FOX sent out an official press release after the Top 24 were revealed on American Idol tonight (Feb 4). The release reiterates info we already knew about how the semifinal round would go down.
Next week’s Semifinal part 1 performances and results have already been filmed. Click for major spoilers including results! The Semifinals part 2 will be filmed on Feb 11. Watch out for spoilers!
When the Top 10 are revealed and perform for the first time on Thursday February 25, Original Flavah Idol, Kelly Clarkson will be a guest judge and perform!
FOX’s press release reveals all the details on what to expect during the next 3 weeks of semifinals, including which “fan favorite Idols” set to return. Check out the details below. Each Idol alum will mentor and perform with two Top 24 Idol contestants.
The first group of 12 semi-finalists – MacKenzie Bourg, Emily Brooke, Gianna Isabella, James VIII, Jeneve Rose Mitchell, Stephany Negrete, Jenna Renae, La’Porsha Renae, Jordan Sasser, Thomas Stringfellow, Sonika Vaid and Avalon Young – will perform on Wednesday, Feb. 10 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT).
On Thursday, Feb. 11 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), fan-favorite former IDOLs – Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Caleb Johnson and Nick Fradiani – return to mentor and perform a duet with the 12 semi-finalists before the judges reveal which seven contestants will move forward in the competition and who will be going home.
On Wednesday, Feb. 17 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT), the second group of 12 semi-finalists – Jenn Blosil, Amelia Eisenhauer, Trent Harmon, Lee Jean, CJ Johnson, Adam Lasher, Tristan McIntosh, Dalton Rapattoni, Olivia Rox, Manny Torres, Kory Wheeler and Shelbie Z – get their turn.
The following night, Thursday, Feb. 18 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), former IDOLs Constantine Maroulis, Chris Daughtry, Kellie Pickler, Jordin Sparks, David Cook and Haley Reinhart return to perform duets with the second group of semi-finalists before the judges reveal who is moving on in the competition and who will be sent home.
The following week, on Wednesday, Feb. 24 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT), the judges will announce the first eight semi-finalists to make it into the Top 10, leaving six to sing for America’s vote and the final two spots in this farewell season’s Top 10.
On the first LIVE show of the season, Thursday, Feb. 25 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), host Ryan Seacrest will reveal America’s vote and announce the final two joining the Top 10. For the first time, the Top 10 finalists will perform for America’s vote. Also, original IDOL Kelly Clarkson will return to guest judge and perform.
Beginning Thursday, Feb. 24, viewers at home will have five ways to vote for their favorite singer, including voting online at AmericanIdol.com; via the FOX NOW App; via Google Search; via text messaging; and via toll-free calling when the IDOL vote window opens. All voting rules and frequently asked questions will be available beginning Wednesday, Feb. 24, on americanidol.com. (Surprised Idol isn’t ditching phone and text voting as The Voice did last season)