American Idol 11 Schedule Through March

Here’s the American Idol 11 schedule through March, when the first week of finals begin.  There are no changes to the format from last season.

There are 8 audition episodes (including a special episode to air after the NFC Championship game on Sunday January 22).  Three Hollywood Episodes,  The Las Vegas Performance challenge (Top 60 sing 50s songs, reportedly) and the semi-finalists reveal.

The semi-finals will once again be sudden death, with the Top 24(?) performing over two nights.  The second semi-final show will be a special broadcast to celebrate American Idol’s 4ooth show.

The finalists will be revealed, including Judges’ Wildcards on Thursday March 1.

The finalists will perform for the first time on Tuesday, March 7, with the results show airing the second night on March 8.

Read the press release below:

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 8/7c and Thursday, Jan. 19 8/7c. Auditions will continue with a special, extended primetime broadcast of AMERICAN IDOL Sunday, Jan. 22 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC Championship Game 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 8/7c and Thursday, Jan. 26 8/7c; Wednesday, Feb. 1 8/7c and Thursday, Feb. 2 8/7c; and Wednesday, Feb. 8 8/7c 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 8/7c; Wednesday, Feb. 15 8/7c; and Thursday, Feb. 16 8/7c.

On Wednesday, Feb. 22 8/7c, 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 8/7c.

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 8/7c, the first group of semifinalists will take the stage to sing for America’s votes.

The following night, Wednesday, Feb. 29 8/7c, the remaining semifinalists will perform. The competition takes an intense turn on the two-hour LIVE results show Thursday, March 1 8/7c 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 8/7c. One finalist’s journey will end as America’s vote is revealed on Thursday, March 8 8/7c.

Wednesday, Jan. 18 (8:00-10:00 PM)           Season Premiere, Part 1 – Savannah, GA
Thursday, Jan. 19 (8:00-9:00 PM)                 Season Premiere, Part 2 – Pittsburgh, PA
Sunday, Jan. 22  (10-11PM ET/7-8 PM PT)  San Diego Auditions (Special Broadcast)
Wednesday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM)             Aspen Auditions
Thursday, Jan. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM)                 Galveston Auditions
Wednesday, Feb. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM)               Portland Auditions
Thursday, Feb. 2 (8:00-9:00 PM)                   St. Louis Auditions
Wednesday, Feb. 8 (8:00-9:00 PM)               Hollywood Round, Part 1
Thursday, Feb. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM)                   Hollywood Round, Part 2
Wednesday, Feb. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM)          Hollywood Round, Part 3
Thursday, Feb. 16 (8:00-9:00 PM)                Performance Challenge
Wednesday, Feb. 22 (8:00-10:00 PM)           Semifinalists Announced Part 1
Thursday, Feb. 23 (8:00-9:00 PM)                 Semifinalists Announced Part 2
Tuesday, Feb. 28 (8:00-10:00 PM)                Semifinalists Perform
Wednesday, Feb. 29 (8:00-10:00 PM)           Semifinalists Perform
Thursday, March 1 (8:00-10:00 PM)              Results Show; Finalists Announced & Judges’ Wild Card Picks Revealed (ET live/PT tape-delayed)
Wednesday, March 7 (8:00-10:00 PM)          Finalists Perform
Thursday, March 8 (8:00-9:00 PM)                Results Show; First Elimination (ET live/PT tape-delayed)


  • http://twitter.com/blkeener Brittany Keener

    I’m assuming we are getting a T13 again. Otherwise, the finale would fall rather early, the week of 15-17….

    Also from the way they worded it. Looks like semis & the first week of finals are not live. Same as last year.

  • Kesia Monteith

    Oh goodness, three and a half weeks of auditions. Just pointless. I wish it would be one week, three days in a row, two hours each, a special hour next week, and we are done with auditions. I blame FOX for forcing Idol to drag this out, because there is an audience who find freaks, weirdos and delusional idiots–that waste their time auditioning, and that take up 50% of most audition shows–funny.

  • Anonymous

    So excited! I am probably in the minority here who likes the auditions-I love picking out favorites and it makes me excited for Hollywood if they have a great audition.

  • larc

    I’m assuming we are getting a T13 again. Otherwise, the finale would fall rather early, the week of 15-17….

    We probably got only a partial schedule since Idol didn’t want to tip anybody off that there will be 13 finalists.  But they undoubtedly already know how many there will be and think people won’t bother to count the weeks.

  • Anonymous

    I’m really interested to see what the show on the 28th for the 400th episode entails. I wonder if they will be bringing back a lot of old contestants.

  • http://twitter.com/HaleysShindig Musicality

    Me too. Hopefully it will be an Idol alum love fest kinda night. 

  • Kylee

    I would love that-maybe all 10 of the winners can all do a song together. But Scotty will also be on tour with Brad, so I’m not sure if they would be able to do that. Maybe just some alumni instead.

  • Anonymous

    I would love to see them bring back the old contestants for the 400th episode.  I’m such a dork about it but I LOVE getting to see old Idol contestants come back and sing together. I’m already excited for this season!

  • Kylee

    I want the alumni to come back and do something similar to this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qV-KQn4ZtI

    I loved it when they did that and it made me feel all nostalgic. Maybe they can do something similar for the 400th.

  • judes

    I agree Kylee it was so good to see the idols from all the years & now there’s even more!! Don’t know that Jordan got the memo about wearing black for the winners though.Perhaps next time ALL the winners might be there -which would make it complete. 
    Looking forward to this idol season.

