American Idol 12 March 7 Results Show Expanded to 90 Minutes, Glee and Local News Pushed Up

There will be a slight change in FOX programming to make way for a super-sized American Idol on March 7.   I guess Idol producers feel it will take 90 minutes to unveil the American Idol 12 Top 10. I wonder if Nigel Lythgoe is working up a twist for the finals? i.e. wildcards.

Glee 4×15 episode “Girls (and boys) On film” will feature their 500th performance “Shout” the Animal House favorite. Both Glee and the local news will be pushed up an hour.

It’s going to be a long week: 5 1/2 hours of American Idol. The Top 10 Guys perform in a two hour episode on Tuesday beginning at 8 pm and the Top 10 Girls perform for 2 hours on Wednesday. The “supersize” won’t help Glee’s ratings, either, I don’t think.

Read the press release below:

On Thursday, March 7, FOX rocks with an evening of music that kicks off with a special 90-minute episode of AMERICAN IDOL (8:00-9:30 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) when America’s votes are tallied and the Season 12 finalists are revealed LIVE. Then, in a special extended prime, GLEE (9:30-10:30 PM ET/PT) takes center stage and celebrates “Animal House”-style, when the members of New Directions perform the classic R&B hit “Shout,” marking the hit series’ 500th musical performance.

In the super-sized 90-minute episode of AMERICAN IDOL (8:00-9:30 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), America’s votes will be announced and fans will finally find out who will advance to the finals and who will go home. Don’t miss the reactions of judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson and Keith Urban, along with host Ryan Seacrest, when the results are revealed LIVE from Los Angeles.

In the “Girls (And Boys) on Film” episode of GLEE (9:30-10:30 PM ET/PT), airing at a special time, the glee club’s latest assignment is to choose a song from a movie and the members of New Directions sing the hit series’ landmark 500th musical performance with their rendition of the “Animal House” anthem “Shout.” Meanwhile in New York, Santana (Naya Rivera) makes herself at home in the loft a little too quickly for Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt’s (Chris Colfer) comfort.

AMERICAN IDOL is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of Core Media Group, and FremantleMedia North America. The series is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, CEO, XIX Entertainment. Cecile Frot-Coutaz, FremantleMedia, Trish Kinane, FremantleMedia North America; Ken Warwick, FremantleMedia North America; and Nigel Lythgoe, CEO, Nigel Lythgoe Productions also serve as executive producers. “Like” AMERICAN IDOL on Facebook at Follow the series on Twitter @AmericanIdol and join the discussion at #idol. Follow host Ryan Seacrest at @RyanSeacrest, and follow the judges: @MariahCarey; @yo_randyjackson; @nickiminaj; and @keithurban.

GLEE is produced by Ryan Murphy Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan and Dante Di Loreto serve as executive producers.

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  • milwlovesadam

    Oh, I’m wondering if the extra long Idol show is to leave room for a special mentor? Maybe that’s what Adam was doing today with the Idols?

  • H.A.

    I’m not seeing an Adam and Idol connection what so ever. I don’t think fans should start unnecessary rumors. I think Adam meeting the Idols was a random coincidence.

  • milwlovesadam

     Not starting a rumor! LOL. Just conjecturing.

  • ht23

    Ali from The Glee Project will be in the next Glee episode!

  • chessguy99

    Last season it was two hours to reveal the Top 5 of each gender, choose the six possible wildcards, have them sing and reveal the three wildcards. If they cut down the drama on the Top 5 vote reveals, they can get some sort of wildcard sing-off in. There are only two extra spots to fill and get the show to the end of May sweeps.

  • James M.

    I don’t think the results night, ESPECIALLY not the one before the finals, has the need for a mentor, nor does Adam have anything to do with this at all. What is anyone gonna tell them that’s of any use on results night? I think him meeting with them was just a coincidence.

    My thoughts: There will be a Wild Card that night (Have we ever gone straight to 10? Doubt that will happen). I dunno how it’s gonna happen, but here are my thoughts on what could happen.

    -Each judge chooses one contestant and the four contestants sing-off, and the judges *coughproducerscough* choose two to go on to make it a Top 12. Pretty much the same as last year, but with four judges and a 90 minute show, they don’t have time to choose two each and have those 8 sing off. A little twist on what happened in S10/S11.
    -The judges and producers deliberate and send some contestants right away with no singoff. 90 minutes is shorter than last year. They just take forever to deliberate to add to the DRAMA! SUSPENSE! Ugh.
    -30 minutes of family-friendly stripping after the results show. Somehow family friendly.
    -Nicki Minaj/Mariah Carey cage match. Whoever survives or is injured least stays on the panel so that we have a 3 judge panel and the time doesn’t go over.
    -…..No twist at all, they just needed the 30 minutes because some SUPERSTARS are performing that night. Ugh god pls no.

    The first option is probably most viable. Third and fourth least, obviously.

    I just want my damn results, Idol. I miss 30 minute results episodes.

  • Larc

    Adam will be on his mini tour then.  When the show starts, it will be 9 AM on March 8 in Singapore where Adam performs that night.

  • hcpoirot

    Boring. Predictable. Its better that we got top 12 based on viewers votes.

    Now, the judges aka producer will also had the say for (maybe) 2 wild cards in the final.

  • Kariann Hart

    I thought Nigel said there would be no TOP 12/13 this year?  He doesn’t like them.  A 90 minute show is fine if they can avoid all the fluff and stuff!