American Idol 2022 Live Shows Begin April 11 with Special Celebration

(8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (ABC/Eric McCandless) LIONEL RICHIE, KATY PERRY, LUKE BRYAN

UPDATE: The wording at On Camera Audiences is confusing. It appears that the April 12 and April 13 tapings are not LIVE shows. It’s not clear when the actual live shows will begin.

American Idol will air taped shows at least through Sunday April 17. (Showstopper/Final judgement Mon 4/4; Top 24 part 1 Sun 4/10; Top 24 part 2 Mon 4/11; Season 20’s Top 20 Sun 4/17) See the FULL schedule HERE.


According to On Camera Audiences, American Idol season 20 live shows begin on Monday April 11. But here’s the thing. That first live show does not appear to be a competition episode. “Live audience shows begin 4/11/22 with a special Idol celebration through the years with surprise cameos!”

That sounds like it could be a live recap-like celebration with special guest stars. Maybe previous judges, contestants, guest stars will be stopping by to say hi amid nostalgic clips? That’s all the information we have for now.

Then, the taping schedule gets a little weird and hard to figure out:

On Camera Tapings April 11-April 25

Monday April 11 2:30 PT
TUESDAY April 12 2:30 PT
Monday April 18 3:00 PT
Sunday April 24 3:00 pm PT
Monday April 25 3:00 pm PT

American Idol 2022: Full Season 20 Schedule (Updated 3/26)

Get studio audience tickets HERE. **Proof of vaccination required for all audience members.**” But there is no mention of mask requirements or Covid testing beforehand.

American Idol returns to television city in the heart of Hollywood for its live shows, celebrating the historic 20th season (season five on ABC) with music industry legends, judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and host Ryan Seacrest to help discover America’s next singing sensation.

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