across the Divide, made from bronze, welcomes visitors to the city as they cross the Craigavon Bridge

To view the American Idol video click here