Monday, January 9, 2012

American Idol Returns January 18th with Traveling Auditions

American Idol returns for its 11th season on Wednesday, January 18, 8 pm, with auditions that night, the following night and on Sunday, January 22nd, 10 pm, just after the NFC Championship Game (football) on FOX. 

The audition shows, taped in advance, take place in Savannah, Aspen, Galveston, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Diego and St. Louis, which will go on through early February.  They'll be followed by the "Hollywood Rounds,” airing in mid February.

On Wednesday, February 22, those who make it through to Hollywood compete in the “Performance Challenge” where they face the judges one last time before the top male and top female semifinalists are revealed the next night.

That's when the audience votes start to count and the competition continues with two nights of viewing each week until the finale during the May ratings sweeps. 

Here's the schedule for the first two months of Idol:

Wednesday, Jan. 18    
Season Premiere, Part 1
Thursday, Jan. 19
Season Premiere, Part 2
Sunday, Jan. 22          
Auditions Episode (Special Night - 10 pm)
Wednesday, Jan. 25
Auditions Episode
Thursday, Jan. 26
Auditions Episode
Wednesday, Feb. 1
Auditions Episode
Thursday, Feb. 2
Auditions Episode
Wednesday, Feb. 8
Auditions Episode
Thursday, Feb. 9
Hollywood Round, Part 1
Wednesday, Feb. 15
Hollywood Round, Part 2
Thursday, Feb. 16
Hollywood Round, Part 3
Wednesday, Feb. 22
Performance Challenge
Thursday, Feb. 23
Semifinalists Announced
Tuesday, Feb. 28
Semifinalists Perform (400 Episode)
Wednesday, Feb. 29
Semifinalists Perform
Thursday, March 1
Semifinalists Announced, Judges’ Wild Card Pics
Wednesday, March 7
Finalists Perform
Thursday, March 8
Results Show; First Elimination

Tens of thousands of hopefuls from across the country audition each year to be the American Idol.  Following the judge's comments after each performance, telephone, text message and online voting by the audience begins with the results announced during the following night’s broadcast.

The competition is whittled down to two finalists who compete for a major recording contract and the American Idol title.  Past winners have been Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze and Scotty McCreery.  Others who didn't make it to the very end, did nonetheless become stars, including Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry.

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