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American Idol Returns This Week On Fox – Are You Excited?

January 15, 2012 10:00 AM by Lisa Princ

It feels like yesterday that Scotty McCreery was crowned the season 10 champion of American Idol on FOX, but it’s already time for the brand new season!Are you as excited as we are? Read on for the full schedule, so you are all set for the new season…

American Idol kicks off its eleventh season starting this Wednesday and Thursday, and according to FOX, here is a rundown of how the schedule will go until March (the first live elimination):

The incredible journey is about to begin as AMERICAN IDOL, America’s No. 1 show, returns for its remarkable 11th season. Featuring host Ryan Seacrest and returning judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler, AMERICAN IDOL is set to return with a two-night event showcasing the nation’s most extraordinary talent Wednesday, Jan. 18 and Thursday, Jan. 19. Auditions will continue with a special, extended primetime broadcast of AMERICAN IDOL Sunday, Jan. 22 (10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT), following the NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (6:00 PM-CC ET live/3:00 PM-CC PT live) on FOX.

The show’s judges – Jackson, Lopez and Tyler – traveled to Savannah, Aspen, Galveston, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Diego and St. Louis in search of contestants with the raw talent and potential to become the next AMERICAN IDOL. Auditions continue on Wednesday, Jan. 25 and Thursday, Jan. 26; Wednesday, Feb. 1 and Thursday, Feb. 2; and Wednesday, Feb. 8 on FOX. The contestants who impress the judges will head to Hollywood and be put to the ultimate test during the “Hollywood Rounds,” airing Thursday, Feb. 9; Wednesday, Feb. 15; and Thursday, Feb. 16.

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, those who make it through Hollywood must then take the “Performance Challenge,” where they face the judges one last time before the top male and top female semifinalists are revealed on Thursday, Feb. 23. The judges have their say after every performance, but it’s the viewing public that determines who will advance to the next round of the competition and who will go home. In the milestone 400th episode, airing on a special night, Tuesday, Feb. 28, the first group of semifinalists will take the stage to sing for America’s votes.

The following night, Wednesday, Feb. 29, the remaining semifinalists will perform. The competition takes an intense turn on the LIVE results show Thursday, March 1 as America’s vote reveals the first set of finalists, then those that remain will have one last chance to perform for the judges who will round out the 2012 AMERICAN IDOL finalists with their wild card picks. The following week, the competition heats up when the finalists take the stage on Wednesday, March 7. One finalist’s journey will end as America’s vote is revealed on Thursday, March 8.

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5 Responses to “American Idol Returns This Week On Fox – Are You Excited?”

  1. Wyatt Says:
    January 16th, 2012 at 1:23 am

    I was not all that interested until Steven Tyler joined the show and made it a lot of fun. He is about the best thing on TV and always keeps it fresh!

  2. Lisa Princ Says:
    January 16th, 2012 at 9:46 am

    I agree Wyatt! Steven Tyler is a breathe of fresh air, and always keeps us tuning in!

  3. annie Says:
    January 16th, 2012 at 10:50 am

    So glad bored, nasty Simon is gone. The show is about singers, not him.

  4. Mike Malone Says:
    January 16th, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Won’t be watching this year. Two twangy C & W singers as “America’s Idol” was too much to take.

  5. Letitia K Says:
    January 23rd, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Love me some American Idol excited about the new season. 2012 is going to be the best season yet.
    So far so good with GA and PA can’t wait to see what is next !!!!


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