American Idol 2023: When Do Live Shows Start? New Themes!

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Just a reminder that American Idol will be taping the Top 20 performance/reveal episode on April 19. Tickets are available now.

Also there are some NOTABLE schedule announcements:

  • The Top 20 reveal on Sunday April 23 and Top 12 Reveal on Monday April 24 are BOTH 3 HOUR EPISODES according to official Disney press releases.
  • LIVE shows begin with the Top 12 Reveal on Monday April 24
  • Sunday April 30 is Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Night. Live Coast to Coast begins aka Idol airs live across America at 8 pm ET/5 pm ET.
  • The Judges Song contest is back (judges choose songs for the contestants), airing on the last Monday show May 1.
  • Season 20 winner Noah Thompson, and runner-up HunterGirl perform on Top 20 night Sunday April 23.

Check out the updated schedule:

American Idol 2023: Full Season 21 Schedule

Regarding the American Idol taping availability, On Camera Audiences sent out the following email to fans, which reads in part:

See the next American Idol before anyone else! Join judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and host Ryan Seacrest in the live audience to help discover America’s next singing sensation. American Idol turns 21! American Idol PREMIERE is taping on 4/19/23.

New Stage – New Set! 21 Years of Creating Superstars! Get Tickets Now! The journey begins NOW!

The Arrival time is 12pm.
Finish time is approximately 5pm
Minimum age to attend is 12.
This is one of the best Idol tapings of each season!
Get tickets now for Sunday 4/19/23.

American Idol moves from it’s long-time home to a new studio

Last year, The Top 23 (Kenedi Anderson quit after she taped the Top 24 round in Hawaii) all prepared songs for the Top 20 episode. Ryan called out contestants names, and the three singers left standing were eliminated and did not perform. The episode aired over 3 hours on Easter Sunday. Presumably, the season 21 Top 20 will follow the same format, with six contestants leaving the competition at the end of the show.

The email refers to a new set. The show is moving to Red Studios from it’s longtime home at CBS Studios, which the network recently sold. The new owners are currently renovating the building, which means a bunch of shows had to find new homes, including American Idol and Dancing with the Stars. (I wonder happens to the massively tricked out Big Brother “house” which is really a massive two floor studio attached to the building. But I digress.)

Tickets are not available for the rest of the season yet, but fans can submit requests now. Get Tix at OnCameraAudiences.

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