American Idol XIII SPOILERS! – The Entire Schedule and Format Changes!

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. I got a hold of the full schedule for American Idol XIII plus format changes. American Idol will debut with a two-night four-hour premier, on Wednesday January 15 and Thursday January 16.

  • Hollywood Rounds begin Wednesday Feb 5
  • Semi-finalists revealed Thursday Feb 13
  • WINNER CANDICE GLOVER will be featured in a VICTORY SPECIAL on Tuesday Feb 19!
  • Voting begins Wednesday Feb 19
  • FAST PASSES awarded Wednesday March 5
  • The Finale will take place in NEW YORK CITY! Tuesday May 20 and Wednesday May 21

Here’s the format.  Auditions are as always, and will take place over a 6 episode two week period.  “The Road to Hollywood” is coming back. That will be the last episode. See the schedule below!

The Hollywood Rounds air in 3 parts. There will be a “Green Mile” episode. by the end of it, the TOP 50 will be whittled down to the Top 31.

Candice Glover gets her very own special! On Tuesday Feb 18. Candice returns to celebrate the long-awaited release of her debut album, Music Speaks. She’ll also be on hand to preview the NEWLY DESIGNED IDOL STAGE and advise the new contestants. The special is named Candice Glover: Up Close and Personal.  The American Idol season 12 winner will sing songs from the new album. There will also be a Q&A and surprise musical guests.

Here’s where the big changes come. The semi-finals will come in TWO phases.

  • The Top 31 will be split into 3 groups based on AGE. Seniors, Intermediates and Juniors.
  • Starting, Wednesday Feb. 19, One group of semi-finalists will sing for both the judges consideration and America’s votes, in 3 separate episodes.
  • On Thursday Feb 27, in the first results show, only 16 semi-finalists will advance. This is the first LIVE show.
  • On Wednesday March 6 in a 2 1/2 hour broadcast, the Top 16 will perform live.
  • Before the votes are cast, a few will be fast-tracked to the finals.
  • On Thursday March 7, The Top 12 will be revealed, live.

The finals begin on Wednesday March 12. The Judges Save is STILL A THING.  On Thursday May 15, an expanded Idol will commemorate its 500th episode. A finalist will be eliminated. THIRTY MINUTE RESULTS SHOW DURING THE FINALS PHASE.

The GRAND FINALE will take place in New York City at Madison Square Garden.  The Final 2 perform on Tuesday, May 2o and the winner will be revealed on Wednesday May 21.

Check out the schedule below

Auditions

  • Wednesday, Jan. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM) Season Premiere, Part 1 – Boston, MA
  • Thursday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM) Season Premiere, Part 2 – Austin, TX
  • Wednesday, Jan. 22 (8:00-10:00 PM) Detroit, MI & Salt Lake City, UT
  • Thursday, Jan. 23 (8:00-9:00 PM) Atlanta, GA
  • Wednesday, Jan. 29 (8:00-10:00 PM) Omaha, NE & San Francisco, CA
  • Thursday, Jan. 30 (8:00-9:00 PM) The Road to Hollywood

Hollywood

  • Wednesday, Feb. 5 (8:00-10:00 PM) Hollywood Week, Part 1
  • Thursday, Feb. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM) Hollywood Week, Part 2
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12 (8:00-10:00 PM) Hollywood Week, Part 3
  • Thursday, Feb. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM) The Green Mile; Semifinalists Revealed

Candice Glover Special

  • Tuesday, Feb. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM) Candice Glover: Up Close and Personal. Sponsored by iTunes.

Semi-finals

  • Wednesday, Feb. 19 (8:00-10:00 PM) Semifinalists in the Senior Division, Ages 22 & Over, Perform; Voting Begins
  • Thursday, Feb. 20 (8:00-10:00 PM) Semifinalists in the Intermediate Division, Ages 18 to 21, Perform
  • Wednesday, Feb. 26 (8:00-10:00 PM) Semifinalists in the Junior Division, Ages 17 & Under, Perform
  • Thursday, Feb. 27 (8:00-10:00 PM) LIVE Results Show; Top 16 Revealed
  • Wednesday, March 5 (8:00-10:30 PM) Top 16 Semifinalists Perform & Fast Passes Awarded LIVE
  • Thursday, March 6 (8:00-10:00 PM) LIVE Results Show; Top 12 Completed

