Heads up! Here’s an important American Idol 2018 schedule update.
Futon Critic has updated their listings to include the three weeks after the Top 24 performances. Notice that April 29 is listed as Disney Night! It’s also the first week of Sunday-only shows until the May 21 finale. (The four week long Dancing with the Stars:Athletes mini season premieres on Monday October 30)
4/29/18 (Su.) 8:00 PM ABC (#1615) 115 (Top 10 – Disney Night) (*)
4/28/18 (Sa.) 8:00 PM ABC (#1614) 114 (Top 10 Reveal) (R) (*)
4/23/18 (Mo.) 8:00 PM ABC (#1614) 114 (Top 10 Reveal) (*)
4/22/18 (Su.) 8:00 PM ABC (#1613) 113 (Top 14) (*)
4/21/18 (Sa.) 8:00 PM ABC (#1612) 112 (Top 24 Celebrity Duets) (R)
The Top 14 episode on April 22 is the first LIVE show of the season. It’s also the first chance viewers at home will have to vote for their favorites. ABC press materials so far are not explicit, but the seven singers moving on to the Top 14 will probably be revealed at the end of the Monday Celebrity Duets episodes (Same as in 2016).
Also, how many contestants will be eliminated each week? I’m assuming that 10 singers will perform on the 29th, with two (or more) singers being eliminated at the end of the episode. And, will each live show proceed with each singer performing and an elimination at the end of the episode based on the previous week’s votes? Or will there be a dreaded online insta-vote every week determining the results? Could American Idol, for the first time ever, have a Top 3 or 4 competing on the finale instead of the traditional Top 2? I HAVE QUESTIONS PEOPLE.
Incidentally, ABC’s other reality show, Dancing with the Stars does a Disney night EVERY cycle and it seemed to be highly anticipated. Even if @IdolSpoilers hadn’t already floated the Disney night rumor on Twitter–considering ABC is a Disney property–a night celebrating Mickey and his pals would have been inevitable.
ETA: Notice ABC has scheduled repeat airings on Saturday nights. Last Monday’s Top 50 Showcase/Top 24 reveal is repeating TODAY (April 8) at 3 pm ET/PT.
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