American Idol has officially announced the audition cities for the show’s Sunday March 11 premiere on ABC. They are: Nashville, New York City and Los Angeles. But @IdolSpoilers (TIP) has posted a tentative schedule from sources.
Reportedly, it includes a 30 minute preview special set to air a week before on Oscars night, March 4.
Additionally, the celebrity duets the musical director Kristopher Pooley hinted at will supposedly happen during the semi-final round. This is similar to the Idol alum duets during the season 15 semi-finals in 2016. Only this time, producers are casting their nets wider, hoping to lure in some big stars to sing with the contestants. For the final season, the Top 24 performed solos on one night, and Idol duets on another. The JUDGES chose which singers moved on to the final rounds.
According to this reported schedule, the live finals will air for six weeks, including on two Mondays. I wonder how the results and voting will be handled?
UPDATED: First. Looks like that rumored Oscar day preview is a no go. ABC has announced it is airing a preview of Sundays with Alec Baldwin following Sunday’s (March 4) Oscars broadcast. An American Idol special would have been announced by now.
Secondly, Gold Derby confirmed American Idol’s schedule for the season with ABC. There will be FIVE audition episodes rather than only 3 and FIVE weeks of live shows rather than six as previously rumored. The Grand Finale airs Monday May The schedule below has been revised. It’s still a little unclear how many weeks Hollywood and the semifinals will take, therefore the schedule is still tentative.
UPDATE2: Oop. Looked back at what TIP wrote and that Oscar day special encompasses more than just Idol. It will air at 4 pm on ABC. Check your schedules.
American Idol 2018 Schedule (Tentative)
Sunday March 4th (30 min) – ABC Spring Preview Special
Sunday March 11 (2 Hours) – Auditions Part 1 – New York City, Los Angeles, Nashville
Monday March 12 (2 Hours) – Auditions Part 2 – New Orleans, Savannah, New York, Los Angeles
Sunday March 18 (2 Hours) – Auditions Part 3
Monday March 19 (2 Hours) –
Hollywood Week Part 1 Auditions Part 4
Sunday March 25 (2 Hours) –
Hollywood Week Part 2 Auditions Part 5
Monday March 26 (2 Hours) –
Showcase Round/Green Mile (Top 50) Hollywood Week Part 1
Sunday April 1 (2 Hours) –
Semi-Finals (Top 24) Group 1 Solo Performances Hollywood Week Part 2
Monday April 2 (2 Hours) –
Semi-Finals (Top 24) Group 1 Celebrity Duets Showcase Round/Green Mile (Top 50)
Sunday April 8 (2 Hours) –
Semi-Finals (Top 24) Group 2 Solo Performances Semi-Finals (Top 24) Group 1 Solo Performances
Monday April 9 (2 Hours) –
Semi-Finals (Top 24) Group 2 Celebrity Duets Semi-Finals (Top 24) Group 1 Celebrity Duets
Sunday April 15 (2 Hours) –
Live Finals Semi-Finals (Top 24) Group 2 Solo Performances
Monday April 16 (2 Hours) –
Live Finals Semi-Finals (Top 24) Group 2 Celebrity Duets
Sunday April 22 (2 Hours) – Live Finals
Monday April 23 (2 Hours): Live Finals
Sunday April 29 (2 Hours) – Live Finals
Sunday May 6 (2 Hours) – Live Finals
Sunday May 13 (2 Hours) – Live Finals
Sunday May 20 (2 Hours) – Live Finale
Monday May 21 – Live Finale