Finals

  • Wednesdays, beginning March 12 (8:00-10:00 PM) Finalists Perform LIVE
  • Thursdays, beginning March 13 (8:00-8:30 PM) LIVE Results Show (39 minute episodes)
  • Thursday, May 15 (8:00-9:00 PM) LIVE Results Show; Final 2 Revealed (500th Episode)

Finale

  • Tuesday, May 20 (8:00-9:00 PM) LIVE Season Finale, Part 1 – Final 2 Perform (Special Tuesday Airing)
  • Wednesday, May 21 (8:00-10:00 PM) LIVE Season Finale, Part 2 – Winner Announced

The Press Release I was sent:

“AMERICAN IDOL XIII” DEBUTS WITH TWO-NIGHT, FOUR-HOUR PREMIERE
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, AND THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, ON FOX

Hollywood Rounds Begin Wednesday, February 5; Semifinalists Revealed on Thursday, February 13

Season 12 Winner Candice Glover’s iTunes-Sponsored Victory Special Airs Tuesday, February 19

Voting Begins Wednesday, February 19; All-New Fast Passes Awarded Wednesday, March 5

New York City Hosts Live, Two-Night Finale Event on Tuesday, May 20, and Wednesday, May 21

Hosted by the inimitable Ryan Seacrest, AMERICAN IDOL XIII features a cohesive new judging panel including Grammy Award-winning and platinum-selling recording artist, actress, movie and television producer and entrepreneur Jennifer Lopez; Grammy- and Emmy Award-winning multi-platinum singer, musician, songwriter, composer and film/television and Broadway actor Harry Connick, Jr.; and Keith Urban, the four-time Grammy Award-winning country artist who has sold more than 15 million albums. Rounding out the team is Grammy Award-winning producer and IDOL veteran Randy Jackson, who will lend his industry and IDOL expertise to the contestants in his new role as the in-house mentor. Seacrest and the three judges traveled to Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Detroit, MI; Omaha, NE; Salt Lake City, UT; and San Francisco, CA, to find potential superstars to join the ranks of IDOL favorites Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jordin Sparks, Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips, Jennifer Hudson, Chris Daughtry, and Adam Lambert. Universal Music Group’s Interscope Records, under the direction of Chairman Jimmy Iovine, along with 19 Recordings, will once again release IDOL music throughout the season and following its finale in May.

AUDITIONS

AMERICAN IDOL XIII kicks off its nationwide search for the best new talent, featuring Emmy Award-nominated host Ryan Seacrest and judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., and Keith Urban. The incredible journey begins with the Boston auditions on Wednesday, Jan. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and the Austin auditions on Thursday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX. The quest continues in Detroit and Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Jan. 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Atlanta on Thursday, Jan. 23 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT); and Omaha and San Francisco on Wednesday, Jan. 29 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). “The Road to Hollywood” wraps up Thursday, Jan. 30 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) with a handful of nominated hopefuls, plus a candid look at online submissions and highlights of the most memorable auditions.

HOLLYWOOD ROUNDS

Across the country, the contestants who earned golden tickets will head to Hollywood and be put to the ultimate music challenge during “Hollywood Week,” airing in three parts – Wednesday, Feb. 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Feb. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT); and Wednesday, Feb. 12 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). However, the experience may be short-lived, as many will be cut without stepping foot in the Dolby Theater. By the end of “The Green Mile,” on Thursday, Feb. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), the Top 50 is whittled down to the Top 31.

REIGNING CHAMPION

On a special night, Tuesday, Feb. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), Candice Glover, winner of AMERICAN IDOL XII, returns to celebrate the highly-anticipated release of her debut album, MUSIC SPEAKS, as well as preview the newly redesigned IDOL stage and provide advice to 2014 competitors. “Candice Glover: Up Close and Personal”, presented by iTunes, features performances of brand new songs, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, a fan-powered Q&A session, and surprise musical guests.