  • Anonymous

    Would love to see all the Winners together again.  It’s hard to coordinate all 10 schedules tho, but if the producers let them know early enough, perhaps they can leave the date open.  If he springs it on them a week before, it’ll be a crap shoot who can make it.  The Simon Cowell tribute was great with almost all of them, but a complete set would be awesome – but pick a better song.  The one they sang was too cheesy! lol

  • http://twitter.com/OneTwoDoseyDoe Roger Kramjet

    After the disappointment of X Factor I am actually looking forward to Idol starting! I have to admit a big part of that is the HOPE that we see Adam Lambert grace the Idol stage again with a new performance from Trespassing!

  • Anonymous

    The strange thing for me is that with all the hype we have been fed for Xfactor, American Idol seems to be the fresh new show on the block.

  • http://twitter.com/HaleysShindig Musicality

    Haley fans are in the same boat. Talk is she will perform a new single on the show as well. *excited* 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    I’m looking forward to the new season as well.  Can’t wait to see the special episode too!  I honestly hope we don’t have more than 3 wildcards in the final mix.  That just takes more power out of the hands of the voting public and hands it over to the judges which isn’t always a good thing.

  • larc

    I would love that-maybe all 10 of the winners can all do a song
    together. But Scotty will also be on tour with Brad, so I’m not sure if
    they would be able to do that.

    Actually, Scotty probably would be able to do it on Feb 28.  Brad’s tour will be in Springfield, MO, on the 25th and doesn’t have another date scheduled until Baltimore on Mar 1.  :)

  • Karen C

    The one thing that I still don’t like is when they do the sudden death in the top 24.  When they have a longer semifinal it lets the audience see more performances and see what the contestants really could do, and allows for more consistancy.  With the sudden death, a contestant can have one really good performance to get into top 12.

  • Anonymous

    The one thing that I still don’t like is when they do the sudden death in the top 24.

    I love the sudden death format and I’m glad they are keeping it. Is is much more entertaining to me. The three weeks of semifinals dragged on and on.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Yeah, I’m on the fence with sudden death. On one hand, that was some GREAT TV. Plus Nigel did give enough face time to all 24 that we at least knew a little about each, making sudden death seem more equitable.

    On the other hand, scales were tilted heavily to those who went during the second half of the show, so it doesn’t seem all that fair. {Lauren Turner, we’re all so sorry :( }

  • Anonymous

    It also means that the editing powers of TPTB have waay more influence than they should. Who could forget Scotty’s redemption arc that played no small part in winning over the hearts of his early fans (myself included)? And Hollie’s dramatic comeback last season, which will surely be liberally replayed so that no viewer could ever forget “how far she’s come” … without even setting foot onto the live idol stage. 

    They are both talented and deserve the praise they’ve been given, but AI isn’t about fairness. It makes for good TV, but poor competition. 

  • Anonymous

    AI11 should also be an Idol Gives Back season.  That is if they keep up with the every other year tradition.

  • Anonymous

    The thing is about the idol audition episodes is that not only do they focus so much on joke auditions, but when they do show a “good” audition is someone that then gets cut in HW.They don’t really show everyone who makes top 40. They did highlight the final 4 from last year though and Casey if I can remember. 

  • Anonymous

    I don’t remember Season 10 having many freaks or weirdos….It had a better feel to it. But the sob stories were way too much.

  • sd34567

    The one thing that I still don’t like is when they do the sudden death in the top 24.

    I like the sudden death.  Makes things more exciting.  Three weeks of semifinals just dragged on and it made me tune out.  I could miss and episode and feel like I didn’t miss a thing.  Not like that with sudden death.

    Now, the three and a half weeks of audition episodes — that’s going to drag on.  That is horrible.  They need to improve on that because that is just ridiculous.

  • Anonymous

    OK, I guess I missed the announcement that AI is on Wed and Thursday now.
    I wish that it is still Tues and Wed, since it is a quieter TV night for me.

  • Karen C

    The thing though with the 3 weeks of semifinals, in the past there have been contestants that I didn’t really like at first that I ended up liking by the time they got through semifinals.  I was never bored, especially if there were good performances.

  • Anonymous

    I LOVE the idea of THREE Hollywood round episodes.

  • chessguy99

    Nine hours of auditions? At least their is only one two hour show, so it could be more bearable. Five hours of HW will be nice, if they don’t overfill it with drama pieces. 

    As for the 400th episode, don’t expect much. There is still a semi-final performance round with what should be twelve performances. I’m surprised they didn’t manipulate the schedule to make the result show for semi-final week be the 400th. They could have made that something special with the intertwining of Idol history and the filling of this season’s Top 12.

  • http://twitter.com/blkeener Brittany Keener

    Eep! I want to go to this taping!

  • Anonymous

    I hope they come up with a better top 12 than last season. The only one I liked last year was Hayley. Just found it all so bland and boring last year, so much so that I didn’t care if I missed any episodes, and conciously turned off before the final.

  • Kylee

    I personally thought the top 12 of last season was one of the best ones ever. Usually in other seasons there are a few contestants in the top 12 who are absolutely terrible. I didn’t see that for S10.

  • Anonymous

    I’m hopeful.  I like the show and how they do their thing.  

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    There was a TOP 13 but people often forget about Ashton.  I thought the TOP 13 were good last year.  However, personality wise, my heart belongs to Season 7.  For me, that was the best season ever (Season 5 runner-up).

    I hope there won’t be a whole lot of weirdos and funny auditions.  I want to see the audition of every person that makes it to the TOP 40.  I doubt that Nigel would do that for us, though.

  • happyhexer

    Wow.  Just realized I’ve lived in or visited all of the audition cities except Savannah and Aspen.