Follow along as we keep track of the American Idol season 20 TV schedule.
This year page updates will only happen when episodes are confirmed at the Disney press site or FutonCritic.com. No TBA entries or information from spoiler sites will be included here.
This season, Monday episodes begin on March 21, and will probably go for at least five weeks.
Note the Academy Awards break on Sunday March 27.
UPDATE 3/17: American Idol added another hour of Auditions to air after the news on Oscar night. The press release advises to check local listings. Not sure who will stay up for that other than die-hards, but OK.
UPDATE: 3/18: Watch for a separate post regarding a big update. According to On Camera Audiences “Live audience shows begin 4/11/22 with a special Idol celebration through the years with surprise cameos!” The episode details come from FutonCritic.com.
UPDATE: 3/26: So, it appears that the Live audience show taping on 4/11/22 won’t actually be a LIVE show. See the edited schedule below. FYI On Camera Audiences are seating tapings for Monday April 11, Tuesday April 12, Monday April 18, Sunday April 24 and Monday April 25.
UPDATE: 4/1: The Top 24 eliminations will drop down to a Top 20, which is a 3 hour episode (
perhaps including the “special Idol celebration through the years with surprise cameos!” mentioned at the On Camera Audiences page for the 4/11 taping?) The Top 20 will be whittled down to a Top 14 (not a Top 16 as in prior seasons).
UPDATE: 4/4: That special Idol celebration will take place on Monday May 2. Not clear on when the show will tape.
UPDATE: 4/10: Monday April 25 is “Judges Song Contest.” (Is ABC trolling NBC’s
failing American Song Contest which airs at the same time?) Sunday May 1 is Disney Night. Found these new dates on Futon Critic. Not clear yet how many contestants will be eliminated for Disney Night.
Update: 4/11: According to the Disney Press site, in the “Judge’s Song Contest” the judges “will pick songs for each of the Top 11 to perform. Without knowing which judge offered the suggestion, each contestant will select their favorite song to perform, revealing the winning judge.”
UPDATE 4/27: The Great Idol Reunion Show is a ONE HOUR clip show featuring performances from fan favorite alums, and former judges Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul.
UPDATE: 5/9: Carrie Underwood mentors the Top 5! Plus, it’s another 3 hour finale.
American Idol 2021 Season 20 Schedule
Sunday Feb 27 – Premiere (Auditions 1)
Sunday March 6 – Auditions 2
Sunday March 13 – Auditions 3
Sunday Mar 20 – Auditions 4
Monday Mar 21 – Auditions 5
Sunday Mar 27 – ABC Airs Academy Awards + Auditions 5a at 11:35p-12:35a (but check local listings)
Monday Mar 28 – Hollywood Week: Genre Challenge
Sunday April 3 – Hollywood Week: Duets Challenge
Monday April 4 – Showstopper/Final Judgement
Sunday April 10 – Top 24 in Hawaii Part 1
Monday April 11 – Top 24 in Hawaii Part 2
Sunday April 17 – Season 20’s Top 20 (3 hour episode)
Monday April 18 – Top 14 LIVE Reveal (First live episode)
Sunday April 24 – Top 14 (Gabby Barrett mentors) (LIVE Coast to coast 8 pm ET/5 pm PT)
Monday April 25 – Judge’s Song Contest (Top 11) (LIVE Coast to coast 8 pm ET/5 pm PT)
Sunday May 1 – Disney Night (Top 10) (LIVE Coast to coast 8 pm ET/5 pm PT)
Monday May 2 – “The Great Idol Reunion” featuring fan-favorite alums, Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul (ONE HOUR CLIP SHOW with performances 8 pm ET/PT)
Sunday May 8 – Top 7 – will.i.am mentors. Mother’s Day dedications/Tik Tok songs (LIVE Coast to coast 8 pm ET/5 pm PT)
Sunday May 15 – Top 5 – Carrie Underwood mentors. Original songs – (LIVE Coast to coast 8 pm ET/5 pm PT)
Sunday May 22 – 3 HOUR Grand Finale (LIVE Coast to coast 8 pm ET/5 pm PT)