TWO-PHASE SEMIFINALS

It’s up to the panel of judges and the viewers at home to determine who makes it through the semifinals and who gets sent home. In a new twist, the Top 31 semifinalists will be split into three divisions, based on age – seniors, intermediates, and juniors. Starting Wednesday, Feb. 19 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and continuing Thursday, Feb. 20 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Wednesday, Feb. 26 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), one division of semifinalists will sing each night for both the Judges’ consideration and America’s votes. In the season’s first results show, on Thursday, Feb. 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed), only 16 semifinalists will advance. During a special, extended primetime broadcast, airing Wednesday, March 6 (8:00-10:30 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed), the Top 16 semifinalists will perform LIVE, but before votes are cast, a select few will be fast-tracked to the finals. On Thursday, March 7 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed), the AMERICAN IDOL XIII Top 12 will be fully revealed LIVE from Los Angeles.

WEEKLY FINALS

Wednesdays, beginning March 12 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed), the remaining finalists take to the IDOL stage. Finalists will sing their hearts out for the coveted save as America’s vote is revealed Thursdays, beginning March 13 (8:00-8:30 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed). In the penultimate results show of the season, airing Thursday, May 15 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed), IDOL expands to commemorate an amazing milestone, while one more finalist must be eliminated to reveal the Final 2 performers.

GRAND FINALE

For the first time ever, New York City hosts the star-studded, two-night season conclusion of the hit competition series, LIVE from Madison Square Garden. First, the Final 2 contestants go head-to-head for the title on a special night, Tuesday, May 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed). Then, on Wednesday, May 21 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), the champion of AMERICAN IDOL XIII is crowned.

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All LIVE episodes begin at 8:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed.

AUDITIONS (EP. 1-6)

Wednesday, Jan. 15 (8:00-10:00 PM) Season Premiere, Part 1 – Boston, MA

Thursday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM) Season Premiere, Part 2 – Austin, TX

Wednesday, Jan. 22 (8:00-10:00 PM) Detroit, MI & Salt Lake City, UT

Thursday, Jan. 23 (8:00-9:00 PM) Atlanta, GA

Wednesday, Jan. 29 (8:00-10:00 PM) Omaha, NE & San Francisco, CA

Thursday, Jan. 30 (8:00-9:00 PM) The Road to Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD ROUNDS (EP. 7-10)

Wednesday, Feb. 5 (8:00-10:00 PM) Hollywood Week, Part 1

Thursday, Feb. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM) Hollywood Week, Part 2

Wednesday, Feb. 12 (8:00-10:00 PM) Hollywood Week, Part 3

Thursday, Feb. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM) The Green Mile; Semifinalists Revealed

REIGNING CHAMPION (EP. 11)

Tuesday, Feb. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM) Candice Glover: Up Close and Personal; Presented by iTunes (Special Tuesday Airing)

TWO-PHASE SEMIFINALS (EP. 12-17)

Wednesday, Feb. 19 (8:00-10:00 PM) Semifinalists in the Senior Division, Ages 22 & Over, Perform; Voting Begins

Thursday, Feb. 20 (8:00-10:00 PM) Semifinalists in the Intermediate Division, Ages 18 to 21, Perform

Wednesday, Feb. 26 (8:00-10:00 PM) Semifinalists in the Junior Division, Ages 17 & Under, Perform

Thursday, Feb. 27 (8:00-10:00 PM) LIVE Results Show; Top 16 Revealed

Wednesday, March 5 (8:00-10:30 PM) Top 16 Semifinalists Perform & Fast Passes Awarded LIVE (Extended to 2½ Hours)

Thursday, March 6 (8:00-10:00 PM) LIVE Results Show; Top 12 Completed

WEEKLY FINALS (EP. 18-37)

Wednesdays, beginning March 12 (8:00-10:00 PM) Finalists Perform LIVE

Thursdays, beginning March 13 (8:00-8:30 PM) LIVE Results Show (½ Hour Episodes)

Thursday, May 15 (8:00-9:00 PM) LIVE Results Show; Final 2 Revealed (500th Episode)

GRAND FINALE (EP. 38 & 39)

Tuesday, May 20 (8:00-9:00 PM) LIVE Season Finale, Part 1 – Final 2 Perform (Special Tuesday Airing)

Wednesday, May 21 (8:00-10:00 PM) LIVE Season Finale, Part 2 – Winner Announced

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AMERICAN IDOL is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group, and FremantleMedia North America. The series was created and is executive-produced by Simon Fuller, Founder/CEO, XIX Entertainment. Cecile Frot-Coutaz, FremantleMedia; Trish Kinane and Per Blankens, FremantleMedia North America; and Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager, 19 Entertainment, serve as executive producers.

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